ABOUT 

Founded by Alexandria (Alex) Durant in 2006, Durant Consulting Inc. (DCI) provides full-service auction solutions for non-profits, sponsor management and event production.

In her previous role as Fundraising Director for Grandstand Sports in NYC, Alex managed 300+ auctions per year with consignment memorabilia and was consistently asked if she was available to produce all aspects of the non-profit auctions.  A move to Miami was the impetus to start DCI to fulfill the niche of auction production for galas, golf tournaments and Festivals.  Over time, the company has morphed along with the event industry to encompass Sponsor Management & Logistics.

Alex currently oversees sponsor fulfillment and advancement at many award-winning festivals including the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, New York City Wine & Food Festival, and Life is Beautiful music festival in Downtown Las Vegas.  DCI also manages all online and onsite auctions for the Charlotte Wine & Food Festival and the online auction for Charleston Stage.

Fun Facts about Alex:

  • ​At age 22, produced a dance concert in Augusta, GA to raise money to pursue a dance career in NYC.  One year later was running a modern dance company in NYC.

  • ​Named one of BizBash Fla's "20 Under 40" Innovative Pros Making Waves in the Industry in 2006, the same year DCI was founded.

  • First company hired to produce and manage all of the silent and online auctions for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and increased revenues by over 30% in the first year

  • Personal wedding was featured in Augusta Magazine in 2008

  • Assisted celebrity Chef Dave Martin with Marketing efforts and Public Appearances in 2010 and edited Dave's second cookbook "Flavor Quest, Volume 2"

  • For over 10 years, annually manages close to 50 sponsors across multiple festival platforms 

MY STORY

I started Durant Consulting Inc. (DCI) in 2006 to provide full-service auction solutions for non-profits.  I worked as the Director of Fundraising for Grandstand Sports in NYC from 1998-2005 where I managed 300+ auctions per year with consignment memorabilia. I was consistently asked to produce all aspects of the non-profit auctions by our clients and a move to Miami was the impetus to start DCI to fulfill the niche of auction production for galas, golf tournaments and Festivals.  Over time, the company has morphed to encompass Sponsor Management at large scale events nationwide, Logistics, and Event Production locally in Charleston, SC.

I currently oversee sponsor fulfillment and advancement at many award-winning festivals including the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, New York City Wine & Food Festival, and Life is Beautiful music festival in Downtown Las Vegas.  DCI also manages all online and onsite auctions for the Charlotte Wine & Food Festival as well as many other online auction clients. 

-Alexandria (Alex) Durant

Fun Facts:

  • ​At age 22, produced a dance concert in Augusta, GA to raise money to pursue a dance career in NYC.  One year later was running a modern dance company in NYC.

  • ​Named one of BizBash Fla's "20 Under 40" Innovative Pros Making Waves in the Industry in 2006, the same year DCI was founded.

  • First company hired to produce and manage all of the silent and online auctions for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and increased revenues by over 30% in the first year.

  • Personal wedding was featured in Augusta Magazine in 2008

  • Assisted celebrity Chef Dave Martin with Marketing efforts and Public Appearances in 2010 and edited Dave's second cookbook "Flavor Quest, Volume 2".

  • For over 10 years, annually manages close to 50 sponsors across multiple festival platforms.

Anne Burrell and Alex @NYCWFF

NYC Wine & Food Festival