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.