- Laurel Coote, CMP, CMM Pick My Brain Consulting, LLC
- Pierre Charmasson, CMP Corporate Meetings & Events Manager, Professional Event Solutions, a division of Kleege Industries, Inc.
- Mark Fisher Marketing Manager, Microsoft Corporation
- Gineen Fulton, CMP Independent Meeting Consultant
- Geraldine Gatehouse Western Region Marketing Consultant for IMEX America
- Rachel Gershwin Director of Marketing & Development, Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego, Inc.
- Shelby Greene, CMP, CMM Corporate Procurement Agent, Kia Motors America
- Annette Gregg, CMP, CMM, MBA Vice President of Conventions, LPL Financial
- Rachel Peniche Founder, Plan It San Diego
- Annie Revel, CSEP President of Revel Productions, Inc.
- Cindy Shtur, CMP National Sales Manager, Unbridled Solutions
- Claudia Wehrman, CMP, DMCP Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, PRA Destination Management
Laurel Coote, began planning events for a pharmaceutical ad agency more than 20 years ago. Following her time there, she managed a tradeshow program for two clients, planned corporate meeting and travel for a Hospital Management Company, and in 1999, launched "The Laureli Group" a full-service event management company. After 10 years as a successful entrepreneur, Coote recreated herself by founding Pick My Brain Consulting. At Pick My Brain, she assists businesses with their growth and development through strategic planning, marketing and targeted event management services. She is a past president of MPI Southern California Chapter, an Accredited Trainer for MPI International, and an Adjunct Professor at Glendale Community College in Glendale, California.
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Pierre Charmasson is a broadcast journalism graduate of Northern Arizona University. He is a seasoned meetings and events manager, technical show director, and professional voice talent. He began his career in commercial radio and eventually transitioned his talents into television where he worked for CBS and NBC affiliates in Arizona. He returned to his home town of San Diego, California in the late '80s to become the owner/operator of COGITEK Productions, a corporate video and film company. After a decade of writing, producing, and directing corporate theater, he redirected his talents into the convention & meetings industry and currently serves as the corporate meetings and events manager for Professional Event Solutions in San Diego.
Charmasson served as the director of audio visuals services at the Manchester Grand Hyatt and has directed meetings and events for Fortune 1000 companies across the globe. His extensive experience both in front of the camera and his technical skills behind the scenes have earned him a reputation as a polished meetings and events professional. He is the 2007/2008 president for the San Diego Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (SDMPI) and enjoys sharing his passion for the industry by participating as an instructor and public speaker within the industry.
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Mark Fisher has been a marketer in many areas of concentrations for over 20 years. After receiving a bachelor's degree in communications from UCSD, he spent several years with Ziff Davis Corporation. While at Ziff Davis, he created event marketing plans for some of the largest high tech trade shows, meetings and events in the industry including Comdex and Networld Interop. In roles at Concepts Worldwide and MTI Marketing, premiere meeting management companies, Fisher was able to explore meeting and trade show planning, promotions and event marketing in the pharmaceutical industry, associations, franchise, and other industries. Currently he holds the position of marketing manager for the Life Sciences group at Microsoft Corporation focusing on marketing to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. He has had articles published in event magazines and is also an established speaker at shows such as Exhibitor Show, Healthcare Exhibition Association (HCEA), and the Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA). He also has sat on the board of directors for CEMA.
Gineen Fulton, CMP, started her career in 1990 working for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises as a special events manager for Ed Debevic’s restaurant in Beverly Hills. She planned special events ranging from birthday parties for ten to movie premiere buyouts for 600. In 1994, she became director of sales & marketing for McCormick and Schmick’s seafood restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. In 2000, she relocated to San Diego and was hired as a meeting manager by Concepts Worldwide, a prestigious third party meeting planning company. For the past ten years she has managed corporate, pharmaceutical and incentive programs ranging from 15 to 2,250 attendees and has traveled both internationally and domestically. She received her CMP certification in the spring of 2002 and was the CMP study chair and committee lead for two years for the local San Diego chapter of Meeting Professionals International.
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Geraldine Gatehouse, has been in the incentive travel, event and meeting industry since 1992, specializing in international incentive travel and corporate social responsibility programs. Originally from the UK, she is widely traveled and understands first-hand the importance of sustainability around the world. She has developed and operated many programs, in which she incorporates CSR and sustainable elements. She is actively involved with Site Southern California Chapter, where she was a board member from 2007-2010, and currently the CSR advisor. She is the committee member responsible for the 2012 Site Classic CSR program, and serves on the 2012/2013 board of MPI Southern California Chapter. She is the western region marketing consultant for IMEX America, an international trade show for the meetings, events and incentive travel industry, where she is also one of the sustainability speakers and a CSR resource. She has been a keynote speaker at the MPI New England Chapter and a strategic alliance panelist at the Center for Nonprofit Success in Boston. She has spoken on sustainability and CSR at both IMEX America and IMEX Frankfurt. Gatehouse is the CSR & Sustainability columnist for Incentive magazine online, where her monthly column, "Give Back Get Back," has been published since February 2009.
Rachel Gershwin has 20 years of experience as an event professional, beginning her career at the UCLA Alumni Association planning class reunions. She spent ten years as a consultant, planning everything from televised awards events, to nonprofit fundraisers, and specializing in corporate sponsorships. In 2004, she joined the staff of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego as the director of Marketing & Development. She oversees a broad range of fundraising programs, including special events, and is responsible for a $2.5 million annual budget.
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Shelby Greene, CMP, CMM, has over 15 years of professional experience in the meeting planning and hospitality industries. She has held various positions that include director of sales and assistant general manager for Marriott, cruise director for Disney Cruise Line, travel director and project manager for Maritz Travel Company, manager of purchasing and key accounts for Concepts Worldwide, and corporate procurement agent for Kia Motors America. Diversification is important to her, so throughout the years, she has made a point to learn the various aspects of sales, operations, and purchasing/procurement. She is currently the assistant general manager for the Hyatt Place hotel in Vista. She is constantly seeking creative ways to continue the professional learning process, which is why she obtained her CMP and CMM certifications. She is excited and honored to be teaching at SDSU and enjoys fostering a dynamic learning environment for her students.
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Annette Gregg, CMP, CMM, MBA has a diverse background in the meeting and hospitality industry. She began her career at the Food Marketing Institute in Washington DC. After planning conventions in Mexico, Hong Kong, and throughout the US, she went on to plan corporate and fundraising meetings and events. Annette has managed several successful teams including: the fundraising events team at UCLA, the 250-person event staff at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the 200-person convention team at the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau, and was the vice president of sales and marketing for Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Currently, she is vice president of conventions at LPL Financial. She has taught meeting planning at universities for several years, and is actively involved in PCMA and MPI.
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Rachel Peniche is a San Diego native and graduate of the University of San Diego High School. She attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 2000, she began working in the Special Event industry when she coordinated the celebrity and VIP arrangements for The Governor Gray Davis Committee at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. That same year, after training in event management and meeting management & special events planning, Peniche started Plan It San Diego, an event planning and coordination company specializing in weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and other corporate, political and charity events. She is a member of the International Special Events Society (ISES), San Diego Chapter where she has also served on the board of directors.
Peniche teaches at SDSU and USD, and co-chaired the 2009 Wedding Lunch for The Special Event Conference hosted in San Diego in January 2009, and is also involved in many philanthropic organizations such as Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, The Thursday Club, and The Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Most recently, she served as the Event Coordinator for Vista Hill, a local nonprofit serving those with substance abuse, mental health issues, and developmental disabilities.
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Annie Revel, CSEP, is a San Diego native and has been prominent in the special event industry for over 25 years. As events specialist for Girl Scouts San Diego, she manages production of large-scale events, working with donors, suppliers, committees, staff, and volunteers to consistently exceed fundraising goals. In 1989, Revel was event manager for PRA Destination Management, creating concepts, negotiating contracts, maintaining time lines and production schedules, interfacing with vendors and site managers, and directing on-site coordination. In 1994, she launched Revel Productions, offering event consulting, training, and management. Some of her clients have included Fleet Week, San Diego Airport, Sweetwater Union School District, Sharp Hospital, Port District, and Qualcomm. She was the founding president of the San Diego Chapter of ISES, the first CSEP in San Diego and is a featured speaker at industry conferences. By "taking fun seriously" she remains on the forefront of the latest trends and continues to set standards of excellence in the event management and fundraising industries.
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Cindy Shtur, CMP, brings over 30 years of experience in the hospitality, travel and meeting industry. While with industry leader Rosenbluth Travel, she was the meeting manager handling a large corporate account, and later went on to develop a meeting planning division for the largest travel agency in Pittsburgh. She joined meeting management firm Concepts Worldwide as the director of operations and also held the position of director of site selection as well as national account executive, purchasing manager and key account sales manager. Shtur then led business development for Travel Dynamics, a meetings and corporate travel company. She has consistently given back to the meetings and events industry, as CMP instructor and on several board positions with Meeting Professionals International. She has served on the MPI Pittsburgh Chapter Board as director of education and vice president of membership, where she received the MPI President’s Honor Roll Award. Shtur led fundraising and sponsorship efforts for the MPI San Diego chapter, where she won the “Star of the Month” award. In January 2010, she joined the team of Unbridled Solutions, a full service meeting management and marketing firm based in Denver, as its national sales manager in its San Diego branch office. Shtur also teaches site selection and hotel negotiations at San Diego State University for the Meeting Planning Certificate and Advanced Meeting Management Certificate Programs.
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Claudia Wehrman, CMP, DMCP, started with PRA San Diego in 1996 as a national sales manager who came to the company with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She has won numerous industry awards, including the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association's Gold Key Salesperson of the Year Award, which she won in 1987 and 1993. The San Diego State University graduate is the only two-time winner in the history of this award.
Before joining PRA, Wehrman was director of sales and marketing at L'Auberge Del Mar Resort and Spa from 1995-96. From 1988-95, she served as director of sales and marketing at San Diego's four-diamond Pan Pacific Hotel (currently the Wyndham Emerald Plaza Hotel). From 1986-88, she helped open the Omni San Diego Hotel (currently the Westin Hotel Horton Plaza) as director of sales. And for three years prior to that, she served as director of group sales at what was then the Intercontinental Hotel (now the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina).
Wehrman is consistently #1 and #2 in sales volume for PRA system-wide and was recently honored by her co-workers with a Creativity Award.
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