CONTACT USFlorida Festivals and Events Association, Inc.
2115 Alameda Avenue | Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 203.1334 | Fax: (888) 740.0419
Suzanne Neve, Executive Director | Suzanne@ffea.com
Upon graduation from the Pennsylvania State University, Suzanne began her professional career in the hospitality industry where she honed her organizational and marketing skills. Managing a high performing Marriott property, she garnered several awards including Manager of the Year, General Manager of the Year and Hotel of the Year.
Prior to accepting the position as Executive Director for FFEA, Suzanne spent five years directing events for the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. In her position there, she oversaw the production and execution of over 60 events per year, including the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival. ArtiGras is one of the largest art festivals in the state of Florida and has been recognized as one of the top 50 art festivals in the U.S. and one of the top 20 events in the Southeastern U.S. During her time at the Chamber, their events earned several awards for advertising and organizational excellence.
As the Executive Director for FFEA Suzanne is responsible for all operational aspects of the organization, including membership growth, multimedia marketing, and event management. FFEA's 600 members represent the industry's top leaders and the Association serves as a resource to help them perform at their peak through education, networking and the cultivation of the highest standards. In her role with FFEA, Suzanne and her team visit events throughout the state of Florida and United States and they strive to connect, educate and advocate on behalf of FFEA's diverse membership.
She and her husband Jeff have recently relocated to the Orlando area with their two children Matthew and Elizabeth and are enjoying being closer to their family (and Mickey Mouse of course!).
Garret Hummel-Esparza, Marketing & Conference Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Garret is currently a second degree Event Management major at Rosen College, having returned to school after living and working in New York City for five years.
Garret previously held positions as Catering Manager of the Red Bull Music Academy and Event Production Assistant for Joseph Cady Events. Currently he works as Event Management Assistant in the Office of Events at Rosen College, assisting in all steps of theevent management process.
In his role with FFEA, Garret assists in the planning, coordination, and execution of the Convention and Tradeshow. He coordinates, assists, and collaborates with the Marketing, Hospitality and Entertainment Committees.
Sarah Kalick, Convention Tradeshow Coordinator | email@example.com
Sarah is currently a student at the University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality management with a major in Event Management and a minor in Marketing.
She grew up in Boca Raton, Florida and has recently moved to Orlando for school. Sarah aspires to become a convention/meeting planner after finishing her degree.
In her role with FFEA, Sarah coordinates several aspects of the annual Conference, including logistics and operations of Tradeshow with more than 60 exhibitors, the Silent Auction and sponsor activation.
Mackenzie Siem, Convention Program Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mackenzie is currently a senior at the University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality Management with a major in Event Management. She grew up in the Tampa area but has been living in Orlando for the past few years to pursue her education and further her career.
Mackenzie has had many different roles some including; the Special Events and Programs intern for the American Diabetes Association, Events intern for Exhilarate Events and Marketing, and is currently the Vice President of MPI Knights. Mackenzie’s involvement with MPI has played a crucial role in her success and her career development. She is passionate about her work and is excited to be on this new journey with the Florida Festivals and Events Association.
In her role with FFEA, MAckenzie's primary responsibility is to coordinate the more than 40 Educational Sessions during the Annual Conference including booking speakers, marketing the sessions and all program logistics. Additionally, she coordinates the Sunsational Awards Program and Conference Registratoin with their respective committees.