John Galante

John Galante

PRESIDENT

John Galante is president and founder of AE Ventures, a producer of hosted style in-person events and publisher of BuilderInnovator.com, a video-first content portal covering all things innovation for builders and multifamily companies. AE Ventures produces its co-located and integrated TecHome Builder and Housing Transformation Summits twice per year and will serve 250+ sponsoring companies and 300+ hosted guests in 2024. Galante has additional experience as a publisher, editor and business development leader with EH Media, where he led the launch and development of three Fastest Fifty award-winning events. He 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.

Katie Beckmann

Katie Beckmann

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Before joining the AE Ventures team in June 2022, Katie earned a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing with a minor in Digital Media and Culture from Emerson College. During her time at Emerson, she was captain of her NCAA Division III basketball team, did freelance design work, and was an artist for campus magazines. She has a passion for creating innovative and accessible design solutions. Katie enjoys reading, drawing, and exploring Boston in her free time.

Sam Borjeson

Sam Borjeson

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

Sam graduated from Babson College in May 2023 with a B.S. in Marketing. At Babson, she was a member of the Women’s Soccer Team. She also completed an internship the summer before her senior year at Katama Consulting Group where she gained interpersonal and communication skills to prepare her for a sales position at AE Ventures. In her free time, Sam enjoys going to the beach, spending time with friends and baking.

Colin Cocaine

Colin Cocaine

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 

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.

Colin Cocaine

Devam Dhawan

CONTENT MANAGER & VIDEO PRODUCER

Devam graduated from Boston University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Film & TV Production. Prior to joining AE Ventures, Devam worked in New York and Los Angeles for Universal Pictures, Disney Channel, and Fabletics. Outside of work, Devam is a music producer, competitive dancer, and seasoned percussionist.

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Jefferson Ferrara

INDUSTRY RELATIONS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE

Jefferson Ferrara graduated from Gordon College in 2022 with a BA in Communications and a minor in psychology. He gained experience in the events industry as the email marketing manager for the Campus Events Council at Gordon. Before joining AE, he worked at Fusion Worldwide in content/product marketing and sales enablement in the semiconductor supply chain industry. Outside of work, Jefferson enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing guitar, reading, and staying active through workouts. He brings a passion for communication and a diverse skill set to any endeavor he pursues.

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Bob Fields

DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY RELATIONS

As the Director of Industry Relations at AE Ventures, Bob is responsible for securing, maintaining, and growing the company’s new homebuilder relationships. A skilled communicator and connector, Bob brings a unique and diverse set of business, people, and development skills to the company earned through decades of experience across several industries including the consumer electronics, smart home, manufactured housing & recreational vehicles as well as the automotive aftermarket. Bob and his wife, Lynda, are the proud parents of seven grown children and eleven grandchildren. They enjoy family time, boating and traveling.

Leigh Fishback

Chaurnice Houston

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Chaurnice graduated from The University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics in 2018. Before joining the AE Ventures team, Chaurnice taught 6th-grade math for 3 years. During the Pandemic, Chaurnice changed career paths and pursued Project management and Digital Marketing. In her free time, you might find her cooking, listening to a podcast, taking photos of her sons and dog, or binge-watching shows on Hulu and Netflix!

Donna Kent

Donna Kent

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMIN 

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!

Ryan Mahoney

Ryan Mahoney

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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.

Jessica Salisbury

Jessica Salisbury

SR. MANAGER, CUSTOMER SUCCESS

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 and experience in events and customer relationships from interning at The Tomorrow Fund, organizing national fitness education Summits, and planning private events. She values time with family and friends, being at the beach, and adventures with her Golden Retriever, Bentley.

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Leigh Sullivan

CUSTOMER SUCCESS MANAGER

Leigh has been with the AE Ventures team since 2014. She is a graduate of Bryant University, where she earned a BA in Applied Psychology, and also played Division 1 volleyball. Her love of events first started with an internship at Peter Jacobsen Sports, where she managed the volunteer program for the CVS Charity Classic golf tournament in Bristol, RI. In her spare time Leigh enjoys brunching, beaching, and exploring the Boston area with her husband and toddler.