Heirs Apparent: 2018 40 Under 40

Meet the next generation of leaders, the “Heirs Apparent," our 2018 40 Under 40.

Heirs Apparent

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.


Audrey Alloul

38 • Director, Industry Liaison & Sales Kenes Group Ness Ziona, Israel  

Marie-Claire Andrews

39 • Chief Operating Officer Event Tech Tribe New Zealand  

Rob Bezdjian

34 • Founder and President Zaven Global Salt Lake City  

Lindsay Borkowski

38 • Director of Sales and Conventions Sunriver Resort, A Destination Hotels Company Bend, Ore.  

Michelle Castady Orlando

34 • General Manager 360 Destination Group Chicago Chicago  

Katie Devine

31 • Senior Project Manager FIRST Jersey City, N.J.  

Lindsay Ezykowich

27 • Event Manager Forbes Live, Forbes Media Edison, N.J.  

Mike Ferreira

33 • Owner and Founder Meetings Made Easy Las Vegas  

Quin Gable

25 • Marketing and Show Director Behindthechair.com Chicago  

Diane Garcia

37 • National Sales Manager, Northeast Memphis CVB Memphis, Tenn.  

Tiffany Graham

37 • President; Meeting Planner Star Client; Ascension Health St. Louis, Mo.  

Kimberly Greene

36 • Lead Associate, Events and Strategic Market Development Booz Allen Hamilton Rockville, Md.  

Jamel Hardtman

39 • Business Development Manager Bermuda Tourism Authority New York City  

Angeline Holder-Cunningham

32 • Complex Director of Catering and Events Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  

Emily James

30 • Director of Events 1st Global Dallas  

Jillian Kyde

35 • Executive Director of Sales Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas Las Vegas  

Joanna Lean

34 • Assistant Manager, Global Event Management Scotiabank Toronto  

Latoya Lewis

36 • Founder and CEO EnventU Washington, D.C.  

Sarah Lo

36 • Vice President of Professional Services Red Velvet Events, a Global DMC Partner Austin, TX  

Ashley Lowe

34 • Director of Sales Las Vegas/Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas  

Jeremy Luski

38 • Founder, President and Chief Event Strategy Officer JML Worldwide New York City  

Jennifer Mason

31 • Manager of Events Medifast Baltimore, Md.  

Lucas McCarthy

26 • Chief Executive Officer Showpass Calgary, Alberta  

Maggie McGlade-Palmer

28 • Marketing and Events Strategist TD Ameritrade Omaha, Neb.  

Sonali Nair

30 • Co-founder and Sustainable Events Director; Global Accounts Manager Neem Eco Events ManagerHelmsBriscoe Buenos Aires, Argentina  

Cheryl Oswald

36 • Event Project Manager Kohl’s Department Store Menomonee Falls, Wis. 

Brian Payne

38 • Senior Sales Executive Gaylord Rockies Las Vegas  

Jessica Perrozzi

28 • Director of National Accounts NHS Global Events Dana Point, Calif.  

Amanda Pfeil

28 • Director of Event Services Visit Rochester Rochester, N.Y.  

Joshua Rice

39 • Global Hotel and Venue Manager McDonald’s Corporation Downers Grove, Ill.  

Rachel Runnals

35 • Senior Analyst, Emerging Markets COBX Southfield, Mich.  

Sarah Schneider

27 • Event Manager Dynamic Events, Inc. Seattle  

Joe Schwinger

39 • Founder and CEO MeetingPlay Washington, D.C.  

Krista (Reimer) St. John

33 • Managing Director Blue Nest Events New York City  

Antwone Stigall

28 • Chief Events Officer Antwone Stigall & Co. Event Management and Production San Francisco  

Katherine Stokoe

26 • Manager of Meetings and Events Paragon Events Delray Beach, Fla.  

Brent Turner

39 • Senior Vice President, Solutions—Marketing Strategy and Technology Cramer Boston  

Lisa Wallace

34 • Senior Communications Manager Visit Indy Indianapolis  

Kimberly Wander

33 • Owner Elevated Events LLC Tampa, Fla.  

Sydney Wolf

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.