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Meet The Strategic Meetings & Events Team

Founded in 2001, Strategic Meetings & Events is comprised of a dedicated team of talented event strategists who have collaborated with a diverse group of clients across the globe. By leveraging our expertise and industry insight, our Certified Meeting Professionals provide invaluable program management, site sourcing, and contract negotiation to save you valuable time and budget resources.

Below is a list of our Award-Winning Event Strategist(s) who are ready to help make your meetings and events much more valuable and memorable.

Event Strategists

  • Christy Lamagna

    Visionary | Entrepreneur | Strategist
    When Christy joined the meetings industry 26 years ago, event planning was more of a concept than a recognized profession. In the ensuing two and a half decades, she has proudly participated in its evolution while growing with it. More…

  • Barry Zidel
    Barry Zidel

    Chief Operating Officer
    “Guy in Charge of Stuff”
    Barry’s career is as interesting as he is. With roots in sales, travel, transportation, and events, Barry brings wisdom, humor, and a tremendous body of world knowledge to the SME team. A natural conversationalist and a relentless charmer, Barry is the type of person to attend someone’s family reunion and know more people than they do! More…

     

  • Lisa M. Dooley

    Director of Strategies and Operations
    “A Woman with a Plan”
    A graduate of Loyola University, Maryland, Lisa brings over 20 years of event planning experience to the SME team as Director of Strategic Planning and Operations or as we call her, “the women with a plan.” Lisa’s laser focus and attention to detail, exceptional planning skills and ability to work seamlessly with all levels of management, make her an indispensable leader of our team. More…

     

  • James S. Rota

    Director of Imagination
    “The Creator of All Things Fabulous”
    Over 29 years ago James began his career in New York City as manager of special events for a multi-million dollar cosmetic corporation. Harnessing his entrepreneurial spirit, James then went out on his own, designing and executing some of the most renowned celebrity product launches in the cosmetics industry’s history. More…

     

  • Sanece Marie Poolas

    Senior Event Strategist
    “Our Own Mary Poppins”
    Sanece Marie brings over 18 years of corporate meeting and event planning experience to her role as Senior Strategist at SME. Her career at Cendant Communications, led to a role with Dunn & Bradstreet and then to an event production position at Realogy, allowing Sanece Marie to work on programs of all sizes, budgets and scopes. More…

     

  • Cody Price

    Media Strategist
    “Jedi In Training”
    The newest member of the SME team, Cody brings a Millennial’s perspective, energy and enthusiasm to everything he does. By entwining his passion for social media with events Cody expands a client’s digital marcom footprint throughout all steps of the planning process. The result is a more engaged audience, real time feedback, reduced marketing costs and richer data, all of which translate into more strategic planning and spend.  More…

  • Erin Buckley

    Strategic Support Manager
    “Energizer Bunny”
    Erin comes to SME with over 19 years of experience in the financial world. She joins us in the role of Strategic Support Manager. Translation: she handles everything we throw at her! Informally, we call her the “Energizer Bunny.” Erin never stops moving forward and thrives on achieving the most of everyday. Her attention to detail is beyond expectation, and she has an inner drive that pushes her to excel in all operations and aspects of any job, and always with a smile. More…

  • Sherri Fuchs

    Event Strategist
    “Moves Mountains”
    Sherri brings a wealth of knowledge around producing meetings, incentives, and special events.  Her years of experience in organizational development and human resources, coupled with over twenty plus years of meeting management and special event production, have contributed to her effectiveness as an entrepreneurial thinker and strategic planner.  More…