Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

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Event Date Mon Jul 19 EDT - Thu Jul 22 EDT (over 1 year ago)
Location Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Region Americas

An Event Designed for You
We know you are reopening your doors and rebuilding.

We know events are an investment.

That’s why we’ve stacked the deck. We are crystal clear on the enormous value you need to justify the investment and we promise to deliver.

We have created the most meaningful, impactful gathering of the event and catering industries designed specifically to share the new best practices, discuss world changing challenge and opportunities and grow stronger together for a more profitable future. As we always do, we will lean on each other and learn new tactics for success.

One of the most important Return on Investments is the relationships you build on site. You will meet new people, trade ideas and business cards – and afterward you will have a new friend to dial up when you need advice about a challenge you are facing. In our world, relationships are everything and we’ll be creating a safe space for you to reconnect, laugh and learn together.


2021 Speakers


Taylor Demartino
CEO | Creative Director, DeMartino Design Group

Maria Vigil
Events Coordinator/Wedding Coordinator, Greater Spokane Inc./Beacon Hill Events

Suzanne Morrell
Founder and Sustainability Consultant, STM enterprises- Creating Environments

Anthony Lambatos
Coach and Owner, Footers Catering

Jacqui Pressinger
Director of Strategic Partnerships, American Culinary Federation

Jeffrey Schlissel

Patrick Crosson
CMP, DES, Owner & Executive Producer, PC Events and Experiences, LLC

Sarah Wantz
President, Wantz Events

Noelle McInerney
Founder & Senior Producer, Ladidadi XM

Collin Pierson
Owner, Collin Pierson Photography

Chef Amy von Eiff
Owner & Executive Chef, A Cut Above Catering | Classes | Events

Jennifer Bertolino
Director of Catering Sales, Levy Convention Centers

Lenn Millbower
the Mouse Man, President, Offbeat Training LLC

Clint Elkins
VP of Sales, SB Value

Neal Green
Owner, All Occasion Catering

Alan Berg
CSP, Certified Speaking Professional, Wedding Business Solutions LLC

Alicia Crosby
CPCE, Director of Events, The Baltimore Museum of Art

Carl Sacks
Executive Director, Leading Caterers of America

Meghan Ely
Principal, OFD Consulting LLC

Christie Osborne,
ounder/Owner, Mountainside Media / Mountainsdie Bride / Aisle Society

Margaux Fraise
Owner and Creative Director, Harmony Creative Studio

CeCe Todd
Founder, CeCe Designs and Events

Roy Porter
Activities Director, Engage-Works Inc.

Peggy Kelley

Stan White

Deborah Elias
CSEP, CMP, CIS, President, Elias Events

Margaret Brower
Director of Sales, Bonura Hospitality Group

Katie Fleury
Director of Sales, Ridgewells Catering

Heidi Brice
Corporate Sales Director, Puff n Stuff

Owner, Cocktails & Details® / Terrica Inc.

Christina Matteucci
Executive Director, David Beahm Experiences

Colja Dams
CEO, VOK DAMS Worldwide

Claudia Koehler
Corporate Vice President, VOK DAMS Worldwide

Christine Hubbard
Retail Operations Manager, Sodexo

Joseph Pina
Campus Executive Chef, Sodexo

Chef Winston Willams
Chef / Owner / Pres, Catering CC Inc.

Cayetano Uribe
CEO, Cayetano y Mónica Decoraciones

Monica Sevilla
Chairman, Cayetano y Mónica Decoraciones

Gladys Mezrahi
President/Founder, Indigo Events

Amanda Ma
Chief Experience Officer, Innovate Marketing Group

Liese Gardner
Owner, Liese Gardner Communications

Scott Frankel
President, Animatic Media, LLC.

Kate Patay
Chief Strategy Officer, Patay Consulting

Bobby Dutton
Director, GBM6 (GrooveBosotn / Mission Six)

Barbara Khozam
Customer Service Consultant, Barbara Khozam, Inc.

Valerie McCartney
Owner, Wedding Ads That Work

Dixie Bagley
Owner, The Farm, Rome GA

Ron Ben-Israel
Chef, Ron Ben-Israel Cakes

Russell Morin
CEO, Russell Morin Catering and Events

Thomas McDowell
CEO, Conneticutt Wedding Group

Robert Frungillo
CEO, Frungillo Caterers

Partner | Director of BizDev, M Culinary Concepts

Michael Bonura
Principal, Bonura Hospitality Group

Chip Olszewski
Chef, Bonura Hospitality

Sally Webb
CEO, Special Event Company

Keith Lord
Founder & Principal, Strateje Fourteen

Aleya Harris
Owner, Flourish Marketing

Andrew Mellen
CEO, Andrew Mellen, Inc.

Kristin Banta
CEO and Creative Director, Kristin Banta Events

David Merrell
CEO/Creative Director, AOO Events

Clint Upchurch
Event Producer, independant

Michael Kloss
CSEP, Author, Five Days with the Mouse to be a Better Event Planner

Bob Pacanovsky
Chief Hospitality Officer, The Black Tie Experience

Robin Selden
Managing Partner-Executive Chef, Marcia Selden Catering

Jeffrey Selden
Managing Partner , Marcia Selden Catering

Brian A M Green
CMP CMM, CEO, By BrianGreen

Francisco Christian
Managing Partner, Taylored Hospitality Solutions

Kaila Currie-Bartlett
Event Specialist, Fluid Events Inc.

Julie Roth Novack
CEO & Co-Founder, PartySlate

Shakira M. Brown
CEO and Award-Winning Brand Strategy & Business Communication Strategist and Professional Speaker, SMB Strategic Media LLC

Dr. G (Deborah Gilboa, MD)
Resilience Expert and Physician, Ask Doctor G

Abbey Duke
Owner, Sugarsnap

Peter McCaffrey
Chef Consultant, Certified Catering Consultants

Warren Dietel
Owner & President, Puff 'n Stuff Catering

Bill Hansen
CEO, Bill Hansen Catering and Event Production LLC

Sumir Meghani
CEO & Co-Founder, Instawork

Leslie LaSorsa
General Manager, Crave Catering

Chef Greg Taylor
Chef, The Black Fox Co.

Fausto Pifferrer
Vice President/Owner, Blue Elephant Events and Catering

Shannon Tarrant
Founder, Wedding Venue Map

Barbara Brass
VP of Catering Sales, Wolfgang Puck

Meryl Snow
Consultant, SnowStorm Solutions / Certified Catering Consultants

Karen Gordon
VP, Growth, Goodshuffle Pro

Adonica Coleman
Owner, A2D Events

Emily Ellyn
Executive Chef & Principal, Emily Ellyn Productions

Rob Barber
VP, R&D and Modular Systems, ATOMIC Design Inc

Jordan Goodfellow

Shena Cherian
Owner/Founder, DesiWeds

Thomas Whelan
Director of Banquets, Levy Convention Centers

Syd Sexton
General Manager, Catering by Design

Bob Pacanovky
Chief Hospitality Officer, The Black Tie Experience

Lisa Cox
CEO/ SVP Sales & Marketing,

Margaret Teskey
President of Taste Catering, Taste Catering

Melissa Panico
Director of Marketing, Taste Catering

Nanci Gandy
Owner, Silverado Productions

Kathleen Zemaitis
Kathleen Zemaitis, Kathleen Zemaitis

Roy Porrter
Associate, Engage Works

Trish Simitakos
Founder, Trish Star Events

Candice Imam
Assistant Director for Alumni Engagement and Events, Harrah College of Hospitality, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Chef Mark Sandoval
Executive Chef, Harrah College of Hospitality, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Chef Stephanie Bogert
Assistant Executive Chef, Harrah College of Hospitality, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Adrianne Harris
Wedding Designer and Business, ADRIANNE HARRIS DESIGNS

Chef Paul Seaman
Executive Chef, PJBJ, LLC

Beverly Jones

Ronald Pickarski
Executive Chef - Vegan Culinologist, Eco-Cuisine

Cara Kleinhaut
Founder / CEO of AGENC Experiential Marketing, AGENC

David Scott Peters
CEO, Owner , David Scott Peters

JC York, President
Classic Entertainment / Wise Guys InterACTive

Michael Testagrossa
Education, Event Planning, JMT Eventology

Nelandra Anselmo
HR Consultant, Coach, Mental Health Professional, Speaker, True Core Business Wellness

Reuben Bell
President/Owner, Blue Elephant Events and Catering

Suzi McMerty Shands
Vice President, Sales, Mintahoe Catering & Events

Renee Dalo
Owner, Moxie Bright Events

Kinsey Roberts
Founder, She Creates Business

Michelle Loretta
Owner, Sage Wedding Pros

Kevin Molesworth
CSEP, President, Brass Tacks Events / Celadore Creative

Renee Miner
Chief Event Designer, Empyrean Events and Catering

Daniela Grafman CSEP
Chief Amazement Officer, Vision Event Co

Dima Ghawi
Keynote Speaker and Executive Coach, Dima Ghawi, LLC.

Julia Kendrick Conway
Founder/CEO, Assaggiare Mendocino, Inc

Angela Proffitt
Event & Productivity Consultant, GSD Creative

Megan Gillikin
Owner & Industry Consultant, A Southern Soiree/ The Planner's Vault/Weddings For Real Podcast

Dan Shinder
Founder/CEO, Advanced Social Marketing

Ryan Corvaia
Founder & Owner, Dish Food & Events LLC

Tracey Fricke
CSEP, MWP, CMP, Owner, Event Planner & Designer, Occasion Designed

Bron Hansboro
Owner, The Flower Guy Bron

Michelle Durpetti
Managing Partner/Chief Planner, Gene & Georgetti / Michelle Durpetti Events

Rayna Wallen
Owner, Lead Design, Lúnasa Events

Christopher Salem
CEO - Executive Coach, CRS Group Holdings, LLC

Darrin Roberts
Acting Director of Events, Claremont McKenna College

Armando Valenzuela
Assistant General Manager, Bon Appetit

Margie Haupt
Arts & Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Riverside

Brittny Drye
Founder and Editor in Chief, Love Inc.

Brandon Allen
Chef & Partner, Trichome Institute

Shakira M. Brown
Award-Winning Branding & Business Communication Strategist and Professional Speaker, SMB Strategic Media LLC

Pawntra Shadab
CIS, CTA, Vice President, Elite Productions International

Stan Peake
Founder, InSite Performance Coaching LTD

Laura Cardo
Director of Client and Media Relations, Kristin Banta Events

Jamie Quickert
Director of Delight / Strategic Growth, Graziani Multimedia

Adam Gooch
Corporate Executive Chef, Common Plea Catering

Lon Lane
Owner, Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions

Steve Hark
CEO / Founder, Entourage Events Group

Nancy Jacobs
National Sales Director, Entourage Events Group

Paige Mejia
Chief Marketing Officer, Pyrotex

Robert Mitchell
Executive Chef, Bold Catering & Design

Kris Reinhard
Partner, Fifth Group Restaurants

Kari Mirabal
Keynote Speaker, Kari Mirabal

Kelly Spencer
Founder, The Dogwood in the Grove / The Social Affair Catering + Event Design

Jody Cox
Founder, An Affair to Remember

Claire Friday
Founder / Executive Producer, Done By Friday

Holly E Verbeck
A.R.M., COO, HeyChef! LLC

Rob Ferre
Owner, Life of the Party Entertainment

Katie DeSimone
National Director of Catering and Conference Services, Compass Group, Eurest

Mike Fiato
SVP Customer Experience, Compass Group, Eurest

Heidi Ganahl
Colorado Regent and Founder of SheFactor and Camp Bow Wow, SheFactor and Camp Bow Wow

Evan Carbotti
Co-Owner, Carbotti Experiences

Jordan Carbotti
Co-Owner, Carbotti Experiences

Ingrid Adolphs
Chief Marketing Officer, Carbotti Experiences

Jessa Feagins
Banquets and Catering Department Manager, River Spirit Casino Resort

Alexandria Hammond
Director of Sales/Owner, GetPlated Catering

Keyon Hammond
Executive Chef/Owner, GetPlated Catering

Shane Smith
CEO, The Nice Guy Entrepreneur

Mark Ellis
Co-owner/Executive Chef, The Chef’s Table

Brittny Drye
Founder and Editor in Chief, Love Inc.

Eliana Baucicault
Founder, The B Collective

Kunbi Odubogun
Founder and Attorney, Perfete

Anna Coats
Owner and Editor, Marry Me Tampa Bay

Jessica Bishop
Founder and Editor in Chief , The Budget Savvy Bride

Deborah Thomas
CDP CSEP Emeritus, CEO & Founder, School for the Service Arts LLC

Alice Conway
CHEP CSEP Emeritus, CEO, AC Event and Hospitality Institute LLC

Nora Sheils
Owner and Founder, Rock Paper Coin


Jennifer Perna
Owner and Founder, Fulton Market Consulting

Sponsors & Partners

2021 Sponsors and Partners

• nowsta
• US Foods

• Staffmate Online

• Forbes Industries

• Instawork
• Essity Tork
• Fresh Origins
• Idaho
• Qwick
• Curate
• Irinox