About TinyFest Events

Meet the Passionate People Behind TinyFest Events

Renee - CEO

Say hello to TinyFest CEO and founder, Renee McLaughlin. For her, the idea of “Going Tiny” is more than just buying and moving into a moveable home. It’s about sustainability, autonomy, flexibility, and freedom: financial freedom, freedom of mobility, and freedom from stuff and stress. And, it’s about having fun!

TinyFest began as the brainchild of McLaughlin, a native of Iowa. After living and maintaining a 3300 square foot, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom house – she decided in 2015 to sell it all after her youngest daughter was heading to college. She realized it was “Her Time” to do what she wanted – and she wanted a Tiny House!

She bought her first tiny home on wheels – a 87 square foot home nicknamed “Big R” and took it to a few festivals in 2016.
She kept thinking, “We need to have more of these festivals, because it gives people a great way to experience tiny living, ask questions, and see things in person.”

That’s why she created TinyFest Midwest, in Des Moines, Iowa, featuring fellow Iowan and ‘The Godfather of Tiny Houses,’ Jay Shafer. She then branched out to TinyFest California before creating TinyFest NorthWest and now offering the first ever TinyFest Texas, in Austin.
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Tracy  & Frank 


Meet Tracy! She’s not only TinyFest Executive Assistant and Front Gate Chief, but she's also Renee’s best friend.

You will see Tracy’s welcoming smile as soon as you arrive at TinyFest! She is great at organizing the ticketing systems and keeping the lines at the entrance moving smoothly. Her organizational and people skills make her invaluable to TinyFest attendees. Her gentle, calm demeanor amidst the chaos and her long-term friendship make her invaluable to Renee.

Tracy's awesome husband Frank recently joined the TinyFest Team and is appreciated by all for his hard work ethic and great attitude. They both embrace the spirit of what TinyFest is about.
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Lexi

Meet Lexi. She is not only Vendor Coordinato, Nomad Village Coordinator and Social Media Manager, but she is also Renee's daughter's best friend.

You will see Lexi at TinyFest taking care of the vendors and nomads, plus taking photos and videos. Lexi's ability to master challenges and goals pushes the rest of us to accomplish ours.

TinyFest is a great fit for her. It is something she believes in and allows her to work remotely. It has given her the freedom to travel and save up for her future tiny living adventure. 

"I get to work with people I love and join a community that supports what I believe in!"

Reg & Janelle

Renee can always count on help from her brother and sister-in-law at TinyFest (and in the rest of life too!) Reg is great at logistics and security. His military background and willingness to always stand up for his little sitster make him perfect for the job. Janelle is head honcho at the merchandise booth. Her calm and friendly personality are appreciated greatly by the rest of the team and by TinyFest attendees too. Their daughter Lexi also joins the team whenever her busy Army/ college/ homesteader schedule allows.
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Brianna & Kayla

From the beginning, Renee’s daughters have been two of her biggest supporters and awesome assistants for TinyFest. Brianna & Kayla basically do whatever mom asks in order to help the event run smoothly. Both young ladies have started a family of their own in the past few years and will be missing out on some of our future events as they stay home to care for the tiniest and newest members to the TinyFest family- Grayson & Sophie.
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And Gabe!

Meet our friend Gabe. He first joined the team at TinyFest Midwest in 2019 and has been stuck with us ever since. (We tend to do that to people.) He doesn’t hesitate to “go get it done” and then ask what else he can do to help. He’s awesome! Gabe is constantly filling in anywhere that he is needed and running errands non-stop- which is why he always gets to drive one of the golf carts and why he has earned him the nickname “Gopher Gabe”.
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