The Trailblazers: Meet the 2021 Connect Corporate 15 Over 50

This year’s class includes some of the corporate event industry’s biggest stars who inspire us with their longevity, leadership, mentorship and resilience.

The Trailblazers: Meet the 2021 Connect Corporate 15 Over 50

After a year like no other, there’s a lot we can learn from the longtime industry veterans who have survived and thrived during previous hard times. This year’s 15 Over 50 class includes some of the corporate event industry’s biggest stars who inspire us with their longevity, leadership, mentorship and resilience.

Learn how they got their starts, the career accomplishments they’re most proud of, advice they’d give their younger selves and more.

Adrian Segar
Founder, Conferences That Work
Marlboro, Vt.

Ann M. Luketic, CMP, CMM
Senior Corporate Meeting Professional/Marketing Specialist, Progressive Insurance 
Macedonia, Ohio

Elliott L. Ferguson II
President and CEO, Destination DC
Washington, D.C.

Fred Dixon
President and CEO, NYC & Company
New York City

Gwendolyn McNutt, CSEP
Regional External Affairs Manager, Greater Chicago Region, Comcast
Chicago

Jacques-André Dupont
President and CEO, C2 International and C2 Montreal
Montreal

Joanne Brooks
President, Creative Impact Group
Chicago

Lenny Talarico, CSEP, CHE
Director of Corporate Sales, Blueprint Studios
Las Vegas

Margaret Launzel-Pennes
CEO, POP Experiential 
Los Angeles

Michael Dominguez
President and CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)
Plano, Texas

Michael Massari
Chief Sales Officer, Caesars Entertainment; Co-chair, Meetings Mean Business Coalition
Las Vegas

Sharon Fisher
CEO and IdeaSparker, Play with a Purpose
Orlando

Tammy Dickerson, CMP
Founder and CEO, tbg Events
Los Angeles

Tanna Pearman
Meeting Broker, Meetings Made Easy
Reno, Nev.

Todd Schwartz, CMP
Meeting Planner and Event Strategist
Cleveland

Click here to see the 2020 Connect Corporate 15 Over 50.