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We take your ideas and make them bigger, bolder, braver and better.

But most importantly, we make them reality.

At dynami, we believe that your company-wide, customer facing and incentive meetings are the most import set of engagement tools your organization has. Period.

With over 80% of the workforce disengaged right now, it is even more important for you to ensure your meetings work. No pressure.

We understand how hard it is to prove meeting impact, manage expectations, competing agendas and unrealistic deadlines. But with dynami, you have the collective experience and wisdom of thousands of other organizations to fall back on.  You will find we are an open book – sharing best practices and championing your unique objectives as our own.

 

If you are looking for answers to drive your entire organization’s engagement through the roof, but struggle to understand how:

  • Your convention can change the entire organization’s engagement
  • You actually CAN afford expert event help that pays for itself
  • Poor engagement is NOT a necessary evil
  • There could be a real solution, one that other organizations have right now!

 

…then we need to talk.

Most of our clients couldn’t believe it was possible either, until they worked with us.

We are your meeting engagement resource. Let us generate the results that exceed your investment.

The dynami Team

KENNETH JONES

Managing Director

Ask Kenneth to describe himself, and he’ll likely downplay the attributes often cited by the many clients and colleagues who’ve lavished high praise on our Founder and Managing Director. After all, Kenneth doesn’t believe in resting on laurels—a fact reflected in his impressive career path.
Early on, Kenneth made a name for himself “across the pond” in the fast-paced world of international hotel management. It wasn’t long before this native of Ireland could be found orchestrating large-scale, VIP meetings; as well as corporate functions and sporting events for a variety of high-profile clients throughout Europe and the United States.

With razor-sharp business acumen and a strong foundation in sales and operations, Kenneth has shared his many talents with a variety of top-notch clients and organizations, including Capriotti’s, Carrier, NCR, Mighty Auto Parts, Mingledorff, CE Comfort Products and Asbury Automotive, to name a few.

Kenneth also has a genuine, passionate commitment to community outreach, volunteer work, and education. He has served as President of the Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International and as a Board Member at Hands on Atlanta.

The one thing all dynami clients all have in common — their high praise and respect for the man behind dynami’s signature lightning bolt.

JULIE THOMPSON-WHELAN

Vice President, Operations and Production

As Vice President of Operations, Julie Thompson-Whelan is responsible for the growth of the operations team that produces the high-quality meetings and events dynami is known for. In her previous position as Director of Corporate Events at New York-based Infor (the third-largest provider of enterprise applications and services), Julie was responsible for producing events. This included annual user conferences with as many as 6,000 attendees, international incentive programs, and regional sales meetings throughout the Americas, EMEA, and APAC.

Julie earned her Business Administration degree with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the College of Charleston. When she accepted an internship with the South Carolina Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel, the hospitality industry had her hooked!

LAUREN JUSTICE KOLVE, CMP

Manager, Event Marketing

Lauren Justice Kolve has ten years of Corporate Event Marketing experience working in fast pace environments to successfully plan and seamlessly execute exceptional meetings and events to ensure maximum return on investment.

Prior to dynami group, Lauren worked at KPMG, LLP, Oracle and Conway, Inc. where she exclusively managed and executed over 70 domestic and international events annually with attendance ranging from 20 to 3,500.

Lauren excels at providing design, development and implementation of strategic event marketing solutions with a focus on enabling revenue growth and gaining market share while exceeding stakeholder expectations. Her proven track record of ensuring high-quality programs are delivered with impact in a timely and cost-efficient manner including multi-day Conferences, Webinars, Multi-Track Executive Seminars, Social Media Marketing, Trade Shows, Sponsorships, User Groups, Annual General Meetings, C-Level and VIP receptions, Town Halls, Holiday Parties, Executive Dinners, Hospitality Venues and Golf Tournaments.

Lauren graduated from Georgia College and States University with a Bachelor degree in Mass Communications with a focus on Public Relations. Lauren holds her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential issued by the Convention Industry Council and is an active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

ARIELLE GALIMIDI, CMP

Manager, Event Marketing

As Manager of Event Marketing, Arielle is responsible for executing and coordinating all logistics related to dynami meetings and events. Before joining dynami, Arielle worked as an Event Manager for DentalXP, a global dental education company with 100,000 members. For three years, she managed the company’s annual Global Symposium.

Prior to her event planning career, Arielle worked in sales for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the largest boutique hotel chain in the United States. While there, she was responsible for managing the contracting process for the Regional Sales Team and the company’s 12 properties in Washington, DC.

Since moving to Atlanta, Arielle has been heavily involved with the Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (GaMPI), and currently serves as Communications Liaison for the Special Events Committee.

Arielle earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and received her Certified Meeting Professional designation in January, 2014.

LAURIE FIELDS

Director, Event Marketing

In her role as Director of Event Marketing, Laurie focuses on key sourcing and contracting aspects of programs for dynami clients.

Laurie is highly skilled in all areas of planning and program operations — from account management to purchasing to billing [and seemingly everything in between]. She began her career in the publishing industry, arriving in Atlanta just in time for the 1996 Olympic Summer Games. She has planned and executed incentives and meetings for a number of clients in the telecommunications, pharmaceutical, and insurance industries.

Fast-forward to the present and Laurie has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, management, public relations, and event-planning. She helps organize and execute programs ranging in size from 125 attendees to more than 5,000 throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, and other international destinations. Having raised three boys into their teenage years, Laurie definitely has mastered multi-tasking, time-management, budgeting and paying relentless attention to detail. She applies the same skills to our clients’ programs.

A graduate of the University of Alabama [B.A., Public Relations & Marketing Communications], Laurie lives in Alpharetta with her sons. When she isn’t raising young men or working client programs – “Honestly, I seldom have any free time”, she admits – Laurie enjoys travel and volunteering.

HEATHER HERRIG, CMP

Director, Event Marketing

For Heather, it’s all about bringing people together, and helping organizations achieve more as a result. Her dedication to high-touch, seamless, and strategic events shines through in each event she supports.

Heather joined the field of meeting and conference planning full-time in 2005, though she had been planning events well before her first official position in the industry. Heather has always had a passion for the creativity, organization, and detail that go into planning, so having the opportunity to do this kind of work for a living is a natural fit.

In addition to event planning and management, Heather’s diverse career includes work in marketing, corporate communications, and organizational strategy – allowing her to offer our clients more than just a successful event. With experience that includes local, domestic, and international destinations; small, medium, and large attendee sizes; and numerous types of meetings and events from tradeshows to board meetings and from conferences to incentive trips, Heather loves every new occasion to expand her planning horizons.

She enjoys learning and growing in the industry and seizes each opportunity to develop her professional skills and relationships. In addition, she is very active in the meeting planner community through associations like MPI (Meeting Professionals International – Georgia Chapter) and SPIN (Senior Professionals Industry Network).

Heather is a graduate of the University of Georgia and resides outside of Atlanta with her husband and two daughters. When not spending time on client events or with her family, you can usually find her savoring Atlanta’s many culinary offerings or deeply engrossed in a crossword puzzle.

NATALIE KING, CMP

Manager, Event Marketing

As Manager of Event Marketing, Natalie is dynami’s triple-threat; having worked on the client, venue and third-party vendor sides of meetings and events. She has a keen understanding of each group’s objectives and priorities.

Prior to joining our team, Natalie worked as a corporate Event Planner for Georgia-Pacific LLC, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of paper products, dispensers, and related chemicals. In this role, she designed, planned and executed more than 30 programs annually, including client and customer entertainment events, sales conferences, employee training programs, etc. Before that, Natalie worked in the association world as a Senior Specialist, Meeting Planner for the American College of Rheumatology where she planned quarterly board meetings, executive committee meetings, educational meetings, and an annual meeting of more than 15,000 attendees.

Before moving to the “other side” of meeting and event planning, Natalie spent several years working for Starwood Hotels & Resorts [later acquired by Marriott International] in a variety of roles, including Front Desk, Catering and Convention Services. “Understanding the priorities and perspectives of both the venue and the client is extremely beneficial,” she says. “I anticipate questions that are likely to be asked, and why, which is helpful in creating great partnerships for all parties.”

Natalie graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Travel and Tourism and later earned her Certified Meeting Professional [CMP] designation. She is an active member in both Meeting Professionals International [MPI] and Professional Convention Management Association [PCMA].

TORII FRIEDHEIM

Business Development Specialist

In her role as Business Development Specialist, Torii [no, that’s not a misspelling] “finds the people who need us most then works hard to accommodate them in a unique and memorable way.”

Prior to joining dynami group, she worked for seven years at The Manor Golf & Country Club, an exclusive private club in suburban Atlanta, in a variety of roles – most recently as Captain of Server after working as a Beverage Cart Girl, Cart Staffer, Pro Shop Attendant and even as coach of the club’s swim team. Members appreciated her friendly, professional personality, as well as her keen ability to observe and anticipate needs, meticulous attention to detail, and photographic memory. [“Don’t ever tell me something you want me to forget because I won’t.”]

Prior to working at The Manor, Torii worked as a Social Media Specialist at Georgia Film Festival but found working behind-the-scenes a bit isolating, preferring instead to be “hands-on” and engaged with others. Her “edge” is being incredibly genuine and truthful with others and having a knack for selling a product or service and meeting clients’ needs and expectations.

A self-proclaimed ”Air Force brat”, Torii was born in Japan [close to Torii Beach in Okinawa, hence the unique spelling of her nickname] and has lived in Austin, Chicago, Dayton and now Atlanta. She earned her degree in Communications with a focus on Public Relations from the University of North Georgia and is a “Dog Mom” to Zeus, her beloved Rottweiler.

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