2019 40 Under 40: The In-Crowd

Meet the “In-Crowd,” our 2019 Connect Association 40 Under 40.

2019 40 Under 40: The In-Crowd

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.