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Principal, RJ Whyte Event Production
C.E.O. and founder, BizBash
Founder and executive director, EnventU; account manager, Events by André Wells
President and C.E.O., Dufour & Company Productions
principal, RJ Whyte Event Production
As the founder and principal of RJ Whyte Event Production with more than 10 years of diverse event experience, Roger Whyte’s events have earned recognition both around Washington, D.C., and nationally. His previous experience includes working full-time for a presidential campaign, the White House, a national think-tank, and an arts nonprofit. Roger has organized and produced events for nonprofits, corporations, and individuals, creating “wow” moments with special guests such as Diana Ross, Idina Menzel, Barbra Streisand, and Bette Midler. RJ Whyte Event Production has earned a reputation of its own for planning amazing events that are executed perfectly with no stone left unturned.
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.
founder and executive director, EnventU; account manager, Events by André Wells
Latoya Lewis is the founder and executive director of EnventU and an account manager at Events by André Wells. Lewis began her career at Universal Music Group, where she oversaw and purchased media ad buys and advertising campaigns for today’s biggest names in entertainment. Lewis returned to event planning and dually enrolled in the Accelerated Masters of Tourism Administration program at The George Washington University. Upon completion in 2010, Lewis talents were sought out by the nationally recognized special events firm, Events by Andre Wells. Lewis expertises ranges from large-scale conferences, conventions, corporate, charity and non-profit occasions; to weddings and social events. Lewis also started nonprofit organization EnventU, a unique educational afterschool program designed to explore, nurture, and support the career interests of disadvantaged youth through the multiple components of the event industry. She is currently Programs Chair for DC’s Young and Powerful Group
president and C.E.O., Dufour & Company Productions
Philip Dufour has brought more than 25 years of experience to Dufour & Company Productions, Washington’s premier event production firm. Previously, Dufour co-founded the J Street Group L.L.C. in 2005. He also served as director of development and events for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where he led a 10-person staff in creating, planning, and managing high-visibility development events that raised more than $8 million annually. During the Clinton-Gore administration, Dufour served as social secretary to the vice president of the United States. He also served as Tipper Gore’s deputy chief of staff.