First Class: Meet the Inaugural 15 Over 50

Connect Association announces the first 15 Over 50—leaders driving the events industry forward.

15 over 50

Connect Association is proud to present our inaugural class of 15 Over 50. These individuals are leaders, mentors and stars who moved the events industry forward for decades. We are proud to salute their first-class efforts. 


David Bradley

Vice President, Sales and Services Shreveport-Bossier CVB Shreveport/Bossier, Louisiana  


Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE

Executive Vice President & COO, International Association of Exhibitions and Events CEO, Center for Exhibition Industry Research, Dallas  


Michael Downs, CAE, CMP

Director of Conventions & Meetings, Kiwanis InternationalIndianapolis  


B.J. Enright

President/CEO, Tradeshow Logic, Acworth, Georgia  


Mark Everton

CEO, Visit OaklandOakland, California  


Blanca Ferreris, CMP, CMM

Senior Business Events Manager, RIMS, Risk Management Society, New York City  


Kathryn Gleesing, MBA, CMP

President & CEO, Destination Management Connection, Muskego, Wisconsin  


Stephanie D. Jones, CAE, CMP

Senior Director of Conference and Events Management, Water Environment Federation, Alexandria, Virginia  


 Vanessa Kane, CMP, CMM

Manager, Meetings/Events & Exhibits Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US, Kansas City, Missouri  


Michael K. Krouse, CMP, CHME, CASE

President & CEO, Ontario Convention Center, Greater Ontario CVB, and Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California  


Andy L. Longo

Director of Fraternity Programs, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Fishers, Indiana  


Mary Manier, CTA

Director of Sales, Experience Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Michigan  


Garland Preddy, CGMP

Director of Education & Training, Society of Government Meeting Professionals, Lewes, Delaware  


Lynne K. Tiras, CMP

President, International Meeting Managers, Inc., Houston, Texas  


Stephie Young, CMP

Vice President/Director of Event Services, Advanced Meeting Solutions, Inc., Columbus, Ohio