The events industry is filled with professionals who thrive when it matters most. While they may not battle Thanos, these planners and suppliers have every right to call themselves superheroes. They avenge poor contracts, are fast and furious when needed and adapt to trying situations just like the X-Men. Meet the “Action Stars,” our 2020 Connect Corporate 40 Under 40. They deserve top billing, even if they work behind-the-scenes.
About the 40 Under 40 process: Nominations are submitted by colleagues and peers through Connect Corporate’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 Jan. 15, 2020. Job titles and responses reflect honoree’s status as of February 29, 2020.
Sales Manager, Savannah Convention Center
Chris Bonnett, CHIA, CMP
Program Manager, Meetings & Incentives Worldwide Inc.
Senior Event Planner, Benco Dental
Director, Entertainment Booking, Prudential Center
Jessica C. Charles
Executive Director of Programming, ForbesLive
Erin Congregane, CMP
Sales Manager, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Lauren F. Farrell
Senior Designer/Producer, The Global Event Team
Corporate Event Manager, Dynamic Events Inc.
Events Specialist, Paragon Events Inc.
Scott Higgins, HMCC
Associate Director of Sales and Business Development, Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board
Tracy Judge, MS, CMP
Founder and Chief Connector, Soundings Connect
Sean Keliiholokai, CHSP, CHIA, MHA
Vice President, Business Development, West Hollywood Travel + Tourism Board
Rachel Klar, CMP
Senior Events Marketing Manager, Intuit Canada
Director, National Event Sales and Programs, Topgolf
Leigh Ann Krohmer, CMP, DMCP
Director of Account Management, 360 Destination Group
Alexis Levenson, CMP
Senior Manager, Operations, MCI Group Canada Inc
Sami Taylor Levinbook
Director, Venue Sourcing, Break the Floor Productions LLC
Josie Lewis, CMP
Director of Sales, Visit The Woodlands
Jane Maine, CMP
Senior Commercial Event Manager, Illumina
Senior Project Manager, McVeigh Global Meetings
Senior Manager, SMB Executive Events, Salesforce
Brittani Menina, CMP, CWP
Events Director, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Senior Director, Americas Operations and Global Group Travel Solutions, CWT Meetings & Events
D. Channing Muller
Principal, DCM Communications
Global Event Producer
Director of Meeting Services, HPN Global
Senior Marketing Manager, Marriott International’s Convention & Resort Network
Monique Rochard-Marine, CMM, CMP, CTSM, MBA
Director, Strategic Meetings Management and Event Operations, Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
Director of Sales, West, NYC & Company
Executive Director of Sales, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Senior Corporate Meeting and Event Manager, CHG Healthcare
Assistant Manager, Sourcing Operations, HPN Global
Melissa Thuston, CMP
Senior Meeting and Event Manager, BCD Meetings & Events, Halliburton
Director of Sales, Visit Huntington Beach
Kristin Twombly, CMP
Senior Event Strategist, Capital Group Private Client Services
Senior Project Manager, FIRST
Senior Vice President and COO, Cothran Development Strategies Inc.
MeLisa C. Zackery
CEO and Founder, Unlimited Possibilities Co.