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About Meetings Made Easy

      Michael Ferreira, MHA      Owner & Founder

(Las Vegas, Nevada)

ferreira@meetingsme.com

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After seventeen years in the hotel and meeting industry, Mike set out to partner with you, the event planner, by creating a new modern day hotel site selection, contract negotiation, and meeting services company.  

 

Mike is a proud graduate of Cal Poly Pomona where he earned a BS in Hotel Management and a Master Degree in Executive Hospitality Administration from UNLV.  His knowledge base comes from years of working at Bellagio, Montage Laguna Beach, Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, and Hilton Hotels.

"When you want to buy a home, you call a realtor.  When an event planner wants to find a home for their next meeting, conference, or executive meeting, they contact Meetings Made Easy! - Mike Ferreira, MHA

When a planner is in the hotel site selection process, on average it takes up to 40% of their workday.  We know our clients are educated on logistics and have meeting planning knowledge.  We know what you deserve when negotiating hotel room block contracts since we're ex-hotel sales professionals.  We want to be a part of your team and ensure you're always in good hands.

 

We generate revenue through commission so your hotel rates are never inflated!  We truly are a part of your team, we know what you deserve, and how to achieve it.  We are passionate about what we do and always ensure our client relationship is our number one focus!

 

Desha has over 14 years in the event industry with12 being a corporate event planner. She has two rambunctious children, a 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son. They definitely keep her on her toes and make sure she meets my insurance deductible every year..haha. It’s been a wild ride the last three years learning about work/life balance but she wouldn’t change a thing! One of my favorite things about being a Meeting Broker is that she can do what she loves (travel, work with amazing clients, and negotiate a great deal) and still take her daughter to speech therapy and pick up her kids from school. That’s right kids your momma can work a crockpot and negotiate a contract for 4000. #MomBoss

Desha Schalekamp

Meeting Group Broker

(Dallas, Texas)

desha@meetingsme.com

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Sarah has 13 years’ experience as an event planner, managing every single detail of events from 10 – 11,000 people, and she knows what to look for in a hotel and strategic partner!  After being on the client side, she decided to take the parts she likes best about planning – matching clients with their perfect venues and negotiating  to save them serious money – and put them at the forefront by becoming a broker.  Sarah is a polyglot, an avid world traveler, and a tough negotiator.  When she’s not samba dancing in the Carnaval parade through Rio, bungee jumping off of gondolas in New Zealand, or doing a cheese tasting with clients in the Swiss Alps, she can be found working hard for her clients in her office in New Jersey.

Sarah Buchbinder

Meeting Group Broker

(New Jersey/New York City)

sarah@meetingsme.com

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Jennifer has been an event planner for as long as she can remember - always ready to plan and execute family functions and trips - although, her professional career as an event planner started 10+ years ago. Her experience includes producing large craft beer and tasting festivals as well as corporate events and meetings. She has always enjoyed being an event planner (and will always be one at heart) but felt that it was time to help planners by representing them with hotels all over the globe.  She is loud, energetic, well traveled and knows what it takes to be a great negotiator. Jennifer is a Southern California native and is currently based in Newport Beach, CA where she lives with her boyfriend and growing collection of house plants.

Jennifer Hernandez

Meeting Group Broker

(Newport Beach, CA)

jhernandez@meetingsme.com

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Marie has over 20+ years of hotel sales experience!  She is based in Detroit, MI and has two beautiful children with her husband.  She is a graduate of Wayne State University.  Her past hotel sales roles were with MGM Grand Detroit and Ritz-Carlton Dearborn.  She has a tremendous amount of knowledge which translates well with event planners all over the globe.

Marie Altizer

Meeting Group Broker

(Detroit, Michigan)

Maltizer@meetingsme.com

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While currently based in San Diego, Amy went to college in Portland, Oregon to pursue a degree in Entertainment and Public Relations. Post-graduation she moved to San Diego after for some much needed Vitamin D. Amy frequently tells people her career has always been a result of being in the right place at the right time.

 

After two years of working for sports tours, including her first Olympic Games (she has since worked 3), in 2010, she was approached to join a full-service meeting planning company. Her knowledge of Event Organization combined with travel and Project Management proved to make this role a great fit. Knowing she wanted to be involved in travel and sports, she took the role as a freelance position so she could continue to pursue a wider-range of events. Travel is truly her passion, and luckily her career has led her to over 30 countries and many notable international events. Amy has a true sense of wanderlust and often makes plans of travel destinations for the coming months. Her three most important criteria when deciding on a destination: food, photography, and activities/exploration.

Amy Robb

Meeting Group Broker

(San Diego, CA)

Arobb@meetingsme.com

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Holly has been in the hospitality industry for over 30 years and her experience ranges from running an Event & Catering Company, to being an F&B Director, a Director of Sales, Regional Sales Director, and most recently National Sales representing over 500 hotels! 

Foodie through and through, she started her career as a Chef. The thrill she got from making people happy through food was what brought her to the meeting broker world. 

As Holly puts it: "The satisfaction of making people happy through experiences, the feeling of sharing something new and exciting, the affirmation of the perfect pairing...That is true joy"! There's nothing like knowing you have exceeded your clients' expectations!! This is what Holly brings to our meeting planning world!! Well that... and you know you’re going to eat sooooooo good on your site visits! With Holly you can expect lots of laughter, music playing in the background, exclamation points and smiley faces :)  She calls Colorado home, living there with her husband, step daughter, and 2 dogs.

Holly Hannan

Meeting Group Broker

(Pueblo, CO)

Hhannan@meetingsme.com

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Dean brings a fresh perspective from his twenty-five years of hotelier experience. He has a talent for finding creative logistics solutions and a unique ability to understand how hotel budgets are managed from the wisdom of a diverse hotel background. Dean's most recent role as Director of Conference Services at the iconic #Bellagio Hotel which is one of the most iconic five-diamond properties in North America. Dean has a zest for life, in his words “I am a compassionate person and love to look for the good in all things. People compliment me on always having a positive outlook toward challenges and opportunities.”🙌🏽 He is a proud husband and father of 28 years and loves to travel to exotic destinations✈️, golf 🏌🏻‍♂️and fish 🎣when he’s away from his home in Las Vegas.

Dean is well known for nurturing client legacy relationships and for supporting strategic alliances. He is very excited to share these advantages and insights as your MME Meeting Broker.

Dean Fisher, CMP

Meeting Group Broker

(Las Vegas, NV)

Dfisher@meetingsme.com

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Heidi spent over 10 years in healthcare and hospitality living her mission to serve others. Heidi's approach to serving includes her curiosity and love to learn and grow by continually understanding the changes and challenges in the hospitality industry as well as different marketplaces. “By understanding the opportunities I not only fulfill client expectations but exceed them!” Exceeding expectations is always her goal, as she puts it, “We are privileged to serve those who are serving them”. Working alongside her sister Holly Hannan, MME Meeting Broker, the two of them often join forces in developing creative solutions, aligning valuable alliances and of course exceptional experiences. Not to mention the laughter and fun they have doing it! “Love of people, a joy to serve and passion for exceptional experiences is what I bring to the table every day. I am lucky and honored to have the opportunity to do it!” Heidi is a native of #Colorado with her husband, two amazing boys and the cutest member of the family, her Jack Russel Terrier, Izzy.

Heidi is very excited to share her passion for creating exceptional experiences as your new MME #MeetingBroker

Heidi Baumert

Meeting Group Broker

(Denver, CO)

Hbaumert@meetingsme.com

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Demea started her career in Dallas with Hilton National Sales where she learned about the warmth and light of hospitality and knew that she had joined the right career tribe. Going strong for 18 years in the hospitality industry, she most recently served as Executive Director for Visit Visalia’s CVB before returning to Southern California to join #MME. With professional experience spanning on-property sales to Director of Sales with Destination Irvine’s marketing organization, she has the knowledge to ensure that her clients’ succeed through all of the great partnerships she’s fostered with hotel sales teams over the years. Demea also attained one of her graduate degrees in Tourism, Planning and Development, gaining additional expertise in place making for group meetings and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). She’s also a proud mother of a college-age daughter and an excitable Chihuahua. No matter the scope or size of your meeting, Demea’s experience and engagement with business communities and strategic markets has her ready to dive in and help you start planning your next event.

Demea Metcalf, CMP, MS, MA

Meeting Group Broker

(Aliso Viejo, CA)

Dmetcalf@meetingsme.com

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