Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association


Milo Shapiro
Motivational speaker and public speaking skills coach
Milo Shapiro walked away from his B.S. in Computer Science and fifteen years in Information Technology to pursue his passion: applying improvisation to business practices and personal development. On his last day, a co-worker asked, “Who’s going to make it fun for us to work here now?” Milo began studying improvisation in 1990, joined his first troupe in 1992, and began teaching in 1993. He has traveled in the US and Canada to continue his own improvisation education and teaching skills. He served six years as the business manager of the comedy troupe TheatreSports. Through TheatreSports, he worked with at-risk teens at Hoover High School, using improv to give them a healthier outlet for expression than causing trouble at school. 

  Samuel L. Berry, M.S., C.S.C.S.
Ultimate Trainer at The Bay Club Company
Sam is a Master Trainer for the American Council on Exercise and Functional Movement Systems. He serves a wide range of clients spanning ages 11 to 81 and fulfilling a variety of goals and objectives. Furthermore, he conducts ‘Train the Trainer’ courses for personal trainers across the US. In addition to his training and educating, he has contributed to publications for Harvard Medical School, The Sports Medicine Encyclopedia, PTontheNet.com and prominent peer reviewed publications such as The Journal of Pediatrics. Sam received his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Florida International University, a B.S. in Health Sciences from Keene State College and holds strength and conditioning certifications with nationally accredited certifying bodies including NSCA, NASM, ACE, FMS and ACSM.

  Jay Gubrud
Catalyst for Performance Improvement
Jay is a catalyst for performance improvement. He is a dynamic professional speaker, trainer, author and consultant who has been presenting across industries and audiences for over seventeen years. His programs challenge participants to eliminate the everyday roadblocks to their success. Jay has an innate ability to relate the trials of life and business in a way that everyone can relate to … Cars and Driving! He has never been afraid to have a difference of opinion or shake up the status quo. He believes that regularly moving out of your comfort zone and improving your performance are key to personal and professional success and satisfaction.

  Valarie Sparks
Owner, Hospitality Social Selling
Valarie Sparks is the leading LinkedIn expert for the hospitality industry and currently a full-time mom to her 1-year-old son, Grant. She is known for her high-energy, high-content, get-to-the-ROI LinkedIn Social Selling Workshops. Valarie's professional background includes 13 years in hotel management, from Marriott International to independent resort properties. She gained a reputation as a successful sales hunter who consistently exceeded hotel sales quotas through her usage of LinkedIn.

Dawn Norman
Event & Meeting Producer
Dawn Norman has been a meeting and event producer for over 25 years. Her event experience ranges from full production of conventions and tradeshows in the fitness business to the development of the one to one networking meetings in a variety of industries. Dawn’s varied client base includes, Fitness Industry Supplier Association (FISA), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), OnBoard Experiential Marketing (OBE), and Gull Wing Car Club and IDEA Health and Fitness Association.