Peak Performers: Connect Corporate's 2019 40 Under 40

Connect Corporate is dubbing this year’s 40 Under 40 Class “Peak Performers.” 

Peak Performers: 2019 40 Under 40

Event professionals always reach for the skies when creating experiences. It’s fitting then that Connect Corporate is dubbing this year’s 40 Under 40 Class “Peak Performers.” This group of event professionals represents all facets of the industry, and were selected from a record number of nominations. These peak performers represent the industry’s next generation, one in which meetings and events will surely hit new heights.


Becky Albee

Beckie Albee

36 • Vice President TenDot Lincoln, Neb.  


Danielle Barazza

Danielle Barraza

38 • Business Travel Manager Hyatt Regency Westlake Moorpark, Calif.  


Alicia Benson

Alicia Benson

34 • Strategic Account Manager Meetings & Incentives Worldwide, Inc. Carmel, Ind.  


Lyana Blokina

Lyana Blokhina

37 • Founder and CEO LBrightEvents Miami, Fla.  


Sarah Buchbinder

Sarah M. Buchbinder

36 • Meeting Broker Meetings Made Easy, LLC Middletown, N.J.  


Andrea Buck

Andrea Buck

36 • Senior Event Manager Dynamic Events Vancouver, Wa.  


Meaghan Carfrey

Meaghan Carfrey

33 • Director of Strategic Account Management Cadence Meetings + Incentives San Diego, Calif.  


Saskia Carr

Saskia Carr

38 • Chief Operating Officer; Client Executive SongDivison Sydney, Australia  


Donald Contursi

Donald Contursi, CIS

35 • President Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Las Vegas  


Ashleigh Cote

Ashleigh Cote, CMP

33 • Creative Events Director Macro Productions Nashville, Tenn.  


Marcia Deem

Marcia Deem, CTSM

37 • Events Marketing Manager Relias Raleigh, N.C.  


Micayla Diener

Micayla Diener, CMP, CSEP

31 • Associate Director of Sales Chicago CSI DMC Chicago  


Kelsey Dixon

Kelsey Riley Dixon

29 • Co-Founder; President davies + dixon Seattle, Wa.  


Lauren Dunnaway

Lauren Dunnaway

37 • Vice President of Sales & Marketing Infinix Global Meetings & Events, Inc./Rx Worldwide Meetings Dallas  


Floranna Duran

Floranna Duran

37 • Project Manager McVeigh Global Meetings and Events New York City  


Jonathan Ealy

Jonathan M. Ealy

37 • Director of Special Events and Venue Director Opera Memphis and the Clark Opera Memphis Center Memphis, Tenn.  


Debby Jacobs Felker

Debby Jacobs Felker

34 • Vice President of Sales Destinations by Design Las Vegas  


Kristen Fraga

Kristen Fraga

30 • Meetings and Event Manager DECO Productions Boca Raton, Fla.  


Danielle Furnari

Danielle Furnari

36 • Development Specialist Event Panning Geisinger Health Danville, Penn.  


Bethany Galbreath

Bethany Galbreath

35 • Senior Event Manager One10 Dayton, Ohio  


Jacquelyn Helton

Jacquelyn Helton

38 • Director of Destination Services Galveston Island CVB Quinlan, Texas  


Heather Herrig

Heather Herrig

39 • Owner and President Every Last Detail Roswell, Ga.  


Cindy Kapp

Cindy Kapp

26 • Planner, Event Logistics and Execution East of Ellie San Diego, Calif.  


Emily Kratt

Emily Kratt, CITP, CIS

37 • Managing Director INNOVATX Events Austin, Texas  


Brandon McBain

Brandon McBain

34 • Director of Corporate and Entertainment Travel Andaz West Hollywood West Hollywood, Calif.  


Melissa Moten

Melissa Moten

34 • Global Sales Director PRA Business Events Denver  


Sarah Nonemacher

Sarah Nonenmacher

27 • Producer, Projects and Events AKJOHNSTON Long Beach, Calif.  


Joshua Novick

Joshua A. Novick

36 • Vice President London & Partners New York City  


Travis Pham

Travis Pham, CMP

32 • Director of Sales 360 Destination Group New York City  


Andie Putnam

Andie Putnam, CMP

31 • Senior Manager, Corporate Events MarkLogic Chicago  


Erica Rodrigues

Erica Rodrigues

36 • Senior Manager, Corporate Events BNY Mellon | Pershing Jersey City, New Jersey  


Josh San Julian

Josh San Julian

38 • Trade Show and Events Manager Lytx San Diego, Calif.  


Shannon Sprau

Shannon Sprau, CMP

37 • Global Manager, Meeting & Events Cardinal Health Columbus, Ohio  


Liz Strozier

Liz Strozier

34 • Executive Director, Programming Forbes Media Jersey City, New Jersey  


Melissa Swakow

Melissa Swakow

31 • Senior Manager of Meetings and Events NHS Global Events Chicago  


Lesli Vasik

Lesli Vasek

28 • Corporate Sales Manager, East Region Visit Denver Denver  


Samantha Vogel

Samantha Vogel, CMP

34 • Senior Manager, Meetings & Travel GameStop, Inc. Dallas  


Desi Whitney

Desi Whitney

37 • Senior Vice President, Sourcing Operation & Industry Relations HPN Global Scottsdale, Ariz.  


Justin Wusinich

Justin Wusinich

30 • Manager of Global Accounts HelmsBriscoe Philadelphia  


Jessica Zell

Jessica Zell

26 • Marketing Manager Paragon Events Inc. Delray Beach, Fla.  


*About the 2019 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, 2019.