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
Phoenix

 


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
Fonteva
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
Chicago

 


Jonathan ForesytheJonathan Foresythe

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

 


Pedro Goes 2018 40 Under 40Pedro Goes

25 • CEO
InEvent
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
RIMS
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
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
HelmsBriscoe
Phoenix

 


Alison Jo McKeithenAlison Jo McKeithen

38 • Conferences Manager
NMAC
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
Dallas

 


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
Indianapolis

 


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
Chicago

 


Olivia WeirOlivia Weir

27 • Event Manager
Redstone Agency
Toronto

 


Richelle WilkinsRichelle Wilkins

34 • Events Manager
e-Builder
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 


Christopher YoungChristopher Young

34 • High School Division Director
DECA
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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