KATHLEEN A. DEMARCO is an association executive with Stringfellow Management Group, Inc. with over 25 years of experience in event planning and execution. DeMarco provides event, membership, operations and strategic management services to non-profit organizations and is responsible for overseeing more than 20 events annually. DeMarco holds a degree in communications and public relations from Temple University and a Certificate in Association Management from ASAE-The Center for Association Leadership.Kathy@stringfellowgroup.net KELLY MARTIN has been involved in the event security industry since 1996. He started off on the front lines and moved into management while working for the largest event security and crowd management company. In 2000, he created Event GUARD Services, based just east of Los Angeles. More than a decade later, he has worked in the preparation and execution of thousands of safe and secure events nationwide. He continues to drive Event GUARD Services in an expanding and growing direction.Kelly@eventguardservices.com ALLAN JUDAH is the CEO for National Travel Systems, LP, a travel and housing management company with involvement in the various aspects of sports travel and housing management for over 19 years. He and his company have been involved in the logistical coordination of events such as the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships, 2004 and 2008, and 2012 USA Gymnastics Olympic Trials, 2005 World Badminton Championships, 2007 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl and 2012 USA Track and Field Olympic Trials, among many others.Ajudah@nationaltravelsystems.com KEVIN DESSART oversees USA Cycling’s coaching certification program and administers the organization’s athlete development camps. He has worked at Swim Colorado and Carmichael Training Systems and was the director of public relations for both the New York Power Professional Women’s Soccer Team and the New Jersey Devils Hockey Club. A seven-time Ironman World Championship finisher, Dessart holds a B.A. in athletic administration/business administration from St. John’s University where he was captain of the varsity hockey team.Kdessart@usacycling.org TERRY HASSELTINE, CSEE, is both executive director of Maryland Sports and vice president of marketing and communication for the Maryland Stadium Authority. He is the immediate past chair of the board of directors of the National Association of Sports Commissions.Previously, Hasseltine was deputy executive director of the Kentucky Sports Authority (KSA) and also worked with the Greater Louisville Sports Commission. He has a B.S. in Sports Management (and Communications) from the State University of New York College at Cortland.Thasseltine@marylandsports.us MATT GREGOIRE is the media manager for the Professional Disc Golf Association, a position that involves oversight of the association’s website and social media accounts, as well as attendance at various PDGA tournaments around the world. He discovered disc golf after being active in the sport of Ultimate while a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He is married to Laura Gregoire, whom he terms his “beautiful and far-too understanding wife,” and the two are expecting their first child in early 2015.Mgregoire@pdga.com JULI ANNE PATTY has written for Sports Destination Management since the magazine’s creation, working with sports event owners and CVBs all across North America. A traveling freelance writer, Juli combines her interests in travel, writing and sports to help destinations and rights owners create the most unique and successful events possible. PETER FRANCESCONI has been in publishing for more than 25 years, working with newspapers, a wire service and magazines. He is the editor of Tennis Industry, the world’s largest tennis trade publication, and through his company, Ace Media Group, he works closely with the Tennis Industry Association and other groups in communications, marketing and public relations. He was managing editor of Tennis Magazine from 1990 to 1999 and editorial director of Tennis’s custom publishing division from 1999 to 2009. MICHAEL POPKE is an award-winning journalist with 25 years of professional experience in print and digital media. For 14 years, he was managing editor of Athletic Business, the leading business-to-business magazine and website for athletic, fitness and recreation professionals. He also has coached baseball, basketball and softball, worked as a USA Swimming stroke-and-turn official and is an avid high school sports and aquatics safety supporter. Michael owns Two Lakes Media Group and lives in the Madison, Wisconsin, area. JENNY WIERSCHEM has nearly 15 years of experience as a writer and editor, working across subject areas, including health and education. A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Oregon, she has worked for a range of nonprofit and for-profit organizations and is currently a full-time freelancer in Baltimore, Maryland.
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