Our MPIRMC Chapter leadership is a group of meeting professionals dedicated to meeting and exceeding the needs of every member.  Simply expand (+) their title to obtain their contact information & to learn more about each member of our leadership team.  Developing relationships is what it’s all about.

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President – Stacie Cisco, CMP

headshot_board_ciscoStacie Cisco, CMP
Civica Management
Director of Events
2851 S. Parker Road
Suite 250
Aurora, CO 80014
303.929.4500
stacie.cisco@gmail.com

Stacie is a third-generation Coloradoan, growing up in Denver and receiving her communications degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Stacie has had some level of involvement in meetings and events since beginning her career and was employed by the advertising agency that handled the layout and printing of the MPI/RMC Reporter. Little did she know at the time how instrumental MPI and the Rocky Mountain Chapter would be in her life. Stacie’s passion for meetings and conferences started with her work as a marketing coordinator handling the trade shows for a medical device company, the first time she was a part of the set-up of a large exhibit floor, she knew that’s what she wanted to do. From there she went to work for an exhibit house managing trade show properties for clients, and then has expanded her knowledge working as a corporate meeting planner, handling the operations for a Destination Management Company (DMC), and then on the supplier side, managing the event space at the Lone Tree Arts Center. Currently Stacie is the Director of Conferences for Civica Management, an Association Management Company who handles both local and national association clients.

President Elect – Tiffany Carson, CMP

headshot_board_carsonTiffany Carson, CMP
Colorado Society of CPAs
7887 East Belleview Avenue, Suite 200
Englewwod, CO 80111
303.741.8621
tiffany@cocpa.org

Tiffany Carson has been in the hospitality industry for over 10 years. Her career started at ESPN Zone as a part-time receptionist and morphed over many years into a position completely new to her, Director of Sales for the Winter Park Mountain Lodge which she began on Monday 12/08! She attributes her success in this industry to all of the wonderful mentors, friends and colleagues she has had a long her journey.

When not working, Tiffany is normally found cheering on one of her favorite sports teams, skiing, spending time with her husband of seven years and her adorable Italian Greyhoud, ESPY or on a patio having a cocktail with friends and family.

Immediate Past President – Terri Utecht, CMP

terri_utechtTerri Utecht, CMP
Utecht Diversified Event Resource, Inc.
President
11733 W 75th Circle, Suite 100
Arvada, CO 80005-5323
303.423.6436
terri@utechtevents.com

Terri M. Utecht, CMP, President of Utecht Events, started her meeting, event and trade show planning company in 2001. She gained much of her knowledge, experience and expertise in the meetings industry during a multi-year interval as an Executive Planner for a major generic pharmaceutical company. She completed her 2-year undergraduate course studies in Business at the University of Phoenix in 1992. In 1998, she earned her CMP, Certified Meeting Professional accreditation.

Terri is a “true native” to Colorado, born and raised in the Denver area, and now resides in and operates her business in the city of Arvada. She has served on the Board of Directors of Arvada Economic Development Association, and on the Board of Directors, in several capacities, of Meeting Professional’s International Rocky Mountain Chapter (MPIRMC) since 2005. Her most rewarding year was serving as Chapter President from 2015-2016. Terri is passionate about the meetings industry and also for helping others achieve their personal and professional best. She’s a fashion enthusiast and is most grateful for a healthy and happy future and quality time spent with family and friends.

Terri believes, “Together, we will make outstanding happen!”

Vice President, Finance – Wendy Rubenkoenig

headshot_board_rubenkoenigWendy Rubenkoenig
Production Resource Group
Project Manager
13450 Smith Rd, Suite 100
Aurora, Colorado 80011
720.440.8341
wrubenkoenig@prg.com

Wendy Rubenkoenig is currently a Project Manager for PRG, Production Resources Group out of Denver, Colorado. She earned her degree from the University of Colorado, and has worked within the hospitality and live event field producing, designing, and selling events. Over her 17 year career she has lived and worked in many markets, states, and areas of the country. Wendy is a member of the National Association for Professional Women, the current Vice President of Finances for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, and is published in poetry. She and her husband Steve and daughter Alex enjoy spending time together, and out enjoying our great state.

Vice President, Communications – Lori Bennett, CMP

headshot_board_bennettLori Bennett, CMP
Conference Direct
Senior Global Project Manager
5444 S. Quintero Way
Centennial, CO 80015
303.617.3300
lori.bennett@conferencedirect.com

Lori has more than 27 years meeting planning and marketing experience. She is known by her customers as willing to go the extra mile in planning and helping them with all aspects of their meetings. She specializes in using her marketing and technical background to increase attendance, manage abstracts, facilitate registrations, and handle site selection and contract negotiation. She has a strong background in corporate, association and educational meetings, organizing annual and quarterly user group meetings, executive summits, trade shows, association, educational and non-profit organization meetings and marketing events. These events range in size from 50 attendees to 10,000 attendees.

As an active member of Meeting Professionals International, Lori is currently on the MPIRMC Board of Directors as VP of Communications. She was awarded the MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter Rising Star in June of 2012. Lori is an active volunteer for her son’s sports teams, her local church, and her children’s school where she has planned retreats, meetings, ceremonies and fundraising auctions. She is a Certified Meeting Professional and a Certified Conference Manager. She graduated with a BS degree in Marketing from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Vice President, Membership – Joyce Reilly

headshot_board_reillyJoyce Reilly
CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries
Director of Group Sales
8001 Arista Place Suite #500
Broomfield, CO 80021
303.263.0505
jreilly@cwrestaurants.com

Director of Member Care – Dana Rains, CMP

headshot_board_rainsDana Rains
Keystone Resort & Conference Center
Sales Manager
303.404.1967
DRains@vailresorts.com

Dana is a native of neighboring Nebraska and a Cornhusker fan at heart – her love for the mountains and all things outdoors brought her to Colorado in 2004. While Dana’s past career in youth ministry involved much hospitality and event planning – her hospitality career began in earnest that fall when she joined the Keystone Resort & Conference Center sales team as their receptionist. Always eager to learn more about the business and up for a challenge, she was quickly promoted to a coordinator position. From there, more hands on meeting and event planning, managing tradeshow logistics and a wide variety of other tasks led Dana to pursue her CMP designation in 2011. In March of 2012, Dana was promoted to be a Sales Manager at Keystone Resort & Conference Center.

Dana’s past involvement with MPI includes coordinating the chapter’s monthly community service project with Project Angel Heart and editing the chapter newsletter.

In her free time, Dana and her basset hound/bulldog mix Norm can often be found in the mountains – enjoying the outdoors, or at the sewing machine creating quilts and other crafty projects.

Director of Member Recruitment – Sean McAdams

sean_mcadamsSean McAdams
Senior Sales Manager
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
512.954.1924
sean.mcadams@marriott.com

Director of Fundraising – Jason Landers

Jason Landers
Halcyon – a Hotel in Cherry Creek
Sales Manager
1575 Welton Street, Suite 300
Denver, CO 80202
303.628.5474
Jason.landers@halcyonhotelcherrycreek.com

Director of Strategic Alliances – Jennefer Weeks

headshot_board_weeksJennefer Weeks
Lucky Strike Lanes Belmar
Event Sales Manager
415 South Teller Street
Lakewood, CO 80226
303.742.1590
jennefer@luckystrikebelmar.com

Jennefer Weeks started at Lucky Strike Lanes Belmar in April 2017. She came from The Palm Restaurant as their Sales Manager from June 2015-March 2017. She started her events career at The Fort, in Morrison, where she was their Private Dining Manager from September 2010-June 2015. She has worked in the restaurant industry for 20+ years.

Jennefer has been a member of MPIRMC since 2010 and was elected to their Board of Directors in July 2015. Jennefer had the honor of receiving the “Supplier of the Year” Award for the 2015/16 MPIRMC.

In December 2012, Jennefer was chosen for the Destination Colorado Individual Peak Performer of the Year award. She also sat on the Destination Colorado’s Board of Directors from April 2014-March 2017.

She was born and raised outside of Philadelphia and moved to Colorado in January 1997. Jennefer received her Master’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Colorado Denver in May 2000. She currently lives in Golden with her husband, dog and two cats. She loves to hike, bike, snowboard and play Frisbee Golf.

Director of Publications – Nancy Maffucci

headshot_board_maffucciNancy Maffucci
Bowlmor AMF
Director of Sales
9255 Kimmer Drive
Lone Tree CO 80214
303.792.2695 x38
NMaffucci@BowlBrunswick.com

Nancy is a native of the East Coast growing up in Queens, NY and Hazlet, N.J. She has been in the event planning industry since College, where she studied at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. She started out in the music business working for Polygram Records as their Mid Atlantic College Representative planning concerts and promotions for the labels artists. Upon graduation from college she moved back to New Jersey where worked for an independent music label in NYC called Iguana Records.

Wanting a complete change in scenery Nancy picked up and moved to Colorado Springs in 2000 and started working as the Promotions Director for the rock radio station 94.3 KILO. There she was involved with planning large concerts that came to town as well as planning and executing station promotions and giveaways.

Upon moving to Denver, Nancy worked as the Director of Group Sales and Marketing for Boondocks Fun Center in Northglenn, CO. Then in 2010 moved to the Downtown Aquarium where she is now the Sales Manager.

Nancy has been an MPI Member since 2011. Since joining she has had the opportunity to chair and volunteer on both the 2012 & 2013 MPIRMC Gala Committee and the 2012 MIC Serving Up Hope Committee.

When not working or volunteering Nancy enjoys spending time with her husband of 11 years Travis, her 8 year old Chloe and her 5 year old Scarlet-Lily. She is an avid “Foodie” who loves music and vacations with her family.

Director of Marketing – Kelly Kucera

headshot_board_kuceraKelly Kucera
Multimedia Audio Visual
VP of Sales and Marketing
2640 S. Raritan Circle
Denver, CO 80110
303.623.2324
kkucera@multimedia-av.com

Kelly Kucera has worked in the hospitality industry for over seventeen years, beginning with a seven-year tenure at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, where she held management positions in Production and Show Services, Advertising and Promotions and was transferred to Group Sales when the Adam’s Mark was sold and reflagged as the Sheraton Downtown Denver, part of the Starwood family of hotels and worldwide resorts. Continuing her experience in hotel sales, she moved to the Doubletree Denver Tech Center as a Catering and Sales Manager, further expanding her knowledge of producing meetings, events and conventions of all sizes.

She moved to Image Audiovisuals in 2011, where she managed and produced large scale events from some of Denver’s top non-profit companies, associations and corporations, while also advancing the Image brand developing social media and marketing campaigns, through the winter of 2014.

Today, Kelly works as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Multimedia Audio Visual, where she oversees all sales and marketing efforts of the diverse technological divisions Multimedia employs, including audiovisual production, trade show management and producing Experiential Events for a number of corporate, association and government clientele. She is also responsible for social media efforts and brand awareness and extension on local and national levels.

Kelly remains active in associations such as MPI, CSAE, PCMA and MIC, serving on the MPIRMC Board of Directors as the Director of Marketing and on the MIC Council as the Communications Committee Chair.

She remains a devoted wife to Adam and mother to Trevor, Hayley, an English Bulldog named Nitschke and a cat named Gemma.

Director of Education – Sarah Franzese

headshot_board_franzeseSarah Franzese
Breckenridge Lodging & Hospitality
Associate Director of Sales
535 South Park Avenue, PO Box 8329
Breckenridge, CO 80424
303.404.1964
SFranzese@vailresorts.com

Director of Monthly Programs – Stephanie Sadri

headshot_board_sadriStephanie Sadri
HelmsBriscoe
Manager, Global Accounts
5180 Morning Glory Pl
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
720.295.1038
ssadri@HelmsBriscoe.com

Stephanie joined the hospitality industry at a young age. She began in restaurants and evolved into the event and catering world. Stephanie’s first Sales and Catering management role was at Invesco Field. Not only did she work like a horse on Bronco’s game days, but she planned all of their private events and worked on a little event you may have heard of, the Democratic National Convention. After leaving Invesco, she went on to work at several fantastic venues, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Oxford Hotel and The Curtis hotel. Her eclectic experience has made her an expert in many facets of the industry, and now she is a Global Accounts Manager for HelmsBriscoe.

A member of MPI since 2013, Stephanie had the pleasure of helping with The 40th Anniversary Celebration & Auction Committee. She also chaired the MPI/PCMA Golf tournament and was the Sponsorship Chair for the 2014 Annual Gala.

Here are few things you will learn about Stephanie if you ever have the pleasure of working with her:

  • She will always find time to send a humorous, E-Card to make her coworkers blush during meetings
  • Be careful when opening your desk drawers because she probably hid something in there with the intention of terrifying you. She will claim total innocence and blame it on someone else, but we all know that she did it
  • If you need to brighten your day, just check Stephanie’s Facebook page because she probably updated it in the last few minutes with an adorable photo of her daughter Emma or her son Noah
  • She is always available for cooking advice since she is likely preparing a gourmet meal for her husband and children that evening. Unfortunately she rarely shares leftovers with her coworkers
  • Don’t waste movie quotes on her, because there is a 90% chance she has never seen or heard of the movie you are attempting to quote

Director of Industry Relations & Leadership Development – David Bolding

david_bolding_newDavid Bolding
Event Planner / Manager
AES Colorado (Auction and Event Solutions)
4750 Sante Fe Circle #7
Englewood, CO 80110
Fax – 303-979-6852
Office – 303-979-8450
Direct – 303-319-9621
David5971@hotmail.com

 I was born in Springfield, MO on Mother’s Day 1971, and I am definitely a Taurus. My family moved to metro Denver soon after my birth and I grew up in Arvada. As a graduate of Arvada West HS, I attended college at The University of Arizona, in Tucson where I received my bachelor’s degree and was a Cheerleader for 5 years. After school, I moved to Seattle to do the ‘Grunge thing’ for a couple of years, eventually landing back in Colorado (the best state in the country, even back in the late 90’s).

My education is in Television/Radio but my passion is in partying, specifically organizing and throwing events. I have been in the events industry for over 12 years and I’m still learning new things DAILY. Starting my career with Rock Bottom Brewery, I have been fortunate enough to have opened several restaurants and venues in my career, starting Private Dining and Group Sales departments in most of them.

As Director of Industry Relations and Leadership Development for MPIRMC 2016-2017, I look forward to an outstanding successful year ahead. Some of my other passions include volleyball, The Denver Broncos, running/jogging, camping and being an Ambassador for Project Angel Heart.

Executive Director (Ex-Officio)

headshot_board_FtempletonFreddie Templeton, CFE (ED)
Rocky Mountain Event Consultants, LLC
(720) 733-8000
mpirmc@rmecllc.com
headshot_board_KtempletonKeith Templeton (CA)
Rocky Mountain Event Consultants, LLC
(720) 733-8000
keith@rmecllc.com

Rocky Mountain Event Consultants is a full-service event planning company specializing in developing and managing associations, corporate events, award galas, festivals and more. We help clients create an event vision or theme, handle location procurement, catering, decorating, program speaker management, entertainment, audio visual, design, promotion, marketing, public and media relations and more!
As Executive Director for the Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter (MPIRMC), a client for whom Rocky Mountain Event Consultants provides full-service association management services, Freddie Templeton is responsible for working with the MPIRMC board of directors to facilitate strategic planning for the association. She also provides support services including communications, database management, membership operations, financial management and meeting/event planning and execution. Freddie joined the MPIRMC team in 2005.

The Templeton Team serves as Association Managers for the Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado.

Freddie brings a background in meeting planning, event management, business development and leadership training while Keith, Managing Partner brings promotion, design, and printing to their clients.