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Andy McNeill

Andy McNeill

CEO & Principal

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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Todd Bludworth

Todd Bludworth

President & Principal

About: As AMI’s President, 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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John Cotter

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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Kelly Cabitt-Miller

Kelly Cabitt-Miller

Senior 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 and compliance-based events such as Conferences, Congresses, Pharmaceutical and CME Programs

Interesting Tidbit: Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and 4-year old son, Aeden, and is a die-hard Virginia Tech fan.

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Aurelio De Mendoza

Aurelio De Mendoza

VP, 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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Bill Payne

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!

Shawn Ottmar

Shawn Ottmar

Director of Technology

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.

Cory Howard

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.

Nathan Von Garin

Nathan Von Garin

VP, Account Management

About: With nearly 15 years of Project Leadership experience in the business technology sector, Nathan brings a wealth of knowledge to the AMI team and a strong drive to thoroughly manage each project with focus and determination. Nathan’s passion for excellence assures each client receives exceptional service and achieves optimal results.

Client Snapshot: Pfizer, Alkermes, Alexion, Shire, Gen-Probe Inc., Cu-Tech, eClinical Consulting Group, DSP Clinical, QST Consultations Ltd, Research Dynamics, ERA Clinical, PPD, ResearchPoint Global, Capital One, JPMorgan Chase, American Express, Sprint, Omnicomm Systems Inc., Geller Data Solutions Inc (GDSI), iEnvision, Becker & Poliakoff P.A., Almost Family, VendorAdvisors.com

Expertise: Strategic Planning & Execution, Comprehensive Project Leadership, Executive & Cross-Functional Collaboration, Effective Communication & Presentation Skills, Client & Vendor Relationship Building, Process Improvement & Efficiency

Interesting Tidbit: Nathan truly believes in a good work-life balance. A strong advocate in health and fitness, Nathan enjoys being active outdoors, keeping physically and mentally fit, traveling and exploring new places.

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Chelsea Litos

Chelsea Litos

VP, Account Management

About: Chelsea’s passion for the meeting and hospitality industry is in her DNA. Prior to joining the American Meetings Team as VP Account Management overseeing general events, she worked as an Event Manager. She then progressed to Executive Meeting Manager with increasing responsibilities in operations, sales and events at one of Florida’s historic landmark hotels for four years, making her transition to AMI a natural.

Client Snapshot: The Las Olas Company dba Riverside Hotel, Inventive Productions Inc., Renaissance Fort Lauderdale - Plantation Hotel, The Tasting Company

Expertise: Event Manager, Event and Marketing Coordinator, Hospitality Management, Leadership, Meeting Planning, Corporate Events, Budgets, Marketing Strategy

Interesting Tidbit: In her free time Chelsea loves taking advantage of the perfect year-round weather that Florida offers, spending as much time outdoors as possible especially the beach. She is an avid sports fan, as long as it involves any team from her native Boston!

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Josie Rubio

Josie Rubio

Director of Talent & Business Development, The American Meetings Network

About: Josie is a seasoned professional in management and providing an extraordinary customer service experience. With over 12 years of retail management she brings a wealth of knowledge around customer service, employee and budget management, and solution based sales.

Client Snapshot: AT&T, Cleveland Clinic, Carnival Cruises, Cox

Expertise: Retail management, customer service, employee and budget management, and solution based sales

Interesting Tidbit: In her personal life Josie is a proud Aunt to her two nephews Joey and Sebastian and her 4 month old niece Waverly. In her downtime she enjoys spending quality time with family and her boyfriend, Derek, and their two puppies Roxy and Cocoa.

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Tatiana Piedrahita

Tatiana Piedrahita

Executive Assistant / CEO & President

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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Maria Coker

Maria Coker

Meeting Manager

About: With almost two decades of event planning experience, Maria plans and executes events with seasoned expertise and focus. She has strategically planned and coordinated events ranging from small corporate meetings and regional trainings to national conferences with domestic and international attendees.

Client Snapshot: BMS

Expertise: Maria plans and executes events with seasoned expertise and focus. She has strategically planned and coordinated events ranging from small corporate meetings and regional trainings to national conferences with domestic and international attendees.

Interesting Tidbit: Interesting tidbits: Speaks Swahili fluently and is fascinated by designing and decorating small spaces.

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Olivia Grabowski

Olivia Grabowski

Meeting Coordinator

About: Olivia graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Public Relations certificate and a Minor in Sales. With several different internships and being a member of the Student Alumni Council during her college career she has gained great experience in planning several different events.

Client Snapshot: Bristol-Meyers Squibb

Expertise: Social Events, Weddings, Sporting Events, Food and Wine Tastings, Award Programs, Distinguished Alumni Conferences.

Interesting Tidbit: Olivia moved around many times, after living in Florida for most of her life she made a big move to Cincinnati right before her second year in college. Attending the University of Cincinnati was one of her greatest and most adventurous decisions. After a few years of cold, harsh winters, Olivia decided to move back to Florida and pursue her career. Olivia may call Florida home, but she will forever be a Bearcat at heart. Go Bearcats!

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Stephanie Uncapher

Stephanie Uncapher

Meeting Coordinator

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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Phillipa Macfarlane

Phillipa Macfarlane

Meeting Manager

About: Phillipa moved to Ft Lauderdale from London, UK in 2012 with her family, she has great energy and motivation and always puts the client first to get things completed on time. She brings a lot of International experience to AMI.

Client Snapshot: Pfizer, BMS, Cox, Monsoon Accessorize, Vision On Consultancy

Expertise: Conferences, Board Meetings, Award Programs, Lunch and Learns, Corporate Product Launches, Virtual Meetings.

Interesting Tidbit: Phillipa is an avid traveler, mostly prior to having her 2 beautiful children. Phillipa still loves to travel as much as she can with her family. Whilst in the UK she was an active member of the Girl Guide Association and ran a local group in near her home in London for 10 years. A graduate of the Princes Trust which is a youth charity, focused on training and education and on helping the young get jobs.

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Exceliane “Cece” Joseph

Exceliane “Cece” Joseph

Meeting Manager

About: Exceliane is a South Florida native who graduated from Broward College with an associate’s degree in Public relations, Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management and a certificate in Event and Meeting Planning. Her work background ranges from planning social events to managing city-wide conferences. Prior to being a part of the AMI team, she was an Event Manager with one of Fort Lauderdale’s premier event venues.

Client Snapshot: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ft. Lauderdale Home Design & Remodeling Show, Ft. Lauderdale International Auto Show, United Way of Broward County Mayors' Gala, Your Wedding Experience by David Tutera, IT Expo

Expertise: Social Events, Banquets, Conventions, Conferences, Tradeshows, Consumer Shows, Seminars, Customer Service, Weddings,

Interesting Tidbit: Exceliane speaks Haitian Creole fluently. During her spare time she enjoys live concerts, traveling, trying new restaurants and spending time with friends and family.

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Laura Medina

Laura Medina

Accounting Manager

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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Tarique Stanley

Tarique Stanley

Event Technology Specialist

About: His focus and dedication to dealing with client needs, meeting clients expectations and over exceeding clients vision is what sets him apart in this business. Tarique is experienced in multiple Audio Visual & Production technologies and knows how to execute these roles in pre-production & on-site. Project Manager, Technical Director, Set Designer, Audio or Video Engineer

Client Snapshot: Pfizer, DELL, T-MOBILE, SODEXO, YMCA, BVLGARI, MADONNA

Expertise: Video Mapping, Audio Design, Creative Director, Client’s New Best Friend

Interesting Tidbit: Tarique loves Music, Fashion, Film, Art, Sports, Classic Cars & Cooking.

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Lauren Turner

Lauren Turner

Meeting Coordinator

About: Lauren loves what she does, and it shows! Lauren possess over 8 years of event management experience. Her experience includes live actions sports, pro-athlete & fan engagements, large-scale outdoor festivals, and even hosting Vice President Joe Biden.

Client Snapshot: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Paul Mitchell, US Marines, Talladega Speedway, Caesar’s Entertainment, Warner Bros. DC Comics, Cliff Bar.

Expertise: Client Relations & services, Large Scale Outdoor Events, Keynote Speaker Dinners, Festival and Entertainment Events, and Venue Management.

Interesting Tidbit: She enjoys watching almost all sports especially Kentucky Basketball and Alabama Football. When Lauren isn’t wearing her Meeting Coordinator hat (or Derby hat) you can always find her with her fiancé, Brad, and their 1 year-old Golden Retriever, Tucky (short for Kentucky of course)

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Noah Tate

Noah Tate

Meeting Manager

About: Noah has worked in the Pharmaceutical and Meetings industry for over 20 years. He has the unique experience of having worked within a Pharmaceutical Commercial Organization and on the supplier side supporting their meetings. His roles span Marketing Operations, Association Meeting Management, Meetings Operations, Attendee Management, Total Quality Management (TQM), Physician Payment and Services, Regional Meeting Services, and KOL Strategy and Operations.

Client Snapshot: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Takeda, Lundbeck, Orexigen, Cephalon, Sucampo, Santarus, Centocor, GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth, Solvay, Otsuka, and Pharmacia.

Expertise: Product Launches, Advisory Boards, Speaker Training, Speaker Bureau, Speaker Programs, National Broadcasts, Sales Meetings, Sales Incentives, Association Meetings and Meetings Technology Design & Implementation.

Interesting Tidbit: He loves Antique/Flea Markets and has a collection, in the hundreds, of persimmon Viking Art Glass.

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Client Snapshot: Takeda, Lundbeck, Orexigen, Cephalon, Sucampo, Santarus, Centocor, GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth, Solvay, Otsuka, BristolMyerSquibb and Pharmacia

Expertise: Product Launches, Advisory Boards, Speaker Training, Speaker Bureau, Speaker Programs, National Broadcasts, Sales Meetings, Sales Incentives, Association Meetings and Meetings Technology Design & Implementation.

Interesting Tidbit: He loves Antique/Flea Markets and has a collection, in the hundreds, of persimmon Viking Art Glass.

Elizabeth Rojo

Elizabeth Rojo

Accounting Assistant

About: Elizabeth began her career in the legal field at the age of 18, where she worked as a legal assistant for Personal Injury attorney’s. In 2013 she took her knowledge and expertise in Customer Service working with clients, to the medical field where she soared as the official trainer for a growing company offering telemedicine for patients nationwide. While there, Elizabeth was credited with structuring and developing the training department, as well as creating all training materials. Elizabeth’s passion has always been to endeavor into the corporate world, and the opportunity presented itself in April 2016, where she is currently the Assistant for the Accounting Department at AMI, Inc.

Client Snapshot: MDLive, Inc. , Law Offices of Robert Rubenstein, P.A. , AMI, Inc.

Expertise: Analyzing data, Checking for Accuracy, Customer Service, and Leading Teams

Interesting Tidbit: Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters, loves good mystery novels, and playing the piano.

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Meranda Sizer

Meranda Sizer

Meeting Manager

About: Meranda was selected as the only one from her NJ high school to work for NBC-New York as an intern in their Special Events Department. What an introduction to events that was! Her first role was to act as a liaison between NBC and celebrities who visited New York for various marketing and promotional activities. The seed was planted and there was no turning back. Very soon after college graduation, she began her career in meeting and event planning for Pfizer and Novartis.

Client Snapshot: Bristol-Myers Squibb, NBC-New York, Pfizer, Novartis, KOS Pharmaceuticals, Abbott Labs, Schering-Plough, Bayview Financial, Equitrac.

Expertise: Investigator Meetings, Medical Seminars, Conferences & Symposiums, Congresses, Award Dinners, Executive Retreats, Advisory Boards, Incentive Trips.

Interesting Tidbit: Meranda is an Egyptian salsa dancer who speaks Arabic, English and some Spanish.

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About: Meranda was selected as the only one from her NJ high school to work for NBC-New York as an intern in their Special Events Department. What an introduction to events that was! Her first role was to act as a liaison between NBC and celebrities who visited New York for various marketing and promotional activities. The seed was planted and there was no turning back. Very soon after college graduation, she began her career in meeting and event planning for Pfizer and Novartis. Client Snapshot: NBC-New York, Pfizer, Novartis, KOS Pharmaceuticals, Abbott Labs, Schering-Plough, Bayview Financial, Equitrac, Bristol-Myers Squibb, along with many social events for private clients. Expertise: A wide range of corporate and social events ranging from intimate advisory boards to incentive trips and executive retreats. Interesting Tidbit: Meranda is an Egyptian salsa dancer who speaks Arabic, English and some Spanish. Biography: – Meranda was born in Egypt, grew up in New Jersey and now lives in Florida with her husband and their son, Noah. She has a special interest in salsa dancing, photography and the beach. Meranda thoroughly enjoys her family and friends, travelling and taking in God’s awesome creation.

Florencia Meindl

Florencia Meindl

Meeting Coordinator

About: Florencia is currently a student at Florida International University on her junior year receiving her Bachelor’s degree in hospitality specializing in event management.

Client Snapshot: Bristol- Myers Squibb, Walt Disney World, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Expertise: Social events, weddings, corporate events, charity walks

Interesting Tidbit: In her free time, Florencia enjoys cooking and trying out new recipes from Pinterest with her husband and family. If she is not cooking, she is planning her next vacation to a new destination.

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