Thanks for visiting. Meet our team of Meet Well contributors:


John Anderson
is an award-winning journalist, travel writer and blogger based in San Jose, California. He has covered the meetings and hospitality industry extensively since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @jcax01



Sara Bell is a Corporate Event Coordinator in the aviation industry and has planned everything from incentive programs and golf tournaments, to annual meetings for 200+ attendees. Based in Houston, Texas, she is a frequent traveler and enjoys exploring new destinations.



Annette Burden
has written and edited for Elite Meetings International since 2007. In addition to writing on travel for other publications, she founded and edited Meeting Traveler, Resorts & Great Hotels, and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazines.


Susan Campbell
is the Editor of Elite Meetings magazine and Meet Well. During her 20-plus years in publishing, she’s written extensively on destinations and luxury hospitality experiences for leisure travelers and the meetings industry alike.



Danielle Childress
(Dani) has planned everything from board meetings for 6 to product launches for 500 to the NFL Experience at the Super Bowl for 100,000.


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Cvent, Inc
. is a leading cloud-based enterprise event management platform. Cvent offers software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, e-mail marketing and web surveys.


Deanna Graves
worked at Elite Meetings International as a Senior Marketing Associate. When she’s not writing for Elite, you can find her hiking or snowboarding in the Colorado Rockies, spending time with family, and enjoying a Sunday beach barbecue when visiting her old Santa Barbara stomping grounds.



Isabelle Gullo-Abitia has worked as a freelance writer and editor since 2001, having contributed to publications such as Elite Weddings, Spa, Islands and Health. She also runs a Santa Barbara County nonprofit called C.A.R.E.4Paws, whose mission is to reduce pet overpopulation and keep animals out of shelters. When away from the computer, Isabelle enjoys running, salsa dancing, photography and playtime with her son, Julian, and the family’s many dogs and cats.



Mac Hess is the Planner Communications marketer on the Cvent EMA team. She enjoys yoga, boats, and considers herself an amateur foodie.




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MariaGuidaContributorCropMaria Guida is an executive speaking coach, professional speaker, and Broadway actress. With her experience on stage, TV and film (working with Paul Newman, James Earl Jones, and Kevin Kline), she helps executives in all industries enhance their leadership presence and credibility by speaking with poise, passion, and persuasive power. Her clients include American Express, Chubb Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, and Johnson & Johnson. Maria can be reached directly at 718-884-2282 or Please visit


kh_roundSince establishing her own company over a decade ago, Kate Doyle Hooper has produced everything from executive meetings and conferences to live music performances, mobile tours, fashion shows, celebrity gifting suites, and retail events for companies such as American Media, Bloomingdale’s, Conde Nast, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, Hearst, Macy’s, Perry Ellis, Time Inc., Wilhelmina Models and Rodale, to name a few. Kate’s editorial and advertising work has been published in Budget Living, ELLE, Fit, Civilization, Conde Nast Traveler, Esquire, Essence, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Shape, as well as on and



Liz King
is an event planning superhero by day, and closeted tech geek and introvert by night. She channels her organizational and tech savvy superpowers into her own company, Liz King Events, and routinely makes appearances on such lists as Successful Meetings’ list of 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry and Connect magazine’s list of 40 Under 40 Up-and-Coming Event Planners.

Jay MacDonald
is an award-winning journalist, author and blogger who incorporates humor and human interest into a broad range of topics. Follow him on Twitter @omnisaurus



Ross Monnich works as an Associate in the Planner Communications division at Elite. He finds inspiration in the sea, Mexican food, and expertly crafted Spotify playlists.



Bruce Serlen
is a veteran travel writer, based in New Jersey, who has written extensively on meetings management and hotel operations. Most recently, he was executive editor at Hotel Business.



ps_roundPatti Shock is the Academic Consultant for The International School of Hospitality and Professor Emeritus at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was inducted into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders in 2014. Follow her on LinkedIn here  and on Pinterest here.


annenew copyAnne Thornley-Brown has an M.B.A. from York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada. She shaped the management development strategy for two major Canadian corporations. Anne has extensive business experience in a variety of industries including banking, wireless communications, high technology, transportation, the non-profit sector, and film and television. She speaks English, French, and Spanish. Anne has toured Asia 18 times and facilitated workshops and team building for over 2000 executives, managers and professionals. She has worked with a number of clients from Gulf (GCC) countries in the Middle East.