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Brian StevensBrian D. Stevens
Chief Executive Officer

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Brian D. Stevens is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of ConferenceDirect.

Although he grew up in the east coast, Stevens went west to attend Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, from which he graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1977. He then was briefly enrolled at Saint Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California, before joining the Oakland Hilton in 1978 as a sales trainee. Over the following 20 years, Stevens ascended the ranks of Hilton Hotels Corporation. He was Director of Sales at the San Francisco Hilton in 1980. Two years later, he became the company’s Regional Director of Sales. In 1985, he was promoted to Director of Industry Relations, and in 1987 he climbed to Vice President of Sales, which, at 32, made him the youngest officer at HHC at the time. Stevens arrived at his final position at Hilton in 1994, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, which he would hold until his departure from the company in 1998. Full Bio >>


 

Brian_RicheyBrian Richey
Executive Vice President & Chief Talent Officer

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Brian Richey is the co-founder, Executive Vice President, and Chief Talent Officer of ConferenceDirect.

After graduating from Saint Mary’s College of California with a B.S. in Business Administration, Richey began his hospitality career in June of 1989 with the Hilton Professional Development Program at the San Francisco Airport Hilton. In October of that year, he went to the Los Angeles Airport Hilton as a conference center salesperson, and was later promoted to sales manager for the property. Two years later, in 1991, Richey moved to Dallas, Texas, to be the Assistant Director of Sales for Hilton Direct, the company’s group sales office. He became Hilton Direct’s Managing Director of Sales in 1993. In 1996, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, as Hilton’s Director of Sales Recruiting, while simultaneously working as the Managing Director for the company’s Southeast National Sales operation. Full Bio >>


 

Jerry_HoranJerry Horan
President & Chief Operating Officer

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Jerry Horan is President and Chief Operating Officer of ConferenceDirect.

Horan began his career in the hospitality industry in 1987 after graduating from Saint Mary’s College of California with a B.A. in Business Administration. He completed the Hilton Professional Development Program at the San Francisco Airport Hilton, where he remained employed as a Conference Center Manager and a Sales Manager. In 1990, Horan joined the San Francisco Hilton Hotel, a 1,900 room flagship property and major convention hotel. Horan spent six years there, and ultimately achieved the role of Assistant Director of Sales. In 1996, he became the Director of Sales of the Pointe Hilton Resort at Tapatio Cliffs, a 585-room property in Phoenix, Arizona. His leadership in Phoenix was recognized with his promotion to Director of Sales of The Pointe Hilton Resorts, a tri-property cluster comprising the Tapitio Cliffs, Squaw Peak, and South Mountain properties, which collectively represented 1,800 rooms. Full Bio >>


 

Michael Williams
Chief Financial Officer

Michael Williams is ConferenceDirect’s Chief Financial Officer.

Michael comes to ConferenceDirect as a California-licensed attorney with his J.D. from the University of Connecticut as well as a M.B.A. and B.S.B.A. from Bryant University. He was previously a Senior Attorney at Ernst & Young, where he focused his attention on consulting midmarket businesses on federal, state and local tax issues as well as financial reporting concerns. Michael joined ConferenceDirect in September 2015, and oversees the company’s day-to-day and long-term financial management and legal concerns. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


 

Rob McCulloch
Senior Vice President, Operations

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Rob McCulloch is Senior Vice President, Operations, working closely with our Associates and Team Leaders to support the tremendous efforts of those working to provide solutions for our clients.

Mr. McCulloch joined ConferenceDirect in May of 2014 after fifteen years with Marriott, Renaissance, and Ritz-Carlton. He started in 1999 at The Mayflower Hotel, in Washington, DC. During his six years at the property, Mr. McCulloch was promoted several times, and covered all segments and markets in the industry.
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Dave ScypinskiDave Scypinski
Senior Vice President

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Dave Scypinski is Senior Vice President of ConferenceDirect and is based in Washington DC. Dave supports the company’s continued growth strategy in building the industry’s leading full service meeting planning company.

During his distinguished career, Mr. Scypinski has served on the board of directors of both Professional Convention Management Association Foundation, and the New York Society of Association Executives. He has served as Chairman of the MPI Foundation, and Trustee of the American Society of Association Executives Foundation. Dave currently serves on the board of Travel Industry of America, and the international board of Meeting Professionals International Full Bio >>


 

chris baumChris Baum
Senior Vice President & Publisher of MeetingMentor

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Christopher Baum is Senior Vice President and Publisher of MeetingMentor for ConferenceDirect. He oversees the production of MeetingMentor’s print and online publications, as well as the company’s IndustryInsights series of educational seminars.

Baum received his BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University in 1975 and joined Westin Hotels & Resorts in their Washington, DC National Sales Office. He subsequently moved steadily up the sales and marketing ranks, eventually serving as Director of Marketing for The Westin Chicago O’Hare and The Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta before moving to Westin headquarters in Seattle, where he served as Corporate Director of Advertising and Public Relations and, subsequently, Corporate Director of Marketing, Resorts. Full Bio >>


 

JJ willsJJ Wills
Vice President, Marketing Programs & Business Development

JJ Wills is Vice President, Marketing Programs & Business Development for ConferenceDirect. In this role, she is key in ConferenceDirect’s sponsorship sales, internal events, and recruitment campaigns.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Wills began her career in catering sales with ARAMARK in Oregon. After five years in catering, she moved into her first hotel position at the Benson Hotel where she was the Senior Sales Manager. In 2003, she joined Hilton Hotels Corporation as their Director of Sales at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center, and then opened the Hilton Vancouver Washington as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Full Bio >>


 

Jason BondJason Bond
Vice President, Conference Management

Jason has a long ranging career in the hospitality and meetings industry. He most recently was with Experient, where he served as Managing Director of the Canada Division. Prior to his role at Experient, Jason was Managing Director of HOST Event Management for 11 years. Before joining HOST he was Manager, Sales & Marketing for Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC). Among his other accomplishments, Jason is also the recipient of a SITE Crystal Award that honors top professionals who deliver programs that connect motivational experiences to solid business results. The Crystal Award serves as a benchmark for industry programs and is regarded as one of the highest honors in the industry.


 

Adam BriggsAdam M. Briggs
Senior Vice President, Operations

Adam M. Briggs is the Senior Vice President, Operations for ConferenceDirect, bringing over 20 years of client service and business operations experience to the position. In this role, Briggs manages and oversees the daily activities of ConferenceDirect’s accounts receivable and payable staff, information technology, as well as the housing, registration, and event technology lines of business.

Briggs joined ConferenceDirect in 2008 as the Vice President of Housing & Registration. Prior to joining ConferenceDirect Briggs worked for Passkey International, the housing technology company. While at Passkey, Briggs was a two-time recipient of their Outstanding Professional Award.

Briggs is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He lives in the Sacramento, CA area, with his wife and three children.


 

Patrick GrossoPatrick Grosso
Chief Technology Officer

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Patrick Grosso is the Chief Technology Officer of ConferenceDirect.

Grosso has spent his entire career in technology and startup fields. He began at an Internet startup, where he served as Senior Project Manager and oversaw cross-team groups of more than 30 engineers. He led the startup’s technology during its peak growth to over 100,000 customers, which resulted in a $54 million exit to XO Communications, Inc. He then spent several years in technology consulting and project management, until he joined Online Buddies, Inc., a social media company with over 10 million members in 70 countries. As Chief Technology Officer there, Grosso led a team of over 25 people, successfully transforming the company’s technology while nearly doubling its active daily users. He joined ConferenceDirect in July 2015 to streamline and enhance the company’s technology and data systems.
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