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Mitchell Beer with Smarter Shift and John Walls with CTIA

Mitchell Beer / Smarter Shift Linkedin Twitter 

Mitchell Beer is President of Smarter Shift, an Ottawa-based company that specializes in:

  •  Content generation, management, and marketing
  •  Social media strategy design and delivery
  •  Climate and energy communications
  •  Low-carbon meeting design
  •  Conference content capture.

Beer is curator of The Energy Mix, a twice-weekly newsmagazine on energy, climate change, and the transition to a low-carbon future. He traces his work as a renewable energy/energy efficiency communicator to October 1977, and began working in climate change communications, research, and advocacy in 1997.

John Walls / CTIA  Linkedin Twitter Facebook


John Walls joined CTIA-The Wireless Association® in 2004, assuming the position of Vice President, Public Affairs. Walls’ primary responsibilities are supervising external and internal communications, which include the association’s web site,, as well as the efforts of its research and creative staff. He also serves as Treasurer of the Wireless Foundation.

Prior to his joining CTIA, Walls was a television news and sports anchor for nearly 25 years, most recently anchoring the evening newscasts for NBC-affiliate KJRH-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 2000 to 2004. Walls was a member of the original anchor team for Fox Sports Net and was based in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2000. He has also served as Sports Director for three television stations, including from 1984 to 1996 for KTUL-TV and KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He began his broadcasting career in 1978 at WWVU-TV, a PBS affiliate, in Morgantown, West Virginia before serving as host of the syndicated television program, “PM Magazine” in Texas. Walls has received numerous awards for his work in broadcasting, notably Regional News Emmys for his reporting on methamphetamine in Oklahoma and his on-location anchoring of the Timothy McVeigh execution.

Walls graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Special Edition | Atlanta International Special Events Society

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Lori Harbin/TEP Catering TwitterFacebookpinterest

I have a passion for good food, helping projects succeed and spending quality time with my loved ones. So it should surprise no one that these passions led me directly into the special events industry. After graduating from Trinity University, I started my career at the UPS Corporate Headquarters where one of my responsibilities was planning departmental meetings and events. My love for this piece of her job led me to seek out a position with a full service special event company and soon she I coordinating corporate picnics and family days for groups up to 20,000 at The Fun Company. However, my passion for sales and marketing, along with a passion for fabulous food, ultimately led to my current position as the Director of Taste Experiences at TEP Catering.

I currently serve as the President-Elect for ISES Greater Atlanta and am an active member of MPI, ICA, and WIPA.


Jan Harlin Levie/A Handy Little Company

Jan provides event entertainment, fusing her sense of the off-beat with knowledge, skills, and talents gained working in the performing arts, entertainment, education, corporations, diverse countries, cultures, and different age groups to create beautiful and profound events celebrating great moments in her clients’ lives. On top of that, we just have fun, and so do our clients. We create events that people will talk about for many years to come.

Specialties: Naja Elieva of A Handy Little Company entertains as a fortune teller and psychic, fabulously costumed, for events large and small, corporate and private, and for all ages. Perfect for conventions, trade shows, pre- and post-event cocktail hour, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, client and employee appreciation events, birthday parties, family reunions, dinner parties, wedding and baby showers. Naja Elieva will amaze and delight your guests with her brilliant costuming, wit, humor, and kindness.

We have also introduced Handwriting analysis and LipsReadings™ as on- and off-site forms of event entertainment.

We have begun partnering with educational institutions to develop multi-sensory, interactive conference programs. These learning environments provide participants with experiential training or continuing education units which enhance job performance and productivity, but most importantly, personal engagement.


Tasha Jackson/9eighteen Events & Company FacebookTwitterpinterest


Tasha Jackson is the Principal Planner and Owner of 9eighteen Events & Company. 9eighteen Events derived from the day that changed our Principal Planners life, 9/18/2004- her wedding day. Through her vision, we’ve become a team of planners who find the greatest satisfaction in producing life-changing events.

Offering planning and styling services, 9eighteen Events is a boutique event company serving Atlanta and beyond. From concept to coordination, we provide our clients with a unique perspective that only passion and experience can deliver. With a savvy eye for detail, our boutique prides itself in executing custom-tailored affairs that boast quality and Elegance with an Edge. coordination, proposals, personal affairs, vendor management, design and style consulting and much more. Become a part of the 9eighteen family; the family who believes in specifics, is driven by details and boast exceptional organization skills. Allow us to relieve your stress of planning and take your event to places unimaginable, by infusing your personal vision with our uncommon flare.





Dahlia El Gazzar with The Meeting Pool

UnknownDahlia El Gazzar/The Meeting Pool Linkedin Twitter Facebook

The Meeting Pool is the go-to source for event professionals to gain intel on everything event tech related, social media, and apps. The heart of Meeting Pool is the event tech decision engine where event professionals can do their research, make smarter choices, compare tech solutions side-by- side, and view peer reviews and ratings.











Lorri McQueary with Destination South and Chari Leitch with CSL Entertainment


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Chari Leitch, Lorri McQueary and Jessica Park


Lorri McQueary/Destination South Meetings and Events TwitterFacebook

Lorri McQueary has been applying her creative approach to meetings and special events since 2002. In this time she has produced attention-getting events ranging from intimate gatherings to parties for 12,000. Her background in advertising as well as visual and performing arts allows her to deliver concepts for guest experiences that are dynamic, message driven and right on target with the client’s identity and goals.

She has worked closely with both entrepreneurs and international corporations to create successful brand and event identity through collateral design strategies, custom event concepts, award winning product launches, theatrical meeting openers and a wide variety of entertainment and breakout sessions.

Lorri has been an active member in the International Special Event Society, Atlanta Chapter, since 2004. In this time she has served in both committee and director roles. In 2010, she was named to the executive board as Vice President of Communications and was honored with the President’s Award in 2011. In 2005, Lorri was honored with an ADME Rising Star Award. She was also profiled in the 2010 summer issue of Atlanta Occasions Magazine as one of ten “Most Influential Planners in Atlanta.”

At her events, Lorri is most likely to be found hoping to ditch a headset and join the back-up dancers.

Chari Leitch/CSL Entertainment 

CSL Entertainment helps meeting planners, corporate event professionals and non-profits find the perfect speakers and entertainers to insure their next event will truly shine. If you are looking for a keynote speaker to inform, educate or inspire your attendees, we have you covered. If you are looking for a musician for an intimate experience or to rock your house, we can do that too! As an entertainment agent, and Southern Region Director of Bruce Merrin’s Celebrity Speakers & Entertainment Bureau, we’re here to help you create the perfect package for your next event. No matter what your budget or event size, call CSL Entertainment for all your speaker and entertainment needs.



Kristi Casey Sanders and Sophia Chin with Plan Your Meetings


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Kristi Casey Sanders and Sophia Chin of Plan Your Meetings along with BRX Host Jessica Park


Kristi Casey Sanders and Sophia Chin/Plan Your Meetings Twitter Facebook Linkedin pinterest

As VP of Creative/Chief Storyteller for Atlanta Metropolitan
Publishing, Kristi Casey Sanders oversees content, community and
experiences for its Plan Your Meetings, Encore Atlanta and brands. She is an award-winning writer and creative
director who’s covered the arts, business and travel industries since
2003. Prior to joining the AMP team, she entertained audiences and
trained corporate groups with Boom Chicago Comedy Theater from its
home base in Amsterdam and throughout Northern Europe. She educates
groups frequently on the topics of sustainability, proving ROI, hybrid
event platforms and other business-related technology. She is a Google
Explorer and broadcasts educational webinars and talk show-style
hangouts and

Sophia Chin is a social media manager with Plan Your Meetings, and an
occasional contributor to Encore Atlanta and Plan Your Meetings.