Event professionals are the ultimate puzzle solvers. To most, the idea of putting together a set of dates, a venue, a program, a speaker lineup, an education schedule, food and beverage orders, audiovisual packages, marketing materials and more is overwhelming, to say the least. Then there’s the whole part about actually getting people to attend. But somehow, there are individuals who piece it all together perfectly, executing events that are not only educational and have ROI for their associations, but that participants enjoy. There’s an art to it all, and one that commands respect. We are proud to introduce Connect Association’s 2017 40 Under 40 class, who we’ve officially dubbed “Artists of Assembly.” We can’t wait to see what they dream up next.
38 • Education and Training Manager Northwest Regional Primary Care Association Seattle
26 • Meeting Services Specialist American Society of Anesthesiologists Arlington Heights, Ill.
32 • Associate Director National Hispanic Corporate Council Washington, D.C.
26 • Director of National Events Arabian Horse Association
Co-Founder and Event Connoisseur Cowgirl Creative LLC Denver
27 • Sales Manager Fairmont Chateau Laurier Ottawa, Ontario
35 • Marketing and Conference Administrator Association for Iron& Steel Technology Pittsburgh
34 • Director Poland Convention Bureau, Polish Tourist Organization
Vice-Rector Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Warsaw, Poland
30 • Senior Account Manager Stewart TransportationSolutions Inc. Seattle
31 • Member Services and Conference Planner Canadian Association of Physician Assistants Barrie, Ontario
31 • Trade Show Strategy Specialist Exhibitor Education by WINH Atlanta
38 • Program Manager, Conferences and Meetings NationalLeague of Cities Washington, D.C.
38 • Attendee Experience Manager International Society for Technologyin Education Portland, Ore.
31 • Vice President of Event Services CTC Destination Management Chicago
31 • Program and Planning Manager Golf Course Builders Association of America Lincoln, Neb.
32 • Director of Meetings The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers Washington, D.C.
37 • In-Person and Hybrid Event Producer Event Specialists Brampton, Ontario
30 • Co-CEO Black Bird Design Rochester, N.Y.
26 • National Convention Sales Manager Explore St. Louis St. Louis
36 • Owner and CEO Z—Factor Krakow, Poland
31 • Director of Education and Engagement Design AMRManagement Services Lexington, Ky.
24 • Meetings Manager American Gaming Association Washington, D.C.
39 • Conference Supervisor Association of College & Research Libraries, a Divisionof the American Library Association Chicago
31 • President and Founder Little Bird Told Media Silver Spring, Md.
33 • Executive Director of Sales and Services Luxor Hotel and Casino Las Vegas
34 • Association Sales Manager Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center Rome, N.Y.
37 • Executive Vice President Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity
Executive Director Phi Kappa Theta Foundation Indianapolis
29 • Senior Meeting Planner NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association Arlington, Va.
35 • Director of Marketing National Panhellenic Conference Inc. Indianapolis
35 • Meeting Planner Texas District & County Attorneys Association Austin, Texas
36 • Director of Group Sales Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
33 • Sales Manager Embassy Suites byHilton Sacramento Riverfront Promenade Sacramento, Calif.
30 • Convention Sales Manager, SMERF and Government Visit Plano Plano, Texas
29 • Youth Engagement and Events Manager National YouthLeadership Council Minneapolis
31 • Meeting Planner National Conference on Weights and Measures Lincoln, Neb.
34 • Director of Meetings and Conferences American Anthropological Association Arlington, Va.
35 • Director of Operations and Events Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association Okemos, Mich.
27 • Director of Event Management Services Redstone Agency Inc. Toronto
39 • Vice President of Convention Sales and Services Visit Rochester Rochester, N.Y.
33 • Director of Operations National Women’s Studies Association Baltimore
29 • Senior Sales Manager Whitney Peak Hotel Reno, Nev.
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 May 1, 2017.