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    Join us for an engaging webinar where two key players from Otakon will share their firsthand experiences in overcoming challenges and achieving unprecedented success with Cadmium's Exhibitor Harvester.

    Join us for an engaging webinar where two key players from Otakon will share their firsthand experiences in overcoming challenges and achieving unprecedented success with Cadmium's Exhibitor Harvester. 

    Learning Objectives: 

    1) Understand the Challenges 

    • Grasp the historical context of Otakon's evolution over 30 years. 
    • Identify the limitations and challenges faced with their initial homegrown platform, emphasizing the need for change. 

    2) Explore the Solution 

    • Examine the unique features of Cadmium's Exhibitor Harvester that seamlessly addressed Otakon's challenges. 
    • Learn from Otakon's experience on how the software efficiently manages floor plans, rental applications, and invoices. 

    3) Master Exhibitor Harvester's Features 

    • Real-time Floor Plans: Understand how Otakon leveraged instant updates for a dynamic event space. 
    • Built-in Email Module: Explore the benefits of keeping all communications within the tool, streamlining interactions. 
    • Online Payment Portal: Discover how Otakon tracked invoices and integrated payment processors for a comprehensive view. 

    4) Analyze the Results 

    • Evaluate the impact of Exhibitor Harvester on Otakon's event experience through vendor and staff feedback. 
    • Delve into real-world examples showcasing the software's role in exceeding revenue goals. 

    5) Envision the Future 

    • Gain insights into Otakon's vision for industry standards and how Cadmium guides them toward association benchmarks. 
    • Understand the pivotal role technology plays in achieving Otakon's goals and elevating their event to new standards. 

    Who Should Attend: 

    Event organizers, event managers, exhibitors, vendors, and anyone interested in optimizing event management processes and boosting revenue! 

    Join us for an illuminating session that promises not just insights but actionable knowledge to transform your event management practices. Secure your spot now for an engaging and educational experience!

    Lacey Kishter, DES

    Vice President, Otakorp | Exhibitions Director, Otakon

    Otakon

    As the Vice President of Otakorp and Exhibitions Director of Otakon, Lacey oversees the management of each department at Otakon including their staff and budgets. Lacey uses event technology to foster collaboration and introduce innovative ideas, taking meetings from good to excellent. Her commitment to excellence has been acknowledged with the honor of being named in the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Top 20 under 30.

    Andy Zerrlaut

    Convention Chair

    Otakon

    For over 15 years, Andy has dedicated himself to volunteering to manage a 42,000-person event called Otakon. Alongside his wife, he dedicates countless hours to making Otakon a success, showcasing his exceptional project management skills. Andy also has two grown daughters who continue to inspire him, and a giant, lazy dog who adds laughter and love to his daily routine.

    Amanda Weaver (Moderator)

    Event Marketing Manager

    Cadmium

    Amanda manages all of the logistics surrounding Cadmium's conferences, tradeshows, webinars, and events. She brings a decade of experience to the role, with the majority of her background in the Financial Services industry. Amanda earned her Bachelor's degree from Temple University and currently resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband, two children, and their dog.

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    In this insightful session, we will delve into the comprehensive exhibitor management solutions offered by Cadmium’s Exhibitor Harvester. Discover how to elevate your events by streamlining exhibitor interactions, optimizing booth management, and ensuring a flawless experience for both organizers and exhibitors.

    In this insightful session, we will delve into the comprehensive exhibitor management solutions offered by Cadmium’s Exhibitor Harvester. Discover how to elevate your events by streamlining exhibitor interactions, optimizing booth management, and ensuring a flawless experience for both organizers and exhibitors. 

    Our expert presenter will guide you through the key features of Cadmium's exhibitor management platform, showcasing its capabilities in simplifying registration processes, enhancing communication channels, and maximizing exhibitor ROI. Gain valuable insights into how this innovative solution can transform your event planning workflow, saving you time and resources while boosting overall efficiency. 

    Whether you are an event professional looking to revolutionize your processes or an exhibitor aiming to maximize your impact, this webinar is your gateway to unlocking the full potential of Cadmium's exhibitor management tools.

    Key takeaways:

    • Understand the key features of Cadmium's exhibitor management platform. 
    • Explore the seamless data flow of exhibitor management with Cadmium's comprehensive suite of event management tools. 
    • Learn how to streamline exhibitor registration processes for improved efficiency. 
    • Gain insights into optimizing booth management for a more impactful event presence. 
    • Identify ways in which Cadmium's solutions can save time and resources in event planning workflows. 
    • Learn practical tips for maximizing exhibitor ROI. 
    • Get inspired by real-world examples showcasing successful implementations of Cadmium's exhibitor management tools.

    Register now to stay ahead of the curve in the dynamic world of event management and embark on a journey to elevate your events to new heights!

    Allison Zimmitti, DES

    Product Specialist, EventTech

    Cadmium

    With a decade of experience interfacing with clients and delivering exceptional attendee experiences, Allison excels in virtual and on-site support for live events. As a product specialist for Cadmium's EventTech software, she goes beyond implementation, providing comprehensive training on Cadmium products to internal team members and extending support to both new and existing customers. She helps dozens of associations and conference management groups to organize, maintain, and manage their event data by walking them through product training, troubleshooting, and submitting their feedback to the Product Owners and Development teams.

    Allison resides in Forest Hill and holds a BFA in Digital Arts & Design from Towson University and a Digital Event Strategist (DES) certification from PCMA.

    Jessie Reyes (Moderator)

    Director of Marketing

    Cadmium

    With over 15 years of experience developing and leading teams to define and deliver differentiated brand experiences that grow market share and build customer loyalty, Jessie has spent the last 8 years in the event marketing and continuing education sector. Jessie currently serves as a SaaS-oriented Marketing Director for Cadmium.

    Jessie holds an MBA from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in business with a concentration in marketing from the University of Massachusetts.

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    Join us as we delve into Cadmium's recent advancements and reveal our exciting plans for the future.

    Join us as we delve into Cadmium's recent advancements and reveal our exciting plans for the future. The webinar will commence with an overview of our 2023 technology updates, spotlighting the significant progress achieved by the Cadmium team throughout the year. Additionally, a sneak peek into the upcoming products and features planned for 2024 will be presented. The session will conclude with a dedicated Q&A, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and share feedback. Your participation and insights are highly valued, and we look forward to your presence at this session. We sincerely hope you can join us.

    John Pierson

    Chief Executive Officer

    Cadmium

    As CEO, John is responsible for leading Cadmium’s transformation and growth. His career spans 35+ years in the B2B software industry, helping scale both start-ups and publicly-traded companies. John has held senior leadership positions in several industry leading software companies like SAP, Hyperion, Global 360, Birst, Nuance Communications, and Winshuttle. John received Bachelor of Science degrees in commerce (marketing) and engineering (mechanical) from Drexel University, and a Master of Business Administration from Rensselaer
    Polytechnic Institute.

    Monte Evans, MS

    SVP, Product Management

    Cadmium

    Monte Evans is General Manager of Video at Cadmium, specializing in creating video technologies to power world-class events and enduring educational experiences. As an entrepreneur, Monte has started multiple businesses in the education sector. He has over 15 years of experience in consulting and designing technologies for collaborative digital media solution, high-volume direct to consumer products, and digital distribution channels.

    Monte spent his early career working with non-profits to bring STEM education to underserved populations, with a focus on computer modeling and simulations. At Cadmium, he continues to work towards creating technologies that incorporate enduring learning experiences with live and on-demand interactive virtual events. Monte earned a master’s degree in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Meghan Capiaghi

    Product Manager, Events

    Cadmium

    I graduated from Towson University in 2016 with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. During my time at Towson, I worked for the Housing Residence Life Department and loved helping students transition to living away from home for the first time and putting on many events for Res Life. I found that I loved being behind the scene in the success of those around me. Working on the engineering team here at Cadmium, I am able to continue what I love by being behind the scenes for making all your events a success.

    Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband, sweet son, and our shy pup, Winston. We love going on walks and explore new towns, especially if there is a winery. We're wanna be sommeliers, so we'll take any chance we get to learn more about wine in the region. We also enjoy flipping houses and bringing life to forgotten places. If you don't catch us with power tools or wine in our hands, you'll most likely find us catching up on the newest movies and hit shows.

    Jen Livingston

    Product Manager, Learning

    Cadmium

    I joined the CommPartners Division as an Event Producer in the Spring of 2010 following time in the Association space at the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Since joining CommPartners I have moved into many different roles across the Operations side of the organization, including time spent as the Direct of Online Events, Implementation Manager, & Operations Manager. In my latest role as Elevate Product Manager, I work closely with internal and external stakeholders to enhance Elevate LMS product to make it more efficient, easy to use and ensure it has the features our customers and prospects need.

    I am a graduate of University of Maryland with a degree in Marketing & Logistics and Supply Chain Management. In my spare time I enjoy being the quintessential soccer mom to 2 crazy cuties- Charlotte (7) and Cole (5). When I am not chasing them around from game to game, I love running and exercising, competitive UNO games and watching anything BravoTV.

    Jessie Reyes (Moderator)

    Director of Marketing

    Cadmium

    With over 15 years of experience developing and leading teams to define and deliver differentiated brand experiences that grow market share and build customer loyalty, Jessie has spent the last 8 years in the event marketing and continuing education sector. Jessie currently serves as a SaaS-oriented Marketing Director for Cadmium.

    Jessie holds an MBA from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in business with a concentration in marketing from the University of Massachusetts.

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    It’s spooky season, which means we’re in the mood to hear scary stories from beyond the screen. When the abnormal strikes during your conference or webinar, find out how Cadmium can help to make your event less scary and more spectacular.

    It’s spooky season, which means we’re in the mood to hear scary stories from beyond the screen. When the abnormal strikes during your conference or webinar, find out how Cadmium can help to make your event less scary and more spectacular.

    • Best practices: hear real-world horror stories and gain insights into strategies for a seamless eventwhether you’re hosting in-person, virtually, or hybrid.
    • Learn how to use innovative technologies to quickly solve onsite predicaments.
    • The life of a meeting planner is stressful enough! Familiarize yourself with our integrated suite of products and services to better manage your overall event.

    Jessie Reyes (Moderator)

    Director of Marketing

    Cadmium

    With over 15 years of experience developing and leading teams to define and deliver differentiated brand experiences that grow market share and build customer loyalty, Jessie has spent the last 8 years in the event marketing and continuing education sector. Jessie currently serves as a SaaS-oriented Marketing Director for Cadmium.

    Jessie holds an MBA from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in business with a concentration in marketing from the University of Massachusetts.

    Kerrie Cave

    Project Manager, EventTech

    Cadmium

    Born and raised in Southern Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1998. Began my career as a meeting planner in Washington, DC., had the opportunity to work with some amazing meeting planners at Hanley Wood and Courtesy Associates. After having my son, I relocated to Raleigh and worked for NC State University. While I was a conference manager with the university, we used the CadmiumCD product. I currently reside in Wilmington, North Carolina and work remote for Cadmium as a Project Manager. I look forward to working with clients and helping produce successful programs.

    In my free time I love to read, paddleboard, sit on the beach, hike, visit breweries, and go for a ride or camp in our 1973 Classic VW Bus called Bodhi!

    Kendra Matarozza

    Director of Online Events

    Cadmium

    Kendra is the Director of Online Events with Cadmium. Kendra first joined the company in 2009 where she lead the Event/Support team in daily operations and project management. Kendra and Team consistently collaborate to improve the department’s processes, strategic communications, event execution, and the cultivation of strong client relationships, which is at the core of Cadmium’s mission.

    Kendra has over 15 years of events, fundraising, development, and non-profit organizational experience. Kendra's events career began in the Special Events Department of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, before shifting to grassroots fundraising and income management with the American Cancer Society. While Kendra misses the days of penguins running around in company meetings at the Zoo, Kendra loves the accessibility and opportunities that online education offers in this ever-evolving field. Kendra received her master’s degree in Global and International Education from Drexel University where she studied the qualitative impacts experiential learning presents to the life-long student.

    Jennifer Vitek

    Project Manager, EventTech

    Cadmium

    Professionally, Jennifer has more than seven years of medical event experience designing and executing educational conferences ranging from 200 to 40,000 attendees. Jennifer earned her Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate in 2021 and has a BA in Communication Studies from George Washington University. She loves creating and implementing processes that streamline efficiency and organization! I’m fascinated by humans and the way we communicate. I feel strongly that partnerships and collaboration are the keys to event success.

    Jennifer has a rescue tabby cat named Penny, and loves to cook, hike, practice pilates, and explore Denver and the surrounding areas in her free time. Jennifer is hoping to take a vacation to Alaska someday.

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    Are you ready to revolutionize your event planning and management processes? Join us for an engaging and informative webinar as we explore the powerful potential of consolidating event technology and Association Management Systems (AMS) to streamline operations, enhance attendee experiences, and drive remarkable outcomes.

    Are you ready to revolutionize your event planning and management processes? Join us for an engaging and informative webinar as we explore the powerful potential of consolidating event technology and Association Management Systems (AMS) to streamline operations, enhance attendee experiences, and drive remarkable outcomes.

    Key Takeaways:

    · Understanding the landscape: Gain insights into the evolving landscape of event technology and Association Management Systems.

    · The power of integration: Discover how merging event technology with your AMS can help you unlock valuable data-driven insights.

    · Streamlining operations: Explore the efficiencies gained by centralizing event data, leading to reduced manual effort and increased efficiency.

    · Leveraging analytics and reporting: Harness the combined power of event technology and your AMS to measure event success and identify growth opportunities.

    · Best practices and case studies: Hear real-world success stories of organizations that have  integrated their event technology and AMS, and gain insights into strategies for a seamless implementation.

    Paul Zickert

    Vice President of Partnerships

    Cadmium

    Paul Zickert, Vice President of Partnerships, Cadmium. Over the past 22 years Paul has been involved with technology and sales within the healthcare, trade show and corporate events industries. Paul previously worked at CVS Health, CDW, Flexera and GES. Recently at GES he led the global team for product and pre-sales for client facing technology. Paul has spoken at events such as Dreamforce (Salesforce.com annual event), CAEM, IAEE, CEMA and more. For 2022 he was selected to be on the IAEE Tech Committee. Paul loves technology, the data that tells a story and the overall success technology brings in helping people reinvision their roles and the efficiency gains technology can bring.

    Jennifer Kerhin, CEM, CMP

    CEO

    SB Expos & Events

    Jennifer Kerhin, CEO of SB Expos & Events, has more than 20 years of experience working with association tradeshows. Jennifer has a certification in meeting planner (CMP) and exhibition management (CEM), an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and substantial executive-level association experience.

    SB specializes in association events. As a technology-driven company, we are uniquely positioned to integrate live and hybrid components to maximize your association event’s potential. We develop non-dues revenue from association meetings through exhibits, sponsorships, registration, and advertising while reducing association expenses by optimizing event management practices.

    Understanding that active involvement within associations is the key to success, Jennifer is a committed member and volunteer in IAEE. She has been a speaker at ASAE’s Annual Meeting and IAEE’s ExpoExpo! She also founded the IAEE DC Chapter Women Leadership bookclub.

    Heather Seasholtz, CMP-Fellow, DES

    Vice President, Operations

    Conference Managers

    Heather Seasholtz, CMP-Fellow, DES is the Vice President, Operations at Conference Managers and has been in the meeting, event, and operational management industry since 2000.  Heather takes pride in leading collaborative teams and enjoys mentoring emerging professionals and college students entering the meeting and event industry.  She has worked on large city-wide conventions of 60,000 attendees, smaller incentive meetings, domestic programs, international congresses (including The Netherlands), and everything in between.  She is a member of the inaugural class of CMP-Fellows (Certified Meeting Professional) from the Events Industry Council and has earned her Digital Event Strategist (DES) certification.