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Rick Bredenberg

Vice President of Utility Services

Rick Bredenberg joined Edlen in 1991, working part time in Edlen’s Miami warehouse while pursuing a degree in Computer Science and working as a musician. After receiving his degree in 1993, he was recruited by Lenny Swimmer and Jim Wetterling to be Edlen’s first Event Services Manager and help Edlen grow by utilizing emerging technologies. In 1996, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager in Miami and then General Manager in 2002. In addition to holding this position he was promoted to Regional Vice President in 2006, overseeing all offices on the East Coast. In 2011, he was promoted to VP of Utility Services, transferred to Las Vegas and took on the responsibility of overseeing all of Edlen’s operations nationwide.

Rick has managed every large, high demand and complex event Edlen has produced, with connected loads as high as 5 megawatts. Since 2011, he has managed notable events, such as the Miss Universe Pageant, Super Bowls XXIX, XXXIII, XLI & XLIV, Art Basel Miami Beach, HIMSS, IPC-APEX, NATO, SGIA, NASCC, the Miami International Auto Show and the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He has worked in every market that Edlen works in and has also been involved in the preparation and training of every new Edlen operation since Baltimore opened in 2010.

Rick was an air traffic controller at Oakland ARTCC, an instrument-rated private pilot and has always been an avid hockey fan. So far, every city Rick has moved to - San Jose, South Florida and now Las Vegas - has gotten an NHL franchise while he lived there.

rickb@edlen.com 702.853.7702

Diane Brule

Vice President of Event Services, CEM

Diane started her career in the event services industry in 1998 working as a Meeting Coordinator at Fidelity Investments. In 2002 she joined Convention Data Services (CDS) as a Registration Manager and was quickly promoted to manage the department. Less than a year later she was promoted to Director of Event Services.

In 2008, Diane joined Edlen’s Seattle team as Assistant General Manager. In her current role as Vice President of Event Services she has direct oversight of national event operations, Information Technology and operational enhancements. She is also responsible for opening and transitioning new business operations into the Edlen culture inclusive of training and development.

Diane enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, international travel, epicurean adventures, long-distance hiking and walking, particularly at the seashore.

dbrule@edlen.com 714.985.1480

Mary Ellen Chapdelaine

Vice President of Sales, CEM

Mary Ellen Chapdelaine joined Edlen in 2004 as National Director of Sales and was promoted to Vice President of Sales in 2008. Based in the San Francisco office, Mary Ellen is responsible for overseeing Edlen’s nationwide sales team, as well as marketing Edlen’s services to show organizers and facilities throughout the United States.

Mary Ellen began her hospitality/trade show career with Sheraton Hotels & Resorts in Minneapolis and Hyatt Corporation in San Jose. She worked for GES Exposition Services for seven years and served as Director of Sales in the San Francisco office.

She is an active member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events serving as an Officer and Board Member of the Northern California Chapter since 1999 and has also served on several IAEE national committees. Mary Ellen is also involved in PCMA and MPI. In addition to her industry memberships, Mary Ellen participates in the local Community Emergency Response Team, which provides disaster preparedness training in her community.

She is an avid fan of the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Giants. She hopes that one day her home team, the Minnesota Vikings, will win the Super Bowl.

maryellen@edlen.com 650.225.0900

James E. Wetterling

PRESIDENT / CEO

James Wetterling joined Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services in 1987. He holds unlimited Master Electrical Contractor Licenses in the states of Alabama, California, Florida and Nevada.

Before joining Edlen, Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and went on to receive his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Miami. He is an active member of IAEE, IAVM, ESCA, LVHA and PCMA.

Lisa Scheller

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Lisa Scheller joined Edlen in August 2015 as the Human Resources Manager. She has over 15 years of HR management experience in the engineering, technology, and hospitality industry. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and later earned her professional certifications, PHR and SHRM-CP. She is an active member of SHRM and the American Payroll Association (APA).

On the weekends, you can find Lisa outdoors at her son’s baseball game or hiking at Mt. Charleston. You may also find her at the local animal shelter rescuing a dog or two.

lscheller@edlen.com 702.688.3308

Jim Ness

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Jim Ness joined Edlen in the role of executive vice president in 2017. A University of Michigan graduate and Las Vegas native, Jim has 35 years of professional experience in the Las Vegas convention services and meetings business. Jim is a second-generation contributor to the convention industry in Las Vegas, following in the footsteps of his father Howard Ness who pioneered Las Vegas Convention Services, Inc., the original Las Vegas general service contracting company. Jim co-founded Design Expositions, Inc. in 1987 and served as President/CEO for five years until selling to Freeman in 1992. Jim continued his career with Freeman until 2016.

Jim is an active member of the Las Vegas community, supporting such philanthropies as Opportunity Village, Safe Nest, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk. Jim is a past Chairman of the Convention Services Advisory Council, serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America Las Vegas Area Council and is currently serving as President of the Advisory Board for the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Valley High School. In his spare time, you can find Jim on the golf course or reading biographies of American presidents or great world leaders. He cherishes spending time with his wife and family, and dog, Motley.

jness@edlen.com 702.385.6911

Randy Casella

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Randy Casella has been in the electrical tradeshow industry since 1991. Since joining Edlen in 1995, Randy has been instrumental in the company’s continued growth and success. He has opened and ran offices, developed Edlen’s Event Management Program, established new departments, built 3 websites, created internal materials and pipelines, and spearheaded many critical projects over his long tenure. Along the way he has traveled 1 million air miles and produced hundreds of events, such as the RNC, San Jose Grand Prix, World Cup games and the Beatles 50th Grammy Salute. He currently focuses on Edlen’s consultation arm, working with many of the nation’s leading convention centers. In his spare time, he enjoys running on the beach, biking and working out.

randyc@edlen.com 714.985.1480

Elizabeth Tackett

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

Ellie joined Edlen in 1995 in the position of Administrative Assistant. In 1998, she was promoted to the position of Personnel & Administration Manager, a title she held until 2015, when she was promoted once again to her current position of Executive Administrator. Prior to joining Edlen, she was an office manager for a national long-term health care provider.

Over the years, Ellie has also learned to support the event side of Edlen’s business by working on such notable events as JCK, SGIA and HIMSS as well as the 2000 and 2004 Republican National Conventions and the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

When she’s not at work, Ellie enjoys traveling the world with her husband, attending sporting events and spending time with her four granddaughters.

etackett@edlen.com 702.853.7727

Rick Bredenberg

Vice President of Utility Services

Rick Bredenberg joined Edlen in 1991, working part time in Edlen’s Miami warehouse while pursuing a degree in Computer Science and working as a musician. After receiving his degree in 1993, he was recruited by Lenny Swimmer and Jim Wetterling to be Edlen’s first Event Services Manager and help Edlen grow by utilizing emerging technologies. In 1996, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager in Miami and then General Manager in 2002. In addition to holding this position he was promoted to Regional Vice President in 2006, overseeing all offices on the East Coast. In 2011, he was promoted to VP of Utility Services, transferred to Las Vegas and took on the responsibility of overseeing all of Edlen’s operations nationwide.

Rick has managed every large, high demand and complex event Edlen has produced, with connected loads as high as 5 megawatts. Since 2011, he has managed notable events, such as the Miss Universe Pageant, Super Bowls XXIX, XXXIII, XLI & XLIV, Art Basel Miami Beach, HIMSS, IPC-APEX, NATO, SGIA, NASCC, the Miami International Auto Show and the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He has worked in every market that Edlen works in and has also been involved in the preparation and training of every new Edlen operation since Baltimore opened in 2010.

Rick was an air traffic controller at Oakland ARTCC, an instrument-rated private pilot and has always been an avid hockey fan. So far, every city Rick has moved to - San Jose, South Florida and now Las Vegas - has gotten an NHL franchise while he lived there.

rickb@edlen.com 702.853.7702

Diane Brule

Vice President of Event Services, CEM

Diane started her career in the event services industry in 1998 working as a Meeting Coordinator at Fidelity Investments. In 2002 she joined Convention Data Services (CDS) as a Registration Manager and was quickly promoted to manage the department. Less than a year later she was promoted to Director of Event Services.

In 2008, Diane joined Edlen’s Seattle team as Assistant General Manager. In her current role as Vice President of Event Services she has direct oversight of national event operations, Information Technology and operational enhancements. She is also responsible for opening and transitioning new business operations into the Edlen culture inclusive of training and development.

Diane enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, international travel, epicurean adventures, long-distance hiking and walking, particularly at the seashore.

dbrule@edlen.com 714.985.1480

Mary Ellen Chapdelaine

Vice President of Sales, CEM

Mary Ellen Chapdelaine joined Edlen in 2004 as National Director of Sales and was promoted to Vice President of Sales in 2008. Based in the San Francisco office, Mary Ellen is responsible for overseeing Edlen’s nationwide sales team, as well as marketing Edlen’s services to show organizers and facilities throughout the United States.

Mary Ellen began her hospitality/trade show career with Sheraton Hotels & Resorts in Minneapolis and Hyatt Corporation in San Jose. She worked for GES Exposition Services for seven years and served as Director of Sales in the San Francisco office.

She is an active member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events serving as an Officer and Board Member of the Northern California Chapter since 1999 and has also served on several IAEE national committees. Mary Ellen is also involved in PCMA and MPI. In addition to her industry memberships, Mary Ellen participates in the local Community Emergency Response Team, which provides disaster preparedness training in her community.

She is an avid fan of the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Giants. She hopes that one day her home team, the Minnesota Vikings, will win the Super Bowl.

maryellen@edlen.com 650.225.0900

James E. Wetterling

PRESIDENT / CEO

James Wetterling joined Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services in 1987. He holds unlimited Master Electrical Contractor Licenses in the states of Alabama, California, Florida and Nevada.

Before joining Edlen, Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and went on to receive his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Miami. He is an active member of IAEE, IAVM, ESCA, LVHA and PCMA.

Lisa Scheller

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Lisa Scheller joined Edlen in August 2015 as the Human Resources Manager. She has over 15 years of HR management experience in the engineering, technology, and hospitality industry. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and later earned her professional certifications, PHR and SHRM-CP. She is an active member of SHRM and the American Payroll Association (APA).

On the weekends, you can find Lisa outdoors at her son’s baseball game or hiking at Mt. Charleston. You may also find her at the local animal shelter rescuing a dog or two.

lscheller@edlen.com 702.688.3308

Jim Ness

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Jim Ness joined Edlen in the role of executive vice president in 2017. A University of Michigan graduate and Las Vegas native, Jim has 35 years of professional experience in the Las Vegas convention services and meetings business. Jim is a second-generation contributor to the convention industry in Las Vegas, following in the footsteps of his father Howard Ness who pioneered Las Vegas Convention Services, Inc., the original Las Vegas general service contracting company. Jim co-founded Design Expositions, Inc. in 1987 and served as President/CEO for five years until selling to Freeman in 1992. Jim continued his career with Freeman until 2016.

Jim is an active member of the Las Vegas community, supporting such philanthropies as Opportunity Village, Safe Nest, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk. Jim is a past Chairman of the Convention Services Advisory Council, serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America Las Vegas Area Council and is currently serving as President of the Advisory Board for the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Valley High School. In his spare time, you can find Jim on the golf course or reading biographies of American presidents or great world leaders. He cherishes spending time with his wife and family, and dog, Motley.

jness@edlen.com 702.385.6911

Randy Casella

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Randy Casella has been in the electrical tradeshow industry since 1991. Since joining Edlen in 1995, Randy has been instrumental in the company’s continued growth and success. He has opened and ran offices, developed Edlen’s Event Management Program, established new departments, built 3 websites, created internal materials and pipelines, and spearheaded many critical projects over his long tenure. Along the way he has traveled 1 million air miles and produced hundreds of events, such as the RNC, San Jose Grand Prix, World Cup games and the Beatles 50th Grammy Salute. He currently focuses on Edlen’s consultation arm, working with many of the nation’s leading convention centers. In his spare time, he enjoys running on the beach, biking and working out.

randyc@edlen.com 714.985.1480

Elizabeth Tackett

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

Ellie joined Edlen in 1995 in the position of Administrative Assistant. In 1998, she was promoted to the position of Personnel & Administration Manager, a title she held until 2015, when she was promoted once again to her current position of Executive Administrator. Prior to joining Edlen, she was an office manager for a national long-term health care provider.

Over the years, Ellie has also learned to support the event side of Edlen’s business by working on such notable events as JCK, SGIA and HIMSS as well as the 2000 and 2004 Republican National Conventions and the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

When she’s not at work, Ellie enjoys traveling the world with her husband, attending sporting events and spending time with her four granddaughters.

etackett@edlen.com 702.853.7727
Kim Ackley General Manager, Fort Worth

Kim joined the tradeshow business in 2001 working at Freeman and then moving on to working at a display house. For her, it was really exciting traveling across the country to various events but she wanted to settle down.

Kim relocated from Washington, DC to Fort Worth in 2018. Edlen's Fort Worth branch had just opened and she began her Edlen career. Kim was thrilled to be a part of a newly-formed team and looks forward to sharing Edlen’s culture and first class customer service at the Forth Worth Convention Center and Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

In her free time, Kim enjoys being outdoors. She hikes, bikes, paddle boards and loves being by the water. The perfect day for her would be on a boat with my dog in Annapolis Harbor. Kim looks forward to exploring Fort Worth more.

Heidi Alcantara is a San Diego native with over two decades in the hospitality industry, specializing in national sales, convention services, housing and tradeshow operations and budgeting. She has served as a National Sales Manager for Noble House Hotels and Destination Hotels & Resorts focusing on the San Diego market. Her career has taken her to a number of San Diego hotels as well as the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Heidi joined Edlen in 2011 as the General Manager for the San Diego office. In 2016, she was promoted to Director of Sales and has been involved with large tradeshows such as IPC APEX, OFC and CEDIA. She also serves on the Board of Directors for HSMAI San Diego Chapter.

When she’s not selling power, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Vanessa Alenier General Manager, Fort Lauderdale, Miami

Vanessa is a South Florida Native and joined Edlen in 1995. During her Edlen career, she has held the positions of Event Manager, National Sales Manager and Assistant General Manager of Edlen's Miami office prior to becoming General Manager in 2014. Vanessa has worked with the following events: Miami International Auto Show, Maison and Objet, Florida International Medical Expo, HIMSS, Seatrade Cruise Global, MLB Fan Fest and IDEA. Additionally, Vanessa has managed electrical operations at the Fontainebleau since the November 2008 Grand Opening, including overseeing such events as the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, NIKE, Live with Regis and Kelly and many New Year’s Eve Concerts.

When not working, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, snow skiing, snorkeling and just about anything that involves the ocean.

Maritza Argenal National Sales Manager

Maritza Argenal works out of Edlen’s Miami office and has been with the company since 2014. Maritza has been in sales and event management for over 20 years. She has worked in broadcast sales, real estate and convention services. She is a native of New Jersey, but has lived in South Florida since 2004. She has a Bachelor of Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, baking and doing arts and crafts with her nieces.

Jason Axtman Assistant General Manager, Seattle

Jason’s interest in the event industry started at the early age of 16 when he started to work in the Facility Event Rentals department at a local community center. He was an original staff member for the Experience Music Project, operated the Seattle and Portland branch of a national marketing agency called Zoom Media, was General Manager at Element, and worked at West Coast Entertainment as a management contractor.

In 2012, Jason proudly joined the Edlen. In this role, he used his skills in project management to help plan the utility production of trade shows, conventions and events at the Washington State Convention Center and CenturyLink Field venues. He was located full-time at the WSCC for approximately 4 years. In 2015, he was promoted to the Assistant General Manager role in the Seattle market. Starting in 2016, Jason has served as the full time Edlen liaison to the CenturyLink Field venue. The majority of his duties includes managing all aspects of Edlen business in the facility while overseeing staff and coordinating temporary utility services for all venue event activity.

R. Thomas Ballantine COO, Orlando

Tom Ballantine began his career in the Convention Center and Events industry more than three decades ago as the first Director of Operations for the Valley Forge Convention Center.

As a senior level executive, Tom’s expertise is convention center and event operations, business planning and strategy, life safety and security, client relations, finances and vertical expansion. As a visionary leader, Tom also owns and operates private convention venues as well as trade and consumer shows throughout the country. His projects foster an environment of creativity and originality. His forte is large scale special events, theme park productions and venue management.

Appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Edlen Electrical Orlando in 2013, Tom brings the client’s perspective to Edlen. Some of Tom’s accomplishments include the formation of Edlen’s international theme park and emergency services divisions.

Barb Billmyer is a veteran of the Las Vegas hospitality industry. She began her career in Casino Marketing in 1997, moving to Hotel Sales in 2001. She worked at a variety of properties both on and off the Las Vegas Strip before joining Edlen in 2015. Through her years of experience, Barb prides herself on identifying clients’ needs and providing successful solutions.

Barb and a small group of friends have matching tattoos. They frequently travel to music festivals together and enjoy spending a lazy day by the pool with a cocktail.

Liz Brostrom General Manager, Seattle

Liz Brostrom has over 20 years of sales and operational experience in both the technology and hospitality sectors. She has developed and managed high-performing teams.

Liz joined Edlen in 2008 as the Assistant General Manager of the Seattle office, and was later promoted to General Manager. Her role is to manage operations and sales in a fast-growing Seattle market. She loves to drive a “value-added” focus to her team and her clients, which leads to high-quality performance and profitable business outcomes.

In her free time, Liz enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves hiking and gardening.

Melanie Carter General Manager, Las Vegas

Melanie joined Edlen in 2001 as an Event Services Manager on the Mandalay Bay event team, where she worked alongside Liz Henry and helped to oversee the successful installation of events such as JCK, Licensing Expo, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, Surfaces, MAGIC, GlobalShop and IBM, eventually becoming the Assistant General Manager. In 2018 she was promoted to the role of General Manager of the Las Vegas office, where she manages a diverse team of individuals who are devoted to delivering first class service.

Melanie devotes her free time to her two children, fiancé, and their three dogs. She loves to travel, ski, hike and cook for all of them.

Brittany Cordova Assistant General Manager, Los Angeles

Out of college, Brittany worked at a Media Advertising company for five years. In 2013 she accepted a position as an Event Coordinator at the Long Beach Convention Center. It was there that she fell in love with the event services industry and knew she couldn’t pass up an offer to work for Edlen.

Brittany joined Edlen in 2014 as an Event Services Coordinator and played a key role in transitioning to the new partnership with the Los Angeles Convention Center. Over the next two years she was promoted to Event Manager and then Senior Event Manager. Brittany was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2017 and now manages operations and leads the teams in our Anaheim, Pasadena and Los Angeles Convention Center office’s. Brittany has worked on many large events out of the So Cal office including; OFC, Beatles 50th Grammy Salute, Anime Expo and Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball.

Brittany has a BA in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She earned a scholarship and played Division I softball as the Gaucho’s starting shortstop. Brittany enjoys spending time with family and friends, including her two beautiful daughters. She’s an avid LA sports fan and travels to the lake/river any chance she gets.

Diane DeBarros General Manager, Baltimore

Before joining Edlen, Diane DeBarros worked in the hotel industry and tradeshow management and registration. She joined Elen in 2010 as the General Manager of Edlen’s Baltimore branch. She oversees all operations in Maryland and manages the Baltimore team. Throughout her tenure, Diane has managed major events held at the Baltimore Convention Center, including, but not limited to, Natural Products Expo East, MANTS, NASCC, and the Baltimore Comic Con.

Anna Fedosseeva Marketing Manager

Anna Fedosseeva is a Bay Area native who has worked in various Marketing and Communications positions in the high-tech industry for seven years. Anna has spent most of her career as a marketing generalist, excelling at market research, analytics, email marketing, social media strategy and execution, focus group research, communications, PR, project management and pipeline restructuring.

At Edlen, Anna leads market strategy, branding, social media, and internal communications.

During the weekends, Anna enjoys reading, watching soccer, and traveling.

Mark Galstaun Vice President of Northwest Operations

Mark Galstaun started his career in the trade show industry in 1980, working as an electrician for Rowan Northwest Decorators.

In 1987 Mark became the Electrical Manager of Tradeshow Convention Services in Seattle. During this time, he earned his Washington State Electrical Administrator’s License and in 1992 took over managing the in-house electrical contract at the Washington State Convention Center.

Mark joined Edlen in 1999 after the acquisition of Tradeshow Convention Services by GES. As General Manager, Mark established exclusive contracts with the CenturyLink Field and Event Center, Lynnwood Convention Center, and the Washington State Convention Center.

In 2012 Mark was promoted to Vice President of Northwest Operations to oversee continued growth of the northwest region.

Briana Gilbert Assistant General Manager, Las Vegas

Before Edlen, Briana worked at an optometrist for 5 years.

She joined Edlen in 2011 as a receptionist and became an Event Services Coordinator in 2013. As an Event Services Coordinator, Briana found her passion and love for the hospitality and events industry. In 2014, she was promoted to Event Services Manager. She got promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2018.

Briana and her husband enjoy spending time in their new house. Briana also loves meeting new people, trying new restaurants, singing and enjoying all that life has to offer.

Gary Gillis General Manager, San Antonio

Gary Gillis has been a Master Electrician for 30 years, and a part of the tradeshow industry for over 30 years. He has been a member of the IBEW Local #60 for 49 years. Gary served in the US Navy and is a Vietnam War veteran. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award from the San Antonio Police Department.

Gary joined Edlen in 1999 as a General Manager in the company’s San Antonio branch. He oversees all San Antonio tradeshows and manages the San Antonio office. Some of the largest shows that he has worked on have been Astro, School Nurition Association and Distributech.
In his spare time, Gary likes to hunt, fish and stay by the phone in case he gets a call from his team.

Felicia Gray General Manager, St. Louis

Prior to Felicia’s career with Edlen, she attended undergrad at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science.

Felicia joined Edlen in 2007 in St. Louis as an Event Manager, and worked her way up to a Senior Event Manager and was promoted to her current position as Assistant General Manager in 2013. In her current role, she assists in the overseeing of the St. Louis team and the branch’s operations. Throughout her time with Edlen, Felicia has had the pleasure of working events such as HIMMS, Cast Expo, FIRST Championship and MLB All Star Fan Fest, to name a few.

When Felicia isn’t working, she enjoys fitness, crafting, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Elizabeth Henry Regional Director of Event Services

Elizabeth Henry joined Edlen in 1999 as an Event Services Manager in the Las Vegas office. In 2001, she moved to Mandalay Bay as the property Event Services Manager and became the venue’s Senior Event Manager in 2003. Due to her excellent leadership skills, she became the General Manager at Mandalay Bay. More recently, she was promoted to Director of Events in Las Vegas in 2015.

In her free time, Elizabeth spends a lot of time with her family at the pool and at various concerts. She is a foodie and knows all the best restaurants in Las Vegas.

Elizabeth Henry General Manager, Mandalay Bay

Elizabeth Henry joined Edlen in 1999 as an Event Services Manager in the Las Vegas office. In 2001, she moved to Mandalay Bay as the property Event Services Manager and became the venue’s Senior Event Manager in 2003. Due to her excellent leadership skills, she became the General Manager at Mandalay Bay. More recently, she was promoted to Director of Events in Las Vegas in 2015.

In her free time, Elizabeth spends a lot of time with her family at the pool and at various concerts. She is a foodie and knows all the best restaurants in Las Vegas.

Yuhi Kim Assistant General Manager, San Francisco

Yuhi Kim is a Las Vegas native and a graduate of the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at UNLV.

She joined Edlen in 2014 as an Event Services Coordinator at the Mandalay Bay office where she was quickly promoted to Event Services Manager. She later served as the branch’s Senior Event Services Manager and Assistant General Manager. Over the years, she has produced notable events including JCK, Black Hat, VMworld, and she also serviced the 2016 Democratic National Convention. In 2018, Yuhi joined Edlen’s San Francisco team as Assistant General Manager overseeing operations for events in the Bay Area.

Yuhi loves world travel and the great outdoors visiting at least one new country every year. She’s a certified scuba diver but doesn’t like the beach. In the winter, if she’s not servicing a show, you can find her on the mountain snowboarding.

Jennifer Maloney National Director of Event Services

Jennifer Maloney worked in the insurance industry for 12 years prior to joining the tradeshow industry. She has over 20 years of experience in customer service, sales and relationship building.

Jennifer has been with Edlen since 2006. She worked at the MGM Grand and the Mirage prior to becoming the General Manager of the Las Vegas branch. In 2018, she became a National Director of Event Services and helped open Edlen's new Fort Worth office.

Jennifer is a Wyoming native, and has lived Las Vegas since 1990 with her husband and two children. She loves to visit the ocean, listen music, and, most of all, sing.

Steve Mariakis General Manager, Cleveland

Before working for Edlen, Steve Mariakis was a long time customer in many cities where Edlen does business. Steve eventually joined the Edlen Team when the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland opened in 2013. He has been in the trade show business for over 25 years. “I’ve always had a high level of respect for Edlen and the service they provided to my company as an exhibit manager,” Steve says. He has a great staff in Cleveland, ready to serve all the events and shows in our facility.

Steve like to take advantage of the warm weather months by motorcycling and gardening. In the winter, he snow skis and assists disabled people in an adaptive ski program called "3 Trackers of Ohio." He always enjoys having his children and grandchildren over to visit.

Julie Pazina National Director of Sales, CEM

Julie Pazina joined Edlen in 2006 and is the company’s National Director of Sales, overseeing sales in the Las Vegas market, as well as regional and national sales efforts. She served on the Board of the Las Vegas Hospitality Association for six years, including her tenure as President in 2013. Julie is also a member of the Junior League of Las Vegas, is an active community volunteer and is a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, which named her its 2011 Young Professional of the Year.

Julie and her husband Joel live in Henderson with their golden retrievers, Midas and Molly.

Kelly Putich National Director of Event Services

Kelly Putich started her career in the convention industry in 1983, when she joined Expo Tech Electrical and Plumbing Services. During her time with Expo Tech, she worked on some of the largest trade shows and special events in every convention center, including the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Kelly joined Edlen in 1995, where she wore many hats, from Event Services Manager and Director of Operations to General Manager. In 2016, she was promoted to National Director of Event Services. She has worked on almost every large event across the country such as the 1996 and 2000 Republican National Conventions, HIMSS Chicago 2015, the Democratic National Convention in 2016, IPC-APEX, and OFC. She assisted in the opening of our Baltimore office in 2010, and played a key role in transitioning the new partnership with the Los Angeles Convention Center in 2013 as the preferred electrical and plumbing contractor for the building.

When she’s not at work, Kelly enjoys going on adventures with her family, spending time with her grandbabies and watching the LA Dodgers and USC Trojans.

Matthew J. Robertson General Manager, Chicago

Matt joined Edlen in 2017 as General Manager of the Chicago branch office. With over 25 years of experience in the Chicago events industry, Matt brings a keen business acumen and strategic orientation to Edlen’s management team.

Prior to joining Edlen, Matt served as Director of Meetings and Events for Shop Environments Association, a non-profit trade association representing more than 2,000-member companies worldwide.

As General Manager of the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Matt provided the hands-on leadership to drive the financial success of the enterprise, with P&L responsibility for venue marketing and rental, event services, food and beverage concessions, facility maintenance, public safety, budgeting and financial reporting.

As Vice President, Operations for River West Meeting Associates, Matt played a leadership role in the startup and daily management of the agency, providing a high level of consultative expertise to Fortune 500 clients.

Matt is an avid Cubs and Bears fan and knows all the best restaurants in Chicago.

Dolores Schriever National Sales Manager

Dolores Schreiver joined Edlen in 2017 in the position of National Sales Manager. Prior to joining Edlen, she held positions in the hospitality industry ranging from Sales Manager to Assistant VP Regional Marketing at MGM and Caesars properties for casino customers. Besides the "high rollers", opportunities afforded her to meet people from Mike Tyson to Elton John.

Her responsibilities in the San Francisco Branch are to nurture and strengthen relationships with the San Jose Convention Center, Santa Clara Convention Center, San Mateo Event Center, and Fort Mason, as well as work with their clients and seek out new venue opportunities.

Dolores, better known to friends/colleagues as “Dee”, enjoys traveling, wine tasting, and doing volunteer opportunities with her golden retriever, Harley, a rescue from Taiwan, who is trained as a therapy dog.

Bob joined Edlen as Director of Sales of the Anaheim office in 2017. Bob has extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry, including Hotel and Resort sales and marketing, destination marketing and meeting and event services. Prior to joining Edlen he was an independent contractor for the meeting planning and event management company, Experient.

Bob also served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and COO of The Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau in Huntington Beach, California. Prior, he spent almost 30 years working for Hyatt Hotels Corporation in the fields of sales, marketing and public relations. His most recent roles include Director of Worldwide Sales for Asia-Pacific, Director of Sales and Marketing for Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa and Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Bob is a current Board member and Past President of the Southwest & Pacific Chapter of PCMA and a member of IAEE.

When he’s not at work, Bob enjoys traveling, working out, cooking and spending time with his black lab.

Mike Wickens VP/General Manager, St. Louis

Mike joined Edlen in early 2003, bringing with him over 20 years of customer service experience, as well as more than 15 years of management experience. Mike oversees all of Edlen’s St. Louis operations. Primarily, he ensures the successful, continuing support of the Americas Center and the Dome at America’s Center, as well as supporting outdoor distribution and generator hook-ups. Mike credits his teams’ abilities for his overall success.

Prior to joining Edlen, Mike Wickens worked for ADT Security Services for 13 years, and most recently as a Field Operations Manager for Kaemmerlen Electric and Communications in St. Louis. Notable events that Mike has serviced include but are not limited to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, HIMSS in 2014, NATO in 2012 and Election Night for President Obama, 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, 2005 NCAA Men’s Final Four, 2005 CAST Expo, the Annual Auto Show in St. Louis, Annual Home Builders Association Show, Annual Boat Show and many other successful events.

Mike graduated from Webster University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2009. He was honorably discharged from the USAF after six years of service and is a disabled American Veteran.

Donica Young National Sales Manager

Donica joined Edlen in 2016 and she has been in the event industry for 28 years. Prior to joining Edlen, she worked for a GSC as an event manager and sales manager. She has produced events both nationally and internationally during her career.

Donica is currently on the Pacific NW PCMA board.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, sports, being outdoors, and spending time with family.