JULI ANNE PATTY is a freelance writer based in Portland, Maine and is also contributing editor to Sports Destination Management magazine. Before becoming a writer, she spent several years teaching middle and high school English. She still believes passionately in the power of public education, spending many of her out-ofwork hours tutoring at nonprofit organizations to help students develop their creative and expository writing skills. Juli is currently completing her first novel while continuing her work as a marketing and public relations copywriter. Visit her at www.juliannepatty.com. TIM BARRETT, CMP, is the catering sales manager at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. Prior to this position, he served as a sales manager for Atlanta Arrangements/Global Events Partners (GEP) Atlanta, the city’s first Destination Management Company (DMC). He previously was a meeting planner with the University of Georgia and also a convention services manager. Holding a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation, he is an author and instructor in meetings management. MARY HELEN SPRECHER has been a technical writer for 20 years with the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national association of designers, builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities. Sprecher has written on various topics relating to sports facility design, construction and supply, as well as sports medicine and health issues, and trends in the fitness industry. She is a full-time newspaper reporter in Baltimore, Maryland. The ASBA is located in Ellicott City, Maryland and can be contacted at www.sportsbuilders.org. JUDI HESS is the manager of Tourism & Special Events for the Greater Binghamton Convention & Visitors Bureau. Her responsibilities include attracting sporting events and promoting Greater Binghamton as a destination. Judi has been with the Bureau since 1995. She is a graduate of Herkimer Community College with a degree in Travel & Tourism and also has a Bachelor’s Degree from Binghamton University. Judi is a lifelong resident of Broome County. AMY HENDERSON is the owner of Carolina Arrangements, a Destination Management Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. Amy has been in the sports field for over 20 years, starting as a sportswriter in upstate New York and eventually working in the NBA with the Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets and Charlotte Bobcats. Amy also spent time in racing with Speedway Motorsports Inc. at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Amy has coordinated all facets of marketing, travel and special events within the sports market with a multitude of corporate partners to include Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch & Gatorade. JENNIFER ALTEN is a Chicago-based writer, marketing consultant and photographer who specializes in working with the businessto- business, technology, manufacturing and medical sectors. She has written articles, white papers, websites and marketing materials for dozens of commercial and notfor- profit organizations ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups. ANDREA JOHNSON is the principal of Ideas to Words, a Minneapolis-based marketing communications company. She helps people and organizations capture the spirit of what they do and communicate it in a way that enhances credibility, draws attention and drives results. You’ll see her work in many regional and national business publications including Contact, SalesForceXP, Twin Cities Business and Velocity. For more information about Andrea, go to www.ideastowords.com.
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