Meeting Architects: 2017 40 Under 40

By Kelsey Ogletree, February 28, 2017

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. 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 Kerem Baran Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsKerem 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 ArchitectsStephen Bowles

32 • Founder and CEO
Shoflo
Orlando



Christopher Brislin 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsChristopher Brislin, CASE

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



Lindsay Buchanan 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsLindsay Buchanan, CMP

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



Tony Buhr 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsTony Buhr, HMCC

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



Christina Campbell 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsChristina Campbell

33 • Global Account Executive
ConferenceDirect
Woodstock, Ga.



Megan Carlson 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsMegan Carlson

32 • National Event Planning Manager
Hyatt
Denver



Jessica Cote 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsJessica Cote

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



Shannon DeSouza 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsShannon DeSouza, MBET

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



Chrissy DevennyChrissy Devenny 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

26 • Founder and CEO
Dynamo Events
Los Angeles



Heidi Goettemoeller 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsHeidi Goettemoeller

26 • Event Manager
Aimia
Dayton, Ohio



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

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



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

29 • CMO and Co-Founder
Spacebase
Berlin



Rachel Hofstetter 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsRachel Hofstetter

32 • Chief Marketing Officer
Chatbooks
Salt Lake City



Chris Howard 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsChris Howard

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



Rachel Jarosz 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsRachel Jarosz

34 • Signature Events Coordinator
Hagerty
Traverse City, Mich.



Belinda Joseph 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsBelinda Joseph

37 • Event Marketing Director
xMatters
San Ramon, Calif.



Julian Jost 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsJulian Jost

28 • CEO and Co-Founder
Spacebase
Berlin



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

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



Alexis Kereluk, BBAAlexis Kereluk ConnectSeven Group2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

32 • Partner
ConnectSeven Group
Vancouver, British Columbia



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

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



Sam McNeill SongDivision 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsSam McNeill

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



Torrye J. Metoyer P2 Energy Solutions 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsTorrye J. Metoyer, CMM

34 • Senior Marketing Strategist, Events
P2 Energy Solutions
Houston



Rosa Garriga Mora 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsRosa Garriga Mora

31 • Meeting Architect
Kenes Group
Barcelona, Spain




Natalie Nemec Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsNatalie 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 ArchitectsBlair Owen

33 • National Sales Manager
The Peabody
Memphis, Tenn.



Gregorio B. Palomino 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsGregorio B. Palomino, CSEP, CMM, CTA

34 • Founder and CEO
CRE8AD8
San Antonio



Vasiliki Papadaratsakis Audible 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsVasiliki Papadaratsakis, CMP

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



Rachel Pavel Abbott 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsRachel Pavel

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



Lauren PontierLauren Pontier HelmsBriscoe 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting Architects

37 • Manager, Global Accounts
HelmsBriscoe
Roseville, Calif.



Storey Pryor Isagenix 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsStorey Pryor

33 • Senior Director of Events
Isagenix International LLC
Phoenix



Ryan Rockenbaugh Cars.com 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsRyan Rockenbaugh, CMP

31 • Event Planner
Cars.com
Chicago



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

27 • CEO and Founder
My House NOLA
New Orleans



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

35 • Program Manager
Red Velvet Events
Austin, Texas



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

34 • Senior Director of Convention Strategy
Visit Seattle
Seattle



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

29 • Destination Sales Executive
Marriott International
San Diego



Nick VanderKamp HelmsBriscoe 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsNicholas VanderKamp

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



Jennifer Lucio Vargas 305 Communications and Events 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsJennifer Lucio Vargas, CMP

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



Wendi Wang CallidusCloud 2017 40 Under 40 Connect Corporate Meeting ArchitectsWendi 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.

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