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Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to FFEA? Committee volunteers help shape FFEA by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of our industry. Serving on a committee is one of the best ways to become involved and make an impact on your profession. If you’d like to become more engaged, we invite you to volunteer to serve on a year-round or Annual Conference Committee.

“I volunteer because it’s a rewarding and fulfilling membership with the best people in the industry. The relationships and the memories that come from FFEA are unmatched by any other volunteer opportunity in our field.”
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Maiken Stefany, EventFest

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BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING ON A COMMITTEE


  • Establish enhanced credibility through leadership role.
  • Meet new contacts through association with other committee volunteers and FFEA members.
  • Increased recognition through visibility on FFEA website and FFEA events.
  • Recognition at all events by wearing a Committee Member Ribbon.
  • Sharpen networking, communication, marketing and leadership skills through interaction with other members.
  • Camaraderie developed through relationship building with other committee volunteers, members and event community.
*All committee volunteers must be a Member in Good Standing during entire term.

“Volunteering for FFEA allows for great learning experiences and networking opportunities with people throughout Florida and in different industries. After attending my first conference last year, I knew I wanted to be involved with FFEA as the current committee was extremely welcoming and the benefits were endless. I am incredibly excited to take on a leadership role with FFEA and serve on the Marketing Committee for the 2018 Conference and look forward to attending another outstanding event this year” - Alecia Savas, Moffitt Cancer Centers

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Marketing

The FFEA Marketing Committee is responsible for promoting FFEA membership, events, activities and benefits through social media, public relations, promotional campaigns and other means.

Chair: Jennifer Berthiaume, Lion Country Safari
Staff Liaison: Kaitlyn Southern

Committee Members:

Rita DeMier Lincoln, South Florida Fair
Kristine Jarriel, Village of Wellington
Amanda MacMaster, MacManda Media
Kevin McNulty, Netweave Social Networking
Cassie Roberts Dispenza, Saffire
Alecia Savas, Moffit Cancer Centers
Andrea Simeone, South Florida Fair
Joanie Smalley, Leesburg Partnership, Inc.

Meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 10:00am.

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Program / Speakers

The FFEA Educational Program Committee serves to create a diverse and relevant group of speakers and presentations specific to the Events Industry for the annual Conference.

Chair: Janeen Paulaskis, Fort Myers Beach Film Festival
Staff Liaison: Sabrina Meikle

Committee Members:
Jim Barnes, Village of Wellington
Katrina Delgado, Coconut Grove Arts Festival
Dan Goode, Sunfest
Lisa Hoffman, Boca Festival of the Arts
Andrea Ramos, City of North Miami
Joanie Smalley, Leesburg Parternship
Lorie Stinson, South Florida Fair
Rhonda Ward, Collier County Fair

Meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at 10:30am
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Entertainment Showcase

The FFEA Conference Entertainment Committee serves to showcase the variety of entertainment options available for events by FFEA members from around the Country.

Staff Liaison: Sabrina Meikle

Committee Members:
David Ballard, City of Gainesville
Debbie Bylica, City of Fort Lauderdale
Tim Charron, Tim Charron Band
Lisa Hoffman, Boca Festival of the Arts
Jim Luce, King Guys Bands
Angel Narlinger, Rebekah's Dreams Entertainment & Production Services
Maggi Rosenberg, SOR Entertainment

Meets monthly on the 1st Wednesday at 10:30am
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Tradeshow


The FFEA Tradeshow Committee serves to assist with the production of the Tradeshow during the annual conference, providing exhibitors opportunities to network with event planners and planners the opportunity to discover the many products and services offered both locally and nationally.

Chair: Evan Narlinger, Rebekah's Dreams Entertainment and Production Services
Staff Liaison: Jamie Bonner

Committee Members:
Chris Dudeck, City of Clermont
Matt Fillioe, Complete Ticket Solutions
Nicole Johnson, Xtreme FX
Chris Liberatore, Pyrotecnico
Janeen Paulauskis, Fort Myers Beach Film Festival
Kevin McNulty, Netweave Social Networking
Cat Reel, Leesburg Partnership
Lanie Shapiro, Touch Poll South Florida
Elyzabeth Spires, Reliability Web
Patrick Stewart, Panama City Beach CVB
Nick Toutoungi, Twilight Features
Jana Werksman, City of Coral Springs

Meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 10:30am
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Sunsational Awards

The FFEA Conference Awards Committee serves to execute the Sunsational Awards program recognizing members’ excellence in communications, marketing and programming.

Chair: Cinde Martin, Consultant
Staff Liaison: Sabrina Meikle

Committee Members:

Brian Craig, City of Clearwater
Katrina Delgado, Coconut Grove Arts Festival
David Fernandez, City of Hialeah
Tasha Hyder, Clay County Fair
Mandy Morgan, Evergreen Lifestyles Management
Donna Trafford, Florida State University
Rhonda Ward, Collier County Fair

Meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday at 10:30am

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Hospitality / First Timers

The FFEA Conference Hospitality Committee serves to ensure ample networking opportunities through conference events including First Timers Meet & Greet, after hours Cocktails & Conversation and any official pre and post conference Behind the Scenes Tours & Mixers.

Chair: Maiken Stefany, EventFest
Staff Liaison: Jamie Bonner

Committee Members:
Ron Angelone, Firefighters' Indian River County Fair
David Fernandez, City of Hialeah
Matt Fillioe, Coconut Grove Arts Festival
Chris Liberatore, Pyrotecnico
Camille Marchese, Vertical Merch
Erin Ochs, City of St. Cloud
Angela Poco, City of West Palm Beach
Cat Reel, Leesburg Partnership, Inc.
Alecia Savas, Moffitt Cancer Center
Patrick Stewart, Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
Donna Trafford, Florida State University Panama City
Angela Vomacka, Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

Meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 10:00am
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Silent Auction


The FFEA Conference Silent Auction Committee serves to produce the annual auction to raise funds for the Harvey Franklin Campbell Student Scholarship.

Chair: Lorie Stinson, South Florida Fair
Staff Liaison: Sabrina Meikle

Committee Members:
Pat Cookson, Collier County Fair
Mary Degraffenreidt, City of Boynton Beach
Angela Poco, City of West Palm Beach
Andrea Simeone, South Florida Fair

Meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday at 10:30am
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Education & Emerging Leaders


The FFEA Emerging Leaders Committee is responsible for engaging students and Young Professionals with an interest in pursuing a career in the Events Industry through education, networking, and mentoring.

Chair: Rosemary Prince, Florida State University
Staff Liaison: Suzanne Neve

Committee Members:
Suzan Bunn, University of Central Florida
Brian Craig, City of Clearwater Sean Fitzgerald, City of Oviedo
Lisa Kagan, Evergreen Lifestyles Management
Leila Peterson, City of Clearwater
Mary Pinak, City of West Palm Beach
Dawn Read, Winterfest
Cindy Willming, University of Florida

Meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 1:00pm
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