2018 Symposium Speakers 

Terri L. Roberts

Membership Engagement and Training Manager - Destinations International 

Joining Destinations International in June 2010, Terri brings over 25 years of hospitality industry experience to her role.   She has held previous positions with Marriott Hotels and Resorts and the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau, in both a director of sales and regional director of training capacity.  During her time at Destinations International, Terri has created webinars, interviews, blogs and designed training sessions to help planners and CVBs to get the most from their partnership. Her current role now focuses on helping members engage more fully and get the most from their Destinations International membership. 

Her personal forte is the design and delivery of high energy, high impact, and humorous training sessions aligned with business needs to engage participants and to enhance learning on all levels for maximum personal and professional growth! 

Monica Smith, CMP, CASE, CDME

President & CEO - Southeast Tourism Society 

Monica joined the STS team as President & CEO on August 6, 2018.  She has served on the STS Board of Directors, most recently as Chair, and served on the Recognition and Education Pillar committees. Smith, who has more than 26 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, most recently was vice president of sales and services for Visit Jacksonville, the city’s tourism sales and marketing organization.

She previously was president and CEO of the Macon-Bibb County CVB in Macon, Ga. She also has worked at the Pasadena CVB and the Newport Beach CVB in California and for the Cleveland CVB in Ohio.
Smith, who served on the STS board of directors through her positions in Jacksonville and Macon, is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

 

 

Terri Woodin, CMP 

Vice President - Marketing & Global Meeting Services 

Terri Woodin, CMP, is Vice President, Marketing & Global Meeting Services at Meeting Sites Resource (MSR). She has been with MSR since 2012 and is responsible for strategically partnering with MSR customers on all facets of global site research, custom hotel contract negotiations, meeting support services, and Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) solutions. Terri is also the MSR Marketing Team Leader responsible for coordinating all marketing activities including publications, presentations and related marketing materials.

Terri is an industry veteran with 35 years in the hospitality industry with extensive experience in hotel operations, hotel sales, and as a meeting planner. Committed and passionate about the industry she is engaged and contributes by presenting workshops and webinars on topics such as Strategic Meeting Management, Hotel Contracts Negotiation Strategies and How to Demonstrate Real Meeting Value to Senior Management. Additionally, and she authors articles for many industry publications.

Professional memberships include Meeting Professionals International (MPI) since 1996 and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) since 2010.

 

Wendy Thomas, TMP

Director of Marketing & Communications - Southeast Tourism Society 

Wendy is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Southeast Tourism Society in Roswell, Georgia and is a graduate of their STS Marketing College, having received her Travel Marketing Professional (TMP) certification in 2013. 

A native of Illinois, Wendy traded the cornfields of the Midwest, and four football seasons with the Chicago Bears, for the sandy beaches of the South, when she joined the staff of the Gator Bowl Association, in Jacksonville, Florida as its Ticket Manager in 2003. While in Florida, she also worked two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and took part in the successful bid process to bring the Inaugural ACC Football Championship Game to Jacksonville in 2005.  It was also during this time that she began to find a piqued interest in festivals competing against her love of football.  This led to her eventual move to Atlanta, Georgia and Stone Mountain Park (SMP) where, as the Special Events Manager, she organized more than 30 outdoor festivals and events throughout the year.

At the end of 2011, Thomas joined the Atlanta-based Southeast Festivals & Events Association (SFEA) as their Executive Director. In this role, she expanded the Association’s outreach throughout the Southeast via monthly seminars, socials, and behind-the-scenes tours of various festivals.  In 2014 she joined TRRU Event Management as their Production Manager working with a variety of clients that included The National Black Arts Festival, The Atlanta Dogwood Festival, The Fox Theatre and Taste of Atlanta.

In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Southeast via road trips and attending football games as a supportive fan in the stands.

 

Kimberly Payne-Ward, LEC

Banquet and Hospitality Sales Coordinator – Edgar’s Hospitality Group, Anderson Conference Center

Kimberly has over 7 years’ experience in the Hospitality Industry.  Previously Director of Sales with the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott – Macon, GA, Director of Sales with Visit Macon Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and currently Banquet and Hospitality Sales Coordinator with Edgar’s Hospitality Group and the Anderson Conference Center, Macon, GA.   In her new role, she adds to her skill set Banquet and Event Sales and Social and Corporate Meeting Planning.

Kimberly obtained a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and has successfully completed Leadership Macon, Class of 2015 and the Leadership Excellence Certification through GACVB in 2018. In her spare time Kimberly enjoys spending time with family and travel.

  

Megan Drew, CMP, TMP

Specialist, Event Strategist & Sales Enablement - BD UCC 

Megan Drew, CMP, TMP, is an Event Strategist and Sales Enablement Specialist for BD UCC, formerly Bard Medical Division.  She has been with BD since 2014 and is responsible for planning and managing over 40 domestic and international programs each year. These programs include large scale conventions, training and launch meetings, National Sales meeting and sales incentive trips.

Prior to joining BD, Megan served as the Senior Manager of Business Development for the Macon Convention & Visitors Bureau. She has a long tenure in tourism and development; having previously worked at the Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce and Walton County Development Authority.

In her free time, Megan enjoys time with family, involvement in her daughter’s school and Georgia Bulldog football.