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Chandra Farley with Southface Energy Institute, Felicia Phillips with Pink Power, Melvin Brewer with 108B Events and Kimberly Miller with Emory University


Chandra Farley / Southface Energy Institute Linkedin Twitter Facebook

For 17 years, Chandra Farley has directed special event and program operations for companies and nonprofits including Varsity Spirit Corporation, Spark Networks, TEDx, Architecture for Humanity and her family’s restaurant and catering business. In 2009, Chandra joined Southface Energy Institute to develop the facility rental and tours program as well as manage trainings, meetings and events at the award-winning Southface Eco Office. Over 150 corporations, nonprofits and government entities have hosted green meetings and events at the Eco Office including Coca-Cola, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and Xerox. Currently, as Special Projects Manager, Chandra directs program development and management for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Energy and Water Efficiency pilot program as well as the Grants to Green Initiative that funds metro Atlanta nonprofits to develop best practices in sustainability and implement cost-effective energy-, water- and resource-efficient upgrades. In addition, Chandra manages sustainable event metrics for Southface special events including the annual Greenprints conference and Visionary Dinner fundraiser.

As a volunteer, Chandra is currently President-Elect of the Green Meeting Industry Council-Atlanta chapter, Communications Director with Architecture for Humanity Atlanta and Facilities Coordinator for TEDxYouth@TheBeltline.

Felicia Phillips / Pink Power: A Mastermind Conference for Women Twitter Facebook

Melvin Brewer / 108B Events – Catering LLC

Melvin Brewer is the owner of one of Atlanta’s fastest growing Event Planning and Catering Companies. He has been in business for over 12 years and the growth has been extremely exciting! At 108B Events- Catering you’re sure to have a refreshing dining experience tailored to fit your affair. They are truly a force to be reckoned with! They live by the motto “Whatever It Takes, Whatever the Party calls for!’ Service in the Spirit of Excellence!”

Kimberly Miller / Emory University Woodruff Health Sciences Development



David Schenberg with BusyEvent Mobile, Eric Olson with Zerista and Lisa Keilty with PMC2

David Schenberg / BusyEvent Mobile Linkedin Twitter Facebook

After 20 years of designing and managing tradeshows and live events of every type, David Schenberg has utilized numerous technologies focused on the same goal: creating a return for the time and money spent on marketing initiatives. So while people argue over ROI and ROO, ROA (Return on Action) focuses on tracking what people actually do, while measuring and reporting on it, and driving the sales process.

David is a board member of the St. Louis MPI Chapter, and a very active industry netweaver. He is the co-founder of BusyEvent, a highly customizable multi-event mobile app that delivers ROA. David’s hobby job is as a spinning instructor blending his love for cycling and music together into getting paid to work out and relieve stress.

Eric Olson / Zerista Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Lisa Keilty / PMC2 Linkedin

Lisa Keilty, President of the Compliance Consulting firm PMC2 has spent over 26 years in the hospitality and meeting management industry. Lisa has led life sciences organizations of all sizes through numerous international projects, process improvements and SOP designs delivering business continuity and lowering risk. As a former Team Leader within Pfizer Incorporated, Lisa built a highly functioning meeting organization focused solely on healthcare meetings and interactions globally.

Through knowledge of the industry, experience in healthcare compliance and procurement, Lisa has saved Life Sciences organizations over 30 million dollars, without sacrificing meeting quality or corporate integrity.



Special Edition: Atlanta International Special Events Society


Lori Harbin / TEP Catering Linkedin Twitter

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.

Erica Prewett / A Big To Do Event Linkedin Twitter Facebook instagram

Erica Prewett is the President and Lead Planner with A Big To Do Event. Erica serves as VP of Programs & Education with ISES.



Shawna McKinley with MeetGreen, Jemilah Senter with Association Forum of Chicagoland and Nancy Zavada with MeetGreen

Shawna McKinley / MeetGreen Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Shawna McKinley is a sustainability specialist who believes in the power of events to make the world a better place. In her work as Director of Sustainability at MeetGreen®, she helps event professionals take practical, smart steps to improve their events through zero waste and carbon conscious choices that generate social good, business value, and happy event participants. You can catch more about her adventures in event sustainability on her blog, Eventcellany.

Jemilah Senter / Association Forum of Chicagoland Linkedin Twitter Facebook youtube

Originally from Waukegan, IL, Senter earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing communications from Columbia College Chicago. She has been a marketing and communications professional from more than 15 year. Prior to joining Association Forum of Chicagoland in February, 2013, Senter spent the previous 8 years in various roles of increasing responsibility at the supplemental educational publisher, ETA hand2mind, where she received the Rookie of the Year Award in 2005 and the Marge Goldman ‘Attitude is Everything’ Award in 2010. Senter is a member of the Business Marketing Association Chicago where she currently serves on the membership committee and is also a member of ASAE, IAEE and AM&P.

Nancy Zavada / MeetGreen and GMIC Twitter



Special Edition: GaMPI


Candice Crossfield / Kellen Company

Candice Crossfield proudly serves as the Manager, Meetings & Expositions at the Kellen Company. Candice was previously with Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG) and has been instrumental in event coordination and member services while at ECG. Prior to ECG, Candice worked in hospitality sales for the Ritz-Carlton, Monte Carlo Productions and Disney Regional Entertainment. Candice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Georgia State University. She is the past president of GaMPI. A native of Georgia, Candice interests include traveling, music and reading. She has a wonderful little boy, Brantley.

Larry Greene / Greene Worldwide Transportation Facebook

Greene Worldwide Transportation has been in business for 25 years. We are a 24/7 transportation company with someone in our office 24 hours a day to help you with your every need. Whether you need leisure, corporate or group transportation, we have a large, late model fleet of sedans,5 passenger suvs, vans, 6,10,14 passenger stretch limousines, 31 passenger minibuses and 56 passenger motor coaches to fit all of your needs.



James Montague with Plannernet

James MontagueJames Montague / Plannernet Linkedin Twitter Facebook

James Montague has been Plannernet’s CEO since 2003. Prior to becoming CEO, James served as the Company’s COO, after holding a position on Plannernet’s Strategic Advisory Board. Under James’s leadership, Plannernet has expanded its lines of business, as well as moved into international markets. Prior to joining Plannernet, James was a Vice President with Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T) with various duties, including business development, during his ten year tenure with BB&T.

James was a founding member of the International Medical Meeting Planners Association (IMMPA), as well as is a member of Meeting Professional International (MPI). James played a key role in the initial development of the Certified Medical Meeting Manager (CMMM) program – currently the Healthcare (HC) designation in the Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) program.

Active in community affairs, James is a past Treasurer of the Durham Urban Ministries Homeless Shelter, a past President of a local children’s athletic association, and was selected to participate in the Durham Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program.

James graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration while participating in the Honors Program.







Tess Vismale with Atlanta Technical College and Stephanie Hudson with Providence Events


Tess Vismale / Atlanta Technical College Linkedin Twitter

Tess Vismale serves as the Conference Center Manager at Atlanta Technical College and Senior Event Lead at the prestigious Atlanta Botanical Garden. She is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Digital Event Strategist (DES). Tess is active with Meeting Professionals International Georgia Chapter (GaMPI), Association of Conference Collegiate Event Directors International, PCMA, and GMICAtlanta.

Her entrepreneurial acumen and techno savvy talents were commissioned for the coveted TEDxPeachtree conference and she was heralded as a ‘Who’s Who in Black Atlanta’ honoree. Vismale was featured in the “How To…” edition of Connect Meeting Intelligence Magazine’s article, entitled “How I Work: Tess Vismale on Executing Events.”

Vismale was named named “Meetings Trendsetter 2014” by Meetings Focus Magazine, awarded the Shining Star Award from GaMPI and Phenomenal Speaker Award from American Business Women’s Association. She was also co-presenter at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and PCMA’s Convening Leaders Conferences, both on the subject of Tech Tools for professionals. Vismale is contributing editor for The Eco Review Magazine and Event Tech Consultant of The Meeting Pool.

A native Chicagoan by way of Atlanta, she holds a certificate in Conference Meeting Management from the University of Georgia and a BA degree from Spelman College. In her spare time, Vismale enjoys social media, creative visionary thinking, playing tennis and watching mixed martial arts (MMA). @tessvis

Stephanie Hudson / Providence Events Linkedin

Stephanie Hudson has over 20 years experience in the event management industry and has used her passion to plan various types of conferences, meetings, special events for corporations, associations and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Hudson’s experience has included working at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in both the public relations and catering sales departments. During her tenure at the Omni, she was able to be a part of the 1996 Olympics hotel’s planning team. She’s also worked at a hallmark company specializing in corporate events furthering her vast knowledge and experience before starting her own business.

Ms. Hudson has been an independent meeting planner for over 10 years and this role has allowed her to plan meetings and events in major cities throughout the United States as well as internationally. She focuses on handling all the details from conception to completion for clients.

She has a degree in Journalism, Bachelors of Arts from Southern University. She is an active member of the Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and was nominated as “Volunteer of the Year” in 2011.



Christian Monckeberg with MTechProMedia, Cory Miller with SuperKamiGuru9000, Casey Cote with Omnience and Noelle Jackson with Elle PR and Events


Christian Monckeberg / MTechProMedia Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Christian Monckeberg first became interested in the entertainment industry in 2009, after becoming a YouTube video blogger. He quickly saw a future in media creation. With a degree in business management, he learned how to lead teams and finish projects, which prepared him for the fast-paced environment of filmmaking and online video production.

After college he launched himself into the freelance world and his rapidly growing client base prompted him to open his own production company, “MTechProMedia.” To date, Christian has directed short films, commercials, and promotional media. Some of his clientele include Cumulus Radio, KBX fitness, Eye Click Media, Legends Football League, and RealView TV.

Cory Miller / SuperKamiGuru9000 Twitter Facebook

Cory Miller Took a firm interest in Video Journalism in 2010. After two years of College and working in various fields of work, he began SuperKamiGuru9000 as a way of expressing his love for anime and pop culture. This YouTube page would soon gain a large following and would blossom into one of the premier anime and pop culture blogs on YouTube.

After 4 years Experiencing video blogging and traveling to conventions for coverage, much of Cory’s Time is spent maintaining his website, releasing daily content, and reaching out to fans through various media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Cory is truly the voice of the fans and his dedication and his passion is second to none.

Casey Cote / Omnience Linkedin Twitter

Casey Cote is the Chief Executive Officer for Omnience. Joining the company in 1995, Casey established its strategic direction as the industry leader in marketing event management and a technology innovator. He launched initiatives that made the company a pioneer in applying technology to the challenges of managing a large portfolio of events. Casey is also actively involved in managing customer relationships and directing the company’s expansion into new markets. Prior, Casey managed forecasting and budgets at Sprint. This financial background has aided the company in many areas, such as the acquisition of Corelan.

Noelle Jackson / Elle PR & Events Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Noelle Jackson founded Elle PR & Events to give each unique brand the full attention they and their products and services deserve, and to help them deliver that extra little zing that separates them from the competition. Her professional evolution began at an early age in the performing arts world, and the transition into marketing and events came naturally.

Elle PR & Events specializes in presenting your business in the best possible light and reaching its target audience. We do this through creative marketing, relationship building and special event management. Our diverse industry experience, work ethic and passion for continually finding new and better ways to do what we do has led to many client successes. Areas of service include: public relations and creative marketing strategy, corporate events and social media management.