I am Maika Janat-Vennemann, a Portland-based creative and event management professional by way of Frankfurt and Berlin. Born and raised in Germany, I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest in the fall of 2012 and settled in Portland, Oregon with my husband, Venne.
Contrary to the often grey and dark Portland skies, I prefer to live my life in BRIGHT, NEON COLOR. I am a PASSIONATE TRAVELER [please, take me someplace, anyplace new + exciting], SPORTS-ADDICT [hello, walking and cycling around the city, marathons in the pouring rain, yoga, green juice + organic healthy food], TENNIS FAN [yay, Maria and Roger!] and TRACK+FIELD FANATIC [yip, I could watch 365 24/7].
I have worked for companies like Nike, Calvin Klein and Bugatti on sales meetings, PR launches, trade shows and retail + pop up store executions. I am obsessed with beautiful things: retail + interior design, fashion, craft. I cannot pass up a garage sale or a new coffee shop or pair of Air Max sneakers. I am equally comfortable in an H&M t-shirt, as I am in a designer leather jacket.
A maker and collector of art and a SNKR enthusiast, my personal style, home + life is a reflection of my eclectic vision and personality, and can only hope that my daughter Lucy [coming May 2017] will get this gene from me.
I am loyal and trustworthy and disciplined. An Oregonian at heart, I now say “Go Ducks!”
And now, after working for the same company for 13 years, finding my way from intern in Frankfurt to US-branch president and around the globe to cities like Marrakech and Rio and Beijing, I am ready for a new journey, new challenges and opportunities. Author or student or blogger or business owner? Stay tuned for my next chapter.