President & CEO – Partnership Group – Sponsorship Specialists®
Brent is President and CEO of the Partnership Group – Sponsorship Specialists®, a sponsorship marketing consulting firm. He has been in the sponsorship business for over 30 year working with many large, medium and small municipalities, non-profits, charities, sport organizations and Canadian and international brands.
Brent recognized as a industry thought leader and pioneer and is the author of Amazon.ca’s #1 Best seller Reality Check – Straight Talk about Sponsorship Marketing.
Brent lives with his wife and 15-year-old daughter in Nanaimo BC Canada
Founder and CEO, EventMind
Ashanti Bentil – Dhue is Founder and CEO at EventMind, a market leader in the virtual meetings and events sector. EventMind provides training, consultancy and delivery for businesses looking to engage virtually with their audience and community. EventMind specialises in creating diverse digital communities and events, with access to 300 event technologies. Ashanti is currently a judge on a number of awards panels, including the Eventex Awards, Independent Publisher Awards and the Virtual Event Institute Awards.
President, Bruno Group Signature Services
Michelle Bruno is a technical marketing writer, event-technology blogger and technology journalist based in Salt Lake City. She writes for event-industry publications and develops content and content strategies for event-industry technology companies and agencies at Bruno Group Signature Services. She also serves as a judge for several event technology award competitions.
Client Solutions Manager, MCI Group
Whether it is making a business deal or creating a knowledge exchange, Shawn believes a purposefully designed event experience is a platform to make it happen.
Throughout his career, Shawn has worked on programs ranging between 20-10,000 people, each with unique objectives and challenges. In his current role at MCI Group, he is average 3-5 projects per year, some of them which require years of preparation and some with only a few weeks turnaround.
As a self-claimed LEARNAHOLIC, Shawn actively participates in conversation around event design, innovation, sustainability, and technology. Shawn is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), and a Certified Digital Event Strategist (DES).
Shawn is the Co-Founder of #EventProfsBreakShit and was named “Planners of the Year” by Smart Meetings Magazine in 2019.
Head of Events, SITE global
Author, Intentional Event Design, Our Professional Opportunity
Tahira is a Special Event Planning and Sustainable Event Management instructor at BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology), and is passionate about intentional event design, neuroscience, and the integration of now ubiquitous technology to enhance the human experience at events and design the most relevant incentive, meeting, and event environments.
She has been recognized as a Visionary by Smart Meetings in 2021, Top 20 Trendsetter by MeetingsToday (2018) and honored as MPI BC Chapter Mentor of the Year. She contributed to the 9th edition of the CIC Manual, which provides the framework for CMP studies around the globe at industry conferences and events.
Director of Event Marketing, Informa
Kathryn Frankson is the Director of Event Marketing at Informa, the global leader in specialized events and event intelligence. After 48 straight quarters selling exhibition space and custom event sponsorships, Kathryn launched Informa’s sales marketing team, modernizing demand generation. Kathryn now leads the event and digital marketing efforts for Informa’s content led events in the architecture, event planning and foodservice space.
Co-Founder and CMO, Allseated
With over 20 years of experience in the international event industry, Sandy Hammer is the co-founder and CMO of Allseated, an award-winning event technology platform with the goal to revolutionize and digitize the event planning process. She began her career as a corporate planner for a high-tech company, running events globally. During that time, she amassed a portfolio of corporate conferences, seminars, forums and brokerage events for customers such as Orange Global, Telefonica and O2UK.
Her position at Allseated allows her to pursue her passion for educating and advancing the industry. In addition to being a national speaker, Sandy served on the 2019 Weddings International Professionals Association board and is a regular contributor to Catersource, WeddingIQ, and NACE. BizBash recently named Sandy one of the top 500 event professionals in the industry.
CEO & Founder, Accelevents
Jon Kazarian is the CEO and Founder of Accelevents, a leading virtual & hybrid events platform. As CEO, Jon is focused on leading the company’s vision and helping event organizers and marketing professionals transform their events through innovative technology solutions. Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Bentley University and chairs the board for the Fall Formal fundraiser benefiting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Executive Director, MeetingPlay
Jennifer Kellogg is the Executive Director of MeetingPlay where she oversees the day-to-day operational activities of the company. She is also responsible for collaboratively improving communications, workflow and performance by developing streamlined processes that promote growth and ensure compliance with the organizational strategy. Prior to joining MeetingPlay, Jennifer led Marriott International’s Corporate Meetings and Events team for the past 10 years out of their headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.
Founder, Event Tech Lab
Dr James Morgan is a live experience designer, educator, international awards judge and industry commentator. With over 30 years of experience in live design, he has worked in Europe, the Middle East, North America and the UK. As an award winning professional, he is passionate about event design, behaviour change and engagement strategies. He is the founder of Event Tech Lab and is the Postgraduate Programme Leader for MA Event Design and MA Tourism Management courses at the University of Westminster, London.
Editor in Chief, EventMB
Miguel is EventMB’s Editor-in-Chief and likes to describe himself as a, “curious creator and caring curator of computerized content and a conscious connector of charismatic characters”. He lives and breathes the event tech sector and is deeply engaged in the global online community of event professionals. Miguel is a Portuguese soul who built a career in the UK and is now raising a young family in southern Denmark.
CEO, Run The World
Xiaoyin Qu is the founder and CEO of Run The World, the leading online events platform for communities to interact with each other. Run The World raised $15M from leading investors such as Andreessen Howoritz, Founders Fund, Will Smith and Kevin Hart. She previously led products for both Facebook and Instagram. She dropped out Stanford’s MBA program after a year to start Run The World.
CEO and Co-Founder, MeetingPlay
Joe Schwinger is Co-Founder and CEO of MeetingPlay, an award-winning technology company forging meaningful connections at in-person, virtual, and hybrid events for Fortune 500 companies including Marriott, PepsiCo, Databricks, and many more. With a background in ecommerce, he has extensive experience providing customer facing solutions on a global scale.
Joe was recently named to the 2020 BizBash 500 Must-Know Event Pros in the U.S. (two years running) and the 2018 list of 40 under 40 by Connect Corporate.
Founder, Virtual Event Campus
William ran his first paid-for online event in 2005 “controversially” charging the same price for the online as the physical event. William now runs Europe’s largest online training and virtual events business for executive assistants, Practically Perfect PA. As an organizer and business strategist, William is a firm believer in the role that virtual has in replacing revenue from physical events.
CEO and Founder, Conference Compass
Jelmer van Ast is the CEO and founder of Conference Compass, an event app pioneer since 2009. Their apps were used at over a thousand conferences, including 20 of the world’s 25 largest association conferences. With their #OneCommunity hybrid event platform, Conference Compass enables associations and corporate meeting planners to unite their communities around events, whether they join the event virtually or in person.
Jelmer holds a PhD in artificial intelligence and knows first-hand what it takes to publish scientific research and deliver engaging presentations. With his roots in academia together with over 10 years of experience building an event tech company, he and his team stand by their customers to create engaging hybrid events.
Co-CEO and Co-Founder, MeetingPlay
Lisa Vann is Co-CEO and Co-founder of MeetingPlay, an award-winning event technology company. Prior to starting MeetingPlay, Lisa served as Senior Manager of Corporate Strategy at both DSM and Martek BioSciences, biotechnology focused companies, where she played an integral role in advising senior executives on a range of topics, including corporate growth strategy, business unit strategy, competitive strategy and insights into future industry trends. Lisa holds an MBA from the University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business, a M.S. from the University of Florida, and a B.S. from the University of Florida.
Founder, Black in Events Network
Keneisha is an event professional with 10 years of experience producing events. She is the founder of the Black in Events Network – a globally inclusive network aimed to amplify the visibility of Black professionals in the events industry. She is a speaker, mentor, and passionate about helping professionals and businesses become leaders through the power of their brand, and creating positive social impact. She is also a DEI task force member with the Events Industry Council. When is not busy creating change she is mothering her teen son or binge-watching shows from the 70s.
Event Energizer, Two Minute Moves
Dubbed by the US media as ‘the excuse-buster from Down-Under’, Lizzy is on a mission to help people disrupt long hours of sitting to transform the way they work and feel. She brings her energy-boosting, bite-size wellness breaks to companies and conferences around the world (Amazon, KFC, Schwarzkopf, Vonage), is the regular fitness expert on Australian morning television and is the founder and author of Two Minute Moves which have been featured on Good Morning America and Today Show.
Vice President, Product Strategy, Aventri
Steven Yellen brings over 25 years of extensive sales, marketing and technology experience to his role as Vice President of Product Strategy at Aventri. He joined Aventri in 2018, where he is leading Product Strategy and Portfolio Management efforts across the entire platform including go-to-market strategy, product roadmap, positioning, pricing and all product launch activities for Aventri’s leading SaaS Event Management MarTech platform.
Prior to joining Aventri, Steve had various global product, marketing and sales roles at Emerson Electric/Vertiv. He was part of Emerson’s acquisition of Aperture Technologies in 2008, as Vice President of Marketing/Products. During his tenure and Emerson, he frequently spoke at industry conferences and seminars on both Data Center Management and Sales and Marketing Integration. Prior to Emerson, Steve had Product Line Management responsibilities at DataViz, Inc., a B2C software company in CT.
Founder and CEO, Hubb
Allie Magyar is a skilled entrepreneur and technology maven with over 15 years of experience driving successful technology-enabled service companies. She founded Hubb in 2015 to build a technology solution that directly addressed the event technology needs of meeting planners as they manage the overload of information for their events. As CEO of Hubb, Allie directs the company’s strategic direction with an emphasis on partnerships, integrations, and growth. A renowned speaker, Allie is a member of Vistage, a two-time Inc. 5000 award winner, and was named a 2017 Top Women Entrepreneur by Smart Meetings, was a 2018 EY Pacific NW Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, and in 2019 was named to Smart Meetings Women in Events Hall of Fame, as was as a finalist for Entrepreneurial Achievement at the OEN Tom Holce Awards.
Owner of Event Technology Consulting
Brandt is a technical producer, consultant, and highly-acclaimed instructor for the Event Leadership Institute and MPI’s Virtual Event and Meeting Management certificate course. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, he has spoken at events and conferences all over the world, been published in numerous magazines and websites, and is ranked among the most influential people in the events industry.
CEO, Liz King Events
Liz King Caruso is an Event Strategist, Consultant and Speaker. As CEO of Liz King Events and techsytalk, she has helped countless thought leaders grow their audience and sell their products through in-person, virtual & hybrid events. Liz is a big-picture person – passionate about tying events into an overall sales and marketing strategy and being efficient at every point of the process. Technology is her niche and she’s obsessed with helping organizations of every size leverage technology to produce more engaging & seamless event experiences.
In addition to her client work, Liz connects & educates her industry colleagues through platforms she has built – techsytalk GLOBAL, the techsytalk community & IGNITE Consulting program.
Liz has been featured as Eventex’s 50 Most Innovative Virtual Meeting Planners, Successful Meetings list of 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry, Top 5 Women in Event Tech, amongst other awards.
Andrew Pearson is a seasoned technology marketing leader, investor & entrepreneur, with 20 years experience with & passion for events! Andrew is Socio’s Chief Marketing Officer, and has served as CMO or head-of-marketing for six other software companies over his career. Andrew has an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, with a focus on entrepreneurship & marketing. Andrew has been an event organizer, sponsor, host, exhibitor or speaker at over 1000 live and virtual events. Some of his favorites are SxSW (South by Southwest), Hubspot Inbound, and partner dancing events, where he practices his favorite hobby!
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