First Class: Meet the Inaugural 15 Over 50

By Connect Staff, April 29, 2019

Connect Association is proud to present our inaugural class of 15 Over 50. These individuals are leaders, mentors and stars who moved the events industry forward for decades. We are proud to salute their first-class efforts. 

David BradleyDavid Bradley

Vice President, Sales and Services
Shreveport-Bossier CVB
Shreveport/Bossier, Louisiana


Cathy BredenCathy Breden, CMP, CAE

Executive Vice President & COO, International Association of Exhibitions and Events
CEO, Center for Exhibition Industry Research


Michael DownsMichael Downs, CAE, CMP

Director of Conventions & Meetings
Kiwanis International


BJ EnrightB.J. Enright

Tradeshow Logic
Acworth, Georgia


MarkEvertonMark Everton

Visit Oakland
Oakland, California


Blanca FerrerrisBlanca Ferreris, CMP, CMM

Senior Business Events Manager
RIMS, Risk Management Society
New York City


Kathryn GleesingKathryn Gleesing, MBA, CMP

President & CEO
Destination Management Connection
Muskego, Wisconsin


Stephanie JonesStephanie D. Jones, CAE, CMP

Senior Director of Conference and Events Management
Water Environment Federation
Alexandria, Virginia


Vanessa_Kane Vanessa Kane, CMP, CMM

Manager, Meetings/Events & Exhibits
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US
Kansas City, Missouri


Michael Krouse, Ontario CVBMichael K. Krouse, CMP, CHME, CASE

President & CEO
Ontario Convention Center, Greater Ontario CVB, and Citizens Business Bank Arena
Ontario, California


Andy LongoAndy L. Longo

Director of Fraternity programs
Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
Fishers, Indiana


Mary ManierMary Manier, CTA

Director of Sales
Experience Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, Michigan


Garland_PreddyGarland Preddy, CGMP

Director of Education & Training
Society of Government Meeting Professionals
Lewes, Delaware


Lynne TirasLynne K. Tiras, CMP

International Meeting Managers, Inc.
Houston, Texas


Stephie YoungStephie Young, CMP

Vice President/Director of Event Services
Advanced Meeting Solutions, Inc.
Columbus, Ohio

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