Meet The Team

Rachel Brueggeman

Hey There, my name is Rachel! I attended Saint Louis University and graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management. I’ve carried a lot of titles during my career in the hospitality field, but the wedding industry has a special place in my heart. I have executed over three hundred  beautiful events in the Saint Louis area –  and cried at almost all of them. As an old soul, I love when our clients bring in traditions, old memories, and thoughtful details to their event. When I’m not overseeing operations at Main Street Abbey, you can find me snuggling with my dog Moose, getting competitive during a game of softball, training for a marathon, singing my heart out at country concert, or cheering on the Cardinals. I love meeting new people and I cherish each experience to witness a love story.

Favorite late night snack: Corn Dogs

Assistant General Manager  
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(618) 719-2335 ext. 2


Rick Beran

Hello, I am Rick Beran. I have been associated with the hospitality industry for over 40 years. The past 26 years with John Q Hammons Hotels and Resorts. Most recently I was the Vice president of Food and Beverage for the Company. I have also served as general manager of Embassy Suites St. Louis – St. Charles/Hotel & Spa in Missouri, which was recognized as the #1 Embassy Suites Hotel in the world in 2006 and 2007. I have successfully led and participated on several task forces within the John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts organization, including a focus on food and beverage, banquet spaces, high-profile events, assessments of menu offerings and pricing. With over 40 Years in the hospitality industry it is my distinct pleasure to be back in the area, close to my roots of Fairview Heights, IL. I am eager and excited to oversee this project and watch each piece of the Main Street Abbey Entertainment district come to life. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, children, and two grandchildren down at the Lake of Ozarks.

General Manager

Candace Shepard

Hey there! I’m Candace, an Illinois gal with some St. Louis flair! My love for working first hand with people lead me to pursue a degree in Hospitality Management from Eastern Illinois University. From there I entered the event industry and never looked back. Interested in the Main Street Abbey? Let me show you around!

Favorite Wedding Trend: Lots and lots of candles…everywhere.

Sales Manager 
[email protected] 
(618) 719-2335 ext. 1

Camille Herring

My name is Camille Herring. I’m an event manager for Main Street Abbey: a dream venue for your perfect day! I am excited to bring my unique perspective and variance from the mainstream typical style to make your event one of a kind. I consider myself determined, task oriented and calm yet enthusiastic. Over a decade of hospitality experience and a degree in Business Administration and Hospitality Management have taught me that no event is like the other, which encourages me in making each experience into a lasting memory. If you need to know anything about me and my personality, it could be summed up perfectly through my favorite TV show: The Office.

Event Manager 
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Kendra Kraft

My name is Kendra Kraft. An Illinois native, I have lived in the local area for most of my life. My background includes almost two decades of experience in corporate event management, digital project management, and marketing in industries from luxury products to finance. I can coordinate events of any scale and budget. Photography and design have always been passions of mine. With extensive communications experience, I am able build relationships quickly, allowing me to bring client visions to life. My style is simple, contemporary, and natural with an eye for creative details and presentation. I love the outdoors! In my spare time you can find me traveling, hiking, or enjoying live music with my family and rescue dog. I look forward making your wedding or special event a memorable one.

My go to ice cream flavor: Classic chocolate or vanilla

Event Manager
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Photos by Tracey Parrett Photography