2021 Hall of Fame Inductees

Cara Banasch

Vice President of Sales, Omni Hotels & Resorts

Valerie Bihet

Director, VIBE Agency

Janine Chicourrat

General Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa

Julie Coker

President and CEO, San Diego Tourism Authority

Megan Finnell

Director of Meetings and Conferences, MGMA

Carrie Freeman Parsons

Chairman of the Board, Freeman Company

Tracy Judge

Founder and Chief Connector, Soundings Connect

Andrea Kasnic

Director of Sales and Marketing, Hyatt Regency Chicago

Anna MacDiarmid

General Manager, W Fort Lauderdale

Faith Morris

Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer, National Civil Rights Museum

Cheryl Rogers

Assistant to CEO, Solara Medical Supply

Valerie Sumner

Owner, VRS Meetings & Events

Christina Taylor

CEO, Taylor Made Experience

Valerie Ulrich

Vice President Special Events and Conferences, First Republic

Standing Hall of Fame

Carrie Abernathy
Lead Meeting Planner, Industry Engagement, Altria

Jorah Anderson
Director of Sales, Miraval Resort & Spas

Carina Bauer

Sharon Bonner
CEO and Founder, Bright Ideas Events Ltd.

Cindy Brewer
Co-founder and Principal, LEO Events

Dahlia El Gazzar
Tech Evangelist and Idea Igniteur, Dahlia+ Agency

Zoe Fernandez
Director, Merkle

Polly Grieger-Rossi
President, Meeting Achievements

Reina Herschdorfer
Director of Marketing, Caesars Entertainment

Kate Patay
Chief Strategy Officer, Patay Consulting

Jennifer Patino
CEO, Hosts Global

Christy Lamagna
Master Strategist and Visionary, Strategic Meetings & Events

Stefanie Maragna
Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Events, Sage Intacct

Nan Marchand Beauvois
Senior Vice President, Membership and Industry Relations; General Manager of ESTO, U.S. Travel Association

Claire Smith
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre

Gabrielle Spanton
Managing Partner, GAB & Co.

Desi Whitney
Senior Vice President, Sourcing Operations and Industry Relations, HPN Global

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