AdamAdamSloyer | President

Adam is a founding member and Managing Director of Sequence  an award-winning events company that specializes in production, strategic planning and design.  Prior to Sequence, Adam was the Chief Executive Officer of North America for Global Events, an international experiential marketing company, where he helped achieve numerous accolades. Under his leadership, the company received over 20 industry awards, including recognition from Event Marketer’s “Agency It List” and Special Events’ “50 Top Event Planning Companies” list. His client experience boasts global and local brands and organizations, including Elizabeth Arden, Barclays, Unilever, LinkedIn and The Wharton School. 

Hailing from a restaurant-owning family of an iconic steakhouse, Adam’s expertise in event marketing reflects his innate sense of hospitality and client service. An industry-recognized expert, he is an instructor for the Event Leadership Institute, and serves as the President for the International Special Events Society (ISES) New York Metro Chapter. Adam has presented at some of the largest event industry conferences, and in 2012 was named to Special Event Magazine’s “30 Under 40″ list of event professionals who are changing the industry.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. He currently resides in Westchester with his wife and two children.

Paul Neuman | Immediate Past President

Paul Neuman is the creative force behind Neuman’s, one of New York’s leading caterers. Recent winner of the 2010 ISES NY Metro Chapter Best Corporate Event as well as the 2009 Catersource ACE Award for catering excellence, Paul utilizes his fine arts background and family history in the food business to create innovative, delicious food and beautiful presentations.

Paul has been a member of EANYC for nearly twenty years and devotes his time to a number of causes including The HOPE Program, where he serves on the board, Pencil, where he has helped develop a culinary arts program at Truman High School and Ronald McDonald House, where he donates dinner once a month to resident families.

mitchell-yorkMitchell York | President-Elect/Treasurer

Mitchell York runs a Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies franchise (www.coffeesandsmoothies.com) providing coffees, smoothies and other products for corporate, private party and college campus events.

Earlier in his career he was president of LendingTree.com in its startup phase; and president of a NetCreations, a leading email
marketing company, where he built the executive management team and positioned the company for a
successful acquisition. Mitch was the founding publisher of TechWeb, the first technology website to sell advertising, and vice
president and founder of the Internet division of CMP Media Inc., an international media company. At CMP for
17 years, Mitch published some of the nation’s largest technology newspapers and magazines. He also was
senior vice president of Ziff Davis Media where he published InteractiveWeek, one of the pioneering
newspapers covering e-commerce.

Mitch is also a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and has worked with hundreds of clients in his coaching practice (www.E2ECoaching.com). He is a certified graduate of the Coach Training Program at Coach U. He is also an executive coach for Ferrazzi Greenlight, a leading management consultancy; and for ClientWise LLC, which specializes in coaching financial services executives. He is a member of the International Coach Federation.

Mitch is the author of Franchise: Freedom or Fantasy–How to Know if a Franchise is Right for You After Your
Corporate Career. He received an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. with honors from Northwestern University.

Mitchell York
tel. 516-314-7169

Matthew Medaglia | Vice President, Communications

A freelance Producer at Drury Design Dynamics, Matt’s professional expertise ranges from rebranding and social media campaigns, to producing corporate meetings and gala events. He’s found a second family with the team at Drury and is grateful for the opportunity to work with the talent there, not least of all because it was through them that he was introduced to the ISES NY Metro Chapter.

As a member of ISES, he was a part of the team that produced the award-winning 2011 Sustainability Forum, and was so thrilled by the impact it had on industry awareness, he happily took on the role of Project Lead for the 2012 Sustainability Summit. Now, as Vice President of Communications for the Chapter, he’s excited to apply his talents to taking things in a new, more outwardly-focused direction, leveraging all of our platforms to engage and promote our Members.

Prior to his role at Drury and on the ISES NY Metro Board, he worked in the non-profit world as an events and development professional, producing events such as the UN Women Launch Event, as well as building marketing campaigns and writing grants for the Bronx Charter School for the Arts and New York Public Radio.

Follow Matt: @Matt_Medaglia

Sandra Winstanley | VP of Membership

Sandra Winstanley is an Event Producer with industry experience from the ground up. Beginning her career in hospitality management, Sandra made her switch to special events in 2009 when taking a job with Manhattan Woods Golf Club where she managed all events for their elite clientele.

In 2011, Sandra launched Winstanley Meetings & Events Inc. (WME), an event management company with a niche in event logistics and aesthetics. She works under contract as a Project Manager/Event Producer for large organizations and production companies, as well as providing full service event planning and management through WME. With a passion for details, Sandra approaches each event with a unique style to match the client’s personality, goal and style.

Some of Sandra’s latest projects include Associate Producer on the ISES NY Metro Chapter’s 2012 Big Apple Awards and Executive Producer for one of Manhattan’s premiere Young Professionals Gala. She is a proud member of the National Association of Professional Women and the International Special Event Society, where she is currently serving her second term on the Board of ISES NY Metro Chapter as the Director of Programs and Education. Sandra also volunteers her time as a Founding Member on the Steering Committee for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc., Long Island Chapter Young Professionals.

Sandra holds a BPS in Hospitality Management from New York Institute of Technology (Summa Cum Laude) and an AS in Business Administration (Alpha Beta Gamma International Business Society).

Alexis Fine DeAngelis | VP for Programs and Education

Alexis Fine DeAngelis is the Director of Catering and Events for FCI Catering and Events a division of the International Culinary Center, formerly the French Culinary Institute. Prior to joining FCI Catering and Events, Alexis worked as the Director of Catering for the past 9 years with the Glazier Group in New York (Bridgewaters, Twenty Four Fifth, Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C).  She has a lifetime’s worth of experience in the business beyond her years, as the 4th generation in a family of restaurant and catering specialists.

Alexis’ experience growing up included the family business of Fine and Shapiro on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, followed by years with a kosher caterer where she “learned from the bottom up in the industry from waitress, to captain, to working in the kitchen prepping food.” As a result her understanding of every level in the business is tailored with a respect for everyone she works with, from the chef to the front of the house. Her specialty is translating the high-end fine dining experience with warm hospitality and an eye for detail.

Fine DeAngelis experiences included managing special events and catering for all the New York properties. Details are never too small, including handmade sugar flowers for place settings, tiny decorated cupcakes, tuiles and specialized cocktails. She introduced a Noodle Bar with varieties from across Asia, a Slider Bar with selections from braised short-rib to portabello mushroom to name a few things in her repertoire.

Thrilled to lead the FCI Catering & Events team to the next business level there is a lot of work to be done. Building and leading the right team to step out into the New York Catering niche is both exciting and challenging and takes the right balance of nurturing and hands on guidance.

edit_20121024-BizBashHeadshots-216Jackie Tan | Director of Communications

Jackie Tan, Director of Marketing for Neuman’s Kitchen, is originally from LA and moved to NYC 4 years ago to pursue her passion for event planning. Before coming to Neuman’s Kitchen she’s worked as a freelance planner and diamond auction coordinator. She is currently serving her 2nd term on the board of International Special Events Society (ISES), NY Metro Chapter as the Director of Communications. She has planned ISES’ monthly educational and networking events as well as the first Annual ISES Bootcamp for emerging event professionals. As Neuman’s Kitchen’s project manager she is managing all company marketing initiatives as well as any special projects.


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Maura is a gifted, accomplished and highly respected professional in the events industry with over 15 years of experience. In her position as Director of Special events at New York Water Taxi & Circle Line Downtown she oversaw the conception, execution and sales of all charter events & Specialty Cruises. Her accomplishments include successful inception of the Charter department, which has experienced substantial year after year growth, and creative event development into new markets such as the Out & About Pride Cruise, Casino Nights & Ladies Night Out series. She executes multiple events weekly and responsible to oversee 9 events on 4th of July alone. She is also credited with the development of the FAM program for event professionals with a two day, multiple partner FAM to West Point as her latest installment.

Aside from her passion, enthusiasm, creativity & dedication to all of her events, Maura also demonstrates superior customer service. Prior to this she held positions at Aviator Sports & Events Center as Director of Special Events & Group Sales and Breezy Point Cooperative as Event & Recreation Planner. Maura is a dedicated member of ISES where she has served on the Programs/Education Committees and the Sustainability Committee. Maura also works with other Event Organizations in NYC.

Dayna FieldDana Field|Director of Programs & Education

Growing up in Tenafly, New Jersey as the daughter of Brian and Andrea Field, of Pechter-Field’s Baking Company, Dayna Field has been surrounded by the food and catering world her entire life. Dayna started her career in the industry at the age of twenty as an intern for the Glazier Group, at Bridgewaters, Twenty Four Fifth and Michael Jordan’s The Steak House. Finding an immediate love for catering and special events, she continued to intern at The Glazier Group during her summers off. As a senior at the George Washington University majoring in hospitality and event management, Dayna found herself interning in the catering department of the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC.

After graduating college, Dayna continued on with The Glazier Group, moving from an intern to a Catering Sales Manager, furthering her experience and love for this profession. Dayna found success and happiness in this job, working there for nearly two years. Due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Bridgewaters has yet to reopen. As a result, Dayna used her expertise and experience to secure a Catering Sales Manager position at Battery Gardens Restaurant, where she currently works today. Dayna hopes to continue to grow and strive in the industry. Dayna served on the ISES membership committee last year and is excited to be a member of the board as Director of Programs and Education. She plans to use the opportunities she’s been given and the experiences she’s had to emulate the success of ISES.

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Karla Schmidt|Director at Large for Big Apple Awards and Gala

Karla, currently is an Event Producer at Barkley Kalpak Associates, interned with BKA during her breaks from studying at Clemson University where she graduated with a BS in Travel and Tourism Management with a Minor in Special Events. (Go Tigers!) Karla then joined the BKA team full time in 2010. As a go-to Producer, Karla drives logistical planning and provides hands-on leadership for a variety of events. During her time at BKA, Karla has played an integral part in creating unforgettable experiences that range from Medco/ESI’s annual thought leadership conference to Samsung press launches, and countless meetings and special events in between.

Debra Roth | Direcgtor at Large for Communications


Debra Roth is telling the truth when she says she learned about stretch-fabric from the inside-out. Beginning in the heyday of the 80’s performance art movement, Debra created art in motion by the live animation of abstract, sculptural forms and costumes made of stretch-fabric that she, literally, performed within. And to enhance the theatrical experience, she designed and sewed brightly-colored, highly imaginative stretch-fabric stage set elements – complete environments, all of which became the basis of her business, Pink Inc. BI (before the internet).

Seeing a viable outlet for her work, Debra entered the special event marketplace where her innovative tension-fabric structures and unique costumes have become the most sought-after and long-standing decorative design products the industry has known. Debra has worked with some of the most recognizable brands in the world; Victoria’s Secret, Proctor and Gamble, Macy’s and MTV, to name a few, and has popularized such signature products as the “Tree of Life,” the “Hourglass Diva” costume and the “Circle Surround,” among many others.

As an innovator in the industry she has continued to combine unique ideas and materials while bringing new products to the events arena. Her visuals and designs continue to win awards and accolades in all markets, capped by her recent presidency of the ISES, NY Metro Chapter.

With the arrival of The Originators, Debra is poised to revolutionize fabric structures yet again.

The Originators infuse creativity, ingenuity, with a can-do spirit into all of our Design + Fabric Structures!
Our creative niche is 3-D space design, fabric décor installations and live special effects for events, exhibits, environments and experiences.

Debra stars as The Originators’ co-founder, creative director, head of design and co-director of marketing.

She is a fierce practitioner of Bikeshare, an avid gym-rat (we mean that in a nice way) and a social media maven. And Debra has never met a flea market she didn’t want to check out.

You can find Debra (@pinkdeb): On Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn  also  The Originators  and email her

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Matthew Saravay | Director at Large for Membership

Matthew Saravay is President and CEO of Wizard Studios NY, and has vast experience in event production, theater and television production, branding, marketing and sales in several industries. Mr. Saravay’s work in Special Events has been recognized over the years through the many awards he has won for set design, logistics management, and Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2011 Wizard Studios was named Best Corporate Event Planner by the NY Chapter of the International Special Events Society at its’ annual Big Apple Awards.

Mr. Saravay has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of the International Special Events Society from 2004 – 2010. His career includes stints as Advertising Manager of Brand Marketing Magazine; Marketing Manager for WABC-TV in New York; and Director of Business Development for Cendant Corporation. He headed the expansion of Wizard Studios in New York in 2001.

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Jessica Dillon | Director at Large for Programs and Education

Jessica Dillon works at First Protocol in NYC as the personal assistant to the President & COO and support on events both on agency and managed services sides. Before First Protocol, Jessica studied at journalism Ithaca College but realized her passion for event planning when she founded the Multiple Sclerosis Awareness organization at the college, raising funds for research and awareness through various benefits. She received the Special Events Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate NY Chapter for her work with the non profit. After graduation, she interned with BizBash and helped plan the Readers’ Choice Awards for New York and Chicago 2012 Ideafest. She is happy to work among passionate event planners at First Protocol, which was named to Event Marketer’s “Agency IT List” this year. Jessica became a member of ISES in the summer of 2012 and helped plan monthly events on the Programs & Education Committee. She now serves on the board for the committee and looks forward to to working with everyone at ISES.

Joan Sherman | Executive Director

With a background in creative arts therapy, Joan previously held the position of Assistant Executive Director at a non-profit agency where she was responsible for program development and operations. Her interest in the special events industry developed during her work as Director of Operations at Mrs. John L. Strong Fine Stationery, overseeing the  showroom on Madison Avenue, the boutique at Barneys New York, and workroom operations. In addition to day-to-day management, Joan coordinated the work of an international network of artisans, participated in product development, and expansion of the company into additional US and European locations.

Joan completed a certificate in Meeting and Event Management at New York University, followed by an internship with Empire Force Events.  She holds an M.A. in Dance Education from Columbia University Teachers College and a B.A. in History from the University of Iowa.

Joan has brought her low key style, commitment to collaboration, and analytical skills to her work as an Independent Event Planner, her role as Executive Director for the ISES New York Metro Chapter.