Jim Gilmore is co-founder of Aurora, Ohio-based Strategic Horizons LLP, a thinking studio dedicated to helping businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings. His ideas have been published in many of the world＊s leading business publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Investor＊s Business Daily, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Jim is co-author of The Experience Economy (Harvard Business School Press, 1999), co-editor of Markets of One (Harvard Business School Press, 2000), and co-author of the Amazon e-Doc, The Experience Is the Marketing 每 A Special Report (BrownHerron, 2002). Jim is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an alumnus of Procter & Gamble, and before co-founding Strategic Horizons LLP was head of CSC Consulting＊s Process Innovation practice. He is currently a Batten Fellow at The Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Eileen owns and runs Effective Event Management, a multi award-winning firm in Vancouver. They excel in Corporate, Sporting and Fundraising events as well as Event and Street Marketing Programs. Eileen was the first CSEP in Western Canada. She is Past President of the Vancouver Chapter of ISES, Past ISES Western Regional Vice President, has served on numerous other boards, and speaks at conferences and meetings around the world.
Lori is the owner and managing director of Table Talk, a unique company with two divisions operating hand-inhand; Creative Event Design and Distinctive Event Rentals. Table Talk has won two ISES Esprit Awards, a Gala Award and a Star Award. Lori is an avid supporter of the events industry worldwide serving as a Canadian representative on the ISES International Affiliate Committee and the ISES Esprit Awards Committee; she is a founding board member of ISES Canada and sits on the ISES Calgary Chapter Board. Lori also teaches Event Design and D谷cor and serves on the Canadian Event Perspective Magazine Advisory Committee.
A member of ISES for more than ten years, current President of the ISES Sydney Chapter and committee member on the Business Events Council of Australia, Brendan Burke has worked in the Business Events Industry in Australia for over twenty years, and for the last 8 years in discipline of Sales and Marketing. Brendan is especially adept at building proactive and enduring relations with the community, public and corporate stakeholders. Brendan＊s experience implementing successful marketing and branding initiatives in high profile, high stakes environments has also led to insights into building better business relationships.
Michael is the Operations & Creative Director for the New York/New Jersey based company Total Entertainment. The company＊s impressive portfolio includes producing such events as Sir Paul McCartney & Heather Mills wedding, Billy Joel＊s recent nuptials, The Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C., and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland three years running. Due to his talents and efforts, Michael is honored to be the recipient of Event Solutions 2005 Spotlight Award for Entertainer of the Year. He is also very enthusiastic about his new role as Chairman of the SEARCH Foundation.
Rebecca has been involved with various aspects of the special events industry since 1986. From 1995 until 2005 she worked as Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Extraordinary Events. Rebecca was charged with management of the sales team and new business development. In 2005 Rebecca joined the team at Ethos Design and Lounge22. As Executive Vice President she is charged with managing the growth and sales teams of both companies, developing new business and creating strategic alliances.
Paul Creighton, CSEP is the Executive Vice-President of T. Skorman Productions, one of the largest entertainment production companies in the U.S. A multiple ISES Esprit and Gala Award Winner who produces custom shows around the world, Paul co-produced the 2003 TSE Gala Awards Celebration in Orlando and the 2005 TSE Opening General Session in Miami. Paul is honored to have received an Esprit Award in the Best ISES Team Effort Category each of the last three years.
Michelle received her certification in 1999 and has been actively involved in the ISES CSEP program ever since. She has served three terms on the ISES International Certification Committee and has been teaching CSEP Exam Preparatory Courses for over 5 years. She is a past president of the ISES Greater Atlanta Chapter and is the President of Gracious Occasions in Norcross, Georgia. Michelle is a graduate of both Auburn University and Georgia State University and is an active member of North Fulton Mothers of Multiples Club.
Delores Crum, Certified Event Rental Professional, is a principal in Austin Party Central, an Austin, Texas based party and event rental company. Mrs. Crum was responsible for preparing Austin Party Central＊s first marketing plan, and has continued with this responsibility ever since. Delores, whose education and early work experience was in the fields of sociology and psychology, has read and studied marketing topics extensively over the past 5 years, and has applied the knowledge and insights gained to marketing her business.
David DeLoach is the leader of the Special Event Operations Team for the MAGIC KINGDOM Park at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort in Orlando, Florida. David has over 17 years of theme park operations experience. David is an active member of the International Special Events Society, and currently serves as the International Secretary for the association. Also, he has volunteered his time by serving two terms as President of the ISES Orlando Chapter, as a member of the ISES Ethics Committee, as chair of the ISES MARCOM Committee, and as a member of the ISES Board of Governors.
A graduate of Temple University＊s School of Business with over 25 years in the special events industry, Kathleen presently serves on the ISES Board of Governors, the Certification Committee, is a past President of ISES Philadelphia, a founding member of ISES NJ South and also serves as a director for MPI New Jersey. Kathleen has also served on several ISES International committees. She has produced association, non-profit, and corporate events of all types.
Kelly Early, CSEP is Co-Owner & General Manager of Thomas Caterers of Distinction in Indianapolis, IN. Being brought up in the family business Kelly has over 20 years experience in the Catering/Events industry. Thomas Caterers of Distinction has been the recipient of several industry awards over the past few years, including local PACE awards for best-catered event, best themed d谷cor, best achievement in logistics and two ISES Esprit awards in 2003 & 2004 for ※Cr豕me de la Cr豕me of Premise Catering§. Kelly was the Regional Vice President of the Midwest ISES chapters.
Vince Early, CSEP holds a Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Ball State University with training in Educational Psychology. After College, Vince taught at the Jr. High and High School level for 6 years. He has been in sales at Thomas Caterers of Distinction for over 7 years and trained under Sue Thomas-Crannell who has owned Thomas Caterers of Distinction for 22 years. Thomas Caterers of Distinction has a reputation for providing some of the greatest events ever seen in Indianapolis and has a very high customer satisfaction record.
Dave Edwards, CSEP, is president of Dave Edwards Events Inc., a full-service event production company specializing in non-profit and corporate events. He has 13 years experience in event production, catering, entertainment and conferences. Dave has been an ISES (Washington, DC) board member since 2000 and received the 2004 ISES (Intl.) Spirit of Excellence Award and the 2001 Volunteer of the Year Award (DC). Dave Edwards Events Inc. produces event resource packs for planners, vendors and job seekers.
With more than 15 years of experience in Hospitality and Special Events, Kristjan brings a level of customer service that won＊t leave you in the cold. His background spans the spectrum from catering to equipment to event production. Prior to joining Key Events, Kristjan was an independent event and wedding producer. His work has been featured in periodical＊s such as Special Events Magazine and on television networks such as Fine Living. He is a past Board Member and President of ISES Northern California and recipient of 3 ISES Western Regional Excellence Awards.
Matthew D. Gonzalez, MCSE, PMP, is President and Founder of G Solutions Inc. (GSI), an Entertainment, Promotions, Education, and Project Management production company. Since the inception of GSI, Events Education, www.EventsEducation.com, has been developed to help the overall events community through educational material and content. Matthew brings with him a strong background in the realm of business and technology, where he gained a majority of his experience, prior to founding GSI, working for a Fortune 100 financial institution serving the roles of IT Systems Analyst, IT Developer, IT Architecture Governance, and Technology Project Manager.
Combining a love of theater, unstoppable energy, constant sense of creative wonder and a passion to push the event envelope, Ryan approaches events as the opportunity to tell great stories and create moments of magic with lasting experience and brand appeal. Currently, Ryan is the Creative Director for MENTTIUM Corporation, producing the company＊s hundred-plus meetings and events across the country each year.
Dale Harmon began his career in the plant rental discipline of the special event industry almost 30 years ago and has been a member of ISES for 20 years. As part of the greater ISES Washington D.C. Chapter holding all various Board positions, Dale was Chapter President in 1996. On the international level, Dale has served on and served as Chair for many international committees. He has been a member of the International Board of Directors and served as ISES International President last year. In addition to currently serving on the Board, Dale is the ISES representative to the Convention Industry Council Board.
Gwen Helbush is the founder of Where to Start. She has served as Vice President of Education and Membership as well as Treasurer for the ISES Northern California chapter. Gwen also acted as the local area networking group leader for the Association of Bridal Consultants. Gwen is the proud recipient of many prestigious awards such as: ISES Western Region Excellence Award 2004 Allied or Team Event over $100,000, ISES Northern California Chapter Spirit of ISES Award 2005, The ISES NCC Spirit of ISES Award 2005 and the 2005 ISES NCC President Choice Award.
Ms. Henderson is a Sr. Meeting/Event planner for Cisco Systems, Inc. 每 the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. With 14 plus years experience in event production, catering, marketing, conference management and corporate hospitality, Ms. Henderson oversees the execution of both internal and external Cisco events across the country. Actively involved in ISES, she serves on the International Board of Governors and is the current volunteer editor of the ISES Pages magazine.
Jonathan Howe is the President/Senior Partner of Howe & Hutton, Ltd., a law firm with offices in Chicago, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. He has written hundreds of articles, papers and books, and has spoken to organizations all over the world on all manner of legal issues. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in diplomatic history and international political science with honors from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctorate from Duke University where he was first in his graduating class. He serves as general counsel for Meeting Professionals International and the International Special Events Society, among others.
Lisa Hurley is editor of Special Events Magazine, the award-winning trade magazine for special event professionals. Prior to joining Special Events, she served as publications and communications director for the California Restaurant Association. She is a member of the International Special Events Society and the International Foodservice Editorial Council.
Martin founded Atlantic Services Group while a student at Georgetown University in 1984. Currently, Atlantic handles parking for more than 2,500 special events each year. Martin was Chapter President of ISES Washington, D.C. 1995每1996, and the RVP Northeast region 1996每1997. He has 5 years on the International Board of Governors and was chair of the Membership Committee for 2 years. Martin was Co-Chair for 1999 CPD in Washington, D.C. He has been involved in the Financial Task Force, the Association Management Task Force Committee, the Association Management Transition Committee, the IPLC, the Nominating Committee 2002, and was a FEBS Committee Chair. Martin is the 2005每06 International President Elect of ISES.
Heather Keenan has brought her creative vision and considerable talents to an array of events since 1982, from fashion shows and grand balls to international corporate conferences. She founded Key Productions with John Keenan in 1990, then a lighting, sound and d谷cor company servicing the special event industry. In 1994, Ms. Keenan joined the firm full time bringing event management and production and Destination Management services to their growing list of clients. Ms. Keenan is a past president of the ISES Northern California Chapter and has served on the Chapter Board of Directors in the past.
Bill is a graduate of the George Washington University Event Management Masters Program earning his MTA in 1996. He received his CSEP designation in 2000. Bill joined ISES in 1995 and has served as President of the ISES Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter. He held the chapter positions of Vice President of Education and Director of Community Service. Bill received the 2001 ISES Presidents Award and the 2002 Capital Award for Best ISES Team Event from the ISES DC Chapter. In addition, Bill has served on the ISEF Board of Directors and is a member of the International Certification and Education Committees.
Founding President of the ISES Johannesburg, South Africa Chapter, Janet＊s attainment of CSEP in 2000 catapulted her into the exhilarating field of vocational education in the event industry. Her contribution towards standards in event management and the supporting disciplines in South Africa, her quest for global standards through the EMBOK 每 Event Management Body of Knowledge and her unrelenting passion for community development and belief in events as a change catalyst for poverty alleviation and peace, makes her an entertaining and inspirational speaker.
Linda Lindamood, Director of Transportation for Atlantic Services Group, has over twenty years experience in developing and leading high performing teams. She has worked for two Fortune 500 companies, United Parcel Service and Walt Disney World. Linda has over 15 years in the hospitality and special events industry. Linda has been an active ISES member since 1998. She served on the ISES Central Florida Chapter＊s board as the secretary/treasurer for two terms. She has been an industry speaker since 2001.
Ingrid E. Lundquist, CSEP has produced award-winning events since 1980. She has earned a reputation as a leader in creative solutions, innovative design and results oriented event management. Based in California＊s State Capitol, The Lundquist Company specializes in producing high-profile milestone events for corporations and nonprofit cultural organizations. Ingrid is past president of the American Marketing Association and Sacramento Public Relations Association. She is a CalFest board member and teaches Results-Driven Events for the University of California Davis.
Carolyn Luscombe, CSEM, CSEP, CMP is the President of Toronto-based Eclectic Events International, a full service award winning event management firm. Carolyn is a teacher in the EMM Program at George Brown College, is a chapter Past President, the current VP of Education for the ISES Toronto Chapter and is also a past Eventworld Magazine Chairperson. Carolyn is the producer of the Canadian Event Industry Awards and is an Advisory Board Member for Canadian Event Perspective Magazine Advisory Council.
Kellie is native New Orleanian and a graduate of the University of New Orleans and the George Washington University Event Management Program. Joining USA Hosts in 1995, Kellie has over fourteen years of experience in the hospitality industry specializing in event design and production. Kellie was the 2003每2004 recipient of the ISES International J. Robert Graves Pioneer Award. Kellie was the first CSEP in the state of Louisiana and the first person to hold both the CSEP and CMP designations in the city and state. She is the special events division leader for the national USA Hosts special events effort, creating and producing events across the country.
Gwendolyn McNutt is a special events and marketing professional with expertise ranging from successfully orchestrating and managing various special events for several corporations and nonprofit organizations including the ChildServ, the American Red Cross, The Youth Campus and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Ms. McNutt holds a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Southern Illinois University and a master's degree in corporate communication from DePaul University. She also holds a CSEP designation from ISES. Ms. McNutt is a community affairs manager with Comcast Cable. In addition, she is very active in the ISES Greater Chicago Chapter, currently serving on the Board of Directors as the Vice President of Membership.
Gary Meador is the North America Manager for Aggreko Event Services. He has 16 years of experience in the Event power and air conditioning industry. Gary has designed and managed the electrical and air conditioning installations at such projects as the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the 2003 Pan Am Games, multiple Super Bowls, Presidential Inaugurations, US Opens, major corporate events, and concerts. Gary holds a degree from Texas A&M University and is a member of the Houston chapter of ISES. He is often quoted in industry publications for his expertise in event power and air conditioning production, and has served as a speaker at several industry conventions.
Jim Monroe, CMP, CSEP and Jayna Monroe own JCM Special Events, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. Jim is an award-winning event designer, producer and manager with over 35 years of experience. He is also the author of Art Of The Event: Complete Guide to Designing and Decorating Special Events (Wiley 2005). Jayna Monroe is his wife, partner and prot谷g谷 and a winner of the ISES 2005 Esprit Award for Marketing Concepts, Budget Under $100,000.
In 1989, Jill Moran launched JSMoran & Associates 每 Event Planning and Management, producing international events for exhibit and display clients attending major industry trade shows. In 2002, Jill was one of the first candidates in ISES New England to become a CSEP. She has held various ISES Board positions and was President of the ISES New England Chapter in 2003每2004. She is currently second term chairman of the ISES International Education Committee. Most recently, Jill Moran, CSEP was honored with the ISES Esprit Award for Best Industry Contribution for her book, How to Start a Home-based Event Planning Business.
Gloria Nelson has been involved in corporate, social and non-profit event and meeting design for 30 years. Her experience in working with Fortune 100 companies, as well as entrepreneurial, small corporate concerns and social clients give her broad-based event design and management knowledge. Her background experience includes event management, meeting planning, trade show planning, non-profit event marketing, corporate theater, staging and production and public relations. Ms. Nelson is also a proud member of the International Special Events Society (ISES), serving on the ISES Chicago Chapter Board of Directors, and is also a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI)-Wisconsin Chapter serving on their Board of Directors from 2004-2006.
Kathy Newby began planning and managing nationwide meetings and trade show exhibits in 1986. She has since spearheaded production on major events for Sony Computer Entertainment of America, the San Francisco 49ers and the National Football League including the NFL Pro Bowl Tailgate Party. In 2004 she joined the rental industry leader, Classic Party Rentals as an Event Consultant. Kathy is immediate past President for the ISES Northern California Chapter, and serves on the ISES International Membership Development Committee.
Before forming Leadership Synergies, John S. Parke was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BlueStep Inc., a technology company that works with associations and nonprofits. He has more than 18 years' experience with Marriott International, most recently as Vice President of the Global Sales Organization. Under Mr. Parke's leadership, the Marriott sales force was rated Number One by Sales & Marketing Magazine for three consecutive years. Mr. Parke is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and serves on several boards, including Meeting Professionals International, EPhilanthropy, and Certified Meeting of Professionals. He also serves on the advisory boards of IAEM and Conference Direct, Inc. and is a member of ASAE, PCMA, and GWSAE. Mr. Parke is a frequent public speaker in the areas of building sales cultures, organizational branding, and personal branding. He has published articles in Board Member (Center for Nonprofit Boards), Executive Update (Greater Washington Society of Association Executives), The Meeting Professional (Meeting Professionals International), and CMP Update (Certified Meeting Professionals), and was a contributing author to E-Philanthropy Foundation's Guide to Fundraising on the Internet (2001).
Ms. Perrin is group publisher of the Special Events and PROMO franchises. A veteran of over 20 years with Special Events, she has been instrumental in guiding the growth of the franchise which includes: Special Events Magazine; specialevents.com; The Special Events Conference & Tradeshow; The Gala Awards; Eventline weekly e-newsletter; Product Buyer＊s Guide, and online Event Services Sourcebook. At The Special Event 每 2006, Perrin was honored with the Steve Kemble Leadership Foundation award in recognition of her more than 20 years of international leadership in special events.
Kara Pigeon is the Director of Production and Partner for the New Orleans based destination management company, Signature Events, LLC. She is a native New Orleanian who has over 10 years experience in the destination management field. Her passion, enthusiasm and professionalism have taken her straight to the top of the events industry in New Orleans . In November of 2003 Kara was introduced to the world of ISES and by July of 2004, she was named Founding President of the New Orleans Chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) and held this office through June of 2006. She also holds the designation of Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP).
Connie Riley, CSEP, is the Vice President of Event Operations for T. Skorman Productions, Inc. and has worked with the company since its inception. In 1993, Connie was among the first 23 ISES members to receive the designation of CSEP, earned through education, performance, experience, and service to the industry. This achievement reflects her personal commitment to professional conduct and ethics. Connie is currently serving on the ISES Board of Governors as an Officer.
Linda is an international and domestic planner and has 20 years of volunteer experience. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Waterloo in Recreation and Leisure Studies. She has a Master of Tourism Administration degree and an Event Management Certificate from George Washington University, and Special Event Coordinator designation from Ontario Tourism Education Corporation. Linda belongs to ISES, PCMA and MPI and was a member of the APEX Contracts panel.
Terry Singleton, CSEP, is president and founder of CCP Events, a special event and theme d谷cor production company, in Atlanta, Georgia. CCP Events is on the preferred vendor list of many fortune 500 corporations, venues, destination management companies and caterers in greater Atlanta. Celebrating their 13th year in 2006, Terry attributes the company＊s success, in great part, to strong vendor and client relationships and an active involvement in ISES.
David L. Spear, CSEP, started a fireworks display and special effects production company in 1985. In twenty years of business, he designed and produced presentations for seven Super Bowls and numerous Republican National Conventions, Miss USA Pageants, World Cup Soccer Opening Ceremonies and hundreds of other corporate and private notable events across the USA and abroad. He served as International President of ISES in 2002-03 and has been active with Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, Kiwanis Club and many other associations.
Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM is Manager of Tradeshows and Events for Manheim, overseeing the company's leadership role and image to internal and external audiences through tradeshows, conventions, meetings and special events. She joined Manheim in 2003 as assistant manager, events and public relations, a position she held until December 2004, when promoted to her current role. Stuckrath served as an officer of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) for seven years, culminating as president in 2002-2003. She is a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and volunteers for several organizations in Atlanta , including Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Mary established Tribble Creative Group in 1985. She has been featured in publications including Cosmopolitan, Kiplinger＊s Financial and Southern Living Magazine. Mary holds the CSEP designation, awarded through the International Special Events Society. She is a founding board member of the ISES Carolinas Chapter, serving as chapter president for three years, and on the International Board of Governors for two. Mary most recently received the Hall of Fame Award presented by the ISES Charlotte, NC Chapter.
Judith won the 1985 Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus Dancing Bear and 1987 Circus Marketing Director of the Year Award. Judith is President of Corporate Concerts, Inc. JudiM Marketing & Media. Judi served on the Board of Directors for Meeting Planners International, National Association of Catering Executives, and International Society of Event Specialists, L.A. In 2005 Judi was named to the NAWBO Board of Directors. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA, graduated from Duquesne University with Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and minors in Philosophy, Communications, Journalism, Music and Education.
Kevin is the Director of Production for the award-winning event and destination management firm Empire Force Events. Kevin is an ISES past president of both the Philadelphia and New York chapters. He also served on ISES＊s Board of Governors. Kevin was one of the youngest event professionals to attain the CSEP certification. He has been a presenter at University campuses and event industry conferences throughout the world on various event topics.
Jodi Wolf is President of Paulette Wolf Events & Entertainment and the co-author of Event Planning Made Easy (McGraw-Hill, hardcover, May 2005). Jodi graduated from the University of Southern California then joined the company in 1993 as a production coordinator and was promoted to vice president in 1996 after her successful involvement in securing the Summer Olympics project in Atlanta. Since becoming president in May of 2002, Jodi has attracted the nation＊s largest corporations, municipalities, sporting events and foundations.
Robert Wright is Managing Director of International Public Relations Agency, Davies Tanner, and President of the ISES London, UK Chapter. Davies Tanner is now widely regarded as Europe＊s leading Event and Hospitality Public Relations Agency providing services to Event Management Companies, Venues, Hotels, Destinations and Major Events throughout the world. Robert plays an active role within the industry, and is a regular speaker at industry events and seminars. He regularly writes columns for various industry publications on communications within the event and hospitality market, and is an advisor to the Meetings Industry Association, MPI and Visit London.