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Anne Gill (President & CEO of Tempe Chamber of Commerce)

Anne Gill

President & CEO of Tempe Chamber of Commerce

Anne Gill, IOM, is the President & CEO of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. Gill is an innovative nonprofit leader recognized for her work in business advocacy, organizational excellence, development and community outreach.

Gill serves on the boards of the Western Association of Chamber Executives, Arizona Chamber Executives (Past Chair), Tempe Tourism Office, Tempe Leadership Council, Rio Salado Foundation, Friends of Public Radio Arizona, and Rio Salado College President’s Community Advisory Council.

Gill is a graduate of the US Chamber Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management, and recently completed their Business Leads Fellowship. She holds a B.A. in International Business.

Tonia Socha-Mower, MA, MBA, EdD (c) (Executive Director of American Association of Dental Boards)

Tonia Socha-Mower, MA, MBA, EdD (c)

Executive Director of American Association of Dental Boards

A pioneer in the public health arena, Tonia is the Executive Director at the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB). She first gained attention when she started the first dental clinic in the nation that was embedded in a medical and mental health clinic in a student health center at Morehead State University (MSU) in eastern Kentucky. She ultimately was promoted to manage the medical, dental, and counseling departments at MSU. Governor Steven Beshear also appointed her to the Kentucky Board of Dentistry where she was recruited by the national association. Driven by a passion to help others, Tonia is best known for inspiring change and developing creative solutions to obstacles.

Gregg H. Talley (President & CEO of Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG))

Gregg H. Talley

President & CEO of Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG)

Gregg H. Talley, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO, has a broad range of experience from several perspectives and over 30 years within the Association/Event Management Industry. Prior to founding Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG), Gregg worked with a destination marketing organization and for a hotel development company. In 1987 he founded Talley Management Group, Inc. with his business partner and father, Robert K. Talley.

With a degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in international relations, Gregg has utilized those skills to plan national and international events and manage national and international organizations and boards in an array of industries including healthcare, education, technology and finance. Gregg gained his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1999 and his Fellow of the American Society for Association Executives (FASAE) designation in 2008.

Gregg’s experience in association management provides a 360-degree view of the stakeholders and pressures facing organizations when planning major international events. He also understands board perspectives on site selection, finance and local partnerships and support.

Gregg has personally managed literally hundreds of events globally for associations, societies, corporations and religious organizations including one of the largest convention events in North America, the 50,000+ attendee International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous for over thirty years. TMG also managed the World Meeting of Families as part of the Papal Visit to Philadelphia in 2015. In addition, Gregg consults with nations and local destinations on developing business events strategies and destination management organizations.

A recognized professional in the field, Gregg consults, speaks and writes regularly on issues within association management, event management and business event strategy for organizations and destinations. Gregg was past National Chair of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and its Education Foundation. He currently sits on the International Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is a Board Member for the Meetings Management Sector at the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

Eric Schmidt (CEO & Co-Founder of EventBank)

Eric Schmidt

CEO & Co-Founder of EventBank

As CEO of EventBank, Eric L. Schmidt is focused on delivering cloud solutions that transform the way professional communities enable and enrich relationships. EventBank has office in 10 countries and clients in over 50. Eric’s focus is to continue building the best product for EventBank’s clients and expanding the company’s presence in emerging and developing markets around the world. Over the last 18 years, Eric has founded and incubated several companies from the ground up; including China Entrepreneurs which was the top community organization for more than 50,000 entrepreneurs, hosting more than 100 conferences annually.

Eric was an elected member of American Chamber of Commerce in China's Board of Governors for three years (2017, 2018 & 2019) and is recognized as an authority on digital transformation and business in Asia. He has been featured in media such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Baron’s, BBC, CCTV, China Daily, and numerous other outlets.

Eric once traced Marco Polo’s route from Beijing, China to Venice, Italy, 100 days by bicycle – he was appreciatively sponsored by Nike and Philips. He also previously lived in China (17 years) and Guatemala.