Thomas L Fare, Ph.D.
Director, Strategic Alliances

Tom's role is to engage potential new clients and customers to develop symposia that address existing and emerging needs within their organizations.  He uses his extensive experience in scientific research, development, and licensing to identify meeting themes matched to a client's objectives and goals.  He also develops ROI models to measure and report on business and employee development for clients and customers.   Tom spent over 13 years with Merck & Co.

Judy Hathaway
Director, IT Business Development

With over 40 years business experience in corporate America and as an entrepreneur, Judy brings strong inter-personal and communication skills to her position as Sales Manager. Her major responsibilities  include inviting Companies to exhibit and sponsor at PCI and BRC IT events, as well as acting as the Liaison between exhibitors and PCI & BRC clients. She insures a productive & meaningful experience for exhibitors at PCI and BRC events.

Melanie Walton, CMP
Senior Conference Director

Melanie joins the PlanetConnect team as a seasoned event professional with over eighteen years experience working on both the supplier and planner sides of the meetings industry.  She believes that events are the strategic means to achieving organizational goals, and is dedicated to bringing people together through events to move business forward.  As a Certified Meetings Professional, she is experienced in coordinating all aspects of event production, is focused on exceeding expectations and producing memorable, meaningful events.

Diane Sickles
Director, R&D Business Development

As Director of R&D Sales at PlanetConnect, Diane's responsibilities include increasing vendor participation at Pharma trade shows through direct sales and marketing, prospecting new clients and servicing existing accounts.

Diane also oversees trade show exhibitor operations and logistics to completion of the event as she celebrates her 10th year with Planetconnect in 2015!

Diane's background includes over 5 years experience in Sales and Marketing
in the Home Development and Real Estate field and 15 years as an entrepreneur.

Sheritta Session, CMP
Conference Manager

Sheritta Session brings 10 years of experience to the PlanetConnect team with a focus on Pharmaceutical Meetings. Beginning her career in Speaker Bureau and Event Management, she has grown from a coordinator to a Certified Meeting Professional with a background in International Advisory Board, Investigator, and Insurance Training and Incentive programs. 

She joins the PlanetConnect team with a commitment in facilitating new and exciting business relationships that are created from our production of educational and technology driven tradeshows. 

Megan Ott
Product Marketing Manager

Megan Ott brings over 15 years of experience in strategic marketing with a strong and varied background in consumer centric and business to business marketing programs.  As the product marketing manager, her major responsibilities include increasing vendor participation through direct sales and developing email marketing programs to advertise PCI events.  She also develops survey programs to capture feedback in order to improve customer service and ensure that quality service exceed our vendor expectations.  Megan strives to build trust and strong relationships with PCI exhibitors.

Yulia Dorzhyeva
Conference Manager

Yulia joins the PlanetConnect team with over 8 years of corporate meeting planning experience both in the US and internationally. Her background includes coordinating C-Level Executive networking events as well as organizing large Speaker Trainings, Product Launches and Advisory Board meetings in the pharmaceutical world.

Good at wearing multiple hats, Yulia responds quickly to changing circumstances, always maintaining an upbeat, can-do attitude. She is committed to executing exceptional events that meet business objectives and exceed expectations.

Cindy Sickles
Business Development Associate

Cindy provides logistics, sales and operations support for R&D Sales by assisting Exhibitors from tradeshow registration through to the Show date.  Cindy has held Payroll and Human Resources Management positions for large companies, gaining an acute ability to work with people.