Meet the 2021 Connect Association 15 Over 50

The Connect Association 15 Over 50 has been shaping the events industry for years. Congratulations to them all.

15 Over 50 Connect Association 2021

As association industry vets, these fierce 15 over 50 have seen and endured it all. But COVID-19 handed them a new set of challenges many had never seen in their career. Not only did they survive this once-in-a-lifetime epic event, they thrived. Hear their stories of pivots, perseverance and prosperity and be inspired. 

Drum roll... here are your 15 over 50 for 2021:
 


Teresa Alfaro 15 over 50  TERESA G. ALFARO, CMP

Director, Strategic Meetings and Events Volunteers of America (VOA) Alexandria, Virginia


Deborah Cohen 15 over 50  DEBORAH COHEN, CMP

Director of Meeting and Convention Marketing Discover Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico



Dan Darby 15 over 50  DAN DARBY

Show Director LightFair/IMC. Atlanta


Roger Dow 15 over 50  ROGER DOW

President and CEO U.S. Travel Association Washington, D.C. 



SHAYNA ASGILL 40 under 40  LESLIE A. DREISKE, CMP

Meetings Manager American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Rosemont, Illinois


SHANNON FRANK 15 over 50  SHANNON FRANK

Vice President, Global Accounts HPN Global Indianapolis 



Dion James Zanfordino 15 over 50  DION JAMES-ZANFORDINO, CASE

Senior Regional Sales Executive Visit Lauderdale Brandywine, Maryland 



Rhette Baughman 40 under 40  CHRISTOPHER KIRBABAS

Director of Programs Society of Architectural Historians Chicago



Laura Metcalf Jelinek  LAURA METCALF JELINEK, CAE

President Jelinek Collaborative LLC Chicago


Frank Powell  FRANK POWELL

President eventPower Tampa 


HEATHER REID  HEATHER REID, ARCT, MSc, DES

Founder and CEO Planner Protect Inc. London, Ontario 


LAURALEE SHAPIRO 15 OVER 50  LAURALEE SHAPIRO, CMP, CIS

Global Account Executive ConferenceDirect Orlando 


Lili Shadab 15 over 50  LILI S. SHADAB

President and Creative Director Elite Productions InternationalLaguna Niguel, California


RACHEL STEPHAN 15 OVER 50  RACHEL STEPHAN, DES

Event Marketing Strategist sensov; Event Tech Founder Snöball Montreal 


TRACY STUCKRATH 15 OVER 50  TRACY STUCKRATH, CMM, CSEP, CFPM, CHC

President and Founder thrive! meetings & events; Founder and Host “Eating at a Meeting” Podcast New Bern, North Carolina

Click here to see the 2020 Connect Association 15 Over 50.