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Team Cruz Events

Daniel H. Cruz


Daniel H. Cruz is a southeast Texas native, Lamar University graduate, and is the owner of Cruz Events LLC. He is a member of the Nederland, Port Neches, Groves, and Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, United Way SETX board member, and President of the Hispanic Business Association. Daniel is a 2022 recipient of the 40 Under 40 award via the Southeast Texas Young Professionals Organization, YPO.


Daniel’s past experience as a middle and high school campus director has a special place in his heart. He established the Cruz Events Community Impact Scholarship in 2022 and it’s geared towards supporting first generation students. Through his business he finds ways to give back to the field of education and the community.


Ashley M. Arvie

Balloon Designer & Event Assistant

Ashley M. Arvie was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is the mother of a beautiful daughter who proudly serves in the army and a handsome young man who recently graduated high school. Ashley moved to Port Arthur, Texas 13 years ago and has called it home ever since. She joined the Cruz Events team in 2020. Ashley began her decor career by assisting with linens and soon became interested with the balloon-building process. Now, Ashley is the lead balloon designer and has shown tremendous growth in her field. Her goal is to become the best balloon designer in the state of Texas. Ashley is also a member of a variety of organizations such as the Hispanic Business Association, LULAC SETX, and Fiestas.


Marlene Castro

Drape Designer & Event Assistant

Marlene Castro was born and raised in Southeast Texas. She attended PAISD for the majority of her education, but graduated in 2013 from Bob Hope Charter School. After graduating high school, she attended Lamar State College Port Arthur. Marlene has a big heart for helping animals and has a handsome dog by the name of Tank. During her time volunteering at The Humane Society of SETX, she met Tank and rescued him. Marlene was the very first official Cruz Events employee and has been with the company since its inception in 2016. She started by assisting with items as needed and over time has been leading and overseeing the tedious instillation of event draping. Marlene was an NHS member and volunteered while in high school, so it’s no surprise she continues her community involvement with organizations such as the Hispanic Business Association.


Yeneli A. Castro

Lighting Designer & Social Media Assistant

Yeneli A. Castro is a Groves, Texas native and graduated from PNGISD in 2019. Yeneli is the youngest of three sisters. She has a dapper cat named Fio and a handsome dog named Otis. Her passion is in the field of technology and has a good eye for editing. Yeneli joined the Cruz Events team in 2018 and began assisting with items needed. Her niche was clearly the lighting aspects of design and capturing the details of the final product. Yeneli soon became the lead in lighting design and social media assistant. These are vital elements that showcase each event and the strengths of the business. Yeneli is also a part of local organizations such as the Hispanic Business Association.

Balloon Designer Assistant

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