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Tina Marie Honor
Live Nation Special Events


Tina Marie Honor’s love for the Meeting and Event industry started at the age of 12 when she joined the student body leadership group as class president. After years focusing on wedding venue sales, she joined the Live Nation team at House of Blues San Diego in 2018. Tina Marie now thrives as National Account Manager for Live Nation Special Events, representing 150+ venues!

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Knowledgeable about the clubs, theaters, amphitheaters and House of Blues venues within the Live Nation portfolio, Tina Marie also has access to the world’s greatest musical entertainment, full service event production, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, as well as custom menus and mixology. Tina Marie is thrilled to be her client’s single point of contact at 150+ Live Nation venues across North America - offering unique event spaces, state-of-the-art production and branding capabilities, as well as an experienced staff ready to exceed expectations.

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President Elect

Nathan Medina

Nathan joined the meetings and events industry in 2013 with a role at a meeting management company. Landing an AV production sales position in 2015 at Vario, his passion for meeting new people and developing relationships, led him to become a member of SDMPI. Immediately looking to be more than just a member, he has now served 6 years on the board and will be moving into the President Elect role for his 7th year of service.

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Nathan looks forward to learning as much as he can from his peers on his journey to becoming influential, in the meetings and events industry.  When not on site, in meetings, or at the office, Nathan can be found out on the soccer field, golfing, grilling, or out being social in America’s Finest City! 

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Immediate Past President 

Carrie Shen, CMM, CMP, CED
Asian Real Estate Association of America

Carrie is the manager, event planning for the Asian Real Estate Association of America with their national office in Old Town, San Diego, serving 17,000 members. Prior to her current role, she spent nearly 10 years at Zovio, Inc., (formerly Bridgepoint Education) planning company and employee events. 

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Carrie joined MPI in 2011 and has volunteered in several different roles since 2012 on the Leadership Development and Education Committees. The summer of 2018, Carrie took up learning to play the violin as a hobby and met her goal of learning Silent Night in time for the holidays. She lives at home in La Mesa, with her husband, Howard, and their two cats, Penny and Pippa.

Marc Lehman

Vice President, Membership

Marc Lehman
Ashley Media Productions

Marc, a US Navy veteran and former Nuclear Power Engineer, and his Wife Lorelei, a former, actress and on-air radio personality, started Ashley Productions at the inception of the Event Video industry. The forces driving their entrepreneurship were their passion for creating video that moved, inspired and entertained people, and their affinity for the event and service industries.

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Ashley Media Productions has grown and innovated over the years expanding their services to include Live Streaming, Virtual & Hybrid Event Production, Event Photography, and much more. Over the past 3 decades they have won multiple industry awards for innovation and creative excellence.

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Vice President, Marketing

Kristen Elgo, CMP

As a seasoned event producer in Southern California, Kristen has a track record of successful events and establishing solid relationships with other suppliers. After graduating from SDSU with a BS in Hospitality & Tourism Management, she went on to work for a well-established Event Production Company based in San Diego. Following that she was a National Event Manager for Luxury Brand Retailer managing events across the US.  She was with a well-established Audio-Visual company following that.  She merged all her knowledge and experience when she joined MC&A DMC as their Senior Account Executive in their California office.

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When she’s not doing events, she’s busy raising 2 teenagers with her husband and they enjoy traveling, camping and exploring the great outdoors. She’s been involved with MPI San Diego for many years.  Formerly the VP of Membership and now VP of Marketing.

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Vice President, Professional Development

Megan Powers, MA
Powers of Marketing / VGS

Megan Powers is a creator and strategist who thrives on helping to create remarkable experiences. She has spent the majority of her career in meetings and events, primarily serving in planning, marketing, and sales roles. Working for software companies, in a venue, in event production, and then running her own marketing agency all served as a foundation for her latest venture with a technology company called VGS as Director of Events & Field Marketing.

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Megan has also loved hosting and producing podcasts since 2016! She thrives on hearing stories and lessons from guests who get us all thinking in a different way. Her podcast “Making a Marketer” has been going strong since 2017 (6 seasons and counting). When not working you can find her at any sporting event (GO Niners!), concert, or on an adventurous trip around the world.

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Director of Membership Recruitment and Retention

Alan Simpson
House of Blues San Diego

It was almost 20 years ago when Alan Simpson started his events industry career as an AV tech at Pala Casino in January 2005. Through this role, his passion grew for the industry and craft quickly leading him to various roles handling larger and more complex events. After years of event management Alan took on a new challenge, selling events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Post COVID, his experience landed him at the San Diego House of Blues as the Director of Sales and Special Events, continuing a long passion for events and the events industry.

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Jacqueline Coligan

Director of Special Events

Jacqueline Coligan
BrickHouse Dance Productions

Jacqueline started her hospitality & events career in 2005 as the Assistant to the Director of Catering at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. From there, she continued to grow in her knowledge with consistent steps forward in her career. From Catering Sales Manager to the Rancho Bernardo Inn, to Sr. Wedding Sales Manager at Paradise Point Resort to Director of Sales & Events for San Diego Dining Group. Along the way, she began moonlighting as a dance instructor and eventually married her passion for dance with her love for the events industry by founding BrickHouse Dance Productions in 2006. She is currently the Restaurant Event Sales Manager at the Intercontinental Hotel and continues to service our industry with her entertainment group.

Emily Amezcua

Director of Education Programs

Emily Amezcua
West End Entertainment

Having been involved in the entertainment world from a very young age, Emily has a multi-dimensional background in her field. From acting and singing, to event production and planning, to gigging with a band or two throughout the years, she is no stranger to the stage or working behind the scenes. Cultivating a career in event entertainment was a natural evolution that began in 2015. Emily primarily works with musical entertainment, as well as specialized and unique acts for the corporate and private event world.


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Her experience with a wide range of performers, as well as knowledge of the inner workings of live events, gives her unique insight into the entertainment that will be the most impactful to your event. Emily has a true passion for working with clients to help their vision come to life as well as a deep admiration for performers of all kinds. She has been involved with several industry associations and is thrilled to be a part of such a dynamic community. She is a proud member of MPI San Diego and has served on the committee of educational events.On a personal note, you can find her adventuring and traveling with her husband, seeing all the shows and eating all the good food, and playing in her music studio as much as possible. 

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Chapter Administrator

Erin Scholes, CMP, CSEP, CMM,DES
Phone: (858) 270-2103

Erin Scholes is a past MPISD Chapter President and currently Chapter Administrator. During Scholes' 16 year tenure with MPISD she has served seven years on the MPISD board of directors and three years as a committee chair. 

She owns a local meeting & event planning business SD Meeting & Events. SDME provides full service meeting planning, hotel site selection and local onsite event staffing.  Erin is a faculty member of the Institute for Meetings and Events in the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University.  Scholes carries the respected designations of CMP (Certified Meeting Professional), CMM (Certificate in Meeting Management) and the CSEP (Certified Special Event Professional).

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Chapter Administrator Assistant

Kayla Taliaferro
Phone: (626) 529-4577

Kayla Taliaferro is a recent graduate from San Diego State University with a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meetings and Events. Kayla’s passion for working with people & creating memorable experiences started at her first job at 16 and led her to focus on a career in Hospitality. 

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