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.
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.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE
Ruben Larios is a Business Development Specialist of AE Ventures, a pioneer in hosted events who uses dynamic B2B engagement to propel outstanding advancement at the nexus of technology and construction. In this role, Ruben works for businesses in a range of industries to aid them in achieving their corporate objectives. He brings creative ideas to AE Ventures and its future development within an industry by drawing on his experience in sales and business-related passions. Ruben is a graduate of Fitchburg State University.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE
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!
PRINCIPAL, TECHOME ADVISORS
Joe Lautner is principal of TecHome Advisors, helping builders, suppliers and their channel partners grow connected IoT business opportunities. Joe launched the first successful IP-based, open standards home control solution leading all marketing and sales efforts through to acquisition by Nortek. Over his 10+year tenure with Nortek, Joe held senior positions in product management, marketing, sales management and strategy development. He holds a board seat on the Consumer Technology Association's Smart Home Division and is a past Smart Home Chairman. Joe is particularly passionate about the opportunities for connected home technology's impact on healthy home living, renewable energy, natural resource management and adaptive applications to help people live happily and longer in their homes. He helps manufacturers, builders and other channel participants develop and execute effective go-to-market strategies, tactics and messaging for solutions sold through the professional install and builder channels.
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 MANAGER
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.
CONTENT SERVICES MANAGER
Jennifer joined AE Ventures in March of 2022. She has a passion for delivering creative solutions and continuous improvement that promote vision and innovation. For the past 16 years, Jennifer worked in the events industry, most recently as a Senior Registration Manager. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In her spare time, she loves being with her family, gardening with her children, and relaxing with her rescue dog Phoebe Marie.
Chaurnice graduated from The University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics in 2018. Prior to joining the AE Ventures team, Chaurnice taught 6th-grade math for 3 years. During the Pandemic, Chaurnice decided to change career paths and began pursuing Project management and Digital Marketing. In her free time, you might find her cooking, listening to a podcast, taking photos of her son and her dog, or binge-watching shows on Hulu or Netflix!
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.