A strategic thought leader with 20 years of experience in event consulting and hospitality, Dave has a proven track record supporting Fortune 1000 companies and national associations. He excels at providing innovative value propositions and relationship strategies that increase event and organizational ROI. As GoGather’s co-founder, Dave is committed to exceeding expectations on every project by gathering on his team only the best and brightest people whose values and achievements fit with clients’ goals and initiatives.
President & Chief Gathering Officer
Brian co-founded GoGather in 2008 to create an organization with big agency capabilities and a boutique agency feel. Working with top brands in multiple industries, Brian has translated corporate culture, goals and objectives into meaningful, personal experiences at events. From incentive programs in Bora Bora to conventions in Boston, Brian has covered the globe over the last two decades. As a leader within his agency and industry, Brian has served on the board of the San Diego chapter of the American Marketing Association and received one of the first Strategic Meetings Management Program certifications from the GBTA.
Chief Executive Officer
Anne-Sophie takes great satisfaction in creating meaningful connections and client experiences in EMEA. She possesses over 10 years of international hospitality and event management experience. She’s served as Director of Sales and Marketing for Mutika Group, managing events across Italy; supported Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Venice properties from its regional office in Rome; and managed off-site events in Manhattan for the Union Square Hospitality Group. With a master’s degree from SDA Bocconi, she also speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Managing Director EMEA
Jennifer has over 20 years experience in the financial and operations fields. She began her career as an auditor for the US Navy, went on to work in the public accounting sector and then made the leap into corporate. Her career began in accounting and expanded to include operations and commercialization, where she has helped grow businesses from a handful of employees to over 100. She excels at making a corporation better through strategic planning, budget preparation and adherence, financial control and operational efficiencies. Jennifer ensures everything is operating smoothly while leaving the creative event management to her peers.
Director of Finance and Administration
Shannon is a relationship-focused, detail-oriented manager. She goes the extra mile to ensure that clients’ expectations are exceeded, whether she’s providing full project management of million-dollar-plus events or supporting focused areas, such as hotel site selection, ground transportation, evening events, mobile event applications and finances, among others. Shannon’s event experience spans several industries, including legal, construction, high tech, manufacturing, multi-unit retail and bio tech.
Russ has over 25 years experience in the hospitality and enterainment industries, working with both corporate clients as well as big name touring acts. His industry relationships and unique ability to analyze situations contribute greatly to the success and financial savings of large event projects. Between union labor and the intricacies of multi vendor load-ins on large shows, Russ is able to define and recognize savings through relationships, scheduling, and an extensive knowledge of the industry. Russ has a history degree from Arizona State University and currently resides with his family in the valley of the sun.
Lauren Riordan has over five years of experience in event design, operations and strategic meetings management. She has managed events nationally and internationally. Most recently, she’s focused on incentive-based trips that deliver incredible experiences for participants. Lauren’s expertise also encompasses all aspects of large-scale events, including proposal development, budgeting, logistics, timelines, vendor payments, staffing, pre-event work, on-site management and post-event close-out.
Hannah has a broad background, encompassing many areas of event planning. She has managed corporate events; such as tradeshows, product launches and sales meetings as well as social events; like weddings and bridal photo shoots. This well-rounded event experience has created a detail oriented, service focused project manager in Hannah. She is always eager to broaden her experience further, and contribute to her clients’ success! Hannah prides herself in determination, hard work and communication, which was shown through her years at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she was captain of the women’s basketball team, earned first team all Big West, and All Big West academic honors all four years.
Alex has been working in the event management field for several years. Her experience includes; event series’, off site events and activities, team building, golf and sporting events and more. She has her eyes on GoGather clients with golf and sports marketing components, which was a focus during her time in Phoenix. Alex brings with her a drive to succeed through hard work, organization and an attention to detail. She also contributes to GoGather’s success through sales support, marketing optimization, online presence and social media. Alex has a business degree from Grand Canyon University and currently resides in central California with her husband.
Christopher has been in event and project management for 5+ years. In this time he has compiled a vast array of experience. With a strong knowledge of hotels, transportation, off site events and more he will partner with your team for successful projects both large and small. Christopher’s work ethic comes from a background in almond farming in California’s central valley, where hard work and dedication are required for a successful operation. He brings the unique analogy of farming to the GoGather team and project management. All events are ripe for a harvest of relationships, knowledge and ideas. And a strong yield of organizational results can only be achieved through proper pruning, fertilization and management. He is constantly working to prune budgets and events in order to achieve strong growth in the appropriate areas and contribute to our clients’ success.
Leslie has an extensive corporate background in marketing communications, employee recognition and engagement, and social media. This end client perspective enables Leslie to understand internal challenges and politics that sometimes need to be overcome in order to make decisions. She has a knack for building and maintaining relationships and understanding people, personalities and cultures. Leslie’s event project management work includes ten years at Williams Sonoma Inc., and a variety of domestic and international corporate events and incentives from 50–1000 attendees. Leslie has a marketing degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and resides on the central coast of California.