2016 Industry Leaders | Trailblazers & Groundbreakers

By Connect Staff, September 26, 2016

The world of meetings is all about building relationships. That’s why Connect Faith produces this annual list of faith-based industry leaders, which you can quickly flip through to get to know destination and organization influencers. Here, you’ll be introduced to 24 committed thought leaders who go above and beyond for their faith-based clients. From Houston to Milwaukee to San Diego, this troupe of trailblazers is visionary, insightful and savvy about the events industry. Although their job responsibilities, career paths and places of work vary, they all have one thing in common: They love the faith-based meetings business. In the following stories, these groundbreakers get personal sharing their industry IQs and histories.

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Carolyn Barrett, CGMP, CHSC
Senior Sales Manager, Kenner Liaison,
Jefferson CVB

Jefferson Parish, La.




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Dawn Bernardes
Account Executive, Visit Springfield:
Springfield CVB

Springfield, Ill.

Heather Cooper Kim connect faith industry leaderHeather Cooper Kim, CMP, CTA
Sales Manager, Greater Lansing Michigan CVB
Lansing, Mich.

kairuki epps cincinatti usa connect faith industry leaderKariuki Epps
National Sales Manager: Religious, Fraternal, Ethnic; Cincinnati USA CVB

Maura Gast Irving Texas CVBMaura Gast
Executive Director, Irving CVB
Irving, Texas

amanda glover arkansas connect faith industry leaderAmanda Glover
Group Travel Consultant, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Little Rock, Ark.

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