PCI is full of smart, driven, fun-loving people who care about meeting our client needs and building long-term relationships. They are dedicated team players who bring energy, ideas and spirit to their work.

Meet the PlanetConnect Team!

Ronnye Schreiber


When it comes to planning and managing successful events, Ronnye brings with her unmatched experience. Before starting PlanetConnect in 1995, Ronnye was the Director of Conference Planning for Megasoft (now Innoveris), where she managed custom-designed, internet-focused conferences and trade shows for AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Johnson & Johnson. Ronnye has also provided information assessments for the Government of Manitoba and has worked throughout various universities and organizations including The Walt Disney Company and other leading Fortune 100 companies.

In addition to her role as CEO for PlanetConnect, Ronnye is also the co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors of the BioPharma Research Council (BRC). She dedicates herself to working with non-profit organizations including planning programs and festivals, managing sponsorships and fundraising for a number of organizations, such as the Association of Women in Science (AWIS), American Association of University Women (AAUW), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation (JSJBF).

Ronnye holds a Master’s Degree from Rutgers University School of Library and Information Studies as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in bacteriology from Douglass College of Rutgers University.

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Rich Brandwein


Rich Brandwein founded PlanetConnect with Ronnye Schreiber in 1995. He has broad experience in Research and Software Development and sits on the board of a number of ventures, non-profits and associations including the BioPharma Research Council (BRC).

Previous to starting PlanetConnect, Rich served as CTO of Megasoft (now Innoveris), raising venture capital for the firm and creating a development team for a leading software distribution product. He also served as Chairman and CEO of the Local Group, which was sold in 2000.

In addition, Rich spent 15 years in research within Lucent Technologies, AT&T Bell Labs and SAIC Telecordia, where his efforts covered a wide range of technical areas. From optical switching and networking to chairing of a number of CCITT/ITU and ANSI data standards efforts, Rich led many business development projects at AT&T and Lucent related to the development of web properties that were transitioned from core research areas.

He holds a Master’s Degree from the California Institute of Technology and degrees in finance and electrical engineering from the Wharton and Moore Schools of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Thomas Fare, Ph.D.

Director, Strategic Alliances

Tom’s role is to engage potential new clients and customers by developing content that addresses existing and emerging needs within their organizations. Bringing with him deep knowledge from his 13 years at Merck, he uses his extensive experience in scientific research, development and licensing to identify meeting themes that match a client’s objectives and goals, as well as develop new ROI models that measure and report on business and employee development for clients and customers.

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Judy Hathaway

Sales Director

With over 40 years of business experience, Judy brings strong interpersonal and communication skills to her business development role. A key player when it comes to inviting companies to exhibit and sponsor at PlanetConnect and BRC IT events, Judy works as the liaison between exhibitors and clients. Her ability to effectively communicate details ensures productive and meaningful experiences for exhibitors at PlanetConnect and BRC events.

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Melanie Walton, CMP

Senior Conference Director

Melanie joins the PlanetConnect team as a seasoned event professional with nearly 20 years of 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 Meeting Professional, Melanie is experienced in coordinating all aspects of event production and is focused on exceeding expectations and producing memorable, meaningful events.

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