The Top 500 People in Events

The Top 500 People in Events

Representing corporate events, associations, trade shows, social events, and more, these people represent the best of the meeting and event industry across North America.

Meet the Top 500 people in the meeting and event industry in North America. Actually, it’s likely you’ve met many of them already, or know them by reputation. They lead the largest trade and consumer shows. They orchestrate massive brand campaigns that touch consumers globally. They plan the Super Bowl. They also educate practitioners and cultivate the next generation of superstars through industry association groups. They give those of us not at their events FOMO. And some of them truly change the world.

We sought to single them out and compile them in one place to celebrate their achievements as well as pave the way to some serious networking. Think of this as your guide to connecting with industry leaders on LinkedIn (the association executives and trade show management folks), Instagram (the event designers and wedding pros), or other social networks.

Scroll through the list below or jump to the section using the links below.

Agencies
Audiovisual & Lighting Design
Catering
Conference Planners & Producers
Corporate Producers & Strategists
Destination Management Companies
Destination Marketing Organizations
Entertainment
Event Designers & Producers
Event Education
Event Industry Leadership
Event Management
Event Tech
Festivals/Fairs
Hospitality
Incentives
Media
Planners—Associations
Planners—Nonprofits
Public Relations
Sports & Arenas
Strategy & Leadership
Sustainability & Social Responsibility
Trade Show Management
Weddings

 

AGENCIES

Chiara AdinNA Collective, Co-Founder, New York
Marcie AllenMAC Presents, President, New York
Lauren AustinMKG, Executive Creative Director, Experiential Marketing, New York
Rob BadgleyThe Visionary Group, Co-Founder, Los Angeles
Keith BaptistaProdject, Managing Partner, New York
Mark BillikBeCore, C.E.O., Los Angeles
Michael BlatterMirrorball, Founder & C.E.O., New York
Erica BoekeCNX, V.P. Experiential, New York
Justin BologninoMeta.is, Founder & C.E.O., New York
Jean-Francois BouchardSid Lee, Chairman & Co-Founder, Montreal
Ron BraccoHargrove, Vice President, Events, Washington
Chris CavanaughFreeman Company, Executive Vice President & C.M.O., New York
Cheryl CecchettoSequoia Productions, Founder & President, Los Angeles
Courtney Cisek FargnoliBrodey Francis, Inc., Principal & Co-Founder, Los Angeles
David CohnCivic Entertainment Group, Founder & Co-C.E.O., New York
Christine Courtney-MyersC3 Agency, C.E.O., Atlanta
Kirsten CraigActivate Inc., Founder & C.E.O., Detroit
Coltrane CurtisTeam Epiphany, Managing Partner, New York
Stephen DahlemCorporate Magic, Senior Creative Director, Dallas
Miatta David JohnsonMVD, Founder, Los Angeles
Bill DeckerFusion Marketing, C.E.O., St. Louis
Laurie DeJongLDJ Productions, C.E.O., New York
Bojana DjogoDroga5, Executive Producer, Experiential, New York
Chris DruryDrury Design, President & Chief Creative Officer, New York
Gregg EilersSwitch, V.P. of Meetings & Events, St. Louis
Shelley ElkinsJack Morton Worldwide, S.V.P., Executive Creative Director, Chicago
Brian FeitBMF Media, Founding Partner, New York
Randall C. FisherCream, President & Founder, Miami
Jordan FogleMint Agency, C.E.O., Toronto
Brigitte FoisyThe PR Department, President, Toronto
Aaron GaeirGrandesign, C.E.O., San Diego
Cheryl GentryGlow Global Events, Founder & C.E.O., New York
Matthew GidleyMomentum Worldwide, Senior Vice President, Chicago
Matthew GlassAllied Experiential, Senior Vice President, New York
Jeff GrisamoreEGR International and BlackLab Media, President & C.E.O., New York
Stacey GurneyStrategic Group, S.V.P. of Experiential, New York
Charlie HorseyMKTG, C.E.O. & Global President, New York
John IerardiEvent Energizers, Creative Director, President & Founder, New York
Jan JacobsJohannes Leonardo, Co-Founder, New York
Adrienne KatzBBDO Worldwide, Executive Producer of Experiential, New York
Jennifer KurlandProduction Glue, President & Principal, New York
Christian LachelBRC Imagination Arts, Executive Creative Director & Vice President, Los Angeles
Dan MannixCSM North America, President & C.E.O., New York
Aaron MasonNA Collective, Co-Founder, Los Angeles
TJ MartinCramer, Partner & Managing Director, Boston
Gabrielle MartinezAgencyEA, Founder & Managing Partner, Chicago
Scott MilesMosaic, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Ideation, Chicago
Keri MillerE=mc2 Events, Chief Creative Strategist, Calgary, Canada
Alex MustonenSnarkitecture, Co-Founder, New York
Ben NazarioSparks, Chief Sales Officer, New York
Patricia Padilla196, Founder, San Francisco
Gary RadinGMR Design, Owner & Principal Designer, Philadelphia
David RichGeorge P. Johnson Experience Marketing, S.V.P., Client Services, Boston
Jeff RogersMosaic NA, C.O.O., Toronto
Leane RomeoOverland Entertainment, Owner, New York
Maureen Ryan-FableFirst, C.E.O. Americas, New York
Michael SkolnikThe Soze Agency, C.E.O., New York
Amy StantonStanton & Company, Founder & C.E.O., Los Angeles
Evan StarkmanBait Shoppe, President, New York
Bruce StarrBMF Media, Founding Partner, New York
Matt StoeltStoelt Productions, C.E.O. & Creative Director, Los Angeles
Frank SupovitzFast Traffic, President & Chief Experience Officer, New York
Lynn TesoroHL Group, Founding Partner & C.E.O., New York
Mark Stephen TestaMark Stephen Experiential Agency, Founder & Creative Director, New York
Vince ThompsonMelt, Founder & C.E.O., Atlanta
Chad TonsInfinity Marketing, President, Los Angeles
Diana TsaoPartner Productions, C.E.O., New York
Javier VelardeTriton Productions, Founder, Miami
Thembi WesleyTeam Epiphany, V.P. Experiential, New York
Chris WeilMomentum Worldwide, C.E.O., New York
Josh WoodJosh Wood Productions, Founder & C.E.O., New York

 

AUDIOVISUAL & LIGHTING DESIGN

Bart KresaBart Kresa Design, Master Projections Designer, Los Angeles
Ira LevyLevy NYC Design & Production, President, New York
Bentley MeekerBentley Meeker Lighting and Staging, Owner, New York
Jon RetskyGot Light, Co-Owner, San Francisco

 

CATERING

Ron Ben-IsraelRon Ben-Israel Cakes, Owner, New York
Suzanne BlezardUnion Square Events, Director of Sales & Events, New York
Peter CallahanPeter Callahan Catering, Owner & Creative Director, New York
Sebastien CentnerEatertainment, Owner & Creative Director, Toronto
Andrea CorrealeElegant Affairs, President & Founder, New York
Mary DearbornCxRA, Vice President, New York
Chris DivineyAbigail Kirsch, General Manager, New York
Mary GiulianiMary Giuliani Catering and Events, Owner, New York
Bill HomanDesign Cuisine, Co-Owner, Washington
Eric MichaelOccasions Caterers, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Washington
Liz NeumarkGreat Performances, C.E.O., New York
Simon PowlesStarr Catering Group, Founder & C.E.O., Philadelphia
Carla RubenCreative Edge Parties, President, New York
Carl SchusterWolfgang Puck Catering, C.E.O. & Managing Partner, Los Angeles
Bob SpiegelPinch Food Design, Chef & Owner, New York
Joachim SplichalPatina Catering, Chef & Co-Founder, Los Angeles
Chris VerrosCenterplate, C.E.O., Boston
Sylvia WeinstockSylvia Weinstock Cakes, Owner, New York

 

CONFERENCE PLANNERS & PRODUCERS

Chris Anderson, TED, Curator, New York1
Ryan Begelman, Summit, Co-Founder, New York
Stacey Foreman, NewCo, Executive Producer, San Francisco
Hugh Forrest, SXSW Interactive Festival, Director, Austin
Kat Gordon, The 3% Conference, Founder, San Francisco
Cynthia Hornketh, Gartner Summits, V.P., Program Management, Stamford, Conn.
Jim Louderback, VidCon, C.E.O., San Francisco
Moj Mahdara, Beautycon, Founder, Los Angeles
Charles Melcher, Melcher Media and Future of Storytelling, Founder, New York
Richard St-Pierre, C2 Montréal, President, Montreal
Laurie White, Conference for Women, Founder, San Francisco
Scott Wilcox, SWSX Conference, Chief Innovation Officer, Austin

 

CORPORATE PRODUCERS & STRATEGISTS

Chris Albert, National Geographic Channels, Executive Vice President of Global Communications, Events & Talent Relations, Washington
Bob Bejan, Microsoft, General Manager of Global Events, Production Studios & Marketing Community, Seattle
Catherine Bennett, IMG Fashion Week, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, New York
Kim Boriin, Guardian Life, Global Event Manager, New York
Lylle Breier, Disney, Senior Vice President, Special Events, Los Angeles
Cathi Culbertson, Forbes, Vice President, Event Marketing and Conferences, New York
Michael Curmi, Jaguar Land Rover North America, Brand Experience Director, New York
Chris Curtin, Visa, Chief Brand & Innovation Marketing Officer, San Francisco
Deborah Curtis, American Express, Vice President, Head of Global Brand Experiences & Partnerships, New York
Hollace Davids, Universal Pictures, Senior Vice President of Special Projects, Los Angeles
Pam Dzierzanowski, Patrón Spirits Company, Vice President Event Marketing, Los Angeles
Ned Duggan, Bacardi, V.P., Brand Marketing Director, Miami
Tara de Nicolas, Amazon, Director, Marketing, Seattle
Vivian Eickhoff, Microsoft, Group Event Marketing Manager, Seattle
Vance Garrett, Westfield, Vice President, Experiential Global Entertainment, Los Angeles
Deborah Gee, Lululemon, Mindful Events Guru, Experience Designer, North America Retail, Toronto
Karly Giaramita, WeWork, Director of Events, New York
Sarah Goodnow, Airbnb, Global Head of Alternative Marketing, San Francisco
Rachel Gross, Univision, Senior Vice President of Event Marketing, New York
Evelyn Hall, Credit Union of Texas, Executive Assistant, Office of the President, Dallas
Heather Henderson Thomas, Cisco, Senior Manager, Strategic Ops & Event Experience, San Francisco
Kenya Hardaway, FX Networks, S.V.P., Integrated Promotions, Los Angeles
Albie Hueston, Refinery29, Creative Director of Experiential, New York
Tomiko Iwata, Fox Broadcasting, S.V.P., Creative Services Group, Los Angeles
Suzy JackLos Angeles Times, Vice President of Public Affairs & Events, Los Angeles
Jeff Kaplan, Discovery Inc., S.V.P., Global Events & Brand Activation, Washington
Herb KarlitzKarlitz & Company, President, New York
Keyana Kashfi, Spotify, Director, Global Marketing Experiences/Live Event Production, New York
Steve Kelty, Lyft, Director of Experiential Marketing, North America, San Francisco
Eaddy KiernanVogue, Director of Special Events, New York
Andrew Kilbourn, Condé Nast, Head of Experiential Activation, New York
Ricky Kim, Nintendo, Director of Experiential Marketing, Seattle
Diella Koberstein AllenFood & Wine, Event Marketing Director, New York
Tracee Larocca, Taco Bell, S.V.P., Advertising & Brand Engagement, Los Angeles
Michael Lifson, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Senior Meeting Planner, Dallas
Brian Loucks, Creative Artists Agency, Talent Agent, Los Angeles
Amy Marino, American Express, V.P., Brand Marketing, Experience & Partnerships, New York
Kelly Markus, Refinery29, V.P. Experiential Marketing, New York
Carleen McCarthy, Coca-Cola, Director Experiential Marketing, Atlanta
Africa McClain, Time Inc., Live Events Coordinator, New York
Daniele Menache, AllianceBernstein, Managing Director, Head of Global Events, New York
Marcia Merando, Frankenmuth Insurance, Director of Marketing, Detroit
Candace MontgomeryEssence, Executive Director, Live Events and Experiential, New York
Carol Muldoon, KPMG, Managing Director, New Jersey
Oswald Myers, Nike, Director of Live Experiences, New York
Elizabeth Nirenstein, Target Corporation, Director, Experiential Marketing, Minneapolis
Zach Overton, Samsung, V.P. of Brand & Customer Experience, New York
Zach Papale, YouTube, Global Head, Brand Experience & Partnerships, San Francisco
Carolyn Pund, Cisco Systems, Senior Manager of Global Strategic Meetings & Business Event Operations, San Francisco
Steve Raizes, Viacom, S.V.P. of Experiences, New York
Sandy Safi, Dîner En Blanc, Co-Founder, Montreal
Paul Salinger, Oracle OpenWorld, V.P., Marketing, San Francisco
Michelle Rosen Sapir, Google, Head of Brand & Reputation Events & Experiences, New York
Allen Shapiro, Dick Clark Productions, Executive Chairman, Los Angeles
Yma Sherry, American Express Global Business Travel, V.P., North America, Philadelphia
Catherine Simmons, Salesforce, V.P. Strategic Events, San Francisco
Jana Stern, Voya Financial, Assistant V.P., Director of Meetings & Events, Minneapolis
Andrew Stevens, Apple, Experiential Design Department Head, Los Angeles
Cindy Tenner, HBO, Vice President, Special Events, New York
David Tinson, Electronic Arts, S.V.P., Marketing Communications, San Francisco
Michael Trovalli, Fiserv, Vice President, Global Events, Dallas
Melissa Tuan, Tidal, Head of Experiential Marketing, New York
Jen Vitale, The Wing, Experiential Producer, New York
Christa Woss, McDonald’s Corp., Exhibit Manager, Chicago
Adrienne Wright Zdaniewski, Bustle, Senior Manager, Events, New York
Kristine Yapp Jones, Twitter, Global Event Marketing Manager, San Francisco
Deborah Yeh, Sephora, Senior Vice President, Marketing, San Francisco
Jennifer Yu, Apple, Global Events – High Touch Experiences, San Francisco

 

DESTINATION MANAGEMENT COMPANIES

Jaclyn BernsteinAccess Destination Services, Partner, New York
Dabney BixelBixel & Co., President & Owner, Los Angeles
Kaye BurkhardtFan Fares, Owner & C.E.O., Dallas
Michelle Castady Orlando360 Destination Group Chicago, General Manager, Chicago
Catherine ChauletGlobal DMC Partners, President, Boston
Annette GreggAlliedPRA, Regional Senior Vice President, San Diego
Shannon GardnerCTC Destination Management, President, Chicago
David HainlineCSI DMC, C.E.O., Washington
Barb HarrisCTC Destination Management, V.P., Event Services, Chicago
Janet HollidayCE Group, President & Owner, San Antonio
Colleen HoranThe Destination Manager, President, Scottsdale
Christopher LeeAccess Destination Services, C.E.O., San Diego
Cindy LoRed Velvet Events, President, Austin
Tony LorenzAlliedPRA, C.E.O., Chicago
Marty MacKayHosts Global, President of Hosts Global’s alliance of DMCs, Washington
Paul MearsHello, President, Orlando
Anthony NapoliBriggs/AlliedPRA, President, New York
Jim NelsonDestinations By Design, Founder & Chairman, Las Vegas
Jim PostAdvantage Destination & Meeting Services, V.P. Operations/Partner, Miami
Karen ShackmanShackman Associates New York, President, New York
Laurie SprouseUltimate Ventures, President, Dallas
Valerie SummersDestination Musick City, Vice President, Nashville
Clint UpchurchAlliedPRA, Senior Experience Designer, Los Angeles

 

DESTINATION MARKETING ORGANIZATIONS

George Aguel, Visit Orlando, President & C.E.O., Orlando
Marc Anderson, Choose Chicago, Executive Vice President, Chicago
Johanne R. Bélanger, Tourism Toronto, President & C.E.O., Toronto
Julie Coker Graham, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, President & C.E.O., Philadelphia
Santiago Corrada, Visit Tampa Bay, President & C.E.O., Tampa
Ken Cretney, Vancouver Convention Centre, President & C.E.O., Vancouver
Brad Dean, Discover Puerto Rico, President & C.E.O., San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fred Dixon, NYCGO, President & C.E.O., New York
Elliott Ferguson, Destination D.C., C.E.O., Washington
Steve Goodling, Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, President & C.E.O., Long Beach, Calif.
Chris Meyer, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, V.P. Global Business Sales, Las Vegas
William Talbert, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, C.E.O., Miami
Ernest Wooden Jr., Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, President & C.E.O., Los Angeles

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Janice CardinaleThe Idea Hunter, Chief Idea Hunter, Toronto
Rolando EspinozaChampagne Creative Group, Creative Director, Las Vegas
Rossi MorrealeEvent Host Live, Co-Founder, Los Angeles

 

EVENT DESIGNERS & PRODUCERS

Larry AbelAbel & McCallister & Abel, Co-Founder, Los Angeles
Frank AlexanderFrank Alexander NYC, Event Producer, New York
Melissa AndreMelissa Andre Events, Owner & Creative Director, Toronto
Raul ÀvilaRaul Àvila Inc., President, New York
Preston BaileyPreston Bailey Designs, Event Designer, New York
Steve BalesBold Catering & Design, Creative Director of Special Events, Atlanta
Nicky BalestrieriThe Gathery, Co-Founder, New York
Kristin BantaKristin Banta Events, Owner & Lead Designer, Los Angeles
Jennifer BassettBassett Events, Founder, Toronto
David BeahmDavid Beahm Experiences, Founder, New York
Billy ButchkavitzBilly Butchkavitz Design, Founder, Los Angeles
Michael CerbelliCerbelli Creative, President & C.E.O., New York
Candice ChanCandice&Alison Events Group, Founder, Toronto
Tricia CostelloFresh Wata, Co-Founder, Los Angeles
Stefanie CoveStefanie Cove and Company, Founder, Los Angeles
Colin CowieColin Cowie Lifestyle, C.E.O., & C.O.O., New York
Karla DascalKarla Conceptual Event Experiences, C.E.O., Miami
Alexandre de BetakBureau Betak, Founder, New York
Philip DufourDufour & Co Productions, President & C.E.O., Washington
Marc EliotSwoop, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, New York
Todd FiscusTodd Events, Owner, Dallas
Thomas FordTom Ford Designs, Owner, Los Angeles
Jeffrey FosterEvent Creative, Senior Event Designer, Chicago
Stanlee GattiStanlee R. Gatti Designs, Owner, San Francisco
Jes GordonJesGordon/ProperFun, Owner/Creative Director, New York
Marc HallMarc Hall Design, Creative Director, Boston
Ben HamiltonStefan Beckman Studio, Experiential Designer, New York
Russell HarrisRussell Harris Event Group, Event Designer/Owner, Los Angeles
Bill HeffernanHMR Designs, Creative Director, Chicago
Matthew David Hopkins360 Design Events, Owner & Creative Director, New York
Aaron KaufmanFifth Element Group, President, Toronto
Tom KehoeKehoe Designs, President, Chicago
Cara KleinhautAgenc, Founder & C.E.O., Los Angeles and New York
Randi LesnickRandi Events, Owner, Nashville
Lorne LevittTotal Events and Entertainment, Owner, Montreal
Ed LibbyEd Libby & Co., Event Designer, New York
Debi LillyA Perfect Event, Founder, Chicago
Mircea ManeaBlueprint Studios, Co-Founder & Principal, San Francisco
Raymond McCallisterAbel & McCallister & Abel, Co-Founder, Los Angeles
J.B. MillerEmpire Entertainment, President, & C.E.O., New York
Lewis MillerLewis Miller Design, Founder, New York
Joe MollerJoe Moller Events, President, Los Angeles
David MonnDavid Monn, LLC, Founder & C.E.O., New York
Kelly MurphyEvents on the Loose, President, South Florida
Matthew MyhrumMatthew Myhrum Event Visualization, President, New York
Yifat OrenOren Co., Founder & Creative Director, Los Angeles
Rishi PatelHMR Designs, C.E.O., Chicago
Bryan RafanelliRafanelli Events, Founder, President & C.E.O., Boston
Jeffry RoickMcNabb Roick, Founder, Toronto
Samantha SacklerThe Firm Event Design, C.E.O., Los Angeles
Tony SchubertEvent Eleven, Founder & C.E.O., Los Angeles
Alison SlightCandice&Alison Events Group, Founder, Toronto
Annie SenatoreDesign Foundry, Founder, Washington
David StarkDavid Stark Design and Production, President & Creative Director, New York
DeJuan StroudDeJuan Stroud Inc., Event Designer, New York
Luigi TadiniThe Gathery, Co-Founder, New York
Shai TertnerShiraz Creative, President, Miami
Bronson van WyckWorkshop and Van Wyck & Van Wyck, Founding Partner, New York
Mindy WeissMindy Weiss Party Consultants, Event Planner, Los Angeles
André WellsEvents By André Wells, Founder, Washington
Ron WendtRon Wendt Design, Event Designer, New York
Shawna YamamotoShawna Yamamoto, Event Design, Founder & C.E.O., Los Angeles
Edgardo ZamoraRevelry Event Designers, Founder & C.E.O., Los Angeles

 

EVENT EDUCATION

Joan EisenstodtEisenstodt Associates, Owner, Washington
Timothy M. Lam, the International School of Hospitality, Executive Director, Las Vegas
Carol McGurySmithBucklin, E.V.P., Event & Education Services, Chicago
Janet Sperstad, Madison Area Technical College, Program Director, Meeting & Event Management Degree, Madison
Derek Warnick, CMEPalooza, Producer, Philadelphia
Carl Winston, L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Director, San Diego

 

EVENT INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP1

Tonya AlmondPCMA, V.P. Knowledge & Experience Design, Chicago
Amanda ArmstrongMPI, Chair, San Diego
Frederick BellCoalition of Black Meeting Planners, Chairman, New Orleans
Steve Bova, FICP – Financial Services and Insurance Professionals, Executive Director, Chicago
David Bruce, Meeting Planners Unite, Founder & Executive Director, Dallas
Roger Dow, U.S.T.A., President & C.E.O., Washington
David DuBoisIAEE, President & C.E.O., Dallas
Kevin Edmunds, AIC Hotel Group, Vice President of Sales, Coral Gables, Florida
Kimberley GishlerCEMA, Executive Director, Sacramento
David Jeffreys, L.G.B.T. Meeting Professionals Association, Executive Director, Philadelphia
Sherrif KaramatPCMA, President & C.E.O., Toronto
Karen KotowskiEvents Industry Council, President & C.E.O., Washington
Lawrence LeonardNACE, Executive Director, Washington
Nan Marchand Beauvois, U.S.T.A, V.P., National Councils, Washington
Michael MarionIAVM, Chairman of the Board, Dallas
Ingrid NagyILEA, President, Denver
John “Jack” PatronskiGES—Global Experience Specialists, Executive V.P., Industry Development, Chicago
David PeckinpaughMaritz Global Events, President, St. Louis
Mathias Posch, IAPCO, President, Vancouver
Deborah Sexton, FASAE, President & C.E.O., Chicago
Shawna Suckow, SPIN, Founder & Chairwoman, St. Paul
Paul Van DeventerMPI, President & C.E.O., Dallas
Don WelshDestinations International, President & C.E.O., Washington

 

EVENT MANAGEMENT

Denise AdamHelmsBriscoe, Senior Director, Global Accounts, New York
Victoria AscioneV Event Management, Owner & Chief Event Strategist, Miami
Shimon AvishAcquis Consulting Group, Principal & Meetings Management Practice Head, New York
Cindy BrewerLEO Events, Principal, Memphis
Agnes “AC” CanonicaMCI Group, Global Account Director, Washington
Ellin DelsenerEvent Associates, President, New York
Henry GivraySmithBucklin, Chairman, Chicago
Todd HawkinsThe Todd Group, Founder & President, Los Angeles
Heather HerrigEvery Last Detail, Principal, Atlanta
Judy LevyLevy, Pazanti & Huff, Founder, Los Angeles
Jennifer Lucio Vargas305 Communications, Founder/President, Miami
Heather MasonCaspian Agency, Founder, San Francisco
Jamie MurdockExperient, Vice President of Sales, Washington
Rickie Niceta, the White House, Social Secretary, Washington
Brooke Palmer KuhlRSBP Events, President, Tampa
Qualena Odom-RoyesEventEssentials, President, Atlanta
Allison PieterAllison Pieter Event Management & Production, Event Producer, Los Angeles
Rick SimoneEGN Consulting, C.E.O., Providence
Andy SmithExperient, S.V.P., ESN & Strategic Sourcing, Hendersonville, Tenn.
John StachnikOn The Scene, Managing Partner, Chicago
Brian StevensConference Direct, C.E.O., Los Angeles
Brent TaylorTimewise Event Management, Managing Partner, Edmonton, Canada
Michelle ThorntonEast West Connection, Senior Meeting Planner, Irvine, Calif.

 

EVENT TECH

Reggie AggarwalCvent, C.E.O., Washington
Corbin BallCorbin Ball & Co., Owner, Bellingham, Wash.
Eran Ben-ShushanBizzabo, Co-Founder & C.E.O., New York
Dan BergerSocial Tables, Founder & C.E.O., Washington
Oni ChukwuAventri, C.E.O., New York
Lawrence CoburnDoubleDutch, C.E.O., San Francisco
Ashley CrowderVntana, C.E.O., Los Angeles
Dahlia El GazzarDahlia+ Inc., Tech Evangelist, Boston
Lucy Giovando Watts, Lasso40, Founder & C.E.O., Tiburon, Calif.
Elizabeth GlauEventbots by Sciensio, Product Marketing Manager, Portland, Ore.
Les GoldbergLMG, President & C.E.O., Orlando
Sandy HammerAllSeated, Co-Founder, San Francisco
Julia HartzEventbrite, Co-Founder & C.E.O., San Francisco
Scott Heifer, Meetup, Co-Founder & C.E.O., San Francisco
Ben HindmanSplash, C.E.O., New York
Juraj HolubSli.do, Marketing Director, New York
Christle Johnson, GBTA, President, Houston
Rana JuneLightwave, Founder & C.E.O., San Francisco
Brad LangleyAventri, V.P., Global Third Party Markets, Atlanta
Greg MurthaXplorit, President & C.O.O., Sacramento
Alex PlaxenLittle Bird Told Media, President, Washington
DJ SaulISL, C.E.O., Washington
Joe SchwingerMeetingPlay, Co-Founder & C.E.O., Frederick, Md.
Jeff SinclairEventbase, Co-Founder, Vancouver
BJ SinghEventEQ, President & C.E.O., Baltimore
Mark StewartWondermakr, President, Toronto
Patti TackeffLenos Software, President, San Francisco
Vello VirkhausV Squared Labs, Founder & C.E.O., Los Angeles
Ben WestEventbase, Co-Founder, Vancouver

 

FESTIVALS/FAIRS

Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival, Artistic Director & Co-Head, Toronto
Rehan Choudhry, A Beautiful Perspective, Founder & C.E.O., New York
Chad IssaqSuperfly Marketing Group, Executive Vice President of Business Development & Partnerships, New York
Sean Hoess, Wanderlust, Co-Founder, New York
Jeff Krasno, Wanderlust, Co-Founder, New York
Virginia Ludy, Canadian National Exhibition Association, C.E.O., Toronto
Suzanne Neve, Florida Festivals Events Association, C.E.O., Orlando
Anthony Sargent, Luminato Festival, C.E.O., Toronto
Lee Brian Schrager, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Founder & Director, Miami
Paul Tollet, AEG, C.E.O., Indian Wells, Calif.

 

HOSPITALITY

Cindy A’Oust, CLIA, President & C.E.O., Washington
Arthur Backal, Backal Hospitality Group, C.E.O., New York
Cara BanaschOmni Hotels & Resorts, Vice President of Sales, Dallas
Michael DominguezMGM Resorts International, Chief Sales Officer, Las Vegas
Bob GilbertHSMAI, President & C.E.O., Washington
Steve Heitzner, Marriott International, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Americas, Bethesda, Md.
Danny Hughes, Hilton, Executive Vice President & President, Americas, Washington
Jan Jones Blackhurst, Caesars Entertainment, V.P. Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Las Vegas
Vincent LaRuffaUniversal Orlando Resort, V.P. Resort Marketing, Orlando
Leslie Menichini, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, V.P. Sales & Marketing, Orlando
Lynn Pavony, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Director of Incentive Sales, Chicago
Francis Purvey, Sunlark Associates, Executive Vice President, Vero Beach, Fla.
David RockwellRockwell Group, Founder & C.E.O., New York
Ian Schrager, Ian Schrager Company, Owner, New York
Jeff StoberDrake Hotel, Owner, Toronto
Johnathan Tisch, Loews Hotels & Co., Chairman & C.E.O., New York

 

INCENTIVES

Greg BogueMaritz Global Events, Chief Experience Architect, St. Louis
Mark BondyViktor, President/Owner, Traverse City, Mich.
Jeff BroudyUnited Incentives, President, Philadelphia
Phillip EidsvoldOne10, Senior Director of Client Services, Minneapolis
John IanniniSITE Foundation, President, Atlanta
Joe KellerMotivAction, President & C.O.O., Minneapolis
Eve KolakowskiRymax Marketing Services, President, New York
Mike MayBrightspot Incentives & Events, President, Dallas
Steve O’MalleyMaritz Travel, Division President, St. Louis
Brenda RiversAndavo Meetings, President & C.E.O., Denver
Roy SaundersonRideau Recognition, Chief Learning Officer, Ontario
Marc SimonHalo Branded Solutions, C.E.O., Director, Chicago
Rhea StagnerMaritz Travel, V.P., Supplier Relations and Sourcing, St. Louis
Rodger Stotz, Incentive Research Foundation, Chief Research Officer, Hartford, Conn.
Melissa Van Dyke, Incentive Research Foundation, President, St. Louis

 

MEDIA

Lori Cioffi, Northstar Travel Media, S.V.P./Editorial Director, New York
Chris Collinson, Connect Meetings, President, Atlanta

 

PLANNERS—ASSOCIATIONS

Martin Balogh, American Bar Association, Associate Executive Director, Meetings & Travel Group, Chicago
Anthony Bernard, SAP Users’ Group, S.V.P. Operations, Chicago
Lisa Block, Society for Human Resource Management, Vice President of Meetings & Conferences, Washington
Jared Cohen, American Academy of Pediatrics, Director, National Conference & Exhibition, Chicago
Andy Darmohraj, APPA, Executive Vice President & C.O.O., New York
Marsha Flanagan, IAEE, V.P. Learning Experiences, Dallas
Nikole Fridenmaker, Association of Change Management Professionals, Director of Meetings, Orlando
Dan Goldstein, AVIXA, Senior Vice President of Content & Communications, Washington
Angela Harar, the Vision Council, Senior Director of Trade Shows, Washington
Mary Pat Heftman, National Restaurant Association, Executive Vice President, Convention & Strategic Alliances, Chicago
Derrick Johnson, Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, Senior Director of Meetings, Washington
Debbie Langelier, NTSA, Assistant V.P., Washington
Amy Ledoux, American Society of Association Executives: The Center for Association Leadership, S.V.P., Meetings & Expositions, Washington
Karen J. Malone, HIMSS, V.P. Meetings, Chicago
Iain Mackenzie, International Sign Association, V.P. Meetings and Events, Washington
William F. Reed, American Society of Hematology, Chief Event Strategy Officer, Washington
Tracey Smith, SPIN, Executive Director, Austin
Chris Strong, National Business Aviation Association, S.V.P. Conventions & Membership, Washington
Danielle L. Urbina, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Director of Meetings & Exhibits, Chicago

 

PLANNERS—NONPROFITS

Lee Kite, American Cancer Society, National Strategic Director, Distinguished Partners Events, Chicago
Anna RobinsKeep Memory Alive, Senior Director, Las Vegas
Antwone Stigall, ​​Teach for America, Business Event Strategist, San Francisco
Tim Tompkins, Times Square Alliance, President, New York

 

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Michael BraunID Public Relations, Vice President, New York
Rhonda CouchigianRayce PR, Founder, Los Angeles
Nick D’AnnunzioTara, Ink., Principal, Miami
Susan Ann DavisSusan Davis International, Chairman, Washington
Andy GelbSlate, Founding Partner, Los Angeles
Debra Goldblatt-SadowskiRock-it Promotions, President & Founder, Toronto
Nadine JohnsonNadine Johnson & Associates, Owner, New York
James LaForceLaForce, President, New York
Susan MagrinoMagrino, Founder & C.E.O., New York
Rachna ShahKCD, Partner, Managing Director, PR & Digital, New York
Maryann WatsonPMK-BNC, Executive Vice President, Brand Marketing & Communications, New York
Paul WilmotPaul Wilmot Communications, Owner, New York

 

SPORTS & ARENAS

Joel Fisher, the Madison Square Garden Company, Executive Vice President, Marquee Events & Operations, New York
Gregg CarenSMG, Executive Vice President, Convention & Exhibition Centers, Philadelphia
Shannon HosfordMaple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Fan Experience, Toronto
Peter O’Reilly, National Football League, Senior Vice President of Events, New York
Stephen Revetria, Giants Enterprises, Senior Vice President, San Francisco
Casey WassermanWasserman, Chairman & C.E.O., Los Angeles
Andrea Williams, College Football Playoff, C.O.O., Dallas

 

STRATEGY & LEADERSHIP

Holly DuckworthLeadership Solutions International, C.E.O., Denver
Howard Givner, Heathcote Media Group, C.E.O., New York
Tammy HaddadHaddad Media, President & C.E.O., Washington
Kevin IwamotoGoldSpring Consulting, Senior Consultant, San Francisco
Christopher J. KellyConvene, President & Co-Founder, New York
Amy KuleMerry Wonderer, Founder & C.E.O., New York
Colleen RickenbackerGlobal PEC Academy, Co-Founder, Dallas
Adam SaksTourism Economics, Founder/President, Wayne, Pa.
Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki2synergize, Inc., President, San Diego
Tracy StuckrathThrive Meetings & Events, President, Greenville, S.C.
Peter Tarlow, Tourism & More, Inc., President, Bryan, Texas
Gary VaynerchukVaynerX, Chairman, New York

 

SUSTAINABILITY & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Jeff ChaseFreeman, V.P. Sustainability, San Francisco
Doug ChorpenningWet Paint Group, Founder, Denver
Michelle Guelbart, ECPAT USA, Director, Private Sector Engagement, New York
Kate Hurst, U.S. Green Buildings Council, S.V.P., Conferences & Events, Washington
Courtney LohmannKoncept Events, Director of Culture, San Diego
Mariela McIlwraithMeeting Change, President, Vancouver
Kimberly RitterNix Conference & Meeting Management, Director of Development, St. Louis
Tammi RunzlerCSRConnections, Executive Vice President, Tampa
James Spellos, Meeting U, President, New York

 

TRADE SHOW MANAGEMENT1

Rod Alberts, North American International Auto Show, Executive Director, Detroit
Howard Britt, Premiere Shows, Inc., Owner, Orlando
Karen Chupka, C.E.S., Executive Vice President, Washington
Robyn DavisWhen I Need Help, Trade Show Strategy Specialist, Atlanta
Dona Fae Desmond, Comic-Con International, Executive Director, San Diego
Lance FenstermanReed Exhibitions, S.V.P., New York
Noah Horowitz, Art Basel Miami Beach, Director Americas, New York
Lori JenksEmerald Expositions, S.V.P., Trade Show Operations, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Britton JonesNXT Events Media Group, Chairman & C.E.O., New York
Ned KrauseE.J. Krause & Associates, President & C.E.O., Washington
Mary LarkinDiversified Communications, Executive Vice President, Portland, Me.
David LoechnerEmerald Expositions, C.E.O., Los Angeles
Rick McConnellInforma Exhibitions U.S. & Canada, President, Dallas
Courtney MullerClarion UX, Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer, Trumbull, Conn.
Don PazourAccess Intelligence, C.E.O., Washington
Scott SchulmanUBM Americas, C.E.O., New York
Hervé SedkyReed Exhibitions, President, Americas, New York
Marc Simon, PGA Merchandise Show, Event Director, Orlando
Greg TopalianClarion UX, President, New York
Ted WirthDiversified Communications, President & C.E.O., Portland, Me.

 

WEDDINGS

Kathryn ArceEngaging Concepts, Co-Founder, Orlando
Laurie AronsLaurie Arons Special Events, Founder, San Francisco
Marcy BlumMarcy Blum Associates, Owner, New York
Lynn EastonEaston Events, Owner, Charleston, S.C.
Rebecca GrinnalsEngaging Concepts, Co-Founder, Orlando
Tara GuérardTara Guérard Soirée, Owner, Charleston, S.C.
Alison Hotchkiss RinderknechtAlison Events Planning & Design, Creative Director, San Francisco
Nikki KhanExquisite Events, Owner, Los Angeles
Jung LeeFête, Co-Founder, New York
Jove MeyerJove Meyer Events, Owner & Creative Director, New York
Michelle RagoMichelle Rago Destinations, Founder, New York
Sharon SacksSacks Productions, President & Founder, Los Angeles
Teissia TreynetFirefly Events, Founder & C.E.O., New York
David TuteraDavid Tutera Inc., Celebrity Weddings & Celebrations Planner, New York
Lisa VorceLisa Vorce CO, Owner & Creative Director, Los Angeles

This story appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of BizBash.

See the original story here: https://www.bizbash.com/the-top-500-people-in-events/new-york/story/36197/#.W7PVPWhKiHu

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