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Emory Conference Room in Atlanta

Meet Our Event Planners

Get to Know Our Event Planners

All meeting packages include the professional services of an experienced Conference Planning team member.  A Conference Planning Manager offers personalized service for each event and serves as the single point of contact for your successful meeting.  Assistance is available to coordinate guestrooms, meeting room set-ups, audio/visual planning and menu design.  Special needs such as transportation, teambuilding and décor are readily available. 

Kristine McCarthy, Director of Conference Center Operations

  • Started Hospitality Career in F&B at A Dallas, TX Conference Center In 1985
  • Director of Catering at a Florida Resort on LongBoat Key
  • Conference Planning Management for 23 Years
  • Hotel Management Degree from Michigan State University

Ronnie Istre, Associate Director of Conference Planning

  • Has Been in the Customer Service Industry for 38 Years
  • Started Hospitality Career at Emory Conference Center Hotel In 2003
  • Conference Planning Management for 11 Years

Samra Dzonlic, Conference Planning Manager

  • Started Hospitality Career in F&B at  Emory Conference Center Hotel in 1999
  • Conference Planning Management for 8 Years

Kelley Turnbull Shaffer, Conference Planning Manager

  • Started Hospitality Career in 2001 in Portsmouth, VA
  • Conference Planning Management for 13 Years
  • Hotel Management Degree from University of Tennessee