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, Chief Operating Officer
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- VP, 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 and managed the marketing campaigns for the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo. Currently Liz is the Event Director for AXPONA (Audio Expo North America). On the AXPONA team Liz utilizes her passion for music and marketing to drive the strategic direction of AXPONA and all audience growth initiatives.  Liz launched the annual evening concert series, an attendee advisory board, and develops strategic partnerships. In her spare time Liz is an avid baker, studies dance, and attends as many live concerts as possible every year.  

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- VP Sales, 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.

Ben Davis- Content & Communications Director, Plant Based World Conference & Expo
After graduating from Tufts University in 2012 with a degree in philosophy and entrepreneurial leadership and building a successful career touring as an electronic music producer and performer, Ben found a passion for producing and curating events with the intention of bringing about social change. In winter of 2018 Ben developed the idea for Plant Based World Conference and Expo as a result of his own drastic transition to a plant-based lifestyle and earnest desire to make the world a better place. He is now the Content and Communications Director for PBW and Chair of the Advisory Council. Ben wholeheartedly believes that the shift towards plant-based consumption is the most essential transformation our society faces today. He feels that by harvesting the power of collaboration and resonating with one another we can get in touch with the true essence of community and manifest a world in which all beings are free to live peacefully and harmoniously.

Donna Brown- Business Development, Plant Based World Conference & Expo
Donna joined Plant Based World Expo in 2019 and is the Owner and Creator of the Nutrition Kitchen, her private clinical and lifestyle coaching practice.  Donna holds an MS in Clinical Nutrition and is a corporate speaker on wellness, nutrition, health and business performance. She has spent a number of years in business development for various trade shows at Reed Exhibitions, notably PharmaMed Device, Interphex, and EMS Today. She has also worked in new business development for financial services companies and for a professional grade supplement company. Donna is an avid plant-based cook and when not in the office or her kitchen, she can be found on the water sailing and paddle boarding.  Donna also holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Jake Caveny- Business Development, Plant Based World Conference & Expo
Jake joined JD Events in 2019 after three years with EF Go Ahead Tours. Jake excelled in building relationships with customers all over the U.S. and was an integral leader in the Denver office. He was provided incredible opportunities to travel the world and was lucky enough to see four continents over the course of his time with the company. Jake joined PBW because of his deeply held belief that a transition to a plant-based lifestyle is the single-greatest contribution any person can make to a better world. Jake has been vegan for 3 years and has experienced firsthand the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. He has five years of proven sales experience in multiple industries and is excited to create meaningful connections among the variety of attendees that will lead to a heathier planet for all of us.

Jordan Brereton, Trade Show Coordinator
Jordan joined JD Events in March 2018 with a degree in Communications from Eastern Connecticut State University. She graduated in May 2017 from ECSU. With her Communications degree, she has studied advertising, marketing, and communication strategies. She was very involved in the art program at her school as well. In her spare time, Jordan continues her passion for art and her interests include; the beach, sports, and traveling. Prior to JDE, she interned as a Brand Ambassador for a protein infused water company called Trimino and worked as an Office Assistant for the Bridgeport, CT Public Facilities Department. Jordan joins JD Events as a Tradeshow Coordinator and is excited to be a part of the JD Events team. Her 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.

Stephanie Castillo, Marketing Coordinator

As a Marketing enthusiast, Stephanie earned a BS degree in Communications, specializing in Advertising/Promotions, Marketing and Social Media from Southern Connecticut State University in 2016. She developed her marketing skills through various social media or consumer engagement roles at variously sized companies like Gama Aviation, North American Entertainment Group, and WWE. Today she works alongside Trade Show industry professionals at JD Events as a Marketing Coordinator, beginning November 2019. Stephanie’s primary responsibilities at JDE are to assist in the implementation and execution of Marketing Strategy to meet event objectives, while building and maintaining partnerships with key industry organizations. Combined with a results driven and can-do attitude, she is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Outside of marketing, some of Stephanie’s passions include animal rescue, charity, music, and traveling.

Dawn Jeffrey-Strategic Advisor and Marketing Consultant
As an original team member of JD Events since its inception in 2002, Dawn has worked on all aspects of our business and spent over 10 years as the General Manager and Senior Vice President.  Her specialty is in attendance development and acquisition as well as P&L development, management and workflow process.  She developed our human resource department including talent acquisition and handling of all healthcare and payroll issues.  She currently acts as a strategic advisor in a marketing capacity and takes on other special projects as needed. She also is passionate about the non-profit sector and currently is a hospice volunteer and serves on the Benefit Committee for the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.  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 and Registration Departments and implemented customer loyalty programs for over 30 trade shows and conferences. 

Deanne Sabia, A/R Specialist
Deanne has degree in English/Marketing from the University of Connecticut. She has a background in Sales and Marketing in which she excelled at during the first fifteen years of her career. Deanne is the mother of three active children ages fourteen, twelve and nine. She has worked seasonally at JD Events for the past four years on various shows such as Drone World Expo, AXPONA and Healthcare Facilities Symposium handling telemarketing, accounts receivables, database creation and administrative support for the JD Events team. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at sports events with her husband, watching her kids’ games, playing with her two dogs, and being a board member at Harborside Middle School where she chairs fundraising events.