Aaron Wolowiec

Aaron Wolowiec

MSA, CAE, CMP, CTA | VCARD

Aaron Wolowiec is a learning strategist and meetings coach for leading trade associations and individual membership societies across the United States. Committed to the latest research and trends on learning, intentional networking environments and meaningful transfer exercises, he launched Event Garde, a professional development consultancy, in 2011.

Cally Hill

Cally Hill

Director of Client Relations | VCARD

Credentials

CTA

Location

Lansing, MI

Bio

Cally supports organizational growth by building and maintaining relationships with both existing and prospective clients. Additionally, Cally leads many of the firm’s strategic marketing initiatives, including outreach to association leaders nationwide, and facilitates a number of financial recordkeeping responsibilities in collaboration with the organization’s accountant. Prior to joining Event Garde, Cally worked for a statewide trade association. Her responsibilities included customer service, project management and event planning.

Kate Pojeta

Kate Pojeta

Conventions & Exhibitions Manager

Location & Hometown

St. Clair Shores, MI

Bio

Early in her career, Kate served as association coordinator for the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, where she managed two associations and focused on developing leadership students and advisers. Coordinating about 40 conferences, meetings and camps annually gave her extensive experiences in event and information management. On top of the conferences, boards, marketing, membership and other duties that came with the job, Kate was also responsible for the association’s in-house technology projects and websites. Then she had kids! “To make a long story short, I exited the world of long hours, overnights and weekends at an association and traded it for a world of longer hours, nights and weekends working for myself - but with kids underfoot.” During early motherhood, Kate focused on consulting for clients from both business and association worlds on technology tools, as well as computer tech support and website development. Now she works with Event Garde clients on their conventions, exhibitions and more!

Adrienne Segundo

Adrienne Segundo

Credentialing Specialist

Location

Littleton, CO

Credentials

IOM

Bio

Adrienne is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management (IOM) program based in Athens, GA. She’s also a recipient of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) credentialing specialist certificate. In addition to her work with Event Garde, Adrienne and her husband, Keith, own a boutique association management company (AMC) specializing in the development and maintenance of certification programs. Based in Littleton, CO, Adrienne serves as its chief operating officer and chairman. Previously, she served as the director of credentialing and operations for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), as well as chief staff executive to multiple national association certification programs via Partners in Association Management. Adrienne has extensive experience in exam development, ANSI ISO 17024 accreditation, NCCA accreditation, education audits and credential marketing.

Kristen Parker

Kristen Parker

Digital Content Manager

Location

Lansing, MI

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, with a specialization in Political Science, Michigan State University
  • New Media Driver’s License – Michigan State University

Bio

Kristen joined Event Garde in June 2013 as digital content manager and is responsible for Event Garde’s various communication platforms, including the blog and newsletter. She also works for Michigan State University’s public relations office. Kristen is experienced in several key communication disciplines, including publications, print media, media relations, and issues communications. She is the former editor of an international trade publication and the former communications director for a nonprofit health care association. Kristen is a 2000 graduate of MSU’s journalism program.

Jenny Hill

Jenny Hill

Social Communication Coordinator

Location

Lansing, MI

Credentials

B.S., CTA

Bio

Jenny manages Event Garde’s social media presence by regularly posting to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Additionally, she maintains thousands of contacts in the firm’s database. Jenny earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University (CMU) and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) for Greater Lansing. When not supporting Event Garde clients, Jenny works for a multinational retail corporation and spoils her dog, Mylee.

Ben Kotenberg

Ben Kotenberg

Instructional Designer

Location & Hometown

Oshkosh, WI

Credentials

MS

Bio

Ben is a graduate of Illinois State University and holds a master’s degree in communication. During his graduate work, Ben completed Illinois State’s instructor training program and conducted original research on athletes in crisis, family businesses and small group communication. In addition to his work with Event Garde, Ben is an instructor for the University of Wisconsin where he teaches courses to traditional and adult degree learners in communication, management and information technology. Ben is also a staff member for the Health Information, Management and Technology joint venture program between the University of Wisconsin System and Bellin College of nursing where he helps prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders. Ben enjoys producing educational and small business promotional videos and can often be found looking through the viewfinder of a video camera or cutting together the latest shots in the editing bay. Ben and his wife, Annie, are avid travelers. After visiting all seven continents, they are on to their next goal of kayaking in all of the world’s oceans.

Tim Berghuis

Tim Berghuis

Accountant

Location

Grand Rapids, MI

Credentials

B.A., Calvin College

M.B.A., Grand Valley State University

Bio

I’ve worked in accounting for more than 30 years, starting at Calvin College, my Alma Mater, in 1983. After spending 18 years there, I changed jobs to work at Stepping Stones Montessori School and began my master’s studies at Grand Valley State University. Shortly after earning my degree in 2007 I started working for Grand Rapids Public Schools in their human resources office. I started my own accounting company – Tim Berghuis, Accountant – as a part-time venture while I changed jobs to work at the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC). In 2014 I finally realized my dream to become completely self-employed. My wife, Jill, and I also run an AirBNB operation from our home in the lively Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Jennifer Grau

Jennifer Grau

Karla Gutierrez

Karla Gutierrez

Tom Morrison

Tom Morrison

Holly Duckworth

Holly Duckworth

Aplebaum

Lowell Aplebaum

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Jessica Pettitt

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Jenny Stanfield

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John Rampton

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Jamie Notter

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Samantha Whitehorne

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Heidi Brumbach

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Sarah Lugo

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Samantha Moore

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Kevin Whorton

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Kelly Van Dyke

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Courtenay Allen

Philip Forte

Philip Forte

President, Blue Sky eLearn

24 Seven

24 Seven

Talent and recruitment agency

Kelly Clark

Kelly Clark

Manager of Online Marketing, Naylor Association Solutions

Angie Ahrens

Angie Ahrens

Senior Director of Meetings and Events, Connect Meetings

Jeff Cobb and Calista Steele

Jeff Cobb and Calista Steele

Cindy Parker

Cindy Parker

Content Specialist, Shift Learning

Stephen Meyer

Stephen Meyer

CEO, Rapid Learning Institute

Ellen Burns-Johnson

Ellen Burns-Johnson

Tracy King

Tracy King

Chief learning strategist and founder at InspireEd

Buck Dodd

Bucky Dodd

Heather Carnes

Heather Carnes