With more than 25 years in sales, marketing and sales management, Alan Berg has been called “North America’s Leading Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events”. He’s a Certified Speaking Professional®, a prestigious designation conferred by the National Speakers Association and one earned by only 12% of speakers worldwide.
Alan is a featured presenter every year at catersource, The Special Event, Wedding MBA, the Irish & Dubai Wedding Summits, and other major industry conferences in North America and internationally. He has extensive sales, sales management and marketing experience ranging from publishing two wedding magazines, to Vice President of Sales at The Knot (at the time the largest wedding website in the world), and now, in addition to public speaking and consulting with clubs, caterers, entrepreneurs and local businesses, Alan is now a contributing Education Guru for WeddingWire, the leading wedding technology company. He also speaks and consults for weddingsonline in Ireland, Dubai and India, as well as Guides For Brides in the UK.
Alan is the author of the books “If your website was an employee, would you fire it?”, “Your Attitude for Success”, both now in their 2nd editions in English and Spanish, and the mini-book “Don’t Paint The House”.
Alan speaks to thousands of entrepreneurs and business professionals every year through webinars, live presentations, DVDs and Audio CDs.
For more information on Alan’s website review, consulting and on-site sales training services, or to get a copy of his books, e-books, Audio CDs and DVDs, visit www.AlanBerg.com.
David Beahm, founder and president of David Beahm Design, has drawn from experience with New York’s top florists and special event designers, as well as formal training in theater, television and grand opera, to become one of New York’s top event designers. A favorite of celebrities, socialites and the fashion world, his work on Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’s wedding was featured in magazines and news shows internationally and touted as the “The Wedding of the Century”. Town & Country magazine has called him “one of New York’s extremely design savvy” talents.
Beahm has a broad-based background in the arts; thus, he views event design as a combination of theater and art. Emphasizing style, quality and originality, his creations combine cutting-edge ideas with timeless tradition. He is an expert at incorporating a client’s personal style into their event to create a memorable and unique occasion.
Catering to an elegant and diverse client base, David Beahm Design has staged some of the most talked about corporate and social events in New York and internationally. New York Magazine has named David one of the top wedding designers in the city and Beahm was recently named to The Knot magazine’s ‘Best of...’. BizBash.com named Beahm one of “New York’s Top Ten.” His work has appeared in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, Elle Décor, House and Garden, New York Magazine, People, US, Bride’s, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, Town and Country, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style and many other prominent publications. Before its demise, as the Bridal Design Expert of Marshall Field’s department stores, he created the Valentine’s Day “Win a David Beahm Dream Wedding” at Marshall Field’s in Chicago. Mr. Beahm, at the request of the Target Corporation, has had the privilege of creating a designer table for Elle Décor’s ‘Dining by Design’ which toured the country on exhibition for three years. In December, he completed an eight city tour for Van Cleef and Arpels and Neiman Marcus: ‘Une journée à Paris.’
Andrea McDowell is the founder and MD of wedding videography company ‘Shoot it Yourself’, which launched just five years ago in February 2010 and today is the UK’s largest wedding videography company.
Having spent 10 years as a TV director for the BBC and Channel 4, Andrea founded Shoot it Yourself after noticing a gap in the market for fun and entertaining wedding videos, filmed by those that know you best, and edited by some of the best talent in the UK. Immediately taking the UK wedding market by storm, Andrea appeared on BBC2’s Dragon’s Den in September 2011, winning investment from the dragons, who were impressed both by her wedding product, and her personal drive and determination.
Today, Shoot it Yourself produces over 350 wedding videos a year, and has amassed a strong following on social media, with over 10,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter. The personal and high standard of service, simply brilliant videos and the highly engaged customers on their social media forums, drives growth each year through the sharing of videos and personal recommendations to customers’ followers. Next steps include offering cameras for couples to take on honeymoon, to popular destinations including Saint Lucia.
Andrea lives in Witney, Oxfordshire, and combines running Shoot it Yourself with her young family and love of animals, owning a horse, cat and dog.
Michelle Myers has been Publisher and CRO of Brides magazine and Brides.com since September 2011. At Brides, Ms. Myers has increased the volume of ad pages by 112 pages per issue from 2012 to 2013. Additionally, she launched Brides Live Wedding in 2012, an annual wedding curated by Brides and voted on by the public, which has extended into an unscripted web series. The program garnered over one billion impressions in it's second year and enabled Ms. Myers to successfully monetize social media. Brides earned two MIN Integrated Marketing Awards for the program in both 2013 and 2014 in the categories of Social Media Initiative and Total Integrated Program: General.
Prior to Brides, Ms. Myers served as Vice President and Publisher of Lucky magazine beginning in February 2010. There, she added 457 pages of new business and increased Luckymag.com’s revenue performance by 85 percent. She also launched Lucky Kids and expanded the popular Lucky Shops event to Los Angeles. Ms. Myers was the founding publisher of People StyleWatch. During her time there, the magazine was named to Advertising Age’s A-List and on Adweek Media’s “10 Under 60” list. In 2009, Ms. Myers was recognized by MediaWeek as one of the top advertising, marketing and media executives under age 40. She has been a board member of the Fragrance Foundation since 2008, and was named to Baby Buggy’s 20-member board of trustees in August 2011. She is a graduate of Marymount University with a double concentration in broadcast journalism and public relations.
Patrice Da Costa
Patrice DaCosta is a eight year veteran in the business of Image Consultation, trained by the internationally renowned Dominique Isbecque out of New York, U.S.A. and has been the recipient of a professional Diploma in Fashion Merchandizing, from Professional Career Development Institute in Atlanta, U.S.A. A graduate of the Barbizon School of Modelling in New York, U.S.A., Patrice is also a member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). She is also a trained professional, who holds a Bachelor's degree in Administrative Management, from the University of Technology in Jamaica, in addition to a Master of Science degree in Information Technology and Marketing, from Manchester, England.
Over the years, Patrice has dedicated her time and effort to help corporate and private clients to make a lasting, positive impression in their varying capacities, in addition to boosting their self-image, to make them look good, feel great and live their best lives now. Patrice has brought her passion to life through Stoosh Images Incorporated since 2005, a brand that has been inspired by her Jamaican heritage, which translates sophisticated, stylish and successful. In her line of work, Miss DaCosta has been catering to the needs of corporate and private clients in Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad and the United States of America.
Patrice prides herself in the act of giving back to selected charities and communities from the countries she has her client base. Consequently, she contributes funding and essential items to orphanages in Jamaica and has affiliation with the Women's Centre and the Mustard Seed Foundation in Jamaica SAVE Foundation and the cancer society in Barbados.
Alison Theodore leads the marketing, public relations and sales drive for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board in Canada. A passionate orator and presenter, Alison has an unwavering commitment to showcase Saint Lucia as a leading tourist destination. A romantic at heart with a deep love for Saint Lucia, Alison believes that there is no better way to celebrate your love story than in Simply Beautiful Saint Lucia, the Caribbean’s leading destination for weddings and honeymoons.