SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network announces the 2017 recipients of the industry’s first recognition for veteran meeting planners - SPIN:40 Over 40. This new initiative was created to recognize and honor planners who are industry role models, influencers, innovators, and pioneers.

“We had a great response to this call for nominations. The depth and breadth of what these individuals have achieved is amazing,” said Shawna Suckow, SPIN founder. “Just like our membership, this list is diverse and includes planners for large corporations, associations and smaller third-party agencies. Our award recipients speak, they teach, they plan large conferences, small incentive programs, work locally and globally and find time to mentor and volunteer.”

“This is an exciting and humbling honor to be recognized by SPIN for my contributions to the industry,” said Terri Woodin, CMP of Meeting Sites Resource. “There are so many truly amazing planners around the globe that work tirelessly to achieve great things for this industry, their company, and themselves, so to be selected as one of the first 40 is very rewarding.”

Marti Fox, CMP, CMM, CPECP, of GlobalGoals, Inc. echoed that sentiment and added, “We have taken different paths to get where we are today and are all committed to the elevation of the meeting planning profession.”


Deborah Agricola Kuns, CMP
Frosch & Christine Peat International

Jan Aument, CTSM Silver
Good Plan Jan

Melissa Benowitz
MRB Meetings & Management, LLC

Lisa Boyd, CMP, CEM, CASE
Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Patrice Bradshaw, CMP

Jody Brandes, CMP, CMM

Mozella L. Brown, CMP
M. L. Brown & Associates

Carolyn Browning, CMP, CMM, HMCC
MEETing Needs, LLC


Alexandra Carvalho-Lukachova, CMP
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (Kaiser Permanente)

Carolyn Davis, CMP
Strategic Meeting Partners, LLC

Corné Engelbrecht, CMP
Conference Consultancy South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Marti Fox, CMP, CMM, CPECP
GlobalGoals, Inc.


Leticia Harnung
LMH Consulting Services, LLC

Lori Hedrick, MHA, CMM, CMP, CSEP
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Abbey Herman, CMM
Meeting and Event Consultant for Fortune 500 Companies

Donna Johnson, CMP, CMM
Capitol Hill Management Services (CHMS)


Desirée Knight, CMP
The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA)

Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM
Strategic Meetings and Events

Wendy Laugesen, CMP

Michael D. Lynn, CEM, CME, CMM, CMP, CPC, CPECP
Global PEC Academy & Professional Tradeshow Resources

Pam Martin
Creative Meetings & Incentives (CM&I)

Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP
TML Services Group, LLC

Deborah Molique
Molique EPS

Pat Moore, CMP

Annette Naif
Naif Productions

Natalie Norris, CMP, CMM
Meetings and More, Inc.

Qualena Odom-Royes, CSEP, CMP, CDMP
EventEssentials, LLC

Barbara Ozenbaugh, CMP, CAE
Seaside Event & Non-Profit Management


Sanece Marie Poolas
Strategic Meetings & Events

Dana L Saal CMP, CAE
Saal Meeting Consulting

Heather Sampson, CMP, DES
Aspire Meetings & Events, LLC

Bonni Scepkowski
Stellar Meetings & Events


Arlene Schilke, CMP
Timewise Event Management Inc.

Marilee Sonneman, CMP, DMCP
Spotlight Sojourns

Karin Soyster Fitzgerald, CMP, CAE
International Association of Fire Chiefs

Chip G. Stockton, CMP
Conference ConCepts, Inc.


Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC, CFPM
Thrive! Meetings & Events

Heather Switzer, CMP
Winsight, LLC

Peg Wolschon, CMP, CTA
Calyx Software

Terri Woodin, CMP
Meeting Sites Resource