Being a family-owned business, the principles of personal service are very dear to our hearts. It was our owners, Maggie & Robert Shahnazarian, who originally came up with the idea for NOOR. Together with an amazing team, we have been able to consistently honor their vision for creating a warm and inviting space for weddings, birthdays, fundraisers, corporate events and more. Scroll down for NOOR’s sales and event management team bios.


Partner, CMO & Sr. Vice President of Sales

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CMO & Sr. VP of Sales of NOOR in Pasadena, Mr. Shahnazarian has over 25 combined years in the entertainment and hospitality industry. His career in entertainment includes over twelve years of employment at Sony Music as in-house Producer, where he worked with numerous Grammy Award winning artists including Taylor Swift, Train, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and many others.

In addition, his employment at the legendary Geoffrey’s restaurant in Malibu provided him with insight and experience in providing world-class service to high-end celebrity Clientele. He holds a B.A. in Communication from Pepperdine as well as an M.B.A from Pepperdine University | Graziadio School of Business and Management.

He is affiliated with the Chris Shahnazarian Foundation, raising funds in his son’s name to send two high school students on full scholarship to CalArts one month summer program known as CSSSA. An international traveler with sophisticated taste, Mr. Shahnazarian brings his passion for world culture and extensive knowledge of customs and traditions to his Client’s events at NOOR.

Favorite Quote for his Clients: “A successful event is one where our team meets or exceeds our Client’s expectations.”


Vice President of Sales

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Bridget Ann is a seasoned hospitality expert from New York with 16+ years of event experience. She has been with the NOOR team for six years and is dedicated to crafting packages that are within budget, yet include enhancements that embrace her Clients’ personal flare!

Whether it is an intimate dinner or a wedding for 350, she has a passion for making dreams come true. Clients appreciate her responsiveness and attention to detail. She treats every event as if it was her own.

Bridget Ann’s favorite aspect about working at NOOR is that her Clients will never forget how she and her team made them feel! She also takes pride in the transparency of NOOR’s contracts, since there are no hidden fees.

In her spare time, Bridget Ann loves baking, entertaining and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

Favorite Quote for her Clients:“Your day, your way!”


Sales Manager

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As a northern New Jersey native, Maria Valencia has experienced the opportunity of producing major events on both Coasts. With over six years of experience in the Event industry, while holding a variety of management, and operational positions, she is skilled in different departments. She has had the pleasure of working at NOOR for over two years with a passion for interacting with Clients. One of her favorite aspects of working at NOOR is assisting her Clients and customizing their dream celebration all the while coming up with creative solutions to adhere to their budget. Her down-to-earth nature translates into everything she does while keeping calm and composed under any circumstance. She is truly dedicated to her Clients and their vision.

When she is not working, Maria enjoys fine art exhibits, spending time with her dog, and experiencing great restaurants with craft cocktails.

Favorite Quote:“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle”


Director of Events

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Miranda Akkari is Director of Events at NOOR. Her role is to assist with all of her Clients’ most important details to create the most memorable event possible at NOOR for her Clients, their families, friends and colleagues. Ms. Akkari prides herself on doing whatever it takes to ensure this is the most enjoyable process for her Clients. Whether it be planning their dream wedding or creating lifelong memories at a company’s Holiday Party! Miranda enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, relaxing at the beach and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to plan your next event with you!


Senior Events Manager

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Kenji Shimabukuro joined NOOR as the Senior Events Manager working with Clients to execute flawless events. Whether an event as personal as a wedding, a gala fundraiser to raise money for a non-profit, a corporate dinner reception or full-day workshop, Kenji is happy to be a part of the NOOR family and enjoys working with team members to ensure that our Clients’ events run smoothly.

Kenji has a long history with events and conferences starting at UCLA as a Manager in the Operations Department of the Student Union followed by the Meetings Manager for UCLA Conferences & Events, and the Events Manager at The Learning Annex, where he coordinated over 300 events in the LA area. As the Director of Operations for GTCbio, Kenji produced conferences and summits for the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

When he is not golfing or playing volleyball, Kenji enjoys finding unique eats around town with his wife and spends time enjoying his two children singing, dancing, and performing on stage.

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Interested in hosting your wedding or event at NOOR? Talk to us today on (626) 793-4518 or fill out our inquiry form and instantly receive our menus and pricing information.