Senior Planners Industry Network


SPIN Announces 2018 40 Over 40 Winners: Industry's First Recognition Solely for Veteran Planners

SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network announces the 2018 recipients of the industry’s first recognition for veteran meeting planners - SPIN:40 Over 40. This initiative was created in 2017 to recognize and honor planners who are industry role models, influencers, innovators, and pioneers. 

“It was tough selecting only 40 people from the nominations,” said Tracey Smith, CMP, CMM, SPIN’s Executive Director. “The variety of work experience, volunteer efforts and industry advocacy this year’s group represents is truly outstanding.” 

“It’s an honor to be one of the recipients of SPIN’s 2018 group of 40 over 40,” noted Sean Schuette, CMP of Schuette on Duty Solutions. “As one of the original members of SPIN, I know personally of the impact the organization has had on me in my development in the industry as well as the friends and peers I have made over the years. Having my industry colleagues deem my contributions worthy is awesome.” Saira Banu Kianes, CMP, HMCC (who received multiple peer nominations) echoed that sentiment and added, “I am humbled that my industry colleagues recognized my efforts.” 

2018 SPIN:40 Over 40 Winners

Jacki Abramowitz, CMP – JackiAEvents Maralynn Adams, CMP - Corporate Event Group LLC
Tom Anderson, CMP - Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) Saira Banu Kianes, CMP, HMCC  - Banu Event Solutions & Training (B.E.S.T)
Shawn Barrie – evntdsgn Elizabeth Brubaker, CMP - E.B. Event Planning
Bitsy Burns, CMP - Southwest Veterinary Symposium Karen S. Charest, CGMP – WestEd
Deirdre L. Clemmons, CMP - ACI-NA Adonia Coates, CAE, CMP - American Thyroid Association
Elizabeth Davis Peeler, CMP, CMM - D-P Planning Meetings & Events Susan Delle Shaffette, CGMP - Team Dynamics LLC
Tyra Dyson, CMP - Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Carol Galle, CMP - Special D Events
Cheryl Gentry - Glow Global Events  LoriAnn K. Harnish, CMP, CMM, CTA, CED - Speaking of Meetings
Lynda Hoff, CMP, CMM - Ontario Nurses' Association Linda Hurtley - Linwood Group
Stephanie Jones, CMP, CAE - Water Environment Federation Jo-El Lacy, CMP - Lacy Event Consulting
Renee J.  Lewis, CMP - Infinity Management Group LLC James (Jim) Louis, CMP, CAE - Best Meetings Inc 
Miya Macken, CMP - Bishop-McCann  Francesca Mingione, CMP – IEEE 
Rebecca Moreland Green - The Moreland Group Susan "Sue" Morris, CMP - Essemm Events & Communication Inc.
Linda Nelson, CMP - To Plan Ahead Kathie Niesen, CMP - KMN Meetings and Events
Louise Olson, CMP - Zest Events Inc Judy Payne, CMP - GameStop, Inc.
Wendy Porter - Wendy Porter Events LLC Garland Preddy, CGMP - Society of Government Meeting Professionals
Dana Rhoden, CMP, CMM - Veterinary Education Network Paula Rigling, CMP - Meeting Planning Professionals
Sean R.  Schuette, CMP - Schuette on Duty Solutions, LLC Flavia St. Clair - PCM & Associates
Valerie Sumner - VRS Meetings & Events, Inc. Wayne Wallgren, CIS - Worldwide Incentives
Julie Wong, CMP - The Event Concierge Kathleen Zwart, CMP- KAZwart Meeting Management


The 40 honorees will each receive complimentary registration for SPINCon 2018 (one for the honoree, and one for their nominator or a fellow qualified planner), and they will be recognized at the conference in a ceremony amongst their peers. 


SPINCon 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018 at The Don CeSar Hotel, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Registration is Now Open!

$79 - VIP/Plus Members   $250 - Virtual Members

Suppliers May Only Attend as Sponsor

SPIN members curated the session topics and speakers for the education program as well as helping us plan the many wonderful experiences throughout the conference. Check out the agenda to see what’s new. Also exciting is the Small Business Intensive Workshop prior to the conference (Saturday evening and Sunday morning), designed to help small businesses determine their findability and likability in the marketplace. It will be delivered by Shawna Suckow and Heather Lutze at an incredibly special price of $299 for planners and $399 for suppliers—normally a $2997 value.

I encourage you to attend the brand-new event, SPIN:Chain on Sunday afternoon before the General Session. This will be a lively and highly interactive connection of planners and suppliers. Oh, and there are prizes!

We have an early cut-off date of September 7, so be sure to register early. VIP/Plus members pay just $79 and Virtual/Non-members pay $250. [Note: You can join/upgrade to VIP for $200 during registration, which gets you access to everything we offer, and then pay only $79 for SPINCon.]

Those who register by August 10 will be eligible for a super-fun Magical Mystery Grab Bag that will be the envy of all your friends. Bags will be distributed at SPINCon check-in and are not returnable.


See you at The Don CeSar,

Tracey Smith, CMP, CMM, Executive Director


Valerie Sumner - VRS Meetings & Events, Inc.

We are not all things to all people, we're just for you--for us--senior-level planners. By ‘senior’ we mean you’ve been in the industry for 10 years or more. Over the years you’ve likely dealt with robust budgets and belt-tighteners. You’ve had a really good boss or two, maybe a couple bad ones, and now you might even be the boss - running your own company. You may have fretted about losing your job or maybe you’ve actually lost one… or two--it’s okay, so have some of us.


Here’s the thing: Whether you’ve got reason to celebrate or vent, whether you need solutions or have solutions, or if you simply want to be with people who get it,  SPIN is your place!



"Wanted to reach out and say CONGRATS on SPIN’s anniversary! It’s hard to believe the organisation is already 10 years old; it’s a phenomenal group … and garners SUCH massive amount of  experience, wisdom; Only wish I was close enough to enable attendance at some events!" ~Dawn Farrell CMP, CEM - Owner / Managing Director, Farrell Events~

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