2018-2019 Board of Directors
PRESIDENT: Brian Gilman
SpringHill Suites Huntington Beach
Brian is a seasoned sales professional working in the travel industry since 2004. His experience includes selling to consumers and businesses in a variety of markets, which offers a unique understanding of the complex travel industry.
Brian has a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Long Beach, with the emphasis in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. Through his experience and education, Brian has developed a keen sense of market trends and sales expertise. He has had the opportunity to participate in a variety of Hilton and Starwood sales training courses, workshops, and seminars that allows for a broad resource base on which to build his career. He continues to build a strong contact network through local memberships in the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, Visit Anaheim, and a global membership in MPI, among others.
The MPIOC Presidents award was given to Brian in June 2016 for his leadership and mentoring of others in the chapter.
In addition to being passionate for the travel industry, Brian coaches his kids’ soccer and baseball teams, referees, and occasionally has to umpire a game. He lives in Torrance, CA with his wife, two kids, and dog.
PRESIDENT-ELECT: Pawntra Shadab
Elite Productions International
Pawntra Shadab With an extensive and qualified background in the world of event production and design, Pawntra Shadab joins Meeting Planners International, Orange County, as Vice President of Education. Previously, she served as Director of Recognition and Community Outreach. The role at MPI will be balanced with her current title: Vice President at event production and design firm, Elite Productions International. With the company now for eleven years, Pawntra has a masterful hand in designing and producing events for top corporate clients, as well as social and wedding cliental.
In addition to her history with Elite Productions International, Pawntra Shadab has worked countless award shows such as The Academy Awards, The Grammys, and The Golden Globes.
A history of philanthropy to those in need makes the position tailor made for Pawntra. As a previous board member of The National Urban League Young Professionals, which helps historically impoverished urban communities, she organized fundraising events. Volunteering for Make A Wish Foundation and the American Cancer Society are just a couple other organizations she continually supports, satisfying her passion to bettering the community.
Combining her professional experience with her personal passion, Pawntra Shadab accepts the position with enthusiasm and eagerness. When she is not busy on-site coordinating an event, Pawntra enjoys traveling to exotic locales, salsa dancing, and attending concerts.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Heather Even, CMP, MA
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Heather Even, M.A.
Maple Street Management
Heather Even, CMP, MA is President of Maple Street Management, Inc., an Association Management Company. Heather has been involved with Maple Street since 2002, working part time during college as an administrative assistant. Looking for a career change, she returned to Maple Street in 2009 where she works with nonprofit boards of directors achieve their goals by handling the day-to-day needs of the association. She is in charge of all communications via web and email as well as coordinating meetings and special events for all of Maple Street’s clients. Heather holds a Minor in Biblical Studies, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and a California Secondary Education Credential from Biola University as well as a Master of Arts degree in English from Cal State Long Beach.
She is a third generation Southern Californian, who got the travel bug from her great-grandmother and has traveled to 16 countries and 19 states. She is an avid movie buff, Disney fanatic, and when not working enjoys creative writing.
VICE-PRESIDENT, FINANCE: Jon Trask, CMP CMM
Jon Trask, CMP CMM
Strategic Meeting Tech
VICE-PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP: Mark Stewart
Tel: 949-581-7531 Ext. 504
Mark Stewart is a 24 year veteran and industry leader in the California chauffeured ground transportation business. His experience includes humble beginnings as a chauffeur, a limousine owner, operations manager and now is responsible handling business development & corporate sales for CLI Worldwide Transportation. He served on the executive board and as President of the Greater California Livery Association-GCLA from 2005-2013.
Mark was awarded the Association Leader of the Year at the 2012-2013 Limousine Digest Show Industry Achievement Awards Gala and the GCLA President’s Award for outstanding commitment and service as President from 2010-2013. Mark is excited to continue to grow in the meetings industry and MPI Orange County by taking the role as Vice-President of Membership.
VICE-PRESIDENT, EDUCATION: Shannel Crane
Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa
VICE-PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS: Michael Procopio
Pro Audio Video, Inc.
Michael Procopio Is an Audio Visual Specialist. He has worked in the event planning industry for over 10 years specializing in Audio, Visual and Creative Design. Winning the 2015-2016 MPI OC Rising Start Award and being in the industry starting at a young age he has grown into a very well rounded experienced professional.
DIRECTOR, EDUCATION EVENTS: Cynthia Stearn, CMP
DIRECTOR, EDUCATION EVENTS
Cynthia Stearn, CMP
DIRECTOR, SUPPLIER SPONSORSHIPS: Kelly Feeney
DIRECTOR, SUPPLIER SPONSORSHIPS
DIRECTOR, SPECIAL EVENTS: Alivia Tatz, CMP
DIRECTOR, SPECIAL EVENTS
Alivia Tatz, CMP
Doubletree by Hilton Santa Ana / Orange County Airport
DIRECTOR, MEMBER RECRUITMENT: Katie Pederson
DIRECTOR, MEMBER RECRUITMENT
House of Blues Anaheim
DIRECTOR, RETENTION: AnaLaura Becerra, CMP CTA
AnaLaura Becerra, CMP CTA
DIRECTOR, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS: Tracy Hueth
DIRECTOR, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
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