Meeting Management Associates, Inc.

MMA is a women-owned business that specializes in convention, meeting and event planning along with convention analysis and lead management. Our company mission is to be a recognized leader in strategic and logistic services for conventions, meetings and events. Emphasis is on exceptional personalized service tailored to meet individual clients’ needs, to continually improve processes and cost efficiencies while partnering with clients and functioning as an extension of their company.

At MMA, we have 23 experienced team members in the healthcare meeting and convention planning arena. MMA’s home office is located in beautiful Sherburne, NY and has remote offices around the country. In addition, we utilize a number of travel directors on an as needed basis in various cities for on-site assistance.

Employees of MMA are encouraged to attend convention-related courses and work toward completing their Certified HealthCare Meeting Professional (CMP-HC), Certified Trade Show Marketer (CTSM), Certified Manager of Exhibits (CME) certifications. We are members of the HealthCare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA) and Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) and as such attend webinars and stay up-to-date with all industry trends. As a company, we stay in tune of all PhRMA Code, OIG and AMA guidelines and subscribe to Pharmaceutical Executive as well as attend courses relating to PhRMA Code rules and regulations. In addition, due to our relationship with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, we are required to understand ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) guidelines.

 

Meet Our Team

  • Women’s Business Enterprise Certified (WBENC)
  • Certified Meeting Professional Healthcare (CMP-HC)
  • HealthCare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA)
  • Certified Trade Show Marketer (CTSM)
  • Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI)
  • ceir
Myria Allen
Myria Allen
Associate
Myria Allen
Associate

Myria is a conference coordinator, working on association client events. She specializes in program management with focuses in online registration, abstract management and website building. Myria brings a wealth of customer service experience to MMA and strives to use that experience to make each client’s conference successful.

Janice Bays
Janice Bays
President
Janice Bays
President
CTSM | CME | CMP
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Janice has over 32 years experience in the meeting and convention management arena and is founder of Meeting Management Associates.

She was a convention/meeting manager at Procter & Gamble with emphasis on the healthcare arena. She was Project Manager and then Executive Director of MHAUS, a non-profit organization while simultaneously managing and growing MMA.

Janice has a BS degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Janice has certification as a Certified Trade Show Marketer (CTSM) through University of San Francisco and a Certified Exhibit Manager (CEM) through TS2.

Oria Bays
Oria Bays
ASSOCIATE
Oria Bays
ASSOCIATE
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Oria has worked for the company in various capacities since 2011. Currently he is an integral part of our association clients’ marketing campaigns working across multiple platforms. He leads the team in navigating the ever changing environment of marketing jargon.

Oria earned his BS degree in Business/Economics from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 2015.

Brenda Bowling
Brenda Bowling
Director
Brenda Bowling
Director
CTSM
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Brenda is the Director of our convention area. The convention team currently manages more than 150 conventions per year. Brenda is instrumental in identifying cost efficiencies, streamlining processes and developing strategic initiatives for MMA’s clients.

She has a BS degree in Communications from Alfred University. Brenda has her certification as a Certified Trade Show Marketer (CTSM) through Northern Illinois University.

Kelsey Bressett
Kelsey Bressett
Associate
Kelsey Bressett
Associate

Kelsey serves as a Convention Coordinator, specializing in product theaters and meeting planning for corporate clients. She earned her B.A. in Communications Studies and Public Relations from SUNY Cortland in 2017. Kelsey’s prior experience in the field of Marketing and Event Planning has advanced her understanding of client goals and assisted in relationship building.

Craig Brewer
Craig Brewer
Associate
Craig Brewer
Associate

Craig brings 16 years of customer facing workforce experience to the MMA team including, four years overseeing all aspects of production and distribution of a wide variety of promotional products for both private and corporate events.

More recently Craig worked in the communications industry where he spent over 5 years building customer relations and assessing their needs to keep up with the demand of an ever evolving industry.

Christina Celedon
Christina Celedon
ASSOCIATE
Christina Celedon
ASSOCIATE

Christina manages the attendee registration, reimbursements, database management for association conferences. Prior to joining MMA, Christina worked 14 years for a healthcare association and has many years customer service and administrative experience.

Lisa Denton
Lisa Denton
Director
Lisa Denton
Director
CMP | CT
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With over 25 years experience in the meeting and convention management arena working for Meeting Management Associates. Lisa is the Director of our sales department and is active in the special projects arena of the company along with keeping abreast of latest trends in the industry.

She is a Certified Meeting Planner through Meeting Planners International and a Certified Toastmaster.

Rebecca Evans
Rebecca Evans
Associate
Rebecca Evans
Associate
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Rebecca serves as a sponsorship coordinator, assisting with the management and logistics of sponsorship and membership programs. She has a BS in Recreation Management and a MS in Reading Education. Before joining the MMA team, Rebecca was a teacher for 20 years and brings many years of planning and customer service experience.

Jody Genung
Jody Genung
ASSOCIATE
Jody Genung
ASSOCIATE

Jody is a Sponsorship Coordinator at MMA and manages the logistics of sponsorships and memberships for healthcare related companies. Jody brings with her 20 years of customer service expertise, with many of those years being served in the medical industry.

Allison Harris
Allison Harris
Associate
Allison Harris
Associate

Allison specializes in Industry Relations with a detailed focus on fostering relationships with association client sponsors. Through her relationship building, Allison is able to cultivate long-term partnerships and ensure seamless execution of sponsorships.

Prior to joining MMA, Allison worked in the dental and medical field. She brings over 15 years of administration experience as well as being certified in Medical Transcription.

Maggie Harvey
Maggie Harvey
Associate
Maggie Harvey
Associate

Maggie is one of MMA’s Sponsorship Coordinators, managing the logistics of memberships and sponsorships. She brings over ten years of retail customer service experience. Maggie understands the value of customer service and is always seeking to exceed client expectations.

Sheri James
Sheri James
ASSOCIATE
Sheri James
ASSOCIATE
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Sheri has over 14 years of conference management experience. Prior to MMA she worked at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners where she handled logistics for all AANP Conferences and continues on in that role with MMA. She brings over 40 years of administrative experience with her to MMA.

Debbie Jones
Debbie Jones
ASSOCIATE
Debbie Jones
ASSOCIATE

Debbie has over 15 years meeting management experience. She manages Regional Leadership Meeting logistics, along with the Conference Speaker System. Prior to Meeting Management Associates, Debbie worked for the State of Texas.  She received her degree from Texas Tech University.

Christina Karas
Christina Karas
ASSOCIATE
Christina Karas
ASSOCIATE

Christina brings a varied wealth of knowledge to MMA. Christina likes to learn all aspects of association planning and consistently looks for ways to improve processes. Christina is well versed and knowledgeable in various administrative duties and is instrumental in the overall success of conference planning.

Lori Koblanski
Lori Koblanski
Associate
Lori Koblanski
Associate
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Lori joined Meeting Management Associates in April 2015 and is in the role of a Convention Coordinator.

Prior to joining MMA, Lori has worked in many different industries, including chemical, construction, and online marketing businesses. She brings over 25 years of administrative and customer service background to her position.

Jennifer Maguire
Jennifer Maguire
Associate
Jennifer Maguire
Associate

Jennifer joins the team as a corporate Convention Coordinator. She previously worked in the veterinary field as well as a payroll administrator for a large corporation, she comes to this position with over 20 years of customer service and administrative abilities.

Mary Miner
Mary Miner
ASSOCIATE
Mary Miner
ASSOCIATE

Mary serves as an Exhibits Coordinator at Meeting Management Associates. She has a B.A. in International Studies from SUNY Cortland. Prior to joining the MMA team, Mary worked in different industries, including engineering, petroleum and medical. Mary brings years of administrative and customer service skills to the MMA team.

Debra Parr
Debra Parr
ASSOCIATE
Debra Parr
ASSOCIATE

Debra is a Certified Meeting Professional through the Convention Industry Council.  Debra manages programs and invited speakers within our association department. Prior to Meeting Management Associates, Debra worked for American Association of Nurse Practitioners for more than 20 years and Baylor College of Medicine for 11 years.

Jill St. Pierre
Jill St. Pierre
Associate
Jill St. Pierre
Associate

Jill focuses her efforts on serving the needs of MMA’s professional association clients by building and maintaining relationships with exhibitors and sponsors who support these organizations.

She joins MMA with a foundation of diverse experience and skills honed by many years of event management in travel & tourism, hospitality & entertainment and international shipping & logistics.

Jill manages sponsorship development for our clients’ professional conventions and conferences leading to long-term partnerships.

Elise Robinson
Elise Robinson
Manager
Elise Robinson
Manager
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Elise has been with Meeting Management since 2007 and is responsible for all aspects of the Accounts Payable systems. In addition, she manages MMA’s IT systems and partners.

Elise has a BS in Applied Mathematics from SUNY Oswego. Prior to joining MMA, she worked on her family farm and at the Hall Newman Center at SUNY Oswego.

Todd Thoman
Todd Thoman
Director
Todd Thoman
Director

Thirty-two years experience as Manager at Coca-Cola comes to Meeting Management with insight into process improvements and operations development.

Todd is Director of operations managing the convention on-site process, warehouse, financial department, promotional products and office maintenance. Todd joined MMA in 1999 after ten years of on-site management on a part-time basis.

Lavonne Warner
Lavonne Warner
ASSOCIATE
Lavonne Warner
ASSOCIATE

Lavonne currently is the Sponsorship/Membership Manager, managing her team as well as the logistics of Sponsorship and Membership programs for one of our clients. Lavonne brings over 25 years of administrative, human resource and customer service background to her position. She has worked in public service (government), banking and other industries keeping her diversified in many roles.

Becky Wheeler
Becky Wheeler
Associate
Becky Wheeler
Associate

Rebecca serves as a Convention Coordinator. Rebecca brings over 25 years of administrative, human resources and management to her position. Prior to joining MMA, Rebecca worked in various industries, including manufacturing, customer service and sales.

Professional Opportunities

We are always looking for exceptional individuals to join our team. We invite you to become a valued member of our company, and we thank you for bringing your professional skills to Meeting Management Associates. If you are thinking of joining Meeting Management Associates please submit your resume to humanresources@mma-inc.com.

Janice is smart and knows her stuff. She has a great personality and has the client’s interests in mind all the time. She goes the extra mile to make things happen right. She delivers as promised, on time and within budget. I have worked with Janice and she has worked for me over the course of 23 years in several companies and I recommend her enthusiastically.