Awards

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. …

Sammy Caban – Innov8 Events Agency

Sammy Caban

CEO, Innov8 Events Agency

West Palm Beach, Fla.

Describe your job.

My work is rewarding and never boring. It’s given me the opportunity to lead and learn from a group of creative individuals. It also provides me with the opportunity to be a part of the creation …

Selina Mirza Cooper – Texas Floodplain Management Association

Selina Mirza Cooper

Project Manager, Texas Floodplain Management Association

Austin, Texas

Describe your job.

Being in a small office of only two full-time and one part-time employees, my job entails a good understanding of all aspects of association management for a nonprofit. My primary responsibilities are conference/event planning, professional …

Shai Tertner – Shiraz Creative

Shai Tertner

CEO & partner, Shiraz Creative

Miami, Fla.

Describe your job.

I oversee the growth and image of the brand, along with creative for selected projects and upper management decisions.

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

Over 20 years ago, I …

Tess Vismale – iSocialX

Tess Vismale

Founder/CEO, iSocialX

Atlanta, Ga.

Describe your job.

I’m an entrepreneur, and I have been an independent planner for several years. My business at iSocialX focuses on a suite of products and services that foster empowerment in strategic planning, participant engagement, and technology confidence. However, my job …

Tiffaney Gonzales – Galveston Island CVB

Tiffaney Gonzales

Sales Manager, Galveston Island CVB

Galveston, Texas

Describe your job.

As the social, military, education, religious, fraternal (SMERF) sales manager, I promote and sell Galveston Island. I strategically sell the destination to clients and organizations to increase visitor business, generate overnight stays, and maximize the economic impact …