In addition to our President, Jo-Ann Maude, ACEM retains
the necessary resources to meet our client's needs.
About the Founder:
ACEM was formed in January 2011 to serve the specific needs of Association and Corporate clients. With over 25 years' experience in all aspects of event and project management, ACEM president, Jo-Ann Maude, began her career working side-by-side with the owner for Performance Seminar Group to organize over 1,000 one and two-day seminars per year in North America and the United Kingdom.
After 8 years with PSG, Jo-Ann joined Cowles Event Management (now Penton Media) and served as Director of Conference Programming for a variety of industries: The Folio:Show and M2 (magazine industry); NACD (National Association for Database Marketing); Annual Catalog Conference (Catalogers); The Strategic Marketing of Conferences and Expos, and the Annual B2B Conference (B2B Marketers).
The next step in her career took her Chemical Week magazine where she served as Director, Conference Programming & Marketing. At CW she focused on a portfolio of global conferences and meetings for the chemical industry, including the Asia Pacific Chemical Industry Meeting (APCIM) and launched successful initial conferences and trade shows in Beijing, Berlin, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro as well as CW's first Chemical Industry CFO Conference in New York City.
After spending 2 ½ years consulting for American Express in the Marketing Education Department she began to work with other corporate clients including Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Fuji Medical, Forbes, Harvard, MIT, The Hartford Insurance Company, Foot Locker, Inc. and Unicomm where she managed the 2009 Green Travel Summit, which complied with all green meeting requirements.
Jo-Ann ventured into the association market as an independent Senior Account Manager for The Academy Group where she worked with a variety of associations including NACD NJ, NY and CT, VIANY, Connecticut Hedge Fund Association, Connecticut Venture Group, CVG Angel Initiative and the Association for Corporate Growth, NY, NJ and CT Chapters. She served as Chapter Executive for ACG New Jersey and currently holds the position of Chapter Executive for ACG Connecticut. In 2010, Jo-Ann was nominated and accepted her current role as Co-Chair of ACG Global's Chapter Council. Through ACEM, Jo-Ann and her team provide support services to ACG Philadelphia's newly launched ACGUniversity program, the chapter's Membership Committee and the Annual M&A East Conference. In addition, ACEM also assists MarketingProfs.com, a membership-based organization for marketing professionals with the coordination of their live and virtual conferences.
Jo-Ann holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Post University. With memberships in both MPI and ASAE, we aim to keep informed on the current issues and trends in our industries.
Laetitia Ashmore, Logistics Manager: Laetitia manages the on-site logistics for conferences and events, ensuring a smooth registration process. She brings to ACEM years of experience in day-to-day seminar planning and operations with top-notch customer service skills. Laetitia most recently organized large medical meetings throughout North America.
Jennifer Corrigan, Logistics Manager: Jen manages the on-site logistics for conferences and events, ensuring that everything runs smoothly. She brings to ACEM years of experience in operations from her tenure in human resources and most recently in equine management, where she launched a profitable business.
Valarie Fontana, CMM, Logistics Manager: Val is an experienced meeting and event specialist in both domestic and international programs. She is adept at cutting costs and incorporating green initiatives into events. Clients include Impact Communications, American Express, American Cancer Society and AQR Capital Management.
Danielle Fraser, Account Manager: Danielle spent seven years managing two member-based associations, one based in New York City and the other based in New York City, Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC. She was responsible for planning and executing events and meetings; budget management; growing and sustaining membership; developing and managing sponsorship campaigns; marketing and back-office support. Report to the Board of Directors for each association and support their stated mission. She now brings this experience to the ACEM team.
Michele Giusti, Graphic Designer/Art Director: Michele handles the graphic design needs for ACEM's clients. She has over 15 years of experience including print, web and consumer and association promotional industries.
Jade Gooding, Account Coordinator: Jade is an accomplished association manager with 3+ years of experience one on one with clients, a successful track record with members, sponsors and nonmembers providing top ? notch customer service that ensures membership retention and positive feedback. Jade provides additional support to the Account Managers. Based in Florida, she also works with the Real Estate Investment Council, Turnaround Management Association of Florida, ACG Florida Capital Connection, TMA SE Regional Conference.
Kate Hadden, Logistics Manager: Kate manages pre-event and on-site logistics for our client events in Boston. She also works on various design projects with her company KH Designs.
Diane McLevy, Operations & Account Manager: Diane comes to ACEM with over 20 years' of event management operations. Most recently, Diane worked as an Operations Manager and Conference Manager for the Travel Industry, Wine Industry, U.S. Infrastucture on Forbes' conferences and international events where she managed logistics and programming for large consumer trade shows and high-level conferences. She is a multi-faceted professional with excellent organizational, communication and planning skills.
Linda Saunders, Bookkeeper: Linda is a QuickBooks expert who provides full bookkeeping services to small business owners and individuals. She handles the financial management for ACEM and three of ACEM's clients.
Debbie Scholz, Client Services Manager: Debbie has over 20 years' of administrative support experience with over 10 years' focused on association management. Debbie provides general administrative support which includes maintaining client databases and lists, overseeing registration, and producing meeting materials while ensuring excellence in customer service. She has worked on a variety of association accounts including ACG NY, CT and NJ, NACD NY, CT and NJ, VIANY, CVG, and WAVE.