Bill Vastine Scholarship
Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
VP Social Media
Member at Large
VP Young Leaders / Events Liaison
Emily Kratt, managing director of INNOVATX Events, is a New York City native that has been passionately working in the meetings and events industry for over a decade. Emily has worked at some of the nation’s premiere Event Management and Destination Management Companies since studying Special Event Management at New York University. Emily started her career working for David Stark in NYC working on a variety of elite cultural and corporate events. She later worked at two of the largest Destination Management Companies in New York, working with hundreds of international fortune 500 clients managing a variety of meetings, incentives, product launches and special events with multi-million dollar budgets. In the summer of 2011 Emily traded in her stilettos for a pair of cowboy boots and relocated out to Austin, Texas where she continues to work with corporations producing and planning meetings and events around the globe. She is currently the Managing Director of INNOVATX Events, a boutique Meeting, Incentive and Austin Destination Management Company and is very involved in SITE and the Texas events community.
Pat McCain, CMP
Director of Sales, South Central
Hard Rock Hotels-All Inclusive Collection
Pat enjoys helping others and her years' serving on various boards is proof. Pat is the Director of Sales, South Central for Hard Rock Hotels All Inclusive Collection. She has four great properties that include: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta and Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana. Pat is dedicated to making the SITE Texas Chapter one of the premier chapters within SITE.
Pat was first introduced to SITE early in her career when she attended a global conference held in Puerto Rico. She loves SITE because it offers industry specific education. According to Pat, being active in SITE has given me a Rolodex of people that I can call on for help and advise. "I feel that I get more than I give with SITE."
Jennifer Martin, CMP
Director, Global Sales
MGM Resorts International
P.O. Box 1623
Austin, TX 78767
As the Director, Global Sales for MGM Resorts in the South/Central region, Jennifer is responsible for account management (corporate, incentive, and association), as well as marketing efforts and projects within her geographic market. Jennifer is based in her hometown of Austin, Texas and brings her 13 years of industry experience and industry engagement to her leadership role on the team. Prior to returning back to Austin, Jennifer worked on property at Mirage Hotel & Casino, opened ARIA and Vdara at CityCenter in Las Vegas, and spent one year at the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority in the Chicago regional office. She received her bachelor's degree in Applied Sociology and minor in Business from Texas State University in San Marcos. Jennifer prides herself in making a difference in the hospitality industry and her creativity.
Independent Travel Director & Event Manager
Shortly after graduating from San Diego State University’s with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management in May 2014, Chelsea moved to Austin to further her career as an Independent Travel Director and Event Manager.
Chelsea provides on-site event management for corporate, incentive, and social events, both domestic and international. Her clients include a variety of Fortune 500 companies with attendees ranging from 50 to 6,000 people.
Chelsea served on the Young Leaders and Communications Committees for the SITE SoCal Chapter and is excited about bringing a Young Leaders chapter to SITE Texas.
Infinix Global Meetings & Events
Now a sixteen year industry veteran, I began my career with the Bryan/College Station Convention & Visitor Bureau as marketing assistant. I took that knowledge to the hotel side of the meetings and events industry where I worked for the InterContinental Central Park South in New York City. After my time in “The Big Apple” I returned to Texas and accepted a position with a third party representation firm, The Krisam Group, where I represented over 400 mostly independent properties. Later, I had the opportunity to join Double Diamond Resorts out of Dallas, TX. While Director of Sales at Double Diamond, I oversaw the sales operations for all properties across the United States focusing on the small corporate meetings market and golf events.
In 2011, I joined La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery, TX. As Director of Sales & Marketing, I oversaw marketing, group & transient sales, membership & conference services. Most recently, in 2016, I’ve been blessed to join the team at Infinix Global Meetings & Events and Rx Worldwide as Director of Sales & Marketing. At Infinix, we provide full meeting management, partial meeting management, site selection services and incentive planning. In this role, I also oversee the marketing and vendor sourcing operations. It’s been thrilling to join the team amidst great growth and vision!
I have a great passion for serving the community and providing others with tools for advancement. From 2010-2012, I served as Associate Professor at Collin College and taught the Introduction to Meetings & Events and Special Event Design courses. I had the opportunity to volunteer with Meeting Professionals International D/FW Chapter as a Board Member from 2009-2014. As a career high honor, I was recognized as Rising Star for MPI DFW in 2010 and served the chapter as President in 2012-2013. In addition to serving within the meetings & events industry, I’m driven to volunteer for the community at large and have given time to OutTakes Dallas, the North Texas Food Bank, served as a steering committee member for LifeWalk Dallas, as a Board Member for the Historic Montgomery Business Association and as President of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
I’m thrilled to join SITE Texas and learn from the best within the industry. The networking and education provided gives my organization a clear opportunity for growth and return on investment. I can’t wait to get involved!
Partner and Sr. Account Manager
Attendee Management, Inc.
15572 RR 12 N, Suite 1
Wimberley, TX 78676
Jill has been involved in meetings management for many years, and heads up the Houston office of Attendee Management Inc. AMi provides online registration services, a full range of meeting management, as well as technology development and consulting for meeting professionals of all types.
Jill has spent decades in marketing communications roles, including Compaq Computer Corporation where she pioneered the initial Internet marketing communications program and was responsible for managing Compaq.com in the mid-90s.
Although a SITE member for only a few years, Jill has been quick to get involved with the organization and serves on the Board of Directors as VP of Communications.
Chris is the Founder of Ryon International, a venue sourcing agency based in Austin, providing trusted guidance and support for all clients: any size program, any type venue, anywhere in the world. Prior to Ryon International, Chris was the Managing Director of CMS Limited, a contract management firm for agency associates. As Bellagio National Sales Manager in Las Vegas, Chris secured conventions at Bellagio for MGM Resorts International. His 20 years of experience includes the Alcoa Business System, Bellagio Executive Mentor Program, and Tech Ranch Austin. Chris is a graduate of Michigan State University (BS ’96) and the University of Southern California (MBA ’00).
Kelly Kunz, IP
Kelly Kunz is an Account Executive for Spear One, based in Dallas, Texas. She has a passion for creativity and creating memorable, engaging experiences through incentives. Kelly has a heart for helping others and making new connections and friendships. She is a member of Young Leaders and serves as the Communications Chair for Site Texas.
Kelly is a Baylor Bear (sic 'em!) and spends her spare time on the tennis court or running. She is thrilled to be on the 2015 Site Texas Board to collaborate with a great group of industry professionals and help take the chapter to new heights.
Sandra J. Bench, CMP, CASE
3323 IH 35N, Suite 120
San Antonio, TX 78219
Sandy began her career in the hospitality industry as a meeting and incentive planner and traveled extensively organizing events for large corporations. She has also worked at the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, where she brought association and corporate meetings to the convention center and hotels. She currently is the Director of Business Development for Freeman Expositions, San Antonio branch.
Sandy is a member of Professional Convention Managers Association, International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Texas Society of Association Executives and Society of Incentive Travel Executives, where she served as the president of the Texas Chapter in 2009. Sandy is an avid golfer and is a member of Executive Women’s Golf Association.
In addition to her work, Sandy volunteers for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. She is Chairman of the Hospitality Committee and serves on the board of directors for the show. She enjoys travelling and running and has completed five half marathons.
Director of Global Conference & Incentive Sales
Rocco Forte Hotels
Natasha started out in the industry shortly after graduating with a Marketing degree from George Mason University and her career in hospitality has now spanned 10+ years in various sales roles, always in luxury hotels. Natasha has had experience with larger global chains, independent hotels, and currently as the Director of Global Conference & Incentive Sales for Rocco Forte Hotels, she is responsible for group sales from the Eastern US and Canada for the collection which is comprised of 11 family owned five star hotels located primarily throughout Europe.
Texas has always been her favorite market and Natasha was thrilled to relocate here recently from New York where she was an active member of the SITE Northeast chapter. Natasha serves on the SITE Global Young Leaders Committee and looks forward to getting involved with SITE Texas as the VP of Young Leaders/ Event Liaison.
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