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Meet Our Team
LAI Live houses some of the industry's most creative, intelligent, and ruthless talent.
Our team members bring clients more than event management- they offer a full-service experience.
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    • Account Executives
    Senior Vice President, Colorado Office

    Mimi Hair has worked at Leading Authorities since 1993. She assists corporate and association clients in securing speakers and top quality event production.

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    • Account Executives
    Senior Vice President

    Tony is a certified meeting planner, and works with dozens of corporations and trade associations all over the country, helping to design world class meeting experiences.

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    • Account Executives
    Senior Vice President

    Ned and the LAI Mid-West team based in Chicago, Illinois, assist our clients in securing speakers and entertainment for national trade and professional associations as well as corporate clients.

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    • Account Executives
    Senior Vice President

    Jonathan Lane first came to Leading Authorities as an event coordinator in charge of logistics, drawn to the position by his interest in current events and the prospect of working with major players in politics, business, and innovation.

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    • Account Executives
    Vice President

    Katy Foster started at Leading Authorities as an intern and quickly rose up the ranks, serving as a production assistant and then the digital marketing coordinator before ultimately taking her skill set to event sales.

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    • Account Executives
    Vice President

    Andrew Gibbons has been working with LAI clients for their major event needs for 5 years now and his focus is the still the same when he started at LAI--provide great customer service and candid, transparent advice to his clients.

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    • Account Executives
    Vice President

    Debbie Saylor is a marketing and public relations professional with more than 18 years of experience, including 14 years working directly in the events industry.

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    • Account Executives
    Vice President

    Jeannette Smith came to Leading Authorities, Inc. after serving in the George W. Bush White House and at the Chertoff Group, a security consulting firm where she worked closely with exclusive speaker, General Michael Hayden.

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    • Account Executives
    Managing Director - Chicago Office

    Mike works tirelessly with clients to identify the right expert for their audience and event based on their goals and ensures that events offer audiences an unforgettable experience.

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    • Account Executives
    Account Executive, LAI Live + LAI Video

    Susy Jordan is an Account Executive for Video and Live Production. She works closely with her clients, from the first call to the big day, in order to ensure they…

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    • Account Executives
    Program Consultant

    Lisa McFadden loves the energy of meetings and events.

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    • Account Executives
    Senior Program Consultant

    For over fourteen years, Lisa Raines has helped clients design programs that engage, excite, and inspire meeting attendees.