Karen Hartline, CEO Karen Hartline

With over fifteen years of event production experience in areas of recreation, conferences, technology and special events, Karen Hartline brings creativity and a personal touch to create truly special events for her clients, specializing in brand management, event strategy, and production expertise.

Karen’s passion is creating experiences that are engaging and unique, always thinking of what attendees will find interesting. For her, events are about the ultimate experience, starting with attendee registration through the post-event wrap-up email and everything in between. She prides herself on event design and strategy to make an unforgettable event.

Most recently, she worked as the Director of Events at Mashable, producing events such as Connect at Walt Disney World and the Mashable House at SXSW Interactive. Prior to that, Karen worked with Porter Novelli, Brian Solis, Blurb, Community Next and got her start in conference production by planning annual conferences for fraternity and sorority students at Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.

Karen has a B.S. in Recreation Management from the University of Central Oklahoma and a certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from Madison Area Technical College. Karen has completed the Technical Meeting & Event Production class from Event Leadership Institute.

She hails from Oklahoma City and lists college football as one of her favorite seasons of the year as she cheers on the University of Oklahoma Sooners. Las Vegas has quickly become home in her heart where she enjoys spending time with her yorkie terrier, Lucas, exploring downtown Vegas in heels and hosting dive-in movies and dinners at her house on a regular basis.

 

Angela GiglioAngela Giglio, Event Producer

Angela Giglio recently graduated from George Mason University in May of 2015 where she studied Tourism and Event Management. She’s from Northern Virginia but is in the exciting process of moving across the country to Eugene, Oregon. While in college she realized that Event Management was the perfect outlet for her love of details, creativity, and organizational skills. She had several internships ranging from fundraising event planning to corporate event planning, all of which helped grow her passion.

Her previous experience has given her the opportunity to work within Human Resources and Organization Development, which has driven her passion for planning events that bring people together to result in meaningful connections and change. She also enjoys playing around with graphic design as an outlet for her creativity. She’s always up to take on any challenge and is excited to bring her enthusiasm and skills to Reinventing Events.

In her free time she enjoys traveling to new places, spending time with family and friends, pushing herself physically through Crossfit, and trying out new restaurants.

 

Adriana Medico, Event Producer 

Adriana Medico has over 6 years of experience in the event industry — from destination management to decor and entertainment design to tech trade shows and conferences. She’s had plenty of opportunities to be creative in this space! Adriana graduated from The University of Central Florida in 2011 where she received a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Event Management. She is originally from South Florida, where she began her professional career in event production and meeting planning. In 2015, she made a move to Atlanta Georgia, where she has been focusing on producing events in the the software space — specializing in tech trade shows and conferences.

Event planning is not all Adriana has to offer! She’s a total spirit junkie who believes fully in the mind body connection above all else and in 2017, she completed her 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training. She’s an active Yoga teacher and practitioner so you can join her on the mat for one of her yoga classes at Red Hot Yoga in Atlanta. She will complete her Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in April of this year and looks forward to deepening her work with new and expecting mothers! Outside of yoga and event production Adriana’s joie de vivre can be felt in her love of music, travel, animals and delicious food and drinks with her family and friends.

Paul ZilmPaul Zilm, Event Producer

Paul joins Reinventing Events with more than 15 years experience working for sports and entertainment properties across the United States, including high profile events such as the Kentucky Derby. With a focus on box office administration, sales, marketing and live event execution, Paul has managed and participated in the execution of over 600 live events.

As a sophomore in college, Paul realized his passion was in live event experiences and working with groups of dedicated professionals to organize events that businesses and local communities could rally around. Originally from Spokane, WA, Paul relocated to Las Vegas to grow his career in the “Entertainment & Hospitality Capital of the World.”

Paul has one daughter, Madelyn, and when not working or spending time with her, it comes as no surprise that you can usually find him either watching, listening or participating in some sort of sporting event. A loyal Gonzaga Bulldogs fan and men’s basketball season ticket holder, Paul also enjoys running and of course attending the many entertainment options Las Vegas has to offer.

 

Katie Klepek, Advisor Katie Klepek

While Katie has taken a full-time position in Chicago, she played an integral part in establishing Reinventing Events and just can’t step away from the company. She now serves as an Advisor and sounding board for the team. After 10 years in business, finance, communications, and event planning, Katie’s eclectic background has given her a unique perspective which helped her build a solid foundation for the processes the team still implements for production today.

Previously, she was the events coordinator at Mashable, regularly organizing ambitious events like Connect at Walt Disney World and Mashable House at SXSW Interactive. Before Mashable, she developed the year-long events presence for comic book publisher BOOM! Studios, best known for Mark Waid’s award-winning Irredeemable. Katie was the go-to point person at BOOM! Studios, both in-office and out. She oversaw the smallest details to make the biggest impact of booth space at San Diego Comic-Con, the largest annual gathering of like-minded nerds.

Event planning comes natural to Katie. She leverages her natural communication and organizational skills to effectively develop, plan, and deliver successful events. Her specialties: drumming up and executing targeted online marketing initiatives, engaging attendees, and building an online community around events.

Before the economy went belly up, she worked at HSBC, helping to maintaining relationships between citizens affected by the hurricane Katrina disaster and contractors assigned to repairs. Whatever Katie does, it should be fulfilling. A Chicago native, Katie spreads her midwestern cheer wherever it need be. When she’s not buried in emails and meetings, she’s making you hungry by posting her meals at katetheshark.tumblr.com.

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