2017 Live Event Awards Judging Committee

Ursula WilliamsChair:                                                           

Ursula Williams, Executive Vice President
Staffing Industry Analysts, Mountain View, California

Ursula Williams was appointed Executive Vice President of Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) in 2018. In her role, Ursula bridges the various SIA departments, resulting in superior products/services for the staffing and the workforce solutions ecosystem. Day to day, she is responsible for global strategy and overseeing the teams responsible for Marketing, Operations, Conferences (including Registration Sales), Technology, and Digital Solutions.

Williams joined SIA in 2015 as SVP of Global Strategy and Marketing and has over 25 years of industry leadership experience and tenure with global organizations.


Tara Allen, Sales Manager
GES, Dallas, Texas, USA    

Suzanne Darmory, Executive Creative Director
Zeta Global, New York, New York, USA

Saraida De MarchenaSaraida De Marchena, President & CEO
Markatel - Strategic Communications, Public Relations & Events, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Born in Santo Domingo, D.R. is President of Markatel, a corporate communications, public relations and event Management Company, seminars, congresses and conventions, nationally and internationally, founded in 1999. Strategist, Consultant, Communicator, Lecturer and Trainer in the areas of Communication and Oratory.

Susan FeldmanSusan Feldman, Conference Services Manager
Ayelet Tours, Dallas, Texas, USA   

Susan Feldman is an Intuitive, meticulous, and quality driven meeting management professional with more than 23 years of experience building high-value/high impact events and high profile conventions.  She has managed the conference division of Certified Travel Associates for the past 5 years.  Certified Travel specializes in running conventions for associations.

Katherine GoldmanKatherine Goldman, Creative Director/Owner
The Very Thing, New York, New York, USA

Katherine honed her skills as an advertising copywriter, then refocused to experience marketing at Jack Morton. As Senior VP Executive Creative Director, she led creative for major B2B clients. Katherine is an author: My Mother Worked and I Turned Out Okay, a speaker: 3% Conference, a teacher: Miami Ad School.

Brian Hoffmeyer, Senior Vice President, Market Strategies
Beeline, Centennial, Colorado, USA  

Libby IrwinLibby Irwin, Conference Director
Automotive News, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Libby is the conference director for Automotive News, Automotive News Europe and Automotive News Canada both planning and overseeing the development, promotion and implementation of close to 30 conferences and events each year.

Phil Larson, Senior Producer
inVNT, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Andrea Michaels, President
Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, California, USA

Ana Rabicoff, Founder/President
Meetinguides, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, USA    

David Saef, EVP, MarketWorks & Strategy
GES, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Mark ShewmakerMark Shewmaker, Executive Creative Director
Organic, San Francisco, California, USA

Mark Shewmaker, Executive Creative Director: Mark leads UX, creative and content teams in the endlessly evolving exploration of digital innovation. Across his 20-year career, he's led large-scale e-commerce projects and campaigns for Lowe's, Verizon, NIKE, West Marine and Publix, Motorola Droid and Microsoft Surface.

David SonntagDavid Sonntag, President
Decibel Management, Alexandria, Virginia, USA

David has extensive experience creating, planning and producing live events. David launched Decibel Management in 2007, in order to follow his passion for live events, experiential marketing, meetings and conferences. He brings public relations and agency expertise to use exclusively in the live event category. David's events have won numerous awards, including seven Silver Anvils, two PR Week Awards, and the reporting during the Voices of Civil rights bus tour won the Peabody Award.

Scott Thomas, CEO
Exegan Media & Entertainment, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Leslie VickreyLeslie Vickrey, CEO & Founder
ClearEdge Marketing, Chicago, Illinois, USA www.clearedgemarketing.com

As CEO of ClearEdge Marketing, Leslie leads a team of more than 40 top-notch marketers that help technology, software, professional services and staffing clients differentiate themselves from competitors through services like Branding, PR, and Digital Marketing. Leslie’s passion for creating meaningful connections extends beyond ClearEdge. In 2013, Leslie Co-Founded ARA, a group dedicated to attracting, retaining and advancing women in tech. She’s also on the Board of Directors for i.c.stars and Chicago Innovation; is part of UIC Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame; and was named one of the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year.