About CEMA

The Corporate Event Marketing Association advances strategic event marketing and marketing communications for senior-level event marketers and industry professionals.

Our Passion

CEMA is a thriving community of corporate event marketers. We serve all senior-level event marketers in a corporate environment. The diversity of our corporate membership continues to expand, and our recent acceptance as members of the Events Industry Council (EIC) have enabled us to expand our reach even further.

Our differentiator is our non-selling, peer-to-peer environment. Conversations among participants at our events focus on best practice sharing and knowledge sharing. Relationships are first and foremost. Professionals do business with other professionals they trust. CEMA facilitates those connections and lifelong industry friendships.

CEMA members engage in person through educational and networking opportunities offered each month around the country. CEMA Study Tours are our most popular professional development opportunity, providing behind-the-scene knowledge sharing about industry events.

Members also engage online via Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

The Board

Robb Trost



With over nineteen years of live and digital event experience, Robb designs and delivers custom, insight-driven Opus program solutions that meet the unique needs of clients around the world. Robb has worked with some of the world’s largest brands and companies including Tableau, Dolby, Juniper, Google, Salesforce.com, Samsung Telecommunications, Splunk,…

Karen Cooper

Vice Chairwoman Elect


Karen brings over 20 years of event experience to the CEMA board. Karen offers a different approach to event management by focusing on creating unique customer experiences that leave attendees feeling immersed into a Company’s brand. Her trademark skills of problem solving, calm demeanor and solid leadership has cemented her…

Angie Smith

Past Chairwoman Elect


As the Head of Corporate Events for Atlassian, Angie has the unique opportunity to work in a marketers Shangri-La. Atlassian is known for its great products, a fantastic reputation in technology and business communities, a vibrant and giving culture, and a 12-year history of profitability and rapid growth, it is…

Alessandra Sapiz



Alex brings 20 years of experience in events and engagement marketing, working with several of the world’s premier brands. At Cisco, she’s responsible for leading a number of strategic partner and sales events and recognition programs including Cisco’s annual global sales conference (GSX) and its Worldwide Partner Summit. Part of…

Paul Coulter


Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin

Rich Gibbons

Board Member at Large

Speak Inc

Rich joined Speak, Inc. in 1991 and now serves as the company’s President. Serving both corporations and trade associations, Rich and his colleagues work with corporate event stakeholders to position keynote talent, general session speakers, concurrent breakouts and a wide variety of entertainment. By understanding the backdrop of various audiences…

Stacey Kashubeck

Board Member at large

Dreamforce Production

Stacey Kashubeck is Senior Director of Strategic Events at Salesforce, where she heads up production for Dreamforce, the largest software conference in the world and Salesforce’s premier customer event. Stacey has over 20 years of event experience under her belt, with a portfolio of agency and client-side work. Since joining…

Diana Cam

Board Member at Large


Diana Cam is the Director of Global Events Marketing at Workiva (NYSE:WK), the software company that delivers Wdesk, an intuitive cloud platform that modernizes how people work within thousands of organizations, including over 70 percent of the Fortune 500. Wdesk offers controlled collaboration, data connections, granular permissions and a full…

David Shackley

Board Member at Large

Marriott International

David Shackley comes here as Marriott’s Vice President of Corporate Communications. In the fast-paced world of communications, David oversees the essential (and exciting) functions of Creative Services, Corporate Events, Internal Communications, Corporate Social & Digital, and Multi-Cultural Marketing. His lengthy resume includes key roles at Apple, Discovery Channel, Mark Burnett…

Denise Fest

Board Member at Large


Robin Valenta

Board Member at Large

Las Vegas Visitors Convention Authority

Robin Valenta is a Sales Executive for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), the organization tasked with promoting all of Southern Nevada as the premier destination for business and leisure travel. Robin has been in the hotel industry since 1993. Before joining the LVCVA in 2011, she served…

Jim Kelly

Board Member at Large


As Vice President, Marketing & Industry Relations for PRG, Jim is actively engaged in leading the company’s marketing & industry relations efforts. This includes strategy and oversight of branding, social media, public relations, industry events and other face to face initiatives that drive client and prospect engagement. Additionally, his day…

Lisa VanRosendale

Board Memebr at Large


Lisa is a proven change agent capable of transforming the status quo into amazing outcomes. To drive this success, she is actively out in the world with her eyes and ears open, gathering insights into best practices and emerging trends. As a result, she continually has her pulse on what…

Carol Rossi

Board Member at Large


Dick Wheeler

Board Member at Large


Dick Wheeler is the co-owner and president of both ProGlobalEvents and ProExhibits. He has been nationally recognized as an innovator and driving force in the fast-growing trade show exhibit and event industry. Under his leadership in 1997, the firm received INC magazine’s INC 500 award as one of America’s fastest-growing…

Our Staff

Kim Gishler

CEO & President


Olga Rosenbrook

Director of Member Services


Stacey Z. Diemer

Membership Manager