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Candy Adams, CTSM, Bronze Level, CEM, CMP, CMM
Candy Adams CTSM, CEM, CMP, CMM, a.k.a. "The Booth Mom®" Candy is a veteran freelance consultant/exhibit project manager for companies who don't have a full-time exhibit manager. With a passion for cutting industry rookies' learning curve, she provides one-on-one pre-show coaching and on-site exhibit management training to new exhibitors. Adams is an award-winning EXHIBITOR magazine columnist of "Exhibiting 101" and has been on the EXHIBITOR Show/EXHIBITORLIVE faculty since 1995.




Errol Ahearn
Errol Ahearn is the VP of Global Design for Global Experience Specialists (GES). He's an award winning exhibit designer, industry speaker and creative strategist who manages a specialized network for designers. For the past 25 years his teams have supported clients in the areas of Healthcare, Aerospace, and Technology. For the past 10 years Errol has traveled extensively around the globe supporting clients and researching for the latest exhibition trends.




Juan Alcalá
Juan Alcalá is a trial attorney who focuses primarily in the areas of international litigation and arbitration with a particular emphasis on disputes involving Latin America. Mr. Alcalá's experience in resolving disputes has allowed him to counsel clients regarding a host of litigation-related issues, including counseling clients entering foreign markets or expanding operations in foreign jurisdictions with regard to risk assessment and mitigation. He is a frequent speaker and author on topics relating to international disputes. Mr. Alcalá holds a bachelor's degree from Yale and a juris-doctorate from the University of Texas.




Rhiannon Andersen
As the Vice President and co-owner of Steelhead Productions - a Las Vegas based exhibit company, Rhiannon has developed all of the company's brand and marketing communication, including their trade show program. Understanding how environments drive human behavior, Rhiannon has developed many award winning integrated event campaigns which have resulted in exponential increases in lead generation and have gained the attention of many in the trade show industry.




Kelly Anderson, CTSM Candidate
For the past four years, Kelly Anderson (CTSM candidate) has been the Event Manager for American Metal Roofs. While single-handedly designing, setting-up, and staffing exhibits for over 66+ events a year, she manages to add in: consulting, raising a family of seven children, teaching high school and all while working for her local police department! She's a firm believer that in developing good habits you can achieve more than you ever thought possible!




Lisa Apolinski
Lisa Apolinski is a speaker, strategist, and founder of 3 Dog Write, a digital agency. She is considered a venue marketing thought leader, working in the industry for over 16 years. She consults on best practices to engage customers through the location, technology or communication. She works with companies to create engaging campaigns, particularly through digital channels. She is a blogger on Trade Show News Network, and has been a contributor for Yahoo! and Cvent.




NeKeta Argrow
NeKeta Argrow is a seasoned event marketing and operations executive with over 14 years of diverse leadership roles ensuring the success of brand presence at live events and tradeshows, both domestic and international. NeKeta holds a BA in Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitor Association.




Karl Baesman
Karl Baesman, Creative Director, Global Experience Specialists (GES), Atlanta. Karl brings over 20 years of industry experience designing custom exhibits for clients such as TOTO, Komatsu, Merck, Pfizer, P&G Petcare, and Checkfree. He uses a broad knowledge of architecture, construction methods, lighting, graphics, and multimedia to help create memorable and innovative exhibit experiences. An award-winning designer, Karl's work has been featured in Exhibitor Magazine, Event Design Magazine, and Designing the World's Greatest Exhibits.




Kelly Bagnall, Esq.
Kelly Franklin Bagnall has represented hotel and resort owners and management companies nationwide in virtually all aspects of operational matters, including litigation, arbitration and attending to risk management and security issues. Kelly is a partner with the law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP, and is a member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Meeting Professionals International, National Association of Credit Management, Professional Convention Management Association, and the State Bar of Texas.




Brian Baker
Brian Baker is Vice President of HighMark TechSystems and spent 17 years as Creative Director for MC² Atlanta. He has been designing environments since 1995. Brian studied design at the world-renowned Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, and received his bachelor's from Purdue. Brian has worked with many high-profile clients including Coca-Cola, Intel, Best Buy, The Home Depot, FedEx, Anheuser Busch, Philips, Michelin, Volvo, The Weather Channel, State Farm, and The Atlanta Braves.




John Baker
John Baker is the creator of The Asking Formula. He is the author of two acclaimed books, "READY Thinking" and the AXIOM Award winning "The Asking Formula - Ask For What You Want...And Get It!" John's background includes roles as COO and SVP at such leading firms as American Express and Ameriprise Financial. Since 2007 John has served the Secretary of Defense helping veterans adapt back into civilian life upon return from battlefield deployment.




Judi Baker-Neufeld
Judi Baker-Neufeld is Founder/President of TradeShows Plus!, a strategic marketing and creative resource for exhibitors who need to achieve business objectives, develop focused ideas and improve implementation and/or results for their tradeshow and event participation. TSP is instrumental in not only planning but also executing strategic and creative recommendations for improved results. Clients past and present include: JDSU(Viavi Solutions), Avid Bioservices, Kohler, Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, Tempur-Pedic, NEC, JCI, and Pratt & Whitney.




Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, DES
Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP is an international speaker and consultant helping clients worldwide use technology to improve events. He has been included as one of "The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry" by Successful Meetings magazine five times. He has been named as a "Meetings Trendsetter 2015" by Meetings Focus Magazine and one of "Top 30 CMP Influencers" by the CIC. He ranked #5 in Bizzabo's "60 Most Influential Events Professionals to Follow".




Emilie Barta
Emilie Barta is a trade show presentation strategist, marketer, designer, and presenter. For 15+ years, she has attracted attendees out of the aisle and into the booth at over 300 events around the world in a variety of industries from High Tech to Housewares and everything in between. Emilie's well-rounded approach to trade show marketing, attendee engagement, and in-booth presentations makes her a sought-after speaker at industry events and a quotable source for industry publications.




Jacqueline Beaulieu
Jacqueline Beaulieu, HMCC is a seasoned professional with a wealth of healthcare industry specific knowledge and experience. As Executive Director, Healthcare Education & Events at BlueHive Strategic Environments, she educates and is a resource for information for those working in healthcare conventions, medical meetings and healthcare exhibit marketing.




Diane Benson, CTSM, Diamond Level
Diane E. Benson, CTSM Diamond, Americas Exhibits Leader, GE Healthcare. Diane's 25+ year career in event marketing spans both the exhibitor & supplier sides exhibits. Diane is Past President of HCEA & has just finished a three-year term as a member of EXHIBITOR's Editorial Advisory Board. One of the earliest CTSM's in the industry, Diane was awarded her Diamond upgrade in 2012, & is currently one of only 12 Diamond-level CTSM's in the world.




Emma Bica
Emma Bica is a Senior Marketing Communications Specialist at PeopleNet in Minnetonka, MN. At PeopleNet, Emma is responsible for the coordination, planning and execution of all tradeshows and events that company participates in, as well as internal conferences including an annual User Conference for upwards of 2,500 attendees. Emma also manages and monitors all social media accounts for PeopleNet. She has been part of the speaking faculty for EXHIBITORLIVE since 2013.




Richard Bixter
Richard Bixter, associate attorney, Holland & Knight LLP




Benjamin Bothun
Benjamin is Head of Marketing at Expotechnik Global Exhibit Group based near Frankfurt, Germany. Born and raised in the Midwest, he packed up everything and moved to Europe after college to start his international career. He is a global marketing expert with over 20 years of experience in live communication and trend scouting and has collaborated with celebrities like Katy Perry and Georgia Jagger. Benjamin also sings in a Gospel choir and enjoys working out.




Susan Brauer, CME
Susan Brauer, CME. With more than 25 years of experience in face-to-face marketing, Susan has presented numerous workshops to help exhibitor and event marketers achieve more results-oriented programs. Susan's passion is to help organizations maximize their efforts by helping them build measurable strategies to achieve ongoing face-to-face marketing success.




Glenda Brungardt, CTSM, Silver Level
Glenda a member of the corporate events team for HP Inc. and is responsible for Tier 1 tradeshows and events. She is part of an HP-wide network of event marketing and technical professionals that deliver consistent brand, messaging, experiences, and execution of tradeshows and events. We focus on identifying and driving economies of scale to generate revenue, increase productivity, and help improve HP's marketing investment around tradeshows/events.




Kim Burkus, CTSM candidate
Kim Burkus joined the Jack Morton team in 1996. As Director of Project Management, she oversees all Project Managers & Coordinators while implementing best practices in planning tradeshows & events, directing our internal teams, creating project plans & budgets, and making sure that we are successfully attending to the thousands of details that spell the difference between an event's success and failure. Prior to leading our Project Management Department, Kim was a Project Manager and Account Manager, handling programs for clients such as the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Solutions Companies, eBay, inVentiv Health, Biosense Webster and Merrill Lynch.




Carlos Caballero
Carlos Caballero, technical director, GPO.Display




Dax Callner
Dax Callner has over 15 years of experience developing experiential marketing programs for some of the world's leading brands, including P&G, American Express, GE, eBay, MasterCard, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Pitney Bowes, Motorola, HP, Kraft, Bloomberg, the U.S. Census Bureau, Johnson & Johnson, Dell, JPMorgan, General Mills and Nestle.




Terry Campanaro
With more than 22 years of exhibit industry expertise, including experience on both the client and supplier side, Terry brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as Vice President Client Relations, Healthcare. Over the last 17 years with EG, now GES, Terry has worked in multiple capacities including marketing, sales management and client services. In addition, she has directly managed some of the company's largest global accounts including Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Gambro Healthcare, Pfizer and Schering-Plough.




Katharine Chestnut Klang, CTSM, Diamond Level
With 30+ years experience, Katharine started in advertising before transitioning to client-side marketing. Strategy and measurement of her own programs became a passion. Involvement at all levels of the creative and marketing process brings a practical working knowledge to every project. Experience in a variety of industries brings inventiveness to her solutions. A contributing writer and speaker for 20+ years along with marketing consulting and owner of an Atlanta co-working office.




Andrew Childers
Andrew Childers acts at a bridge for exhibitors wanting to exhibit in Europe. Working 50% from the von Hagen Design's headquarters in Germany and 50% from Boston, his primary responsibilities include the development of sales campaigns, educating exhibitors new to exhibiting in Europe, and leading the firm's partnership with Skyline. Childers is an experienced international sales person with professional roots in the trade fairs industry and a formal education in marketing and advertising.




Francisco Collazo
Francisco "Paco" Collazo, general manager, SISTEXPO




Amy Connery
As director of culture and talent Amy's leadership and coaching efforts serve to support a diverse staff of high achievers to assure that their professional goals find alignment with our organizational vision toward quality, service excellence. Trained as a developmental coach, Amy provides insight and reflection for team members seeking to improve their performance and overcome obstacles.




Dominique Cook, CTSM, Diamond Level
Dominique Cook, Diamond Level CTSM, is the Trade Show Manager for Marvin Windows and Doors. Prior to transitioning to the exhibitor side, she worked for an exhibit house while completing her MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Since joining Marvin, Dominique has actively participated in exhibitor advisory boards and groups for Marvin's national, regional and local trade and consumer shows. Dominique is also an active member of the Exhibitor and Event Marketers Association.




Rebecca Coons
Rebecca Coons, President, Nalu Creative, has been in the live meeting/event industry since 1986. She has received numerous awards, serves on key industry associations, advises influential publications and has been a spokesperson at major events. In 2010 she launched her own firm, Nalu Creative, to create momentum and focus on refining guest experiences. Nalu is the perfect balance of creative solutions, unique entertainment, production design and technical expertise.




Andy Core, MS
Andy Core, MS, is a healthy-lifestyle realist who provides high energy self help that works. Core teaches principles that help people feel better, look better and be better. And by doing this he builds teams that cost less, have better attitudes and accomplish more.




Marc Crosier
Marc Crosier offers nearly 20 years experience in Event Marketing. He started his career working at exhibit houses advising and servicing pharmaceutical, apparel, and electronics clients. For the past 14 years he has been working for medical device and healthcare financial companies providing strategic direction for their trade show and event programs.




Jefferson Davis
Jefferson Davis is President of Competitive Edge, a highly specialized consulting and training firm that helps businesses more effectively use tradeshows to support core business objectives and generate measurable financial value beyond cost. Since 1991, he's worked with hundreds of exhibiting companies from small businesses to Fortune 500, has trained over 100,000 marketing and sales personnel, and has helped clients generate over $750,000,000 in combined results.




Robyn Davis
After earning an Aerospace Engineering degree, an unexpected turn of events brought Robyn Davis to trade shows. Now, she teaches exhibitors how to make their trade show participation even more worthwhile through speaking, training, and consulting services. Robyn has received awards (like SLMA's "20 Women to Watch in Sales Lead Management"), written for reputable publications (like Exhibitor Magazine and Event Solutions magazine), and presented sessions at industry events (like HCEA Connect and IMEX America).




Steven Deitz
2000 - Texas Tech grad. Steve started his career as Asst. Art Director for an investment startup called Undiscovered Managers, while taking night courses for business/illustration. 2002 - Became Creative Director of 1Roof Strategies, a creative marketing company. 2006 - Launched SD Creative, a creative marketing consultancy which focused on marketing strategy and design. 2009 - Co-founded 900lbs. CEO/Creative Director of Dallas-based innovation lab and creative marketing studio.




Danielle DelVecchio
Danielle DelVecchio, senior manager, client services, Access TCA, joined Access after spending almost 10 years as a senior account manager at D&J Electronics. She brings real world, insider expertise to exhibitors such as how to collaborate with designers on structural and logistical requirements for digital installations and to interface with programmers on software development for optimal results with graphics and functional design. She holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland.




Jonathan Denton
Jon is an engineering graduate (BSc (Hons), MSc) of the University of London and Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. Prior to joining SDD Exhibitions in May 1999 he managed major construction installations in the UK and across Europe. Jon has extensive global experience, specifically in the Aerospace and Defence sector, as well as the Healthcare sector. Jon regularly manages a number of multi-project tradeshows which comprise some of GES' largest contracts.




Bill Doolittle
Bill Doolittle is an award-winning senior executive with consistent, diversified and progressive sales and delivery of business services and solutions for organizations worldwide. His record of business development and new product success has been sought after by companies around the world and his entire career has been defined by constantly examining how to bring unique, creative, compelling and disruptive solutions to the needs of businesses to drive dramatic and sustainable growth.




James Doucette
James Doucette, director, client services at Access TCA, describes himself as a marketer first. Having originally started at Access in 2010, James also spent three years with an advertising and digital marketing agency working on integrated campaigns for global customers. James relishes the opportunity to sit at the table with brand teams, and advocates including events as part of the greater communications mix. James holds a bachelor's degree from Stonehill College.




Nancy Drapeau, PRC
A 23-year market research veteran, 18 years in the trade show sector. As CEIR's Research Director, she conducts industry wide studies on the exhibition industry, providing insights and advice for exhibitors and other industry stakeholders. She is an AC Nielsen Burke Institute trained focus group moderator, holds a BA in Government from Georgetown University and a Master in Advanced European and International Studies from l'Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales.




Alyssa Dver
As co-founder of American Confidence Institute, Alyssa collaborates with international neuroscientists, psychologists and high performance coaches. An in-demand speaker, author of 6 books including, "Kickass Confidence: Own Your Brain. Up Your Game.", "Kick Up Confidence" TV host, and go-to for NPR, CNN Money, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fitness Magazine, etc. - Alyssa is the world's Chief Confidence Officer.




Betsy Earle, CTSM, Gold Level
Betsy P. Earle, CTSM, Gold Level, is Creative Director/Owner of Event Driven Solutions. Betsy works closely with her clients to execute successful domestic and international trade show programs ranging from 100 square feet to 18,000 square feet in size. She places special emphasis on logistics and marketing. Earle obtained her MBA at the University of Miami, with a concentration in Marketing & Statistics, and her Gold-level CTSM in 2012.




Joan Eisenstodt
Joan Eisenstodt founded Eisenstodt Associates, a DC-based meetings consulting and training company in 1981. Her experience with associations, corporations, hotel companies and DMOs, has been to facilitate and design meetings, conduct training, and negotiate contracts. Her passions and work have been recognized by MPI, HSMAI, PCMA, and NSA; as an inductee into the CIC Hall of Leaders, by PCMA's Foundation and IACC for her contributions to industry education.




Jon Ellms
Jon Ellms, vice president, principal at Access TCA, manages programs for healthcare companies of all sizes. Jon is the director of Access' healthcare practice, recruiting team members who question the status quo, understand challenges before suggesting solutions, and deliver strategic and tactical excellence. Jon is active in HCEA and has spoken often over the past 20 years at HCEA's annual meeting. A graduate of Bucknell University, Jon is an Access board member & minority shareholder. 




Brendan Emerson
Brendan Emerson, director, client services at Access TCA has a true insider's knowledge of healthcare meetings. Having held positions at both Boston Biotech Conference and CBI prior to joining Access, Brendan understands the challenges of meeting management as well as exhibitor expectations. He has experience in every aspect of the convention industry, from room blocks and speaker programs to sponsorships and signage. Brendan holds a bachelor's degree from University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.




Kevin England
Kevin England is the founder and CEO/President of Vonazon, a full service digital marketing agency that is constantly expanding to include some of the greatest marketing minds in the Southern California area - particularly when it comes to Marketing Automation. He has passed his expertise on marketing strategy, implementation, content creation, and best practices to countless marketers and serves as a trusted partner with some of the most powerful marketing applications available today.




Brad Falberg
Brad Falberg is an expert in the collaborative design process with more than 20 years of experience in the exhibit industry. As President of Exhibitus, Inc., he has created a design-focused brand by helping to guide client strategies around design language, assembling an award-winning team of designers and by assuring that the "DESIGN MATTERS" mantra is reflected in everything that Exhibitus does.




Joe Federbush
As President/Chief Strategist of EVOLIO Marketing, and strategic partner of Exhibit Surveys, coupled with over 20 years in the event marketing industry, Joe works with major brands like Intel, Microsoft, Philips, GE, and Salesforce conducting research, measuring their exhibit and event success, and helping develop and execute impactful strategies worldwide. Joe delivers actionable insights that help companies execute more efficiently and deliver greater return on investment (ROI) and objectives (ROO).




Amadeus Finlay
Amadeus Finlay is a communications specialist, raising brand awareness with his energetic approach to strategic messaging. He began his career at Groupon when it was still a start-up, and was part of the team that grew it into a global behemoth. As Director, Media and PR at BlueHive Strategic Environments, Amadeus not only oversees the online content and strategy for trade shows and exhibits, but also the company's newest addition, the digital agency BlueHive Media.




Tom Frisby
Tom Frisby is the EVP Expotechnik | member of ONE the Brand Alliance. During Tom Frisby's 25-year career, he's been called, Change Agent, Trend Setter and Rule Breaker. Hailed as an industry visionary, Frisby is a perennial speaker, moderator, faculty member and awards judge. His counter cultural approach to idea development has yielded some of the most dynamic and successful experiential marketing projects of the past two decades.




Robin Gathman, CTSM Candidate, CME
Robin Gathman, CME, CTSM Candidate. For the last 10 years Robin has worked for PLANMECA USA, Inc. as the Tradeshow and Special Events Manager. Tradeshows and travel have become her passion, as she delivers 85+ tradeshow events annually. She sits on six exhibitor advisory committees. Robin continues to improve the exhibitor experience as she consults with General Contractors and key dental associations. She has spoken to exhibitor groups on many subjects.




Jerry Gerson
Jerry Gerson lives in San Antonio, TX and has been a Corporate Trainer with marketech360 for the past 25 years. As an exhibit marketing consultant, Gerson brings more than 40 years of marketing and sales experience to his practice. Jerry works with a broad range of clients from Fortune 100 companies to small companies who are sharpening their competitive edge. His corporate marketing and exhibiting strategies contribute to his high-content seminars and workshops.




Rich Gilligan
In his career Rich has been fortunate to have the opportunity to gain experience in many diverse area's of Event Marketing. He has served in the role of Exhibit, Event, and Briefing Center Manager in the Telecommunications, Pharmaceutical, Finance, and High Tech vertical markets. Rich currently serves in the role of Strategic Buyer of Marketing Events for SAP.




Jim Gilmore
Jim Gilmore is co-founder of Strategic Horizons LLP, a thinking studio dedicated to helping businesses conceive new ways of adding value to their economic offerings. He is co-author of "The Experience Economy: Updated Edition" and "Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want" as well his most recent book, "LOOK: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills".




Kayla Goeman
Kayla Goeman is a Marketing Associate for Skyline Exhibits. She manages the Skyline Trade Show Tips blog, coordinates various aspects of social media marketing, and is the associate editor of the Skyline Trade Show Tips monthly newsletter and editor of Skyline's internal employee newsletter. Kayla also serves as the Skyline Marketing team project manager for EXHIBITORLIVE. Kayla graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Marketing Management.




Marc Goldberg, CME
Marc Goldberg brings over 40 years of experience to his marketing and business seminars. In 1985, he founded Marketech360 which specializes in exhibitor staff training and performance measurement at trade shows and events. He authored "Small Doesn't Mean Second Rate" - a reference workbook for small exhibitors, created the first software for measuring exhibit performance - Measurement Made Easy and authored "The Future of Healthcare Exhibit is in Learning". In 2016, he published "Strategic Trade Show Success".




Mim Goldberg, CME
Mim is an associate of marketech360, an exhibit marketing and staff training company. A seasoned educator, Mim brings over 20 years of experience to her exhibiting seminars. Combining her skill in education with her concepts in tradeshow marketing and consultative exhibiting, it is plain to see why she is rated one of the best trainers at conferences and seminar programs across the country. A graduate of The American University, Mim is a frequent speaker to a wide variety of audiences.




Janet Good, CTSM, Silver Level
An Account Executive of MC² for 20 years, Janet equally enjoys all aspects of the face-to-face marketing process: design, construction, project management, culminating in the delivery of integrated brand marketing strategies, working with client and internal teams to "make it all happen." She is a graduate of Drexel University where she earned B.S. degrees in Business Marketing and Commerce and Engineering. Prior to joining the trade show arena, Janet immersed herself in the advertising, publishing, and point-of-purchase display industries.




Christie Greenleaf, CEM
Christie Greenleaf, CEM, is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Industry Relations at Freeman. In this role she develops and leads enterprise-wide strategy, overseeing strategic partnerships and managing thought leadership initiatives to promote innovation and best practices. As a Sales Leader she works directly with National clients consulting on strategy, technology and logistic insights. She currently serves on the IAEE Advocacy Committee, IAEE Women's Leadership Forum and PCMA Education Committee.




Ben Grossman
As a marketing strategist, Ben Grossman sits at the intersection of brand strategy, communications planning and marketing effectiveness. He has set strategy for brands including Subway, P&G, Liberty Mutual, PUMA, Fidelity Investments and Lady Gaga. He's spoken to audiences globally for major events and is the VP, Strategy Director at Jack Morton Worldwide (part of IPG). There, Ben leads the strategy team across major accounts, focusing on elevating the agency's work and its efficacy.




Kathleen Gunderson, CTSM, Gold Level
Passion is a good descriptive of this 2012 Sizzle and 2015 All-Star Award Winner. Kathleen creates trade show programs that attract and inspire realtors to use Wells Fargo's mortgage services. With over 20 years' experience in corporate meetings, conferences, and events, she is driven to create memorable brand experiences. She served on the Advisory Board for Exhibitor Magazine, and is working towards her Diamond CTSM.




Jana Hallford, CTSM, Diamond Level
Jana Hallford, CTSM, Diamond Level, got bitten by the trade show bug years ago. She enjoys advising CTSM Portfolio candidates, individually, and as a Power Portfolio Workshop staffer. Jana is Executive Producer and Director of Marketing for Swords & Circuitry Studios, an award-winning independent film production company.




Jeff Hannah
Jeff Hannah is VP of International Services & Commercial Interiors for Exhibit Concepts. He consults, writes, and speaks about engagement strategies, cultures, and trade show differences between countries. Having founded companies in the UK, UAE and the USA, he has produced trade show exhibits, interiors, and events in over 50 countries for many of the world's top brands. Hannah holds a BS in Industrial Design from Georgia Tech and blogs at www.GlobalExhibitor.com.




Tom Harper
Tom Harper is Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development for Kentucky Trailer's Specialty Vehicles division in Walled Lake, Michigan. Tom brings 30+ years of Custom Specialty Vehicle Manufacturing, Sales and General Administrative Management experience to his current role, leading the Michigan Sales, Marketing and Administrative teams.




Amanda Helgemoe
Amanda Helgemoe, founded Nuvista Event Management Services in January of 2000, a nationally recognized leader in show service management. The company specializes in labor (I&D), audio visual equipment rental. While serving on the E2MA board of directors, Amanda has served on several committees to help address Industry-wide issues and concerns. Amanda also serves on the board for the EDPA (Exhibit Designers and Producers) and is the Events committee chair for the EDPA Foundation.




Michelle Hernandez
Michelle Hernandez has over 17 years of high tech marketing experience. Currently, she is a Global Event Strategy lead at Cisco Systems - providing strategic planning and consulting services to optimize event outcomes and investments. Her previous employment history includes experience on both the client and agency side, including employment at IBM and George P. Johnson.




Justin Hersh
Justin has spent nearly 30 years designing and producing large-scale events and trade shows for brands like Apple, Virgin Galactic, Medtronic, Applied Materials and Novellus Systems, as well as major museum installations like the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Bishop Museum. As founder of Group Delphi, Justin's theatrical training was infused into the company's DNA from the beginning. Delphi's team works collaboratively to create engaging experiences of wonder, awe and connection.




Matt Hill
Matt Hill has been speaking and training since 1983. He specializes in three areas: Exhibit Staff Training, Presenter Training, and Managing the Millennial Generation Training. He has trained over 60,000 people in the U.S. and around the world. Matt has been speaking at EXHIBITORLIVE for 15 years and his company, The Hill Group, has been exhibiting at the show for 20 years.




Valerie Hurst, CTSM
Valerie Hurst, CTSM, is a Senior Account Executive of custom modular exhibit solutions for Skyline Exhibits of Central Ohio for the past 4 years. She comes from the custom exhibit world and has been helping companies with trade show marketing for 20+ years. She has a BS in Business Marketing and is a Certified HubSpot Inbound Marketing Specialist. She is a CTSM graduate advisor and this will be her fourth year on the faculty of EXHIBITORLIVE.




GV Iyer
GV Iyer is one of the pioneers in Retail Digital Signage and Interactive Digital Signage, having led various projects in this area for The Innovation & Development Center at Bank of America from 2001 to 2007, and continued developing innovative products in his current role with Prism Technologies. Mr. Iyer was also the co-author of the first white paper on Digital Signage published at the NRF annual convention.




Tiffany Jackson
Tiffany Jackson has over 12 years of experience in Marketing and Events. Over that time, she's spearheaded local, regional and global events for public radio, motorcycle rallies, school districts in Japan, eyewear companies trying to be cool and technology companies. She's an accomplished, resourceful marketer who enjoys building brands and perpetually operates outside the box. Her superpower is seeing the details even while zoomed out and focusing on how events fit into the big picture.




Jeff Janes
Jeff Janes is the Creative Director of the Minneapolis, GES office. He is an award winning designer with over 18 years of impassioned industry experience. As a part of this role, Jeff is responsible for inspiring and driving creative strategies for a wide range of clients.




Felicia Kaban, (CTSM candidate)
Felicia Kaban (CTSM candidate) Worldwide Marketing Manager, Events & Conferences, Acclarent, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company. Felicia began her career in the tradeshow industry in 2000 working with the Project Management team at Jack Morton Exhibits. In 2005, she transitioned to the client side, taking a position with Johnson & Johnson. In recent years she has transitioned into a more comprehensive event marketing role, managing a global presence at events and conventions.




Kimberly Kee
Kimberly is operations manager at AXS Group, a Denver-based destination management, entertainment, and event production company. Prior to joining AXS Group, Kimberly spent 11 years as president of Kinetic Events working with clients from a wide array of industries. With more than 20 years of experience in corporate event and trade show management, she has been referred to as the Evel Knievel of the event marketing industry, able to dual process with both sides of her brain to create memorable event experiences for her clients. She has been delivering educational content at Exhibitor Show since 1999.




Michael Klym
As VP Creative Director, Michael is responsible in establishing strategic direction and subsequent interpretations into three-dimensional environments ensuring objectives are met at the highest level. His focus in the area of brand marketing and corporate identity through design and digital integration has led him to produce international events and innovative environments for several Fortune 500 industry leaders. Michael is a graduate of Ontario College of Arts and Design University.




Deanna Krause, CTSM, Gold Level
With over 17 years of marketing experience, Deanna Krause, CTSM, Gold Level, specializes in trade shows and marketing communications. Prior to becoming a consultant, Deanna led a 16-person team in the strategic planning and execution of over 400 trade shows and events annually. She holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Arizona State University.




Robert Labate
Robert J. Labate is a partner in Holland & Knight's Chicago office and is co-chair of the firm's national Entertainment Law Practice. He works with major media companies on a variety of copyright, licensing, content acquisition, program production, financing and music issues. He also advises media and corporate clients regarding network advertising, as well as use of social media and websites for marketing and promotion.




Thera Larson
Thera Larson is the Senior Manager of Global Events & Trade Shows at Under Armour, Inc. She has had the privilege of managing the robust trade show program for Under Armour for over three years. Under Armour's trade show portfolio includes on average, 85 trade shows per year across 10 different channels of business. Prior to Under Armour, Thera worked for a national trade show contractor where she was able to learn the business inside & out.




Lisa Lawley, CTSM, Diamond Level
Lisa Lawley, CTSM, Diamond Level, is a Senior Event Program Manager at Cisco, the worldwide leader in IT. Lawley has 20 years of industry experience overseeing exhibits for many of Cisco's trade shows and events, and managing the Cisco portables program. She received her CTSM certification in 2008 and her CTSM Diamond Level upgrade in 2012. She currently serves as an EXHIBITORLIVE Conference Advisory Board member, CTSM Portfolio Advisor, and CTSM Program Mentor.




Ivan Lazarev
Ivan Lazarev is president of ITN International, a marketing technology and services company for the trade show industry. Lazarev is a pioneer in the field of automated lead management on the Internet and touch marketing at events. He has provided solutions for HP, NetApp, USPS, Microsoft and others.




Scott Leech
Scott is currently senior partner of BrandSpeak Communications. With over 20 years' experience creating and producing live events, Scott combines fundamental and effective communication strategies with a deep knowledge and passion for the most cutting-edge technology. This unique perspective helps unlock the full potential of video, web, digital and live presentations by ensuring the technologies used to deliver the message don't lose sight of the fundamentals of good storytelling.




Han Leenhouts
After 10 years as a standbuilder for the European branch of Laarhoven design, Han Leenhouts started his training agency Sales & Pepper, a single focused agency which helps companies around the world to improve the outcome of trade shows. Leenhouts found out that despite of his "builders background" the key element for success is people. So he founded Sales & Pepper and trained standcrews from as far as Japan, India, Vietnam, Bolivia, Colombia, U.S. and of course, Europe.




Katharine Lentini-Judah
Katharine Lentini-Judah is a storyteller who has helped to craft, curate and deliver the worlds most recognizable events, including @NBA All Star Weekend (2000-2009), @Olympics in Vancouver (2010) and @CES for Intel (2011-2017). Her experience in live event programming and entertainment spans 20 years and 12 countries.




Vince Lewis
Vince Lewis, senior manager, global branding, marketing communications and trade shows, Bell Helicopter




G. Dan Lumpkin, CMC
Dan is a Certified Management Consultant, and operates his own management consulting company, Lumpkin & Associates. His lectures focus on organizational behavior, planning, research, training and management development. He is a member of the Institute for Management Consultants, The William Glasser Institute, American Society for Training and Development, and Society for Human Resource Management.




Anne Madrid
Anne Madrid, co-founder of GPO.Display, supports clients' marketing products and services in Latin America. A native of Mexico City, Madrid was raised by an English mother and gained unique insights into cultural differences at an early age. Madrid spent several years with design firms in the United States.




Carol Margolis
Carol Margolis, with lessons learned over 30 years of business travel, helps other travelers travel safe, smart and productive. She is the founder of Business Travel Success, Inc. and author of Business Travel Success: How to Reduce Stress, Be More Productive and Travel with Confidence. Carol has traveled over 5 million miles across 6 continents, 40+ countries and many trade show floors. She declines to give the number of hotel soaps and slippers in her home.




Doyle Martin
Vice President of Show Services | Director of Design Services at TLS Productions, Inc., Doyle has seen the live event and exhibit industries come of age over the last 3 decades. Having served as a theatrical master electrician, concert lighting crew chief, lighting designer and programmer, digital content director, projectionist, system networking tech, technical director and production manager; he knows the live entertainment, exhibit and corporate meeting industry inside and out.




Roger May
Roger is a VP in marketing at Optum. In this role he leads a team developing go-to market strategies for a Healthcare IT portfolio. Roger has spoken at many major healthcare conferences as well as EXHIBITORLIVE, Event Tech and Event Marketing Summit. Roger and his team's work have been recognized through numerous awards and recognitions such as the Event Marketer Event Technology Awards, Sizzle Award, and the BMA Marketer of the Year.




Cindy McCormick, CTSM
Cindy McCormick is a Global Convention Marketing Professional with more than twenty years' experience in global convention, meeting and event planning. She is an expert in helping companies find, define and maximize the value of their convention marketing channel. Currently head of Convention Marketing at Novo Nordisk, Cindy previously ran her own consulting firm working with several prominent companies in the pharma/biopharma space including Sanofi, Alexion, Dendreon and Leo Pharma.




Michael McMahon
Michael McMahon is the President/CEO of Hill & Partners Inc. Organizational leadership throughout his 25 years in experiential marketing has followed a common thread. Create a space and place where employees, partners, prospects and clients can be both true to themselves and genuine with others. His pursuit has lead to organizational programs created specifically to enhance our ability to attract untapped opportunity with the people and groups we encounter. The results can be personally and profesionally transformational.




Kim Merkin
Kim Merkin, director of west coast sales, Czarnowski | San Francisco




J. Kismet Mikos, CTSM, Silver Level
When I was first hired by Nordson Corporation, an industrial manufacturer based in Ohio, I knew they were involved with community affairs. I learned they had donated 10% or their North American profits back to the community since they were founded in 1954. This charitable giving has evolved to include multiple charities - both national and local. As a brand ambassador, I am constantly looking for new ideas to promote our brand in face-to-face experiences.




Bob Milam, (CTSM candidate)
Trade Show Bob is who you call when the people who lead your exhibit efforts need a boost. A past winner of EXHIBITOR Magazine's All-Star Award, he knows a few things about trade show performance. Bob has produced winning exhibit campaigns for the food ingredients, super-computing, cosmetics and computer graphics industries. Currently a blogger for EXHIBITOR magazine, Bob loves to see companies' exhibit programs blossom under the leadership of competent and confident Exhibit Managers.




Jan Nelson, CTSM, Gold Level
Jan is the executive director of the Certified Trade Show Marketing (CTSM) Program. She has over ten years of marketing communication and trade show management experience. Nelson has a degree in education, over ten years of teaching experience and is one of the early graduates of the CTSM Program.




Eddie Newquist
Eddie is an award winning designer, filmmaker, industry innovator and inventor. He's responsible for GES' creative design studio and leads their global entertainment division. With over 25 years of experience, Eddie has led the creation and production of projects for partners such as Pixar, the Walt Disney Company, The World Trade Center, Warner Bros Studios, National Geographic, NASA and The History Channel. Eddie holds three patents for inventing technologies for Universal Studios Hollywood and Florida.




Natalie Norris, CME/H, CEM
Natalie Norris CME/H, CEM, exhibits manager, ASCO, manages the exhibits program for one of the top five Healthcare Meetings in the United States. Natalie manages all aspects of exhibits including marketing, healthcare policies and guidelines as well as sales and operations. She has extensive knowledge on the challenges that Healthcare exhibitors face on a regular basis. Natalie is active in HCEA and has spoken at numerous healthcare events over the past 5 years.




Jim Obermayer
James Obermayer is the publisher of the Funnel Media Group, LLC, which has as operating divisions the Sales Lead Management Association, Funnel Radio and Sales Leakage Consulting. He founded the world-wide 8200 member SLMA in 2007. Funnel Radio was founded in 2010. Obermayer also hosts two weekly c-level interview programs: SLMA Radio and CRMRadio.today. Obermayer is the principal of Sales Leakage Consulting, a Lynden, WA, marketing and sales interim management consulting firm.




Stephen O'Connor
Stephen O'Connor is Owner and CEO of O'Design Productions and Consulting, a breakthrough "Meeting Planner For AV" company that provides AV productions, consulting, and training to meeting professionals. A former Disney employee, Hollywood producer and VP of Sales and Marketing for various AV companies, Stephen approaches AV in a completely different way - removing the headaches and hassles associated with AV, and replacing them with the free mind space to create a heightened event experience.




Maddie Ogren, CTSM
Maddie Ogren, CTSM, Director, Client Services at Access, is responsible for coordinating creative, strategic, tactical, and production resources to ensure that each exhibit or event project is delivered on time, on budget and on strategy. A CTSM candidate, Maddie received a BA from the University of New Mexico. Before joining Access, she was in charge of event marketing at United Way, and she also worked at WorldCare Clinical, a healthcare consultancy.




Trent Oliver
Trent Oliver is the co-founder and CEO of Blue Telescope, where for more than a decade she has developed and guided an in-house team that conceptualizes, designs, programs, and deploys award-winning technology-based exhibits. Exhibits have been created for clients such as Xerox, the National Museum of Mathematics, Liberty Science Center, Pfizer, Merck, and many more.




Bob Pike, CSP, CPAE
Bob Pike CSP, CPAE-Speakers Hall of Fame, CPLP Fellow has been developing, marketing, and promoting seminars, workshops, consulting, and professional services since 1969. He has built 3 multimillion dollar training companies during his career. Since the birth of the Internet he has been on the leading edge of digital marketing using social media, websites, teleseminars, webinars, and of course, video sales letters to drive leads and revenue for his various projects.




Kelly Pisarev Lord, CTSM
Kelly Pisarev Lord is Manager of Marketing Communications for Avid Bioservices, where she leads integrated marketing campaigns and manages corporate events and trade show programs that promote Avid's contract biomanufacturing services. Kelly brings over 13 years' experience in the biotechnology industry and 8 years managing trade show programs, with expertise spanning formulation chemistry, production planning, cold chain storage and logistics, and marketing programs and trade shows.




Marc Pomerleau
Marc Pomerleau is Vice President of Global Strategy at FreemanXP where he works with association and corporate leaders to disrupt complacency, inspire change and design effective solutions for live events. Marc's experiences include serving as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), leading JV operations in China and co-founding three start-ups. Marc has an MA in Asian Studies and International Economics from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).




Gale Portwine, CTSM, Gold Level
Gale Portwine has 15+ years' experience as a trade show professional, both as an in-house manager/coordinator and booth staff. He is currently a Marketing Specialist III (specializing in trade show strategy/management) at Aon Affinity, and attained CTSM Gold Level in 2015. Gale practices what he preaches by facilitating pre-show strategic briefings, helping exhibit staff understand and achieve show objectives.




Russell Reich
Russell Reich, MC²'s Chief Strategy Officer. Webmaster magazine called Russell "[one of] the people who could see far enough into the future to create it." Russell's creative work often stands at the intersection of technology, storytelling and design. He is the publisher and co-author of all the books in the acclaimed NOTES ON series.




Lynn Reves
Lynn Reves spearheads the Results Division at Exhibitus to provide tools and consultation in helping clients measure exhibit program ROI and demonstrate value to corporate success. She has trained sales, marketing, design and service representatives since 1997, conducting multiple training events each year. She has been a featured speaker at conferences across the U.S. on topics ranging from incorporating Millenials into trade show strategy to the importance of developing a common design language with customers.




Stephen Ross
Stephen Ross, VP, Executive Creative Director, has been generating unique design solutions for over 20 years. His work includes exhibits and experiential marketing, point-of-sale material, advertising programs, brand identity, and consumer product packaging. Stephen has won awards for both graphic and exhibit design and has driven innovative brand promotions for companies such as Eddie Bauer, IBM, GAC, Jaguar/Land Rover, and Foundation Medicine. Stephen leads the Access design team in developing creative strategies for clients.




Brad Rossacci
Innovation is designed to advance the human experience, yet defaults to the solution + often ignores the most critical factor of innovation: the human being. With the integration of designed outcomes, we advance the human experience through innovation to activate human capacity. Boards, Advisory, + Collaboration Positions: AMT Keynote Speaker; Houston Technology Center: Life Sciences; Aerospace; Lockheed Martin Aerospace Innovation; Orion STEM Experiment; NASA; SXSW Health + MedTech; National Space Society; University of Houston: Guest Lecturer.




Jamie Sack
Jamie F. Sack, Director of Human Resources, Access TCA, has worked across many industries managing benefit programs, developing policy, recruiting and setting performance standards. She received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University, Boston, and her Juris Doctorate from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. She is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars, where she practiced law before redirecting her career to the field of human resources.




David Saef, CTSM, HMCC
David leads MarketWorks by GES, a team offering marketing and strategic services for corporate and organizer clients. Major services include strategies to target attendees, develop meaningful and memorable engagement pre- at- and post-show, execute effective sponsorships and capitalize on best practices and the latest industry trends. Key clients include Boeing, Bell Helicopter, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, and National Safety Council.




Greg Schneider
Greg Schneider was previously the Director of Strategy for Dell's Global Events team and now leads Employee Engagement organization in the Chief Customer Office. Greg specializes in global event roadmap development, partner strategy, financials and measurement. He has more than 20 years of experience as a leader in the technology space, ranging from customer service, partner marketing, to merchandising and planning. He is passionate about business development and building a more efficient customer-focused approach.




Ian Sequeira
Ian Sequeira, EVP, Exhibit Surveys Inc., heads up research. He is a well-respected industry speaker, and an active member of IAEE, HCEA, MRA, and CEIR. Ian received a B.S. degree in Economics from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA., and an MBA from the American University in Washington D.C.




Allyson Shepherd
Throughout her 15-year career, Allyson has led strategic marketing for foreign and domestic conferences with up to 50,000 participants and has been a key innovator of experiential marketing metrics. In 2010, Allyson leveraged her experience with show organizers, exhibit and event agencies and corporations to establish Attendee Marketing Solutions, Inc., an event consulting practice focused on measurement and analytics. Allyson holds a BA in Writing for Film & Television and Political Science from Syracuse University.




Holly Sherrill
Holly Sherrill, President and CEO of Marketech360. Holly is a veteran trade show expert, bringing over 25 years' experience in experiential marketing to trade shows and events. Holly's specialties include; exhibit staff training, strategic planning and consultation, quantifiable objective setting, ROI tools and execution. Holly is a member of The NAWBO, Alabama Women Business Owners (AWBO) and The Women's Network (TWN). Holly holds an MBA from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA.




Todd Simon
Todd has designed and implemented highly effective sales and marketing presentations for all position levels including senior executives in companies such as 3M, IBM, BellSouth, Nortel, Allied Signal, Rocktenn, MC2, and Freeman for over 28 years. His extensive knowledge of Customer Experience Management (CEM), Digital Asset Management (DAM), and Sales Presentation Effectiveness Measurement allows him to tailor these sophisticated techniques to any sales and presentation challenge.




Lisa Sinicki
Lisa Sinicki, self-proclaimed Queen of the Chronic Overthinkers, has held various sales and marketing roles in the exhibit industry for 25 years.




Marty Smith
Marty is considered a leading subject matter expert regarding Continuous Improvement (CI) in Purchase Experience environments. He attained the level of Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Sensei and is an expert in analysis and experimentation in these complex, chaotic environments. He has helped corporations implement CI methodology in areas ranging from accounting to warehousing in order to maximize return on investment (ROI). He has published THE NEW EXHIBITOR and Orange Belt for Exhibitors.




Pete Smith
Being called "one of America's leading personal and professional development coaches," Pete Smith is one of the most sought-after international speakers and trainers in the field of leadership, management, personal growth and development. His energetic, witty, and interactive style is complimented by his ability to provide practical takeaways that actually work, all while having a little fun in the process.




Patrick Snee
Patrick brings over two decades of media industry experience to Blue Telescope, where he oversees the implementation of design and technology across all projects. Patrick has developed interactive experiences for clients including HP, Volkswagen, and Bristol-Myers Squibb, as well as museums and cultural institutions worldwide. His work has been recognized by the American Association of Museums, SEGD, and publications including HOW, ID, Event Design, and Exhibitor Magazine.




Rick Stoner
As Director of Marketing at Derse, Rick Stoner leads all marketing efforts to help Derse achieve it's vision as the sought-after leader in driving face-to-face marketing success worldwide. He drives credible lead opportunities to the company to increase sales through content marketing with effective creative and analytical accountability. Prior to joining Derse, Rick worked for ten years at advertising agencies in Chicago and Milwaukee in social media, public relations and new business development roles.




Mark Tedesco
Mark is the Creative Director of the Boston division of GES and responsible for a local, multi-disciplinary team of designers as well as the creative direction of network designers. Project responsibilities include design execution and creative direction of the design team and outside partnering agencies. Specialties include International and Domestic Health Care exhibiting, Experiential Interactive technology, and Trade Show and Event trends. Over 20 years of industry experience designing exhibit architecture and crafting experiential solutions.




Michael Thimmesch
For over 25 years, Mike Thimmesch has created and implemented innovative marketing, lead generation, and exhibiting strategies that profitably grow company sales and enhance brand and awareness. Thimmesch rose to Director level at Skyline Exhibits, where he helped generate over a half million leads, resulting in over $1 billion in sales. He published 11 industry white papers and eight exhibiting books, presented over 100 trade show webinars, and wrote over 200 exhibit marketing blog posts.




Tara Thomas
Tara is a proponent of all things marketing, including strategy, product, branding, events, social media, public relations, communications, and operations. Her background in the marketing of technology applications and online services spans a broad set of technologies including software-as-a-service, B2B, enterprise, financial services, publishing, real estate, and automotive markets. At The Meeting Pool, Tara works with a myriad of event technology startups and established companies on strategies for marketing to the meetings and events industry.




Dedra Thompson
Dedra Thompson is an innovative facilitator and training/development expert with over 15 years of experience working with professionals of all ages and backgrounds. As a Director of Learning and Organizational Development, she uses her skills to create specialized training & leadership programs that empower and inspire teams to grow and prosper. Dedra is passionate about fostering positive relationships and assisting her colleagues in identifying and strengthening unique skill sets that promote efficiency and professional growth.




Scott Tokar
Scott Tokar is a professional speaker, magician and the founder of Corporate-FX, Tradeshow Magic group. Since 1992, his company has helped hundreds of companies explain the features and benefits of their products using magic as a live communications medium in theater-style and aisle-view presentations worldwide.




Keith Tomaszewski
Keith Tomaszewski manages the national and portable Johnson Controls exhibit program, including strategy, budgets, supplier evaluation and selection, design, asset management, scheduling and execution. Keith is a current member of numerous exhibitor advisory committees/boards. He is also an active member of the Exhibit & Event Marketers Association.




Victor Torregroza
Victor Torregroza is Brand Experiences Program Manager, Global Event Marketing, for Intel Corporation. He is responsible for the strategic implementation of Intel's most dynamic trade show experiences. Victor is a passionate pioneer of experiential marketing at Intel and the architect of Intel's enhanced face-to-face experiential activations. He believes in keeping the experiences simple, authentic, shareable, and delightful. His mantra, 'we eat with our eyes', informs his passion for bold, breathtaking experience design.




Sofia Troutman
Sofia Troutman is the Customer Engagement and Industry Relations Manager for Skyline Exhibits. An experienced marketing professional with branding, innovation, commercialization and digital marketing experience. She leads Skyline's marketing efforts in customer engagement, exhibitor education, industry relations, digital marketing and market research. Sofia has more than a decade of experience with business to business and consumer packaged goods companies (Pillsbury/General Mills) and an MBA from the University of Arizona Eller College Of Management.




Ken Viscovich
Kenneth Viscovich is currently the National Representative for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. He has held this position for the past 35 years. He previously held many local and council positions in Northern California. For the past 27 years, he has been responsible for the trade show industry internationally. Kenneth has served as a board member of the Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association, and is the Co-Chairman of the ESCA Labor Management Committee. He is responsible for the establishment of the Trade Show Industry Task Force. He was the 2007 recipient of the EACA Intrepid Award. He also received the 2008 IAEE Chairman's Award, which recognized him for his work in promoting a drug free work place. He has been instrumental in the development of industry specific training for the trade show industry, as well as continuing education for UBC carpenter members. He is responsible for instituting first of their kind Trade Show Conferences pairing Industry Leaders and Union Representatives to discuss current and compelling issues. Kenneth has also contributed to numerous articles and industry publications.




Matt Volk, CMP
J. Matt Volk, CMP is the Director of Conference Services for Northern Illinois University Outreach in DeKalb, Illinois. Mr. Volk has been involved with meetings and events for over twenty years working both as an event planner and as a supplier of products and services to the industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in tourism administration and a master's degree in convention management.




Viveka vonRosen
Viveka vonRosen is internationally known as the "LinkedIn Expert" and is author of 2 bestselling books on LinkedIn. As a contributing expert to LinkedIn's blog, she's often called to contribute to publications like Forbes, Money, Entrepreneur, etc. She takes the business knowledge she has perfected over the past 10+ years working with over 100K people, and transforms it into engaging and informational training, providing tools and strategies needed to succeed on LinkedIn.




Melissa Washington
Melissa Washington is a Navy Veteran, speaker, author, and LinkedIn workshop trainer who is passionate about connecting with people to engage, educate and inspire others across the nation. She has been a member of LinkedIn since 2004. She has used this dynamic platform for job seeking, recruiting, selling, researching, and collaborating. She has provided training and presented to individuals and organizations on building a professional social media presence.




Michael Weimar
Mr. Weimar (MBA and BSIOE, University of Michigan), President of Iconic Displays, has over 25 years experience in high-technology marketing and product development, and has held executive positions with several technology companies including EFI, Xerox, and Hewlett Packard.




Gail Weinstein
As Vonazon's Director of Marketing, Gail Weinstein has extensive experience in some of the most cutting-edge marketing practices and platforms. However, Gail's true passion lies with Marketing Automation; she can always be found researching new methods and developing strategies to assist struggling marketing departments get their message out more effectively. Her dedication to success has been key to the tremendous expansion of Vonazon's Marketing Automation Professional Support Services department.




Mike Wohlitz
Michael Wohlitz, Vice President of Event Services, provides project management support and creative solutions to the account ownerships teams within Freeman. In this role, Michael and his team help increase cohesion between Sales and Operations, serving as a helpdesk for the sales process including show advance, deal design and preproduction support. Additionally the team assists in melding the strategic and creative visions with technical specificity and executable solutions.




Lauren Wood
Lauren Wood is a Sales Manager at Hill & Partners, Inc a leading provider of Branded Environment Experiences. Prior to H&P Lauren supported a corporate talent provider to match organizations with high performing creative and marketing professionals. Her talents are centered on initiating high value experiences for key contributors in face to face marketing events, trade shows and private venue experiences.




Michael Young
Michael is an accomplished biopharmaceutical executive with award-winning marketing and commercial credentials. He is sought-after in the discipline of Alliance Management as a collaboration expert in a broad spectrum of B2B strategic partnerships. Michael was named Medical Marketer of the Year by the Medical Marketing Association and served as President of the organization. He also serves on the Board of the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, a patient advocacy group.




Jamie Zavoral-Brown
Jamie Zavoral-Brown has 25+ years of board level sales and marketing experience in the events industry, working with a diverse range of blue chip businesses and industries both in North America and Europe. She joined Bray Leino Events UK in 2010 and previously was with two of the industries key players, Skyline Exhibits and Nimlok. Jamie works with clients globally and understands how brands can achieve success when crossing the Atlantic in either direction.



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