CONTACT USFlorida Festivals and Events Association, Inc.
2115 Alameda Avenue | Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 203.1334 | Fax: (888) 740.0419
Suzanne Neve, CEO | 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!).
Taylor Dana Boone, Marketing Coordinator | email@example.com
Taylor graduated with her bachelors degree in marketing in May 2016. Starting off at the University of Central Florida's Rosen College, she later moved home to south Florida to finish her degree at Florida Atlantic University.
Taylor previously interned and later worked for SM Digital Partners, a digital marketing agency in south Florida. After graduating she moved to Orlando to pursue her marketing career where she is excited to be working with FFEA.
In her role with FFEA, Taylor assists the marketing committee with planning and executive of marketing campaigns and programs throughout the year and for the annual conference.
Jamie Bonner, Convention Tradeshow Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie was born in Savannah, Georgia but moved to Central Florida when she was two years old. Jamie started her career in hospitality when she was 18 at a restaurant and eventually became the Assistant General Manager.
In January 2016, she left the restaurant business to further her education and pursue her passion in event management. She now attends Valencia Community College and is set to transfer to UCFs Rosen College of Hospitality in Fall 2017. She also manages an event venue with her father in their southern style plantation home.In her role with FFEA, Jamie coordinates several aspects of the annual Conference, including logistics and operations of Tradeshow with more than 60 exhibitors, the Sunsational Awards Program and sponsor activation.
Shelby Buchanan, Convention Program Coordinator | email@example.com
Shelby Buchanan is currently a sophomore student studying Tourism, Event, and Recreation Management at the University of Florida. She grew up in Winter Springs, and now resides primarily in Gainesville. She hopes to combine her passions for Tourism and Event management by working in cultural and community events in Florida after graduation.
Shelby works to utilize her event planning skills in all aspects of her extracurricular life, serving as the Vice Chair of Productions for the ACCENT Speakers Bureau, and serving on multiple committees in her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. She has previously interned with the Galileo School for Gifted Learning in an Event and Summer Camp planning role.
In her role with FFEA, Shleby'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 Entertainment Showcases and Conference Registration with their respective committees.