Meet Our Team

The AMI Team encompasses a wide array of event marketing and meeting professionals working across an impressive list of industries and meeting types. Led by a seasoned leadership team, our clients benefit from our history, knowledge and expertise. We look forward to meeting you!

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Andy McNeill
Principal & CEO
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Todd Bludworth
Principal & Chief Marketing Officer
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John Cotter
Chief Operating Officer, Meeting Operations
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Kelly Cabitt
Vice President, Internal Operations
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Aurelio De Mendoza
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
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Melissa Miner
Vice President, Marketing & Business Development
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Stephanie Uncapher
Meeting Operations Manager
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John Barone
Meeting Operations Manager
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Tatiana Piedrahita
Office Manager & Executive Assistant
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Randy Officer
Sr. Director of Global Business Solutions
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Laura Medina
Staff Accountant
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Cory Howard
IT Director
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Bill Payne
Creative Director
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Deanna Izquierdo
Project Meeting Manager
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Jared Stein
Project Meeting Manager
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John Totino
Project Meeting Manager
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Alicia Palma
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director
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Anna Alustiza
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director
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Ana Pieroncely
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director
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Catherine Labry
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director
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Maria Totino
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director
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Maryclare Kirkwood
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director
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Nastassia Santamaria
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director
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Tracy Kuipers
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director

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Andy McNeill
Principal & CEO

About:Andy is our CEO and Founder. With over 25 years of experience in the event marketing and meeting management space, he brings a wealth of knowledge to our clients.

Client Snapshot: Novartis, Carnival Cruise Lines, DHL, Cleveland Clinic, Mars, PC Connection, AlphaGraphics, Office Depot, MannKind, Pfizer, Abbott, Shire, Baxter

Expertise: Strategic Meeting Consulting, Meetings, Conferences, Advisory Boards, Tradeshows, Board of Directors

Interesting Tidbit: Andy has a passion for hiking!

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Andy is a true veteran of the meetings and events industry and has more than 25 years of experience in the profession. Andy’s weekly blog off the American Meetings website is one of the industry’s leading blogs and was recently picked up to provide content to Meetingsnet and on Corporate Meetings Network. He is frequently interviewed for articles by journalists regarding trends in the event marketing and meeting management spaces. Developing meeting strategies is his expertise and his passion. He has assisted firms in a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, biotech, healthcare, consumer, sports marketing and investment banking to name a few. Andy brings a wealth of knowledge to the AMI team. He firmly believes in the strategic meeting marketing model, and provides consulting services to Fortune 100 clients on the practice. After graduation from Florida State with a degree in Marketing, Andy began his career in the event marketing group at Florida State Athletics. Soon after, he launched his own event marketing company and after five years merged with a major sports marketing firm in 1995 out of Dallas, Texas.  Andy spent six years with NSG Corporation as the Senior Vice President leading the sales and marketing for the firm who produced events for over 200,000 attendees annually in the United States and across the globe. Revenues exceeded $25 million a year. Andy and the NSG team worked with the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta to produce portions of the Opening Ceremonies. Following NSG, Andy secured the role as COO at Fanizzi Associates, one of the nation’s largest event pharmaceutical firms. There he managed the overall operations of the company who executed over 400 events annually for physicians and internal pharmaceutical clients. Revenues exceeded $40 million a year.  In 2002, Andy left Fanizzi Associates, and launched AMI with the vision of owning and operating a premiere event marketing and meeting management firm. Since 2002, AMI has grown into a multi-million dollar organization producing hundreds of events annually.  The firm has managed programs in more than 20 industries for clients such as Novartis, Mars, Cleveland Clinic, J & J, Baxter, Pfizer and Office Depot.  Andy’s vision of keeping AMI on the forefront of meetings technology, theory and practice has made it an industry leader. The completion of AMI’s new state of the art, 5,000 square feet corporate facility, is a crowing accomplishment as AMI entered its decade anniversary in 2012.

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Todd Bludworth
Principal & Chief Marketing Officer

About:As AMI’s CMO, Todd has trained and developed a superior staff and executes professionally branded meetings and events. Todd and his team have successfully established brand identity and recruited attendees to meetings, events and conferences throughout the United States and around the globe.

Client Snapshot: Novartis, Pfizer, MannKind, Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, Shire and Baxter, PC Connection, AlphaGraphics, Office Depot, Fort Lauderdale Mariner's Club, Carnival Cruise Lines, DHL, Cleveland Clinic, The Vitamin Shoppe

Expertise: Advisory Boards, KOL Meetings, Tradeshows, Sales Incentive Programs,VIP Events & Galas

Interesting Tidbit:Todd grew up in a military family and spent his early years living in many places including Germany, Hawaii, Kansas and Florida before his Father retired from the military and became a lobbyist in Washington, DC.

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Todd, along with an older brother and sister, grew up in a military family and spent his early years living in many places including Germany, Hawaii, Kansas and Florida before his Father retired from the military and became a lobbyist in Washington, DC. Calling northern Virginia home, Todd worked summers as a Page in the US Senate, and has the unique experiences of being in the Oval Office, Air Force 1, and at several State of the Unions and inaugural addresses. Todd attended Virginia Tech and immediately following graduation relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he managed fundraising efforts and candidate appearances for a state senate campaign. Following the election, Todd accepted a position as manager of special events and promotions in South Florida for Anheuser-Busch. Todd spent seven years working on some of South Florida’s largest and most successful events, including several Super Bowls, the World Series & some of the nation’s largest PGA & LPGA Golf Tournaments, helping Anheuser-Busch meet and exceed their marketing objectives. In 2000, Todd accepted a position as Project Manager with one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical event marketing firms where he coordinated marketing strategy and executed events for some of the pharmaceutical industry’s largest companies. He led the event strategy of the blockbuster psychiatric drug, Risperdal, and developed KOL meeting strategies in therapeutic areas such as diabetes, oncology and gastroenterology. Everyone who has met Todd understands his incredible attention to detail and focus on client service. In 2005, Todd joined the AMI team as their Chief Marketing Officer, and became a principal owner in 2006. He continues to train and develop a superior staff and execute flawless meetings and events. Working with companies such as Novartis, Pfizer, MannKind, Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, Shire and Baxter, Todd and his team have successfully managed meetings, events and conferences throughout the United States and around the globe.  He is passionate about implementing new technologies into the event planning and execution process as well as giving devoted focus to the attendee experience. On a personal note: Todd is married and in 2010 welcomed one son and one daughter who also happen to be twins.  As a family, they enjoy spending as much time as possible in northern Vermont and travelling internationally.  According to Todd, there is nothing better than enjoying cool summers hiking in the mountains and being outdoors. He has donated his time and talents to the United Way, Covenant House and the Humane Society for charitable events through the years. Connect with Todd on LinkedIn

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John Cotter
Chief Operating Officer, Meeting Operations

About: John is the hands-on leader of our AMI Project Management team ensuring that AMI’s high standards of excellence are realized through every meeting we touch, from conception to execution. His extensive experience in the event industry coupled with his keen business sense ensure that every client and attendee’s expectations are met to the fullest.

Client Snapshot: Dow Jones & Co., Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Reynolds American, Mars Inc., E&J Gallo Winery, McCormack Spice Company, Eastman Kodak, Hewlett-Packard and both the Democratic and Republican National Committees

Expertise: Sales and Product Launches, Employee Incentive Programs, Conferences, Congresses, and Trade Shows

Interesting Tidbit:John enjoys boating the beautiful waterways of Fort Lauderdale and the preservation of historic, mid-century architecture of South Florida.

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John was bitten by the event planning bug at an early age. In 1981, as a high school junior in upstate New York, he coordinated a summer tour of New York’s Big Apple Circus which benefitted local hospital auxiliaries. This established a lifelong passion for event planning, as well as a desire to “give back” to his community.  While studying marketing at the State University of New York in Corning, he kept himself busy during summer breaks by building a successful event planning business that provided staffing for corporate sponsor events taking place at the Watkins Glenn International Raceway in conjunction with their NASCAR series. For the past 25 years, John has been a leader in the meeting and event planning industry, working with clients in a variety of industries including healthcare, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and publishing.  Before joining AMI, his clients included Dow Jones & Co., Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Reynolds American, Mars, Inc., E&J Gallo Winery, McCormack Spice Company, Eastman Kodak, Hewlett-Packard and both the Democratic and Republican National Committees. In 1986 he joined Field Marketing, Inc., a California-based event marketing firm specializing in consumer product campaigns.  John has planned events ranging from marathons to political conventions.  He has executed programs at venues as diverse as the Norfolk Naval Air Station and Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival and has overseen meetings ranging from a dozen to several hundred attendees. Over the years, John has developed strong relationships with a broad range of clients and vendors and believes that these relationships are the foundation of his success. John joined the AMI team in 2001.  His interests outside of the meetings and events industry include volunteering for the local Labrador Rescue organization, boating the beautiful waterways of Fort Lauderdale and the preservation of historic, mid-century architecture of South Florida. Connect with John on LinkedIn

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Kelly Cabitt
Vice President, Internal Operations

About:Kelly’s primary focus is overseeing internal operations, guiding all program closeouts through to reconciliation, and driving high-level event reporting to our clients.

Client Snapshot: Shire, Office Depot, DHL, Novartis, MedImmune, Mannkind & Cleveland Clinic, PC Connection, AlphaGraphics, Fort Lauderdale Mariner’s Club, DHL, The Vitamin Shoppe

Expertise: Revenue-based events such as Conferences, Congresses, and CME Programs

Interesting Tidbit:Kelly enjoys spending time with her fiancée and one year old son, Aeden, and is a die-hard Virginia Tech fan.

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Kelly, who has been a key member of AMI for 10 years, also has the distinction of being the company’s first employee. Upon graduation from Virginia Tech in 1996 with a B.A. in Communications and a Minor in Marketing Management, Kelly began her career with Aetna, the nation’s largest insurance carrier, as a Sales Support Specialist.  In this capacity, she formulated premium rates and generated proposal packages for prospective customers, and processed renewal plans for existing clients.  Because of her high-end interpersonal skills and leadership qualities, she was chosen to be the head trainer on the rollout of software programs integral to the company’s rating methodology.  Armed with the new program mastery, Kelly oversaw the training and development of all in-house users among multiple regional field offices.  In 1999, Kelly was promoted to Sales Support Consultant where she helped sustain high profile accounts including Fairfax County Public Schools, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments & the Nature Conservancy.  Her final move came in 2001, in the role of Account Manager, with sole ownership of 35 Select Market accounts (50-300 employee lives.) After an illustrious career at Aetna, Kelly pursued her dream to relocate from Northern Virginia to sunny South Florida, where she joined AMI and quickly became an integral part of the new team as Vice President of Client Services.  Multi-tasking on the front lines, Kelly drove event sales, managed all client communications and piloted AMI’s tradeshows, expositions and seminars on-site.   The company grew rapidly, and so too did Kelly’s role.  She directed a programming team on the development of AMI’s proprietary event management software, Meetingsoft®, which over the years has had several tens of thousands of registrants pass through its virtual doors.  Kelly also built out the site for AMI’s promotional products division:  BrandIt Amenities & Promotions. Today, Kelly’s primary focus is overseeing internal operations, guiding all program closeouts through to reconciliation, and driving high-level event reporting to clients such as Shire, Office Depot, DHL, Novartis, MedImmune, Mannkind & Cleveland Clinic. She also administers the company’s HR and security policies, supervises the Accounting Department and liaises with AMI’s IT Support team. Kelly brings to the company her loyalty and expansive skills set.  To AMI’s clients, she brings her attention to detail, gold star customer service, and the ability to make their needs come first. Kelly is recently engaged to her boyfriend of nine years, enjoys time with her family and is a die-hard Virginia Tech fan. GO HOKIES! Connect with Kelly on LinkedIn

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Aurelio De Mendoza
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

About:Aurelio brings years of experience organizing events, strategic teams and large scale projects to the AMI team as the lead on the American Meetings Network and Partner Meeting Planner programs. He excels in his ability to effectively manage team members towards success. Aurelio’s career has spanned the fields of Education, Healthcare, MRO and Spirit where his leadership efforts have built successful teams that work well together.

Client Snapshot: Sanofi Aventis, Boehringer Ingelheim, InVentiv Health, University of North Texas, Florida International University, DeVry University, Varsity Spirit Group, Grainger, Baptist Health, Jackson Health Systems, HCA Healthcare

Expertise: Large Scale Events and Championships, Pharmaceutical Conferences, Educational forums, Corporate Meetings and Trade Shows, Lunch and Learns, Sales Incentive Programs

Interesting Tidbit:Aurelio spends a large part of his time with his family which includes his 5 nieces and nephews. He is a super fan of all South Florida sports teams: Go Heat, Dolphins and Marlins!!!

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Aurelio has had the opportunity to work in several fields during his career.  As a student at Florida International University he was a member of the collegiate National Championship cheer team.  This allowed him to organize and lead events and championships with the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA).  He graduated with his Bachelors in Education and became a special education teacher in Miami-Dade County.  After earning a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Aurelio moved to Dallas, TX where he was a Director for the NCA leading a national staff and organizing even larger events. He later worked at the University of North Texas as the director of a federal grant program called GEAR UP.  This allowed him to lead his team and help organize educational and government programs locally and nationally.  After the grant was successfully completed Aurelio worked in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries in several capacities.  This industry allowed him the opportunity to relocated back to his home in South Florida to be near his family.  While working at DeVry University he earned an MBA and transitioned to yet another industry with Grainger.  As a team leader, Aurelio has enjoyed working with small and large groups united towards achieving personal and group goals.  He is excited to be heading the American Meetings Network while keeping a positive work-life balance.  He can often be seen running around after his 5 nieces and nephews on his time off.

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Melissa Miner
Vice President, Marketing & Business Development

About:Melissa’s extensive experience in both marketing as well as the meeting and event industry serves her well in her role as our Vice President of Marketing & Business Development.

Client Snapshot: DHL, BioFlorida, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Carnival Cruise Lines, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, National Aquarium, Wyndham Vacation Ownership

Expertise: Marketing, Conferences, Congresses, Trade Shows, Advisory Boards, KOL Meetings

Interesting Tidbit:Melissa is married with two school-age children. She spent part of her younger years studying abroad in Rome, Italy and touring Europe. Travel is her passion, and she loves experiencing new cultures and destinations with her family.

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Melissa spent her young adult life traveling through Europe and living in Italy, and there grew her passion for travel, event planning and experiencing new things. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism, Melissa began her career as an Executive Sales Rep for G.Neil Companies, the largest business-to-business direct marketing, sales, service and fulfillment organization to serve the Human Resurces industry. She quickly moved up the corporate ladder to become a Product Manager and launched their newest Workplace Testing and Safety products line to huge success. After 5 years with G.Neil, Melissa came to miss traveling and decided to make a career change back to the meeting and event industry, becoming a Project Manager for Fanizzi Associates. During her time at Fanizzi, Melissa continued her passion for meetings and events by successfully planning and executing international Pharma meetings for such organizations as Johnson & Johnson, Janssen and Novartis Pharmaceuticals among other clients. Melissa joined the AMI team as a project manager in 2007, and here she was able to combine her marketing skills with her experience in travel and events. Her flair for creativity combined with her understanding of technology and first-hand knowledge of the industry has served her well in her role as our Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. She is instrumental in successfully launching AMI’s attendee marketing solution, AttendeeBuilder and is a contributing editor of our Quarterly Newsletter and Weekly Blog, American Meetings Today. She has also produced several of our promotional videos, and she manages our website as well as all of our Social Networking sites. Melissa was born in Massachusetts, and at a young age her family relocated to Florida, where she later met her husband, Steve, a Florida native. During her down time, Melissa enjoys traveling with her husband and two young children and building a similar passion in them by exposing them to new destinations and cultures. Connect with Melissa on LinkedIn

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Stephanie Uncapher
Meeting Operations Manager

About:Starting at the front lines with front office and registration, Stephanie is now a seasoned meeting professional and an expert in all event systems, project management and customer service.

Client Snapshot: PC Connection, Novartis, MannKind, Fort Lauderdale Mariner’s Club, Ortho-McNeil, AlphaGraphics, Mars, BioFlorida, DHL, The Vitamin Shoppe, MannKind

Expertise: Conferences, Seminars, Advisory Boards, Sales Launches, Lunch and Learns

Interesting Tidbit:Stephanie’s personal life has been busy as well with a marriage and a new baby boy within the last 18 months.

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Stephanie has been a professional in the meeting planning and event industry for over 11 years. Starting at the front lines with front office and registration, Stephanie is now a seasoned meeting professional and an expert in all event systems, project management and customer service. From conferences, advisory boards to intricate series of lunch and learns, Stephanie has a broad range of expertise in event marketing and meeting management. Stephanie began her career at one of the pharmaceutical industries' largest meeting planning firms, Fanizzi Associates. At this firm, she managed complex series of events for thousands of physicians and clinicians. She was soon promoted from front desk to office manager and then to meeting planning assistant. She worked with such industry leaders as Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and Ortho-McNeil. From Fanizzi, Stephanie began her career at AMI. She continued to hone her meeting planning skills and was promoted to Meeting Operations Manager where she oversees thousands of registrations monthly and project manages conferences. Working with clients such as PC Connection, Novartis, MannKind and one of the Marine Industries largest conferences, she interacts with almost all of AMI’s clients. Everyone who has been on the other side of the phone with Stephanie understands her incredible customer service skills, where she has the goal of leaving a smile on every attendee's face. Stephanie’s personal life has been busy as well with a marriage and a new baby boy within the last 18 months. AMI is proud to have her on our team!

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John Barone
Meeting Operations Manager

About:John is dedicated to details and works hand-in-hand with his clients to ensure a smooth execution of every program he touches. His clients and their attendees are drawn to his warm personality, professional demeanor and calming presence.

Client Snapshot: American Express, Cleveland Clinic, The Vitamin Shoppe, PC Connection

Expertise: Consumer-Driven Events, Trade Shows, CME Programs, Lunch and Learns, Sales Incentive Programs

Interesting Tidbit: John is a foodie at heart and enjoys his down-time at home with friends, family and his sweet Labrador, Dakota.

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Coming off of a 12 year run as Marketing Manager for the exclusive sales rep firm for American Express Publishing, and 18 years in the advertising and marketing world, John Barone joins the AMI family and brings his keen marketing savvy and strategic thinking to our team. “Publishing is a fast-paced industry, so I’ve fit right in as Project Manager at AMI”, says John. Managing clients’ needs and expectations is one of John’s many strong attributes, and his personality shines though in any situation! His loyalty, dedication and very strong work ethic, make John a valuable addition. His exceptional background has made him a valuable asset to accounts he has and is currently working on with AMI. Some of these accounts include PC Connnection, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Vitamin Shoppe and BioFlorida. John is a bit of a foodie and his love of travel was borne out of his many years working with the top travel, food and lifestyle publications. As many others, John is a New York transplant but has been a Florida native for the past 22 years. Although he enjoys the sun and the sand, he’s also at home barreling down a mountain of snow! He appreciates his down-time at home with a great merlot and with his friends and family (and sweet little Labrador, Dakota!) Connect with John on LinkedIn

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Tatiana Piedrahita
Office Manager & Executive Assistant

About:Tatiana is behind our Front-End Operations managing our office and reception areas as well as supporting our accounting and executive teams. Throughout her career, Tatiana has worked in roles ranging from cost control, database management, IT development and marketing.

Client Snapshot: Cleveland Clinic, Human Rights Campaign, EPS (Bogota), Social Security Offices of Colombia, AlphaGraphics, Mars, Carnival Cruise Lines

Expertise: Global Meetings, CME Programs, International Advisory Boards, Sales and Product Launches, Congresses

Interesting Tidbit:Tatiana was born in Colombia and moved to the US with her family in 2006. She loves spending time with children, reading, and watching TV, and she considers herself a “techie” at heart.

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Tatiana is behind our Front-End Operations managing our office and reception areas as well as supporting our accounting and executive teams. Tatiana was born in Colombia and earned a 5-year degree from the University San Martin in Bogota in systems technology as well as a post-graduate in SAP Finance. During her young adult life in Bogota, Tatiana worked through the ranks of EPS (Colombia’s Public Health Services Organization), and continued her career with Colombia’s Social Security offices in roles ranging from cost control, database management, IT development and marketing. Tatiana’s strong working knowledge of technology and computer systems combined with her practical skills with Microsoft Office applications make for a successful combination here at AMI. Tatiana has a vast love of learning, and is always offering her expert assistance to every member of the AMI team. Her experience living and working in two countries helped her enhance her bilingual skills and her interaction with a wide range of individuals.

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Randy Officer
Sr. Director of Global Business Solutions

About:Randy has more than 17 years’ experience in the incentive marketing and meetings industry. He has a tremendous reputation in the travel community, and the value he offers has helped organizations improve performance by as much as 25%, forged stronger relationships with the clients’ guests (customers) and generated a higher level of loyalty and dedication related to his client’s goals and objectives.

Client Snapshot: SC&H Group, Sara Lee, USFS, Visa International, and American Car Care Centers

Expertise: Global Meetings, CME Programs, International Advisory Boards, Sales and Product Launches, Congresses

Interesting Tidbit:Randy and his wife Mary have three grown sons and two young grandchildren. Some of his passions include listening to all genres of music, major and collegiate sports, theatre and traveling the world.

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Randy has more than 17 years’ experience in the incentive marketing and meetings industry. Having owned and operated a marketing and incentive management company for 10 years, Randy offers tremendous value by understanding his clients’ needs when delivering measured execution of progressive reward and motivational programs. He has achieved superior results through strategic design and creative execution of client programs. During his career, Randy has worked in partnership with some of the most respected companies in America including SC&H Group, Sara Lee, USFS, Visa, and American Car Care Centers. He has facilitated business events such as incentive travel, national trade conferences, sales meetings, product introductions, board meetings and corporate retreats. Some of Randy’s programs have been recognized in publications such as the Business Journal, Smart CEO, Corporate Meetings and Incentives, as well as, Selling Power. Some of the incentive programs receiving recognition were programs held in the US, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cancun, London, New Zealand and Iceland. Randy has a tremendous reputation in the travel community, and the value he offers has helped organizations improve performance by as much as 25%, forged stronger relationships with the clients’ guests (customers) and generated a higher level of loyalty and dedication related to his client’s goals and objectives. Randy and his wife Mary have three grown sons and two young grandchildren. Some of his passions include listening to all genres of music, major and collegiate sports, theatre and traveling the world. He is most gratified experiencing and learning about other cultures. He is humbled by the beauty he sees in the people and destinations he’s experienced while escorting his client groups around the world.

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Laura Medina
Staff Accountant

About:While Laura’s past 8 years of experience have been primarily in accounting and finance, she is no stranger to the meetings and events industry. A New York native, Laura spent her college years working at sporting arenas for Boston Concession as a beverage supervisor and inventory control manager. As AMI’s Staff Accountant, Laura’s primary responsibilities include invoicing, accounts payable, bank reconciliations, payroll and tax preparation.

Client Snapshot: Cleveland Clinic, Mars Inc., AlphaGraphics

Expertise: Revenue-based events such as Conferences, Congresses, and CME Programs

Interesting Tidbit:Laura moved to Florida in 1991, and volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader for several years. She loves to sew and spends all of her free time making clothes for her 7 grandchildren.

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While Laura’s past 8 years of experience have been primarily in accounting and finance, she is no stranger to the meetings and events industry. A New York native, Laura spent her college years working at sporting arenas for Boston Concession as a beverage supervisor and inventory control manager. In the early 80’s, Laura worked as a Territory Sales Manager for a major tobacco company implementing special programs and promotions and presenting at District and Regional events. After raising her family, Laura segued in to Accounting for several major accounting firms. As AMI’s Staff Accountant, Laura’s primary responsibilities include invoicing, accounts payable, bank reconciliations, payroll and tax preparation. Laura moved to Florida in 1991, and volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader for several years. She loves to sew and spends all of her free time making clothes for her 7 grandchildren.

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Cory Howard
IT Director

About:Cory grew up working with IT and joined the corporate IT ranks before graduating High School. He later joined the US Army as an IT Specialist and graduated training at the top of his class with Honors. Through his work with Dynamic Network Support (DNS), Cory has learned and continually works to master any and all aspects he can. His certifications include Microsoft, Apple, security, various web technologies, and he holds a degree in Computer Science.

Client Snapshot: Elite Crew International, Oak Construction, Cleveland Clinic, AlphaGraphics

Expertise: Data integrity and confidentiality, Complex IT problem solving, System Security, premier customer support

Interesting Tidbit:Cory has over 5 years of experience in the Army Reserves. He works out daily and loves to play with new technologies as soon as he can get his hands on them. He and his wife Jessica recently welcomed their new infant son Damon.

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Bill Payne
Creative Director

About:Bill is the driving force of all things creative at AMI. His talent lies in his passion for listening and interpreting our clients’ visions during the creative process; however, his ability stretches far beyond just creative. Bill brings 20+ years of experience in programming and has developed user interfaces for many of our solutions including MeetingSoft, our custom employee awards platforms, and online marketing strategies. Bill is the winner of multiple design awards including The American Advertising Foundation (Addy's), Print Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine. He has developed brand guidelines and managed print and online materials for several Fortune 500 companies.

Client Snapshot: John Deere, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Quintiles, Syngenta, General Electric, Cleveland Clinic, Carnival Cruise Lines

Expertise: User Experience (UX) Design, Brand Management, Data & Information Architecture, Print, Digital Animation, and Web & Interactive Materials

Interesting Tidbit:In his free time, Bill likes to fish & surf, and believe it or not, he can recite all of the prepositions in the English language! If you don't believe him just ask!

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Deanna Izquierdo
Project Meeting Manager

About:Deanna is a highly talented project manager with over 12 years of meeting and event planning experience. Deanna is a dynamic and innovative professional with wide experience in customer service, logistical arrangements and project management.

Client Snapshot: Johnson & Johnson, Schering Plough, Merck / MSD, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Novartis Vaccines

Expertise: Global Meetings, Product Launches, Advisory Boards, VIP Galas, Training Meetings

Interesting Tidbit:Deanna, a native Floridian, enjoys spending all her free time with her daughter Mya. She also enjoys practicing yoga, reading, enjoying the Florida sunshine, cooking, boating, snorkeling, and of course shopping!!!

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Jared Stein
Project Meeting Manager

About: Jared has 12 years of experience working for marketing-driven companies like BellSouth and KPMG in both corporate communications and Internet-marketing strategies. He is a seasoned travel director representing Fortune 500 companies, non-for-profit agencies and biotechnology associations.

Client Snapshot: Verizon Wireless, ADP, Pfizer, Hugo Boss, and Salix Pharmaceuticals

Expertise: Product Launches, Conferences, Sales Incentives, Advisory Boards, Trade Shows, Board of Director Meetings

Interesting Tidbit:When he is not traveling, Jared runs a professional landscaping business and volunteers for several South-Florida based non-for-profit organizations like the Jubilee Center, Feeding South Florida, and the JNF.

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John Totino
Project Meeting Manager

About:John (JT) has over 25 years of experience in product marketing, logistics and events marketing and meetings management. He has successfully planned, managed and executed multinational meetings and events throughout the world.

Client Snapshot: Johnson & Johnson, McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharma AG & US, MannKind Corporation, Shire and Schering-Plough

Expertise: Global Meetings, Corporate Galas, Conferences, Congresses, Trade Shows, Sales and Product Launches, International Advisory Boards

Interesting Tidbit:JT has successfully owned and operated several organizations including a multi-million dollar global marketing & distribution company focusing on health care and nutritional products as well as a ground transportation and event logistics company serving South Florida.

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Alicia Palma
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director

About:Alicia is a bilingual (English & Spanish) event professional with over 8 years of management experience. Throughout her career Alicia has worked on a wide variety of events ranging from small, high-end meetings to large conferences, fashion shows, book signings, and private culinary affairs.

Client Snapshot: Biltmore Hotel, SoBe Wine & Food Festival, Terrapinn, Pfizer, Richemont, FIU

Expertise: Trade shows, Fundraising events, Incentive programs, Product launches, Food & Wine Tastings

Interesting Tidbit:Alicia is a wife and mom, and the voice behind Bubbles & Ink, a lifestyle blog with a Miami perspective.

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Anna Alustiza
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director

About:Anna is a multi-lingual (English, Spanish, German and Italian) event professional with over 10 years of experience. Anna has a proven ability to thrive under pressure, deliver excellence, and establish authentic relationships. She is flexible, high energy and results-oriented with strong problem-solving, communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Client Snapshot: Novartis, Schering Plough, Merck, MSD, Elly Lilly, Takeda

Expertise: Advisory Boards, Tradeshows, Congresses, Summits, Incentives

Interesting Tidbit: Anna enjoys life traveling and absorbing the small details of each culture. She loves dogs and old furniture; soccer and skiing; mountain and sea; cinema and good conversations with friends.

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Ana Pieroncely
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director

About:Ana is a tri-lingual (English, French, and Spanish) event professional with over 13 years of experience. She has worked as a travel director, event coordinator and meeting planner in addition to six years with a major entertainment company.

Client Snapshot: Novartis, Schering Plough / Merck, Janssen, Ironwood, Almiral

Expertise: Training meetings, Advisory Boards, Congresses, Trade Shows

Interesting Tidbit:When Ana is not working she enjoys being with family, playing golf, swimming, skiing, reading and she is currently learning to play Bridge.

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Catherine Labry
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director

About:Catherine has more than 15 years planning and coordinating a variety of meetings and events across many industries. From Ad Boards to Symposia and Investigators Meetings, she has managed programs with 10 to 3000 attendees and everything in between. Catherine speaks four languages (English, French, Spanish & Italian).

Client Snapshot: Merck, Janssen, Microsoft, Dell, San Sebastian Film Festival

Expertise: Advisory Boards, Symposia, Investigator Meetings, Congresses

Interesting Tidbit:Catherine enjoys reading and considers herself a movie buff. She enjoys traveling, especially to the ocean and loves swimming and golf.

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Maria Totino
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director

About:Maria Totino is an accomplished, full-time Travel Director for the Meeting & Events Industry. Her passion for creating the ultimate customer experience extends from excelling in the hospitality and travel industry. Maria has contributed to the success of hundreds of programs throughout North & South America and Europe.

Client Snapshot: Abbott Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Rutgers University, Heineken, John Deere

Expertise: Global Meetings, Corporate Galas, Conferences, Congresses, Trade Shows, Sales and Product Launches, International Advisory Boards

Interesting Tidbit:Maria is bilingual (English & Spanish), and she has owned and operated multiple service-related businesses since for the past 20+ years. Maria resides in West Palm Beach, FL, enjoys outdoor activities and loving her two cats Bella and Angelo.

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Maryclare Kirkwood
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director

About:Maryclare has over 16 years of experience as an international meeting planner. Her strong leadership skills give her the ability to conduct complex international meetings from concept to execution. She is highly organized, motivated and a nimble problem solver.

Client Snapshot: Novartis, Dupont, Janssen & Roche

Expertise: International Advisory Boards, Global Meetings, Congresses, VIP Events, Speaker Management

Interesting Tidbit:Maryclare is a hot yoga fanatic, and loves to cook and garden.

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Nastassia Santamaria
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director

About:Nastassia is no stranger to the intricacies of event planning and execution in a fast-paced metropolis. She holds a degree in Hospitality Management, as well as a Sommelier certification which aided her in her position at the Cellar Club, a high profile corporate members only club for Miami’s elite located at luxury hotel, The Biltmore. She speaks English, Spanish and French.

Client Snapshot: Mars, Inc., The Vitamin Shoppe

Expertise: Trade Shows, Internal Sales Meetings, Wine Tasting Events, Interactive Lunches, Member Events

Interesting Tidbit:Aside from being well-traveled, Nastassia’s competitive side has led her to train for and complete 2 half marathons and several obstacle course “mud runs”. She hopes to one day climb Kilimanjaro and hike to Machu Picchu.

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Tracy Kuipers
Onsite Meeting Planner & Travel Director

About:Tracy has over 20 years of experience in meetings and events as both Convention Service Manager and Convention Sales at hotels such as the Hilton @Walt Disney World Village, The Fontainbleau Hilton in Miami Beach, and the Hilton Atlanta and Towers.

Client Snapshot: Verizon Wireless, ADP, Pfizer, Hugo Boss, and Salix Pharmaceuticals

Expertise: Product Launches, Conferences, Association Events, Advisory Boards, Dinner Galas

Interesting Tidbit:Tracy was honored as Sales Person of the Year for Hilton Hotels Corporation. She is a busy wife and mother enjoying her boys’ sporting events, Gator Football, tennis, the beach, sailing and going to concerts.

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