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.

MariahMariah Obiedzinski
Director of Content Services
Cedar Rapids, IA
Mariah.Obiedzinski@stamats.com

Mariah Obiedzinski is a national leader in conversion-centered content strategies, having directed multiple enterprise content projects for major comprehensive academic centers across the United States. Her areas of expertise include content strategy, writing, subject matter expert and stakeholder interviews, and content marketing initiatives.

With more than a decade of experience, Mariah is recognized in the content industry. She is a two-time presenter at the international Content Marketing World Conference and was honored by TopRank on its list of 50 Influential Women in Content Marketing. Mariah has a BA in journalism and a BA in English from Mount Mercy University.

Michael Leonard Michael Leonard
Manager, Digital Strategy
Cedar Rapids, IA
Michael.Leonard@stamats.com

Michael Leonard started his career in digital strategy a short while ago. However, he has proven an essential and powerful voice across all of the industries that Meetings Today's parent company Stamats juggles. He now leads the digital strategy team to greater heights.

Danielle LeBreckDanielle LeBreck
Lead Destinations Content Strategist​
Minneapolis, MN
danielle.lebreck@meetingstoday.com

Danielle started at Meetings Today in March 2019 after seven years of editorial experience in the travel and food industries. She oversees all of the destination content for Meetings Today and collaborates with the team on digital content strategy and content marketing initiatives.

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

Kate Cripe has worked 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. 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 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.

Katie Downing Katie Downing
Digital Strategist
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.

Janelle PennyJanelle Penny
Senior Staff Writer
Cedar Rapids, IA
janelle.penny@stamats.com

Janelle is a senior writer for Stamats. She is an alumna of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication and has previously worked as a general assignment reporter.

Adrian ThompsonAdrian Thompson
Staff Writer
Cedar Rapids, IA
adrian.thompson@stamats.com

Adrian joined the team as a staff writer in March 2018. She graduated from the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she minored in English. She currently writes for Meetings Today, interiors+sources, and BUILDINGS.

Sarah KloeppleSarah Kloepple
Staff Writer
Cedar Rapids, IA
sarah.kloepple@stamats.com

Sarah joined the Stamats team as a staff writer in August 2018. She is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, where her focus was magazine writing. She's written and edited for numerous publications in her hometown of St. Louis.

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.

Newsletter Subscriptions

Newsletters
Meetings Today Newswire – Up-to-the-minute industry news distributed Tuesday - Thursday.
New & Renovated – Monthly highlights of facilities in various stages of renovation.
Meetings In A Minute – Brief video tips from planners and suppliers - distributed twice a month.
Friday With Joan – Monthly update from Joan Eisenstodt.
Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™ – Michael Cerbelli identifies fresh trends in the ever-changing events marketplace. Distributed every other Monday.