In 2003, Maxine purchased California Special Occasions after its doors opened in 2002. She is an independent business owner and believes in giving first.
Maxine is a Certified Event Planner, Certified Diversity Meeting Professional and earned her Professional Bridal Consultant designation from the Association of Bridal Consultants.
Maxine started her event planning career at Applied Materials in Santa Clara, CA by managing employee recognition events such as quarterly employee recognitions, annual holiday galas, and volunteer recognition dinners.
Maxine gives back to the community by volunteering her time to the Third Street Community Center for inner city under served children. She has served in various roles such as planner, coordinator, stage manager, décor, design and in managing volunteers.
Maxine sat on the Board of Directors of the Greater San Jose Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for over seven years, and has held positions as the President for the Greater Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Membership Director, Events Director and Secretary.
Maxine currently sits on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners-Silicon Valley. She has served as President (3 times since 2006), Membership Director, Corporate Partner Director (3 times over), Secretary, and Program Director.
Maxine was also the co-Director for the Association of Bridal Consultants – Bay Area from 2002 – 2018.
In addition, Maxine was a participant in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between AMEXME, a women’s organization in Yucatan, Mexico and the National Association of Women Business Owners-Silicon Valley, creating a bridge between women business owners in Mexico and the USA.