Chapter Leadership

CHAPTER BOARD 2021

Sabrina Shore, President

CEO & Founder of Influence Digital Solutions

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Sabrina Shore is a multi-faceted businesswoman with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for growing businesses of all sizes through digital marketing and advanced PR services. Her clients include a few of New York’s most outstanding event planning, design, and production professionals.

Sabrina graduated cum laude in 2011 with a BA in Tourism and Hospitality and an MS in Tourism Management in 2013. Since then, Sabrina has lived in multiple countries, traveled around the world, and worked in many different fields, including as an international travel agent, college professor, researcher, and hotel associate. These meaningful experiences have given her the perspectives and knowledge about what it means to be a global citizen, allowing her to connect every company to their target market.

Prior to founding Influence Digital Solutions, in 2018, Sabrina worked as a Digital Marketing Manager at one of the top travel agencies in NYC. Her experience there led to a realization that she has the potential to help businesses and startups expand their brand and get the results they’re looking for.  Currently, Sabrina resides in the New York Metro Area with her husband and gorgeous golden retriever. 

Jaclyn Zendrian

Jaclyn Zendrian, Immediate President
CurePSP, Vice President for Events
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Jaclyn Zendrian currently serves as the Vice President for Events at CurePSP. CurePSP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to awareness, education, care, and cure for devastating prime of life neurodegenerative diseases. Jaclyn began working in events in 2008 at The Johns Hopkins University, Neurology Development Department as a Development Coordinator. After leaving Johns Hopkins, Jaclyn became Project Manager at a continuing medical education organization, Med-IQ.

Jaclyn has a BA in Business and an MA in Management from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. She also has her Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate from Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and St. Louis University.She lives in Jersey City with her two cats, Friday and Josie. If she’s not reading a good book she’s also volunteering with the International Live Events Association (ILEA) or drinking a better glass of wine with good friends.

Coelho

Fernando Coelho, President Elect
LA Photo Party.
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Fernando is currently the client relations manager at LA Photo Party, “turning clients into friends and competitors into partners” is his motto. Coming into the event industry from a law enforcement career was a difficult task to say the least but ILEA was the perfect place to expand his network and grow that family.

When he is not at an event, Fernando is a certified yoga instructor and is busy raising his six year old son.

Lauren Longest

Lauren Longest - VP of P&E

Co-Founder NECTR

Lauren is one of the co-founders of NECTR, an events + experience agency.  She and her team work with corporate clients as a strategic partner to develop brand-forward event planning.  Pulling from her musical theatre background, Lauren has instilled the importance of storytelling and now implements that perspective into her ideation approach. Over the years, she and her team have built strong relationships with key venues, vendors, and industry insiders, priding themselves on being true connectrs. (not a typo!) Prior to forming NECTR, Lauren held positions with Wizard Studios and BizBash Media.

 

Lauren attended Arizona State University where she studied Dance and Theatre.  She has performed all over the West Coast in a variety of musicals and spent nine months in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the European tour of Grease! Das Musical.  In her spare time, you'll find Lauren working on her tennis game in Connecticut, where she resides with her husband, Dustin and their little fur baby, Birdie.

Matias Letelier - Fun Corporate Magic

Matias Letelier, VP of Communications

Fun Corporate Magic, Founder
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Matias Letelier is an award-winning Chilean-American illusionist and mentalist. After graduating from the Business School from PUC, he created Fun Corporate Magic. With over 23 years of experience, Matias’ unique blend of top-notch magic, mentalism, and comedy, along with his energetic and charismatic personality, has helped him become one of New York’s favorite entertainers for private and corporate events.

Even though he lives in New York, Matias constantly travels around the world to perform at small and large private and corporate events, trade shows, colleges, along with being one of the featured performers at Speakeasy Magick at the famous McKittrick Hotel in NY.

With performances for Pfizer, Moderna Therapeutics, RedBull, T-Mobile, AMAZON, HP, J.P.Morgan, SONY, IBM, BMW, and Amex to name a few (view full client list here), Matias’ charming accent and exceptional talent have delighted thousands of people across the USA.

In his virtual show Social-e-Connected along with his in person and hybrid events, Matias mixes comedy, magic and mentalism that will have everybody laughing, entertained, amused, and amazed. His performances include lots of active audience participation, stage illusions, and mind reading demonstrations. Oh, and some guests might get pickpocketed!

Kelly

Kelly Heaton - VP Membership

Designer specializing in custom garment construction, makeup artistry, wig artistry, and owner of Kelleesee Designs. Kelly is also a virtual/personal/administrative assistant for private clients. 

John Marte

John Marte - Director at Large

John Marte is the Vice President of Sales at Hio, where he is responsible for establishing new partnerships, community, and business development. Marte lives the essence of Networking as a true “collaboration artist,” an innovative problem solver, and a natural connector.

Prior to Hio, John held positions in the events and media industry at BizBash Media, Inc.

He found immediate success as a trusted brand ambassador that believes smart marketing and event organizing contributes to society by creating understanding, connections, and commerce between people and organizations.  

John graduated from Marist College, with a BS in Business Administration and Marketing. John’s mission is to engage corporate partners with smart technology to make networking seamless and more effective. During his off time, John loves spending time with his family.

Nick Backhurst

Nick Backhurst - Director at Large

Backal Hospitality Group, LLC

A true passionate and strategic hospitality executive, Nicholas Bathurst is the VP of Business Development at Backal Hospitality Group (BHG). With nearly 15-years in the hospitality business he has managed some of New York’s most iconic properties, holding various positions in operations, food & beverage, sales and marketing.

Before starting his career in hospitality, Bathurst received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management from The Pennsylvania State University, where he also played varsity baseball.

After graduation, Bathurst opened the LEED-certified landmark, Palomar Hotel in Philadelphia with Kimpton Hotels. A New Yorker at heart, he made the move to the Big Apple elevating the food and beverage at the legendary Intercontinental Barclay Hotel, then steering the ship at the treasured Plaza Hotel and in charge of the splashy galas there. He also oversaw the catering and events at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle.

Bathurst was also integral in the opening of Spring Place, a business club and workspace for creatives located in Tribeca and where the most iconic events are hosted in Fashion, Film and Art, such as New York Fashion Week, Tribeca Film Festival and Independent Art Fair. As the Director of Food & Beverage he collaborated on a variety of pop-up experiences with legendary chefs like René Redzepi, Niko Romito, Yves Yasmin, JJ Johnson and Missy Robbins.

He lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with his wife Rosie and daughter Mila.

David

David Landgraf - Director at Large

Chief Experience Officer / Event Producer Make It Happen

David Landgraf’s career kicked off at the National Security Agency as a computer systems analyst and operator where he was granted top-secret government clearances. A role that prepared him for his true calling as an events maestro. After all, both endeavors require many of the same skills, including a keen eye for details, strategy, innovation and creativity.

Before founding Make It Happen Management in 2018, Landgraf planned and managed worldwide events for Blackstone, Government of Singapore, Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs, and Arthur Andersen, where he applied his unparalleled expertise, access, and ability to engage people to brands, within each high-profile project. For example, a veteran hiring initiative summit and press conference with First Lady, Michelle Obama, to an event with tennis champion, Novak Djokovic. Landgraf’s reputation for making every event exciting, educational, entertaining, and empowering for both clients and guests inspired his company’s moniker. 

Time and time again, those looking to create something above and beyond would say, “CALL DAVID LANDGRAF, HE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN.” 

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Jeff Wibben, Director at Large

Founder & CEO -  Golf Pro Delivered, LLC
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Jeff is a PGA Professional and Founder of Golf Pro Delivered, a mobile-golf-event company that brings portable golf simulators and PGA Pros to corporate events around the country.  From rooftops in NYC, to backyards in California, his portable golf setups allow his team to introduce golf to people that normally wouldn't go to a golf course.  The company has a focus on professional service and instruction, and also prides itself on being one of the most world-class entertainment additions to Fortune 500 Company event lineups.  To date. Jeff and his team have given over 10,000 golf lessons.

Jeff is passionate about creating positive change, and he loves helping people.  His personal mission through GPD is helping more people experience golf, especially women and minorities, because he's seen how much it'll help enrich your life.  Since graduating from Coastal Carolina University in 2013, Jeff developed his golf teaching philosophies while working as a pro at Pebble Beach in California, and in 2016 - started his dream of owning his own business.  His life motto is - Leave every person, place, and thing better off than you found them.