If the future is indeed now, as the saying goes, the events industry will be standing strong for years to come. Consider this group of event professionals representing all facets of the industry. Not only are they talented, they are passionate—the word most commonly used by our honorees to describe themselves. No wonder they are worthy members of the 2018 40 Under 40. Meet the next generation of leaders, the “Heirs Apparent.” Learn how they got here and imagine where they, and our industry, are going.
38 • Director, Industry Liaison & Sales Kenes Group Ness Ziona, Israel
39 • Chief Operating Officer Event Tech Tribe New Zealand
34 • Founder and President Zaven Global Salt Lake City
38 • Director of Sales and Conventions Sunriver Resort, A Destination Hotels Company Bend, Ore.
34 • General Manager 360 Destination Group Chicago Chicago
31 • Senior Project Manager FIRST Jersey City, N.J.
27 • Event Manager Forbes Live, Forbes Media Edison, N.J.
33 • Owner and Founder Meetings Made Easy Las Vegas
25 • Marketing and Show Director Behindthechair.com Chicago
37 • National Sales Manager, Northeast Memphis CVB Memphis, Tenn.
37 • President; Meeting Planner Star Client; Ascension Health St. Louis, Mo.
36 • Lead Associate, Events and Strategic Market Development Booz Allen Hamilton Rockville, Md.
39 • Business Development Manager Bermuda Tourism Authority New York City
30 • Director of Events 1st Global Dallas
34 • Assistant Manager, Global Event Management Scotiabank Toronto
36 • Founder and CEO EnventU Washington, D.C.
36 • Vice President of Professional Services Red Velvet Events, a Global DMC Partner Austin, TX
34 • Director of Sales Las Vegas/Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas
38 • Founder, President and Chief Event Strategy Officer JML Worldwide New York City
26 • Chief Executive Officer Showpass Calgary, Alberta
28 • Marketing and Events Strategist TD Ameritrade Omaha, Neb.
36 • Event Project Manager Kohl’s Department Store Menomonee Falls, Wis.
38 • Senior Sales Executive Gaylord Rockies Las Vegas
28 • Director of National Accounts NHS Global Events Dana Point, Calif.
28 • Director of Event Services Visit Rochester Rochester, N.Y.
39 • Global Hotel and Venue Manager McDonald’s Corporation Downers Grove, Ill.
35 • Senior Analyst, Emerging Markets COBX Southfield, Mich.
27 • Event Manager Dynamic Events, Inc. Seattle
39 • Founder and CEO MeetingPlay Washington, D.C.
33 • Managing Director Blue Nest Events New York City
28 • Chief Events Officer Antwone Stigall & Co. Event Management and Production San Francisco
26 • Manager of Meetings and Events Paragon Events Delray Beach, Fla.
39 • Senior Vice President, Solutions—Marketing Strategy and Technology Cramer Boston
34 • Senior Communications Manager Visit Indy Indianapolis
33 • Owner Elevated Events LLC Tampa, Fla.
27 • Senior Sales Manager metroConnections Minneapolis
*About the 2018 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 winners are selected for publication. Honorees must be under the age of 40 as of Feb. 15, 2018.