The Next List: 2016 40 Under 40

By Connect Staff, March 16, 2016

The most influential young people in association and specialty meetings and events are mavericks and change-makers. Our list of 2016 40 Under 40 includes next-gen planning phenoms and meetings marvels creating next-level event tech and design, as well as hospitality headliners changing the future of the industry. Prepare to be inspired.

Here, meet 40 of the next big things in meetings and take time to watch The Next List video featuring seven of them and find out who made the magazine’s cover.

Kerry Amato HIMSSKerry Amato, CAE

35 ▪ Director of Professional Development
Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS)


Kali Andress Asphalt Kali Andress, CMP

28 ▪ Meeting Planner and Event Manager
Asphalt Institute
Lexington, Ky.


Elizabeth Baranik experientElizabeth Baranik, CMP

34 ▪ National Account Manager
Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company


Kalee Barnhardt ColumbusKalee Barnhardt, CTA

26 ▪ National Sales Manager
Experience Columbus
Columbus, Ohio


Allison Beers Events NorthAllison Beers

37 ▪ Owner
Events North
Traverse City, Mich.


Shannon BurkeShannon Burke, CMP

38 ▪ Director of Conference and Meetings
National Association for College Admission Counseling
Arlington, Va.


Kristen Chenoweth missouri springfieldKristen Chenoweth

37 ▪ Marketing Manager
Visit Springfield
Springfield, Ill.


Taylor MIchelle ClarkTaylor Michele Clark, CMP

29 ▪ Event Coordinator
International Facility Management Association


Gladi Colon Hilton Gladi Colon, CMP

30 ▪ Assistant Director of Events and Catering
Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek


Emile K Davis

Emile K. Davis, CEM

36 ▪ Manager of Exhibits and Sponsorships
Society for Human Resource Management
Woodbridge, Va.

About the 2016 40 Under 40 process: Each year, Connect Association highlights professionals who are making an early mark in the association and specialty meetings industry. Peers and colleagues submit nominations, which then are reviewed by our editors. The editors select the final 40 honorees based on nominations, references, industry involvement, career awards, honors and other factors. If you’d like to submit a nomination for next year’s 40 Under 40, please email

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