Deborah Rosati is an accomplished corporate director, entrepreneur, Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA) and certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) with more than 30 years of experience in technology, consumer, retail, cannabis, private equity and venture capital. An experienced Audit Committee and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee chair, Deborah provides extensive knowledge as a Corporate Director in the areas of financial and enterprise risk management, corporate strategy, transformational changes, M&A, corporate governance and CEO and board succession planning.
Julie Coons is a transformative business leader who delivers unprecedented revenue and profit growth through innovation, operational excellence and cultural change. Beginning in September 2018, Julie was selected to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. With nearly 20 years in non-profit management and the private sector before that, Ms. Coons has a keen eye on ensuring that the Chamber’s members derive direct value from their membership. As President and CEO, Ms. Coons is focused on strategically positioning the Chamber as a convener of thought leadership, a vehicle for engagement, and a leader in business advocacy within the region.
In September 2017 Ms. Coons was appointed by the Council of Better Business Bureaus Board of Directors as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that role Ms. Coons served as the Executive Vice President of National Programs, a newly created position and division. From 2008-2016, Ms. Coons served as the President and CEO of the Electronic Retailing Association where she led a significant financial and brand transformation of the association. Prior to joining ERA, Ms. Coons served as president and CEO of the Tech Council of Maryland; during her tenure, Ms. Coons led the association to a regional position of influence. Before joining TCM, Ms. Coons was executive vice president at PCIAThe Wireless Infrastructure Association, a telecommunications trade association. Prior to the nonprofit world, Ms. Coons led international business development for a number of telecommunications companies.
She has been an active member of numerous non-profit boards including the Advertising Self-Regulation Council and is currently a director of the Advisory Board of Marketsmith, Inc., a direct response marketing agency. She is an active member of the International Women’s Forum and the American Society of Association Executives. She holds a CAE (certified association executive) credential and is a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She was named one of the 2015 Trending 40 Association Leaders. Ms. Coons graduated cum laude from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., with a B.A. in economics and B.A. in Japanese language and literature.
Sarah is an experienced marcom and trade show professional, highly adept in both the corporate and nonprofit worlds. Currently she is vice president of marketing & communications for the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech), the commercial print industry’s foremost organization supporting the future of print. Previously, Sarah worked for HP Inc. in the Americas as a trade show manager and ran communications for its Graphics Solutions Business. Sarah started her marketing career as an event manager at Coopers & Lybrand in London, England. Sarah earned her MBA from Fordham University and her BA from Union College.
Aidan Augustin is the co-founder and President of Feathr, one of the fastest-growing companies in the events industry. Feathr provides data-driven marketing tools that have helped drive increased attendance and sponsorship revenue for 4,000 conferences, trade shows, and virtual events over the past six years since launch. Based in sunny Gainesville, FL, Feathr has a team of 100 employees affectionately known as "The Flock". Aidan is an active member of both IAEE and ASAE, and a regular speaker on the topics of data-driven marketing, website analytics, and digital sponsorship revenue.
s 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.