Speakers

EVENTS101 features experts in a wide variety of event planning and production, both from within Northern Virginia as well as from throughout the region as a whole. Among the featured presenters at this year’s workshops:

FLORENCE MAY, President & Owner, TRS – The Registration System
With clients including three NFL Super Bowls, the American Association of Museums, the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Indy 500 Festival and 12 NCAA Final Fours, Flory’s company TRS brings technical and consulting services vital to the world of special events.

Flory is the former Executive Director for Formula One’s US Grand Prix Local Organizing Committee, with almost a quarter of a million guests and 3,600 volunteers. In 2002, Flory and her technical team developed the event registration, ticketing and management software now known as TRS, The Registration System, now used by hundreds of large and mid-sized events around the world.

Flory’s expertise spans most event planning components, volunteer management, and use of Web 2.0 technologies and systems to move events forward to greater success.

EVENTS101 kicks off on Friday, November 18th with a keynote presentation by Florence May, and she will participate in multiple panels and sessions during the two-day conference!

MARVIN “COACH” POWELL, President & CEO, Coach Powell Training & Development
As an author, lecturer, highly regarded business coach and financial professional for more than fifteen years, Coach Powell has created value for the best and brightest of Northern Virginia. Marvin is dedicated to providing the professional attention to help individuals and businesses achieve their goals, offering continued service as their needs change.

An incredibly dynamic motivational speaker, Coach Powell has created “Coach Powell’s Playbook for Personal and Small Business Success,” soon to be released through his website.

Coach Powell is the Chairman of the Fairfax County Small Business Commission, and as the Chairman of the Centreville Community Foundation, has responsibility for their events including the popular Centreville Day.

An expert on networking and relationship building, Coach Powell will be a featured presenter at EVENTS101 on Friday, November 18th, guiding us through the ever-changing world of social media networking, grass roots outreach strategies, the new (and fast-growing) field of Crowdsourcing, and will provide an easy-to-understand plan adaptable for large and small organizations alike.

LAWRENCE (LARRY) LANDOLT, Executive Director, EventZone
Larry Landolt leads EventZone, an organization which serves as “downtown Roanoke’s Festival & Event connection.” In that role, Larry directly manages some of the region’s largest and well-established outdoor events, including Festival in the park, the SunTrust Big Lick Blues Festival, and the Roanoke St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

Prior to joining EventZone in January, 2005, Larry served as the Business Manager for the Lynchburg Parks & Recreation Department. His past experiences range from the world of advertising and marketing as well as a “second career” in the sports and events industry. In that latter role, Larry served as National Camp & Events Director for Rebound Sports and National Marketing Director for Youth Basketball of America.

Larry has also held positions with franchises within the Arena Football League, the United Stages Basketball League and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Youth Sports and the Virginia Festivals & Events Association.

At EVENTS101, Larry will present on topics ranging from sponsorships and fundraising to emergency planning, and be one of our “Ask an Expert” panelists as well.

MEAGAN BUTKUS, Managing Director, Celebrate Fairfax, Inc.
Responsible for the oversight and day-to-day operations of Celebrate Fairfax (CFI), Meagan leads the organization’s efforts related to marketing and communications, media relations, volunteer management, sponsor benefits fulfillment, website management, direction and management of event production staff, and outreach to civic and community-based organizations.

During CFI’s events, Meagan serves as the Festival Director, operating as the primary point of contact for all volunteer leadership, media, and event visitors, while ensuring conflict resolution and resolving the occasional event “challenges” which may arise.

Prior to joining CFI in 2006, Meagan was responsible for partnership development and outreach, as well as planning of meetings and conferences, for the Coalition for community Schools.

At EVENTS101, Meagan will present on Media Relations and general event management.

GEORGE BOUNACOS, Chief Operating Officer, Silver Beacon Marketing
Silver Beacon Marketing’s founder and COO, George began an obsession with online businesses in the 1980’s. Four startups he has been a part of have sold for a combined $96 million. While an executive at CARFAX.com, he created the company’s Buy Back guarantee program and led revenue generation from more than 20,000 businesses. Since, then, he has launched two online businesses of his own, including Silver Beacon, which focuses on profitability for small businesses and non-profits.

A graduate of George Mason University, Bounacos holds search engine certifications from Yahoo! and Google. He serves as a judge in the School of Management’s Business Case Competition and has guest lectured in several courses within the program.

In 2009, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed George to a three-year term on the County’s Consumer Protection Commission. During 2009, he served as the co-chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out fundraising walk in Northern Virginia and also assisted the marketing committee of the International Children’s Festival.

At EVENTS101, George will be a featured presenter on Social Media and Web 2.0 platforms.

CHRISTOPHER NEU, Director of Middle East Programs, TechChange
As the Director of Middle East Programs for TechChange, Chris has led training workshops in Pakistan and the West Bank, as well as facilitated online learning in Sudan.

Previously, Chris worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) in the Center of Innovation, where he managed PeaceMedia, a website that connects the peacebuilding community with an unprecedented array of multimedia resources. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Chris has also worked with the Association of International Development Agencies (Ramallah), IFES during the 2006 Palestinian Elections, and the Center for the Study of Democracy. Chris holds an MA in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University.

At EVENTS101, Chris will be part of the panel discussion, “There IS an App for That! A Web 2.0 Panel with Industry Leaders.”

BARRY FEIL, President & CEO, Celebrate Fairfax, Inc.
As the CEO of the non-profit Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. (CFI), Barry is responsible for the overall vision, events, programming direction, fundraising, and guidance of the organization’s outreach efforts. CFI is the award winning producer of the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, Fall for Fairfax KidsFest and EVENTS101.

Having recently celebrated his 25th anniversary in professional event planning, Barry also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the George Mason University School of Recreation, Health & Tourism, and is a frequent presenter at national and regional events education workshops and conferences.

Prior to joining Celebrate Fairfax, Barry led event front-of-house and day-to-day operations for the George Washington University Charles E. Smith Center, including intercollegiate competitions, multiple NCAA Tournaments, Commencement Ceremonies, national entertainment, professional sporting events, the 1990 Bush/Gorbachev Presidential Summit Press Center, and visits by President Bill Clinton, Vice Presidents Quayle and Gore, and many local and national VIP’s.

At EVENTS101, Barry will present four sessions labeled as “Events 201″ topics, each specially adapted from his Events Implementation & Evaluation course at George Mason University.

Additional presenters may be announced from time to time. For questions, please contact Barry Feil at 703-324-5315 or at barry.feil@fairfaxcounty.gov.