Awards

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, …

Heather Herrig – Every Last Detail Events

Heather Herrig, CMP

President & Chief Event Strategist, Every Last Detail Events

Atlanta, Ga.

Describe your job.

I’m a professional “connector.” I create optimized spaces and opportunities for people to come together, virtually or in person. Also, I connect questions to answers, problems to solutions, needs
to …

Keshena Patterson – HelmsBriscoe

Keshena Patterson

Manager, Global Accounts and Site Selection Specialist, HelmsBriscoe

Houston, Texas

Describe your job.

I am a site selection specialist or, as it is commonly known, a third-party planner for HelmsBriscoe. I help event planners find hotels for their conferences, meetings, and events that require group sleeping room …

Kimberly Bean – KBT Creative Support Services

Kimberly Bean

Event Specialist, KBT Creative Support Services

Brentwood, Tenn. 

Describe your job.

As an independent conference and meeting planner, I plan, manage, organize, and source conferences, meetings, retreats, summits, incentives, symposia, events, and venues for nonprofits, corporate, association, education, and government organizations.

How did you get started …

Lauren Sherman – EVisions

Lauren Sherman

Corporate Meeting and Event Manager, EVisions

Orange County, Calif. 

Describe your job.

As a corporate meeting and event manager for a software company, I deliver on-brand meetings and events that display our company culture and values. I plan, manage, and execute internal and external conferences, trade shows, …

LeAnna Toups-Bennett – Louisiana Economic Development

LeAnna Toups-Bennett

Marketing Representative, Louisiana Economic Development

Baton Rouge, La.

Describe your job.

I am a government meeting planner for Louisiana Economic Development (LED), a state agency. It is my duty to plan and execute all agency events, taking responsibility for all the creative, technical, and logistical elements, including …

Renee Radabaugh – Paragon Events

Renee Radabaugh

President & CEO, Paragon Events

Delray Beach, Fla. 

Describe your job.

My job is anything from cleaning the toilets to leading a team of enormously talented people. Our events and clients range from international incentive programs to corporate conferences, grand openings, trade shows, and VIP networking events. …