By Lisa Kraus
Everything we do at Plan Your Meetings is designed to help you plan better meetings and events, and to help you connect with products, services and properties that best meet your needs. In order to develop the best editorial, LIVE Events, online resources, programs and content available, we regularly seek the help of experts. These meeting professionals make up our PYM Advisory Board.
During the course of the year, you may meet them at our events, read their stories online, in our magazine, or even take an educational seminar with them. The work they do behind the scenes affects everything we do. Please join us in welcoming the members of our 2010 PYM Advisory Board:
Debbie Autman, conference logistics specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is responsible for planning, developing and executing conferences, meetings, awards programs, trainings and seminars. Involved in meeting planning since 1998, her meetings range from 10 – 2,500 attendees. She is the recipient of the Atlanta Chapter SGMP Presidents Award for 2006 and 2007.
Monica Compton, CMP, event specialist, Pinnacle Productions, Inc. She has been a strategic event marketing consultant and corporate meeting planner for over 18 years. Her background ranges from the implementation of large-scale global leadership meetings for Fortune 100 companies, to intimate training seminars and sales incentives. She has managed hotel contract obligations for 11 hotels in North America and Europe and provided logistical operations for a variety of corporate meetings and events in Mexico, Brazil, England, France, Monaco, Australia and Japan.
David Ecton, marketing director, Syscom Technologies. In his current role for 11 years, one of his many responsibilities include planning and executing over 40 events, meetings, workshops and seminars a year, which are devised as lead generating activities for the company’s sales team. His goal is to make an everlasting impression on his customers.
Tavia Foster Evans, principal event planner, Events that SPEAK! She is also a speech language pathologist.
Susan Fox, CMP, CMM, research and development, Frito-Lay. She has planned all of Frito-Lay’s domestic and global programs for over 10 years. She also serves as a member of MPI, PCMA, and NAPW.
Amber Frix, meeting planner/executive assistant, Morrison Senior Dining. For over three years, she has planned nationwide meetings for 10 – 500 employees. She is also responsible for the support of 80 accounts, new hires, terminations, employee recognition, team-building activities and coordination of training sessions.
Bobby Hobes, CCTE, travel and meetings coordinator, SRA International. He has worked in business travel and as a meetings specialist since 1991. In his current role since 2005, his responsibilities include overseeing the corporate meetings and travel programs for the southeastern regional division of the company.
Dr. James Hogg, Ph.D., adjunct faculty, Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. Providing instruction in the departments of tourism, events and attractions, he has spent 18 years in hospitality operations management. His experience is in restaurants, hotels, events, resorts and theme parks.
Anesia Jordan, meeting planner. Currently in transition, and working toward establishing a role as an independent meeting planner, she has previously served as the executive assistant and meetings coordinator for SunTrust Bank, Inc., Spherion Employment Agency, Execu-Search Staffing and JPMorgan Chase Bank.
Qualena Odom-Royes, CSEP, CMP, owner and principal event planner, EventEssentials. With over 16 years of experience, and an extensive background in event management and marketing, she started her business in 2003. She provides planning and facilitation services to organizations, with meetings ranging from 12 to 7,000 attendees.
Erica Prewett, owner, A Big To Do Event. Since 1999, she has been in the business of creating memories through her stress-free social and corporate events. She founded her company in 2005.
Paula Rigling, CAE, CMP, president, Meeting Planning Professionals. With over 25 years of meeting planning and hospitality experience, her firm specializes in association meetings. In 1998, she received the Texas Society of Association Executives Professional Excellence award.
Kimberly Roberts, CMP, CSEP, meetings and conventions manager, UniPro Foodservice, Inc. She has consulted on a myriad of events as a freelance consultant as well as served as an in-house planner for over 17 years. She also teaches event planning and hospitality classes online for DeVry University in their Hospitality Management Program.
Lynne Tiras, CMP, president, International Meeting Managers, Inc. With over 30 years in the meetings and events industry, 24 of which have been running her own independent planning company, she offers full-service meeting, association and special event management to her worldwide clients. She received the Planner of the Year award from the Houston chapter of MPI in 1988 and 1989, and is an international speaker on various meetings industry topics.
Keisha Wilson, CSEP, president, Keisha Wilson Events, LLC. She is an independent planner with over 10 years of experience, and has worked with hundreds of nationwide corporations on their meetings and events. In 2005, she won the Allie Award for best team effort for the Event Solutions Magazine welcome party.