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Lisa Apolinski
3 Dog Write  


Lisa Apolinski is an international speaker and digital strategist, and founder of 3 Dog Write Inc.  She is considered an event marketing thought leader, working in the industry for over 15 years. Her focus is on the end user experience, whether the venue, technology or communication.  As a strategist, she helps companies develop and share their message, particularly using digital assets. She was recently a guest lecturer at Columbia University on data application.




Corbin Ball

Corbin Ball Associates 

Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP is an internationally recognized expert on technology. His articles have appeared in hundreds of national in international publications and he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USAToday and US News & World Report. He was named as one of "The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry" in 2012 by Successful Meetings and MeetingNews magazines, the fifth time he has been so named. He has also recently been named as a “Meetings Trendsetter 2015” by Meetings Focus Magazine and one of the “Top #30CMP Influencers” by the Convention Industry Council. Corbin has spoken to groups in 34 countries, on five continents in a manner that is engaging, understandable and fun. He can be contact at his extensive website: and followed on





Heather Cash & Rebekka Herrington 

Founders, CallSmart, Inc.


Co-speakers, Heather Cash and Rebekka Herrington, founders of CallSmart Intelligent Prospecting, present content pertaining to lead generation, prospecting and data management. Heather Cash has over 20 years’ experience in the telemarketing industry, managing and building call centers. She has worked with hundreds of clients within various industries such as marketing, training and development, energy and tradeshow. She is an industry innovator and expert in strategic planning, relationship marketing and brand development. Rebekka Herrington has a background in sales administration and operations within the consumer goods industry. She has a proven track record of success in both volume and dollar growth, and thrives on building new relationships with customers and vendors. Since joining CallSmart, Rebekka has implemented new systems and processes to streamline operations and create a foundation for the company’s growth, including the customization of a proprietary CRM.



Joe Colangelo

CEO, Bear Analytics

Joe Colangelo is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bear Analytics, a Washington, DC, start-up dedicated to bringing the promise of data analytics to trade associations, professional societies, and event producers.  A technologist at heart, Joe is focused on driving insights by combining elegant visualizations and behavioral analytics.




William Daniels 

Attorney- Laner Muchin, Ltd. 

William Daniels is an attorney in the Firm's Employee Benefits Department where he works with corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, multiemployer plans and tax-exempt entities and organizations. He advises clients on a variety of retirement plan and other employee benefit plan matters, including the design, amendment, administration and termination of pension, profit sharing, 401(k), employee stock ownership and welfare benefit plans and trusts. He also counsels clients on withdrawal liability, employee benefits litigation, and fiduciary responsibility issues under ERISA. He has represented clients before the IRS, Department of Labor, American Arbitration Association and the District Courts of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.


An established writer and speaker, William has authored a number of articles and publications on employee benefit topics. He frequently speaks to professional and business audiences on a variety of practical employee benefit issues. For the past several years, he has been an adjunct professor at the John Marshall School of Law, where he teaches classes on ERISA fiduciary issues, merger and acquisition issues arising from ERISA, and a detailed course on ERISA fundamentals.


William is a member of the Wisconsin bar, the Illinois bar, the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Norther District of Indiana and the trial bar of the Northern District of Illinois. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, and an LL.M. in Labor Law from Georgetown University Law Center.


William co-authored a report in the Benefits Practitioners’ Strategy Guide, Use of Mandatory Arbitration Provisions to Recoup Money Owed to ERISA Plans.



Robyn Davis

Owner, When I Need Help

Recently named one of the “20 Women to Watch in Sales Lead Management,” Robyn Davis advises executives on the trade show sales and marketing strategies that best suit their business goals.  Utilizing transferrable skills obtained through her unique background (graduating with an Aerospace Engineering degree, growing up in a small business family, and even standing in as a trade show “Booth Bunny” for a short time), Robyn teaches companies that exhibit at trade shows how to make their event participation even more worthwhile.


Robyn Davis has been published in E2MA’s Exhibit/Event Insider, Exhibitor magazine, and Event Solutions magazine in addition to reputable industry publications like SGIA Journal and CoatingsPro magazine, to name a few.  In collaboration with organizations like the PPAI and AMA Columbia, Robyn has been responsible for presenting quality educational content to their members via webinar and in person speaking engagements.  Also, Robyn’s resource website, How To: Trade Show, features 200+ articles on sales, marketing, and/or trade show success, making it a “go to” resource for many event professionals.


Robyn Davis is the owner of When I Need Help (WINH).  She is active on LinkedIn ( and Twitter (  For more information, please visit her company’s website,, or reach out to Robyn directly by e-mail at


Rich Gilligan 


Rich has over 25 years of industry experience in the marketing and event management fields.  His broad-based experience includes senior executive roles in the telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries.  He currently holds the position of VP Marketing, TELUS International, a position he begun in February 2013.     


Previously, Rich was Global Commodity Expert, Events and Sponsorships for SAP where he is responsible for the management of the global supplier base and the execution of contracts on several multi-million dollar event programs, including the largest event for SAP, SapphireNow. Prior to joining SAP, Rich was Assistant Vice President Marketing Events at JP Morgan Chase, where he managed several event programs as well as designed and executed a sales incentive program.  Before joining Chase, Rich gained valuable international experience, by launching the Celebrex Brand in EMEA and Latin America on behalf of Pfizer. Rich also has held several key positions in telecommunications industry.  He was Global Director Marketing of Sales Events and Tradeshows for Telecordia, and prior to that spent a majority of his career in various positions with AT&T.  At AT&T Rich managed the executive briefing center, including the design and management of a new executive briefing center.  He also held the position of District Manager Marketing and Corporate Exhibits for ATT.  Rich is also a proven entrepreneur, as he launched and managed his own marketing events firm, IDEA.




Danny Gordon



Danny Gordon is the Founder & CEO of CultureSphere, a mobile platform that’s been sweeping through the enterprise for it’s empowering impact on employee engagement, culture, and branding. Known across 25 industries as The Employee Inspiration Platform, CultureSphere introduces an innovative user experience that’s not only loved by employers and their workforces alike, but also magnifies productivity through one core principle: inspiring employees.


Allison Graham


Allison Graham shows business owners and professionals how to create more access to decision makers, cultivate more influence within their market and community and how to generate more quality leads to fill their sales pipeline.

Allison wrote the bestselling book From Business Cards to Business Relationships: Personal Branding and Profitable Networking Made Easy! (Wiley 2012) Elevate Biz was founded in 2006 in response to requests from professionals asking her how to open doors to decision makers, a skill that significantly elevated Allison’s ability to succeed and allows her to help others do the same. She speaks throughout North America and has been featured in the Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Fast Company, Investment Executive and The Bottom Line as an authority on what it takes to develop profitable relationships. She was named to the inaugural Top 20 Under 40 Economic Trailblazers list by London Business Magazine for her work helping others overcome what she calls the “Unconnected Struggle.”

You can find information about hiring Allison to speak for your company or more FREE information on how to Create More Access, More Influence and More Leads at @AllisonDGraham


Dan Green

Nolan Advisory Services, Inc 


Dan Greene is the Managing Director of Nolan Advisory Services.  Nolan is a management advisory firm focused on helping exhibit and event marketing companies solve the complex challenges facing their company.  Dan has helped clients build successful businesses and achieve performance goals through sound strategies and financial practices.  He has served in executive roles at prominent exhibit marketing firms and has experienced the privilege of serving the EDPA in various roles including Board Member, Chapter President and Chair of Economic Research.



Chris Griffin

TS Crew 


Chris Griffin, the President of Trade Show Supply, Inc., is a respected and sought after resource in the trade show and event marketing industry.   A published author of both online and instructor-led seminar courses, he has trained over 1000 industry exhibit sales consultants and I&D service technicians, and lectured to over 100,000 business professionals on trade show marketing and other professional development and industry-related topics.

An alumni of Northeastern University in Boston, MA, Chris remains an active trainer and faculty member of several corporate university training programs, and continues to lecture regularly at seminars hosted by exhibit houses and trade show dealers across N. America.   He teaches tradeshow courses at The University of Central Florida, and has been an advisor to the Orange County Convention Center’s Intern Training Program.  Chris is also the active Chair of the Exhibit and Event Marketers Association (Orlando Chapter), and has served on the Orange County Convention Center’s Vendor Advisory Committee.





Steve Hagstette



Steve Hagstette is currently a Senior Vice President of Operations for Freeman. His 40 year career started with the trade industry in 1976 in New Orleans working with Greyhound Exposition Services East/Manncraft. Steve came to Freeman with the acquisition of Greyhound Exposition Services East in 1981. In 1994, Steve was honored with Freeman’s highest form of personal recognition, “The Buck Freeman Award”.

Steve’s contributions to the industry include: Serving on the Board of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau for over 10 years and as President in 1997. He was instrumental in organizing the New Orleans Hospitality Coalition Political Action Committee and served as President from 1999 - 2005. Steve also served as President of the Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association (EACA) from 2006-2007 and President of the Exhibition Services and Contractors Association (ESCA) for 2009-2010 and while in Las Vegas till the end of 2015 was an active member of the Board of Directors for Opportunity Village. Well-known for his expertise, humor and down-to-earth speaking style, Steve shares his knowledge and passion for the trade show industry with others speaking at numerous industry meetings.

Steve graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Science Degree and attended night school to receive an MBA from Loyola University of the South. Steve and his wife Natalie enjoy spending their spare time with their 4 sons, their spouses and 8 grandchildren.



Mike Hamilton 



Mike Hamilton is president of GetSynchronicity, a brand experience agency that creates engagement programs to attract targeted prospects, interactive experiences to facilitate learning and messaging communications that move audiences to action. Mike and the GetSynchronicity team have created award-winning or standards-setting experiences for brands in a wide variety of industries including healthcare, medical and pharmaceutical; security, technology and telecom; automotive and transportation; food service; printing and industrial machining, and more. 



John Jaworski


A tradeshow management professional with 20+ years of experiences coordinating large conventions including ALA, NRA and RSNA annual meetings.  Responsibilities have included meeting registration/housing, function space logistics, meeting operations logistics, and exhibit sales/operations. Current, the RSNA Director: Technical Exhibits and oversee all operational aspects of the RSNA Technical Exhibition in Chicago each November.  Professional memberships include IAEE, HCEA, PCMA and E2MA.  Working toward CEM certification. 




Guy Langlais


Guy Langlais is an accomplished and respected Labor Relations professional with more than 20 years experience in the USA and Canada. He has specialized in the fields of collective bargaining and dispute resolution working with businesses in Forestry, Logistics, and for the past 12 years, in the Trade Show business with GES.

Guy was educated in Canada earning a BA in Psychology from McMaster University in Hamilton and then went on to graduate from the School of Business and Economics at Sir Wilfred University in Kitchener –Waterloo.




Nancy Largay

Focus Media Events

Nancy is a long time veteran of building communities around the business of face-to-face engagement.  Her long-standing experiences in the events industry include some of the largest global organizers worldwide.  She is known for being a connector, a strategic communicator and someone who looks at customer engagement thru non-traditional glasses.  Nancy’s experiences have taken her from traditional tradeshows, events, conferences, hosted buyer summits, all aspects of social media, all a part of the customer engagement journey. 



Bob McClintock

SVP/COO, SMG Convention Center Division 


Bob McClintock is the Senior Vice President / Chief Operating Officer of SMG’s Convention Center Division and is a 27 year industry veteran spending 24 of those years with SMG. He is responsible for the operation of the 72 convention centers, and the more than 15 million square feet that SMG manages, seeking to build on the mission of providing the users of SMG-managed centers with the maximum return on their investment of time and money and enhancing the experience of all who utilize these facilities. His team is focused on the needs of our municipal partners by providing a business friendly environment, enhancing the growth of staff at the venues, and creating new event product for the Centers. Raised in Delaware County, Bob is a graduate of Radnor High School and the College of William and Mary.


Jeff Provost

Executive Director- EDPA 


After holding management positions in the non-profit arts & commercial entertainment industries for fifteen years, Jeff joined Red 7 Media in Norwalk CT. where he helped launch the Event Marketing Institute (EMI) as Member Services Director in 2007. He was named Executive Director of the Exhibit Designers & Producers Association (EDPA) in 2008. Jeff has worked side-by-side with eight association Presidents, the officers and full Board of Directors to push the growth and health of EDPA’s membership base as well as its many programs which include the EDPA Foundation, a separate not-for-profit organization. An undergraduate of The Catholic University of America in Wash. DC., Jeff did his graduate work at Yale University where he earned his Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management. He lives in Southport, CT. with his wife Traci and a 14 year-old yellow lab named Elvis. They’re two grown sons, Alexander and Trevor occasionally still visit.




Paul Quinn 



Paul Quinn has over 20 years experience helping individuals and teams improve the quality of their presentations, in industries including law, finance, technology, oil, education, and shipping. He conducts GetSynchronicity's UPFRONT Persuasion Through Presentation(TM) seminars. 


Gary Rhoads

Brigham Young University 

Gary K. Rhoads received his B. S. degree in Zoology with minor emphasis in Chemistry and M.B.A. from Idaho State University, and holds a PhD in Marketing from Texas Tech University.  Rhoads is currently the Stephen Mack Covey Professor of Marketing at Brigham Young University.  A recipient of various "Teaching Excellence" awards, Rhoads has taught for universities and companies in Europe and the United States.  Formerly a pharmaceutical salesperson for Bristol Laboratories, Rhoads has worked as a sales/customer engagement consultant for numerous companies in the United States (e.g., Du Pont, Borg Warner, AT&T, U. S. West, Prudential, Discover Card, American Express, Chevron Corporation, Megahertz, Dayna and Dynatronics), Europe (3M International, OCE and Bull Computers), and Asia (Lucky Goldstar Corporation).  Professor Rhoads and has been an invited speaker for the Marketing Science Institute, Netherlands Sales Management Association, Institute for International Research and International Quality & Productivity Center.


As an active researcher in sales and boundary spanner performance, his work focuses on factors that influence employee performance, engagement, turnover, burnout, and service quality.  In marketing management, his interests include measuring and managing customer and employee engagement. He has published articles in the Journal of Marketing ResearchJournal of Marketing, Journal of Market Research SocietyJournal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Journal of Retailing, Behavioral Research in Accounting, Marketing Science Institute, and various AMA Proceedings.  Rhoads is the co-author of two books: Stop-Think-Lead: Dealing with Critical Situations (2014), and Startup Marketing Essentials: Leveraging Competitive Angles to Make Competitors Irrelevant (2013) published by   Both books highlight the best leadership and entrepreneurial practices of successful firms.


Professor Rhoads was a founding partner of that was sold to Computer Science Corp (CSC) in 1999.  Rhoads is the Co-founder and past Chairman of the Board of Allegiance Technologies.  MaritzCX acquired Allegiance in 2014.  In 2007 & 2009 Professor Rhoads was recognized as the VSpring Capital Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs of Utah.  In 2012 Rhoads was awarded the International Stevie Award for Best Sales Training Practice of the Year for his Business Performance Series. 





Eric Schaumburg


Eric Schaumburg, founder & CEO of Eventrio, is an elderly millennial who brings objective industry insight, transitional ideation on engagement, experience, and technologies for the future of the event ecosystem. Eric spent his professionally formative years working with exhibitors at TRAQ-IT Software and ExhibitForce before building Eventrio; an event market network with a simple objective: make tradeshows easier and less expensive. His idea became an obsession, which turned into a solution allowing organizers the ability to create event-centric marketplaces to connect exhibitors, sponsors and suppliers in a simple online interface with less paper and more data. Eric and the Eventrio team are headquartered in Kansas City, home of the defending World Series Champions.



Allyson Shepherd

Attendee Marketing Solutions

With nearly 15 years of trade show marketing experience from every angle – show organizer, event agency, exhibit agency and corporate exhibitor – Allyson was an early innovator of many industry-standard methodologies for measurement and strategy. She established Attendee Marketing Solutions, Inc. in 2010 as an independent source for strategic consulting, focused on data and analytics. Allyson holds a BA in Writing for Television & Film and Political Science from Syracuse University.



Susanne Skinner 


Susanne is the Director of Global Event Marketing for Infinidat, a Massachusetts based enterprise storage company.  She manages and executes a global portfolio of events, including user conferences, sales meetings, trade shows, and partner events.  

Susanne’s event management career encompasses a wide range of industry experience and accomplishments.  She is a frequent blogger and her commentaries can be found on Linked In and The Next Phase.



David Spark

Spark Media Solutions 

David Spark is a veteran tech journalist and founder the brand journalism firm Spark Media Solutions. Spark has worked with brands such as IBM, Microsoft, HP, and Indycar Racing. He's reported on the tech scene for more than 18 years in more than 40 media outlets, and is the author of “THREE FEET FROM SEVEN FIGURES: One-on-One Engagement Techniques to Qualify More Leads at Trade Shows” available at



Mel White

Classic Exhibits 


Mel White is the VP of Marketing and Business Development at Classic Exhibits Inc., a designer and builder of exhibits, supplier of engineered aluminum extrusions, and provider of custom hybrid rental solutions. For over twenty years, Mel has worked with exhibit manufacturers, distributors, and end-users to develop new products, refine their branding, and sharpen their trade show marketing programs. He is currently a board member of Exhibit and Event Marketers Association.




Steven Wickel

Future of Events 

Steven Wickel, Future of Events Founder & MD brings over 16 years of excellence in event organization to the table. By combining live dialogue and group dynamics, Steven has built an impressive track record featuring live event experiences all shapes and sizes. With Future of Events he created a complete experience for event professionals. Besides showcasing the future for improving events, their program is built to educate professionals themselves and with that elevate the industry.



Michael Younder

Panvista Mobile 


For over 20 years, Michael has worked extensively for top tier companies in the financial and technology sectors to help them achieve aggressive growth goals. Michael held senior roles at BlackBerry where he grew consumer business nationally and internationally. As VP of Growth, Michael ensures that conference and event organizers are effectively served by Panvista’s suite of attendee analytics solutions. 



David Audrain

Exposition Development Company and SISO 


David is CEO/Partner of ExpoDevCo, producing trade shows and conferences across North America. Previously, David was: President of Clarion Events North America; President of Messe Frankfurt NA; COO of ConvExx (producer of the SEMA Show); and held senior positions at Advanstar, Hanley Wood, Miller Freeman and the Texas Restaurant Association.  

As of January 1, 2016, ExpoDevCo became the management company for SISO (the Society of Independent Show Organizers), and David now serves as SISO’s Executive Director. 

Over his more than 23 year career in the exhibition industry David has managed numerous shows across multiple industries, including eight Top-200 shows in North America. David is also a strong advocate for the industry, having served as Chairman of both SISO and IAEE, and currently serves on the CEIR Board.


David Audrain

Exposition Development Company and SISO 


David is CEO/Partner of ExpoDevCo, producing trade shows and conferences across North America. Previously, David was: President of Clarion Events North America; President of Messe Frankfurt NA; COO of ConvExx (producer of the SEMA Show); and held senior positions at Advanstar, Hanley Wood, Miller Freeman and the Texas Restaurant Association.  

As of January 1, 2016, ExpoDevCo became the management company for SISO (the Society of Independent Show Organizers), and David now serves as SISO’s Executive Director. 

Over his more than 23 year career in the exhibition industry David has managed numerous shows across multiple industries, including eight Top-200 shows in North America. David is also a strong advocate for the industry, having served as Chairman of both SISO and IAEE, and currently serves on the CEIR Board.

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