BizBash Live
SOUTH FLORIDA, APRIL 29, 2015, FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION CENTER
BizBash Idea Fest

Speakers

David Adler
David Adler

C.E.O. and founder, BizBash

David Adler, a lifelong media executive, is the C.E.O. and founder of BizBash, the leading trade media for the event and meeting industry. He has also been an advisor to the State Department in areas of protocol and events. Previously, he was vice president of corporate communications for Primedia and Macmillan Publishers. Upon graduating from American University, he founded, operated, and successfully sold a society and political magazine for the nation’s capital called Washington Dossier.

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Steve Alexander
Steve Alexander

president and founder, MVRK

Steve Alexander is the president and founder of MVRK, an experiential technology collaborative. A veteran of the space, Steve has worked alongside some of the world’s best experiential agencies and top brands, including IBM, Target, Verizon, Best Buy, Salesforce, Calvin Klein, and BlackBerry. In addition to his work on activations, Steve is a driving force behind the evolution of AV 2.0 technologies and is helping to create the conference of the future for today.

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Dionne Anderson
Dionne Anderson

managing partner, The Design Group

Dionne Anderson is managing partner for The Design Group (TDG), a Miami-based full-service event management and production company. Over the past 25 years, she has helped compile an expansive client list made up of Fortune 500 companies, multi-million dollar private clients, nonprofit organizations, high-profile celebrities, business executives, and community relations firms. Event activations under her leadership include the Humana Challenge, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Art Basel Miami, and the Capital One Orange Bowl. In 2013, Legacy Magazine recognized her as one of South Florida's Most Powerful Black Business Leaders.

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Lee Billington
Lee Billington

creative director/co-founder, Frog/Beak Labs

Lee Billington is a creative director at Frog and co-founder of Beak Labs. He has led more than 350 creative projects for clients such as Beats by Dre, Nike, and Twitter. Billington combined his dual passions of design and emerging technology to form Beak Labs, which specializes in interactive digital art experiences. Beak experiments with engaging installations for forward-thinking clients that extend a brand’s promise into provocative discovery and delightful play.

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Alex Bimonte
Alex Bimonte

director of social media, The Buzz Agency

Alex Bimonte joined the Buzz Agency in 2012 and assists with events, publicity, and her primary area of focus, social media. She manages the strategy and execution of social media for a number of clients, including SunFest, Allianz Championship, Harbourside Place, and the Max Group. Under her direction, SunFest has received the honor of Best Social Media campaign from the Gold Coast Public Relations Council for the past two years. Alex is an active member of the Junior League of Boca Raton, Young Professionals of Delray, and a member of the Gold Coast Public Relations Council.

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Tony Conway
Tony Conway

founder and C.E.O., Legendary Events

Tony Conway formed Legendary Events in 1997 after 20 years in the hotel industry. Now one of the most recognized and established event companies in the Southeastern U.S., Legendary Events has been the trusted choice for events honoring President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, and President Bill Clinton, as well as celebrities such as Tyler Perry, Sir Elton John, and Oprah Winfrey. Legendary Events has made contributions in excess of $10 million to non-profit organizations, and Conway has been awarded the CSEP Lifetime Achievement Award as well as an 11Alive Community Service Award. Conway has served on multiple boards, including the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Alliance Theatre, and Leadership Atlanta.

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Sean DeFreitas
Sean DeFreitas

owner, Designs by Sean Inc.

Sean DeFreitas’s passion for his work started at the age of nine in his home country of Trinidad and Tobago. After moving to Florida, Sean began working in the event industry in 1987 and realized his passion for costume design could bring a fresh approach to events. Sean, whose work has taken him across the United States and around the globe, has built Designs by Sean into a multi-talented design house capable of producing every element of a show. His daring and creative rendering of color and lighting and his use and placement of luxurious fabric textures create thematic, mood-altering environments.

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Brian Feit
Brian Feit

founding partner, BMF Media

BMF founding partner Brian Feit knew he wanted to be in the music and event business since receiving his first copy of Billboard at 14. He studied at New York University while interning for music legend Clive Davis. Following graduation, he spent four years at E-magine Records working on digital record releases. In 2003, Brian and his business partner, Bruce Starr, founded BMF Media, a company dedicated to brands, fusion, and music. Now 11 years later, BMF employs more than 40 people and is steadily growing. Market leaders seek out Brian for his ability to blend venues, artists, and brands. He is known for understanding business needs and has been the recipient of AdAge’s 30 Under 30 award.

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Jason Harder
Jason Harder

West Coast director, Shiraz Events

With 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Jason Harder worked in exclusive restaurants, nightclubs, and lounges before becoming an event director for Shiraz Events. His talent for creating event environments has helped him quickly become a leading West Coast event professional. Harder is known for finding unique spaces and transforming them into large-scale, detailed affairs, producing events in industrial warehouses, outdoor parks, and boat yards for clients such as Citibank and M•A•C Cosmetics. Additional clients have included Dior, David Yurman, Louis Vuitton, Piaget, and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

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Suzan McDowell
Suzan McDowell

president and C.E.O., Circle of One Marketing

Suzan McDowell is president and C.E.O. of Circle of One Marketing, an award-winning, Miami-based full-service marketing and advertising agency that has a budding presence in Los Angeles. Serving the African-American and Caribbean markets, the Circle has built a solid reputation for producing polished, eclectic, fresh, and result-driven campaigns through multilayered competencies. This includes art direction, public relations, event management, marketing, community outreach, media buying, and thought leadership. Energy is what gives Circle of One Marketing its edge, now and for the future. And you have to be impressed when a circle has an edge.

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Nicole Phillips
Nicole Phillips

vice president of business development and account management, Switch

As vice president of business development and account management at Switch, Nicole Phillips applies her strong background in strategic development, branding, and advertising to clients such as Volkswagen and Microsoft. Throughout her career, Phillips has partnered with dozens of brands and has led production on more than 25 award-winning regional, national, and global advertising campaigns, including a documentary for the iconic Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey brand.

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Renee Radabaugh
Renee Radabaugh

president and managing director, Paragon Events Inc., and Cuba Explorations

Renee Radabaugh has more than 30 years experience in the event industry, specializing in corporate, government, and healthcare events as well as large-scale meetings, conferences, association management, and corporate incentives. Renee recently launched Cuba Explorations, a people-to-people travel organization that facilitates legal travel to Cuba. Renee plans to use Cuba Explorations to welcome the meeting and event industry into Cuba. Among other awards, Renee has been recognized as an Influencer in the Meeting Planning Industry and as a Meeting Planner to Watch.

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Barry Rinehart
Barry Rinehart

executive creative director, Multi Image Group

For the past 30 years, Barry Ross Rinehart has been designing transformative experiences for clients of all types around the world. With each experience, Rinehart attempts to serve their needs, tell their stories, and magnify their potential. As executive creative director of Multi Image Group, Rinehart works with some of the world’s most innovative staging, experiential, and communication technology—designed and powered by more than 150 talented production and creative professionals—to inspire loyalty and action for top international brands in places ranging from huge sporting arenas to intimate handheld mobile devices.

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Raul Rodriguez
Raul Rodriguez

owner, 2r Productions

Raul Rodriguez has been designing and producing one-of-a-kind events for the world’s leading luxury corporations for more than 15 years. Rodriguez has developed 2r into a leader in luxury event production, both nationally and internationally. Whether producing events for the Dalai Lama, the Spanish Royal Family, MTV, or Louis Vuitton, his vision, creativity, attention to detail, and execution is unparalleled. His concepts and events have been featured in Vanity Fair, Ocean Drive Magazine, Event Solutions, the Miami Herald, and WWD. In 2012, Rodriguez launched Lavish Event Rentals, a luxury furniture rental company, providing iconic furniture pieces, as well as original creations.

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Anna Sekula
Anna Sekula

editor in chief, BizBash

Sekula leads a team of editors and reporters who cover events and meetings, watching for news, trends, and innovation in the industry and producing content for BizBash.com, BizBash magazine, and its social media platforms. Raised and educated between Hong Kong, New Zealand, and England, she moved to the U.S. after studying social economics and politics at the London School of Economics, and joined the BizBash team in 2004. In addition to covering major events—including New York Fashion Week, the Olympics, and election night—she has also produced feature stories, such as the 15 Most Innovative Meetings, and spoken at industry conferences.

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Shai Tertner
Shai Tertner

president, Shiraz Events

Shai Tertner owns Shiraz Events, which has offices in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and London. Tertner’s appreciation for great parties inspired him to create a company that covers all elements of event design and catering, applying his personal touch to create aesthetically pleasing and entertaining environments. In 2001, he founded Shiraz Events, which quickly developed into a premier event company, playing to an exclusive list of corporate and private clientele, including Ralph Lauren, Versace, Elle, Fortune, American Ballet Theatre, and The Plaza Hotel. Tertner and Shiraz have been featured in numerous media outlets including Brides, Fine Living Network, New York Magazine, New York Daily News, The Knot, and The Style Network. In 2012, BizBash named Tertner one of the Most Innovative Professionals in the events industry.

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Thais Venturini
Thais Venturini

senior production manager, Shiraz Events

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Thais Venturini moved to the United States at age 9. While attending Florida International University, she discovered her passion for event planning and secured an internship with Shiraz Events during her final semester. Through hard work and dedication to the industry, Venturini has now become a senior production manager at Shiraz Events, specializing in social events, galas, weddings, charities, and nonprofits, and working with clients such as UBS, Women’s Wear Daily, Breitling, Lord and Taylor, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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