On-Demand Webinar

Cost-saving strategies: How to do more with less





About the speakers

Ross Sawai

Vice President, Sales and Business Development | COMUUNITY BRANDS

Ross has been in the events industry for over 20 years. As an executive leader at global event technology firms such as MCI (formerly Wyndham Jade) and Lanyon, Ross led the strategic revenue growth across each company vertical, including registration, lead, housing, mobile, virtual, and other management solutions. Ross is a collaborative, strategic, and humble leader who believes that growth will accelerate exponentially with a robust team, great product, and strong client testimonials.

Shannon Thaler

Editorial Director | BIZBASH

Shannon has an extensive performing arts background, graduating from a fine and performing arts magnet program in high school, dancing professionally with the New Jersey Tap Ensemble, and attending the Radio City Rockettes Conservatory program. At 15, Shannon signed with a top modeling agency in NYC and traveled extensively away from her hometown of Marlboro, NJ—including living in Tokyo, Japan for three months—while earning her degree in Digital Journalism and Media from Penn State University. Upon graduation, she worked as a reporter for The Daily Mail after training in its London offices, but found herself back at BizBash, where she interned in college. Now, Shannon works as BizBash's senior editor where she creates digital and print content for event professionals around the world.

DeLauren Everett

Senior Manager, Tech Events | LOWE'S COMPANIES, INC.

A lover of creating experiences and connecting people, DeLauren Everett has been managing events in corporate environments for over 15 years. From retail to technology, and financial services, DeLauren has had the pleasure of planning meetings and events for reputable, household brands like Lowe’s Home Improvement, Sony, and LPL Financial. DeLauren’s experience is broad and spans from managing corporate meetings such as national sales meetings, town halls, and executive meetings, to conferences and trade shows, in-store activations, product launches and promotional events, community impact projects, and associate appreciation activations. Overall, DeLauren creates experiences for associates and partners that inspire, motivate, and that help drive the business and its priorities.

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