2019 40 Under 40: The In-Crowd

By Connect Staff, July 9, 2019

Meet the “In-Crowd,” our 2019 Connect Association 40 Under 40. This year’s group celebrates the diversity inherent in the events industry. Honorees range from company presidents to budding CVB stars. They come from myriad backgrounds, using different strengths to advance their organizations and careers. While each has a unique style, this collection of superstars is in on what it takes to create lasting and impactful experiences. We salute this group and what they represent: The best this industry has to offer.


Aquera Agee

31 • Associate Manager of Meetings
Association for Accessible Medicines
Washington, D.C.

 


Ogechi Anyanwu

36 • Manager of Events
Telecommunication Industry Association
Arlington, Virginia

 


Sarah Blose

37 • Account Manager
Destination Tahoe Meetings & Events
Lake Tahoe, Nevada

 


Paola Bowman

38 • Destination Services Manager
Arlington CVB
Arlington, Texas

 


Pamela Wike Boyd

33 • Senior Manager, Meetings and Events
The Solid Waste Association of North America
Silver Spring, Maryland

 


Erin Cook

33 • Director of Sales & Marketing
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa
Austin, Texas

 


Sarah Soliman Daudin

31 • President & CEO
Soliman Productions, Inc.
Orlando

 


Jessica Farmer

27 • Chapter and Events Manager
AA-ISP
Richmond, Virginia

 


Alena Frey

37 • Director of Education and Meetings
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
Chicago

 


Christine Grant

35 • Director of Operations
On The Scene – The Event Company
Chicago

 


Melissa N. Grigsby

33 • Director of Communications and Events
Independent Electrical Contractors
Alexandria, Virginia

 


Michelle Guelbart

31 • Director of Private Sector Engagement
ECPAT-USA
Brooklyn, New York

 


Emily Hartstone

33 • Manager of Events & Operations
Magellan Management
Delray Beach, Florida

 


Ashley Hinkle

35 • Director, Meetings & Conventions
Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge
Roanoke, Virginia

 


Natalie Intondi

34 • Meeting Planner
National Governors Association
Washington, D.C.

 


Sam Edidin Jankowski

Sam Edidin Jankowski

31 • Relationship Manager
SmithBucklin
Chicago

 


Megan Johnston

27 • Director, Event Services
Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company
Indianapolis

 


Samantha Lazo

35 • Manager, Production & Event Technology
The Institute of Internal Auditors
Lake Mary, Florida

 


Anthony D. Mace

36 • Meetings Manager
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
Burke, Virginia

 


Allie Magyar

38 • Founder & CEO
Hubb
Vancouver, Washington

 


Brittany Marinovich

31 • Manager, Meetings and Expositions
Kellen
Atlanta

 


Kristen Merrifield

38 • CEO
Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
Phoenix, Arizona

 


Kari Messenger

32 • Senior Meetings Manager
Association Management Center
Chicago

 


Jessica Moy

37 • National Conference Coordinator
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Parker, Colorado

 


Ceré Netters

28 • Director of Education & Events
National Speakers Association
Tempe, Arizona

 


Flavia Oliveira

36 • Director of Sales and Marketing
Hotel Paradox, an Autograph Collection
Santa Cruz, California

 


Akshar V. Patel

36 • Senior Director of Conventions
AAHOA
Atlanta

 


Natasha Stamper Pedigo

38 • Meeting Planner and Event Manager
The Asphalt Institute
Lexington, Kentucky

 


Amy M. Pettigrew

38 • Meeting Planner
National Governors Association
Washington, D.C.

 


Alicia M. Quinn

36 • Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Alliances
Discover Lehigh Valley
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

 


Bailey Roth

32 • President
Redstone Agency Inc.
Toronto

 


Mattie Scheeter

32 • National Sales Manager
Visit Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

 


Steven Schumacher

33 • Director of Sales
Discover Dunwoody
Dunwoody, Georgia

 


LaShawn Sidbury

38 • Director, Meetings and Special Interest Groups
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
Rockville, Maryland

 


Cheryl Sulock

37 • Director of Convention and Trade Show
Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Association
Winter Park, Florida

 


Megan Tallman

35 • Conferences and Meetings Manager
Financial Planning Association
Denver, Colorado

 


Annie Tebow

32 • Senior Event Planner
American Academy of Family Physicians
Kansas City, Missouri

 


Heather Wakefield

39 • Senior Manager, Education & Events
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 


Shauna Whitehead

39 • Vice President, Global Account Management
BCD Meetings & Events
Minneapolis

 


Ashley Wilson

30 • Sports and Events Sales Manager
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission
Gulf Shores, Alabama

 


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 April 1, 2019.

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