Stacey uses her business savvy, knack for interpersonal connection, and contagious energy to motivate teams towards new levels of success. As a motivational speaker, keynote speaker, and inspirational leader, Stacey uses her sincerity and genuine compassion to promote understanding across all levels of any business. Too often, ideas presented in a corporate environment come across as cold or sterile. As a “Corporate Storyteller," Stacey reframes numbers and facts as narratives which bring these ideas to life. Stacey helps her audiences to understand their roles and connections to these ideas with stories they both relate to and remember. By offering a fresh perspective, Stacey empowers people to take control of their own outlooks, and to understand the joy and purpose behind their work. With this new power and vision, teams gain effective communication, increased cooperation, and can work together towards a common goal. With more than a decade acting as a facilitator and coach to a long list of businesses, Stacey has the knowledge and expertise to connect with any audience. Recently she participated in a TED-talk style presentation on the psychology and practice of sustainable, personal change with Sage Talks by Sage Executive Group. As a Google Certified Speaker, Stacey works with Google and their Premier Partners to further enhance and grow their businesses. Stacey’s lectures inspire individuals on every level of an organization to find fulfillment and happiness in their work.
Dean has spent time on both sides of the negotiating table. He began his career over 30 years ago as a meeting planner and then made the switch to the supplier side. He started in sales in the audio visual realm of our business and then transitioned to hotel sales. Dean has held national sales positions with the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wyndham International, LXR Luxury Resorts, and Hilton as Director of Sales, Worldwide Accounts for Hilton’s Luxury Brands. Currently Dean serves as Global Sales Director at PRA, Inc., a leading Business Events Management Company. Having been involved in several trade organizations for the meetings industry, he has been a member of the board of directors of the New Jersey and Westfield chapters of MPI, and Committee Chair for the New York Society of Association Executives. He was a founding board member of the New York chapter of the Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA...formerly ACOM). In addition, Dean has served as President for both the New York Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the New York Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).
Sherri K. Lindenberg
Sherri K. Lindenberg sits on the Executive Team and is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Crump Life Insurance Services, a leading life insurance brokerage general agency in the US. She leads a team of marketing, communications and event management professionals to strategically design and deliver creative internal and external marketing programs and events. Working closely with the business units, the team provides high quality, compliant programs, tools and processes to position the company and its brands, grow sales and retain clients. Sherri has been with Crump since 2003 and plays a pivotal role in championing the company’s brands and its user experience vision for interactions with clients in all venues – from meetings and events to print and digital media, working closely with the company’s executive leadership team.
A past board member of Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP), Sherri chaired the newly-created Influence Committee, designed to strengthen the strategic role of meeting planning professionals within the industry and continues as an active member. She previously chaired the Symposia Committee, which organizes educational and networking events for FICP members and hospitality partners, in intimate/high engagement settings and previously was involved with the education committee and the annual meeting design team. In 2015 she was named one of MeetingsNet magazine’s Changemakers in recognition of her vision and leadership.
Aran Ryan is Director of Lodging Analytics at Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company, and is responsible for developing tools to help destinations, investors, operators and brands with strategic decisions. Aran has over 20 years of consulting experience in lodging, casino gaming, vacation ownership, and destination development. Prior to joining Tourism Economics, he was a Director in the Hospitality & Leisure consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). A graduate of Colby College, Aran earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
As a business psychology coach specializing in financial services, Barbara Kay partners with professionals, leaders and organizations on: Growth, Productivity, Teams, Communication, Behavioral Finance, Change, Women and Leadership. She speaks at conferences, builds workshops, and coaches professionals around the country. She holds dual degrees in Clinical Psychology and is author of numerous articles and two books, The Top Performer’s Guide to Change and The $14 Trillion Woman, Your Essential Guide to Engaging the Female Client. BKC is a certified WBE.
Melissa La Rue