John Galante


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

Nancy Franco


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.


Kaleigh Barrasso


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.


Tony Consiglio


Tony Consiglio is an Editor and Event Content Specialist for TecHome Builder. He has a decade of experience in television news as a reporter, anchor and producer. A natural storyteller, Tony helps create compelling content for the home technology industry. He also has a background in multimedia journalism—shooting, editing and producing videos at news outlets around the country.


Nicole Dreher-Silvia


Joining the team in 2013, Nicole manages the creation of 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 likes to spend her free time at home with her mini-dachshund, Chip.


Jackie Erb


Jackie is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, earning a B.S. in Kinesiology in 2012. Prior to AE Ventures she worked for EH Publishing as an account executive for the publications: CE Pro, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales & Integration, Campus Safety, Electronic House, and TechDecisions. Jackie enjoys going on adventures with her dog Lightning, pizza with a glass of wine, playing and watching sports, as well as spending time with family and friends.


Leigh Fishback


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


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!


Ben McGuire


Ben graduated from Fitchburg State University in 2015 with a BS in Professional Communications. Prior to joining AE Ventures in February of 2016, he worked as a freelancer for Heywood Hospital performing market research and promoting their social media presence. Now working in Audience Development at AE Ventures, he is able to put his skills in market research to work, as he vets out guests that coincide with the AE Ventures audience. Outside of work, Ben enjoys playing and recording music, spending time with family, and all things outdoors.


Ryan Shlan


Ryan moved to Rhode Island from Delaware to attend Johnson & Wales University where he earned a B.S. in Marketing with a concentration in Management. Prior to working at AE Ventures he worked at Smart Biotech as a Biotechnology Recruiter, working with many of the major pharmaceutical companies in the Boston area. In his spare time Ryan enjoys photography, sports, and going to concerts.


Jeff Verklan


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.


Dalton Weir

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.