ABOUT OUR TEAM

We are a collaborative of experienced, highly trained professionals, each with more than 25 years of experience in meetings, incentives and hospitality.

Whatever you envision, we will make it a reality.

In the process, we take care of all the details and the heavy lifting so you can relax. We’re not here to replace your staff, we’re here to make you and your staff look good. We do the work; you receive the kudos.

Barbara Baird

Barbara Baird

Project Director

Experience:

  • More than 25 years in conference and event planning for small and large organizations.
  • 20 years of event marketing and strategic planning expertise
  • 10 years of managing staging & creative event productions

Expertise:

Strategic planning for national sales meetings, international conventions and group sales incentives for Transamerica Life Companies. Identified sport sponsorship and managed marketing opportunities for various divisions within the company.

For 10 years, she was an integral member of an Executive Planning Committee in developing national sales incentive programs and events for 20,000 brokers nationwide. Spent seven years as the Director of Operations and Business Development for a small business located in Long Beach, CA.

Specialties:

Has orchestrated and managed sponsorship campaigns for sporting events in PGA and CPGA (professional golf), Major Junior A ice hockey and tennis. Created an NFL sales incentive campaign for Transamerica’s brokers and general managers across the U.S. and Canada.

Michelle Windhausen

Michelle Windhausen

Marketing & Exhibits Manager

Experience:

  • More than 25 years in marketing, advertising and incentive travel management.
  • More than 13 years in the hotel and tradeshow industries.

Expertise:

Michelle’s broad experience in the meetings industry—on the client side and supplier side—gives her a unique perspective. She relies on her relationship building strengths to forge strong partnerships with clients and industry partners.

She has successfully sold for big brands like The Ritz-Carlton Company, Marriott, Hilton, and Freeman as well as directing the sales and marketing efforts of small businesses.

Specialites:

Putting together custom project teams for conferences, events, incentive travel programs. Manages marketing, communications, sponsorship and exhibitor programs, and overall client services. She works on a strategic level with clients to ensure their goals are met.


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Peggy Lamberton, CMP

Peggy Lamberton, CMP

Events & Meeting Manager

Experience:

  • More than 20 years in continuing education conferences, incentive meetings and events.
  • More than 8 years in food and beverage and hotel management.
  • More than 10 years as CMP (Certified Meeting Professional).
  • Five years on the Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International, Orange County Chapter.

Expertise:

Was the meetings and conference manager for an international association of attorneys and judges, planning complex international programs for U.S. and Canadian Supreme Court Judges. As manager of global education in the global marketing departments of two leading medical device corporations, she planned and executed on site hundreds of incentives and multi-day conferences in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America. Oversaw large volunteer planning committees and managed more than 60 event volunteers at each event.

Specialites:

Peggy specializes also in site and vendor selection, contract negotiations, budget management, pre-event timeline management and on-site direction. She is an innovator using objective-based meeting architecture, fresh meeting design and streamlined guest flow logistics.

Awards:

In her first year at a national education nonprofit she received the National Gold Award for Special Events by Fundraising Magazine.

Maureen Akal

Maureen Akal

Registration Manager

Experience:

  • More than 20 years in sales for meetings, trade shows, corporate training and promotional events.

Expertise:

Served as the Conference & Housing Manager for a third party conference planning company where her responsibilities focused on registration, volunteer/staff management and housing systems for major sporting events and conferences.

Was the program coordinator on the Learning and Development team at British Petroleum. She managed their regulatory training in alignment with BP’s consent order, development programs and their LMS System. She also served as the global team lead for their mandated regulatory training program “Passport To Work.” Prior to that, she was the meeting planner for Wilson Sporting Goods Company corporate headquarters in the Racquet Sports division and managed their corporate events surrounding their sales and marketing initiatives including sponsorship of the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.

Specialites:

Maureen is an expert in streamlining planning processes to improve efficiency and cost-savings. She is a natural tactician, anticipating what needs to be done and executing the planning process with precision.  As an adaptive problem solver, she considers both conventional, accepted answers and creative alternatives.  Her focus on the customer makes her adept at anticipating and understanding customers’ needs.

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