Chris is the Founder of Ryon International, a venue sourcing agency based in Austin, providing trusted guidance and support for all clients: any size program, any type venue, anywhere in the world. Prior to Ryon International, Chris was the Managing Director of CMS Limited, a contract management firm for agency associates. As Bellagio National Sales Manager in Las Vegas, Chris secured conventions at Bellagio for MGM Resorts International. His 20 years of experience includes the Alcoa Business System, Bellagio Executive Mentor Program, and Tech Ranch Austin. Chris is a graduate of Michigan State University (BS ’96) and the University of Southern California (MBA ’00).
Pat enjoys helping others and her years’ serving on various boards is proof. Pat is the Director of Sales, South Central for Hard Rock Hotels All Inclusive Collection. She has four great properties that include: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta and Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana. Pat is dedicated to making the SITE Texas Chapter one of the premier chapters within SITE.
Pat was first introduced to SITE early in her career when she attended a global conference held in Puerto Rico. She loves SITE because it offers industry specific education. According to Pat, being active in SITE has given me a Rolodex of people that I can call on for help and advise. “I feel that I get more than I give with SITE.”
Emily Kratt, managing director of INNOVATX Events, is a New York City native that has been passionately working in the meetings and events industry for over a decade. Emily has worked at some of the nation’s premiere Event Management and Destination Management Companies since studying Special Event Management at New York University. Emily started her career working for David Stark in NYC working on a variety of elite cultural and corporate events. She later worked at two of the largest Destination Management Companies in New York, working with hundreds of international fortune 500 clients managing a variety of meetings, incentives, product launches and special events with multi-million dollar budgets. In the summer of 2011 Emily traded in her stilettos for a pair of cowboy boots and relocated out to Austin, Texas where she continues to work with corporations producing and planning meetings and events around the globe. She is currently the Managing Director of INNOVATX Events, a boutique Meeting, Incentive and Austin Destination Management Company and is very involved in SITE and the Texas events community.
Terri White is a certified Global Travel Professional (GTP) and works as a Director of Business Development, Southern USA for Business Events Canada since October 2015. Her extensive career background is as an Account Director for IHG and Hilton Global Sales. She has a BS in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. She is based in Dallas and has two daughters. Terri serves on the Board for the Texas Canada Chamber of Commerce and has active memberships with SITE, MPI, GBTA and PCMA.
Now a sixteen year industry veteran, I began my career with the Bryan/College Station Convention & Visitor Bureau as marketing assistant. I took that knowledge to the hotel side of the meetings and events industry where I worked for the InterContinental Central Park South in New York City. After my time in “The Big Apple” I returned to Texas and accepted a position with a third party representation firm, The Krisam Group, where I represented over 400 mostly independent properties. Later, I had the opportunity to join Double Diamond Resorts out of Dallas, TX. While Director of Sales at Double Diamond, I oversaw the sales operations for all properties across the United States focusing on the small corporate meetings market and golf events.
Jill has been involved in meetings management for many years, and heads up the Houston office of Attendee Management Inc. AMi provides online registration services, a full range of meeting management, as well as technology development and consulting for meeting professionals of all types.
Jill has spent decades in marketing communications roles, including Compaq Computer Corporation where she pioneered the initial Internet marketing communications program and was responsible for managing Compaq.com in the mid-90s.
Although a SITE member for only a few years, Jill has been quick to get involved with the organization and serves on the Board of Directors as VP of Communications.
After attending several SITE Texas events and getting to know this impressive community, Jana is thrilled to serve on the SITE Texas 2018 Board as VP of Membership!
With over 20 years of hotel sales experience, Jana has held numerous sales and leadership roles with impressive brand names—including Marriott, Four Seasons, Barton Creek (KSL) and Lake Austin Spa Resort—and has negotiated many hotel contracts in her tenure. She has a keen understanding of how hotels work so she started her own company. As founder of On Point Hospitality & Site Selection, Jana applies her decades of extensive industry knowledge to help clients with their site selection and meeting consulting needs. Her broad expertise across all kinds of events—from corporate meetings to golf tournaments to wellness retreats—helps ensure clients have a superior experience.
Attending an event is valuable, but belonging enables stronger industry connections that will prove to be invaluable! Feel free to reach out to Jana directly at email@example.com to learn more about becoming the next member of SITE Texas!
I was looking for a way to get more involved with SITE Texas and joining the Board of Directors was the perfect opportunity to serve our industry with a great group of people. I joined Spear One seven years ago, where I am blessed to work with and learn from some of our industry’s leaders. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the SITE Texas team and working to continuously improve our chapter. Everyone has been so outgoing and encouraging and I’m thankful to be surrounded by such an amazing group of people. As a buyer, SITE Texas has been a great resource in making connections with the right companies and people – and everyone is so welcoming.
SITE Texas provides great opportunities to network, grow, and learn and as the VP of Marketing I can’t wait to see the exciting things this chapter has in store for the future. I’m just lucky to be a part of it!
As the Director, Global Sales for MGM Resorts in the South/Central region, Jennifer is responsible for account management (corporate, incentive, and association), as well as marketing efforts and projects within her geographic market. Jennifer is based in her hometown of Austin, Texas and brings her 13 years of industry experience and industry engagement to her leadership role on the team. Prior to returning back to Austin, Jennifer worked on property at Mirage Hotel & Casino, opened ARIA and Vdara at CityCenter in Las Vegas, and spent one year at the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority in the Chicago regional office. She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Sociology and minor in Business from Texas State University in San Marcos. Jennifer prides herself in making a difference in the hospitality industry and her creativity.
Natasha is Director of Global Conference & Incentive Sales for Rocco Forte Hotels, a family owned collection of luxury five star hotels located primarily throughout Europe. She relocated to Dallas from New York in 2016 after getting married and has settled very comfortably into life in Texas! Prior to joining Rocco Forte three years ago, Natasha held sales positions with The Hay-Adams in Washington, DC and The Ritz-Carltons in Pentagon City and New York, Central Park. She received her bachelor of science degree in Marketing from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Natasha serves on the SITE Global Young Leaders Committee and proudly chairs the SITE Texas Young Leaders program in addition to her role on the board as VP of Events.