Meeting Architects: 2017 40 Under 40

Meet the Meeting Architects who are in a class of their own dreaming up, designing and building a new future for corporate meetings and events.  

2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Millennial leaders value achievement and fun more than nonmillennials, are ambitious and expect advancement at an accelerated pace and find coaching from mentors very effective. Such are the findings of a recent study by The Conference Board on leadership perspectives of C-suite executives and millennial leaders, but they might as well be describing our 2017 40 Under 40.

2017 40 Under 40 Kerem Baran Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Kerem Baran

31 • CEO Boomset New York City
 


Shani Ben-Shlaush 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsShani Ben-Shlaush, CMP

29 • Experience Marketing Manager Neustar Inc. Washington, D.C.
 


Stephen Bowles 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Stephen Bowles

32 • Founder and CEO Shoflo Orlando
 


Christopher Brislin 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Christopher Brislin, CASE

39 • Director of Sales Providence Warwick CVB Providence, R.I.
 


Lindsay Buchanan 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Lindsay Buchanan, CMP

33 • Manager, Meetings, Association Management and Groups Travelink, American Express Travel Nashville
 


Tony Buhr 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Tony Buhr, HMCC

29 • Business Development Executive Maritz Travel Redondo Beach, Calif.
 


Christina Campbell 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Christina Campbell

33 • Global Account Executive ConferenceDirect Woodstock, Ga.
 


Megan Carlson 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Megan Carlson

32 • National Event Planning Manager Hyatt Denver
 


Jessica Cote 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Jessica Cote

27 • Corporate Meeting Planner HRG North America, Volkswagen Group of America Auburn Hills, Mich.
 


Shannon DeSouza 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Shannon DeSouza, MBET

30 • Director of Sales and Industry Relations Attendease Vancouver, British Columbia
 


Chrissy Devenny 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Chrissy Devenny

26 • Founder and CEO Dynamo Events Los Angeles

 


Heidi Goettemoeller 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Heidi Goettemoeller

26 • Event Manager Aimia Dayton, Ohio
 


Rae M. Hawkins 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Rae M. Hawkins

34 • Senior Event Specialist SYNNEX Corporation Greenville, S.C.
 


Jan Hoffmann-Keining 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Jan Hoffmann-Keining

29 • CMO and Co-Founder Spacebase Berlin
 


Rachel Hofstetter 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Rachel Hofstetter

32 • Chief Marketing Officer Chatbooks Salt Lake City
 


Chris Howard 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Chris Howard

31 • Director of Sales and Marketing Hyatt Regency Austin Austin, Texas
 


Rachel Jarosz 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Rachel Jarosz

34 • Signature Events Coordinator Hagerty Traverse City, Mich.
 


Belinda Joseph 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Belinda Joseph

37 • Event Marketing Director xMatters San Ramon, Calif.
 


Julian Jost 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Julian Jost

28 • CEO and Co-Founder Spacebase Berlin
 


Heather Kane McDonald's Corp. 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Heather Kane

37 • Attendee Engagement Manager McDonald’s Corp. Oak Brook, Ill.
 


Alexis Kereluk ConnectSeven Group2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Alexis Kereluk, BBA

32 • Partner ConnectSeven Group Vancouver, British Columbia
 


Eric Kincaid Destination DC 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Eric Kincaid

29 • Corporate Sales Manager Destination DC Washington, D.C.
 


Sam McNeill SongDivision 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Sam McNeill

31 • General Manager SongDivision U.K./Europe London
 


Torrye J. Metoyer P2 Energy Solutions 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Torrye J. Metoyer, CMM

34 • Senior Marketing Strategist, Events P2 Energy Solutions Houston
 


Rosa Garriga Mora 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Rosa Garriga Mora

31 • Meeting Architect Kenes Group Barcelona, Spain
 


Natalie Nemec Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Natalie Nemec, CMP, CEM

37 • Manager, Meetings, Events and Trade Shows Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) McKinney, Texas
 


Blair Owen The Peabody 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Blair Owen

33 • National Sales Manager The Peabody Memphis, Tenn.
 


Gregorio B. Palomino 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Gregorio B. Palomino, CSEP, CMM, CTA

34 • Founder and CEO CRE8AD8 San Antonio
 


Vasiliki Papadaratsakis Audible 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Vasiliki Papadaratsakis, CMP

36 • Head of Corporate Events Audible Newark, N.J.
 


Rachel Pavel Abbott 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Rachel Pavel

38 • Global Strategic Meetings & Events Business Partner Abbott St. Paul, Minn.
 


Lauren Pontier HelmsBriscoe 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Lauren Pontier

37 • Manager, Global Accounts HelmsBriscoe Roseville, Calif.
 


Storey Pryor Isagenix 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Storey Pryor

33 • Senior Director of Events Isagenix International LLC Phoenix
 


Ryan Rockenbaugh Cars.com 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Ryan Rockenbaugh, CMP

31 • Event Planner Cars.com Chicago
 


Barrie Schwartz My House NOLA 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Barrie Schwartz

27 • CEO and Founder My House NOLA New Orleans
 


Jason Sick 2017 Red Velvet Events 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Jason Sick

35 • Program Manager Red Velvet Events Austin, Texas
 


Patrick Smyton Visit Seattle 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Patrick Smyton

34 • Senior Director of Convention Strategy Visit Seattle Seattle
 


CJ Sun Marriott International 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

CJ Sun

29 • Destination Sales Executive Marriott International San Diego
 


Nick VanderKamp HelmsBriscoe 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Nicholas VanderKamp

35 • Director, Global Accounts HelmsBriscoe Washington, D.C.
 


Jennifer Lucio Vargas 305 Communications and Events 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Jennifer Lucio Vargas, CMP

35 • Founder, President and CEO 305 Communications and Events Miami
 


Wendi Wang CallidusCloud 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

Wendi Wang

32 • Vice President, Marketing Events CallidusCloud Dublin, Calif.
 


*About the 2017 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, 2017.