Meet the Team


Meet Christina Bell, your
Show Director!

Christina has been with Clarion Events for 15 years and is Group Show Director for the Smoky Mountain Gift Show & the Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show. When working with Christina you will not feel like a client, you will feel like family! Christina has a passion for animal rescue and loves to volunteer and foster. She even “foster failed” twice with her 2 fur-children Mille & Sophie.

Contact Christina at:
Ph: 678.370.0335

Meet Lisa Berry (Glosson), your
Vice President of Gift & Souvenir!

Lisa has been with Clarion Events for 18 years and has received numerous awards and industry recognition for her dedication and commitment to excellence. For Lisa, teamwork is everything. She works closely with each member of her respective teams to expand and enhance all the Clarion Shows! Lisa lives in Georgia with her husband, Jason and their little feisty Chihuahua, Pepi!

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Meet Tara Vaspasiano, your
Exhibitor Services Manager!

Tara began working at Clarion in March 2022. She graduated from Virginia Wesleyan University in 2010 with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies. She's a team player and loves helping others! When Tara is not working, she enjoys going to the beach to soak up some sun, reading, hiking or anything outdoors. Tara has a dog (german shorthaired pointer) named Indy, she is 50lbs of full energy. When Tara is not in Connecticut you can catch her in Cape Cod, MA!

Contact Sydney at:

Meet Patty SanFanAndre, your
Key Accounts Manager!

Patty joined Clarion Events in September 2019 based out of the Connecticut office. She has over 10 years’ experience in the Trade Show industry and aims to bring a successful trade show experience to all attendees. Outside of Clarion, she tries to keep up with her 3 young kids (Jack, Audrey & Emmy), and her 2 year old mutt rescue, Jasper.

Contact Patty at:
Ph: 203.580.1865

Meet Heather Overlock, your 
Key Accounts Manager!

Heather has been part of the gift and souvenir industry for 15+ years with experience both on the tradeshow production side as well as being an industry rep. In her role as Key Account Manager, Heather is here to cultivate relationships with retailers and exhibitors to ensure their needs are met at the event as well as help to form new connections between buyers and sellers. She lives in Northwest Ohio and while she’s not working with the best people in the planet, our gift and souvenir family, she likes traveling, working out (she is trained in both Karate and Krav Maga) and girls nights out! 

Contact Heather at:
Ph: 419.410.4627

Meet Sue Palmer, your 
Event Operations Manager!

Sue is the Event Operations Manager for the Smoky Mountain Gift Show. She is a new addition to the Clarion Events team, but not new to trade shows. She has been in the trade show industry for over 30 years. Sue enjoys working across several of the industry brands in the Clarion portfolio. Pre-event and onsite she works closely with the show team and vendors to execute successful events. When not at work, Sue loves to spend time with her husband and three grown daughters. She likes to travel, read, garden and play disc golf. Sue is also an avid sports fan, she loves to watch sports, whether it’s a MN or Iowa State University team. 

Contact Sue at:
Ph: 203.344.7116

Meet Nadira Ramatally, your 
Senior Marketing Manager!

Nadira joined Clarion in 2020 and brings an extensive background in events marketing for the last 10 years. She has won awards including Penton's Choice Award, Folio's 30 under 30 and EXPO Magazine’s Rising Star Award. Nadira has a toddler to keep her very busy and enjoys crafting in her spare time. She is your main Marketing/PR contact person, so feel free to reach out to her with any questions you may have.

Contact Nadira at:

Meet Samantha Hudak, your
Marketing Coordinator!

Samantha is the Marketing Coordinator for the Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show, as well as the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show. She ensures all attendees needs are met prior, on-site and post show. She loves interacting with our buyers and exhibitors and being a part of the gift teams. Sam will be walking the show floor to capture fun/exciting content for our social channels—be sure to catch her for a feature! When Sam's not working, she's at the beach reading, cooking some yummy desserts and speding time with friends and family (inlcuding her dog Roxy!)

Contact Samantha at:

Meet Caley Fry, your
Marketing Coordinator!

Caley is the Marketing Coordinator for the Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show – ensuring all exhibitor’s needs are met prior. She is new to the industry and is excited to interact with our buyers, exhibitors, and be a part of the Grand Strand Team! When she’s not working Caley likes to go on adventures outside as much as possible, whether that’s a hike, snowboarding, or laying beachside, Caley loves it all! She also enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family.  

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