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Opening General Session

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Doors open at 8:30 am, Keynote begins at 9:00 am

Venue: Anaheim Convention Center Keynote Stage

Join us for the Catersource + The Special Event Opening General Session, featuring our keynote, Executive Director of David Beahm Experiences, Christina Matteucci.

Keynote Title: I Know You’re the Boss, But...

Description: Executive Director of David Beahm Experiences and TEDx speaker, Christina Matteucci pioneers an integral role within the special event industry as Number Two to famed event designer David Beahm. During her session, she will address the singular relationship between Number Ones and their teams from both sides of the coin.

Christina will explore how modeling successful partnerships in the workplace sets a precedent for rewarding collaboration in society and bridges generational divides. She will tackle the queries she receives from hospitality Principals such as, "How do I find a Christina? Why is your turnover so low? How can I prevent my employees and associates from taking what I teach them and venturing out on their own?" Her lecture will also address how she advises emerging professionals making the decision to seek employment underneath the umbrella of a larger company or to branch out and begin their own ventures.

Keynote Speaker: Christina Matteucci

Christina Matteucci, Executive Director of David Beahm Experiences

Executive Director of David Beahm Experiences, Christina Matteucci pioneers an integral role within the special event industry as Number Two to celebrity event designer David Beahm. Now in her nineteenth year of collaboration with David, Christina has spent almost two decades skillfully executing unfathomably complex soirées all over the globe. Christina credits her rigorous conservatory theater training at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (2001) with her ability to conceive and produce lavish event experiences. She also asserts that her finesse for the fantastic has been enhanced and honed through wholeheartedly embracing the position of Number Two—a role that has blossomed into an esteemed symbiotic partnership with David. By exemplifying the time-honored model of apprenticeship and mentorship, Christina cultivates a robustly innovative workplace that thrives on deeply rooted collaboration; as such, she is a champion of egalitarian business principles. Her bohemian theories on how we define professional success earn her coveted speaking opportunities within the global special events industry, inspiring and captivating audiences with her no-nonsense, comedic, and self-effacing style. On November 23, 2019, Christina had the honor of speaking alongside Eliza Reid, First Lady of Iceland, at TEDxBeaconStreet, Boston. By virtue of her particular aptitude for team building, Christina is uniquely qualified to counsel both emerging professionals embarking on their career paths (thus earning her the moniker TeucciMama: Mother Hen of the Number Twos) as well as CEOs who value synergistic, cooperative corporate cultures.

Opening General Session Chair

Scott Frankel, President, Animatic Media, LLC, Hicksville, NY

Scott Frankel is the President of Animatic Media, an industry leader in event production and sought-after speaker at industry events. Animatic is a full-service event production company founded with the idea of offering agency-style service without the agency price tag.

Since 1996, Scott and his team have produced events for clients of all sizes, from Fortune 500 conferences with thousands of attendees to smaller road shows and events.  Scott is an innovator in the event technology space and insists on perfection and flawless execution for all of his events. Over the past few years, Animatic has added Conference-On-Demand (COD) to their service offerings rounding out the company event service capabilities.  COD is a leading platform for on-demand conference video. This new service offering allows Scott and the team at Animatic to support meeting planners and their events, at all stages making them a smooth and seamless success!

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