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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.



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.