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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: Alecia Savas, Moffitt Cancer Centers
Staff Liaison: Kaitlyn Southern

Committee Members:

Amanda Atwater, Quantum House
Jennifer Berthiaume, Lion Country Safari
Vanessa Contreras, City of Hialeah
Erika Corley, City of Wildwood
Rita De Mier Lincoln, South Florida Fair
Sienna Heubner, South Florida Fair
Kristine Jarriel, Village of Wellington
Lindsaia Johansmeyer, City of Haines City
Kevin Mcnulty, Netweave Social Networking
Giovana Perez-Oliveras, Student
Ryan Ritchie, City of Haines City
Cassie Roberts, Saffire
Andrea Simeone, South Florida Fair
Joanie Smalley, Leesburg Partnership

Meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday 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: Joanie Smalley, Leesburg Parternship
Staff Liaison: Jamie Jamieson

Committee Members:
Grace Aguda, City of Mount Dora
Jim Barnes, Village of Wellington
Scott Chesley, Festival Designs
Dan Goode, Sunfest
Lisa Hoffman, Boca Festival of the Arts
Jeff Inglehart, City of Ocala
Lindsaia Johansmeyer, City of Haines City
Thomas Mitchell, Reflections Productions
Christine Najac, City of Oakland Park
Amanda Nethero, Southlake Chamber of Commerce
Janeen Paulaskis, Fort Myers Beach Film Festival
Lorie Stinson, South Florida Fair
Rhonda Ward, Collier County Fair

Meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday 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.

Chair: Angel Narlinger, Rebekah's Dreams Entertainment & Production Services
Staff Liaison: Jamie Jamieson

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
Leonardo Moleiro, City of Coconut Creek
Ryan Ritchie, City of Haines City
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: Peter Rand

Committee Members:
Scott Chesley, Festival Designs
Chris Dudeck, City of Clermont
Matt Fillioe, Complete Ticket Solutions
Brittany Henry, City of Fort Lauderdale
Nicole Johnson, Xtreme FX
Chris Liberatore, Pyrotecnico
Jamie Paul, Cit of Kissimmee
Janeen Paulauskis, Fort Myers Beach Film Festival
Kevin McNulty, Netweave Social Networking
Cat Reel, Leesburg Partnership
Christopher Sanchez, The Llanes Group
Lanie Shapiro, Touch Poll South Florida
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: Peter Rand

Committee Members:

Vanessa Contreras, City of Hialeah
David Fernandez, City of Hialeah
Tasha Hyder, Clay County Fair
Eric Marlett, Festival Designs
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: Patrick Stewart, Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
Staff Liaison: Peter Rand

Committee Members:
Grace Aguda, City of Mount Dora
Ron Angelone, Firefighters' Indian River County Fair
Amanda Atwater, Quantum House
Erika Corley, City of Wildwood
David Fernandez, City of Hialeah
Yasmin Fernandez, City of Hialeah
Matt Fillioe, Coconut Grove Arts Festival
Brittany Henry, City of Fort Lauderdale
Chris Liberatore, Pyrotecnico
Camille Marchese, Vertical Merch
Erin Ochs, City of St. Cloud
Giovana Perez-Oliveras, Student
Angela Poco, City of West Palm Beach
Cat Reel, Leesburg Partnership, Inc.
Christopher Sanchez, The Llanes Group
Alecia Savas, Moffitt Cancer Center
Mike Simmons, Zambelli Fireworks
Maiken Stefany, EventFest
Bryce Trafford, City of Haines City
Donna Trafford, Florida State University Panama City
Angela Vomacka, Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

Meets monthly on the 1st 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 & Jamie Jamieson

Committee Members:
Grace Aguda, City of Mount Dora
Shelby Buchanan, Student
Sean Fitzgerald, City of Oviedo
Eric Marlett, Festival Designs
Mary Pinak, City of West Palm Beach
Dawn Read, Winterfest
Bryce Trafford, City of Haines City
Cindy Willming, University of Florida

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