Master Level

These individuals have demonstrated through many years of business experience a thorough grasp of the implementation of engagement across the enterprise.

Susan ForgieSusan Forgie, Director, Customer Service,  ASSA ABLOY Hospitality
Susan recently joined this global leader in security technology for the hospitality industry to head up its customer service operation.  Before that, she was with McAfee for 15 years and in the hi-tech industry for over 25. She has been focused on Customer Experience exclusively for the last 12 years. Prior to McAfee, she held various management and technical positions for both the private sector and the U.S. Army. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Barbara PorterBarbara Porter, Executive Director, Advisor, Customer Practice, Ernst & Young
Barbara is an ardent believer in the positive impact that employee engagement can have on customer service, as well as the bottom line. She has published several articles for industry publications, including “Employee Engagement: Its Impact on Profitability and the Customer Experience.” Before joining Ernst & Young, she was Vice President, Customer Experience and Business Development for Nicor National. She is a frequent speaker at industry forums across the country.

Melanie LewisMelanie Lewis: Senior Consultant with the Enterprise Engagement Alliance
Melanie has helped implement a new training service on the emerging field of Enterprise Engagement.  Lewis most recently was Director, Commercial Engagement, at AstraZeneca, capping a 27-year career there that began in human resources and culminated with pioneering work in the area of Enterprise Engagement.  She was primarily responsible for leading engagement initiatives within the U.S. Sales Organization. She also helped develop the test for the EEA Certification program.

Rodger StotzRodger Stotz: Chief Research Officer of the Incentive Research Foundation and Principal of Delta Qi Consulting
Rodger founded Delta Qi Consulting following a 30-year career in sales management, human resources and incentive program design. He is also a member of the Board of the Enterprise Engagement Alliance and a faculty member for WorldatWork. He has earned the designation of Certified Performance Technologist with the International Society for Performance Improvement, and holds the designation of Certified Professional in Incentive Management from the Incentive Marketing Association.

Gina ValentiGina Valenti, Vice President, Brand Hospitality – Focused Service Brands, Hilton
Gina is responsible for the owner services infrastructure and support required to build and maintain superior relationships with Hilton Worldwide owners and franchisees around the globe. Gina also spearheads enterprise-wide owner contact, communications, customer relationship management and engagement. In addition, Gina leads owner events and other owner loyalty initiatives.

Advanced Level

These individuals have been involved with the development of multiple Engagement programs as well as this curriculum on a consulting basis.

Allan SchweyerAllan Schweyer: President of, Partner & Principal at the Center for Human Capital Innovation
Allan is head of research for the Enterprise Engagement Alliance and co-developer of the Enterprise Engagement Curriculum and Certification program. He directs research and education efforts and leads the design of new human capital transformation systems and strategies tailored specifically for federal, state and local governments. He is the author of many books and articles on talent management.

Bruce Bolger: Managing Director of the Enterprise Engagement Alliance
Bruce is a co-developer of the EEA Curriculum and Certification program, as well as President of Engagement Media and Marketing. He was formerly Editor and Publisher of Incentive magazine and is the author of two textbooks on incentive program design. He has consulted, written and spoken extensively on business development, engagement and motivation.

Certified Engagement Practitioners

These individuals have demonstrated through completion of an online test a basic knowledge of the Enterprise Engagement framework and implementation process that provides the basis for creating effective Engagement strategies.

Susan AdamsSusan Adams, Director, Special Initiatives, Dittman Incentive Marketing
As Special Initiatives Director, Susan makes significant contributions to industry thought leadership, speaking and writing on recognition and rewards. She is currently EVP of the Recognition Council, a strategic industry group of the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA).


Stephanie Angle, Account Executive, Performance Solutions, Fusion Marketing
Stephanie was previously Corporate Operations Manager for Norse Networks, Inc. and received her BA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Andy Bollwerk, Sales and Business Development, Lipic’s Recognition
Andy has a Management Degree from Webster University with 20+ years helping clients engage customers and employees.

Brian CarrBrian Carr, Director, Individual Awards, Dittman Incentive Marketing
Brian manages both the Customer Care department and the merchandise, gift card, individual travel, and event tickets product lines. In this role, he has been responsible for continuous enhancement and expansion of the company’s product offerings into one of the broadest in the industry.


Kelly Chesterson, VP Operations, Point Recognition
Kelly has a demonstrated history of working in the rewards and recognition industry. She received her MBA from Baldwin Wallace University in 2006.


Steve CumminsSteve Cummins, Director, Digital Marketing & Communications, Dittman Incentive Marketing
In his current role as Director, Digital Marketing & Communications, Steve has responsibility for the branding of Dittman Incentive Marketing and the promotion of client programs. He is charged with integrating the latest digital trends and techniques into the Company’s web-based products, travel programs and corporate marketing channels.

Denise DagninoDenise Dagnino, Communications Specialist, Rymax Marketing Services
Denise Dagnino is a marketing communications specialist at Rymax. She creates and manages content for a corporate blog, social media channels, public relations, advertising and web copy.



Sandra DanielSandra Daniel, President & CEO, FIRE Light Group
Sandra Daniel began her career in financial services and marketing with Bank of America and moved to EVP of Lending Marketing Services with CUNA Mutual Group. She left to help revive an event company as CMO.  Her entrepreneurial drive led her to form FIRE Incentives and later merge with The Light Group Inc. to form FIRE Light Group.  Sandra serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of Trustees for the IRF.

Vince Delle GrottiVince Delle Grotti, Account Executive,
Dittman Incentive Marketing

Vince helps Dittman’s clients discover and implement the best solutions to increase their employee engagement, and to boost their sales incentive programs.


Andrew Devoto, Client Services Associate,
Next Level Performance

Andrew was formerly an Assistant Project Manager at Lanmark360 and graduated from New Jersey City University.


Paul DonehuePaul Donehue, President,
Paul Charles & Associates

Paul consults with business leaders to help establish and implement effective sales management, customer service and engagement strategies.


Mary EnochMary Enoch, Strategic Services, EGR International
Mary Enoch is a Senior Planner in EGR International’s Strategic Services division and is a key member of EGR’s Life Sciences Group.  She devises and implements effective engagement solutions that transform her customers’ interactions with their key constituents into meaningful and profitable relationships.

Charlotte Frederick, Director of Operations, EGR International

Jacqui Gallela, Account Manager, Dittman Incentive Marketing
Jacqui consults with Dittman’s key clients to ensure their recognition, sales incentive and channel programs are exceeding their desired results.

Chris Galloway, Owner and Lead Designer, Animate Growth Partners
Chris was previously SVP, Performance Solutions, for Fusion Marketing and Founder & General Manager of 3Cheers!, as well as having worked at Maritz Motivation Solutions.

Tim Geary, Executive VP, Point Recognitions
Tim has worked for Point Recognition for over 11 years. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Dayton.

Thom Harley, Business Development Manager, Cotton Candy Total Rewards
Thom is manager of all new business development and account management for one of Canada’s largest SaaS rewards and recognition platforms.


Colin J. HigginsColin J. Higgins, President, Performance Enhancement Incentives
Colin brings a unique perspective to performance improvement and business engagement. With a degree in Physics and experience working on classified, high-acuity spy satellites, he understands the need for precision and discipline in every endeavor. He made the transition to the incentive and motivational event field in the 1980s, founding Performance Enhancement Incentives in 1995 to address what he perceived as an inadequate level of service offered to elite-level incentive client companies seeking to build close relationships with top-performing salespeople, employees and customers.

Carolyn E. HoffmanCarolyn E. Hoffman, Co-Principal, Performance Enhancement Incentives
Born in England, Carolyn is a specialist in helping organizations create and deploy inspirational and effective business events almost anywhere in the world. As Director of Operations and co-owner of Performance Enhancement Incentives, Carolyn is responsible for researching award destinations to find the best fit for a business considering any type of business Engagement experience. She excels in discovering unique locations that will ensure a memorable experience for clients and takes great pride in her reputation for putting together the right accommodations, meals and activities for groups of any size and budget.

Michelle Holmes, General Manager, Travel and Transport
Michelle has over 24 years of progressive accomplishments managing leisure travel and loyalty programs, with a special focus on client service and operations.

Paige Johnson, Client Experience and Branding Specialist, Cotton Candy Total Rewards
Paige joined Cotton Candy in April of 2016, where she manages the customer service team to ensure client expectations are exceeded and develops effective social media and brand awareness strategies, among other key tasks. She was previously Marketing Director with Flight Centre Travel Group.

Steve Lipic, President, Lipic’s Recognition
Steve has been growing and leading Lipic’s Recognition for over 18 years utilizing engagement principles. Lipic’s Recognition has a rich 150-year history of helping clients ignite passion in their employees and clients.

Kristen McGowan LaSalviaKristen McGowan, Content Marketing Manager, ADP
Kristen’s expertise lies in brand positioning, corporate communications, media relations, advertising and digital strategies to drive brand recognition. She earned an Incentive Professional (IP) Certification from the Incentive Marketing Association.


Sara McKinneySara McKinney, Account Executive, Dittman Incentive Marketing
Sara works with HR and Sales executives who manage recognition and incentives programs, to ensure they are applying the latest engagement tools within their organizations.



Kelly ParisiKelly Parisi, Solutions Development Manager, Spear One
Since she started at Spear One in 2010, Kelly has been designing and developing incentive programs that connect, motivate, and produce measurable results.  Kelly establishes program budgets, analyzing internal factors, demographics and key budget drivers to set the stage for an efficient and effective program.


Cyndi PereiraCyndi Pereira, Sales Manager, Travel and Transport, Inc.
Cyndi has extensive experience in relationship management and business development and works closely with clients to increase the effectiveness of loyalty programs. She has been in the travel industry for over 30 years and has over 13 years with Travel and Transport.


Sarah PingrySarah Pingry, Business Development Manager, FIRE Light Group
Prior to joining FLG in 2011, Sarah was an Account Development Manager with CPM.Marketing Group, Inc. She has leveraged over a decade of experience in strategic planning, media buying and copywriting in tandem with event planning and promotional marketing. Sarah has a BS from University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and her main focus with FLG is customer relationship management and program development.

Shannon Prekop, Marketing Associate, Next Level Performance
Shannon graduated from Syracuse University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree and previously worked as a Sales Representative for Dittman Incentive Marketing.


Neil Rogers, VP Sales & Marketing, Rogers Marketing
Neil has been Owner and VP of Marketing & Sales at Rogers Marketing for nearly 20 years. He serves as lead marketing consultant, business development manager and trainer & coach on the Guerilla Marketing 11-Step Process.


Ramandeep Singh, Owner & COO, My Virtual Partner
Ramandeep is an expert in Web development, workforce and talent management. He was previously the Regional Research Manager, Asia-Pacific, for the Human Capital Institute.


Stephen VermanStephen Verman, Client Services Coordinator, EGR International
As a leading member of the Client Services team at EGR International, Stephen works directly with engagement program participants to ensure strategies are successful at every level. He lives in New York City and graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in Writing Fiction for Social Change.


Juan Manuel Valenzuela, Principal, Above Target
Juan is principal of Above Target, an Engagement Solution Provider based in Mexico City that specializes on incentive and recognition programs that align participants with our clients’ goals for long-term performance improvement.

Richard Warwick, Business Development Executive, Lipic’s Engagement
At Lipic’s Engagement, Richard is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s business plan for bringing employee engagement solutions to companies in St. Louis and surrounding regions.  Prior to joining Lipic’s, he worked for 10 years in at DuPont Nutrition & Health, most recently as Service Excellence Manager in the Global Strategic Development Team. Richard is a graduate of Webster University, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

Maggie Wenthe, Leader, Marketing Strategy at ITA Group, Inc.
Maggie has spent more than 18 years in incentives, recognition, marketing and merchandising. As the leader of Marketing Strategy at ITA Group, she analyzes market trends to develop world-class solutions that help Fortune 1000 companies motivate and engage their employees and channel partners. In addition to having achieved the Certified Engagement Practitioner designation from the Enterprise Engagement Alliance and the Incentive Professional designation from the Incentive Marketing Association, she has designed high-performing incentive and recognition program strategies for multiple ITA Group clients.


These companies at least two people with certifications.

Dittman Incentive Marketing
The company produces award-winning programs that increase employee engagement, drive behaviors aligned with core values, and motivate sales teams and channel partners to exceed their goals.

EGR International
EGR International is a nationally recognized engagement agency, providing Dow 500 companies expertise in the areas of performance improvement/motivation, channel marketing, meeting management and employee and customer-centric programming.

FIRE Light Group
FIRE Light Group helps organizations recognize, reward, and engage their employees, partners, and customers with strategies and programs that motivate and inspire them to higher levels of performance.

Lipic’s Recognition
Lipic’s Recognition provides solutions to ignite passion in your employees and customers. We pride ourselves on digging into the heart of the problem and providing custom solutions for each and every client. Instead of throwing dozens of products at you, we take the time to listen to your needs.

Performance Enhancement Incentives
PEI develops customized meeting and incentive programs to motivate employees and drive customer loyalty. Its goal is your business success and an exceptional experience for your team.

Rymax Marketing Services
Rymax Marketing Services designs total incentive solutions that drive engagement by providing brand name merchandise for employee recognition, customer loyalty and corporate gifting programs.