Christine Hilgert/Meeting Expectations
As vice president of the Meeting Management Business Unit withÂ Meeting Expectations, Christine is responsible for the day-to-day staff/client management and strategic direction of the unitâ€™s staff, which is comprised of meeting planners, registration staff and contract management staff. Her focus is to introduce the latest ideas and opportunities offered by the industry to her staff and clients. In September 2012, Christine will celebrate her 15 year anniversary with ME!.
Christine has extensive experience in budget management, and has overseen client budgets ranging from $100,000 to $10,000,000. Christine has also facilitated speaker management for programs consisting of 30 â€“ 350+ speakers. In addition, Christine has managed show floors with up to 300+ exhibiting companies and 100,000 gross square feet. She has also coordinated the fulfillment and management of many high profile partner programs.
She has experience working on meetings at hotels and conventions centers throughout North American, Europe, Asia PAC and the Middle East. Christine has been the lead venue liaison for programs ranging in attendance, 200 â€“ 10,000.
Before joining Meeting Expectations, Christine worked as a multi-sport manager with Special Olympics of Georgia.
Katie Pereira/Meeting Expectations
Conference Manager Katie Pereira manages logistics, sponsorships and exhibits for a diverse range of clients.
Previously, she served at Meeting Expectations as a registration coordinator, handling multiple clientsâ€™ registration needs, including building online forms and managing on-site logistics. She also coordinated speaker programs for a large conference with over 500 speakers. Her clients include groups and companies in the technology and salon/spa industries, higher education, communications/marketing field, and a networking group for women in the STEM field.
Prior to joining Meeting Expectations in 2007, Pereira was a sales assistant at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta, where she was responsible for managing projects. She gained valuable experience in the hotel industry which she uses in serving her clients daily.