Simply the Best in the Business . . .
At Global Events Partners, we are fortunate to have among our leadership some of the most talented and experienced event and meeting professionals in the industry. Learn more about these individuals below.
Chairman & CEO
Chris White is the Chairman and CEO of Global Events Partners (GEP). Launched in 1999, GEP is a unique partnership of destination management companies worldwide. Headquartered in Washington, DC, GEP's portfolio includes over 65 top DMCs in primary destinations spanning the globe.
Chris is also the founder and chairman of Krisam Group, with offices in Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Raleigh, the West Coast and Southeast.. Founded 35 years ago, Krisam has been the recognized leader in bringing association and corporate meeting business to independent and unique hotels and resorts. Prior to founding Krisam Group in 1975, Chris served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at The Fairmont Hotel Company for eight years.
In 1993, Chris launched The Masters Program, the annual forum for CEOs and senior executives in the travel industry.
Chris has been recognized by Business Travel News as one of the industry's “25 Most Influential Executives” in 1999 and by Meetings and Conventions Magazine as one of “20 Who Made A Difference”. In 2002, he was inducted into the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International Hall of Fame.
Chris sits on the following boards:
- Friendship-Edison Public Charter Schools – Washington, D.C.
- I Have a Dream Foundation – Washington, D.C.
- Junior Achievement Foundation
- Teach for America – Washington, D.C.
Chris is a graduate of Tufts University, with a B.A. in Economics.
Jim Schultenover is President of Global Events Partners and its sister company, Krisam Group. In that capacity, he is responsible for all aspects of GEP’s and Krisam’s day-to-day finances, sales, marketing and operations. He also directs and manages the eight sales offices and oversees all sales and marketing efforts for the both organizations.
Schultenover brings to Krisam more than 27 years of hotel sales and marketing management experience, and extensive client relationships. Prior to joining Krisam, he served as Chief Marketing Officer for Ian Schrager Hotels. Prior to that, he spent six years as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Previous positions included Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Omni Hotels, and various positions at Marriott International, including Vice President of Group Sales for Convention & Resort Hotels. He worked at the Marriott organization for more than twelve years, including positions at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan, and at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. He began his career in the hotel business with Harley Hotels.
Schultenover received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Wisconsin, Stout. He resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Beth and has a son, Collin. He is a weekend sports enthusiast – and an avid New York Yankees fan.
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer
Peter De Angelo is the Chief Financial Officer for Global Events Partners and Krisam Group and Chief Operating Officer of Global Events Partners owned DMCs. Mr. De Angelo’s background includes more than twenty years of corporate financial, business management and operations experience. Prior to joining Global Events Partners and Krisam Group he served in senior financial and management positions in the media and publishing industries in the Washington, D.C. area, and also brings senior management experience from the media and advertising industries in New York City. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Management from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the Villanova University School of Business.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Stacy Tischler is the Senior Vice President of Operations for Global Events Partners, where she is responsible for managing the day to day operations and relations with over 70 DMC partners worldwide. In addition, she oversees and manages the execution and marketing of all of GEPs high-level events and trade shows.
Prior to joining GEP in 2006, Ms. Tischler worked at a Health Care Consulting Firm, where she spent four years in marketing and account management, working with some of the top healthcare systems in the country. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Business with a Bachelor's of Science in Commerce. In 2006, she received a certificate in Event Management from GW University. Currently, she resides in Washington, DC.
Vice President of Sales
Global Events Partners - New York
Karen Lovell is the Vice President of Sales at GEP's New York office, responsible for working with and supporting meeting and incentive planners of Fortune 500 companies to secure business for GEP's domestic and international DMC partners worldwide. Recently, Ms. Lovell relocated to the Philadelphia area and expanded GEP's coverage into Pennsylvania and South New Jersey while maintaining her coverage in the New York area.
Ms. Lovell joined the GEP executive sales team after rising through the ranks in the harbor-cruise entertainment and events industry. Born in Barbados, Ms. Lovell earned a Hotel and Tourism Management B.S. with honors from New York University and volunteers on behalf of adult literacy, youth mentoring programs, and AIDS charities.
Vice President of Sales
Global Events Partners - Chicago
Dawn Barbeau is the Vice President of Sales in GEP's Chicago Office, where she oversees sales and service activities, supports GEP clients in the Midwest, and GEP partner DMCs domestically and worldwide.
Ms. Barbeau joined GEP in 2005, bringing more than a dozen years of management experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to coming to GEP, she held management positions with companies including Hilton Hotels, Starwood, Wyndham, and Loews Hotels and worked in sales for a DMC. She is active in numerous industry organizations, including PCMA, CCTB, and MPI.
Ms. Barbeau is a graduate of the Hospitality and Tourism program at Purdue University.
Vice President of Sales
Global Events Partners - Washington, DC
Carrie Heiden is the Vice President of Sales in GEP’s Washington, DC office. She oversees sales and service activities for meeting and event professionals in the Southeast, Southwest and West Coast regions of the US.
Ms. Heiden has more than 15 years of experience in the meeting and event management industry, along with great knowledge of the metropolitan area and DC venues. She spent many years with a leading meeting management company creating special events, developing and managing international meetings, and planning other corporate meetings. As an experienced customer service and client satisfaction professional, she has also worked in the software industry as the lead event manager planning customer appreciation events, customer councils, product launches, annual conferences and incentive reward programs. Ms. Heiden holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Art History from Randolph Macon College. She is a native Washingtonian and currently resides in Old Town, VA.
Vice President of Sales
Global Events Partners - Eastern Canada
Jennifer Ginsberg is GEP’s Vice President of Sales in Toronto overseeing Central and Eastern Canadian accounts for both GEP and Krisam Group and select accounts in the Northeast for GEP.
Ms. Ginsberg joined GEP after nine years as director of sales with the GEP partner in Eastern Canada, JPdL Destination Management. She has 20 years experience in all aspects of the meetings, conventions, hospitality, and travel tourism industries. She has also held positions as an account executive with Toronto Tours DMC and as operations manager for Viacom.
She is active in numerous industries associations including ADME, MPI, PCMA, SITE, FICP, Tourism Toronto, and Niagara Falls Tourism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from York University, Toronto.