team

John Galante

John Galante

Nancy Franco

Nancy Franco

Amelia Andrade

Erin Baldwin

Kaleigh Barrasso

Jillian Bateman Moore

Michael Black-Farrell

Nicole Dreher

Wendy Dugas

Wendy Dugas

Leigh Fishback

Ben McGuire

Andrea Medeiros

Erin Powers

Ashley Silva

Patti Tellier-Ruggieri

Greg Vellante

Jeff Verklan

Dalton Weir

John Gallante

John Galante

PRESIDENT

Prior to founding AE Ventures in July 2008, Galante headed EH Publishing’s events division and contributed to the development of its publications, online media and new business ventures. At the conclusion of his tenure there, EH annually produced seven trade events, several awards programs and other special seminars, among them, the Electronic House Expos and the Worship Facilities Conference & Expo, both named to Trade Show Week‘s prestigious Fastest 50 Growing Shows list. Galante started his career at EH Publishing as editor-in-chief of its Custom Electronics Professional(CE Pro) magazine and in 2001 led the launch of TecHome Builder magazine as publisher/editor. Read More

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Nancy Franco

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Franco leads the sales, marketing and operations efforts, spearheading the production and quality execution for all events and emedia. Additionally, Franco works closely with the partners, advisors and volunteer leaders on program development and implementation. Before joining AE Ventures, Nancy was with EH from 2001-2008, rising from coordinator to conference and special events manager and finally show director for both the award-winning Electronic House Expo and Electronic Security Expo. Before EH, Franco worked as exhibit manager for high tech Massachusetts-based firm and in exhibit services for large independent organizer, IDG. In 2009, she earned the designation of Certified Exhibition Manager (CEM) from the International Association for Exhibitions and Events, and she currently sits on the IAEE CEM Commission. Nancy was named to EXPO Magazine’s list of Expo Elite in 2012.

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Amelia Andrade

OPERATIONAL EVENT MANAGER

Amelia started her career with AE Ventures in 2012, focusing on overall event development and production in regards to operations, registration, and exhibitor services. Amelia is a 2011 graduate of Bridgewater State University, and holds her B.S. Degree in Corporate Communications with a concentration in public relations and marketing. Prior to joining AE Ventures, Amelia worked in operational and marketing roles for Patriot Place and Victoria’s Secret.

Erin Baldwin

Erin Baldwin

MARKETING AND DESIGN COORDINATOR

Erin is a two-time graduate of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), earning a B.A. in Graphic Design with a double minor in Communications and Humanities in 2012, and obtaining a master’s degree in Marketing in 2014. She was also a member of the women’s basketball team during her time at SNHU. Prior to joining AE Ventures, Erin worked as an assistant sports information director for two years where she was responsible for all aspects of communication including in-game statistics and post-game communications for nine NCAA Division II varsity sports, and most recently at Barry University in Miami, FL as the Coordinator for Alumni Programs where her focus was on the Student Alumni Association and Young Alumni Association.

Kaleigh Barrasso

Kaleigh Barrasso

GUEST RELATIONS SPECIALIST

Kaleigh graduated from Bridgewater State University in June of 2014 with a B.A. in Corporate Communications. She has held positions in marketing and customer relations both during and after college. With a passion for the non-profit sector, she interned for several organizations such as Special Olympics Massachusetts where she assisted in both donor relations and event management efforts. Kaleigh enjoys hobbies such as singing, hiking, and reading in her free time.

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Jillian Bateman-Moore

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND EDITORIAL

Jillian is a graduate of both Carnegie Mellon University and Ithaca College. She holds a master’s degree in professional writing with a concentration in public relations, advertising and design. Prior to joining the AE Team Jillian coordinated accounts for Krome Communications, one of Pittsburgh’s top 10 billing agencies. At Krome, Jillian worked with global and local clients, planning and executing strategic messaging for varying industries.

Michael Black-Farrell

Mike Black-Farrell

STAFF WRITER

Michael’s experience ranges over multiple facets of journalism, and he writes eMedia content as well as produces videos for TecHome Builder’s multiple newsletters. In the past, Michael was an editor for the campus newspaper and executive producer of news at his alma mater Franklin Pierce University.

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Nicole Dreher-Silvia

MARKETING & DESIGN SPECIALIST

Joining the team in 2013, Nicole creates print and digital assets across all AEV brands. Nicole is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design & Letterform. Prior to her position at AE Ventures, Nicole worked as a graphic designer for the business communications company AVI-SPL on-site at Dow Chemical in Marlborough, MA, as well as designing for various freelance clients. Nicole also has a passion for rescuing animals, volunteering and working at the Humane Society & Shelter South Coast for several years.

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Wendy Dugas

MANAGER OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Wendy joined AE Ventures in 2013 and brings over 20 years of experience in finance and business analysis within various settings, including University and small businesses. Prior to joining AE Ventures, Wendy held the position of Budget Analyst for Information Services at Northeastern University, before moving on to Business Analysis, with a focus on providing business process solutions throughout the University. Other prior experiences include 8 years as Plant Fund Accountant at Boston College, financial sales operations for international electric vehicle startup and diversified accounting services for local independent CPA firm.

Leigh Fishback

Leigh Fishback

GUEST RELATIONS SPECIALIST

Leigh graduated from Bryant University in May 2014, where she earned a BA in Applied Psychology and a triple minor in Communications, Sociology, and Business Administration. She also played Division 1 volleyball there for 4 years. In Spring of 2014 Leigh interned with Peter Jacobsen Sports, where she managed the volunteer program for the CVS Charity Classic golf tournament, and also got to work hand-in-hand with the charities who benefited from the event. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, hiking, and going to local concerts.

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Todd Girdis

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Ben McGuire

Ben McGuire

GUEST RELATIONS SPECIALIST

Andrea Medeiros

Andrea Medeiros

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND MULTIMEDIA DIRECTOR

Andrea has a broadcast journalism degree from Emerson College. She has seven years of multimedia experience. Prior to joining the AE Team, she reported in two different TV media markets, writing, shooting, editing and delivering her stories live on the air. Most recently, Andrea produced a live, hour-long newscast at ABC6 News in Providence.

Erin Powers

Erin Powers

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

Erin graduated from Providence College in May 2014, where she earned a BA in Psychology. Prior to joining the AE Team, Erin worked for The Children’s Tumor Foundation as a Program Assistant, and still volunteers on the planning committee for their annual New England Gala. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, shopping, listening to music, and playing with her two dogs.

Ashley Silva

Ashley Silva

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

Patti Tellier-Ruggieri

Patti Tellier-Ruggieri

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

Greg Vellante

Greg Vellante

STAFF WRITER AND MULTIMEDIA SPECIALIST

Greg has written for various publications—most notably six-plus years with North of Boston Media Group—as well as subtitle/captioning services for a wide range of visual media. Greg holds a degree in Media Studies from Emerson College and pursues screenwriting/filmmaking in his free time.

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Jeff Verklan

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

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Dalton Weir

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT
Dalton graduated from Stonehill College in May 2016, where he earned a BS in Management and a minor in Entrepreneurship. He has developed a special interest in relationship building and account management from previous roles at Nike and TD Bank. In his spare time, Dalton enjoys listening to music, playing outdoor sports, and spending time with family and friends.