Beau Ballin, Sr. Director of Business Development leads CWT’s strategic vision of presale for meetings & events, ensuring that innovative ideas meet client needs now and in the future. Beau is an industry veteran with over 15 years of experience in delivering performance improvement solutions. His work and client programs have received global recognition from SITE, CMI25, and Incentive Magazine. He plays an active role in industry roundtables and advisory boards for several leading hotel chains and in the past has participated on the Board of Directors for the Incentive Marketing Association and Performance Improvement Council.
Carrie Bamper is an Event Program Manager at Allergan. With more than 15 years in the industry, Carrie has extensive experience in managing and planning all aspects of corporate and social events for various clients. Her focus has included an array of activities, including the planning and implementation of weddings, golf outings, advisory board meetings, medical education programs, trade show dinner symposia as well as the establishment and implementation of a physician speakers’ bureau. Throughout her career, Carrie has actively formed effective partnerships within multiple facets of the industry, all of which have contributed to her success with building long-lasting and productive relationships. Her love of planning is evident in her “can do” attitude and willingness to go above and beyond to ensure every client and attendee’s expectations are met to the fullest.
Carrie graduated from New England College with a degree in Business Marketing and a Minor in Advertising. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.
Shari Baron is the Associate Director of Meetings and Events for Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., USA, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where she is responsible for the strategic meetings management program for Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., USA’s meetings. Shari joined Daiichi Sankyo in 2007 and helped successfully develop the strategic meeting management program. Her work at Daiichi Sankyo includes managing domestic and international meetings and events. This encompasses sales, marketing, and Health Care Professional meetings. In addition, the Department is responsible for HCP contract execution and payments.
In June of 2013, Shari was named one of the top twenty Change Makers in the meeting industry by Meetings Net/Corporate and IncentiveMagazine.
Shari has worked exclusively in the meetings and events profession for a variety of companies and organizations, including The St. Louis Cardinals, The Missouri Botanical Garden, Venture Stores, Inc, UJA-Federation of New York and Special Olympics of New Jersey.
Valli Chapjian is a Manager Conventions & Meeting Operations for GSK based in Philadelphia. She is a strategic business partner to Sales and Marketing ensuring operational effectiveness for convention activity, internal sales and launch meetings, and incentive programs for Primary Care, Vaccines, Immunology and HIV business units.
With over 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry, Valli began her career at GSK in 2004 as a Creative Services Manager leading an internal team to execute meetings and events including creative, production and event planning through an outsourced model. She held several other diverse positions within GSK in Promotion Management, Enterprise Field Operations and Convention Management. In her current role, Valli is the US lead for national convention governance with responsibility for strategic meeting management and plan design and execution of US Pharma recognition and rewards programs.
Valli is proud of her work to develop a congress and Healthcare (HCP) events strategy for commercial launch brands. She is a key member of the Global Group Hotel Program and the US Supplier Relationship Management Program.
Valli has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
Traci Feliu has been with Novo Nordisk for 8 years working within the Strategic Meetings and Events Group. She specializes in Global HCP meetings as well as Speaker Training Meetings and Global Summits for the Public Relations Group. Traci also has worked alongside the Global Procurement Group bringing over 8 preferred providers for Audio Visual to the Novo Nordisk organization.
In her spare time, Traci enjoys playing volleyball, cooking and traveling the world on vacation.
On March 13, 2012, Nancy’s 27-year-old son Peter was diagnosed with ALS. Her family’s world changed in a moment. They were told that there is no treatment or cure and the prognosis was two–five years. Since that day, Nancy has immersed herself in the ALS community as an advocate and thought leader. In the past four years, Nancy has traveled and networked to the offices of CEO’s, Senators, Congressmen, top doctors and governmental authorities. She has testified in Washington DC on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and to an FDA panel regarding important issues affecting the ALS community. Nancy has developed strong relationships with executives at both the local and national levels of ALS organizations involved in research, patient support, advocacy, and fundraising.
August 2014, Nancy’s son Peter along with their family and supporters inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to go viral, raising $220 million for the ALS Association and its global partners. During that August and the months following, Nancy has done many domestic and international television, magazine and web interviews. She has also been speaking at many events both domestically and internationally inspiring others with their story and continuing the momentum created for their cause, ALS.
Nancy holds a business degree from Boston College and an honorary Doctorate in Humane Studies from Endicott College. During her 14 year career at Keller Williams, Nancy was a top agent in her Market Center serving on the ALC and also working on many committees throughout her agent career. She also held positions at the Beverly Market Center as the Productivity Coach, Team Leader, and lead trainer.
She presently serves on the Board of Trustees at Endicott College and also is a National Trustee for the ALS Association. Her Ted Talk, on Ted.com, has been viewed over 1 million times and her corporate, inspirational speaking has taken her all over the world including Mumbai, Austria, Sweden and Australia.
John began his career as a Biology Teacher before joining the Pharmaceutical Industry and working in Sales & Marketing roles.
He then settled into his first love, Training, with Quintiles and then as a Consultant.
John has a passion for training & communication which is evident in his style-challenging, yet fun.
He will keep your audience engaged, entertained, informed & motivated. He has a particular knack for invigorating and energizing meetings by improving a speaker’s ability to engage with the audience, and through his enthusiastic facilitation style.
John is co-owner of Small Planet Meetings, a Global Meeting Planning company.
Outside work, he is an avid supporter of Liverpool FC, enjoys traveling and films, and has been known to turn in a mean Salsa!
A global strategic meeting professional, Mozelle’s experience spans more than 20 years in the medical education programming arena as well as programming in higher education, publishing, and technology. Her career started at Sterling Drug where she was introduced to the world of meeting planning. She later acquired a position at a third-party medical education agency, where she held positions in operations and account management during her 13-year tenure before deciding to venture out as an Independent Planner. Having a passion for medical programming, Mozelle is currently in her third year with Eisai Inc. as a Pharmaceutical Meeting Planner.
A member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) since 1997, she earned her CMP in 1998 and served as President of the WestField Chapter from 2013–2014. Other certifications include Sports, Entertainment and Event Marketing (New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies) and Healthcare Meetings Compliance (MPI and St. Louis University). Mozelle holds a BSBA in general business from Bowling Green State University (Ohio).
Kimberly has been at Merck for over 20 years supporting several different divisions and organizations from Manufacturing IT to Human Resources IT. In 2011, she was promoted to lead Operations for the North America Meeting Service’s group. This role began her induction into all the nuances of the Meetings and Travel industry. Using her IT and Operation’s experience she quickly took on more Global responsibilities managing the systems used for capturing meeting’s and transfer of value data. In 2016, Kimberly was appointed to a newly created position: Global Compliance COE (Center of Expertise) for the Meetings and Travel organization. Through this role, Kimberly has responsibilities to ensure all of the Meeting Planning and Travel Agencies understand and adhere to the Company’s compliance-related policies and procedures while managing Merck’s meetings. Her background in systems and operations allows her to provide critical insight into the required data collection necessary to produce the required transfer of value reports for EFPIA and US PPSA reporting. Additionally, she is the creator and leader of the Global Compliance Network for the organization with participants from every region of the world. The network has tackled numerous compliance-related projects for the company.
An internationally recognized authority on communication and sales skills, award-winning speaker, and author of two Amazon five-star ranked books (Power Sales Writing, McGrawHill and How to Say it To Sell It!, Penguin/Random House), Sue Hershkowitz-Coore-SpeakerSue-is passionate about helping you get best results. She has presented her sales, communication and business building strategies in the USA, Australia, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, CostaRica, France, Hong Kong, Mexico, NewZealand, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland and more. Her energy is contagious and you’ll laugh while you learn specific, realistic new skills to boost success and accelerate results!
Over the past 15 years, Martin has worked in the international hospitality industry within hotels, meetings, events and congresses. Initially working as a supplier in hotels and as a PCO from 1996 – 2007, Martin changed in 2007 to the corporate side and has since worked for H. Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals. He was responsible for global led meeting, event and congress management within strategic marketing; then global product strategy and portfolio development; and now global marketing. Martin holds an MSc in international hospitality management and a B.A. (Hons) in hotel management.
Since 2007, Martin has represented H. Lundbeck on the council of IPCAA (International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association). Between January 2011 and January 2013, Martin was Vice President of IPCAA with special focus on strategic alliances. Since 2013, he has been Co-President in the same focus area.
Colleen Kenney, CMP, is an Associate Director for Takeda Pharmaceuticals in the Events, Meetings, and Conventions(EMAC) group. She has been with the company for 10 years and has taken on different leadership levels within the EMAC group.She currently manages a team of (7) Project Managers who are responsible for 500 meetings per year.
She works very closely with Global Procurement in partnering with them on cost savings initiatives, implementation of a Global Meeting Policy, and support in a Global Congress Hub. She also created and designed an HCP liaison role within her team in aligning EMAC with our Compliance and Legal group around HCP attended meetings. Prior to her current role, she was a Senior Meeting Planner at Sepracor where she planned and executed R & D Meetings that included Investigator Meetings, Ad Boards, and Speaker Bureau Trainings. Before becoming a planner, Colleen was in the hospitality industry for 15 years, where she had various roles such as the Director of Sales, Assistant Director of Catering, and Banquet Manager at a few larger properties. She has a son named Jake and they live in Shrewsbury, MA.
Susan Kominiak has worked as the Associate Director, Account Management for Meeting Solutions at Novartis for the past six years. Prior to that, she was an Independent Planner.
Ryan Mazon is a senior vice president at Educational Measures, a meeting technology and analytics company. He has more than a decade of event technology experience in a variety of industries with a primary focus in life science education and healthcare. His experience spans everything from speaker training to investigator meetings, from technology to meeting design. Ryan has worked with clients all over the world helping them use technology to maximize engagement, improve meeting impact and create remarkable experiences. Ryan served in the military as a Sergeant in the Army and was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq where he received awards and accommodations for service. Ryan holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Grantham University, with a focus in Homeland Security.
Rick Rinderle is an Associate Director in the U.S. Customer Services division at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He has more than 18 years of experience in meetings, events, and conventions. In his present role, he is the customer liaison to the Neuroscience and Sandoz business units, providing input and guidance in the strategic meetings management in executing internal and Healthcare Professional (HCP) meetings and events.
Rick holds certificates as a Certified Manager of Exhibits (CME), Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) and a Master of Science degree in organizational leadership and change management.
Brenda Rivers, JD, is the founder and CEO of AndavoMeetings, Incentives and Consulting. With a background is in hospitality law, she is certified by Institute of Crisis Management. Over the past twenty-five years, spanning 75 countries, Rivers and her team have guided Fortune 500 companies and non-profits through event disruptions and catastrophes that include hurricanes, ice storms, serious medical emergencies, bomb threats, hecklers, homicide and even a horse running wild! She firmly believes that with today’s climate unpredictability, natural disasters, pandemics, acts of terrorism and active shooters there is a heightened duty of care for meeting sponsors to protect the safety of participants and safeguard the financial integrity and reputation of their organizations.
In her experience with meeting decision makers, more than 75% are confident that they are prepared to handle a meeting crisis. Yet, further collaboration proves there is no written, rehearsed crisis plan or communication strategy in place, leaving much concerned about personal safety and potential liability. Although corporations have extensive risk management and legal teams who manage corporate risk, most of these crisis plans fail to address the serious threats to an organization’s meetings and events.
Rivers and her team have developed a unique, interactive and empowering crisis management strategy which aims to prepare event management teams for potential major event crises and threats, including pandemics, natural disasters and terrorist attacks.
Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Karen had over two decades of global experience in the industry, in Europe and the US. With a career that started in sales, and included positions in clinical research, training, and medical affairs, she ultimately held a senior leadership position in independent medical education, with operational, budgetary and strategic responsibility for an innovative medical education department.
Working with top innovators in education delivery and technology such as Educational Measures, Karen brings her experience to ensure educational events are optimized for participant and sponsor benefit.
Karen holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen and is a graduate of the Coach Training Alliance certification program. Additionally, Karen has volunteered with a number of important groups influencing the independent medical education environment.
Pat is the author of “Breaking the Code to Healthcare Compliance”, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Edition, a health policy resource book for meeting professionals, physicians and manufacturers that addresses the impact of the National Physician Payment Transparency Program: Open Payments (formally the Physician Payments Sunshine Act) and global cross-border compliance. The book is the resource for the Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate program being offered globally through MPI, St. Louis University and the Convention Industry Council CMP-HC certification program. She is also the Executive Editor of the newly released “MPI CMP Healthcare Training Manual and “The Guide to Successful Destination Management”. Pat is a contributing editor to 5 editions of the CIC Manual.
The Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) program was designed by Pat and currently has 1,000 recipients representing 16 countries.
Pat was recently named by Meetings Today as on the 2016 Meetings Trendsetters. She was recently recognized, for the third time, by Successful Meetings magazine as One of the 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry. Her honors include being named the first recipient of the International Destination Management Professional of the Year by ADME International, named as One of the Magnificent 7 in the Global Hospitality Industry and was most recently named as One of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business by the St. Louis Business Journal. Pat was also selected as Meeting Professional of the Year by the MPI-St. Louis Chapter and Event Professional of the Year by ISES-Missouri Chapter.
She is proud of her impact and roots within the Hospitality Industry. She is past president of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), St. Louis Chapter, Founder and Past President of the International Special Event Society (ISES-Missouri Chapter) and Past President of the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADME).
She has served as an adjunct Professor at 4 universities and currently Co-chairs the Hospitality Management Industry Advisory Board at St. Louis University’s School of Professional Studies and serves as faculty for the Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate.
Meredith Smith performs the role of Executive Director, Strategic Sourcing and Enterprise Shared Services at Merck & Co., She is based in NJ, USA and previous to this was managing Operations for Travel, Meetings, and Payments for the Asia Pacific and Japan region based in Singapore.
In this role, Meredith leads the overall delivery of Travel, Meetings, Payment and Creative Services operations, technology and spend management programs utilizing internal resources and external partnerships to meet business needs within the framework of compliance obligations, accepted service levels, and cost efficiencies. Travel booking processes, Management of travel agencies, preferred hotel and air program compliance, Travel safety programs, corporate card program.Her team is responsible for the Implementation and ongoing operations of the Global SMMP (Strategic Meetings Management Program) and thus far has implemented 41 countries capturing over 75% of the company’s global spend under strict technology, compliance, customer experience and cost guidelines.
Dee leads the Meetings, Congresses & Event Operations team providing guidance and direction in regulatory compliance regarding meetings management with Healthcare Professionals. She is responsible for the governance, processes, technology, and operations in these areas. Her team provides these services cross divisionally in North America. Dee joined Novartis in 2009. Prior to joining Novartis, Dee worked in the technology industry for more than 25 years holding positions in project management and finance. She holds a Bachelor degree in Finance and an MBA in Management from the Monmouth University of New Jersey.
William Stasny is a broadcasting professional with 8+ years of experience, achieved his B.S and M.S. from Kutztown University, and currently works at Sanofi Pharmaceuticals.
His current position is to produce videos, webcasts, and live events which meet our corporate needs. The position also is tasked with finding the right personnel, procedures, and technology for the North American Sanofi studio. Using new technologies to best meet his clients’ needs is of the utmost importance.
Andrew Taffin, CEO of Tallen Technology Rentals, co-founded the company in 2002. His goal was to improve the client experience while delivering the most groundbreaking technologies on the market. He receives multiple invitations each year to speak about the industry at public conferences, and he is also one of the founding members and former president of the International Technology Rental Association (ITRA). Andrew’s passion and experience enabled Tallen to emerge as one of the premier audio visual providers in the world.
On graduating from Penn State University, James Vachon joined hotel chain Marriott. He then worked for event agencies Universal CIT and Philadelphia-based Maritz McGettigan for 12 years until, almost six years ago, he was approached by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Millennium Pharmaceuticals, part of the Takeda Oncology Company, regarding the newly created role of associate director for events. At Millennium, now Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Vachon focuses exclusively on the company’s global congress and convention activity.
As the Director, Global Pharmaceutical Sales, Americas, Bonnie Weiss is responsible for Hyatt’s sales and marketing efforts with key global Pharmaceutical accounts, and is based in Chicago.
Bonnie has been with Hyatt Hotels for 30+ years. Previous positions include Director of Sales of Hyatt’s New York National Sales Office, Associate Director of Sales and Travel Industry Sales Manager. In 1996 she was named Hyatt National Sales Manager of the Year, and in 1999 she won the prestigious Donald N. Pritzker Award. She has worked with the Pharmaceutical Industry for 24 years, and created and developed Hyatt’s Healthcare Business Exchange, which operated for 15 years. Bonnie is also on MPI’s Healthcare Advisory Board.
Bonnie received a Bachelor of Science-Communications degree from Southern Illinois University, and is a member of MPI.
Richard Wilder, SVP of Bizly, joined the company in 2017. His role is to establish the foundation for client adoption and satisfaction in conjunction with the recent launch of the Bizly Enterprise platform that offers a seamless approach to small meeting sourcing and management. Prior to Bizly, Richard was part of Iron Mountain for 23 years and a key member of the senior leadership team that grew the company from $30 million to $3 billion. During his career with Iron Mountain, Richard held numerous positions with a key focus on helping Enterprise customers become compliant with internal and external requirements as well as adoption of global information management programs.
Alice Woychik joined Novartis in 2007 to lead the consolidation of meeting sourcing and planning functions, creating a newly formed Meeting Solutions Team. The team restructured and expanded scope from a $1B multi-function business services organization evolving to a cross-divisional shared service. Service delivery now includes multimedia services, production and staging, meeting management, congress management and association relations. In addition, Alice manages open payment transparency reporting and operational controls in conjunction with the Sunshine Act, EFPIA and the Corporate Integrity Agreement. Alice also chairs the Novartis Women’s Affinity Employee Resource Group – EWIN, Empowering Women to Impact Now, and partners closely with HBA, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Prior to joining Novartis, Alice worked in the technology industry in finance and marketing positions. Alice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and an MBA in management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.