Lori Gershaw

President

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Lori inherited her entrepreneurial spirit directly from her Dad who gave her the sound advice she followed to be successful in business.  And it must have worked since she has been at it since 1989.  She works tirelessly to strategically guide GCG Event Partners while continually making the changes necessary to meet the needs of the marketplace over time.  First and foremost, she prides herself in cultivating a friendly, respectful work environment that allows employees to easily achieve a work-life balance.

While volunteering for a local dog rescue, Lori accidentally became a “Foster Fail”, as they say.  And it’s a good thing because she can’t imagine life without “Moxie” now.  Their favorite outing to do together is to greet the WWII Veterans visiting from the Honor Flight Program at the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC.

Allan Stark

Vice President

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As Vice President, Allan’s primary areas of responsibility include financial, accounting, technical, Web, online marketing and operations. Since joining GCG’s parent company, Gershaw Conference Group back in 1995, Allan has been instrumental in implementing GCG Event Partners’ core business philosophies and culture. His steadfast dedication to GCG’s mission supports a solid customer-centric focus.

When he’s not designing and updating GCG Event Partners’ operations systems, Allan is busy engineering and constructing many home improvement projects. There’s no job too big or too daunting for Allan to tackle.

Michelle Barbaro

Operations Manager

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Michelle brings to GCG 15 years of corporate and medical event management experience along with a background in human resources and recruiting. Her diverse skill-set has served as an integral part in developing and implementing our comprehensive member network and our hiring processes. Michelle continues to establish strong relationships with both GCG Event Partners’ Clients and On-Site Meeting Professionals.

When not managing GCG’s Member Services Department, you can find Michelle whipping up a new recipe for her family. Always the cooking enthusiast, she’s not one to shy away from trying new things and shares her delicious recipes with her GCG family as well.

Tammy Penkalski

Manager, Business Development

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Since joining the GCG Event Partners team back in 2008, Tammy has utilized her 8 years of experience in continuing medical education, small business development, and event planning and management. She has proven to be a key asset in GCG Event Partners’ continued success. Tammy originally became acquainted with GCG Event Partners as a Client and that experience allows her to easily identify the needs of our clients while creating strong partnerships.

“Sunday Funday/Family Day” is the theme in the Penkalski household and has been a family tradition since Tammy’s children started attending college. Ever the cooking aficionado, she would lure her children home on Sundays for a heaping dose of quality family time set amidst deliciously prepared southern cuisine.

Paul Cunningham

Marketing Manager

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Bringing well over a decade of sales experience, Paul joined GCG Event Partners in 2013. He has proven to be a vital part of the organization by working tirelessly to ensure our clients’ satisfaction. This tenacity has led to Paul taking on expanded roles in both sales and marketing.  In fact, one of Paul’s responsibilities is this website, so let him know if you are having any issues with it.

Paul’s real hobby is chasing around his two little girls, which takes up almost all of his time. If he does happen to find a spare moment, he tries to catch up on his favorite team, the Boston Bruins. Once his girls become Bruins fans, he’ll enjoy combining his favorite hobbies and watching the games with them.

Sara Kirner

Sales Manager

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Sara brings to GCG Event Partners over 14 years of sales and marketing experience in the pharmaceutical industry.  She plans to apply those skills to build lasting relationships with GCG Event Partner’s clients and to ensure satisfaction in an ever-changing marketplace.

Sara loves to golf and has played some beautiful courses in Phoenix, Hawaii, and Ireland.  These days she doesn’t have as much time because she is busy going on adventures with her children but she looks forward to the day that they can all play golf together!

Cara O'Neill

Project Manager

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In 2005, Cara joined GCG Event Partners as a Placement Specialist bringing with her a strong event planning background within the hotel and healthcare industries. It was her strong attention to detail, exceptional customer service and willingness to take on more responsibility, that earned her a promotion to GCG Project Manager. In addition to working with our Member Services Team, Cara now finds herself engaged in managing new company initiatives while contributing her writing talents to our Marketing Department.

Whether it be for enjoyment or for professional purposes, Cara has always enjoyed writing. Journaling on a regular basis helps keep her skills honed as does the large amount of editorial efforts she provides in reviewing her daughters’ college papers.

Carol Fumicello

Event Coordinator

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As GCG Event Partner’s Event Coordinator for the past 5 plus years, Carol has been responsible for managing our Meeting Equipment Service. She has been instrumental in creating and developing a nationwide network of preferred vendors who provide quality equipment for our Clients’ events. Carol’s expertise is beneficial to our Clients as she is able to advise them of best ordering practices as well as the most cost effective options when ordering equipment.

When she isn’t working in the office, you never know where you’ll find Carol. A travel enthusiast, her Delta Airlines credentials from her previous life enable her to venture throughout the country and abroad. Carol’s favorite US destinations include Walt Disney World and the Napa/Sonoma wine countries. If given the option to incorporate two of her favorite relaxing vacations however, you’d find Carol on a cruise ship en route to Bermuda.

Jenn May

Placement Specialist

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Jenn began working at GCG Event Partners in 2010, took a brief hiatus to stay at home with her family and then rejoined our Member Services Department in January of 2015. She has the unique ability of understanding our Clients’ needs and communicates those needs to our On-Site Professionals with clarity and precision. Jenn continuously demonstrates what defines a team player in our organization and is always willing to go over and above when needed.

Life is about balance and as much as Jenn enjoys working, she loves exercising even more. Her favorite work-out activities include spin and boot camp classes. Jenn’s commitment to fitness is notably key to her vitality and energetic personality.

Theresa DeChiaro

Accounting Specialist

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At the helm of our Accounting Department is GCG’s Accounting Specialist, Theresa DeChiaro. Upon joining GCG Event Partners team in 2007, it became apparent that Theresa had a talent for organization and a tenacity for working with numbers.  While responsible for managing GCG’s Accounts Payables and Accounts Receivables, it is the manner in which she effectively and graciously communicates with both our Clients and our Members that serves our company so well.

If you know anything about rowing, it’s not easy, but that doesn’t stop Theresa from pursuing this adventurous sport. It’s her plan to qualify to join an adult rowing team in the near future.  She claims it’s challenging and great fun!

Susan Suarez

Office Manager

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Fifteen years ago, Susan began her career working at GCG Event Partners as a Meeting Planner working alongside GCG President, Lori Gershaw. During GCG’s transition from meeting planning to what is now GCG Event Partners, Susan fulfilled a variety of roles.  Her many hats include Sales Assistant, IT Assistant, and Assistant to the President.  And as GCG’s Office Manager, she is the cornerstone providing experienced leadership in the office as well as helping out our Member Services Department during busy periods.

Counted among one of Susan’s many hobbies is the art of sewing. She enjoys handcrafting quilts, clothing and other goodies for her 3 grandchildren.

Did You Know?

Lori, our President, started out as a teacher.

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Allan, our Vice President, is a home improvement specialist and can fix almost any problem you might find in a house.

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Our Rhode Island office is across the street from the beach and we have been known to launch kayaks from there after work.

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Tammy, our Business Development Manager, has an actual orchard in her yard with peaches, pears, cherries, and plums. She is even growing arctic kiwis.

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Lori, our President, was a ski bum in Breckenridge, Colorado just before launching her Meeting Planning business.

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Our staff are dog lovers and they often bring their dogs to work with them.

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Terry, our Accounting Specialist, is a Zumba master!

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Susan, our Office Manager, has a Cuban husband, an Australian son-in-law and a Canadian daughter-in-law – they have a mini League of Nations in their family!

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Michelle, our Placement Services Manager, loves boating with her family.

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Our staff really enjoy working at GCG Event Partners. The average tenure is currently 10.5 years!

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Susan, our Office Manager, used to be a rocket scientist (really!), and she worked on some of the very first GPS sets when they were the size of a shoe box.

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