2018 40 Under 40: Class Acts

By Connect Staff, August 3, 2018

While these event professionals you will learn more about are young, there is much everyone in the industry can learn from them. They are proactively changing the world for the better through conference, meetings and other events. No wonder they are worthy members of the 2018 40 Under 40.

Meet the next generation of leaders, these “Class Acts.” Learn how they got here and imagine where they, our industry and our world are going.

Melinda BoruckiMelinda Borucki

39 • Director of Marketing
LMI Solutions


Allison H. CarpenterAllison H. Carpenter

33 • Director of Exhibits and Sponsorships
National Defense Industrial Association
Arlington, Virginia


Anne ChenAnne Chen

38 • Sales Manager
Explore Gwinnett
Duluth, Georgia


Jim ClapesJim Clapes

37 • Conference and Events Manager
Drug Policy Alliance
New York City


Becca CohenBecca Cohen

26 • Conference Services Manager
Destination DC
Washington, D.C.


Jeff DoughertyJeff Dougherty

36 • Director of California State Association Sales
Visit Sacramento
Sacramento, California


Jacob FabbriJacob Fabbri

39 • Senior Vice President of Marketing
Washington, D.C.


Melissa Winfield FaberMelissa Winfield Faber

29 • Director of Sales—Meetings and Events, Americas
Radisson Hotel Group
Bozeman, Montana


Kara FergusonKara Ferguson

33 • Meeting Planner
American Society of Anesthesiologists


Jonathan ForesytheJonathan Foresythe

36 • Account Manager
McVeigh Global Meetings and Events
New York City


Pedro Goes 2018 40 Under 40Pedro Goes

25 • CEO
Wilmington, Delaware


Addie Graham-KramerAddie Graham-Kramer

37 • President
The Event Company
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Emily HookEmily Hook

35 • Conference and Event Manager
AMR Management Services
Lexington, Kentucky


Caitlin HumeCaitlin Hume

26 • Business Events Manager
New York City


Katie JanoskiKatie Janoski

23 • Conference Services Coordinator
Partnership for Public Service
Washington, D.C.


Jennifer JonesJennifer Jones

38 • Executive Director
American Institute of Architects, San Francisco and The Center for Architecture + Design
San Francisco


Richard J. JenneyRichard J. Kenney

32 • Associate Director, Housing Operations and Facilities
University of Miami


Diane E. KovatsDiane E. Kovats

36 • Executive Director
International Society for Computational Biology
Leesburg, Virginia


Becky LaHaieBecky LaHaie

25 • Project Specialist
Michigan Realtors
Lansing, Michigan


Casi MaynardCasi Maynard

37 • Senior Director, Global Accounts


Alison Jo McKeithenAlison Jo McKeithen

38 • Conferences Manager
Washington, D.C.


Rebekah McWainRebekah McWain

36 • Associate Director of Events
National Correctional Industries Association
Crownsville, Maryland


Meda L. MerrittMeda L. Merritt

37 • Senior Association Manager
Fusion Marketing


Morgan MillerMorgan Miller

29 • Sales Manager
Oklahoma City CVB
Oklahoma City


Sarah MullinsSarah Mullins

35 • Vice President, Event Services
Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company


Pat ReillyPat Reilly

35 • Meeting Planner
Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Hyattsville, Maryland


Scott RiestererScott Riesterer

30 • Director, Events and AV
Overland Park Convention Center
Overland Park, Kansas


Meagan RockettMeagan Rockett

37 • CEO
Greenfield Services
Belleville, Ontario, Canada


Matt K. SchecterMatt K. Schechter

35 • Regional Director of National Accounts
NYC & Company
New York City


Janet Ortiz Smith

Janet Ortiz Smith

39 • CEO, Director of Corporate Travel and Events
EMC² Travel Planners
Wylie, Texas


Jennie SochaJennie L. S. Socha

34 • Executive Director
International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Jennifer SoupJennifer Soup

33• Director of Meetings and Marketing
Association for Accessible Medicines
Washington, D.C.


Amaia P. SteckerAmaia P. Stecker

34 • CEO, Lead Design
Pilar & Co.
Alexandria, Virginia


Laura TerreroLaura Terrero

38 • National Sales Manager—Multicultural
Meet AC
Atlantic City, New Jersey


Mary ThaoMary Thao

37 • Director of Meetings and Events
ACA International
St. Paul, Minnesota


Amanda G. VossAmanda G. Voss

39 • Vice President of Sales
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas


Lisa WareLisa Ware

37 • Director of Sales
The Entertaining Company


Olivia WeirOlivia Weir

27 • Event Manager
Redstone Agency


Richelle WilkinsRichelle Wilkins

34 • Events Manager
Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Christopher YoungChristopher Young

34 • High School Division Director
Reston, Virginia


About the 40 Under 40 process: Nominations are submitted by colleagues and peers through Connect Association’s website. They are then reviewed by Connect’s editors, and finalists are vetted before the final list is selected for publication. Honorees must be under the age of 40 as of July 15, 2018.


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