BizBash is North America’s #1 source of ideas, news, and resources for event and meeting professionals. Each month nearly 115,000 unique users look to BizBash for venue discovery, event style, technology, and tools for their next event. Thousands of event professionals attend our in-person events in major cities in the United States and Canada and listen to our podcast GatherGeeks monthly.
To empower event professionals with ideas, intelligence, and resources to create smarter events.
Beth Kormanik is editor in chief of BizBash. She joined BizBash in 2012 as a senior editor and has led such projects as the Top 100 Events in the United States as well as coverage of events including the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, Art Basel Miami Beach, and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Along with BizBash C.E.O. David Adler, she is co-host of the podcast GatherGeeks. Kormanik has written for The New York Times and was a staff reporter at the Florida Times-Union and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspapers where she covered politics, education, and local news. She also served as managing editor of the hospitality trade publication Hotel Interactive. Kormanik is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and resides in Brooklyn.
Michelle Laufik is the style editor at BizBash. She joined the media company in 2014 and has worked on projects such as the Top 50 Event Designers, annual Holiday Party Ideas, and award show and music festival coverage. Laufik has written for TripAdvisor, Google, Glamour, the Today Show, Bravo TV, and Martha Stewart, among others, covering a range of lifestyle topics including travel, beauty, relationships, and wellness. Favorite Event Ever Attended: Any event that serves pigs in a blanket.
West Coast Editor
Claire Hoffman is the west coast bureau chief of BizBash, where she's been reporting on event trends and ideas in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and San Diego for over a decade. She has spearheaded such projects as the Top 100 Events in Southern California, as well as coverage of the Academy Awards, IMEX America, Coachella, Adobe Max, Comic-Con International, and other major events. Hoffman also writes a weekly column covering local event industry news and is closely involved in BizBash's GatherGeeks podcast. She previously served as managing editor at BizBash's New York-based headquarters and has also written and edited stories on a variety of topics for Redbook magazine, the Baltimore City Paper, and Loyola magazine. She resides in Los Angeles. Fun Fact: Hoffman has lived in 14 cities in four countries.
Katrina M. Randall
Katrina M. Randall is the copy and listings editor at BizBash, which she joined in 2014 as a freelancer and has since taken on a regular role making sure website, magazine, and marketing content adhere to style guidelines and stay consistent with brand voice. Additionally, on the research and directories team, she also creates and updates listings for the BizBash directory of event venues and suppliers. Prior to joining BizBash, she served as the associate editor of Southern Appalachia-based Montefino Magazine and as editor in chief at Vocus (now Cision), where she led coverage for media and PR trends publication inVocus, documenting major shifts in the media industry. Randall is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and began her journalism career working as a reporter for daily and weekly newspapers. Fun Fact: On the side, Randall moonlights as a fiction writer.
MARKETING & AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT
Director of Marketing
Brittany Bucceroni is a marketing and event professional who is passionate about creating memorable face-to-face and digital experiences. As the director of marketing at BizBash, she oversees the ideation, production, and execution of marketing programs for the brand’s live experiences, award programs, webinars, surveys, white papers, and more. Starting as an intern and working her way into the director role, Bucceroni has spearheaded numerous initiatives, including content curation and collaboration with Fortune 500 brands, integrated event marketing programs, brand strategy, and monthly internal events. Bucceroni holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business from Stockton University, and she is proud to be a mentor for up-and-coming event pros with the Student Event Planners Association. Fun Fact: Like many in the event industry, Bucceroni has some musical skills. She was in the New Jersey All State Choir and performed with a capella groups throughout high school and college.
Rebecca Pappas is vice president of production and client services. She joined the BizBash team in 2010, bringing with her more than 20 years experience in shaping production protocols, audience growth, and consistent client satisfaction. At BizBash, she is responsible for all aspects of production practice and policies as well as ensuring excellent client and interdepartmental relationships, and operational analytics.
Before joining BizBash, she was the director of publisher relations at Qmags, a provider of digital edition solutions, where she managed the production, distribution, and marketing strategies of the digital editions for more than 50 B2B publishers. For six years, she was the director of circulation and manufacturing for BZ Media, a multi-title publisher in the IT space, pioneering digital edition creation and distribution, working with BPAWW’s Digital Task Force to formulate audit rules and requirements. Rebecca began her career at International Typeface Corporation creating revenue streams by developing Upper & Lower Case Magazine’s paid circulation and list rental program and overseeing its transition to digital production.
RESEARCH & DIRECTORIES
Director of Research & Directories
Jean Jaworek is a longtime veteran of the directory business and now sees herself as something of a database connoisseur. When not involved with field-specific information, and away from her desk, she is an active participant in not one but two community gardens, an avid reader, and a jazz enthusiast. Fun Fact: On the home front, she is frequently bullied by a very small, very demanding Persian cat.
SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Vice President of Sales, West
A longtime BizBash executive, John Marte is the company's senior executive and management ambassador on the West Coast where he is responsible for partnerships, community, and business development. Marte lives the essence of BizBash as a true “collaboration artist,” an innovative problem solver, and a natural connector. Prior to BizBash, Marte held positions in travel in the Caribbean. When he joined BizBash in 2014, Marte fell in love with the event industry. He found immediate success representing BizBash as a trusted brand that believes smart event organizing contributes to a society by creating understanding, connections, and commerce between people and organizations. Marte's specific accomplishment, both as a leader and strategist, has been to revise how event partnerships and marketing campaigns are executed to create effective, long-lasting programs. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2018, his mission is to engage corporate planners with smart partner vendors to make events more effective.
Vice President of Sales, Canada
Vincent Murphy is an American now living in Canada, with a fairly nontraditional backstory. From professional poker player to vice president of Canada at BizBash, Murphy is currently expanding the BizBash brand across Canada. Shortly after receiving his degree in communication studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Murphy put his professional life on pause and sought a career playing poker, which, in hindsight, resulted in forty years' worth of executive-level experience evaluating human dynamics, developing and executing strategic plans, and making tactical decisions. Following a successful gambling career, Murphy resumed his professional trajectory in sales, marketing, and business development and joined the BizBash team in Chicago in 2015. A year later, Murphy relocated to Toronto, Canada, and is now proactively growing the company's existence into new Canadian markets. Fun Fact: In his free time, enjoyable pursuits include anything to do with eating cheese, binge-watching Netflix, or participating in competitive sports such as beach volleyball, squash, and snowboarding.
Vice President of Sales, Southeast
Vice president/publisher of the Southeast region, Ann Keusch has more than 25 years of experience producing events and in publishing. After earning a master's degree in speech pathology from the University of Miami, and working in the field for several years, she joined Communications & Show Management /Industry Publishers, where she produced events for the company’s publications and became director of operations for one of the largest trade shows in the country in the sporting goods industry. She also produced all special programs and events ancillary to the trade show, and eventually moved over to manage sales and marketing for the event. Additionally, Keusch has produced conferences/events and tradeshows for Specialty Foods, Sports Collectibles Sports Licensed products, Tailgating, and others. Since the premier issue of BizBash Florida in 2003, Keusch has been involved in all aspects of the publication and BizBash events and loves discovering the incredible talent of people in this industry. Fun Fact: Ann resides in Miami Beach and says, “Who wouldn’t love living in paradise?”
Market Manager, Washington, D.C.
John D'Adamo is the market manager of Washington, D.C. at BizBash. He joined BizBash in 2015 as a business development manager in the New York City office. After receiving the promotion to run the BizBash D.C. branch in 2017, he worked to grow BizBash's presence in the market. He was the 2018 MPI Potomac President's Award Winner, in recognition of successful planning of multiple events for the chapter, and has been featured in the IAEE Member Spotlight. Currently, D'Adamo is spearheading the re-launch of the BizBash Live: Washington, D.C. conference at the Ronald Reagan Building. Prior to BizBash, John worked at Yelp in small business outreach and was on the leadership team of multiple successful campaigns and initiatives at his alma mater, the University of Michigan. Fun Fact: In his spare time, D'Adamo participates in a competitive karaoke league in D.C. called District Karaoke.
Account Representative, Orlando & Boston
Lee Elman joined BizBash as an account representative in 2013. Elman has spent most of her career in marketing consulting heading up her own promotions company for 12 years. Transitioning to the event industry in 2002, Elman worked for Red7Media prior to BizBash. Outside of work, Elman is very involved in the arts, having served as Board President for Castle Hill Center for the Arts for four years. She resides in Miami Beach. Favorite Event Ever Attended: “Dinner in the Sky” Vancouver—a unique and breathtaking dining experience showcasing Vancouver’s spectacular ocean, mountain, and 360-degree city vistas while being elevated 150 feet off the ground.