THERESA BEDNARCZYK
EVENT DIRECTOR, NORTHSTAR TRAVEL GROUP
Theresa's brain is essentially the computer behind this entire operation. She knows where everyone is staying, when you registered, what classes you are taking, who is responsible for every single thing at the hotels, the convention center, the registration desk, the ship inspections. If Theresa doesn't know the answer, then none of us know the answer. :) She has a gorgeous daughter and a son who is the quarterback of the Villanova Football team. Go Cats! And one last, but very important point, don't let her last name fool you. She is 100% Irish and very proud of it.


MELISSA COOPER
MARKETING ASSISTANT, NORTHSTAR TRAVEL GROUP

Melissa is the voice behind #CruiseWorld and creative mind behind our marketing materials. When you see her smiling face, make sure you say hello. A recent graduate of the University of Richmond, she is fairly new to the team and super excited to be a part of the CruiseWorld family. When she's not posting animal gifs on social media or running around taking pictures, she's screaming for the New York Giants, skiing, watching Criminal Minds, or dancing in her mirror.

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ALICIA EVANKO
SVP EVENTS, NORTHSTAR TRAVEL GROUP

Alicia is charged with accelerating the growth and managing Northstar's trade show and event portfolio which includes CruiseWorld, CruiseWorld China, Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) events, Phocuswright, MTS and more. Alicia still applies what she learned in Kindergarten: she says thank you, she shares, and she cares. Her lean figure is a mystery to all as she eats like a football player. 


SARAH HIBLER
EVENT COORDINATOR, NORTHSTAR TRAVEL GROUP

Sarah is the newest member of our team, having just completed her Master's Degree in London. In addition to CruiseWorld, she also works on our Global Travel Marketplace events, Mountain Travel Symposium, and European Mountain Travel Summit. Every day is different — whether she is managing registration, assisting with operations, or booking travel for our various events. She's got a great knack for customer service, and for making friends everywhere she goes.


JENNIFER KRUSE
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, TRADE RECRUITMENT & ENGAGEMENT

Jen is the Travel Agent Acquisition Director for CruiseWorld...and even she isn't totally sure what that title means. To the team, it means she is the one who makes sure we have the best, brightest, most enthusiastic and most professional travel agent attendees in the business. She genuinely cares that we provide top notch attendees for our suppliers and she cares EVEN MORE that we provide the best experience and the best opportunities for all of you. She's a travel agent, a phenomenal writer, a creative type and a super sports mom!


EMMY MORALES
SALES DIRECTOR, EVENTS, NORTHSTAR TRAVEL GROUP

Emmy is responsible for all the sales goals for CruiseWorld, GTM and GTM West. In reality, she is a one woman tornado! She works hard, plays hard and networks hard! She builds relationships that really mean something by being genuine, caring, and funny as heck.  It's guaranteed that at some point during CruiseWorld, Emmy will bring a smile to your face!


JOANIE OGG, CTC, MCC
OGG MARKETING GROUP

Joanie Ogg, Co-Founder Ogg Marketing Group, Industry Consultant, Co-General Session Moderator and Content Development Consultant for CruiseWorld and most important, Grandma to Peyton! Joanie brings to our team the most comprehensive understanding of the home-based travel professional market in the industry. The CruiseWorld team relies on Joanie's knowledge and expertise to build the best content, attract the best speakers and engage the best active selling travel professionals to our event. She brings energy and fun to the stage and always does it with such class and grace. And she's just an AWESOME person to know.


CATHERINE SHAW
MARKETING MANAGER, NORTHSTAR TRAVEL GROUP

The reason both suppliers and agents know about this great event is because Cat delivers the CruiseWorld messaging in print and digital! She's responsible for our catchy and unique campaigns that highlight what CruiseWorld is all about. Her editorial background means she's a fantastic writer and has a keen eye for detail. In addition to being our weekly marketing consultant, she is smart, intuitive, super nice and a great human being — she gets life!


MARY PAT SULLIVAN
PRESIDENT, SULLIVAN MARKETING ADVISORS

Mary Pat has been in the leisure travel industry for 25+ years. She provides marketing and industry relations consulting services for suppliers and retail organizations. One of her current primary consulting roles is as Content Director for Travel Weekly's trade shows and webinar events. Mary Pat brings to our event a wealth of industry knowledge, strong industry relationships (which attract top-level icons), and an energetic stage presence that combines with intelligence and humor. She is married to her college sweetheart and has two beautiful children, Dylan and Colleen, who are the center of her world.