John Galante is president and co-founder of AE Ventures, a hosted event innovator that drives extraordinary progress at the intersection of technology and construction via dynamic B2B engagement. Galante has additional experience as a publisher, editor and business development leader with EH Media and worked in event development and management for several years with Reed Exhibition Companies. He also has a wealth of experience in the association realm, having served on a number of industry boards and committees, launched associations and worked as a senior staff member of the Consumer Technology Association and chief staff executive of the Security Industry Association.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Nancy Franco is executive vice president and co-founder of AE Ventures, a hosted event innovator that drives extraordinary progress at the intersection of technology and construction via dynamic B2B engagement. In this role, she leads the company’s strategy development and execution across all core functions. Prior to AE Ventures, Franco worked on award-winning events serving the custom electronics and residential security industries at EH Media. She has additional experience working on technology tradeshows as a member of the IDG team. She is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University.
Raymond L. Bianchi
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - RURAL INNOVATOR
Raymond L. Bianchi is the Director of Business Development for the Rural Innovator events, for AE Ventures. He has 20 years of experience in the B2B event business including 8 years managing the IDEAg Group of American Farm Bureau events. Ray has built and launched events around the world for Deutsche Messe AG, CMP Media (Informa), & Advanstar. He had developed live, virtual & conference events in six industries. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese & Italian.
DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER
Erin holds a BA in Graphic Design & Media Arts with minors in both Marketing and Communications. She spent six months as a Graphic Design Intern at AE Ventures in 2018 and rejoined the team in June of 2019 blending her love of design and social media marketing in her new role. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking or spending time near the ocean with her family.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Colin joined the AE Ventures team in September 2018, after completing his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island. Colin gained his client service and customer relationship building skills while at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Power Home Remodeling Group, and Kraft Sports Group. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing fantasy football, and rooting on his Boston sports teams.
CREATIVE SERVICES MANAGER
Joining the team in 2013, Nicole manages the marketing efforts, branding and asset creation at AEV. 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, as well as designing for various freelance clients. Nicole likes to spend her free time at home with her mini-dachshunds, Chip & Pickle.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE, ADMIN & GUEST RECRUITMENT
Prior to joining AE Ventures, Donna was the Executive Director and General Manager of several local retail business. At Pandora Jewelry and Tiffany & Co. Donna’s focus was finance, operations and administration. In her spare time Donna enjoys time with family and friends, gardening, volunteering and reading by her backyard koi pond!
DIRECTOR OF MARKET ENGAGEMENT & ANALYTICS
Ryan graduated from Stonehill College in May 2018, where he earned a B.S.B.A. in Finance and a minor in Data Science. Ryan spent his junior and senior years as a finance and administration intern at AE Ventures and now brings a new degree of analytics to the team. Ryan spends his free time outdoors with his goldendoodle, Bear.
CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE SPECIALIST
Joining the team in 2017, Jessica graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a bachelor’s degree in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management. Prior to AE Ventures, she gained her love of events and customer care from organizing national fitness Summits, website management and volunteering for local nonprofits. She enjoys time with family and friends, her rescue pup and being an avid DIY’er.
CUSTOMER SUCCESS MANAGER
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.