Founded by Alexandria (Alex) Durant in 2006, Durant Consulting Inc. (DCI) is a full-service sponsor management and production company based out of Charleston, SC.

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, they same year DCI was founded.

  • First outside company to be chosen to produce and manage all of the silent and online auctions for the 2007 South Beach Wine & Food Festival, increasing revenues by over 30%

  • Personal wedding was featured in Augusta Magazine in 2008

  • Assisted 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 has managed over 25-50 Sponsors per year across multiple Festival platforms

Anne Burrell and Alex @NYCWFF