Heirs Apparent: 2018 40 Under 40

By Connect Staff, April 2, 2018

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

Audrey Alloul

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


Marie-Claire Andrews

Marie-Claire Andrews

39 • Chief Operating Officer
Event Tech Tribe
New Zealand


Rob Bezdjian

Rob Bezdjian

34 • Founder and President
Zaven Global
Salt Lake City


Lindsay Borkowski

Lindsay Borkowski

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


Michelle Castady Orlando

Michelle Castady Orlando

34 • General Manager
360 Destination Group Chicago


Katie Devine

Katie Devine

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


Lindsay Ezykowich

Lindsay Ezykowich

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


Mike Ferreira

Mike Ferreira

33 • Owner and Founder
Meetings Made Easy
Las Vegas


Quin GableQuin Gable

25 • Marketing and Show Director


Diane GarciaDiane Garcia

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


Tiffany GrahamTiffany Graham

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


Kimberly GreeneKimberly Greene

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


Jamel HardtmanJamel Hardtman

39 • Business Development Manager
Bermuda Tourism Authority
New York City


Angeline Holder-CunninghamAngeline Holder-Cunningham

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


Emily JamesEmily James

30 • Director of Events
1st Global


Jillian KydeJillian Kyde

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


Joanna LeanJoanna Lean

34 • Assistant Manager, Global Event Management


Latoya LewisLatoya Lewis

36 • Founder and CEO
Washington, D.C.


Sarah LoSarah Lo

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


Ashley LoweAshley Lowe

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


Jeremy LuskiJeremy Luski

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


Jennifer MasonJennifer Mason

31 • Manager of Events
Baltimore, Md.


Lucas McCarthyLucas McCarthy

26 • Chief Executive Officer
Calgary, Alberta


Maggie McGlade-PalmerMaggie McGlade-Palmer

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


Sonali NairSonali Nair

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


Cheryl OswaldCheryl Oswald

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


Brian PayneBrian Payne

38 • Senior Sales Executive
Gaylord Rockies
Las Vegas


Jessica PerrozziJessica Perrozzi

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


Amanda PfeilAmanda Pfeil

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


Josh RiceJoshua Rice

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


Rachel RunnalsRachel Runnals

35 • Senior Analyst, Emerging Markets
Southfield, Mich.


Sarah SchneiderSarah Schneider

27 • Event Manager
Dynamic Events, Inc.


Joe SchwingerJoe Schwinger

39 • Founder and CEO
Washington, D.C.


Krista St. JohnKrista (Reimer) St. John

33 • Managing Director
Blue Nest Events
New York City


Antwone StigallAntwone Stigall

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


Katherine StokoeKatherine Stokoe

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


Brent TurnerBrent Turner

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


Lisa WallaceLisa Wallace

34 • Senior Communications Manager
Visit Indy


Kimberly WanderKimberly Wander

33 • Owner
Elevated Events LLC
Tampa, Fla.


Sydney WolfSydney Wolf

27 • Senior Sales Manager


*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.

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