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Our Team

Mike Gehrs - Executive Director

With a restaurateur Grandfather it’s no surprise that at age 13, Mike began his career like so many other dedicated hospitality professionals…as a dishwasher. His passion for hospitality lead him to positions in upscale restaurants including Brennan’s in New Orleans and The American Restaurant, Bristol Bar & Grill & Fedora Café in Kansas City. Mike worked his way up in the restaurant industry as waiter, captain, trainer, wine steward and general manager before his eventual transition to special events. 
As the first full-time salesperson for Food, Glorious Food in Kansas City, Missouri he was provided the creative support from owner and mentor Mel Bloss and Chef James Lilienthal, to design and execute stylized events for the social and corporate who’s who of the area.

With the experience he garnered from his mentor, Mike relocated to Chicago and worked with Calihan Gottoff Catering, climbing the ranks from cater-waiter and function director to event sales manager selling and designing high-end social and corporate events. With the clout of Calihan Gotoff doors were opened to work with the top clients and vendors in Chicago and execute events in the city’s finest special event venues. Mike soon emerged as the go-to guy for designing the company’s venue showcases and clients looking for something “outside the box”. (He says his work with Oprah Winfrey was some of the most memorable.)
That creative thinking lead to feature articles about his work in Special Event Magazine, Event Solutions Magazine and Kansas City Magazine. His last 2 years with the company as special projects manager, Mike negotiated contracts and designed and implemented full service hospitality systems for large corporate clients including Arthur Anderson’s “Office of the Future” and Sara Lee.
While in Chicago he directed the restoration and reemergence of the Dewes Mansion as one of Chicago’s most unique special event venues. The 13,000 square foot mansion finished in 1896 is the only example of its kind left in Lincoln Park, once home to many mansions but none so grand in its German inspired style. 

Armed with a solid background in event planning and venue management, Mike returned to Kansas City and launched KC Site Finders and Gehrs Event Management specializing in venue search, marketing and sales consulting and corporate and social event planning. While in Kansas City Mike earned a Tourism Ambassador Certification and was awarded Meeting Professionals International’s “Rising Star” award and “Best Event” 2007 and 2008. 

Mike moved to Los Angeles after securing a Sr. Sales Manager position with Wolfgang Puck Catering at LA Live, where he orchestrated the first events at the new Grammy Museum, the museum’s rooftop Target Terrace and the Event Deck that was home to the American Idol and American Music Awards after parties. Mike served as Director of Special Events for Los Angeles original- The Farm of Beverly Hills where he secured several accounts with CBS including the greenroom for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, On-Set food styling for The Young and the Restless and The Bold and Beautiful. and cast and crew events for FOX including TV shows; House and Glee. After 5 years in California Mike returned to the KC area and teamed up with Wayne McDaniel to create Arterra Event Gallery; a full service special event venue in Lawrence, KS. 

Hobby

After accepting an assignment as restaurant reviewer for Chicago Holistic Magazine and attracting a readership, Mike’s love of great food and passion for all things healthy lead him to create a series of workshops and classes based on his 25 years experience researching and experimenting with health foods. With a local cable show, facilitating weekend workshops and teaching an eight week nutrition course designed for the busy urban professional, Mike realized his dream of transforming his hobby in to teaching others how to improve their lives through better nutrition. 

Mike lives in Lawrence, Kansas and spends his spare time writing, biking, hiking and playing disc golf. 


Aaron Webber - Assistant Director

Born in El Paso Texas to parents in the coast guard, Aaron travelled the US extensively. At 12 years old he became a 'cart boy' for Dune Grass Country Club in Maine. Aaron's hospitality career began after moving to Lawrence in 1999 and securing a Server, Bartender then Fine Dining Manager position at Lawrence Country Club followed my Bar Manager at Wayne & Larry's. Aarons love of golf lead him back to country clubs and he served as Food & Beverage Director at Alvamar. Aaron's creativity, passion and attention to detail earned him a loyal following of the Who's Who in the Lawrence area.

A self proclaimed 'people person' Aaron thrives on creating sight, sound, smell, taste and feel to ensure a total event experience for his clients. Whether it's a wedding or a business meeting, Aaron approaches every event with unmatched passion and genuine care for his clients.

Aaron accepted the position of Assistant Director for Arterra Event Gallery prior to its opening in the Fall of 2013. As Assistant Director, Aaron oversees all operations at Arterra and assists with sales and marketing.

Aaron lives in Lawrence with his wife Whitney (a competitor☺) and their two dogs; Sammy & Bailey and spends his spare time golfing, fine dining and sporting events. 

Testimonials

We strive to make every event a work of art. See what others have to say.

  • At a glance: You are in for an unforgettable experience at the Arterra Event Gallery. Between Mike Gehrs's expert event planning, the stunning and...

    Alicia & Steve
    September 14 2013

  • Mike, you, yet again, exceeed expectations! The food was delicious (shrimp was so incredibly well done and the flank steak was perhaps the best I'...

    Donor Appreciation Dinner
    September 2017

     

     

  • Mike, the tables looked great with the sunflowers. The food was delicious and It was nice working with you; you made it so easy for us!
    ...

    Corpus Christi Catholic Community

  • Mike was so helpful and accommodating from the very first tour we took of Arterra. Through the wedding planning stages he was very efficient and...

    September 30, 2017

  • Good morning Mike, It was a beautiful day and all of my expectations were met (and I have high expectations)!  The venue was clean, neat,...

    September 30, 2017

  • Hi Mike, We had such an amazing time!  Thank you and your staff so much for everything, and you literally did EVERYTHING!  From the minute I...

  • Hi Mike! Everything was absolutely perfect! Aaron was so great to work with and kept the entire night running smoothly. Everyone could not stop...

    Congratulations!

  • Hi Mike, Thank you for catching our vision for the Grouplink event and making it a success! You and Aaron were both great to work with. Everyone...

    September 17 2017

  • Thank you for doing an amazing job for my daughters wedding. We were blown away by your dedication to making her reception amazing.
    Shawna...

    Madison & Zachary
    May 21 2017

  • My wife and I decided to host our wedding at Arterra and we couldn't be happier. From the initial visit, Mike was helpful and informative, even...

    September 2 2017

  • Mike, It exceeded our expectations!!  Our entire day went off without a hitch thanks to
    You and Aaron!  We cannot thank you enough for...

    September 9 2017

  • First off Arterra is amazing! Just had my wedding there on September the 3rd and it was an overall beautiful experience. Mike and Aaron helped...

    September 3 2017

  • Hi Mike, We, as usual, thoroughly enjoyed our time at Arterra last week.  The food was delicious, the service was great and the space was...

    Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship

  • Arterra Event Gallery is such an elegant, classy, modern, beautiful, and special venue!!! We felt at home as soon as we walked in. It was just an...

  • Mike,
    Your staff did a  phenomenal job. It was an incredible day, the attention to detail was incredible. From Etty's dressing room to the...

    Ceremony & Reception For Etty & Tony

  • Mike, It was so wonderful! It couldn't have gone smoother. It all came together very beautifully and we both had so much fun.
    Julie &...

    Ceremony & Wedding Reception

  • Mike - everything was great! Everyone loved the venue and the delicious food. Thank you and your staff for everything. Aaron was wonderful and...

    Ceremony & Wedding Reception

  • Mike, Let me say it was a wonderful event. The Arterra crew did such an amazing job. The food and Decor was wonderful, and we all had such an...

    Choir Appreciation Dinner

  • Hi Mike, Arterra was wonderful -- the space, the food, the arrangements -- really terrific! Everyone has said how impressed they were!
    ...

  • Mike, Michele said the party was ABSOLUTELY perfect and wonderful and fantastic - exactly what they wanted :) Thanks so so much for all of your...

    Congratulations Eli & Mary Lou!

  • Hello Mike, I have had a chance to discuss venue options with my supervisors for our Dean’s Club event and we all decided that it’s hard to choose...

  • Mike, Everything was perfect! The food was amazing and everyone had a great time. Our guests were raving about the food! We couldn't have asked...

    Ceremony and Wedding Reception

  • Hi Mike!  Everything was great and Aaron took such great care of us!  Your staff is so friendly and so helpful!  Everyone had a great time and...

    Calli & Peter

  • Hi Mike,
    Sending a super thank you to you and your staff for the wonderful reception Friday night!
    Everything looked lovely and...

    Theatre Lawrence

  • Mike, our event was spectacular—exceeded ALL expectations!!!

  • Wow! We had our wedding at Arterra, and it turned out amazing. I am not a detailed person, but thankfully Arterra and the staff are. Mike was very...

    Ceremony & Reception

  • Hi Mike, It was a GREAT event! Our leaders kept saying how awesome the space was and how perfect it was for our group. Aaron and team were...

  • On behalf of all of us, thanks so much for the amazing work your entire team did.

  • "The venue was great. I find that you either have a great venue and food is so-so, or great food and so-so venue. Arterra was perfect in both...

    Pregnancy Care Center

  • This place is huge, but intimate! The bathrooms feel like an upscale home, not an eatery! The VIP room is a fantastic bonus and the management...

  • Mike & Aaron, the Stephens Holiday party was a wonderful event. The food was very good, the venue was beautiful, the staff was great and we...

    Stephens Real Estate

  • Mike,
    Our thanks to you and the Arterra Event Gallery staff for being such fantastic hosts of our back-to-school mixer for teachers and...

    USD 497

  • Devin and I were so pleased with our experience at Arterra and are still able to look back on it with happy memories six months later!

    Wedding Reception

  • Mike, I cannot thank you enough for all that you did and all the hard work you and your staff put in. Aaron was incredible and so very patient. It...

    Congratulations Jessica & Jason

  • The perfect venue for the most perfect day. Mike and Aaron at Arterra helped plan every single detail and spent so much time making sure I was...

    Ceremony and Reception

  • Mike, Aaron and everyone at Arterra was wonderful every step of the way.

    Ceremony And Reception

  • Mike, everything was wonderful!  I was blown away by everything and I want to thank you so much for everything. Everyone couldn't stop talking...

    Ceremony & Reception

  • Hi Mike, we had a wonderful time. We felt very well taken care of by all Arterra staff. Aaron helped me check the slideshow in advance and...

    Department of Special Education

  • Mike, you, Aaron and your staff did a lovely job. I don't think we could have asked for anything more. Thank you for making it all happen. Our...

    Wedding Ceremony & Reception

  • Hi Mike!

    The evening was absolutely perfect!! The venue, food , and service. Aaron and the staff did an amazing job, thank you for...

    Social Event

  • Mike, I just wanted to let you know that the food, service, and event were amazing last night!! 

    Our students, faculty, and guests...

    Graduation & Awards Dinner

  • We have been here for several different occasions. Every time the experience has been wonderful! The food is always amazing, the décor is always...

  • Thanks Mike, We had a ton of compliments on the wedding, your venue, the food, drinks, and staff. We really appreciate your first-class...

    Ceremony and Wedding Reception

  • Your hospitality, facility and food were amazing. Everyone was so excited to see Arterra and we heard many compliments.

    IOM Lawrence Chamber of Commerce

  • Arterra Event Gallery is such a gem in Lawrence. Mike, Aaron, and the staff are exceptional and went above and beyond to make our vision a reality...

    Wedding Reception

  • Thank you SO MUCH for everything. We ended the journey with the most perfect, beautiful wedding we could have ever imagined.

    Ceremony and Wedding Reception

  • Everyone is still talking about how amazing everything was! 5 out 5 stars for the whole event. Everything was PERFECT! 

    Ceremony and Wedding Reception

  • Thank you for a wonderful evening! Everything was perfectly done. The room was beautifully decorated and the food was exceptional.

    Social Event

  • We have heard nothing but positive comments from our guests. The food, the service and the whole atmosphere was everything we hoped for.

    Chair Fundraising Event - Community Village Lawrence

  • We are thankful for your expertise and talent! The food was awesome! Seriously, love the food! You guys created a great atmosphere. 

    Heartland Community Health Center

  • IT WAS PERFECT! The room was beautiful, the staff so helpful, and the food and drink was to die for!! What wonderful memories we will have!

    Wedding Reception

  • I hosted a 200+ person dinner with a reception and panel program. The food and service were impeccable, and Arterra made hosting it a breeze.

    The Dole Institute of Politics