Ron Bigley | Brand Director
Ron heads up the direction and production of all conferences for Catersource and Event Solutions, bringing decades of knowledge and hands-on experience from the catering industry. Prior to joining Catersource, he served as the vice president of operations for Mintahoe Hospitality Group for 28 years. Before that, he was the director of operations for Chuck E. Cheese's in Minnesota and worked for Marriott Corporation while living in California, where he was raised.
Crystalyn Bauer | Event Coordinator
Crystalyn comes to us with a strong background in the hospitality industry and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. Prior to joining the Catersource team she spent 9 years between Cedar Fair Entertainment Company and an IHG Crowne Plaza Hotel working in both sales and events. This prepared her for the detailed and organized planning required to coordinate the special events and activities of the Catersource show. She has long been an admirer of catering and events and enjoys the opportunity to work with both! Crystalyn currently resides in the UBM-Catersource Minneapolis office.
Lisa Brenna | Account Manager
Lisa Brenna, CPCE is the Account Manager for Exhibit and Sponsorship Event Sales for the Catersource Brand. Her past careers have encompassed many titles in the catering and events industry including: Convention and Banquet Services for Intercontinental Hotel Group, Banquet/Bar/Sales & Marketing and Business Development for a local on and off premise catering company, Catering Sales for Starwood Hotels and Sales/Marketing and Operations for national restaurant/catering and venue hospitality groups. In addition to her current career at Catersource, Lisa has been a consultant at her company, Brenna Consulting for Catersource, serving as the Special Events Coordinator from 2007 thru March 2017. She received her Certified Professional in Catering and Events designation (CPCE) in 2015 from the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE). She served on the NACE Minneapolis/Saint Paul chapter board from 2007 thru 2016, including Presidency.
LaShara Darkenwald | Account Manager
Kathryn Frankson | Marketing Manager
Kathryn has been successfully developing live event, partner and marketing campaigns driving revenue growth, conversions, profit and brand development for Catersource stakeholders and partners for over ten years. A seasoned marketing and sales professional and lover of analytics, logic and digital marketing solutions, Kathryn is a top resource for event strategy and revenue generating partnerships. With a bachelor's degree in Journalism, Digital Marketing Certificate and professional concentration in marketing, digital and content trends, Kathryn has the unique perspective to increase yield, develop strategies and create measurable and effective solutions
Matthew Kelzenberg | Office & Purchase Order Coordinator
Matthew’s responsibilities range from managing accounting functions to inventory management and keeping up with many of the daily office functions including but not limited to registration for conferences and customer service responsibilities.
Amber Krohn | Marketing Operations Specialist
With a strong strategic communication, digital marketing, and public relations background, Amber develops marketing materials to reach the brand's goals, including social media content, e-newsletters, website copy, and graphic design. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Journalism and Communication Arts (Radio/TV/Film).
Nancy Moore | Marketing Director
Nancy joined the Catersource team with over 25 years of marketing and advertising experience in consumer, manufacturing, and association channels. In her former positions, she has been responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of integrated marketing programs, as well as live events and trade shows. She graduated from the University of Minnesota where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in business management and marketing. At Catersource, Nancy and her team lead the brand's strategic marketing process with a goal to drive brand awareness and ultimately show attendance.
Dave Pruka | Director of Sales
Angie Ridgeway | Customer Success Manager
Organized and adept at critical and systems thinking, Angie ensures the Catersource customer experience is effective and impactful. In her role, Angie has a fundamental understanding of accounting solutions, CRM, and reporting tools as well as trade show pre/post and onsite management. Working closely with the Catersource sales team, Angie streamlines internal event and media functionalities to enable top line revenue growth. Angie's background lies in higher education, hospitality and customer service adding to her depth of process support and improvement.
Kathleen Stoehr | Director of Content
Mike Roman | Founder
1945-2013 (Read our tribute to Mike)