Debra Roth | President
Debra Roth began her artistic expression as a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in the early 1980′s. From sculpting in metal to performance art movement, Debra combined postmodern dance production with abstract-shaped 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 elements — complete environments, all of which became the basis of her business, Pink Inc. almost thirty years ago.
Seeing a viable outlet for her work, Debra entered the special event marketplace where her innovative stretch-fabric structures and unique costumes have become the most sought-after and long-standing decorative design products the industry has known.
Attesting to the prominence and power of Debra Roth and her Pink Inc. brand, they were recently acquired by Moss, Inc. in order to provide Moss entry into the world of special events. This synergy creates the leading tension fabric structure design and manufacturing company in the world and further solidifies Debra’s and Pink, now Powered by Moss’s, artistic vision in the event decor and design community.
Paul Neuman | President Elect & Treasurer
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.
Howard Givner | Immediate Past President
With over 20 years of industry experience, Howard Givner is a widely recognized expert, thought leader & business consultant in the field of special events.
He is currently the founder and Executive Director of the Event Leadership Institute (E.L.I.), a joint venture with BizBash Media, which launched in April, 2011. E.L.I. provides best in class education and training for event professionals via online, on-demand video classes and live events.
He is the founder of Paint The Town Red, Inc., and the former CEO of North America for Global Events Group, the 13th largest event agency in the world, which acquired Paint The Town Red in 2008. During his tenure the company won over 30 industry awards.
Howard is the creator of the Super Planner mobile app for meeting and event planners, which won Best New Product at the 2010 BizBash Awards and the 2011 Special Events Magazine Gala Awards.
He is a columnist on Small Business for Event-Solutions Magazine; served on the Advisory Board of Special Events Magazine; a blogger on industry and event business insights at www.HowardGivner.com, and has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, National Public Radio, ABC News, The Apprentice, and USA Today, in addition to numerous trade media.
Howard lives in Westchester with his wife and two children, and sits on the Board of Directors of Every Child A Reader, the philanthropic arm of the Children’s Book Council.
Beth Eisgrau Heller | Vice President, Communications
Beth is an independent event planner, d.b.a Rock Your World Events, who specializes in Production Management. She is the immediate past Director of Programs & Education for the ISES New York Metro Chapter. Beth was the Executive Producer of the 10th Annual Big Apple Awards Gala and the 2010 Tabletop Competition held at BizBash Expo. Other large-scale projects include the 2009 NY Chocolate Show. She has previously worked in the stock photography, advertising and music/entertainment industries.
Beth completed her Certificate in Meeting, Conference & Event Planning at the NYU School of Continuing & Professional Studies in the fall of 2010. She holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Beth lives in Brooklyn with her husband and infant son. She is an advisory board member and long-time volunteer vocal coach for the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and volunteer DJ Assistant and Photographer for KEXP, a listener-supported Seattle based radio station.
Morgan Steele Connacher | Director of Membership
Currently a Senior Project Manager with Fourth Wall Events, an Event Design and Production company that caters to high-end corporate and social clientele, Morgan is responsible for the planning and execution of corporate events both domestically and internationally, specializing in incentive programs for clients such as Verizon and IBM. Morgan’s most recent achievement includes a corporate incentive event in Las Vegas for approximately 1,000 guests, bringing together experiential décor and entertainment for two evening events: a Pop Art welcome dinner with a whirlwind of colors and a Masquerade Ball featuring a performance by Jennifer Hudson.
Prior to joining Fourth Wall Events, Morgan worked in both the educational and scenic production sectors of the industry. A member of ISES since 2004, Morgan is now serving her third term on the Board of Directors for the New York Metro Chapter. Morgan has a degree in Organizational Communication, Learning and Design from Ithaca College and a certificate in Event Management from George Washington University.
Alexis Fine DeAngelis is the Director of Catering for Bridgewaters and Twenty Four Fifth of The Glazier Group in New York. 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 has worked with The Glazier Group for the past seven years managing special events and catering for the New York properties, before taking the role as director this year. Details are never too small, including handmade sugar flowers for place settings, tiny decorated cupcakes, tuiles and specialized cocktails. Recently she introduced a Noodle Bar with varieties from across Asia, a Slider Bar with selections from braised short-rib to portabello mushroom. She plays an essential role in every function at these landmark destinations, which have hosted noteworthy social events for the past two decades.
Fine DeAngelis loves finding the right note of nostalgia for a special day. From a traditional seated dinner, to creating an over-the-top Vermont-style ski lodge, a country picnic or tea party, her enthusiasm and expertise make every event unique.
Adam Sloyer is the co-founder and Managing Director of Sequence, an events agency specializing in management, production and design. Having spent his career working for events companies of varying sizes, Sloyer’s vision for Sequence is an agency able to provide the big ideas and resources of a global firm with the personalized service and individual attention of a boutique.
Throughout the years Sloyer’s experience has spanned both b-to-b and b-to-c working with clients such as Elizabeth Arden, Barclays, Unilever, Porsche, and The Wharton School. He has been featured in various industry publications and blogs and is an instructor for the Event Leadership Institute.
Prior to the formation of Sequence, Sloyer held the position of CEO, North America for Global Events, where he helped the company achieve heightened growth and discernible recognition. Since 2009 Global Events received over 20 industry awards and frequented Special Events’ Top 50 List and Event Marketer’s IT List.
Adam got his start in events working as an intern at the National Hockey League, where he mastered the arts of treading lightly and looking busy. Following the NHL he went on to work for PGI (eventually acquired by TBA Global), and then to Paint The Town Red.
Adam is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, where he concentrated in Restaurant Management. He currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and son.
Celia Gannon | Director of Programs & Education
Celia brings over 10 years special event experience to her position on the ISES New York Metro Board. With an extensive background in event production and management, she has a particular talent for helping clients define their desired outcome and establishing a successful action plan to get them there. Celia also serves as a corporate spokesperson, shaping and communicating business campaigns and corporate messaging both on-stage and on-camera.
Celia’s affinity for creative branding comes from having worked in both the entertainment and advertising industries, followed by a rewarding tenure in the non-profit event sector. She holds a BA in Communications from William Jewell College and received her Professional Certificate in Event Management from New York University. A member of ISES since 2009, Celia has been honored with the Chapter’s “Vision of Tomorrow Award” and serves as Co-Producer for the annual ISES Sustainability Forum & Marketplace, working to educate the special events industry on eco-initiatives and sustainable practices.
Jill Drury is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Drury Design Dynamics, a full-service strategic communications company that believes inspired, engaged, and empowered people drive innovation, insight, and advantage. As a result, Drury has become the industry leader in: strategic messaging, corporate communications, planning and production of meetings, training programs, special events and entertainment.
Jill and her husband and business partner, Chris Drury, founded the company 30 years ago based on the simple philosophy of delivering superior quality work and building long lasting relationships with their clients and employees. Drury’s clients include the world’s foremost companies; IBM, Walmart, J&J and Google, among others. Drury has won over 200 major industry awards from a variety of festivals worldwide. Jill is responsible for ensuring Drury’s long-term growth by working closely with Operations, Project Management and key external sources to guide business decisions and make certain they align with the company’s brand and beliefs.
As a result of Jill’s deep, personal commitment to sustainability, Drury constantly strives to not only raise awareness and take action within its own four walls, but also to be an industry influencer; encouraging clients, partners, vendors, suppliers and destinations to adopt ever-higher standards of sustainable behavior.
Jill is proud that Drury Design Dynamics is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise,working to foster diversity, expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace. Drury is also a fully committed member and Silver Sponsor of the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC). Jill’s determination to reach the highest levels of corporate social responsibility is evident: Drury has been named as a Top 500 Women Owned Business in2010, Top 500 Diversity Owned Business in 2009 and 2010, Top 100 Women Owned Business in NY, and Top 100 Diversity Owned Business in NY.
Jill studied dance with the School of American Ballet for many years, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Boston University’s School of Public Communication. She is the proud mother of three children. She loves spending time with her family, being in Vermont,snowboarding in the winter and, of course, riding her bike to work.
Susan Hudgins is currently the Congress Director at StarChefs.com responsible for the design, development and execution of the annual International Culinary Congress, a three-day culinary symposium featuring more than 70 of the world’s most influential and innovative chefs, pastry chefs, mixologists and sommeliers. An event professional with over 10 years of planning experience, Susan oversees the Events department and is responsible for the ICC design, budget, logistical plan, schedule of events and onsite execution.
Prior to joining StarChefs.com, Susan was the Production Manager at Wizard Studios and served as the ICC Producer for three years. Under her production, Wizard Studios was award the ISES Big Apple Award, “Best Corporate Event Planner” for the 2010 ICC. With an incredible background in lighting, Susan is able to provide a deep knowledge base in technical assistance for lighting, sound and video. Susan’s background has provided her the opportunity to oversee and execute special events, tradeshows, product launches, corporate award dinners, weddings and non-profit fundraisers.
Susan is a proud member of ISES and has been their “Planner of the Month” on two occasions during the past two years. Susan was part of the two-member Décor Committee for the ISES Northeast Regional Conference in March of 2009. She also volunteers annually for Walk MS and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Mark Shearon | Director at Large
Mark is a Founder and Managing Partner of www.PROSCENIUMgroup.com who are a live event marketing and communications company based here in NY on 36th Street.
He is our very own Englishman in New York. You can hear it in his accent when he pronounces the word “mall” as “mawl”, and see it every day at 3pm when he takes tea with milk and a biscuit (that’s British for cookie). Teatime is the ideal setting for Mark to reflect even more deeply about his clients, their challenges, their needs and how he can help them to perform better every day.
Mark has spent the last 25+ years thinking about clients, opportunities and solutions. (He thinks with an accent too). Over that time he’s worked with the world’s best-performing brands on their most important communication and marketing programs. These include Ford Motor Company, American Express, Bank of America, ExxonMobil, Samsung and Walmart.
If Mark played cricket he’d be known as an “all rounder”. If he were in Hollywood he’d be known as a “triple threat”. If he were a knife, only the Swiss Army type would do. He has strategized with CEOs, created campaigns with Brand Managers, and collaborated with clients on the production of key product launches. Mark has fielded 26,000 business partners in a single game, played the leading role in sports marketing activations for 150,000+ consumers and cut to the chase for live meetings of 17,500 employees. His specialty is the any-scale, success-critical, high-performance, face-to-face, digitally-savvy event that drives Business to perform.
Prior to founding Proscenium, Mark worked on both sides of the pond with Imagination in London and for the last four years he led the Eastern Region and Engagement Communications practice for TBA Global in NYC, with clients in the Automotive, Technology, Oil & Gas, Communications, Finance and Retail industry sectors.
On a Summer evening, he loves nothing better than to be on his deck with his two boys and his wife Sharon (that’s right Sharon Shearon, she must love him) sipping a London Dry Gin and Tonic with Lemon. You can take the man out of England but you can’t take England out of the man. (We know; we’ve tried).
Ellie Winkleman | Director at Large
Ellie Winkleman began her career in the film industry in 1991 working for 3 Arts Entertainment, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and in 1994, became one of the original employees of industry powerhouse DreamWorks SKG. After eight years managing consumer products in Hollywood, she transitioned to the interactive entertainment industry working for major videogame and online publishers including Activision, Inc. (ATVI), GameSpy Industries and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.In 2002, Ellie moved headlong into event management with Applause, LLC and JKS Events, Inc. where she spearheaded events, planning and marketing activities for large corporate and private clients across multiple industry disciplines.
Ellie currently serves as Director of Corporate Events and the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for SL Green Realty Corp. (SLG) where she manages a multi-million dollar annual budget covering a broad range of corporate events, meetings and conferences for management and clients. Ellie is on the Board of Directors for the New York Chapter of ISES, and is a member of MPI and COPE. Ellie recently attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education program for Corporate Social Responsibility this fall.
After 30 years of previous work experience, Joan completed a certificate in Meeting and Event Management at New York University, an internship at Empire Force Events, and happily plunged into working for the diverse group of very creative people in the ISES New York Metro Chapter. Joan started her career in creative art therapies for special needs children and progressed to Assistant Executive Director of a medium size non-profit agency where she was responsible for development and operation of residential programs. Her low key style, commitment to collaboration, and analytical skills were tested and refined by the challenges of site development, community relations, team building, client care, regulatory compliance, and risk management.
Joan’s focus moved to events during her work at Mrs. John L. Strong Fine Stationery as Director of Operations in the showroom on Madison Avenue, the boutique at Barneys New York, and the workroom. Joan managed staff, coordinated the work of an international network of artisans, participated in product development and pricing, worked with clients on custom orders, and managed multiple projects needed to expand this small New York company to additional US and European locations. Currently Joan works as an Independent Planner and volunteers time as Director of Event Development on the Board of Directors for the Greenwich Village Jefferson Market Garden. Joan’s education includes an M.A. in Dance Education from Columbia University Teachers College and a B.A. in History from the University of Iowa.