Executive Vice President
Fun Fact: A reptile enthusiast and scrabble champion
Bio: Renee Jacobs has been actively involved in the meeting and event industry for 20+ years. Previously COO & Partner of WorldTEK Events she managed the International Air Transportation Association account which includes the annual World Cargo Symposium, Slots Conference and the World Financial Symposium. She has produced events all over the globe including Singapore, Doha, Shanghai, Dubai & Cape Town.
Prior to WorldTEK, Renée was Conference Director for The Journal of Commerce for nine years. As Conference Director of the JoC, Renée was responsible for producing a number of maritime conferences and exhibitions. She assisted greatly in the expansion of the division into the European and Asian conference market. In 2008, the Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference won Bronze Medal from Folio Magazine for Best Conference. Renée was nominated as a 2008 finalist in the 5th Annual Stevie Awards for Best Executive Women in Business Category: Service Businesses - up to 2,500 Employees.
Prior to 2000, Renée was a meeting planner at The Compass Group, a meeting planning company specializing in the pharmaceutical industry.
Currently as Executive Vice President for McVeigh, she oversees and manages the Association department.
Renee received a BS in Commercial Recreation and Tourism at Montclair State University.
Fun Fact: Isabel was always interested in creating. As a child, she wanted to work in fashion, interior design and later architecture. She sees events as an opportunity to design and create experiences. She also likes to dazzle her husband with her amazing knowledge of 90s hip hop.
Bio: Isabel joins McVeigh Global with over 15 years of experience in the meetings and events industry. She has managed a wide range of events in the scientific, pharmaceutical and association fields. Over the years she has been involved in virtually all aspects of meeting logistics including venue sourcing, contract negotiation, vendor and budget management, proposal development/review and on-site execution.
She has a solid understanding of project management and is an especially strong resource for contract negotiation and adhering to budgets. Isabel has worked with various budget levels and designs the best event possible within the financial parameters.
Prior to joining McVeigh, Isabel worked at The Compass Group, Inc. for 10 years– most recently in a Managing Director role. Her event management portfolio there includes National Sales Meetings, Incentive Trips, Advisory Boards, Training meetings, and Symposia.
Isabel received her B.A. in Architectural Studies, and Art History from the University of Pittsburgh. It was there that she caught the event management bug while a member (and later Arts & Special Events Director) of the student programming board.
Senior Project Manager
Fun Fact: Sunset enthusiast, Beyhive member
Bio: Maria Young brings over a decade of event industry and meeting planning experience to McVeigh Global Meetings and Events. She has worked on a diverse assortment of events, ranging from trade shows to grand openings to gala fundraisers, and in industry sectors such as catering, non-profit, floral, and wedding planning.
Prior to joining the McVeigh team, Maria worked at the University of California at San Diego, planning development centric events for the Rady School of Management. In this role, she developed and executed events which focused on donor cultivation and recognition, as well as student and alumni engagement. Previously, she worked for Classic Party Rentals, supplying equipment and logistics support to a large portfolio of clients which included non-profit, corporate, weddings, and more.
Now a Senior Project Manager of Meetings and Events for McVeigh, Maria’s main focus is in our association division, primarily working on international conferences for the transportation industry. She prides herself on providing excellent customer service and working as an extension of her clients’ team to produce successful and memorable events.
Maria graduated from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential in 2016.
Associate Project Manager
Fun Fact: Has a Disneyland Annual pass, and yet would rather wait in line for the Teacups than go on any rollercoaster.
Bio: Rachel Bennett joins McVeigh Global Meetings and Events with nearly a decade of experience in the Hospitality industry. Ms. Bennett manages the hotel reservations and housing needs of assigned events. She stays in close communication with our hotel partners, event managers, and delegates to ensure everything goes smoothly for a successful event. She also assists with delegate registrations, pre/post and onsite for assigned events. She is committed to providing superior customer service to all clients, both external and internal.
Prior to joining McVeigh, Rachel was the Revenue Manager for a Boutique Hotel in downtown San Diego where she developed systems and tools to ensure a smooth transaction for all groups, from contract to execution. She began her career in the Hospitality Industry as a front desk agent with Marriott International.
Marketing Event Specialist
Fun Fact: Coming Soon
Bio: Coming Soon
Fun Fact: Will my kayak see water this year?
Bio: Sue is excited to become part the team at McVeigh Global Meetings and Events. As Creative Design and Communications Manager, she works closely with our sales and planning teams to ensure that the delivery of all written and visual content remains consistent with client objectives. This includes copywriting, layout and graphic elements for sponsorship prospectuses and other marketing collateral including emails, print and web ads, programs, and the production of onsite event signage.
Sue’s client experience has given her the opportunity to learn the intricacies of communicating information to a wide array of industries that include: airlines, retailers, investment banking firms, law firms, media publications and associations, providing photography, web design, graphic design, and copywriting services.
She enjoys working with clients to transform complex information into clear, understandable messages and to introduce creative alternatives to emphasize key content.
In her free time, Sue enjoys yoga, gardening, travel, reading, and spending time with family, friends and her three dogs.
Business Development Director
Fun Fact: I am often mistaken for “The Most Interesting Man in the World” (Dos XX Mexican beer commercial). Stay thirsty my friends!
Bio: Sandro joins McVeigh Global Meetings and Events with more than 30 years of experience in international business and a well-established network of long-term clients from industry associations, government agencies, international banks, investment firms, private investors, airlines, law firms and more.
As Director of Sponsorships & Exhibitions for multiple annual global events, Sandro has cultivated lasting connections with hundreds of clients. He has boundless energy and derives great satisfaction in welcoming clients to successful events where promises have been kept, expectations met and relationships built.
Sandro has worked extensively in multicultural, multilingual business environments and this has afforded him the opportunity to live and work in many locations including: South America, Europe and Africa. He is fluent in English, Spanish.
Prior to joining WorldTEK Events, Sandro was COO at AvMan; a Miami, Florida-based company that provided a proprietary web-based application to recover Interline revenue over-billings for IATA airline members.
Born in Lima, Peru, this most interesting man is an avid racquetball player, passionate football (soccer) fan, enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling. He resides in West Palm Beach, FL with his wife Ana and has four children; Alessandra, Daniela, Giuliana, and, Kenyan-born, Claudia.
Business Development Director
Fun Fact: Saltwater aquarist and full time POUTINE lover!
Bio: Michael Huntington joins McVeigh Global Meetings and Events with over 20 years of Sales experience.
Michael started his sales career with a start-up e-commerce Company, who provided its customers with innovative e-commerce solutions to help maximize their reach and effectiveness globally. Among the first 5 employees, Michael played a vital role in the company’s success, managing 2 lines of business and a group of 20+ employees. Having delivered continuous gains, both in profit and in market share, the company was able to complete a successful IPO and become a publicly traded company on the Toronto stock exchange.
Fascinated with air travel, Michael joined IATA, the International Air Transport Association, in 2007 managing their Sponsorship and Exhibitions Department. In 2010, IATA’s events division was outsourced to WorldTEK, in which Michael was asked to join their team as the of their Director of Sponsorship and Exhibitions Department
As the Director of Sponsorships & Exhibitions, Michael is responsible for overseeing the sponsorship and exhibition activities of 13 events of which he himself is responsible for the sales activities of 6 of these events. Michael works closely with existing clients and new prospectus informing them of the advantages of using IATA’s conferences as a vehicle to showcase their products to the aviation industry.
Michael holds a degree in Business Administration & a certificate in Human Resources Management from Montreal’s Concordia University.
Business Development Director - Sponsorships
Fun Fact: In my spare time I love to spend as much time outside as possible, hiking and snowboarding are my two favorite hobbies.
Bio: Mickey Martin joins McVeigh Global Meetings and Events with over 7 years of experience in the MICE industry. Mr. Martin has managed the complete sales process of meetings, from sponsorships to exhibition space. Whether it is a small meeting or complex tradeshow, Mickey has experience in events of all sizes. He is currently responsible for all aspects of sponsorship sales from sourcing leads to managing sponsorship benefits.
Prior to joining McVeigh, Mickey was an Exhibit Sales Program Manager for HIMSS where he sold sponsorships, membership and exhibit space for their annual tradeshow which attracted over 30,000 professional attendees. Within this role, Mickey managed a small team of two people.
Currently as a Sponsorship Sales Manager for McVeigh, Mr. Martin manages all sponsorships for 3+ events that his established non-profit holds each year. He is responsible for sourcing new leads, managing existing clients and fulfilling benefits for every sponsor across all events.