Peak Performers: Connect Corporate’s 2019 40 Under 40

By Connect Staff, March 25, 2019

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 AlbeeBeckie Albee

36 • Vice President
TenDot
Lincoln, Neb.

 


Danielle BarazzaDanielle 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.

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