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Financial Management
September 27-28, 2018   |   Loyola University Chicago   |   Chicago, IL

David Clark, PhD, 
Associate Vice President for Finance, Administration and Operations, Emory University
As a member of the Campus Life Executive Leadership Team, Dr. David Clark provides strategic direction and oversight for Housing, Dining, Technical Services, Bookstore, University Center, Finance Service Center, Human Resources, Ombudsperson, and Learning and Innovation. David brings an extensive background in higher education budget management, capital planning and design, assessment, strategic planning, and crisis management. He also has significant experience with academic units and providing leadership to programmatic, co-curricular, and faculty-driven initiatives.

Previously, David served as Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Associate Dean in the College at the University of Chicago, where he managed major auxiliary services and programmatic efforts, including dining and college housing. At Wake Forest University, his various leadership roles spanned residential life, human resources, information technology, and facilities operation. His WFU portfolio also included leadership for operations supporting seven graduate and undergraduate programs in the school of business.


David earned his PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Daniel Dykstra, Director, Conference Services, University of Colorado-Boulder 
Dan Dykstra brings 30 years of collegiate conference and event planning expertise to Conference Services at the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to his arrival, Dan spent 18 years as Director at Georgia Tech building a highly successful and nationally recognized conference services operation. He also held conference and events positions at his Alma Mater, Colorado State University.


Upon arriving to CU Boulder in the summer of 2016, Dan was charged with evaluating an already successful conference and event services office to further increase the efficiencies and effectiveness of the operation.  He has successfully accomplished this goal through deliberate analysis and assessment of CU Conference Services lines of business, services, client portfolio, and processes.  By strategically prioritizing operational enhancements and changes, outcomes have resulted in measurable and large increases in revenue, customer satisfaction, and enhanced university reputation.


Dan continues to be an advocate for the collegiate conference and events industry, and enjoys both the opportunities and challenges of this profession.  He has been active in Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International (ACCED-I). Dan is an ACCED-I Past President and a current member of the Nominations Committee.  A highlight of his career is when he was named recipient of the 2016 Jack Thornton Distinguished Service Award. He is a frequent presenter for webcasts, educational forums, regional meetings and annual conferences for ACCED-I and a variety of affiliated associations. Dan has also contributed to several articles focusing on collegiate and hospitality issues, trends and hot topics.


Lina Vargas, Senior Director of Finance, Emory University

Lina Vargas is a Senior Director of Finance at Emory University, where she works to meet the financial needs of Emory Campus Life through an integrated service model that captures end-to-end financial services for a portfolio of Auxiliary and Programmatic units.  She is a CPA with a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Florida.  Prior to her time at Emory, Lina spent her career outside of Higher Ed serving nonprofits by performing audits of small and medium size organizations, servings as board treasurer in different non-profits, working for a diversity of organizations including a global health organization in Washington DC, the Atlanta district of the Federal Reserve Bank, and volunteering in multiple nonprofits in Atlanta.


Ed Kane, Assistant Vice-President, University Services, Carleton University

Ed Kane is a senior leader at Carleton University and within the Finance and Administration division in his capacity as Assistant Vice-President (University Services), a position he has held since 2004. University Services is made up of 11 units with a wide range of services from dining to student and guest services, housing, and all purchasing on campus. He also oversees the ancillary budget of over $121-million.


As an experienced Assistant Vice-President, Ed is a key member of the executive strategy planning team at the university. He is also involved beyond the campus in a number of organizations. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Governors for Excellence Canada, and is the Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the National Association of College Auxiliary Services. In 2017 Ed received the Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr Legacy Award for his leadership, commitment to volunteerism and community service.



October 11-12, 2018   |   Lehigh University   |   Bethlehem, PA

Tess Vismale CMP, DES, Event Evangelist & Tech Whisperer, DAHLIA+ AGENCY

Tess is passionate about smart technology for hospitality professionals. She’s always on the road educating event professionals on the latest and greatest technologies, as well as practical tech solutions that can make their lives easier and more efficient. She thrives on-site managing events. Tech merged with events is her passion.


Tess is Event Evangelist with DAHLIA+ AGENCY; Chief Event Executioner for iSocialExecution, Inc. and Speaker. She is the former Senior Event Lead, Atlanta Botanical Garden,Tech Evangelist with The Meeting Pool and Conference Center Manager, Atlanta Technical College; where she served on the President's Leadership Team. Tess is a CMP (Certified Meeting Professional), DES (Digital Event Strategist, stage manager for TEDxPeachtree; “Meetings Trendsetter 2014” & awarded the GaMPI Shining Star Award.

Vismale was featured in the Connect Meeting Intelligence Magazine’s article, entitled “How I Work: Tess Vismale on Executing Events.” She has presented for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, Connect’s Collaborate & Diversity Marketplaces; and PCMA’s Convening Leaders Conference, on tech tools and social media for event and fundraising professionals. A native Chicagoan by way of Atlanta, she holds a BA from Spelman College enjoys social media, creative visionary thinking, tennis, and watching mixed martial arts (MMA).


Greg McGuire, Event Operations Technology Specialist, Gonzaga University
With over 20 years in the collegiate and corporate AV setting and for someone who does events on his own; Greg has seen what works and what doesn’t for all types of events and presentations. Greg is currently the Events Operations Technology Specialist at Gonzaga University for the past ten years and prior worked at Microsoft, and several other Northwest AV companies.


Rikki Godshall, IT Director, Penn Medicine Academic Computing Services, University of Pennsylvania

Rikki Godshall, a career ‘IT guy’ has experience in most of the general categories—programming, helpdesk, systems administration, storage, networking, compute clusters… but has maintained a special interest in security since installing his first firewall almost 20 years ago. Currently the manager of High Performance Computing and Cloud Services at the University of Pennsylvania for the Penn Medicine Academic Computing Services group, he stays current with security topics and issues through ongoing study in support of his credentials for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)  certifications from (ISC)2.


Emergency Management
November 8-9, 2018   |   University of Vermont   |   Burlington, VT


Alan Kleinfeld, CMP, LEO, Director, Emergency Planning, Arrive Management Group

Alan is a planner with a badge!


He’s a member of MPI’s Security & Risk Management Task Force and trained in Event Security by the Department of Homeland Security. He’s earned his CMP, CMM and a Masters in Tourism Administration, which he’s used for planning events from 10 people to over 5,000 attendees for associations, corporations and government all over North America.


In addition to sharing his knowledge on safety and security issues for the meetings industry, Alan is the Accreditation and Ordinance Officer at the Folly Beach Police Department, just outside Charleston, South Carolina.


In his time at there, he has served as the animal control officer, emergency dispatcher, beach patrol officer, public information officer, NCIC instructor as well as fleet manager and quartermaster (the person who manages the uniforms and equipment).


Over the last two decades – in addition to planning and managing meetings -- he has written on budgets, sponsorship, program development and countless topics for the events industry as well as several articles on tourism safety, code enforcement, and animal control for public safety. His articles have run in The Meeting Professional, Convene, Smart Meetings and Associations Now.


Alan is also an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston, leading topics from Event PR, Meeting Planning 101 and Career Options in Event Management. He’s led webinars and presentations for MPI, ASAE, IMEX, CMP Conclave and SPIN (Senior Planners Industry Network).


Alan brings a unique perspective as both a meeting planner and police officer.


Zachary Borst, Emergency Manager, Office of Emergency Management, University of Vermont

Zachary Borst has been involved in first response and emergency management for 17 years working in local, county, and state agencies.  He is currently the Emergency Manager for the University of Vermont where he helps to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against disasters and emergencies.  He has worked with thousands of staff, students, and faculty to make the University more resilient to disasters and ensure our community members are prepared for emergencies on and off campus.  Zachary also serves as a Planning Section Chief for the VT Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team and a Command and Control Operations Specialist with the 158th Fighter Wing. 


Paul H Dean, Chief of Police/Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Risk Management, University of New Hampshire Police Department
Paul H. Dean is the Chief of Police and Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Risk Management for the University of New Hampshire. Chief Dean is a 34 year veteran of law enforcement and holds a Master’s of Science in Leadership and, Bachelors of Science with honors in Criminal Justice Management from Granite State College. Chief Dean is a graduate of the 186th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and The Babson College Command Officer Training program in Wellesley MA.


Chief Dean serves as an adjunct instructor for the Great Bay Community College-Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Program and, the University of New Hampshire Homeland Security Program. Chief Dean served as an adjunct instructor for Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in collaboration with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Homeland Security Program, as an instructor in terrorism and emergency management related issues.


Chief Dean services on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and as co-chair of the IACLEA Homeland Security & Domestic Preparedness Committee.


Chief Dean is the President of the New Hampshire Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Association, Executive Board member of the NH Chiefs of Police-Strafford County Representative, Advisory Board member of the FBI National Academy in Quantico VA and, The United States Department of Homeland Security State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTGCC) and as an Executive Board member of the NH Joint Terrorism Task Force.


Chief Dean serves on numerous committees at the University of New Hampshire, to include the Student/Faculty/Staff Behavioral Intervention Teams, Campus Climate Task Force, Transportation Safety and, Chairs the University Emergency Group.  


Business Development
December 13-14, 2018   |   University of New Mexico   |   Albuquerque, NM


Keri Stewart, CPBC, Certified Professional Business Coach & One Page Business Plan Consultant at Results 4 Business, Inc.

Since 2004, as a certified and successful business coach; international, award winning facilitator, Keri has trained and coached tens of thousands of employees at all levels. Leaders, managers, supervisors, and salespeople, front line employees have been trained in the areas of leadership, communication, customer service, consultative sales and persuasive presentations. She works with her clients to create a unified company vision and operational plans for all employees to understand how they contribute on a daily basis. Her training programs improve communication, increase sales, boost employee productivity and focus on elevating customer service. Keri’s delivery style is highly energetic, enthusiastic, with plenty of stories woven in to demonstrate the concepts. Her clients span many industries including a national laboratory, manufacturing, scientific, underground mining, commercial real estate, mortgage, construction, technology, industrial equipment, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and financial institutions. Companies who work with Keri benefit in three areas: Focus, Accountability, and Results. 

Keri has decades of commissioned sales experience; always ranking as either #1 or #2 sales person in various industries.
• 14 years Corporate Coaching for leadership teams, project teams, strategic teams, sales teams and individuals.
• 14 years facilitation, training and employee development in the areas of Strategic Planning, UPFRONT presentations, leadership, communication, leading change, customer service and consultative sales skills within a variety of industries including: commercial real estate, mortgage, construction, technology, manufacturing, scientific, underground mining, industrial equipment, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, retail and financial institutions. 

Keri’s background includes employment with Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper of Albuquerque, Northwestern Mutual Financial Services, SignArt of New Mexico, Norrell Temporary Services, DeLaPorte and Associates and Prudential Overall Supply. Certifications/Affiliations: UPFRONT Persuasion through Presentation, The One Page Business Plan, SOCIAL STYLE™, Winslow Assessments, Coaching for Professional and Personal Mastery Program (CPPM), Certified Professional Business Coach (CPBC), Coaching with ROI specialist (C-ROI). 

Julie Hughes, Interim Director, Corbett Center Student Union & Head, Campus Conferences, New Mexico State University

Julie Hughes joined the New Mexico State University Conference Services team in 2015 and has worked to cultivate a team dedicated to successful event coordination for campus and community customers by updating procedures and rates and implementing best practices, as well as determining the best areas for growth. In addition to her Conference Services responsibilities, she was recently appointed to serve as the interim director for the university’s student union.

Prior to joining the Conference Services team, Julie served as the Director of Public Affairs for NMSU, working in communications for the university for 14 years covering a variety of different areas across campus. She also served as the editor of the NMSU Alumni Magazine for more than eight years. Prior to joining NMSU, Julie served as the Public Information Officer for the City of Roswell, New Mexico. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and a master’s degree in English.


Mike LeMoine, Presented by: Mike LeMoine, Owner/Founder at Maverick Web Marketing

Fireman” Mike LeMoine is one of the world’s foremost experts on local business marketing.15 years ago, Mike was a firefighter and paramedic who started selling on eBay to make extra money. Never did he imagine that his small side gig would eventually morph into a very successful digital marketing company, gaining him national notoriety by helping local businesses become successful with his online marketing methods.

Mike gained national attention after he took over marketing for a few small businesses and turned them into money making machines, while at the same time beating all the “marketing agencies” at their own game.

Mike’s is a 2-time Amazon best-selling author who regularly speaks across the country teaching business owners how to use the internet to get more customers. Mike and his team are the brains behind many of the successful strategies that local businesses are using to get more customers online. They also shoot a daily Web TV show called the “Maverick Minute” and have almost 1200 episodes to help businesses thrive in the new online economy. In addition, Mike also teaches marketing agencies how to get results for their clients using online marketing.

Mike is also a committed husband to his wife Lori and together they are raising 4 great kids. If you are wondering, Mike no longer works for the fire department….but he will tell you that now as a small business owner, he puts out far more fires on a daily basis than he ever did when he was a firefighter.