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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 and compliance-based events such as Conferences, Congresses, Pharmaceutical 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.
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 relocated from Northern Virginia to sunny South Florida, where she joined AMI and quickly became an integral part of the 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. Today, Kelly’s primary focus is overseeing internal operations and compliance, 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. Her role is to coordinate training and support around industry compliance. She manages our Corporate Compliance Program, functioning objective body that reviews and evaluates compliance issues/concerns within the organization. She ensures compliance with the rules and regulations of regulatory agencies and that AMI's company policies and procedures are being followed. 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
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.
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
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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
About: With over two decades of experience, Shawn Ottmar manages our international network of production and A/V professionals who execute cutting-edge events for our clients across multiple industries - discerning businesses that demand both flawless execution and cutting-edge technology. Shawn also specializes in interactive technologies (Webinars, audience response systems, smartphone/tablet technologies) designed to help engage your audience, collect data from them, and make their experience even more memorable. Shawn's ability to create a calm, controlled and never panicked atmosphere, combined with his adeptness at problem solving “on-the-fly” him uniquely suited to what he does, and it’s one of the reasons we have so many return clients.
Client Snapshot: Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Mars, AlphaGraphics, Vitamin Shoppe, Bristol Myers Squibb, GE
Expertise: Conferences, Virtual Meetings, Congresses, Sales Launches
Interesting Tidbit:Shawn is married with two boys and enjoys traveling with his family when he is not on the road for business.