Artists of Assembly: 2017 40 Under 40

Meet Connect Association’s 2017 40 Under 40 class, dubbed “Artists of Assembly.” 

Connect Association 2017 40 Under 40: Artists of Assembly

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.


Sadie Agurkis Connect Association 40 Under 40Sadie Agurkis, CMP

38 • Education and Training Manager Northwest Regional Primary Care Association Seattle  


Rachael Antonucci Connect Association 40 Under 40Rachael Antonucci

26 • Meeting Services Specialist American Society of Anesthesiologists Arlington Heights, Ill.

 


Eduardo Arabu Connect Association 40 Under 40Eduardo Arabu

32 • Associate Director National Hispanic Corporate Council Washington, D.C.

 


Kelsey Berglund Connect Association 40 Under 40Kelsey Berglund, MMP

26 • Director of National Events Arabian Horse Association

Co-Founder and Event Connoisseur Cowgirl Creative LLC Denver


Lydia Blanchard Connect Association 40 Under 40Lydia Blanchard

27 • Sales Manager Fairmont Chateau Laurier Ottawa, Ontario

 


Jamie Blick Connect Association 40 Under 40Jamie Blick

35 • Marketing and Conference Administrator Association for Iron& Steel Technology Pittsburgh

 


2017 40 Under 40Krzysztof Celuch, Ph.D., CMM, CITE, CIS, HMCC, CED

34 • Director Poland Convention Bureau, Polish Tourist Organization

Vice-Rector Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Warsaw, Poland


Colleen Chase Connect Association 40 Under 40Colleen Chase

30 • Senior Account Manager Stewart TransportationSolutions Inc. Seattle

 


Kristy (Klawitter) Corrente Connect Association 40 Under 40Kristy (Klawitter) Corrente

31 • Member Services and Conference Planner Canadian Association of Physician Assistants Barrie, Ontario  


Robyn Davis Connect Association 40 Under 40Robyn Davis

31 • Trade Show Strategy Specialist Exhibitor Education by WINH Atlanta

 


Caroline "Carrie" Dietrich Connect Association 40 Under 40Caroline “Carrie” Dietrich

38 • Program Manager, Conferences and Meetings NationalLeague of Cities Washington, D.C.

 


Elizabeth Glau Connect Association 40 Under 40Elizabeth Glau, CMP

38 • Attendee Experience Manager International Society for Technologyin Education Portland, Ore.

 


Barb Harris Connect Association 40 Under 40Barb Harris, CSEP, DMCP

31 • Vice President of Event Services CTC Destination Management Chicago

 


Samantha Huff Connect Association 40 Under 40Samantha Huff

31 • Program and Planning Manager Golf Course Builders Association of America Lincoln, Neb.

 


Derrick M. Johnson Connect Association 40 Under 40Derrick M. Johnson II, CMP

32 • Director of Meetings The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers Washington, D.C.

 


Mahoganey Jones Connect Association 40 Under 40Mahoganey Jones, CMP, DES, HMCC

37 • In-Person and Hybrid Event Producer Event Specialists Brampton, Ontario

 


Melissa Kane Connect Association 40 Under 40Melissa Kane

30 • Co-CEO Black Bird Design Rochester, N.Y.

 


Holly Lammert Connect Association 40 Under 40Holly Lammert

26 • National Convention Sales Manager Explore St. Louis St. Louis

 


Wojciech Liszka Connect Association 40 Under 40Wojciech Liszka

36 • Owner and CEO Z—Factor Krakow, Poland

 


Molly C. Marsh Connect Association 40 Under 40Molly C. Marsh

31 • Director of Education and Engagement Design AMRManagement Services Lexington, Ky.

 


Taylor Michel Connect Association 40 Under 40Taylor Michel

24 • Meetings Manager American Gaming Association Washington, D.C.

 


Tory Ondrla Connect Association 40 Under 40Tory Ondrla, CMP

39 • Conference Supervisor Association of College & Research Libraries, a Divisionof the American Library Association Chicago

 


Alex Plaxen Connect Association 40 Under 40Alex Plaxen, MTA

31 • President and Founder Little Bird Told Media Silver Spring, Md.

 


Morgan Popalaski Connect Association 40 Under 40Morgan Popalaski, CMP

33 • Executive Director of Sales and Services Luxor Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

 


Robert P. Richie II Connect Association 40 Under 40Robert P. Richie II

34 • Association Sales Manager Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center Rome, N.Y.

 


Robert Riggs Connect Association 40 Under 40Robert Riggs, CAE

37 • Executive Vice President Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity

Executive Director Phi Kappa Theta Foundation Indianapolis


Laura Romaine Connect Association 40 Under 40Laura Romaine, CMP

29 • Senior Meeting Planner NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association Arlington, Va.

 


Julia “Jules” Schenk Connect Association 40 Under 40Julia “Jules” Schenk, MSM

35 • Director of Marketing National Panhellenic Conference Inc. Indianapolis

 


LaToya Scott Connect Association 40 Under 40LaToya Scott, CMP

35 • Meeting Planner Texas District & County Attorneys Association Austin, Texas  


Craig Shoffit Connect Association 40 Under 40

Craig Shoffit

36 • Director of Group Sales Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

 


Clark Sikora Connect Association 40 Under 40Clark Sikora

33 • Sales Manager Embassy Suites byHilton Sacramento Riverfront Promenade Sacramento, Calif.

 


Shane Sorenson Connect Association 40 Under 40Shane Sorenson, TDM, CTE

30 • Convention Sales Manager, SMERF and Government Visit Plano Plano, Texas

 


Jason R. Stewart Connect Association 40 Under 40Jason Stewart

29 • Youth Engagement and Events Manager National YouthLeadership Council Minneapolis

 


Elisa Stritt Connect Association 40 Under 40Elisa Stritt

31 • Meeting Planner National Conference on Weights and Measures Lincoln, Neb.

 


Ushma J. Suvarnakar Connect Association 40 Under 40Ushma J. Suvarnakar, MTA, CMP

34 • Director of Meetings and Conferences American Anthropological Association Arlington, Va.

 


Brandi Tribell Connect Association 40 Under 40Brandi Tribell, CMP

35 • Director of Operations and Events Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association Okemos, Mich.

 


Taylor Weinstein Connect Association 40 Under 40Taylor Weinstein

27 • Director of Event Management Services Redstone Agency Inc. Toronto

 


Deidre Wetelainen Connect Association 40 Under 40Deidre Wetelainen

39 • Vice President of Convention Sales and Services Visit Rochester Rochester, N.Y.

 


Kira Wisniewski Connect Association 40 Under 40Kira Wisniewski, CMP

33 • Director of Operations National Women’s Studies Association Baltimore

 


Vick Wowo Connect Association 40 Under 40Vick Wowo

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.