About Us

Content Team

Tyler DavidsonTyler Davidson
Vice President & Chief Content Director
San Francisco, CA
tyler.davidson@meetingstoday.com

Tyler Davidson has covered the travel trade for nearly 25 years, having previously worked as the Asia, Canada, Pacific Northwest, and Western U.S. editor at Travel Weekly magazine and TravelAge West. Before joining the dual editorial staff producing destination sections for Travel Weekly and TravelAge West, Tyler was the Africa, Israel, Middle East, Switzerland, and Pacific Northwest editor at TravelAge West. He also undertook general news and feature assignments while working at the magazines.

Besides reporting on the travel trade, Tyler has covered the real estate industry, held various editorial positions at the San Francisco-based national satire magazine The Nose, wrote freelance technology industry pieces and covered the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders for a bilingual newspaper in San Francisco. He has a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University, where he worked in various editorial capacities on its award-winning student magazine, Prism.

Christoph TrappeChristoph Trappe
Chief Content Engagement Director
Cedar Rapids, IA
Christoph.Trappe@stamats.com

Christoph currently leads content and digital transformation in B2B publishing.

He is a career storyteller who has worked as a journalist, change agent and content marketing executive. He has spoken at conferences globally, blogs and has written two books. His teams’ digital initiatives have been recognized globally.

Marlene GoldmanMarlene Goldman
Managing and Destinations Content Director
San Francisco, CA
marlene.goldman@meetingstoday.com

Marlene Goldman has been working as a travel writer, editor and photographer for nearly 20 years. She authored The Little Black Book of San Francisco and The Little Black Book of Los Angeles, among other travel guides. Her travel stories have also been published in a variety of magazines and websites including BBC Travel, American Way, Alaska Airlines Magazine, AAA Traveler, Via, Morning Calm, Open Skies and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Marlene has won a number of photography awards with the Society of American Travel Writers, including the Silver award for Photographer of the Year 2014.

Prior to travel, Marlene worked in the music industry as a radio producer and music critic, with outlets such as Rolling Stone online. Aside from her work in publishing, Marlene also teaches yoga.

Lori TennyLori Tenny
Director of Strategic Content
San Francisco, CA
lori.tenny@meetingstoday.com

Lori oversees all feature-related content from staff and freelance writers for Meetings Today's print publications, website and digital editions, as well as custom publishing, content marketing initiatives and strategic digital projects.

Lori has worked in publishing for more than 20 years. She previously worked as a freelance writer and editor specializing in travel-related content for trade and consumer publications and websites, and she spent eight years as an editor at Travel Weekly and TravelAge magazines, where she covered all regions of the U.S., as well as Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Lori has a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University, where she served as executive editor and in other editorial positions for Prism, the university's award-winning student magazine.

Eric Andersen Eric Andersen
Digital Content Specialist
Cedar Rapids, IA
eric.andersen@meetingstoday.com

Eric started his professional writing career at The Daily Iowan while attending The University of Iowa in Iowa City. During his time at the newspaper, he wrote for the Arts & Culture section, writing articles primarily on the literary and music beats. He was quickly promoted to the role of assistant events editor and then arts editor, before graduating with degrees in journalism and marketing.

Post-college, Eric accepted a job at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Eventually, he saw an opening for the eMedia Content Developer position at Meetings Today and was hired on full time.

In his current position, Eric edits and optimizes content for the web, manages the publication's social media, analytics and newsletter efforts, and figures out new ways to drive traffic to the website.

Katie Downing Katie Downing
Digital Content Specialist
Cedar Rapids, IA
katie.downing@stamats.com

Katie joined the Meetings Today team in May 2018. She's utilized her BA in English as a development writer for higher education and non-profits. Katie's also been a part of the content marketing world, creating engaging copy for email marketing efforts as well as online content. Over the years, she's worked with close to 100 unique clients and loves being part of a creative team.

Michael Leonard Michael Leonard
Digital Content Specialist
Cedar Rapids, IA
Michael.Leonard@stamats.com

Michael Leonard made the jump to Digital Content Specialist for Meetings Today, interiors+sources, and BUILDINGS after serving as their Audience Development Manager. During his Audience Management days, he also studied at the University of Iowa. When not at work, Michael writes, paints, and surrounds himself in the digital world.

Kate CripeKate Cripe
Content Developer, Departments/Features
San Diego, CA
kate.cripe@meetingstoday.com

Kate Cripe has been with Meetings Today for over eight years as a Sales, Marketing and Content Coordinator. Her role working on a wide variety of projects, including the Meetings Today Live! events, sparked a creative urge to explore and write about new trends and happenings in the industry.

An inveterate traveler with an eye for the off-beat, Kate is looking forward to discovering new experiences and destinations to share. She graduated from the University of San Francisco and recently relocated to San Diego with her husband Eric and pup Lucy.

Jennifer JuergensJennifer Juergens
Contributing Content Developer, Florida and Caribbean
Orlando, FL

Jennifer Juergens has been covering the meetings and incentive industry for more than 25 years, after four years covering news for the Associated Press in NYC.

After the AP, she went to work for Meetings & Conventions magazine and from there jumped to Successful Meetings. For 10 years she was editor in chief of the award-winning Incentive magazine, a magazine that highlighted motivating the workplace through merchandise and travel.

Jennifer most recently was manager of convention communications at Visit Orlando, handling all public relations for the meetings and conventions side of the tourism board and putting together all familiarization trips for incoming meeting journalists.

Jeff HeilmanJeff Heilman
Senior Contributor
Brooklyn, NY
jeff.heilman@meetingstoday.com

Jeff has been covering North American and global destinations, trends and other topics for Meetings Today since 2004. He has written all of Meetings Today's Texas (10 in 2017) and Las Vegas (5 in 2017) annual supplements to date, plus two editions each of California and Carolinas. Prior to becoming a full-time independent journalist in 2004, Jeff spent two decades in the legal and business fields.

His wide-ranging accomplishments include ghostwriting two books covering the lives and careers of women general counsel of the Fortune 500, and the leading women lawyers of corporate Canada. Jeff also wrote promotional copy for A&E Television Networks, and was on the editorial team behind Ford Motor Company’s award-winning “Ford Bold Moves” campaign. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, Passport Magazine and AAA Car & Travel.

Audience Development

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Chelsea Odegard Chelsea Odegard
Audience Manager
Cedar Rapids, IA
Chelsea.Odegard@stamats.com

Chelsea Odegard has been with Stamats Communications for nearly 15 years. In the course of her experiences, she became interested in the world of data and database administration. She further pursued that interest by joining Stamats Data Management in 2011 as Database Marketing Manager, where she administered databases and engaged with sales teams to connect clients with subscribers. In 2018, Chelsea moved into Audience Management where she works closely with Stamats’ brand clients as well client publishers to manage and enhance their audience data.

Webinars

Jessica WattsJessica Watts
Webinar Manager
Cedar Rapids, IA
Jessica.Watts@Stamats.com

Jessica has been with Meetings Today for about 15 years and is currently the Webinar Events Manger. In this role, she manages, develops, and produces educational webinars. Her favorite part of her role is collaborating with her team and clients to produce quality content for their audiences. She has a Marketing and Management Degree from the University of Iowa.

Corporate Leadership

Peter StamatsPeter Stamats
President and CEO
San Francisco, CA
peter.stamats@stamats.com

In addition to serving as Stamats’ president and COO, Peter leads Stamats’ business to business (B2B) operations serving the commercial real estate and hospitality markets with the Buildings, Interiors & Sources and MeetingsFocus brands.

Peter has been involved with Stamats his entire life and lends his expertise and insight to a range of corporate initiatives. He completed his undergraduate and graduate education at Stanford University and started his career in engineering management at Hewlett Packard from which he carries forward his strong interest in technology advances to this day. In his rare free time, Peter is an avid cyclist, beekeeper and digital photographer.

Jim KrotzJim Krotz
Executive Director, Meetings Today
Cedar Rapids, IA
jim.krotz@stamats.com

Jim Krotz is executive director of Meetings Today. He leads the Integrated Media Sales Team and oversees the Meetings Today brand. Jim has been with the company for over a decade, and prior to joining has been helping clients find advertising solutions in radio, television and cable.

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