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President's Council

The IFEA President's Council is an active and involved industry leadership advisory source, of which serve members at the request of the President. Members proactively support IFEA programs and visions through their input, use of professional networks on behalf of the association, and personal participation in association programs and activities.The current IFEA President's Council includes:
  • IFEA World Board Members
  • IFEA Foundation Board Members
  • IFEA Global Roundtable Council Members
  • IFEA Association Alliance Presidents (IAAPA, IAFE, IAVM, OABA)
  • Gail Lowney Alofsin, CFEE • Newport Harbor Corporation
  • Muriel Anderson, CFEE • Hawai’i Tourism Authority (Retired)
  • Doug Andreassen • Newman Burrows Printing
  • Marie Atwell, CFEE • SHOWS ETC.
  • Alison Baringer • North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc.
  • Ed Bautista, CFEE • City of San Jose (CA); Chicago Festivals Association
  • Victor Benavides Jr. • Department of Homeland Security
  • Dr. Vern Biaett, Jr., CFEE • High Point University
  • Ric Birch • Spectak Productions / Filmaster Group
  • Tom Bisignano, CFEE • Universal Orlando
  • Mark Browning • TRIPinfo.com
  • Bob Bryant • (Indianapolis)500 Festival
  • Peter Burley • New Zealand Association of Event Professionals
  • Leah Charney • ZAPP
  • Pat Christenson • Las Vegas Events, Inc.
  • Karen Churchard, CFEE • City of Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Laurie Class • The Walt Disney Company
  • John Cudahy • International Council of Airshows
  • Bill Collins, Jr., CFEE • The High Road, Inc.
  • Gene Columbus • Orlando Repertory Theatre (formerly Walt Disney Company)
  • Gerry Copeland • Belfast City Council, Northern Ireland
  • Dick Clark • The Portland Clinic
  • Carolyn Crayton, CFEE • Macon, Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Tom Crosley • National Recreation and Park Association
  • Stephanie Donoho, CFEE • Stephanie Donoho Consulting
  • David Downey, CAE • International Downtown Association
  • Mario Garcia Durham • Association of Performing Arts Presenters
  • Sally Edwards, CFEE • Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing
  • Brad Elsberg • Digital Media Producer
  • Chad Emerson • Faulkner University Jones School of Law
  • Mike Ensch • Coachella
  • Bruce Erley, CFEE, APR • Creative Strategies Group
  • Tim Estes, CFEE • Fiesta Parade Floats
  • Kathryn Farrington, CFEE • Newport, R.I. Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Buffy Filippell • TeamWork Online
  • Judy Flanagan, CFEE • City of Savannah, Tennessee
  • Derrick Fox • Valero Alamo Bowl
  • Sgt. Rich Fuhriman • City of Boise Police Department (Retired)
  • Officer Jermaine Galloway • Tall Cop Says Stop
  • Becky Genoways, CFEE • Genoways Events
  • Thomas Grilk • Boston Athletic Association
  • Laura Grunfeld • Everyone’s Invited
  • Paul Gudgin • Consultant
  • Cheryl Guiddy • Harris & Co., P.A.
  • Rohan Gunatillake • Sync & FestivalsLab
  • Gayle Hall, CFEE • Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Martin Hanneman • Security Consultant
  • Mia Hansen • Festivals & Events Association of Tucson and Southern Arizona (FEATSAZ)
  • John Hargleroad • Oglebay National Training Center
  • Kendall Haven • Master Storyteller
  • Amahl Hazelton • The Moment Factory
  • Tim Hoynes • SESAC
  • Di Henry • Olympic Torch Run
  • Jim Holt • Memphis in May International Festival
  • Paul Jamieson, CFEE • SunFest of Palm Beach County
  • Binna Jensen • The Idaho Statesman
  • Grant Jones • Metro Meals on Wheels
  • Jazelle Jones • City of Philadelphia
  • Peter Kageyama • For the LOVE of Cities
  • Robbie Kane, CFEE • Hawaii Community Foundation
  • Dirk Kempthorne • U.S. Secretary of the Interior (former)
  • Laurie Kirby • FestForums
  • Vincent Kituku, Ph.D. • Kituku & Associates
  • David Knotts • Hawley Troxell Legal Services
  • Amy Kule • Macy*s Parade & Entertainment Group
  • Ken Lantis • Lantis Fireworks and Lasers
  • Bruce Lupin • Edgeworks Group
  • Virginia Mampre • Mampre Media International
  • Eric Martin • Music for All
  • Penny McBride • Fredericksburg (TX) Chamber of Commerce
  • Steve McClatchy • Alleer Training & Consulting
  • Jean McFaddin • McFaddin & Associates (formerly Macy*s)
  • Taylor McKnight • SCHED
  • James McVeigh • Festivals Edinburgh
  • Herb Melleney, CFEE • Retired
  • Brad Miller • Hawley Troxell Legal Services
  • Christine Nardecchia • City of Dublin, Ohio
  • Chuck O’Connor, CFEE • National Cherry Festival
  • Bill O’Laughlin, CMP • OHS, Inc.
  • Peter Pantuso • American Bus Association
  • Dale Penny • Up with People
  • Penny Perrey • IEG
  • Carol Porter • Haas & Wilkerson Insurance
  • Terry Powers • USA Diving
  • Randy Prasse • Churchill Downs
  • Sandra Puskarcik • City of Dublin, Ohio
  • Mike Rea, CFEE • Haas & Wilkerson Insurance
  • Andrew Rafkind • Andrew Rafkind Photography
  • Steve Rosenauer, CFEE • Fiesta Oyster Bake
  • Dr. Kari Sampsel, MD, MSc, FROPC • University of Ottawa Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Pam Sartory • Roger Dean Stadium
  • Karen Scherberger, CFEE • Norfolk Festevents
  • John Schlimm • Author, Educator, Special Events / Public Relations Consultant
  • Scott Schmader • Spoonimo Productions / Boise State University Honors College / Creative Technologies Association
  • Jim Shanklin • Festivals.com Founder
  • Bruce Smiley-Kaliff • Kaliff Insurance
  • Scott Spencer • Lighter Than Air America
  • John Steenhoven • Creatives
  • Kelven Tan • Play Festivals & Events
  • Brad Thomas • Silver Dollar City / Herschend Family Entertainment
  • Steve Thomson • Dynamic Displays/Fabulous Inflatables
  • Kurt Tallis • 4th Ave. Merchants Association
  • Karen Thoreson • Alliance for Innovation
  • Wright Tilley, CFEE • Boone & Watauga County Tourism Development Authority
  • Charles Trimble • Big Events, Inc.
  • Jim Tucker • International Association of Fairs & Expositions (Retired)
  • Pete Van de Putte, CFEE • dfest® (Dixie Flag Event Services Team)
  • Joe Vera, CFEE • City of McAllen, Texas
  • Keli O’Neill Wenzel • O’Neill Marketing & Event Management
  • David Wheeler • Global Center for Event Management Education
  • Reed Williams • FunNBiz
  • Dr. George Zambelli Jr. • Zambelli Fireworks
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