2018 40 Under 40: Class Acts

Our 40 Under 40 are class acts—event professionals who are changing the world for the better through conference, meetings and events. 

2018 40 Under 40|2018 40 Under 40: Class Acts

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 Borucki

39 • Director of Marketing LMI Solutions Phoenix  


Allison H. Carpenter

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


Anne Chen

38 • Sales Manager Explore Gwinnett Duluth, Georgia


Jim Clapes

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


Becca Cohen

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


Jeff Dougherty

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


Jacob Fabbri

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


Melissa Winfield Faber

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


Kara Ferguson

33 • Meeting Planner American Society of Anesthesiologists Chicago  


Jonathan Foresythe

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


Pedro Goes

25 • CEO InEvent Wilmington, Delaware


Addie Graham-Kramer

37 • President The Event Company Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Emily Hook

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


Caitlin Hume

26 • Business Events Manager RIMS New York City


Katie Janoski

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


Jennifer Jones

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


Richard J. Kenney

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


Diane E. Kovats

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


Becky LaHaie

25 • Project Specialist Michigan Realtors Lansing, Michigan


Casi Maynard

37 • Senior Director, Global Accounts HelmsBriscoe Phoenix


Alison Jo McKeithen

38 • Conferences Manager NMAC Washington, D.C.


Rebekah McWain

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


Meda L. Merritt

37 • Senior Association Manager Fusion Marketing Dallas


Morgan Miller

29 • Sales Manager Oklahoma City CVB Oklahoma City


Sarah Mullins

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


Pat Reilly

35 • Meeting Planner Pulmonary Hypertension Association Hyattsville, Maryland


Scott Riesterer

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


Meagan Rockett

37 • CEO Greenfield Services Belleville, Ontario, Canada


Matt K. Schechter

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


Janet Ortiz Smith

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


Jennie L. S. Socha

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


Jennifer Soup

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


Amaia P. Stecker

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


Laura Terrero

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


Mary Thao

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


Amanda G. Voss

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


Lisa Ware

37 • Director of Sales The Entertaining Company Chicago


Olivia Weir

27 • Event Manager Redstone Agency Toronto


Richelle Wilkins

34 • Events Manager e-Builder Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Christopher 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.