Our Team

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Our team of dedicated event specialists is ready to create a flawless event with attention paid to the smallest detail. We’re pleased to offer an extensive range of amenities for the ceremony as well as assisting in making arrangements for floral design, music/entertainment or any other service you require.

To schedule a tour or to book your special event with us, please contact our sales team at 973-731-5600.

C. Lars Johnson General Manager

Since 2002, Lars has, as general manager of Pleasantdale Château, created attractive concepts for brides and has maintained the high level of service offered by his team through decades of leadership experience in the hospitality industry.

He is recognized throughout the industry for maintaining Pleasantdale Château’s standard of excellence and has truly raised the bar in this field. Lars’ commitment to ensuring that every detail, no matter how small, is attended to, has been evident in the success of his clients’ events and celebrations.

Prior to managing the team at Pleasantdale Château, Lars has served as Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage for several premier hotels in New York City for a total of 32 years of hands-on experience.

Lars is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

“I’m always striving to work with the staff to create the memorable experience for each Chateau event. The challenge is to satisfy and exceed each guest’s unique requests and expectations.”

Andrew D. Kronengold Director of Sales and Catering

Andrew has been directing the sales and execution of high end events for the Pleasantdale Chateau since November 1996.

Andrew, a resident of Essex County, originally from Great Neck, Long Island via New York City has been affiliated with upscale catering establishments since the age of 14. His formal training and acquired expert knowledge came most notably from holding the position as Director of Catering at the age of 25 for Hilton Hotels' first and only AAA Five Diamond awarded Hilton at Short Hills.

In 2002, he took a hiatus from his post at the Château to run his own industry-related business but returned in 2009 to find that the standards of excellence he put in place a half-decade earlier were still running strong. His role at the Château is to continue providing the best for his clients while raising the bar for the industry.

Laura Madden Senior Catering Sales Manager

Laura has been helping brides and grooms realize their dream wedding at the Pleasantdale Chateau since 2007.

Although a native of New Jersey, Laura’s career began when she moved to New Hampshire in 1993 to manage a professional disc jockey company, which led her to providing the music and master of ceremonies for weddings throughout New Hampshire.

In 2001, she accepted a position as Catering Sales Manager for a prestigious and high-end banquet and restaurant facility, managing and planning both corporate and wedding events.

In 2006, Laura moved back to New Jersey, where she was quickly hired as Director of Catering for the Hilton Hotel in Hasbrouck Heights, overseeing all catered events, including weddings. Wanting to return to a more family-owned environment, Laura was appointed to her current position in 2007 bringing her expertise to Pleasantdale Château. Since then, she has helped plan hundreds of weddings for appreciative and delighted brides and grooms.

Dawn Paradine-Weimmer Executive Office and Catering Sales Manager

Dawn has been working with Pleasantdale Château’s corporate clientele since 2002.

Dawn, a 2001 graduate of Monmouth University in New Jersey started her career as a Sales Assistant at The Hilton Hotel in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey assisting the Director of Sales as well as other various duties. In 2002, Dawn’s career took her to the Sheraton at Newark Airport as the Sales and Catering Assistant where she was quick to develop her expertise in the catering side of the business.

In late 2002, Dawn was given the opportunity to transition from hotel catering to the world of exclusive, private events at Pleasantdale Chateau where she has planned and implemented hundreds of corporate events from smaller breakfast meetings to large industry conferences to corporate holiday parties.

Santiago Sevilla Maitre d’

Born in Quito, Ecuador, Santiago moved to the United States in 1997 to earn his college degree in Business Management.

Soon after obtaining his degree, Santiago was hand-selected by Maplewood Country Club where within six months was promoted to Maitre d’, overseeing both private dining and catered events. At age 19, Santiago was the youngest Maitre d’ in the history of Maplewood Country Club.

In 2004, Santiago wanted to broaden his horizons and attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where he continued his education in Front of House Management and Excellent Service courses.

Seeking a high-end establishment that would benefit from his experience and education, Santiago found the Pleasantdale Château, where he accepted a position as a Banquet Captain. Quickly realizing his potential, just six months later, the management team at Pleasantdale Château promoted him to his current position of Maitre d’. Santiago’s passion for excellence in accommodating every request no matter how big or small, coupled with his charming personality, fits perfectly with the culture of the magnificent Pleasantdale Château.

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