IFEA 64th Annual Convention & Expo IFEA 64th Annual Convention & Expo


The speakers, moderators, panelists and performers at this year’s convention include top professionals from internationally recognized industry organizations around the world. Please take a moment to thank them for their participation and support.

Opening Keynote Speaker

Bill Schermerhorn

Colonial Williamsburg
Creative Director for Signature Events

Inspire the Industry Speakers

Iain Edmondson, MBA

International Association of Event Hosts

Lesa Ukman

Lesa Ukman Partnerships

Curt Mosel

Chief Operating Officer

Closing Keynote Speaker

Joe Goldblatt

Chief Executive


Aly Hussaini

Co-Founder & CEO

Amy Kule

Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Chief Creative and Development Officer

Andrew Vandepopulier

Haas & Wilkerson Insurance
Producer - Festival Specialist

Annie Frisoli, CFEE

Creating Community
Founder & CEO

Anthony Vernon

Head of Major Accounts and Partnerships |

Becky Genoways, CFEE

Genoways Events

Brian Solis, AICP

City of Virginia Beach, Virginia
Assistant to the City Manager for Special Projects

Bruce Erley, CFEE, APR

Creative Strategies Group
President & CEO

Carol Porter

Haas & Wilkerson Insurance

Caroline Anderson, CFEE

Hawai'i Tourism Authority
Director, Community Enrichment

Chris Goodman, Risk Management Certified, HR Management, and NAPBS

NCSI - SSCI Background Screening Solutions

Cindy Lerick, CFEE

The ART of Events

David Knutson

City of Santa Clarita Arts & Events Division
Event Administrator

David Olivares, CFEE

Kaliff Insurance
Director of Sales

David Ramirez

User Generated Content Evangelist

Diana Mayhew, CFEE

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Doug DeLancey, CPP, PMP

Department of Homeland Security
Chief, Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Strategy, Integration and Communications Section, Office for Bombing Prevention

Douglas Panto

Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Virginia
Community Programs Manager

Ed Bautista, CFEE

Bautista Event Specialists Team (BEST), Chief Creative and Strategic Officer
Chief Creative & Strategic Officer

Ellesor Holder, CFEE

South Carolina Festival of Flowers
Marketing Strategist

Evan Schaefer, CFEE, CSEP

Degy Booking International
Chief Operation Officer

Frecia Cevallos

County of Hawai'i
Economic Development Specialist, Tourism Program

Gail Lowney Alofsin

Authentic Measurable Performance (AMP!)

Gayle Hall, CFEE

Grapevine, Texas Convention & Visitors Bureau
Director of Festivals & Events

Ira Rosen, MA, CFEE

Temple University School of Sport Tourism and Hospitality Management
Assistant Professor/Program Director - Event Leadership Executive Certificate Program

Jan Hodgson

Autism Society, Tidewater, Virginia

Janet Landey, CFEE

Institute of Events Management
IFEA Africa President; 2019 IFEA World Board Chair

Jazelle Jones

City of Philadelphia
Deputy Managing Director and Director of Operations

Jessica Bybee-Dziedzic

Director of Partnerships

Jim Holt, CFEE

Memphis in May International Festival
President & CEO

Joe Vera, CFEE

City of McAllen
Assistant City Manager

Jon Stover

Jon Stover & Associates
Managing Partner

Kaylee Williams


Keli O'Neill Wenzel, CFEE

O'Neill Marketing & Event Management
President & CEO

Kelly Holdcraft

College of William & Mary
Senior Director, Alumni Engagement

Kim Lowell-Leverett

The Parade Company
Director of Volunteer Services & Tours

Leah Krumpholz

City of Westminster, Colorado
Marketing Coordinator

Lisa Potvin, CFEE

City of Santa Clarita Arts & Events Division
Event Coordinator

Mary Pinak, CFEE

City of West Palm Beach
Community Events Manager

Matt Pipkin

Founder & CEO

Michael Stewart

Department of Homeland Security
Sports Leagues/ Outdoor Events Subsector

Mike Berry, CFEE

Kentucky Derby Festival
President & CEO

Nausheen Punjani

Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer

Neville Bhada, TMP

Tourism Skills Group
Founder & CEO

Nicole Miller

Autism Society, Tidewater, Virginia
Resource Coordinator

Penny McBride, CFEE

Fredericksburg, Texas Chamber of Commerce
President & CEO

Peter Ashwin

Event Risk Management Solutions

Phil Raybourn

Raybourn Creative
Creative Principal - CCO

Rey O'Day

National Independent Concessionaires Association (NICA)
Executive Director

Rich Neumann

City of Westminster
Marketing Supervisor

Robert Allen

City of Philadelphia
Assistant Managing Director, Office of Special Events

Robert Mooney

Department of Homeland Security
Protective Security Advisor

Stephen King, CFEE

Des Moines Arts Festival
Executive Director

Steve Rose

Founder & President

Steven Adelman

Adelman Law Group, PLLC , Principal
Event Safety Alliance, Vice President

Steven Wood Schmader

International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA World)
President & CEO

Ted Baroody, CFEE

Norfolk Festevents

Tom Bisignano, CFEE

Freelance Producer

Vern Biaett, Jr., CFEE

High Point University
Chair, Assistant Professor, Event Management Dept.