ABOUT OUR TEAMWe are a collaborative of experienced, highly trained professionals, each with more than 25 years of experience in meetings, incentives and hospitality.
Whatever you envision, we will make it a reality.
In the process, we take care of all the details and the heavy lifting so you can relax. We’re not here to replace your staff, we’re here to make you and your staff look good. We do the work; you receive the kudos.
Barbara Baird (she/her/hers)
- 30+ years experience in conference, incentive program management and logistics
- 25 years of event and sports marketing expertise
- Strength in creative event productions & staging both nationally and internationally
Strategic planning of national sales meetings, President’s Club, international conventions, and sales incentives for Transamerica Life Companies for 20,000 brokers nationwide. Managed sport sponsorship contracts (golf and ice hockey) and marketing opportunities for various divisions in the U.S. and Canada.
Left corporate America and spent seven years in corporate sales and business development for a family-owned wine business in Southern California. Barbara spent the next seven years as the Director of Operations and Business Development for an event management business located in Long Beach, CA. Partnered with Windhausen Marketing (dba InterAct.events) in 2014 to manage an annual Online Teaching Conference. Since 2015, primary focus has been managing onsite program logistics, staffing and tech needs for 200+ events statewide for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office based in Sacramento, CA. Incorporated the transition into virtual meeting management in 2020 to support all program changes.
Michelle Windhausen (she/her/hers)
Marketing & Exhibits Manager
- More than 25 years in marketing, advertising and incentive travel management.
- More than 13 years in the hotel and tradeshow industries.
Michelle’s broad experience in the meetings industry—on the client side and supplier side—gives her a unique perspective. She relies on her relationship building strengths to forge strong partnerships with clients and industry partners.
She has successfully sold for big brands like The Ritz-Carlton Company, Marriott, Hilton, and Freeman as well as directing the sales and marketing efforts of small businesses.
Putting together custom project teams for conferences, events, incentive travel programs. Manages marketing, communications, sponsorship and exhibitor programs, and overall client services. She works on a strategic level with clients to ensure their goals are met.
Maureen Akal (she/her/hers)
- More than 25 years in sales meetings, trade shows, corporate training and promotional events..
As our Registration and Housing Manager, Maureen manages all aspects of event Registration, manages housing and provides detailed reporting to customers.
As the Conference and Housing Manager for a 3rd Party conference planning company, she focused on registration, volunteer and staffing management, housing management for major sporting events and conferences.
While working for the Learning & Development Team at British Petroleum, Maureen managed the regulatory training in alignment with BP’s consent order, development programs and LMS management.
As a Meeting Planner for Wilson Sporting Goods, she managed all corporate events to include sales meetings, trade shows, product launches and events surrounding their sponsorship of the US Open Tennis Tournament in alignment with sales and marketing initiatives.
Maureen is an expert in streamlining planning processes to improve efficiency and cost-savings. She anticipates what needs to be done and executes the planning process with precision. As an adaptive problem solver, she considers both conventional, accepted answers and creative alternatives. Her focus on the customer makes her adept at understanding customers’ needs. She is adaptable to different registration and virtual platforms adapting to customer preferences in our ever-changing industry environment.
Adrea Pino (she/her/hers)
Meeting & Event Planner
Adrea Pino is a dynamic Event Planner with more than 12 years of experience in Corporate and non-profit events. For 9 years she worked as a Meeting Planner and Supervisor, Special Events for Nutrilite/Amway Brand Experiences. Her experience includes managing all details of planning through execution of small and large scale conferences/trainings, board meetings, special events, government and PR events. She’s planned events in domestic and international locations.