We bring your vision to life
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.
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.
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!
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.
Manager, Event Marketing
As Manager, Event Marketing, Heather is responsible for making the event magic happen. Using her passion for event planning, she focuses on the details including site selection, logistic management, budget regulation, vendor management, and flawless event execution. Put it all together and she creates memorable moments for our clients.
Heather brings more than 20 years of event experience and knowledge. Prior to Heather joining our team, she worked for LakePoint Sports for almost three years as the Director of Experiential Events and Operations. Her role was to sell and produce events that were non- tournament related and help build new LakePoint branded events. Prior to LakePoint, Heather worked 16+ years for Corporate Events Unlimited. Her main responsibility as the Event Production Manager was leading a team of event professionals to produce more than 360 events a year.
Heather is a double graduate from Georgia Southern University (BS, Recreation Management & MS, Sports Management). When not planning the next event, you can find her volunteering at Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue or working up a sweat at Burn Bootcamp.
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.
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.
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.
Meeting & Event Director
Nickie has more than 24 years of event planning experience in domestic and international meetings, conferences, conventions, incentives and tradeshows of all sizes. She is a proven high achiever with operational excellence in sourcing, procurement, onsite travel staff, lead logistics and staff management. She is known for being a personal and professional multi-tasker; dependable and thorough with stellar performance results; extremely detail-oriented and budget conscious with customer savings and loyalty always as her top priorities. Her colleagues describe her as highly personable, outgoing and fun; a leader; a go-getter; independent but team oriented….and always ready for a creative challenge!
A B.S. graduate from Clemson University in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a concentration in Community Leisure Services and a B.A. Minor in Communications, Nickie began her career on the hotel supplier side of the business in NC. She then switched gears into Pharmaceutical & MedEdu planning in NJ but her Southern roots brought her back to Georgia. Her clients have ranged from telecommunications, property management associations to the food service industry to name a few. Nickie and her husband have two teenage boys that keep them busy all year either at travel swim, soccer or baseball. She looks forward to frequenting UGA soon to watch their oldest swim there in ’22.
Coordinator, Event Marketing
As an Event Marketing Coordinator, Heaven assists in event sourcing, registration management, and customer reporting along with many other behind-the-scenes aspects of the event planning business. Prior to working with dynami, Heaven worked in sales at FishNet Security providing products and services for enterprise customers.
This graduate of Northern Michigan University began her career moving up the ranks at General Motors as a Business Analyst, Arbitration Specialist, and finally a Logistics Manager. She then moved into a role in Project Management for Electronic Data Systems, where she managed 100+ Daily projects that provided over 40 GM Powertrain Sites with computer hardware, software, and services.
In her free time, Heaven enjoys spending time with her family and anything related to home décor.
In her role as Executive Assistant, Chloe oversees dynami’s e-based marketing efforts and prepares back-end analytics reports. Additionally, she assists with responses to Requests for Proposal; helps coordinate detailed attendee lists, transportation, name badges, group activities, and promotional materials; and manages multiple accounting functions such as invoicing, budget reconciliation, payments processing, and maintains company business records. A “proud perfectionist”, Chloe is the glue that bonds critical administrative tasks together at dynami.
Prior to joining our team, Chloe worked in the United Kingdom in marketing for Green 4 Solutions, a single-source provider of CRM, admissions, F&B, retail membership and marketing for the attractions industry. When the company expanded into the U.S. market, Chloe left her homeland and moved to Atlanta to oversee the company’s commercial activities, assist with marketing strategy, conduct research and analysis, and prepare analysis/summary reports. Earlier in her career, Chloe spent five years as an employment recruiter where she learned how to multi-task, refine communication skills, work under deadline pressure, and meet ambitious goals.
Chloe prides herself on a relentless attention to detail and says, “Letting people down is not an option. I strive to give 110% in everything that is asked of me”. She earned First-Class Honors in Psychology at the University of Loughborough in Leicestershire, England. Additionally, she played country-level Netball [a form of basketball played primarily by women in Commonwealth nations] and her team won the England National Championship.
Chloe resides in Celebration, FL with her husband and two young sons. In her limited free time, Chloe enjoys painting, jewelry-making and cooking.