Action Stars: The 2020 Connect Corporate 40 Under 40

Meet the 2020 class of the Connect Corporate 40 Under 40. These action stars work behind-the-scenes and are ahead of the curve.

Action Stars: The 2020 Connect Corporate 40 Under 40

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.

Lidija Ahmetovic
Sales Manager, Savannah Convention Center

Chris Bonnett, CHIA, CMP
Program Manager, Meetings & Incentives Worldwide Inc.

Keely Brazil
Senior Event Planner, Benco Dental

Starr Butler 
Director, Entertainment Booking, Prudential Center

Jessica C. Charles
Executive Director of Programming, ForbesLive

Erin Congregane, CMP
Sales Manager, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Bonnie Coop, CIS
Senior Producer, Total Event Resources 

Lauren F. Farrell
Senior Designer/Producer, The Global Event Team

Kayla Gill
Corporate Event Manager, Dynamic Events Inc.

Amrita Gopaldas
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

Nick Kopach
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

Fabio Marcolini
Senior Project Manager, McVeigh Global Meetings

Ally Masi
Senior Manager, SMB Executive Events, Salesforce

Brittani Menina, CMP, CWP
Events Director, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Sara Meyer
Senior Director, Americas Operations and Global Group Travel Solutions, CWT Meetings & Events

Polina Moskvina, CMP
Manager, Event Projects, C.D. Howe Institute

D. Channing Muller
Principal, DCM Communications

Melissa Park
Global Event Producer

Kiersten Perry
Director of Meeting Services, HPN Global

Amy Popper
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.

Cory Rosenberg
Director of Sales, West, NYC & Company

Kara Schmitt
Executive Director of Sales, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Emily Starr
Senior Corporate Meeting and Event Manager, CHG Healthcare

JoAnn Stevens
Assistant Manager, Sourcing Operations, HPN Global

Melissa Thuston, CMP
Senior Meeting and Event Manager, BCD Meetings & Events, Halliburton 

Matt Tibbetts
Director of Sales, Visit Huntington Beach

Kristin Twombly, CMP
Senior Event Strategist, Capital Group Private Client Services

Mandy Watters
Senior Project Manager, FIRST

Jamie Whitefield
Senior Vice President and COO, Cothran Development Strategies Inc.

MeLisa C. Zackery
CEO and Founder, Unlimited Possibilities Co.