Glenn Thayer, Professional Conference Moderator, The Voice of Meetings & Events
Known as The Voice of Meetings and Events, Glenn Thayer is a professional conference moderator and master of ceremonies. He has more than 15 years of experience facilitating corporate and association conferences. His clients span varied industries ranging from technology, healthcare, and financial services.
Specializing in creating dynamic general sessions, Glenn works with his clients to enhance the audience experience through the use of technology, compelling content, and open, interactive dialogue and interviews.
When not involved with a meeting or conference, he uses his communication skills and as a corporate spokesperson and voiceover talent for television and radio. He can be seen regularly on PBS and donates his time to Fins Attached, a shark conservation and marine research organization.
Glenn is a contributing author to the meeting and event design section of the Convention Industry Council’s CMP manual.
Rebecca Garrett, Sr. Consultant, Event Producer, Garrett Marketing
Rebecca is passionate about helping clients design and create events that communicate and connect with their external and internal audiences. With over 17 years of cross-functional communication, strategic marketing, branding, event, and project management experience, she is a seasoned event producer and marketing consultant. Working with companies such as Cisco, VMware, ServiceNow, and Equinix on their general sessions and programming initiatives, Rebecca balances both tactical execution and strategic vision. Her strategies complement companies that place a high value on creating programs that make meaningful connections for both clients and employees.
Doug McPhee, M.ED., CMP, CMM
Doug McPhee has worked with Experient since 2000. His experience teaching elementary school and consulting with corporations including TJX Companies and Pfizer. As a professional speaker and trainer he has presented to groups in the US and abroad for over 35 years. Doug has presented at MPI-WEC, local chapters of MPI, Conclave, and to his colleagues at Experient. He works with organizations to improve learning.
Doug has served MPI in local and international positions including President of the NENY MPI chapter He served as Chair of the Albany NY County CVB. He was the founding Chair of the APEX Standards Review Committee, 2008-2012.
Angela Layton, CMP, CMM
Angela Layton is a certified meeting professional (CMP) dedicated to producing high-impact meetings and events that deliver on strategic goals. With a certificate in meeting management (CMM), Angela brings a high-energy approach to meeting and event planning, production and tradeshow program management, as well as, marketing, public relations, communications and project management in the corporate, government, non-profit and association industries.
Angela has served as a local and international volunteer in multiple capacities including Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Tennessee Chapter president, MPI International Membership Advisory Council chair and Professional Development Task Force chair. She also serves as a commissioner of the Association of Destination Management Executives International’s (ADMEI) Destination Management Company Accreditation.
A three-time recipient of the MPI Tennessee Chapter Planner of the Year Award and two-time MPI Tennessee President’s Award honoree, Angela is dedicated to sharing her love of the industry with seasoned and aspiring meeting professionals. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Angela holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.
Doug McPhee, M.Ed., CMM, CMP
Doug McPhee has worked with Experient since 2000. His experience teaching elementary school and consulting with corporations including TJX Companies and Pfizer. As a professional speaker and trainer he has presented to groups in the US and abroad for over 35 years. He works with organizations to improve learning and transform business practices.
Doug served the Events Industry Council as founding chair of the APEX Standards Review Committee, he has also volunteered with MPI in local and international positions including President of the NENY MPI chapter He served as Chair of the Albany County New York CVB.
Kim Stoermer, CMP, HMCC
Kim has 20+ years of experience in the meetings and events industry, including non-profit, association and corporate events. She worked both as an independent contractor and worked for several third party logistical vendors in the Bay Area with a focus on large-scale meetings, events and city-wide festivals. Before going to Genentech, she held the position of Assistant Festival Director for the San Jose Jazz Festival.
Currently, Kim is a Manager at Genentech, Inc., in the Meeting and Convention Services department. Kim partners with the Hematology Franchise, planning sales and marketing meetings, Product Launches and Genentech’s National Sales Meeting, and actively supports the M&CS team through multiple department wide teams & initiatives.
Kim is an active member of Meeting Professionals International Northern California Chapter (MPINCC), leading the ACE Education Committee for the upcoming 2019 MPINCC ACE Annual Conference. She obtained her CMP designation in 2001, and completed the Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) program in 2017. Kim has her MBA from California State University San Jose and her BS in Business from California State University Chico.
Gary Titunick, CMP
Gary has been with Johnson & Johnson Consumer since 2006 as he was part of the Pfizer Consumer acquisition. Gary has been a CMP since 2007 and has extensive experience in General Operations & Administration Management along with Financial acumen. Gary’s expertise includes Meeting/Event/Trade Show Planning life cycles, Supplier Management, Procurement/Contract Administration, Customer Service and Compliance.
Gary is detail oriented, focusing on customer/attendee experience and most importantly understands that it takes a team to achieve excellence as “FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION.”
Jonathan Howe, Founding Partner, Howe and Hutton, JD
Jonathan T. Howe is President and Founding Partner of Howe & Hutton, Ltd. He has written hundreds of articles and papers, and has spoken to organizations all over the world. He is recognized as one of the true leaders of the not-for-profit organization bar as well as the hospitality and meetings, travel, incentive, hotel, and trade show industries, and for trial and appellate advocacy. Jon was named Association Forum of Chicagoland's Associate Member of the year for outstanding service to the association community and is also General Counsel to Meeting Professionals International. He was selected by his peers as a Member Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives and received the "Pacesetters Award" from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International. Jon has been honored by numerous other organizations world-wide and has served as a director, officer and chief elected officer of several associations and charitable organizations.
Carol Norfleet, Executive Vice President, Destination Nashville, MBA, CMP, DMCP
Carol Norfleet serves as Executive Vice President with Destination Nashville, An AlliedPRA Company, Nashville’s largest and most award winning DMC. Currently serving as co-chair of the Industry Insights Committee for the Events Industry Council (EIC), Carol co-chaired the 2016 update of the industry cornerstone publication, the APEX Glossary. In 2017 Carol was honored as ADMEI’s (Association of Destination Management Executives International) Destination Management Professional of the Year. As the MPI (Meeting Professionals International) 2016 RISE Award Member of the Year, Carol also was named a Woman of Influence from the Nashville Business Journal in February of that same year.
Carol leads the CMP certification exam study groups throughout Tennessee and internationally for MPI since 2002. As Past Chair for the Accreditation and Certification Board of ADMEI, Carol ensures the advancement of education and professionalism in the DMC and meetings industry. A recipient of the prestigious ADMEI Joanne O’Connor President’s Award, as well as MPI:TN Supplier of the Year, Carol is a requested presenter on meetings industry issues such as site selection, food and beverage and destination management as well as her passion, effective employee training. She has been awarded the MPI:TN West TN Meeting of the Year for two consecutive years, 2017 & 2018. She also serves on the faculty for the Belmont University Meeting & Event Certificate Program specializing in Site Selection.
Deanna Griffith-House, Sr. Program Manager, Spetctrum Reach, CMM, PMP, CMP
Deanna Griffith-House is a 20+ year veteran of the meetings industry and is an innovative and deeply experienced planner and program manager. Presently, she is a Senior Program Manager for Charter Spectrum Reach responsible for many of the division’s most strategic initiatives.
Deanna joined the cable industry from the high tech arena, bringing with her a broad base of global Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer marketing leadership and program management. She has served as Director of Marketing at both Exact Software and Jacobsen, leading teams to high levels of success at both organizations.
Deanna is highly credentialed. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and a Program Management Certificate from George Washington University. She is both a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Marketing (PCM). Additionally, she holds certifications from other professional certifying organizations: Certified Meeting Professional (CMP – Convention Industry Council; Certified Meetings Manager (CMM – Meeting Professionals International) and Certified Manager of Exhibits (CME - Exhibit & Event Marketers Assoc.). Her academic accomplishments are evidence of her life-long love of learning.
Deanna is active with the Convention Industry Council’s Governance Commission and also serves as the Director of Meeting Planning for the MPI-Carolinas Chapter. In addition, she serves on the cable industry’s WICT Carolinas Board serving as the Chair for its annual conference and awards for more than three years. 2016 Carolinas Annual Conference and the 2016 and 2017 Red Circle Awards. She also co-developed WICT Leadership CoP, a mentoring program for senior-level members in the Carolinas. She is also Deanna is a long-time volunteer with Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure and the USO North Carolina. She resides in Huntersville, NC with her husband Mike and Wylie, their dog who serves as the neighborhood ambassador.