The JDE Staff has over 200 years of combined tradeshow, conference and publishing experience.

Joel Davis Founder & CEO
Prior to founding JD Events in January of 2002, Joel spent 16 years as a senior executive in the tradeshow and conference industry. He began his event management career as a sales executive in 1986 with Reed Exhibition Companies and eventually held the position of Industry Vice President. He left Reed in 1996 to serve as President of Primedia/Intertec Exhibitions (now Penton Media), and subsequently served as President and COO of eMarketWorld and Vice President/General Manager of Imark Communications. Joel has a genuine passion for the events business combined with a deeply held belief in the value of face-to-face marketing and community building. He has been a member of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) since 1996 and has served on the SISO Executive Committee.
Lou Mancini VP, Finance & Trade Show Operations 
Lou came to JD Events in 2004 in the role of VP, Trade Show Operations. Lou recently added the VP, Finance role. As VP, Lou is responsible for all of JD Events financial operations, facility management and IT. Lou also oversees the logistical preplanning and onsite execution of all JD Events trade shows across the country.  He brings with him an extensive knowledge of day to day financial operations, planning, mergers & acquisitions and all facets of daily show management. Prior to joining JD Events, Lou began his career in the publishing/trade show industry with Cowles Business Media (now known as Penton Media) in 1995. During his tenure with Cowles, Lou held numerous positions in the finance division before moving over to the trade show division in a management role in 1999. Lou continued his trade show career as VP of Operations at eMarketWorld, Director of Operations Worldwide at PBI Media (Access Intelligence) and VP-Operations at Radius Events.

Liz Miller Event Director, AXPONA
Liz started her trade show career as an Event Coordinator at JD Events in May 2005. Since then she has managed the conference programs for Content & Communications World, SATCON and Customer Engagement Technology World. She continuously strives to improve the education offered at events by developing relevant and creative conference programs. Starting in 2010 Liz expanded her role into marketing the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo. She is responsible for marketing campaign development and strategic partnerships with industry organizations. Liz is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where she majored in marketing. She is also an avid baker, a ski coach for Special Olympics and a roller coaster enthusiast.

Mark Freed VP Business Development, AXPONA
Mark has been a key player on the JD Events team since its inception in 2002, beginning with a major role in the building of AD:TECH into the #1 global event focused on interactive advertising and marketing. Mark has a strong history of successfully working with clients, from SMBs to large scale companies such as Oracle, Google, The New York Times, SAP, BusinessWeek, INC. Magazine, Tiffany & Co., and Steinway & Sons. A self-proclaimed audiophile, Mark believes that his current role on AXPONA is his favorite assignment yet.

Jenabeth Ferguson Vice President/Symposium Director, Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo
Jenabeth joined JD Events in 2005 to head up the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo. She provides strategic direction on the formulation and execution of the event and is fully responsible for directing the educational program. The extensive industry Advisory Board for HFSE has grown under Jenabeth’s direction to include leaders from prestigious design firms as well as some of the largest health systems in the country. Jenabeth formed the annual raffle at HFSE with 100% of the proceeds being donated to several charitable organizations over the years such as the Rick Hansen Foundation and Shriners Children Hospital. Jenabeth began her event career in 1997 and has gained diverse tradeshow experience having worked in both the client and vendor communities for companies including Imark Communications and CDS Registration Services prior to joining JD Events.

Ann Belz Sales Director, Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo
Ann joined JD Events in September 2013 as Sales Director for the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo. She brings over 20 years of proven sales experience to JD Events having spent the last 6 years in the trade show and conference industry serving the healthcare, eldercare and construction/legal markets and government IT community previously with Vendome Group and 1105 Media. Prior to events, she worked in healthcare selling through distributor channels, direct to hospitals, physicians markets and private label partners. Ann’s strengths include a consultative sales approach working closely with clients to design custom programs to meet their needs while building long term relationships. Ann is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, gardening and cheering on her three children at football, wrestling, lacrosse, baseball, rugby games and cheer competitions.

Michael Driscoll Vice President, Business Development, AXPONA
Michael Driscoll has launched and grown tradeshows throughout his career for Reed Exhibitions, Comtek International, Miller Freeman, the National Association of Broadcasters, Questex, and JD Events. In 2004 Mike launched Content & Communications World for JDE in New York City. After building CCW for 9 years into the largest media & entertainment technology show on the east coast, it was acquired by the National Association of Broadcasters where Mike spent two more years successfully transitioning CCW into what is now known as “NAB New York”. Mike also worked for JDE on the successful launch of Drone World Expo and is now focused on helping JDE build AXPONA into the most important high end audio event in the world.

Melissa Harrington Cercone Manager, Exhibitor Services & Operations
Melissa joined JD Events in January 2010 with a degree in Communications from East Carolina University. Melissa’s interest in trade shows and events began at ECU when she held an internship with the University working for the Coordinator of Centennial Events. During her internship, Melissa created and managed volunteer programs, maintained ECU’s Centennial website and helped execute various events during the Centennial year. At JD Events, Melissa’s primary responsibilities are exhibitor communications, sponsorship fulfillment, website development and maintenance and customer service. She provides pre-show and onsite assistance to the VP of Operations.
Dawn Jeffrey Senior Vice President
Dawn has been with JD Events since its inception in 2002.  She works on all the shows in the portfolio specializing in marketing, registration and database management, as well as human resources.  Her previous experience and expertise is in P&L management, attendee acquisition implementation, sales and customer service. Prior to joining JD Events she  was the Group Show director for six marketing events with Primedia/Intertec Exhibitions (now Penton Media.). Her career in Show Business started in 1985 at Reed Exhibition Companies, where she headed up the Database Marketing Department and registration and implemented customer loyalty programs for over 30 trade shows and conferences.
Joelle Coretti Marketing Consultant, Strategic Advisor  
Joelle has been with JD Events since 2002 and has developed and managed all marketing and media relations for JD Events' portfolio of conferences and trade shows.  Her areas of expertise include conference programming, event marketing strategy, development of strategic partnerships with key industry organizations and media, and special events. Joelle has been in event management in the tradeshow/media business for 20 years, previously with PROMO Magazine, the New Haven Coliseum, Primedia, and Imark Communications.