2017 Wedding MBA Speakers

  • Julie Albaugh

    Julie Albaugh

    Editor

    WeddingMarketNews.com

    Julie Albaugh

    Julie Albaugh is editor of WeddingMarketNews.com and host of #WeddingMarket chat on Twitter every Wednesday. Some of her #weddingmarket guests have included Cake Boss, Disney Weddings, Preston Bailey, Colin Cowie, David Tutera, Randy Fenoli, Sharon Sacks, Mindy Weiss and Sandals. Wedding Market was selected as #3 of the top 10 Social Media influencers in the Wedding Industry by Wed Biz Media. The #weddingmarket hashmark has a tweet reach of between 2 to 28 million each week. Julie has been a guest on the Marie Show on the Hallmark Channel along with a number of other TV shows. She is also owner of Julie's Videography and Wedflick.com.

  • Sarah Ancalmo

    Sarah Ancalmo

    Brand Strategist and Creative Director

    Public Persona

    Sarah Ancalmo

    Sarah Ancalmo-Ashman is a seasoned Brand Strategist and Creative Director. With more than 15 years of brand building and madison advertising experience, she’s concepted and created award-winning campaigns for the likes of Ted Baker London, EsteéLauder, Mercedes Benz, Apple, Nike. Through her private brand consultancy, Public Persona, she now partners with incredible people to help them build businesses and brands around who they are. She works closely with her clients to (re)invent their brand from the inside out - no detail spared - from strategy to style, positioning to photography, messaging to marketing - she helps to build completely cohesive, incredibly unique brands that stand out - and stay out… from head-to-footnote, top to bottom-line

  • Amy Anaiz

    Amy Anaiz

    Owner

    Amy Anaiz Photography

    Amy Anaiz

    Amy Anaiz is a New York City-based intimate editorial wedding and portrait photographer. Her professional journey began as a talent agent for New York City’s top still-life and beauty photographers where she learned the ins-and-outs of advertising and commercial photography and was surrounded by beautiful images on a daily basis. While representing these top talent photographers, she masterfully integrated this knowledge and experience into her own business and refined her skills as a photographer. Amy is keen on creating beautiful, joyous and heartfelt imagery that tells a story. Her style is focused on connecting with her subjects and capturing the emotion and personality of everyone she works with while using beautiful, flattering light, paying close attention to detail, and ensuring the images are clean. She enjoys creating portraits of couples that have a visual impact because your eyes are drawn to their deep expressions and deliberate placement — similar to what you see in magazines. She loves to travel and lives her life by Paolo Coelho’s words: "It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting!” Her work has been featured in Inside Weddings, The New York Times, Brides, Huffington Post, NY Weddings Magazine, The Knot, VH1, E!, HBO Latino, TLC, Essence, Ebony, Munaluchi Bride, PopSugar, Grace Ormonde, and Style Me Pretty amongst others.

  • Danielle Andrews

    Danielle Andrews

    Co-Founder

    Wedding Planners Institute of Canada

    Danielle Andrews

    Danielle Andrews Sunkel is the co-founder of WPIC Inc. (The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada and the Wedding Planners Institute of Coordination). She certifies and trains independent wedding planners worldwide and the on-site wedding coordinators at Resorts including Sandals, Beaches, Palace, the Hard Rock All Inclusive Collection, and Atlantis in The Bahamas. She has trained the members of the Bahamas Bridal Association and the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association. She has produced the WPIC for the past 7 years and has produced conferences and seminars world wide. WPIC created the first Destination Wedding Certification program in the world, and is the most respected. As a Wedding Planner herself, she has coordinated Destination Weddings in Bali, Las Vegas, The Bahamas, a Caribbean Cruise, Dominican Republic, Panama, Italy, St. Lucia, and Mexico. She regularly speaks at events and is quoted by media all over the world

  • Ashley Backs

    Ashley Backs

    Owner

    Hello Lovely

    Ashley Backs

    Hello Lovely owner Ashley Backs is a Kansas City native and nationally award winning makeup artist with a knack for making people feel their most beautiful! She specializes in bridal, beauty, boudoir, private lessons and much more.

  • Lindsay Barrows

    Lindsay Barrows

    Owner

    Custom Love Gifts, Events & Prints

    Lindsay Barrows

    Lindsay Barrows Ruggieri owns Custom Love Gifts, Events & Prints, a wedding boutique specializing in wedding favors, planning, and invitations. Lindsay started Custom Love in 2010 originally as an Etsy shop, just for fun. The business has expanded to a full service wedding planning boutique open to the public, with a staff of 8. Custom Love has been featured on David Tutera's CELEBrations on WeTV, Style Me Pretty, DIY Weddings Magazine, Wedding Chicks, The Knot Magazine, and hundreds of other publications. Lindsay has a B.S. in Business Management, a Masters in Business Administration, and a second Masters in Industrial Relations. Lindsay resides in Knoxville, TN with her husband, daughter and cute little wedding shop. For more information, visit www.CustomLoveGifts.com.

  • Debbi Ballard

    Debbi Ballard

    Co-Founder

    Jewish and Interfaith Wedding Institute

    Debbi Ballard

    Known for her warmth and dynamic personality, Cantor Debbi Ballard can be found performing Jewish & Interfaith weddings in South Florida, Mexico, and around the world. She has become known for her passion for serving the Interfaith community, in creating blended, inclusive, transformational wedding and Jewish lifecycle ceremonies. Debbi serves the unaffiliated communities in South Florida as a Cantor & Spiritual Leader, and is the co-founder of the Jewish and Interfaith Wedding Institute, offering wedding professionals an in depth educational program to enable them to serve the Interfaith client at the highest level. Debbi is a passionate speaker, celebrant, musician and Jewish-Spiritualista!

  • Eliana Baucicault

    Eliana Baucicault

    Owner

    ellyB Events

    Eliana Baucicault

    With nine years in event production under her belt, Eliana creates unforgettable celebrations while bringing a fresh perspective to the industry. Eliana's background in project management ensures that events go seamlessly while her eye for design creates memories that guests aren't soon to forget. Eliana takes the visions of her clients and magnificently amplifies them into extraordinarily unique experiences. She prides herself on connecting with her clients on a personal level and maintaining relationships long after their special event. Eliana's achievements have been spotted in publications such as The Knot, Munaluchi, Southern Bride, Inside Weddings, Essence Magazine and a host of others. She resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, her teenage son, and 4 adorable Yorkshire Terriers.

  • Reuben Bell

    Reuben Bell

    President

    Blue Elephant Events and Catering

    Reuben Bell

    Co-Founder of Blue Elephant Events and Catering, Reuben began his career in event management in the museum and publishing worlds in Philadelphia before returning to Maine to open Blue Elephant in 2007. He enjoys guiding his clients through the event planning process and helping create unique experiences for their guests. Reuben is a past chair of the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce and recently joined the board of the Institute for Family Run Business.

  • Heather Benge

    Heather Benge

    Professional Certified Event Planner

    Heather Benge Events

    Heather Benge

    Heather is a nationally recognized and professionally certified event planner who broke out in the wedding industry creating and planning weddings from Alaska to Alabama. Heather currently owns Heather Benge Events, an event planning boutique, is the creator of Pretty & Published, a styled shoot workshop and manages a luxury wedding venue in Houston, TX. Heather's work can be found on magazine covers across the country and every major blog in the industry. She is a big supporter of community over competition and loves to aide other creatives in expressing their ideas through design and inspirations.

  • Alan Berg

    Alan Berg

    Author/Professional Speaker/Business Consultant

    Alan Berg

    With more than 20 years in wedding related sales, sales management and marketing, Alan is considered to be North America’s Leading Speaker and Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events. Alan is the author of the books If Your Website Was An Employee, Would You Fire It? and Your Attitude for Success, both in their 2nd editions and also in Spanish. Alan speaks to thousands of local business professionals every year through webinars, DVDs, MP3s, and live presentations, domestically and internationally. He is an in-demand professional speaker and member of the National Speakers Association, the leading organization for professional speakers.

  • Brit Bertino

    Brit Bertino

    Owner

    Simply Weddings Las Vegas & The Totty Belt

    Brit Bertino

    Brit Bertino, CSEP Since opening her own company in 2002, Brit Bertino has become one of the most sought after Wedding and Event producers. Planning spectacular events is just something Brit Bertino was born to do. When you bring together her experience, overall business knowledge, leadership skills, innovative ideas, unique solutions and comprehensive understanding and implementation of the countless details, you get one of a kind, amazing events that exceed expectations, each and every time. Brit Bertino began her career working for a broadcasting company producing concerts and events for elite musicians, then she moved on to producing weddings for cruise lines, traveling and planning exotic celebrations for her clientele. Ultimately she settled in Las Vegas and began Brit Bertino Event Excellence, never looking back and only looking forward! Currently, her business is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas and Santa Monica during peak seasons but also featuring Carmel, Napa/Sonoma Wine Country, Seattle, Southern California, New York, Miami, Mexico, and Hawaii. As she travels with her elite clientele to their exotic locations to wed, her business takes her across the globe, providing over-the-top, exceptional, one of a kind celebrations. She offers professional event management, destination management and design services for any event type or size of wedding. Her clients include an array of celebrities and socialites. Brit is sure to give you and your guests a breathtaking experience with memories that will last a lifetime. Current Events Brit Bertino is very proud of one of her latest projects, filming released in summer of 2014, for the wedding production and Same-Sex Celebrity Wedding for R and B Diva’s Television show, on TVOne channel. As she produced one of America’s most epic wedding celebrations for Monifah Carter and Terez Mychelle, she felt proud to be a part of an unforgettable and historical union between two special women. The wedding premier received the prestigious GLAAD award in 2015. Brit was honored to be a part of their moment and this special event. Accreditations, Certifications and Boards Her accreditations are the Certified Special Events Professional, (CSEP), the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry. Brit and the entire team has also obtained their Certified Guest Service Professional certification (CGSP). She is also on the Advisory Board for the International School of Hospitality where she assists in creating cutting edge hospitality curriculum for aspiring wedding coordinators. She is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at the University of Las Vegas Nevada, CAL Poly and various industry related associations and conferences such as TSE, NACE Experience, WPPI, Wedding MBA, ISES, WIPA, NACE, and AFWPI. She is a current ILEA member (International Live Events Society, formally ISES) and is the Past President for the Las Vegas Chapter and she also serves on the International board of WIPA (Wedding Industry Professional Association) as the immediate Past President. Brit has produced the CaterSource and Event Solutions Wedding Event for 2011 through 2015. She has partnered with the Knot to create several fabulous appreciation soiree’s for Wedding MBA attendees each fall. Currently her business is based in Las Vegas and Santa Monica during peak seasons but also featuring Carmel, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, New York, Miami, Mexico and Hawaii. As she travels with her elite clientele to their exotic locations to wed, her business takes her across the globe, providing over-the-top, exceptional, one of a kind celebrations. She offers professional event management, destination management and design services for any event type or size of wedding. Her clients include an array of celebrities and socialites. Brit is sure to give you and your guests a breathtaking experience with memories that will last a lifetime. Current Events Brit Bertino is very proud of one of her latest projects, filming released in summer of 2014, for the wedding production and Same-Sex Celebrity Wedding for R and B Diva’s Television show, on TVOne channel. As she produced one of America’s most epic wedding celebrations for Monifah Carter and Terez Mychelle, she felt proud to be a part of an unforgettable and historical union between two special women. Brit was honored to be a part of their moment and this special event! Accreditations, Certifications and Boards Her accreditations are the Certified Special Events Professional, (CSEP), the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry. She is also on the Faculty for the International School of Hospitality where she teaches aspiring wedding coordinators. She is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at the University of Las Vegas Nevada, CAL Poly and various industry related associations and conferences such as TSE, NACE Experience, WPPI, Wedding MBA, ISES, WIPA, NACE and AFWPI. She is currently serves as a board member of ISES (International Special Events Society) as the Past President for the Las Vegas Chapter and she also serves on the national board of WIPA (Wedding Industry Professional Association) as the Secretary. Brit has produced the CaterSource and Event Solutions Wedding Event for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. She partners with the Knot to create a fabulous appreciation Gala for Wedding MBA attendees each fall. Brit Brands In addition to having a thriving Luxury Wedding Event business, Brit Bertino extended her brand to include the Totty Belt and Simply Weddings Las Vegas. Totty Belt (www.tottybelt.com) In the fall of 2011 Brit introduced to the event industry the Totty Belt, which is a sleek and trendy tool belt for all event professionals such as floral designers, producers, photographers, videographers and caterers. She continues to release new Totty products each season to cater to the needs of hospitality professionals everywhere. Simply Weddings Las Vegas (www.simplyweddingslv.com). Brit also owns and manages her Simply Weddings business which includes a senior team of thriving wedding coordinators in Las Vegas, producing spectacular events in an affordable manner. She created this business for those couples looking for a red carpet wedding celebration but keeping on budget. Simply Weddings offers an array of partial planning services to help you execute your special day with ease. Brit volunteers and co-produced charitable events and gala’s for the American Heart Association, Danny Gans Run for Life, Shade Tree and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. She enjoys working with her local associations to help make her local communities thrive. Outside of work Brit enjoys an array of festivals with good music. Her inner foodie comes out regularly and she enjoys cooking and pulling recipes from Pinterest and hosting friends and family over for dinner parties. If you receive an invitation from Brit for dinner, she may ask you to bring the desserts. She failed her Freshman year baking class since she could never get the measurements correct and her sweets always come out a tad bit crispy. Brit, will happily pair all prior courses with her favorite wines and beers. To work off all of her decadent food cravings Brit trains and competes in triathlons and she can be seen swimming in exotic locations around the world. List of Awards and Accomplishments: •Event Solutions Spotlight Award Nominee for Event Planner of the Year 2013 •Wedding Wire’s Brides Choice Award – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 •Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Platinum List – 2008, 2009 •The International Special Events Society Board Member since 2007 •Member and Las Vegas Board Member of the International Special Event Society President 2013 –2014, Past- President 2014-2015 •Member and Active National Board Member of the Wedding Industry Professional Association since 2010. Current Secretary •2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 The Knot Pick Best of Weddings Award •The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame 2014 •The International School of Hospitality, Advisory Board

  • Alison Bernstein

    Alison Bernstein

    VP Photography Marketplace

    XO Group, Inc

    Alison Bernstein

    Alison Bernstein is a new media executive with more than 20 years of experience in lifestyle, pregnancy, parenting, and weddings. She’s held positions in product, marketing, business development and content development. Alison is currently the Vice President of Photography Marketplace for XO Group, envisioning the role photography plays in a content-driven marketplace and building products that connect photos with the professional services featured in them. She is also the General Manager of Two Bright Lights, a network that connects photographers, event planners and vendors with over 500 publishers across the country and around the world. Prior to this role, Alison was the Vice President of Product for XO Group, leading business and product development for the $10 million fashion and jewelry vertical, charged with growing the business and continually developing cutting-edge products for the bridal consumer. Alison has overseen syndicated partnerships with MSN, Google, AOL, and Yahoo, and has launched award-winning integrated advertising programs for sponsors including Estee Lauder, Pantene, and Four Seasons. Alison has led traffic-driving efforts through content distribution that has translated to millions of new visitors discovering The Knot, The Nest, and The Bump over the past sixteen years. Additionally, she oversees brand development projects and opportunities in entertainment for XO Group. Alison has appeared numerous times on TODAY, CBS This Morning, MSNBC and local NBC, FOX and PIX news segments across the country. Alison graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Anthropology. She resides in Westchester with her husband, three kids, and various household animals

  • Peter Boruchowitz

    Peter Boruchowitz

    Owner

    Our Wedding Officiant NYC

    Peter Boruchowitz

    Peter has been an Officiant serving in the greater New York City area for eight years. He believes the perfect wedding starts with the perfect ceremony, and strives to create a distinctive, personalized ceremony for every couple. His amiable yet professional style has consistently earned him 5-Star Reviews on the major wedding websites. He was the Celebrant for all three weddings in Season 2 of the A&E hit docudrama “Married At First Sight”.

  • Jeremy Brech

    Jeremy Brech

    Jer Events & Lighting

    Jeremy Brech

    Jeremy Brech started his DJ Jer Events and Lighting Design at the age of 15. The name "DJ Jer" sounded cool for a 15 year old but as the company grew and the reputation became larger Jeremy was would only be known as DJ Jer so the company name carries on. In 2011 Jeremy Brech achieved the Wedding Entertainment Director credential and since then has traveled the country to inspire the industry. Jeremy is a writer for the Disc Jockey News, multi-award winning "The Best of the Knot", The Local Best Favorite, and Wedding Wires Brides Choice, and also selected as one of the top three tent wedding designs by Bridal Planner Magazine in 2012.

  • Mark Cade

    Mark Cade

    Owner

    Mountain Fresh Films

    Mark Cade

    Mark Daniel Cade is a Cinematographer, Producer and Actor. With his two production companies he produces Feature Films, Wedding Films, Special Interest Films and Corporate Films. Mark has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre.

  • Sarah Campbell

    Sarah Campbell

    Owner/Lead Designer

    Intrigue Design and Decor

    Sarah Campbell

    Sarah Campbell is a renowned wedding expert based out of Annapolis, Maryland. This dynamic designer is the owner of Intrigue Design & Décor, which has a focus on flowers for luxury weddings and social events up and down the East Coast. Sarah has become a leader in the industry being called upon by a variety of media sources such as NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX as well as a number of magazines, blogs and newspapers. Sarah’s excitement for weddings and her passion for design is apparent the moment you meet her. She openly shares her talent and knowledge teaches through a series of classes and workshops both in person and on-line.

  • Laura Cannon

    Laura Cannon

    Owner

    Ceremony Officiants

    Laura Cannon

    Laura Cannon has been a sought after and award-wedding officiant for over a decade, and has personally performed over 1,000 wedding ceremonies. She is the owner of Ceremony Officiants™, a large team of professional officiants serving 8 states on the East Coast, and the President of the International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants (IAPWO). A Professional Member of the prestigious National Speakers Association, her presentation style is informative, inspiring, and accessible. Laura is an author, coach, serial entrepreneur, officiant, and mom who is passionate about teaching others how to bring more love, balance, and mindfulness into their business and their lives.

  • David Caruso

    David Caruso

    President & Creative Director

    David Caruso Events

    David Caruso

    As a nationally celebrated event planner and designer, David Caruso is known for the creativity, elegance and attention to detail that is evident in every event he designs. Caruso is extremely well known for producing elegant and elaborate events over the past 14 years since he’s been in business. He has transformed ballrooms into fantasy lands and backyards of private estates into magical expressions of his client’s style and personalities. Recently, David has produced events in Wisconsin, Miami, Seattle, Scottsdale, San Diego, Puerto Rico and the West Indies. David has served two terms as the President of the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) and is often invited to speak as an industry expert at national and local conferences/meetings. His work has been featured in key print publications including the nation’s leading bridal magazine, BRIDES Magazine as well as Catering Magazine and others. In addition, David regularly appears on national and local television shows and radio stations as an industry expert. In 2014, David received three top national awards from NACE in the following categories: Best Table Production of the Year, Best Wedding of the Year—Budget Greater than $100,000.00, and the ultimate industry accolade, Event Planner of the Year. In July of 2013, David was awarded “Best Catered Wedding Event of the Year - Budget Greater than $75,000.00” from NACE. At the beginning of 2013, Special Events Magazine included David on their annual 30 Under 40 feature - a list of 30 young event professionals from around the globe gifted with both the talent and drive to take our industry to the next level. At the start of 2012, David was named by The Business Journal as one of Milwaukee’s Forty Under 40 - featuring profiles of 40 Milwaukee-area individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in their professions and communities. In the same year, he was named by M Magazine as one of 11 Milwaukeeans who make a chic statement through their personal style. Additionally, David is one of the producers of Milwaukee’s Magnificent Bride Wedding Show which is Wisconsin’s premier wedding industry event of the year. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.DYNAMICEVENTSINC.COM OR CALL 414-283-0050.

  • Mark Chapman

    Mark Chapman

    CEO

    Everett Andrew Marketing

    Mark Chapman

    With over 10 years of pay-per-click (PPC) marketing experience in the world of small business, Mark marries results oriented strategy with actionable tasks that small business owners can implement to achieve greater success from their PPC campaigns. He got his start in PPC working for his family’s wedding photography studio, helping local brides discover their photography website faster on search engines. From these small local beginnings he has grown a leading PPC agency, serving clients across the country.”

  • Timothy	Chi

    Timothy Chi

    CEO

    WeddingWire

    Timothy Chi

    Timothy first developed the concept of WeddingWire shortly after getting married in 2005. As an experienced entrepreneur, Timothy sought out to assemble a team and build a technology that would help both engaged couples and vendors in the wedding industry. Prior to co-founding WeddingWire, Timothy co-founded Blackboard Inc (Nasdaq: BBBB) in 1998. While at Blackboard, Timothy pioneered many of Blackboard's products and strategic initiatives, helping the company grow to over 600 employees and a valuation of over $750 Million.

  • Lindsey Conklin

    Lindsey Conklin

    Co-Owner

    La-Reve Films

    Lindsey Conklin

    Lindsey Conklin is co-owner of Le Rêve Films, an award winning wedding film making duo based out of Southern California. With over a decade of experience shooting weddings, Lindsey and his wife Cherish, have enjoyed growing Le Rêve Films into a company with an excellent reputation for finding and telling their client's unique story. Le Rêve Films has had the privilege of working for celebrities and professional athletes and recently won a Trendsetter Award from the Association of Bridal Consultants Orange County. Lindsey is a FAA Certified Remote Pilot. As an experienced public speaker, He enjoys helping others and sharing his experience with them.

  • Rebecca Crumley

    Rebecca Crumley

    Weddings Photo Director

    The Knot

    Rebecca Crumley

    As Weddings Photo Director for The Knot/XO Group Inc., Rebecca Crumley’s role is always evolving while seeking out the world’s best inspiration in real weddings. Her ability to sift through hundreds of wedding submissions at a time keeps her in tune to local and national trends, relationships and how technology plays a part in the wedding industry. With a decade’s experience of reviewing weddings, she thoroughly knows local culture, talent, styles, and venue beats. Formally trained as a photographer, Rebecca understands the balance of photographic challenges and how they’re translated to editorial outlets. Rebecca is also helping develop Two Bright Lights as an editorial industry outlet for being published. Rebecca currently works in Chicago, IL.

  • Susan Davis

    Susan Davis

    Owner

    Fresh Designs Flora and Events

    Susan Davis

    I have been designing wedding and event flowers for almost 30 years. I started in 1988 designing faux flowers arrangements for the sets of QVC. After being approached by a major event company I started creating fresh flowers for large events in Philadelphia. My first fresh flower job was for President Jimmy Carter when he visited Philly and crossed my fingers that the 100 plus centerpieces would live through the night. I have created for thousands of brides since then and wedding and event design still makes my heart skip a beat!

  • Doug Dunks

    Doug Dunks

    Primary Officiant

    Officiant Doug

    Doug Dunks

    Douglas Dunks, aka Officiant Doug is an Award Winning Professional Wedding Officiant serving both the Emerald and Forgotten Coasts of Florida. After serving 21 years in the US Army, Doug retired from Active Duty and began working in the Information Technology arena. Fast forward another 20 years and Doug was looking for something meaningful in his life and became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. It was during this period he identified his affiliation with couples and ensuring they have a great start in their married lives. Doug became a Humanist Celebrant and Florida Notary, beginning to provide Wedding Ceremonies for all couples. Doug is an avid supporter of marriage equality and performs over 200 ceremonies a year. Doug has a PhD from Northcentral University and a MEd from Northcentral University.

  • Andy Ebon

    Andy Ebon

    Author/Founder

    The Wedding Marketing Network

    Andy Ebon

    Andy Ebon has been a wedding industry professional since 1977; an industry consultant and professional speaker since 1997, under his brand Wedding University. His primary business focus includes websites, blogs, SEO, sales and marketing strategy. Andy also represents WeddingWire as a member of its National Education Team.

  • Tammy Elliot

    Tammy Elliot

    President

    Perfect Wedding Guide

    Tammy Elliot

    Before joining Perfect Wedding, Ms. Elliot spent 25 years in sales, consulting and managing in a variety of mediums such as, Radio, TV, Cable, Print and Internet. She has guided many organizations such as ABCRadio/Atlanta, Cox Enterprises, Buckeye Cable, GAF Corp. and many more through start up and turnaround situations. Tammy joined Perfect Wedding Guide as President in 2004.

  • Meghan Ely

    Meghan Ely

    President

    OFD Consulting, WeddingWire Education Expert

    Meghan Ely

    Meghan is a sought after speaker on wedding marketing and wedding PR topics, and recently presented at The NACE Experience 2013, The Special Event 2013, The Business of Weddings Ireland and the Association of European Wedding Professional's inaugural wedding conference. She is an adjunct professor in the Mass Communication department at Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in Public Relations Writing and Branding.

  • Scott Faver

    Scott Faver

    Owner

    The Party Favers

    Scott Faver

    Scott Faver, is The Game Master. As owner of The Party Favers, and a professional DJ\entertainer since 1980, he has created fun, unique and interactive games for the young, old, famous and infamous - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbra Streisand, Tom Cruise… Plus personal training for large DJ companies like Mike Walter \ Elite Entertainment. He writes for the Current Audition, shares his FREE weekly DJ Games & Marketing Tips to over 1,600 DJs worldwide, hosts Breakfast with the Game Master at TLVDJ Show, 2005\2006 presenter\performer for the DJ Cruise, now the Wedding & Event Professionals Cruise, and the 2013 recipient of the Peter Merry Leadership Award. Scott is also a professional networker, creator of the Event Ensemble, a group of over 600 celebration solutionists dedicated to the success of their client’s events.

  • Ryan Groves

    Ryan Groves

    Director of Communication & Education

    17 Hats

    Ryan Groves

    Ryan Groves is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for companies that make an impact. Ryan created his first company as a freshman in college. In 2005 Ryan and his brother launched Wishing Well, an organization that worked with students at more than 50 universities to use art, photography, music, and design to give clean water to those in need. Wishing Well produced photo galleries in Saks Fifth Avenue, premiered documentaries in Times Square, NY, and worked with artist and entrepreneurs to give clean water to more than 40,000 people. Through this experience, Ryan discovered a love for helping creatives transform a passion into a career path. This same passion is what led him to join the remarkable team at 17hats. After Wishing Well, Ryan branched out, launching companies specializing in creative production (film, music, events) and a purpose driven talent acquisition service , The Great Cities Project. Before coming to 17hats, Ryan worked at Strata Leadership, a consulting company that specialized in values and culture,under the mentorship of Dr. Nathan Mellor. He has been a speaker at the Creativity World Forum, Yale University, TEDx, and the Global Entrepreneurship Week hosted in Rwanda. In 2015, he earned his master's degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine University and holds a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Christian University where he studied business and communication.

  • Andrea Eppolito

    Andrea Eppolito

    Owner

    Andrea Eppolito Weddings & Events

    Andrea Eppolito

    Armed with nearly two decades of event planning experience, numerous awards (including a Special Events Gala Award and Las Vegas Wedding Professional of the Year) and backed with a degree from the highly respected University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Andrea Eppolito's work has been featured nationwide in The New York Times, The LA Times, Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Glamor Magazine and more. Renowned for designing weddings with soul, and called "vibrant, chic, and impeccably organized" by Junebug Weddings, Andrea prides herself on being an advocate for her clients. Her tireless dedication is a testament to her love of weddings, allowing her to bridge the gap between wedding planner and friend. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito was born in New York, and lived bi-coastally between New York and LA, before relocating to Las Vegas in 1994. After 20 years she considers herself "nearly a native" of the city she now resides in with her husband and children. Andrea Eppolito Events LLC is based in Las Vegas, and operates world wide.

  • Rob Ferre

    Rob Ferre

    Founder

    Life of the Party Entertainment

    Rob Ferre

    Rob Ferre is wedding DJ, entertainer, and speaker from Salt Lake City, Utah. He founded Life of the Party Entertainment in 2007 after returning from a 3 year stint in Orlando Florida. His DJ company recently was awarded Best of State for Event DJ. He has presented for wedding professionals and at various DJ conventions throughout the country. Rob is the President of the Utah Chapter for American Disc Jockey Association and is a proud member of the National Speakers Association.

  • Sonny Ganguly

    Sonny Ganguly

    CMO

    WeddingWire

    Sonny Ganguly

    Sonny leads WeddingWire's marketing strategy, customer acquisition, and business development. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Sonny was in a management program at Wal-Mart where he led marketing, sales, and retail strategy development. Before this experience, Sonny spent four years at Kraft Foods where he managed numerous consumer brands, including the JELL-O business with P&L responsibility for over $800 Million. During his tenure, his brands' reached record volume, revenue, and profitability levels. Sonny has structured partnerships with companies such as NBC, MTV, Conde Nast (Modern Bride and Brides magazines), Mattel, Universal, Dole, Reynolds, Costco, and Safeway.

  • Robin Garrison

    Robin Garrison

    Owner

    I Do Bridal

    Robin Garrison

    With 20 years in the Bridal Industry Robin is considered one of the premier bridal retailers in the Northwest. She serves on the Dallas Market “The One” board for bridal buyers and the Better Bridal Group board for retailers. After completing a degree in Fashion Merchandise and Design from Washington State University she opened her first store in Seattle in 1997. In 2014 she bought her own building and moved her Flagship store into the new, state of the art facility. This enabled her to open an outlet store in her previous location to sell off price goods to brides on a budget. With two different stores and clienteles she brings a unique and diverse perspective to the important relationships between manufacturers, retailers and brides. She has been Nationally recognized by her store features in VOWS magazine as a Stand out Retailer in 2008 & 2014. Her store has won the Best of Western Washington award for 5 years running as well as the Seattle Bride Best of Gown category on numerous occasions.

  • Dee	Gaubert

    Dee Gaubert

    Owner

    No Worries Event Planning

    Dee Gaubert

    Dee’s design vision and creativity was embraced in television production on shows such as “Party Planners” on the Food Network and HGTV programming. Starting her own company, No Worries Event Planning, in 2010 was a natural segue. Having been a bride herself, Dee wanted to utilize her expertise and passion to ease the stress that can be avoided when planning a wedding, and she wrote a book, The Five Biggest Wedding Planning Myths – An Event Planner Tells All: War Stories, Warning, and Top-notch Tips for Having the Wedding of your Dreams. The book is now printing its third edition and is available on Amazon. Dee has been featured in People Magazine, Style Me Pretty, US Weekly, CBS/KCAL 9 Los Angeles, Brides.com & Bridal.com to name a few. Dee’s company is based in Los Angeles, yet as a Wedding Destination Authority, Dee plans weddings worldwide. Be it Chicago or Paris, France, Dee has paramount relationships and her team delivers awe-inspiring weddings. Her knowledge assists couples in maximizing their wedding funds; with her proficient work and beneficial insight, Dee’s provides couples a worry-free wedding planning experience. In addition to her work as a planner, she presents workshops, coaches and is available as a consultant. Her workshops deliver informative skills that help wedding planning professionals succeed in developing profitable businesses.

  • Jewel Georgieff

    Jewel Georgieff

    Owner

    Pralique

    Jewel Georgieff

    Jewel Georgieff is a high-end, fashion forward International Wedding Event Designer, Speaker, and Wedding Educator based in the New York / New Jersey Metro Area. Since the launch of her company "Pralique", Jewel has proven herself as a detail-oriented multi-tasker who is passionate about creating luxurious experiences and building relationships. Uniquely, it is Jewel's innate love of fashion, luxury products, and attention to detail, which has been infused with her passion and eye for design that results in such a stylish and unsurpassed experience for her clients. Jewel's work has been widely featured in Glamour Magazine (both print and online) in the USA and Brazil. She has been recognized internationally, being published in Wedding Planner Magazine, The Burlington County Times, Colin Cowie Weddings, Style Me Pretty, The Knot, Junebug Weddings, Constance Zahn Brazil and Vogue RG Brazil. Jewel has always dreamed ‘big' and she encourages this quality in others. The national motto of her homeland is, "Together we aspire, together we achieve", which has been the foundational philosophy of her life and business operations. Jewel's collaborative approach to relationships supports the careful execution of events. She believes it is through facilitating ‘collaboration and openness' with her clients, vendors, other designers, and planners that she feels most successful.

  • John Goolsby

    John Goolsby

    Award-Winning Filmmaker/Owner

    Godfather Films

    John Goolsby

    John Goolsby is an author, educator and award winning wedding film producer who has produced more than 3000 wedding films in 21 countries and 32 states and was named “One of the Top 25 Event Filmmakers in the World” Actors, Rock Stars and Professional Athletes have commissioned Godfather Films to film their weddings and events around the world. While his passion is wedding films, he has also produced storytelling films for businesses. His corporate client list includes Abbott Labs, Kaiser Permanente, Goya Foods, Costco, Penske Motorsports, Mobil Oil, B. F. Goodrich, U. S. Foodservice and the U. S. Army. John is the only Certified Professional Top 25 Event Videographer in the World and is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the New York Professional Videographers Association and Professional Photographers of California and is one of very few to have been inducted into the Wedding Video Hall of Fame. His book “The Wedding Godfather – Advice You Can’t Refuse” is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and his website. www.GodfatherFilms.com John currently serves as the Association of Bridal Consultants State Manager for California, Nevada and Hawaii

  • Kathyrn Hamm

    Kathyrn Hamm

    Publisher

    GayWeddings.com

    Kathyrn Hamm

    Kathryn Hamm is the publisher of GayWeddings, the pioneering resource dedicated to serving same-sex couples since 1999, and an Education Expert for WeddingWire. She is also co-author of the groundbreaking book, The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography. A natural educator, Kathryn writes, speaks and consults with wedding professionals about same-sex wedding trends, best practices when serving today’s couples, and how to think ‘outside the box’ when considering the modern market. She has also provided expert analysis for a wide range of national on air, digital and print media, including MSNBC, NPR, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the AP, and CNN.

  • Corrine Heck

    Corrine Heck

    CEO/Founder

    Details Flowers

    Corrine Heck

    Corrine Heck, Founder & CEO of Details Flowers, brings more than 20 years of experience to the flower & wedding industries. Details Flowers helps florists focus on their unique business operations, systems of management, and procurement of the worlds most beautiful blooms. With Details, our florists are sending professional contracts, booking more events, and providing unmatched service to their clientele.

  • Jason Hennessey

    Jason Hennessey

    Co-Founder

    Hennessey Consulting

    Jason Hennessey

    Jason Hennessey is a serial entrepreneur and internationally-known search engine optimization (SEO) expert, speaker and search marketing correspondent for The Washington Post, Fox Small Business, CNBC, Inc., and CBS News. For over 16 years, Jason has been a vigorous student/practitioner of search marketing – dissecting, testing, debunking, and reverse-engineering the major search algorithms. He has been speaking at the Wedding MBA for over 4 years and is a crowd favorite.

  • Selina Howard

    Selina Howard

    Creative Director / Stylist

    Vainglorious Brides

    Selina Howard

    Selina Howard, Creative Director/Stylist for Vainglorious Brides, is an internationally published bridal stylist for brides who crave a curated fashion experience for their wedding day and all surrounding events. Prior to launching Vainglorious Brides, Selina was a full-time educator who holds a B.S. in Health Education from Virginia State University and a M.S. in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University. Her career in weddings began with her boutique planning firm Selina Howard Events (SHE) in 2011. Although Vainglorious Brides was born under the SHE umbrella in 2012, Selina became passionate about working more intimately with brides as she helped to ensure one of the most important elements of the wedding—the dress—was chosen precisely and bustled to perfection (not to mention, the countless influential times she had to steam dresses as a planner). Clearly, there was need in the industry for a professional to oversee the fashion experience during the wedding process and provide a service for the busy professional bride who just does not have time to worry about finding the perfect dress. Considering Selina’s background in health education, she incorporated health and fitness into her consulting services, which encouraged her clients to not only look good but to feel good before, during, and after the wedding. No doubt it was an amazing opportunity to create and market services sorely lacking in the wedding industry. Today, as the CEO of Vainglorious Brides, Selina offers custom bridal shopping experiences, day of dressing services, editorial services, bridal fashion product styling, healthy bride consultations, creative direction, and bridal fashion event production. Selina has been featured in Munaluchi Bridal (Blog and Print), Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Green Wedding Shoes, Burnett Boards, Bella Naija, The Ruffled Blog, 100 Layer Cake Blog, Style Unveiled, Every Last Detail Blog, Mod Weddings, Mountainside Bride, and The Pretty Blog. Last spring she was featured on Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat, and Heels as bridal stylist for Demetria Lucas. She was also seen on VH1 Love and Hip-Hop’s The Wedding ,dressing Yandy Smith for her wedding. Recently, she dressed Kristen Jarvis West, the former assistant to the FLOTUS Michelle Obama. Selina resides in Linden, NJ with her husband Andre and two children, Aniyah and Orlando.

  • Clint Hufft

    Clint Hufft

    Celebrity Officiant

    Clint Hufft

    Rev. Clint is a well–known and respected personality in the Wedding Industry. His career includes being an Entertainment Coordinator and Video Director for Restaurant Enterprise Inc. He has a Degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting and graduated from the Sid and Marty Kroft Puppeteer School. He has appeared on TV many times and was the officiant for “Trista and Ryan’s Wedding on ABC-TV along with many other high-profile weddings. To Rev. Clint, a wedding ceremony is also a social and “theatrical” event. A Wedding Professional must listen to the dreams and needs of the bride and groom and then help to remove anything that might obstruct the realization of their Perfect Wedding Day. Rev. Clint believes he has the best job in the world.

  • Kira Hug

    Kira Hug

    Converstion Copywriter + Strategist

    Kira Hug Media

    Kira Hug

    Kira is a Brooklyn-based conversion copywriter + strategist at Kira Hug Media, Inc. She specializes in sales copy & lusts after the long-form sales page. When she's not writing in her copy cave, you might find her dressed up as one of her quirky characters or hanging out with her toddlers and partner.

  • Fred Jacob

    Fred Jacob

    CEO/Publisher and Producer

    The Pink Bride

    Fred Jacob

    Fred Jacob started publishing The Pink Bride magazines in Tennessee in 1990. Recognizing the invaluable foundation of personal interaction, in 2000, Mr. Jacob added Pink Wedding Shows. Jacob Marketing now publishes 5 regional Pink Bride magazines, which debut at the 12 annual Pink Wedding Shows, across the state of Tennessee. With over 2,000 blogs written by Pink Bride editorial staff, the website, www.ThePinkBride.com, garners unique attention from all over the world. Earlier this year, Mr. Jacob showcased "Bridescan", a free resource application, to electronically connect wedding show attendees with wedding professionals, while at the shows.

  • Johanna Jacobson

    Johanna Jacobson

    Owner

    Ambientimage

    Johanna Jacobson

    Johanna Jacobson is a bi-continental photographer specializing in European destination weddings and lifestyle images. A former lawyer based in Beverly Hills, she now pursues her storyteller passion across the globe. Johanna fuels her wanderlust with caffeine and niche ways to work and license her photographs during the off season.

  • Dennis Jones

    Dennis Jones

    President

    THE Creative Music DJ

    Dennis Jones

    Recognized for his intelligence, passion and skill, Dennis Jones began his journey into audio enthusiasm as a teen - installing car audio systems and later being trained to troubleshoot and repair audio equipment. This passion eventually led to a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and professional roles at Sony where Dennis excelled as an electrical engineer designing cutting-edge systems and learning to working with developer teams globally. While his career in Information Technology progressed further, he achieved via a Master's Degree in Business and achieved one of his lifetime ambitions by becoming a member in American Mensa-- the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world comprised of members with IQs in the top 2% worldwide. All the while, Dennis became a private industry Jedi - mixing and cutting dance tracks for nightclub gigs and special events - Even entertaining celebrities! California crowds of all sizes reacted to his unique style and his business, The Creative Music DJ Inc, continued gaining recognition for possessing industry expertise, implementing club-based techniques in his mixes in a way that appeals to most guests, providing cutting-edge services, and using a style when performing which he calls, "Professionally Casual." President of the San Diego ADJA, Dennis loves to share his knowledge with others and has presented at many ADJA monthly meetings as well as several presentations at industry events. Topics range from technical instruction to interactive friendly discussions with panels of industry vendors to help attendees learn the roles of others including how they can help each other to achieve their mutual goal-- client satisfaction. Dennis has also been featured in articles for Exquisite Weddings, San Diego Style Events, MobileBeat and The Knot Magazine. Due to his latest collaboration with the mobile app, "Rock My Run," he has become nationally-recognized for his exhilarating mixes which are loved and collected by exercise enthusiasts. Dennis has plenty of non-cardio-focused mixes online also, with over 60 currently available for fans to enjoy on Mixcloud.com. Dennis has a personal goal of doing whatever he can to "raise the bar" of our industry and currently that involves "paying it forward" by presenting at industry conferences where he can motivate and educate the current and next generation of music enthusiasts.

  • Vanessa Joy

    Vanessa Joy

    Owner

    Vanessa Joy Photography

    Vanessa Joy

    Vanessa Joy has been an influential wedding photographer in the photography community for years. Starting her photographic journey in 1998, she has since earned 5 college degrees, started her own business in 2008, and began teaching around the world in 2009. Vanessa has spoken at almost every major convention and platform in the industry such as CreativeLIVE, Clickin' Moms, WPPI, ShutterFest, Imaging USA Trade Show, PPA related conventions, in addition to hosting personal workshops and numerous small business and photography conventions around the globe. Recognized for her talent and more so her business sense, her clients love working with her and industry peers love to learn from her generous, informative and open-book style of teaching.

  • Alan Katz

    Alan Katz

    Owner

    Great Officiants

    Alan Katz

    Alan Katz is one of the top Wedding Officiants in the Country. His Company, Great Officiants, is the most successful and most respected Wedding Officiant companies in Southern California. With a team of 35 Officiants he dominates the market and they do over 1200 weddings per year. He owns a successful 24 hour Wedding Chapel in Long Beach and issues Marriage Licenses and also has a Beach Wedding Design Company. He has wont the best of the KNOT and Couples Choice Award from Wedding Wire consistently year after year. His company has around 1500 online reviews. He serves on the Board of his local ABC Chapter where he was names trendsetter of the year.

  • John Kerr

    John Kerr

    Senior Catering Manager

    Garden of The Gods Collection

    John Kerr

    John began his career in the hospitality industry in 1996, working his way through a multiplicity of positions both in and out of the guests view. With this background in food & beverage, John began planning events in 2006 and joined the Benchmark Hotels and Resorts Group in 2011. Carrying three master’s degrees in service management, finance & rhetoric, and member of the Association of Bridal Consultants, National Association of Catering Executives, and International Special Events Society; John rarely misses an opportunity to build something amazing. John specializes in profit margin and flow through in weddings and high end social events. John teaches this process in an effort to keep wedding pricing solvent across the wedding community.

  • Keith "KC" KoKoruz

    Keith "KC" KoKoruz

    Owner

    Keith Christopher Entertainment Group

    Keith "KC" KoKoruz

    Keith “K.C.” KoKoruz is the owner of the Chicago based Keith Christopher Entertainment Group, the Windy City Wedding Show and the Badger State Bridal Expo. He started DJing in 1988 in college and has been entertaining for a living ever since. His passion for entertaining and production is equally matched by his passion for marketing and business administration. In 2009 after having a falling out with his business partner he found himself being forced to start over again from scratch. Since then his new company has become one of the most popular entertainment companies in Chicago. In 2010, he started his bridal show businesses which has quickly become one of largest bridal show companies in the country producing 20 show per year currently. In 2014 he purchased Aberdeen’s Wedding Florists which has been in business in Chicago since 1958. In 2015 he purchased Fred Fox Studios which has been in business in Chicago since 1919. Each year his companies service over 1,000 happy couples. In the past 12 months his companies have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, the Daily Herald, Pro Mobile Dj, Dj Times, the American DJ Association’s Current Audition as well as local television channels WGN, FOX, CBS, NBC, and ABC and WGN radio 720 AM. He is a contributing source for Dj Times Magazine, and a writer for Disc Jockey News. He has also spoken all of the country to various dj conferences, wedding associations, etc.

  • Bill Konves

    Bill Konves

    Bridal Store Owner / Entrepreneur / Marketing consultant

    The Elegant Bride

    Bill Konves

    Bill Konves is an entrepreneur, small business marketing consultant, and bridal store owner that helps clients increase profit through implementing proven marketing strategies and paid traffic. During a 15 year corporate career, he was a key influencer in revenue growth at retail and financial services companies including GE Money, Victoria’s Secret, Old Navy, Pep Boys, Gap, Banana Republic, Alliance Data Systems, Wachovia Bank and Kohl’s. Since leaving the corporate world, his personal business ventures have ranged from retail and food services to construction, real estate, and marketing services.

  • Renee Roberts Kopp

    Renee Roberts Kopp

    Wedding Planner/Florist/Bridal Show Producer

    Celebrations! and Best Wedding Showcase

    Renee Roberts Kopp

    Having been a consistent face in her wedding community for over 25 years, Renee Roberts Kopp is recognized as a top authority of “all things wedding” in the Central Pennsylvania region. She decorates and plans weddings with her company Celebrations!, and produces the Best Wedding Showcase bridal shows. Not only does Renee carry the titles of wedding planner, florist and event producer, but she has also worn the hat of retail shop owner, selling florals, gifts, balloon and event décor, and men’s formalwear rentals. As a mother of five boys, she likes to think she puts the extra care and energies in to each of her bride’s weddings because she has no daughters!

  • Dona Liston

    Dona Liston

    Owner

    Lambermont Events

    Dona Liston

    Dona Liston has been in the industry for over 25 years with over 1000 events under her belt. She started her business as Parties by Dona, organizing and entertaining at children's parties. Dona then added a retail party store into the mix. If that where not enough her customers began asking her to plan their weddings, and a Wedding Consultant business was born. She surrounded herself with the best of the best and was able to sell the business in 2010 and move to San Antonio, Texas where she is now the proud owner of Lambermont Events, a mansion built in 1894. Dona and her husband Pat spent 3 years restoring Lambermont back to it's grand state that it once was. Lambermont is now open for bookings for weddings, events and retreats. Dona serves as a board member of ILEA San Antonio chapter and is currently immediate Past President.

  • Brian Leahy

    Brian Leahy

    Owner

    Brian Leahy Photography

    Brian Leahy

    Brian Leahy is a different kind of photographer. A laid¬back California guy with a passion for people, travel, and business. Over the last seven years, Brian has grown a successful studio in Los Angeles, one of the most competitive markets in North America. His philosophy is simple: every great photo starts with connection—a connection with the couple & with their loved ones. It is this connection that he modeled his business and every day life after, leading him to be one of the most sought ¬after event photographers in California and the world. Brian's real world experience has been critical to his growth as a public speaker as he passes that knowledge onto event and business professionals nationwide.

  • Hunter Lowder

    Hunter Lowder

    CEO

    Holman Ranch

    Hunter Lowder

    Hunter Lowder has been crazy in love with the hospitality industry since her first job at a breakfast and lunch counter service cafe in 1996. Since then, she has completed a Bachelor’s Degree is Sociology (which further boosted her loves of sales and learning to read people), as well as an Associate’s Degree in Restaurant Management. For the past 11 years, she has managed her family’s 400 acre estate, Holman Ranch, located in Carmel Valley, CA. With this property, she has been able to be involved in every aspect of the hospitality business from managing event venue to guest rooms, even producing wine and overseeing an off-site restaurant. Holman Ranch has had the distinguished honor of winging Wedding Wire’s Couple’s Choice Aware every year since 2013 and is honored to be part of Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book collection of vetted professionals. Voted 2nd Best Wedding Reception Venue in the World by Wedding Industry Experts in 2014. Her passion in life is combining her talents in sales and hospitality while also supporting her local destination wedding community. She has served on the board for Wish Upon a Wedding as well as a founding member of Monterey Bay Wedding and Event Professionals.

  • Lynnette MacDonald

    Lynnette MacDonald

    Founder and Head Cake Deisgner

    SWIRL Custom Cakes & Desserts

    Lynnette MacDonald

    Lynnette’s passion for baking started at an early age: in her mom Marie’s kitchen where fresh baked bread and homemade kitty cat birthday cakes were a staple. It is here where Lynnette learned how to perfect and recreate recipes that had been in the family for generations. In 2002, Lynnette decided to convert passion to profession, and trained in the art of cake design and decorating. Lynnette proudly shares her family recipes today – with her discerning clientele who seek delicious desserts, perfectly decorated in SWIRL’s kitchen. SWIRL Custom Cakes & Desserts is more than just an outlet for creativity – it is another outlet to positively impact the lives of others. SWIRL is active in the Calgary community, encouraging young pastry chefs to pursue internships within our kitchen. SWIRL Custom Cakes & Desserts is active in charity work, sponsoring several charity events as well as the arts and entertainment scene in Calgary and surrounding area. A philanthropic approach to business is strong part of our business model and we encourage our staff to take part and give back to the Calgary community.

  • Tracey Manilescu

    Tracey Manilescu

    Co-Founder

    Wedding Planners Institute of Canada

    Tracey Manilescu

    Tracey Manailescu is the co-founder of WPIC Inc. (The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada and the Wedding Planners Institute of Coordination). She certifies and trains independent wedding planners worldwide and the on-site wedding coordinators at Resorts including Sandals, Beaches, Palace, the Hard Rock All Inclusive Collection, and Atlantis in The Bahamas. She has also trained the members of the Bahamas Bridal Association and the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association. Tracey has produced the WPIC for the past 7 years and has arranged and produced conferences, seminars and learning trips all over the world. WPIC created the first Destination Wedding Certification program in the World. This program has trained Travel Agencies and independent Wedding Coordinators in Destination Weddings. She has coordinated Destination Weddings in Cuba, Florida, Las Vegas, Bahamas, Romania, Dominican Republic, Panama, Italy, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Mexico. She regularly speaks at event conferences and has been interviewed on TV and quoted in Media outlets all over the world.

  • Jeremy Mortorano

    Jeremy Mortorano

    Owner

    Karma Event Lighting & AV

    Jeremy Mortorano

    After attending university for Theatrical Lighting Design and Communications, Jeremy put his talents to work in the special event industry including DJing Weddings & Clubs, Radio Mixshows, Event Lighting, Graphic & Video Design, Music Promotions & Production and more. As a DJ, Jeremy had an internationally syndicated radio mixshow, produced remixes with the Majik Boys team and was a Billboard Reporting DJ. Karma Event Lighting was created in 2012 when Jeremy and his wife Alicia realized there was a lack of quality and creative yet affordable event production in the Phoenix area. Since then they have won awards for Technical Production and Event Innovation for projection mapping and have established themselves as the go to event production company in Arizona. Jeremy has always been big on education and is a regular on Disc Jockey News TV, a ChauvetDJ product reviewer, Projectorgram designer and IDJNA education contributor. “Lighting should have a purpose but it should also be seamless and invisible at times. Most of our event guests won’t even know everything we did to make their event amazing, they’ll just feel it as soon as they walk in the room”.

  • Tabitha McCausland

    Tabitha McCausland

    Owner/Photographer

    Tab McCausland Photography

    Tabitha McCausland

    Tabitha is the owner and lead photographer of Tab McCausland Photography, and has been in the industry for 15+ years. Her extensive experience has given her many opportunities to photograph prominent members of the entertainment industry, and network with major national sports teams. She is well known amongst her peers and enjoys networking with them at wedding industry launch parties, as well as educational gatherings. Her photographs have graced the covers of numerous magazines, and have been featured on well-respected blogs and television shows. Some of our favorite magazine features include: Grace Ormonde, Destination Weddings, Italian Vogue, Brides and Martha Stewart Weddings. I have managed multiple social media accounts for a large group of A-list vendors in the wedding industry, and I have built my own companies utilizing my social media prowess. My plan is to take over the world…...one post at a time!

  • Don McDougal

    Don McDougal

    President/CEO

    Grand Teton Estate and Gardens

    Don McDougal

    Don B. McDougal is President/CEO of the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens and has been with the company since 1996. A graduate of California Polytechnic University, Pomona, in Agricultural Business Management, he has spent over forty years in the private business sector. The majority of his pre Grand Tradition career was concentrated in the food/meat processing industry in regulatory, technical services and production. Don was sought out by CKE Enterprises (Carl’s Jr. Restaurants) to build and operate their first meat processing plant in Anaheim, California. This new operation was considered the most modern and automated meat processing operation at that time in the country. Don’s growth with the CKE organization included Director of Manufacturing and then Director of Distribution when Don moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to open the companies Texas Distribution operations. Don was director of technical services for BPI Technology which is the nation’s largest producer of mechanical recovered lean meat from 1988 to 1996. Don’s responsibilities included raw material sourcing, Quality Assurance and Research and Development. Since taking the helm of the Grand Tradition, the business has expanded from 15 acres to over 25 acres with an additional 10 acres of family owned contingent properties. In 2005 the Arbor Terrace gardens, a five acre tropical garden and event facility opened and now represents 50% of the company’s events. In 2012 the latest garden, the Compass garden opened consisting of 2.5 acres of Mediterranean gardens. With this latest garden addition the entire estate was opened to the public in August 2012. The latest venture was the addition of the Veranda Restaurant which opened September 17, 2012. Don is active in many community organizations and is on the Board of Directors of the Fallbrook Public Utility District. Don has been involved with the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce, Fallbrook Village Association, Rotary Club of Fallbrook and Fallbrook Beautification Alliance. Don’s wife Pat, and one of their two sons Mark and his wife Kristin also work actively in the family business.

  • Marc McIntosh

    Marc McIntosh

    President

    The Wedding Experience

    Marc McIntosh

    Marc McIntosh is CEO of Showcase Events, producer of some of the country’s largest bridal shows, including shows in Maryland, Virginia, Texas and Washington, D.C. Prior to producing bridal shows, Marc owned a wedding-focused business where he perfected his bridal marketing strategies. He is a charter member and past director of Bridal Show Producers International and was awarded the prestigious BSPi Director’s Cup. He is a member of the National Association of Catering Executives, the Association of Wedding Professionals, and the National Association of Consumer Shows. Marc is a professional speaker, sharing the keys of successful bridal marketing with thousands of wedding professionals in the United States and Canada. His hands-on experience combined with his years of helping businesses reach the bridal market has provided Marc with a unique perspective and understanding of the process of marketing to brides.

  • Shane McMurray

    Shane McMurray

    Founder

    The Wedding Report

    Shane McMurray

    Shane McMurray is the Founder of The Wedding Report, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Business Administration E-Business. He has 20 plus years' experience working with information and data. He helped build one of the first systems allowing doctors to exchange information across health plans. He helped build a large enterprise system for project management and is an Inventor on a patent for a subset of that work. He created a paper company with his wife in 2001 which evolved into The Wedding Report in 2005 and has collected over 300,000 survey samples since that time. His research has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, and hundreds of other publications, magazines, books, and news articles worldwide. He has provided direct insight to eHarmony, Martha Stewart, Conde Nast, Blue Nile, Swarovski, and many other companies. A subset of his research is available in ProQuest and Ebscohost for universities, libraries, and schools to use.

  • Chris Meyer

    Chris Meyer

    Owner

    The Slow Motion Booth

    Chris Meyer

    Chris Meyer is a 12 year veteran of the wedding and event world. He started as a photographer and has now transitioned into running a national photo booth and slow motion booth company that operates in over 30 cities coast to coast servicing 1200+ events per year. Chris has a deep background in social media marketing and has been featured in publications such as the NY Times, LA Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, and was even featured in the Facebook IPO filing. Chris also consults dozens of small to mid sized companies in a variety of industries with a strong focus on marketing as well as operational efficiencies.

  • Tina Moran

    Tina Moran

    Wedding Designer/Owner

    Oh So Swank

    Tina Moran

    Tina Moran, founder of Oh So Swank!, is one of California's most creative and innovative event designers in the industry. Since 1988, Tina has brought her considerable talents to product launches, non-profit gala events, fashion shows, corporate events and high-end social events. To each event she oversees, Tina brings her own unique sense of style and knowledge of the latest industry trends, while incorporating dynamic twists that spin a traditional idea into something unique and unexpected. Looking to share her knowledge with brides, Tina created her DIY seminar, The Bride’s Academy. The academy was designed to highlight industry experts and provide brides with a comprehensive look at trends. In addition, it offers insight into stylistic design approaches and teaches brides how to utilize business acumen when securing their event professionals. In addition to her work with clients, Tina has been featured on WE Network’s Platinum Weddings as well as a featured speaker at Catersource/Event Solutions, WMBA (Wedding Merchants Business Association), WIPA (Wedding Industry Professionals Association), Wedding Wire World and ISES to name a few. She is also the author of “The Oh So Swank Soiree”, written for bridal industry professionals, focusing on creative event design, design innovations and “how-to” tips. Tina recently has relocated from Fresno, CA to Santa Clarita, CA with her husband and two teenaged children. She is looking forward to expanding into a second California market and is very passionate about her profession… feeling blessed to be able to party for a living.

  • Kathryn Null

    Kathryn Null

    Owner

    Enchanted Florist

    Kathryn Null

    Born at Sunrise Hospital Kathryn Null is a Las Vegas native through and through. Before she became the Floral Ninja Fairy at Enchanted Florist she completed 2 degrees at UNLV and taught for the Clark County School District for 6 years. In 2006 Kathryn purchased the long standing establishment of Enchanted Florist Inc. Along the way she has been the lead singer of The Dirty Panties, a swim coach, a girl scout, and a member of OLLV Ladies Guild.

  • DJ Staci Nichols

    DJ Staci Nichols

    Owner

    SanDiegoDJStaci.com & WeddingBizConsultant.com

    DJ Staci Nichols

    DJ Staci Nichols, based in San Diego, specializes in spinning "country fusion," Latin/Spanish, and mainstream music. She has performed everywhere from the Vegas strip to the Stagecoach Festival and for companies like Boost Mobile, LA Fitness, Marriott, and Baskin Robbins. Her wedding know-how has appeared in Book More Brides, "Mobile Beat" DJ magazine, San Diego Style Weddings, Offbeat Bride, and "Wedding Planner Magazine." She offers consulting and her "Rock My Wedding Biz" program at WeddingBizConsultant.com IG/FB/Pin/Twitter - SanDiegoDJStaci

  • Bethel Nathan

    Bethel Nathan

    Owner

    Ceremonies by Bethel

    Bethel Nathan

    Successful business owner and award-winning officiant, Bethel Nathan of Ceremonies by Bethel, knows how to build and run a successful wedding industry business. After more than eight years and almost 800 weddings – and becoming known locally as a specialist on marriage equality – Bethel now also enjoys helping other wedding industry and special event businesses grow and prosper as a business coach and industry speaker. Combining her background in both small companies and very large companies – including at two global investment banks, living overseas for both – Bethel found the right way to build a business that fit her. She focused on not only being great at what she did for her clients, but also knowing her ideal client, developing relationships locally to support her and her business, and on finding the right marketing tools and methods to attract her ideal client, as well as focusing on the right systems and processes to best service them. Bethel now enjoys helping others to do the same. Bethel has an undergraduate degree in political science and Japanese from UC Berkeley, and an MBA in International Business and Japanese from Thunderbird. Her former chapters in life allowed her to live in Japan three times in addition to living in London, and to travel extensively globally. She is a long-time board member of the San Diego Women’s Foundation, and former board member for the San Diego affiliate for Komen for the Cure. She now lives in San Diego with her husband, Jason, and they enjoy traveling and scuba diving in exotic places whenever possible.

  • Ryan O'Neil

    Ryan O'Neil

    Founder

    Stemcounter

    Ryan O'Neil

    Ryan O'Neil and his lovely wife, Rachael, co-own Twisted Willow Design in St. Louis - a wedding and event floral design studio. They started the company from scratch and learned the hard way on how to price for a profit and work efficiently. He created Stemcounter.com as a quick solution to stem counting for their local shop. As other florists asked to use it, it began to develop into a floral studio management software that helps florists save up to 75% of their administrative time, book more brides, and ensure they are making the profit they deserve. The Stemcounter.com Blog "The Business of Flowers" has become a go-to source for no-fluff business advice on how to grow your floral business.

  • Fausto Pifferrer

    Fausto Pifferrer

    Vice President

    Blue Elephant Event and Catering

    Fausto Pifferrer

    Co-Founder of Blue Elephant and Catering, Fausto began his career in catering and event planning nearly 25 years ago in Philadelphia. He has an eye for detail and production, and is passionate about creating high-quality memorable events for his wedding and corporate clients. Fausto currently sits on the board of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club and is a member of the board of directors of the International Caterers Association

  • Megan Payne

    Megan Payne

    Creative Director

    Makeup In The 702

    Megan Payne

    Megan is recognized as an innovator and the creative director of Makeup in the 702, the first on location hair and makeup company in Las Vegas for 14 years. Armed with a degree in Business, Fashion Design and Makeup Artistry, her history is saturated with thinking out of the box service concepts and a dynamic force of personality that attracts clients, artistic partner’s and a highly qualified following of talented hair and makeup artists that embrace her desire to raise the bar of customer service. Renown for 5 star service and sought after for quality and compassion, her tiredless dedication to service has awarded her The Knot Best of Weddings 13 years and counting. Winner of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Weddie Awards for most reviews in the South West Region. Most reviews by category and just announced, most reviews across all categories, in all regions and markets by Wedding Wire.com. As a native of Chicago, she embraced the Marshall Fields philosophy early in her career “Give the lady what she wants” and continues to springboard this phrase in all that she does both personally and professionally. Since 2001 Megan has been a crucial part of the service industry and leads the march for 5 star service. When not marching, you will find Megan building a sand castle with her daughter or paging through a stack of magazines for inspiration.

  • Roy Porter

    Roy Porter

    Activities Director

    Engage Works

    Roy Porter

    Roy Porter is the Activities Director at Engage Works, based in Los Alamitos, CA. An inspiring hospitality industry speaker for over five years with thought provoking standing room only lectures addressing a wide variety catering topics. Catersource Ambassador Bill Pannoff calls Roy, “The Professor.” His practical hands-on technique intensive sessions devoted to off-premise catering basics are known for helping caterers gain expertise, build confidence, and transfer the information learned to their staff. A catering industry veteran with experience spanning many intimate house parties, large group plated and buffet services - plus many high profile Hollywood events. He consults with off-premise caters and related hospitality businesses nationally on operations, marketing and staffing issues. Roy served as a Catersource Forum Moderator for several years. He is member of The Advisory Board for Long Beach City College Culinary School and is the Director of Production for the annual Golden State of Cocktails conference in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Jamie Quickert

    Jamie Quickert

    Corporate Director

    Lancer Hospitality

    Jamie Quickert

    As Lancer's Corporate Director of Catering, and newly acclaimed Twin Cities Wedding & Event Professional to Watch, Jamie leads, mentors, and supports Lancer's catering sales team in venues across the country. She stands on the principal that a cheerful attitude is contagious, first impressions last forever, and hard work inspires others. Her years in Hospitality have given her a love for fast-paced environments, details, and deadlines. Her experience recruiting and training volunteers and event staff, speaking at conferences around the country, leading high-profile events, and standing as the Vice President of the National Association of Catering Events has taught her how to communicate with diverse community groups and work with people at varied skill levels. This extensive experience has allowed her to lead the Lancer team in procuring many local awards, as well as our first national award. While she specializes in working on event budgets, contract negotiations, and profitability, she knows that to be truly effective at this job you need to believe in beauty, love, and a little bit of magic. When she is not working you will find her volunteering her time with local non-profit organizations, exploring the city, or watching sci-fi shows with her husband.

  • Jake Reed

    Jake Reed

    Product Manager

    The Knot

    Jake Reed

    As a product manager for The Knot, Jake focuses on tools that allow vendors to build a better business. Prior to joining The Knot, Jake was the User Experience Lead for Spiceworks - a high growth tech startup where he managed cloud-based products and focused on user acquisition. He has also consulted for big brands including Bose, Dell, and Honeywell. With over seven years of experience in the tech industry, Jake has a deep understanding of how business and technology can work together to produce amazing results.

  • Linnyette Richardson-Hall

    Linnyette Richardson-Hall

    Creative Director

    Premier Event Management/DIVA Enterprises, LLC

    Linnyette Richardson-Hall

    Linnyette owns Premiere Event Management, a Baltimore-based firm that specializes in creating unique, elegant, fun and personality-oriented events for her clients. She is the Special Contributing Editor of the two-book series Going to the Chapel. Linnyette was a Contributing Editor for Signature Bride Magazine and Columnist for WeddingChannel.com. She is a featured consultant on the hit reality television series, Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? which airs on the Style Network. Linnyette has been in the wedding industry since 1993 and have planned hundreds of weddings for brides & grooms locally and on a nationwide basis. Her expertise has been featured in Glamour, Essence & Black Enterprise magazines, the Washington Post, CNN, FOX News, and CBS.

  • Ashley Riddle

    Ashley Riddle

    Owner

    Up Do's For I Do's

    Ashley Riddle

    Ashley Riddle was seeking on-site bridal beauty services for her wedding in 2005 and few such services existed. As a bride-to-be and a young hairstylist, she immediately recognized an unfulfilled demand. Combining her passion for hair styling and makeup artistry with enthusiasm for weddings, she launched her company, Up Do’s For I Do’s in 2004. Averaging over 400 weddings a year and meeting the demands of several different markets across the East Coast, her experience and talent is leading the company on a fast track for continued growth.

  • Wendy Rivera

    Wendy Rivera

    Bridal Shoppe Coach, Expert Bridal Stylist, Author, Speaker.

    Do You Speak Bride?

    Wendy Rivera

    Welcome to Bride Country!! If you don't know your way around yet, Wendy Rivera is the resident expert, with everything you need to know about starting , or re-energizing your bridal business! "Do You Speak Bride?" - Wendy's business consulting for bridal shoppes - combines her exhaustive knowledge of the bridal industry, her experience of starting Ava Laurénne Bride, and her background of communicating with ladies of all ages as a motivational speaker across the country. Wendy is a writer, theatre director, boutique owner, singer, speaker, wife and mother -- and she cannot wait to share with you and your staff all that you need to know to LOVE what you do in making brides' dreams come true!

  • Carley Roney

    Carley Roney

    Co-Founder

    The Knot

    Carley Roney

    Wedding and lifestyle expert Carley Roney is cofounder of The Knot, the nation’s leading wedding resource. Motivated by the excruciating process of planning her own wedding, Carley and her partners founded The Knot in 1996 and quickly took the wedding world by storm with a fresh voice, stylish ideas and up-to-date advice for modern nearly-weds. Today, The Knot reaches 8 in 10 U.S. brides annually with premium multi-media content offerings on mobile applications, the web, in magazines and books, and through social media. As today’s leading expert on real-world weddings and young married life, Roney frequently appears on television shows like TODAY, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, The View and CNN, and has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, WWD, The Huffington Post, and People. She is the author of more than a dozen popular wedding, newlywed and baby books, and her syndicated advice column “Ask Carley” appears in newspapers nationwide. Carley lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children, and can be followed on Twitter at @carleyroney.

  • Ron Ruth

    Ron Ruth

    Owner

    RonRuth.com

    Ron Ruth

    Kansas City Wedding Entertainment Director® Ron Ruth, is an authority on producing exceptional wedding client experiences that exceed expectations. He is the owner of Ron Ruth Wedding Entertainment and has enjoyed nearly 25 years in the wedding business. Ron’s clients know him for his passionate and personal approach to creating extraordinarily memorable and fun wedding celebrations. In addition to being a respected industry leader, mentor and coach, Ron’s engaging and entertaining presentations have made him a popular speaker at educational conferences for wedding professionals and DJs including the Wedding MBA and MBLV. Ron serves on the WED Guild® Board of Advisors and is a writer for Disc Jockey News.

  • Paul Santiago

    Paul Santiago

    Owner

    Boffo Video

    Paul Santiago

    Paul Santiago has always been interested in filmmaking as a teen, and armed with his handycam he created fun videos with his friends who are always willing participants. Earning his stripes in TV post production and various gigs, Paul found his passion in capturing happy moments and started Boffo Video, one of the highest reviewed wedding videography companies in California. Established in 2010, Paul and his team have filmed over 450 weddings in just 7 years, wedding videos that are known for their fun yet moving storylines. Boffo Video's work are featured in various Blogs, Magazines, and TV Stations, and most recently Canon USA at the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas. Hundreds of 5 star reviews for Paul and the team citing excellent customer service & genuinely fun personalities; Boffo Video is considered the favorite wedding filmmaker of a lot of wedding photographers.

  • Rob	Schenk

    Rob Schenk

    Wedding Business Lawyer/Editor

    WeddingIndustryLaw.com

    Rob Schenk

    Rob Schenk is a trial attorney and editor of WeddingIndustryLaw.com, an online resource of news, information, and legal materials for wedding professionals.  Since 2012, Rob has become one of the country’s most prominent “Wedding Lawyers,” a special designation for trial lawyers representing wedding and event industry professionals. In 2015, he launched WedFormz.com, a database of downloadable contract templates for wedding and event businesses. As an author, Rob’s expertise has been featured in Time, Huffington Post Weddings, The Knot, Wedding Market Chat, Slate, PetaPixel, and Above the Law. He regularly speaks at wedding and event industry conferences nationwide. Rob is licensed to practice law in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, California, and New York, and maintains principal offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee. 

  • Sonal Shah

    Sonal Shah

    Founder

    Sonal J.Shah Event Consultants

    Sonal Shah

    Sonal J. Shah is the founder and creative force of Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants, LLC. USA's most renowned, premiere celebrity expert on South Asian and Cross Cultural weddings, Sonal J. Shah and her firm has built a stellar reputation for conceiving, designing, and coordinating a long roster of meticulously choreographed, high-end South Asian weddings. She and her team maintain the highest level of service as they strive to have each celebration surpass every bride’s expectations. She has built connections with the finest hotels and luxury resorts around the world. RP Report said that Sonal’s name is synonymous with “High quality, platinum weddings, especially in the South Asian community.” Based in New York City, she has organized weddings around the world and has been featured in Crain’s New York Business, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the New York Times as well as on television on Style Network’s Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? and Married Away. She is a most recently a celebrated author. Her first book, The Complete Guide to Planning the Perfect South Asian Wedding, released at the end of 2013.

  • Terrica Skaggs

    Terrica Skaggs

    Chief Event Planner & Designer

    Cocktails & Details

    Terrica Skaggs

    Spreading her metropolitan style throughout the low country, Terrica Skaggs has been creating exquisite weddings and events in the Golden Isles area for the past ten years. Specializing in modern Southern weddings, she believes in creating custom experiences inspired by her clients’ love stories while infusing technology and efficiency. Selected as Jekyll Island's Dream Wedding Planner for its Dream Wedding Giveaway, Terrica’s weddings and expertise have been featured in he Knot, Southern Weddings, Munaluchi Bride, HLN tv, Style Me Pretty and a host of others. Launching her new education system, "he Art of Wedding Coordination" in Spring 2017, Terrica is an ardent educator of those in the wedding industry, believing in the "each one, teach one" mindset. As an avid lover of cake and champagne, you'll ind her at home in the Golden Isles with her four “fabutots”, and when not entertaining family and friends, frequently binging on competition reality TV.

  • Meryl Snow

    Meryl Snow

    Speaker/Consultant/Trainer

    Catersource

    Meryl Snow

    Meryl wakes up at every morning with a big smile on her face because she knows that her clients are crushing it. They’re using what she teaches to reach their goals and increase sales within a matter of weeks (often even days) with laser focused training techniques. Meryl has spent 28 years in the special event & catering industry as co-founder of Feastivities Events, OffShoots Decor and Philadelphia's Picnic Company. She also is the author of Booked It! and three how-to Style & Design videos. Meryl is a speaker and Senior Consultant for Catersource, the largest trade organization for caterers in the world. She is ambitious, focused and confident. This is more than a job; Meryl’s on a mission to help businesses get on their own path to success. A passionate believer in entrepreneurship Meryl speaks with groups from the heart with warmth and knowledge, and covers the funny side of life and business. Her recent claim to fame is raising her well behaved chickens, Gertrude, Jack & Chicken and her very busy bees

  • Susan Southerland

    Susan Southerland

    President

    Just Marry Events! Group, Inc.

    Susan Southerland

    Susan is the National Wedding Expert for Perfect Wedding Guide and is President of Just Marry!, a full-service wedding planning company in Orlando, Florida. Susan’s exceptional weddings have been featured numerous times on the Style Network's Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? and TLC's A Wedding Story. Her cutting-edge advice has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Leisure, and The Orlando Business Journal. Susan has planned thousands of weddings around the world, and was honored as one of 30 A-List Destination Wedding Planners in the world by Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine.

  • Sasha Souza

    Sasha Souza

    Celebrity Event Designer, Author

    Sasha Souza Events

    Sasha Souza

    Sasha Souza is an internationally recognized premiere event designer and top innovator in the wedding industry. She is one of only a handful of wedding designers who have been named a Master Bridal Consultant, the highest designation given by the Association of Bridal Consultants.

  • Emily Sullivan

    Emily Sullivan

    Owner and Lead Destination Planner

    Emily Sullivan Events

    Emily Sullivan

    Emily Sullivan is the owner and lead destination planner of Emily Sullivan Events, specializing in extraordinary celebrations throughout the South. Emily's passion for New Orleans and entertaining make her an exceptional planner, but her candor and affability make her popular amongst couples and vendors alike. Eager to share her expertise, Emily is a regular on local television, as well the national conference circuit. Emily has been recognized by several wedding industry publications for her achievements, including The Knot, Weddings Unveiled, Southern Weddings, Style Me Pretty, and Catersource.

  • CeCe Todd

    CeCe Todd

    Owner

    CeCe Designs

    CeCe Todd

    Christy “CeCe” Todd prides herself on not being a “design and drop” floral designer. Working with CeCe is always a one of a kind experience. Known for her infectious personality and her insane attention to detail, her command of flawless event design is what makes her such a valued wedding and event vendor, mentor, and speaker. Winning several design and industry awards including three consecutive years of WeddingWire Couples Choice, Best of Borrowed and Blue, and features in National blogs lead to her becoming the go to designer for Live Nation. Her extensive client list includes Journey, Train, Def Leppard, Ariana Grande, and Kevin Hart. Her diverse design roster also includes non-profit Galas such as the Chris Hammond Foundation and Brides Against Breast Cancer, Grand Openings, and concept design for businesses. CeCe Designs work has graced the covers and pages of many magazines including Southern Bride, B-Metro, & Alabama Weddings along with several features on National blogs like Style Me Pretty and Luxe Pearl. CeCe’s following on a variety of social media platforms is a result of her uplifting outlook and charismatic ways. CeCe comes from a long line of creative individuals. Her grandmother was a floral designer and her mother was an internationally known jewelry designer. Her mother is a founding partner in CeCe Designs and Events. This creative blood line lead CeCe to pursue a career as a professional singer. After realizing the end of that career dream, CeCe entered into the flower world in 2000 as a creative outlet. Working for a local florist, she quickly became the wedding director, buyer, and eventually store director for 5 years. Her love of vibrant colors and willingness to challenge herself with new design techniques, allowed CeCe to continue to grow in confidence and reputation. CeCe also owns a sister company that specializes in décor and prop rentals that she manages alongside her husband. She is also a founding partner in Create: A luxury wedding and special event collaborative workspace. All of these companies and interests give CeCe the flexibility to remain on the cutting edge of design and props. She is based in Birmingham, Alabama but travels the United States and Internationally. She is the mother of a beautiful daughter, Isabella, and her three “gift” sons: Daniel, Joshua, and Andrew. Her signature color is pink and is known for always having a flower in her hair.

  • Lori Tompos

    Lori Tompos

    Owner

    Edge Hair and Makeup

    Lori Tompos

    Lori is the owner, stylist, and makeup artist of Edge Hair and Makeup, Bend Oregon. Lori has been in the salon and wedding industry for 15 years. During that time she has owned her own salon, educated for Paul Mitchell, and now runs an elite wedding hair and makeup company in Central Oregon. Completing over 70 weddings a year, her work has been featured in People Magazine, Oregon Bride and Groom Magazine, Central Oregon Magazine, LaFleur Magazine, Northwest stylist magazine, and Martha Stewart weddings. She has also been featured on diy tv network, and hdtv. Lori was awarded top 3 for best wedding hair and makeup by Oregon Bride Magazine, 2013, 2015, and 2016

  • Jennifer Trotter

    Jennifer Trotter

    Owner

    Lip Service Consulting

    Jennifer Trotter

    Jennifer is the owner and principal artist behind Lip Service Makeup based in Dallas/Fort Worth. She specializes in luxury on-site bridal beauty as well as pro makeup artistry and styling for editorial, commercial, corporate and tv/film. With her dual background in beauty and PR/Marketing, Jennifer has been able to successful merge the ability to deliver flawless beauty with a highly client-focused approach that has resulted in her being voted one of the Top 5 Makeup Artists in her market. She’s deeply committed to the wedding community as a whole; she participates in local NACE and AACWP chapter events, and currently serves on the board of the Professional Wedding Guild in Fort Worth. And, after 25 years of experience and working with nearly 1,000 brides, Jennifer has become an established bridal beauty expert and regularly writes about weddings and beauty for Makeup.com, The Bridal Guide, SheKnows, and the Today Show. Her work can also be seen in publications such as BRIDES Magazine, 360West, Bella NY, and The Brides of North Texas as well as in marketing campaigns for Tostitos, The Girl Scouts of America, Omni Hotels, CycleBar, Starwood Motors, FedEx Office and more

  • Caroline Tucker

    Caroline Tucker

    Executive Director

    Vecoma at the Yellow River

    Caroline Tucker

    Caroline is the Executive Director of Vecoma at the Yellow River. Caroline and her mother, Judith Warren, built Vecoma in October 1996 and now Vecoma is one of the most popular wedding venues in Georgia. Caroline has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Georgia Tech. This dynamic mom-and-daughter duo has spent over 20 years working in cost analysis and market research to stay up to date with the latest and greatest in wedding trends and technology. Their unique education and experience has helped them master the art of producing high end weddings and events at the best value to their clients- and they only get better every year!

  • Shannon Underwood

    Shannon Underwood

    Vice President

    Wedding MBA

    Shannon Underwood

    Shannon Underwood is the conference director of the Wedding MBA. She hires and trains all Wedding MBA speakers, designs the content for classes, and sells booths. When she is not emerged in planning the conference Wedding MBA you might find her with her wild and crazy kids (Paige and Grant) and husband of 12 years (Doug).

  • Jacqui Wadsworth

    Jacqui Wadsworth

    Owner

    The Gilded Gown

    Jacqui Wadsworth

    Jacqui Wadsworth, a Bridal Marketing Expert and featured speaker at many recent industry shows, has extensive experience within the garment industry. After years successfully negotiating thread, fabric and garment contracts with factories across the world, Jacqui was offered a deal on a lot of wholesale wedding gowns. That fateful deal produced the perfect dress for her own wedding and instilled in her a love of all things bridal. By 2008 she opened her brick and mortar bridal shop, The Gilded Gown. That award-winning boutique has grown into a hugely successful 6400 square foot emporium. Jacqui’s remarkable achievement is in large part to her genius marketing skills. She has a proven system for engaging brides and prom girls, for generating buzz online, and most importantly for driving those clients to stores. Jacqui and The Gilded Gown have been featured in Vows Magazine since 2013 due to her success with Facebook marketing. Jacqui offers her Facebook Ads & Management skills to the industry, from Bridal & Prom Stores to Dress Manufacturers to Jewelry Designers. She currently manages Facebook pages for formal wear companies such as Nina Canacci, and Romantic Bridals as well as for The Gilded Gown. Jacqui just launched a new bridal store branding business, BridalBoutqiues.US. If you are looking to increase your sales, promote your business and capture more clients year-round, contact Jacqui wa.jacqui@gmail.com or call her at 865-428-5250 today.

  • Mike Walter

    Mike Walter

    Owner

    Elite Entertainment

    Mike Walter

    Mike Walter is the proud owner of Elite Entertainment, a Multi-System DJ Company in New Jersey that has been selected by TheKnot.com and WeddingWire.com as a top Entertainment company in the country. For over 25 years, he has MCed events from weddings to fashion shows and beauty pageants and his public speaking experience and acumen have served him well as a presenter. He began to offer seminars in 1998, at first specifically to the DJ Industry, then he expanded to speaking to event groups and finally to any and all audiences. His seminars are known for their fast pace, mix of information and entertainment and deft use of power point. Having sat through enough tedious seminars in his life, Mike vows to never bore an audience. Whether he is offering life changing advice, motivational challenges or hard-core information on how to grow and expand your business, Mike promises he will deliver a quick, concise, and nugget-filled presentation every time he speaks.

  • Tommy Waters

    Tommy Waters

    Co-Owner

    The Renaissance Richmond Virginia

    Tommy Waters

    Tommy, co-owner of the Renaissance in Richmond, Virginia, brings almost 2 decades of event, entertainment, and planning experience to his venue and its clients. Tommy combines an eye for traditional planning with a refreshing lean toward current trends to really take his business above and beyond expectations. Tommy works with over 50 clients a year with a majority of those being couples getting married at his venue. He has written for several wedding publications, blogs, and wedding websites and has seen his work published in local magazines and websites. Tommy, and his business partner at The Renaissance, never miss an opportunity to shake up the industry by constantly thinking of, creating, and instituting new ways to create additional revenue streams to increase their brand and business offerings.

  • Kaleigh Wiese

    Kaleigh Wiese

    Founder

    Meldeen

    Kaleigh Wiese

    Kaleigh attended college at the tender age of sixteen. While in college, she launched The Modern Creative, a branding and creative studio for small businesses. In 2008, Méldeen launched out of The Modern Creative as a luxury wedding paper studio specializing in developing stationery out of unthinkable and unusual materials. Méldeen now focuses on partnerships with planners and other creative people in the luxury wedding world internationally. Last year, she & her husband launched Garment Exchange, the first community driven peer-to-peer clothing rental marketplace for women. They are currently scaling and growing the brand throughout North America. Méldeen has advanced in 2016 with PIXEL by Méldeen. One of the first location-based, custom Snapchat filter providers for social and business. Using Snapchat’s tools, PIXEL creates and deploys custom geo-filters nationwide. When Kaleigh isn’t leading Garment Exchange or Méldeen, you can find her on the lake, volunteering with various fashion organizations — and thinking about her next entrepreneurial adventure while encouraging young people to live their best life, and follow through with their ideas.

  • Lindsey Wilkerson

    Lindsey Wilkerson

    Owner

    Face Forward Hair & Makeup

    Lindsey Wilkerson

    Lindsey is the owner and dreamer behind Face Forward Hair & Makeup Design. She first went to school for aesthetics where she fell in love with how makeup could transform the way a woman looked at herself. After graduating she started to do wedding makeup for friends and they began to tell her how much they wished she could do their hair AND their makeup. So back to school Lindsey went to get her cosmetology license. Once out of school she began creating what is now Face Forward. She got the name for the company from something her mom used to say to her, “Always put your best face forward.” Lindsey and her team specialize in onsite hair and airbrush makeup taking their services directly to their bride. Their styles are described as soft, romantic, natural but up a notch. They have been featured in Trendy Bride, High Country Wedding Guide, and Southern Bride & Groom.

  • Anja Winikka

    Anja Winikka

    Director of Educations & Industry Innovation

    TheKnot.com

    Anja Winikka

    As Site Director of TheKnot.com, Anja Winikka combines her writing and editing skills with her weddings expertise to bring the most of-the-moment wedding trends to millions of engaged couples across the country. Anja immersed herself in the weddings industry at a young age, when she took a job as a weddings coordinator at a local reception space, helping to make hundreds of couples’ wedding days perfect. In addition to editing, researching and reporting on a variety of topics for the TheKnot.com, ranging in subject from getting engaged to planning tips and wedding style ideas, Anja can be found pouring over trending topics and conversation among the thousands of brides that are a part of TheKnot.com community. Anja has been a popular source for wedding trends, planning tips and advice and etiquette and has also served as an expert for the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC 20/20, CNN Headline News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and local news segments across the country. Anja recently married her best friend on a ranch in Tucson, Arizona. Her favorite part about planning her wedding was traveling to Costa Rica to work with wedding dress designer Melissa Sweet on her own custom gown. Anja lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her new husband Ben and their dog and cat, Charlie and Bella

  • Stephanie Yun

    Stephanie Yun

    Owner & Lead Videographer

    Ace of Hearts Films

  • George Zimmer

    George Zimmer

    Chairman/Founder and CEO

    Generation Tux

    George Zimmer

    George Zimmer is Chairman, CEO and Founder of Generation Tux, an online rental platform for tuxedos and suits. He is also the founder and former CEO and Chairman of the Men’s Wearhouse - the largest retailer of men's tailored suit and dress casual clothing in the U.S. and Canada. A lifelong advocate of servant leadership as the most effective business management model, he is also an advocate for "conscious capitalism" to address income inequality and excessive CEO pay. He is the father of four children and self-described in his LinkedIn profile as a “Business Warrior Monk who roots for the underdog.” George serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and the Oakland Zoo

  • Bill Zaruka

    Bill Zaruka

    President

    Wedgewood

    Bill Zaruka

    Bill Zaruka was only 14 years old when he started working in the family business at the highly successful Buenaventura Golf Course Food & Beverage Concession. Bill worked every position at the Bar & Grill serving golfers, as well as the Wedgewood Banquet Center, serving weddings and banquets. He performed all the service and accounting functions. His interest in the business led him to pursue a degree in Hotel Administration at Cornell University. At Cornell, Bill exhibited his leadership skills as President of his fraternity and Captain of the lightweight football team. He graduated in 1998. After graduation, Bill joined the food services division of Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA. As a multi-unit manager he was responsible for several of the park’s high-volume restaurants where he grew revenues, created budgets, wrote operating standards and training programs and led the installation of several point-of-sale systems. In 2002 he partnered with his mother and father in an effort to expand the family business. As President of Wedgewood, Bill is responsible for day-to-day operations, marketing, finance and business development. Under his leadership Wedgewood has grown from a single-unit family business in 2003 to a 36-venue nationwide wedding powerhouse. Wedgewood now performs more than 4000 weddings per year with their signature all-inclusive product offerings and trademark Valservenience™ (value-service-convenience). Throughout its strategic expansion Wedgewood has maintained its 5-star online reputation and best-in-class customer satisfaction scores. Bill is most passionate about making customers’ wedding planning and execution stress-free and affordable. With a brand platform that is customer-centric and budget-friendly, Wedgewood has become synonymous with weddings and is regarded by many as the nation’s wedding leader. Bill resides in Temecula CA. He has been married to his wife Jennifer since 2006, and they have four children together.

  • Mark Zucker

    Mark Zucker

    Founder & CEO

    Zookbinders

    Mark Zucker

    Mark Zucker is the Founder and CEO of Zookbinders Inc., a Chicago based company that provides albums and services to Professional Photographers. Originally known for delivering high quality products, they’ve developed innovative technology that simplifies the process of ordering albums, while helping photographers get the upsells they deserve. Mark thrives on helping pros find ways to prosper in a fast-paced digital industry. Mark will challenge the status quo, recommend sensible solutions, and motivate photographers to get the upsells they deserve. Note: the speaker is mindful of not delivering an infomercial for his company.

  • Ms. Candy Blog

    Ms. Candy Blog

    Ms. Candy Blog

    Ms. Candy Blog is “where candy is always in vogue”! She is the first candy livestreamer, an award nominated YouTuber on the World of Wonder (“RuPaul's Drag Race”) network, and candy costume designer. With a degree in English, two in theatre and a background in corporate training, instructional design and community management, Ms. Candy Blog has worked for such brands as Google/YouTube, Yahoo!, J.P. Morgan and American Express. As a candy persona, she has partnered with such top brands as Hershey’s, Lindt, HSN, Epix, It'Sugar, Sour Patch Kids, Sugarpova, Just Born (Peeps/Mike & Ike), Jelly Belly, Torie & Howard, Adams & Brooks (Whirly Pop) and Dorval Trading Company (Sour Power). An energetic and inspiring speaker, Ms. Candy Blog has spoken at Summit Live (San Francisco), Digital. (Vancouver) and Cake Pop Con (Philadelphia) with a full calendar for 2017. She has served as a judge for Cake Pop Con and Werrk.com. Her award nominated YouTube channel is part of the World of Wonder network, having received a contract in less than a week of posting a review of the RuPaul candy bar. The first candy livestreamer, she was awarded a contract with Periscope’s first talent network, Lifestream Productions, and placed on 3 top Periscoper lists after her first week on the live streaming platform. She has trended on Periscope & Hype, has been featured on Live.Me, GhostCodes & MeVee, and honored by PeriUnion and the BoPoTribe. Ms. Candy Blog currently livestreams on multiple devices simultaneously with the distinction of having a new 7 device mount named and created specifically for her by the prestigious California tech company, Arkon Mounts.

  • Heather Waits

    Heather Waits

    Owner

    Bloomtastic

    Heather Waits

    Heather is passionate about helping the wedding industry grow! Her wedding floral business, Bloomtastic, located in Columbus, Ohio, went from designing 10 weddings a year to nearly 200 weddings every year! She books 90% of the brides she meets and now teaches her methods to other wedding pros through her coaching company, Profitable Weddings. Heather has been featured by The Knot, Columbus Weddings, Florists' Review and Floral Management, and is an active member of Society of American Florists. When she's not helping others create a profitable wedding business, she is enjoying life with her amazing twin girls and wonderful husband.