About Us


Amanda Abiassi – Partner

Amanda has over a decade of experience in event management, marketing, and non-profit leadership. Her unmatchable dedication to philanthropic causes is at the core of her mission and has made her one of the very best in the industry. Amanda’s range of experience and relationships in the community and professional sports world enables clients to strategically align their goals and build long-lasting and successful partnerships. She has developed trusted relationships with corporate sponsors and professional athletes and understands the unique athlete-charity relationship.

Amanda leads her team by seeing the big picture, while always mastering the fine details. As president, she provides pro-active leadership while working with clients and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through innovative partnerships and events, strategic sponsorships, and fundraising and community support.


Neera Patidar – Partner

Neera enhances the professional synergy Elevate brings to each of its clients. With a widely diversified background in marketing, hospitality, and business, including international commerce, Neera has a keen understanding of exceeding expectations while keeping a watchful eye on the bottom line. She is committed to maximizing long-term client relationships, increasing charitable giving, and maintaining the highest level of integrity and success that is synonymous with Elevate Management Group.


Chris Myers – Partner

10 year NFL vet, Chris Myers, ruled the offensive line as the Houston Texans Pro Bowl Center. However, after retiring in 2016, it has been his heart that keeps him in the limelight. Chris regularly participates and supports non-profits around the nation, doing what he can to help elevate their efforts and amplify their impact.

When the opportunity presented itself to partner with Elevate, I jumped at the chance to join such an exciting young company. I knew this was a passion and dream of Amanda’s to build this company from the ground up and think my experiences throughout my career can give worthwhile perspective to the project. I have no doubt with the experience and success from past events, both charitable and recreational, that Elevate will provide continued satisfaction for every future client!” – Chris Myers


DeeAnn Thigpen – Public Relations Director

As principal owner of Rolling Water Group Public Relations, DeeAnn brings over 20 years of  experience in local, state and national media markets, corporate and government communications as Elevate’s Director of Public Relations. With first-hand knowledge of how a story comes to life, our insider experience and relationships connects our clients to the people that need to know your story – offering our clients a level of trust and experience that others cannot.

Savanna Gray – Creative Event Director

Owner of the award-winning, wedding planning company, En Vogue Events, Savanna has been making her mark on Houston since 2005 by creating innovative and spectacular events that have been recognized and published by organizations including The Knot, Style Me Pretty and Modern Luxury Magazine. Her passion of creating gorgeous events and heart for the industry combined with over 10 years of event knowledge and experience brings an invaluable addition to the EMG team.

Team Members

EMG team members also have primary functions to provide volunteer management, customer service matters, project administration, event budgets, timelines assistance and related on-site event production, social media management, public relations, bookkeeping, and related accounting services. Our team collaborates with athletes and their advisors to identify and articulate philanthropic objectives, and then to create, fund, and manage charitable entities to accomplish their mission.

Contact Us

EMG provides the best philanthropic consulting and management services to streamline and implement the strategic process needed to achieve the desired results while eliminating the abundant amount of time, knowledge, and experience required. Feel free to contact us with any questions and we will be very happy to assist you.