Rev. Sandra Bearden, Wedding Officiant & Owner of Weddings by Sandy
Reverend Sandra Bearden is the creator of magical moments for engaged couples. The ceremonies created by her and her talented Officiants, often brings tears to the eyes of the guests. Rev Sandy is an ordained wedding Officiant, with over 10 years of experience she and her talented Officiants are authorized to officiate weddings in five states in the mid-Atlantic region. She is the owner of Weddings by Sandy & Associates, L.L.C. and the creator of the Perfect Officiant a training program where Officiants can gain education, training and the certification of "Certified PerfectTM".
Rev Sandy also co-hosts a Blog Talk radio show called Officiants Chat! Every Monday she can be found chatting with wedding industry professionals such as Renee Strauss of Beverly Hills Brides, small business development coaches, other Officiants and engaged couples. Rev Sandy is also the author of the book, "You CAN have the Perfect Wedding Ceremony," which is available today at the Weddings by Sandy booth. Rev Sandy is retired from the Air Force, a graduate of the University of Maryland, University College and holds a MS from Johns Hopkins University in Organizational Development and Strategic Human Resources Management. She also graduated and holds an Ordination from the International Metaphysical University Churches. She is the mommy to two canine fur babies named Ziggy and Skipper, has one daughter, Gena, two grandchildren Dakota and Deandra and is engaged to Timothy Lynch. http://weddingsbysandy.com
Keisha Lewis, MBA, PMP & Internet Rockstar
Keisha Lewis is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a background in e-business project management, social media, web development, branding and consulting. She is the owner of DTB Solutions, LLC, an information technology and business services firm. With a focus on e-Business and online branding, the company is dedicated to identifying and implementing the industry's best practices to help clients succeed.
Also known as 'KeishaRocks!', she provides training, coaching and consulting to businesses in the areas of Internet marketing and social media marketing. She makes small businesses look B.I.G. through the power of the Internet. She knows that if you have a strong brand, you don't need to continuously hustle for new customers because the ones that you have will spend more money with you. It's all about controlling what people feel, think and say about you, your business and the problems that you solve.
Keisha is on a mission to help business owners move from barely surviving to awesomely thriving. Whether it's through her training and coaching that meets you where you are, or through the innovative solutions that she provides...she will transform you into a rock star! http://www.KeishaRocks.com
Chef Jonathan Soudry, Owner and Executive Chef of Rouge Fine Catering
Chef Jonathan Soudry has reinvented how catering food moves from kitchen to table. Exceptional restaurant cuisine is achieved at an event through "á la minute" cooking, minimally processed product, state-of-the-art heating and refrigeration and a great level of sanitation at every step.
In his quest for the ideal of the ultimate culinary service, Chef and owner Jonathan Soudry skillfully combines over 25 years of professional experience with his native French culinary training to bring you ROUGE Fine Catering. Jonathan also functions as the corporate Executive Chef at Under Armour's Humble and Hungry Café, fully developing and implementing a customized "green"nutrition focused restaurant for their 1000 on-site employees. http://www.rougecatering.com/
Summer Whitford, Food and Wine Diva
Ms. Whitford is the owner of The Food and Wine Diva, a consulting business specializing in the hospitality, event, and wedding industries. The Food and Wine Diva offers small business start-up services, lifestyle content, social media and digital development, culinary education, public speaking, and event expertise. With over twenty years in the business, Summer Whitford has extensive experience as a chef/caterer, food and wine educator, and writer of books, articles, newsletters, and television programming on food, wine, culture, and travel.
Ms. Whitford is the author of "Join Us At The Embassy", a cultural guide and culinary travelogue that highlights food and drink, traditions, travel, and entertaining from ten countries. While on book tour, she and her book were featured on national and international TV and radio She has also been a ghost writer, editor, and "book doctor" on five books, including "The Tax Deductible Wedding", a how-to book on how to plan a wedding for less.
Summer was the Senior Writer and Editor for the acclaimed food, wine, and travel series on Discovery Channel entitled "World Class Cuisine" and the Contributing Editor for the companion cookbook by the same name. http://www.linkedin.com/in/foodandwinediva
Lauren Hines, Editor-in-Chief of Get Wed for Less
Lauren serves as the Chief DealFinder and Editor-in-Chief of Get Wed for Less. She brings over a decade of sales & marketing and organizational management experience to the team. A former bargainista bride and event coordinator, she knows the stresses that come along with planning affairs and finding accommodating vendors. Thus, she developed Get Wed for Less to help couples enjoy the wedding planning journey and to have more money in the bank when standing at the proverbial altar. Considering herself immensely blessed, Lauren is the wife of an incredible man and the mother of two brilliant, beautiful children. Serving at at her local church also brings her much fulfillment. www.getwedforless.com
Didi Russell, CEO VAWE Network
Didi Russell is the CEO and Founder of the VAWE Network, Virginia's only statewide wedding & event network with 14 chapters and over 400 members. She has worked for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce where she developed a strong admiration for small business owners and their desire to grow and expand with minimal marketing budgets & little marketing know how. She has worked with or volunteered for The Board of Trade in DC, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, Charles County Chamber of Commerce and various business networks. She attributes her success to social media, relationship building and a very positive outlook on the uncertainty and chaos that comes from running your own business in the wedding industry. http://www.vawenetwork.com/
Racquel Williams, CEO & Hospitality Specialist
R. Kristi Modern Hospitality, www.ByRKristi.com, is a boutique hospitality firm serving the Washington, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, New York areas and destinations worldwide. At RKMH we believe hospitality should not be a luxury, it should be an expectation. RKMH specializes in taking the traditions of hospitality and rearranging it to fit our evolving modern day lifestyles through an array of services. Our comfortable, intimate, friendly customer service style allows us to create a personal experience for our clients and develop long lasting relationships.
Carolina Vaccari, Bridal & Events Coordinator of Circe Of Alexandria Salon & Spa At Circe for seven years with six years of professional makeup experience and five years dedicated exclusively to the Bridal clientele here at Circe. As a Bridal & Event Coordinator and Planner Carolina focuses on excellent communication with her clients while keeping their vision in mind and executing the needs and wants of her clients for their special day. Experienced in bridal, TV, celebrity and makeup for the White House. She has been key in the development and launching of Circe's Makeup and Skincare line. "Circe's Signature" line Carolina's style is accommodating to the everyday woman with exceptional taste for service and customer service. Carolina's Beauty motto is "Beauty is a light in the heart" true beauty comes from within. http://circeofalexandria.com
Deborah McIver, 26 years in the Real Estate and Mortgage Industry, as a Real Estate Professional and VP of the 4th Largest Lending Institution in the country. Changing lives one at a time, by assisting Homeowners in realizing their american dream of homeownership. Then, transitioning from the Real Estate Industry into a Wealth Building industry, as a Regional Vice President with ACN. ACN, an International Essential Service provider that operates in 23 countries. Representing this global company with a objective to coach and assist professionals with creating financial freedom and building a financial legacy for their families to enhance the quality of life. http://mciverenterprises.acnrep.com
Nicole Dibos, ADP
ADP is the leading provider of business outsourcing solutions in the world. Leveraging 60 years of experience, ADP offers a wide range of HR, Payroll, Tax Filing, Workers Compensation Pay-by-Pay, Retirement, Health Benefits, TimeClocks, and Administration Solutions from a single source. I work in the small business department as a business consultant in order to help small business owners properly manage their business through cash management, people management, and risk management. Partner with ADP today and let me help you manage and grow your business! Contact Nicole at 410-458-4192 or firstname.lastname@example.org
April Richardson, Maryland Attorney
April N. Richardson Esq. is a Licensed Attorney in Maryland whose legal practice involves real estate and business law. She received her B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (HBCU), received her Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School and is currently enrolled in the Master's in Real Estate program at Georgetown University.
Ms Richardson is Managing Partner of The Private Practice Law Group LLC., a law firm that promotes the health, stability and progression of its clients. The practice is a unique blend of law and business consulting. Over the years they have found client's needs extend beyond the traditional practice of law and must include strategic planning, consulting and creative input. This blend of legal and non-legal services is designed to bring a holistic value to their client base. The Private Practice Law Group provides legal services including real estate, business and entertainment law. Business services include business consulting, strategic development, marketing, branding and finance sourcing. We pride ourselves in being an "outside the box" law firm, in that we provide counsel to clients who push the envelope creatively, who are open to high energy business design and concepts that takes their legal issues, products and services to the next level.
Aside from Ms. Richardson's legal practice, she serves as the Founder and Executive Director of GIRLS Talk Heart-to-Heart, a non-profit project for high school girls, and she serves as legal counsel to the Anne Arundel County Black Chamber of Commerce where she was the first woman, and the youngest member, to serve in this capacity. (Log ontowww.girlstalkhearttoheart.org to learn about her non-profit)
Jennifer A. Garcia, Entrepreneur and Speaker
Ms. Jennifer A. Garcia is a marketing and design professional, entrepreneur and public speaker. Ms. Garcia is Owner and President of Logicreative, a marketing and design business specializing in brand marketing and social media strategy. Logicreative provides a diverse selection of services including marketing consultation, web design/marketing, social media marketing, graphic design, and writing/editing.
Ms. Garcia has been invited to speak to various businesses, professional associations and networking organizations on topics such as Social Media, Networking, Branding, and Entrepreneurship. Ms. Garcia is an active networker throughout Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia. She is President of the Baltimore Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women, Mentoring Program Director for the BNI Ellicott City Wednesday Lunch Chapter and Co-host of Small Business Networking Event.
Prior to her marketing and design career, Ms. Garcia served as Senior Academic Advisor for the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland and before moving to Maryland taught Composition, Literature, and Women's Studies at Florida International University. During her academic career, Ms. Garcia taught and advised undergraduate students, wrote and designed promotional and informational materials; developed and maintained websites; coordinated and promoted student programs; conducted various presentations and workshops; and served as liaison to campus technology committees.
Ms. Garcia earned Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in English from Florida International University. She earned two Certificates of Proficiency with Honors in Graphic Design and Web Design from Howard Community College.
Allie Pandelidis, Product Adoption Associate
Allie Pandelidis is a Product Adoption Associate at Cvent Inc., the largest online event management software company in the world. She works specifically with the Supplier Network, a free venue database and eRFP platform that connects corporate and social event planners with over 200,000 traditional and unique event spaces around the globe. Whether you're a third party event planner or work in an internal meetings department, the Cvent Supplier Network places every major event space and meeting space at your fingertips.
Kelly Werder, CEO of WedBiz Media
Ms. Werder is founder and CEO of WedBiz Media. WedBiz Media launched two online sites for the wedding industry WED - The Magazine and WedBiz Journal. WED - The Magazine is a totally digital, carbon-neutral and interactive wedding magazine for nearlyweds. Each issue shares interviews with wedding industry celebrities, offers wedding planning advice to Brides and Grooms, Real Weddings, and their Preferred Vendors in their Resource Directory.
The WedBiz Journal is a blog for wedding professionals. WedBiz Journal offers business and marketing advice to wedding vendors.