Awards

ConventionSouth Magazine releases the 2022 list of Radiant Resorts

GULF SHORES, Ala. (February 21, 2022) — The results are in for ConventionSouth’s Radiant Resorts, and 15 fabulous Southern properties took top spots. In February, ConventionSouth editors compiled a Facebook ballot of 75 visually stunning resorts with abundant amenities. From those resorts, ConventionSouth readers and Facebook fans voted for …

Alison Kieckhafer – The Event Lounge

Alison Kieckhafter

Owner and chief event officer, The Event Lounge

Dallas, Texas 

Describe your job.
Since I started the company 11 years ago, my talented in-person and virtual event team has produced more than 5,000 meetings, conferences, events, and activations around the globe. We offer live and virtual …

Andre Wells – Events by Andre Wells

Andre Wells

Owner, Events by Andre Wells

Washington, D.C.

Describe your job.

I own an event design and planning firm in Washington, D.C, and work throughout the United States and abroad. We produce and design corporate, political, and social events, in addition to high-profile weddings.

How did you …

Chris Dyer – Conference Catalysts, LLC

Chris Dyer

CEO, Conference Catalysts, LLC

Gainesville, Fla. 

Describe your job.

In addition to my CEO responsibilities, I have directly served as a conference manager for more than 150 conferences, meetings, and events over the past 15 years. I currently oversee all company operations and am intensely involved in …

Danielle Couick – Magnolia Bluebird design + events

Danielle Couick

Principal & Creative Director, Magnolia Bluebird design + events

Gaithersburg, Md.

Describe your job.

I oversee day-to-day operations, manage a small but mighty team of planners, and design and plan social, corporate, and life events. So, I get to do cool things with and for cool people, …

Donna Klempnow – Rutherford County (Tennessee) CVB

Donna Klempnow

Director of Sales, Rutherford County (Tennessee) CVB

Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Describe your job.

I promote and sell Rutherford County as a premier destination for conventions, corporate meetings, association conferences, sporting events, reunions, and tour groups. I’m responsible for sales lead distribution, hotel history, and revenue reports for …

Emily Hartstone – Magellan Management

Emily Hartstone

Vice President, Magellan Management

Boca Raton, Fla. 

Describe your job.

I currently oversee all meeting and event logistics within our company.  This includes sourcing, contracting, planning, and then through final execution. My main focus is to ensure our clients’ goals and objectives are not just met, but …

Dylan Shinholzer – Viewstub.Com, Event Masters

Dylan Shinholzer

Chief Experience Officer, ViewStub.com, Event Masters

Richmond, Va.

Describe your job.

I help businesses and brands plan, manage, and coordinate small- and large-scale concerts, festivals, and conferences.

How did you get started and what got you from there to today?

Several of my jobs back in …

Erin Cook – e2 Destination & Event Management

Erin Cook

President/General Manger, e2 Destination & Event Management

Orlando, Fla.

Describe your job.

As the owner of e2, I wear many hats. I use whatever time and skills I have to ensure our events are the best they can be, picking up different roles in marketing, oversight, …

Gary Solomon Jr. – Solomon Group

Gary Solomon Jr.

Co-founder, Solomon Group

New Orleans, La.

Describe your job.

I focus on Solomon Group’s strategic initiatives, a responsibility that has resulted in our national success and expansion.

How did you get started, and what got you from there to today?

I started out in theater production, …