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.


Jessica Farmer

27 • Chapter and Events Manager
Richmond, Virginia


Alena Frey

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


Christine Grant

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


Melissa N. Grigsby

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


Michelle Guelbart

31 • Director of Private Sector Engagement
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


Megan Johnston

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


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
Vancouver, Washington


Brittany Marinovich

31 • Manager, Meetings and Expositions


Kristen Merrifield

38 • CEO
Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
Phoenix, Arizona


Kari Messenger

32 • Senior Meetings Manager
Association Management Center


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


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.


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


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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