INDUSTRY PANEL

Thursday, June 23, 8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Professional Growth and Personal Development

Supply Chain and How It Affects the Meeting Industry and YOU

Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

The supply chain has been affecting individuals around the world no matter what you're trying to get access to. We will hear from industry experts on how supply chain is affecting your job within the meetings and events industry. They will talk through the challenges they have seen but also solutions around last-minute changes.

Have questions during this session? Attend the Supply Chain and How It Affects the Meeting Industry and YOU Q&A breakout session at 10:45 a.m.

Meet the Panel

Lindsay Maloni-Kuntz

Lindsay Maloni-Kuntz, Global Sales Director, DMC Network

Lindsay Maloni-Kuntz is a Director of Global Sales for the DMC Network. Based in Western Massachusetts, Lindsay primarily serves the FICP market and the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US, and also brings with her a wealth of previous corporate experience. Lindsay’s past career highlights include time spent as an event manager for two Fortune 100 companies as well as four years of service on the FICP Board of Directors. Above all else, Lindsay is passionate about using her sales and strategic event management skills to increase brand awareness and support the delivery of high-quality events. When she’s not hard at work helping to evolve the events industry, Lindsay can be found pounding the pavement as an avid runner or cheering on her three boys at a wide range of sporting events — including hockey, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and golf! 

Amy Somer

Amy Somer, CMP, Event Manager, Meeting Management & Event Strategy, Liberty Mutual

Amy Somer is an Event Manager within the team of Enterprise Recognition Events at Liberty Mutual. Amy is responsible for sourcing, designing, and managing event operations for incentive conferences large and small, domestic and international. Fortunately, she works with a great team of mutually supportive professionals, both internally and externally.  Plus, she loves it, so that helps!

During her 25+ year career, Amy has planned events at MetLife, Mercer, and McKinsey & Company.  She also worked as a Conference Services Manager at the Hotel Jerome and the St. Regis Aspen in Colorado.

Amy is a member of the SITE Northeast Chapter Board of Directors, as Director of Events, New England. She is a graduate of Smith College and earned a Certificate in Conference and Meeting Management, NYU School of Continuing Education

After many years in NYC, Amy now lives in suburban Boston.  She’s putting her planning skills to the test this year while planning her wedding, where her Golden Retriever will be the flower girl. 

Jiaqi Tang

Jiaqi Tang, Director of Food and Beverage, Langham Hotels & Resorts

Jiaqi brings a wealth of luxury hotel experience to The Langham having previously worked for Peninsula Hotels in Chicago and New York, Hotel Casa Del Mar, The Beverly Hilton, The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and most recently The Proper Hotel Santa Monica. She has also executed two successful hotel openings over the Covid-19 pandemic; the Le Meridian in Arcadia and the Wayfarer Hotel in Los Angeles.

Jiaqi was born and raised in Shanghai, attended Hotel School in Hong Kong and has lived in Spain and England. When not living the hotel life, Jiaqi love spending time with her dog Daisy, a sheepadoodle, and dining out in LA’s finest ‘hole in the wall’ establishments. Jiaqi has a deep knowledge and love for wine (French and Italian specifically) and hopes to one day have her own wine shop.

Gail Rutowski

Moderator: Gail Rutkowski, President, Wabash Worldwide Logistics

Gail Rutkowski, is a veteran of more than 30 years in the transportation industry.  She has experienced both sides of the industry, from shipper to carrier, from small shipments to truckloads, from domestic to international.  Her experience runs the gamut from private fleet management with Quaker Oats and Belden Wire and Cable, to truckload sales with C. H. Robinson, to transportation management with Thomas & Betts and Medline Industries.

She started and ran the logistics services division at AIMS Logistics before leaving to start Wabash Worldwide Logistics.  

Gail was Executive Director of the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC).  Gail is a frequent speaker at a number of industry conferences and has published articles in Logistics Management, DC Velocity, and LQ Magazine.  In 2005, she was named one of the top 50 people in Logistics by World Trade Magazine.  In 2021 Gail received the Excellence in Transportation Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).  The award was then renamed the Gail Rutkowski Excellence in Transportation Award in her honor.

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