John Galante

John Galante

PRESIDENT

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.

Nancy Franco

Nancy Franco

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.

Nancy Franco

Allison Charette

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

Allison graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree is strategic communications and public relations. Prior to AE Ventures, she worked in a nonprofit doing marketing and communications, and loves events and networking. In her spare time she enjoys the beach, spending time with friends and family, and running.

Colin Cocaine

Colin Cocaine

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

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.

Nicole Dreher-Silvia

Nicole Dreher-Silvia

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 in Marlborough, MA, as well as designing for various freelance clients. Nicole likes to spend her free time at home with her mini-dachshund, Chip.

Jimmy Dunn

Jimmy Dunn

GUEST RECRUITMENT SPECIALIST

Jimmy joined the AE Ventures team in January 2019. Jimmy graduated from Fairfield University in 2015 with a degree in Communication. Before joining AE Ventures, he worked as an account executive for EVO Systems. Jimmy also has a background working in the music festival industry, working in public and media relations departments for several music festivals, including LOCKN’ Festival and Sasquatch! Music Festival. In his free time, Jimmy likes to spend time with family and friends, playing guitar, going to concerts and being outside.

Karen Emery

Karen Emery

GUEST RECRUITMENT SPECIALIST

Karen is a Guest Recruitment Specialist at AE Ventures. She joined the team in 2017 and focuses on educating homebuilders about our events.

Leigh Fishback

Leigh Fishback

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.

Donna Kent

Donna Kent

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & 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!

Jordan Mace

Jordan Mace

INSIDE SALES SPECIALIST

Jordan graduated from Bridgewater State University with a BS in Criminal Justice in 2016. From there he intended to transition into law enforcement. During his time trying to become an officer, he realized he had different career goals. He then relocated to the Los Angeles area where he spent his 8 months at Planned Parenthood supporting the Director of Security in all his efforts. He has since relocated back home to the Boston area where he started at AE as a full time temp, supporting the guest recruitment department. Jordan is now a full-time employee of AE Ventures working as a Business Development Executive selling sponsorships for the Total Tech Summit. Jordan likes to spend his time outside of work playing volleyball and hanging out with his dog Junior.

Ryan Mahoney

Ryan Mahoney

BUSINESS ANALYST MANAGER

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.

CJ Oliveri

CJ Oliveri

VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Prior to joining AE Ventures, CJ was the Vice President of Sales at MIS Training Institute. At MISTI, CJ was directly responsible for sponsorship sales and managing the inside sales & customer service teams. In his spare time CJ enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 daughters as well as rooting for all of Boston Sports Teams.

Jessica Salisbury

Jessica Salisbury

SPONSORSHIP ACTIVATION 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.

Jeff Verklan

Jeff Verklan

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Jeff joined the AE Ventures team in early in 2016, after spending the last seven years working for the Boston Bruins AHL affiliate, Providence Bruins. As VP-Sales with the P-Bruins, Jeff worked on corporate group outings while developing, selling and implementing corporate sponsorships with local and regional businesses. Prior to working in hockey, Jeff got his start in the sports industry with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the Triple-A Affiliate to the New York Yankees where he worked in activating the team’s sponsorship accounts. In his spare time, Jeff cheers on the Buffalo Bills in hopes that one day, they’ll return to a Super Bowl, and come home a winner.