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EMCVenues' Leadership

Leland C. Pillsbury


Mr. Pillsbury oversees all aspects of Thayer's activities, including its strategy and investment policy, and will be a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to forming Thayer, Mr. Pillsbury founded Grand Heritage Hotels, a manager of historic and unique independent hotels.

Thomas E. Kammerer

Vice Chairman

Mr. Kammerer is responsible for strategic initiatives and asset management and will be a member of the Fund’s Investment Committee.

Jody Wallace

President, CEO & Founder

Jody Wallace offers more than 30 years of senior level expertise within the hospitality industry in operations, sales and marketing. She established EMC Meetings & Events (formerly EMCVenues ) in 2001 to provide the highest quality strategic meeting management services, in a customer oriented environment.

Sherry Awbrey, SMMC

Vice President of National Sales

Sherry Awbrey, SMMC brings over 20 years of hospitality industry experience in operations, conference services execution, sales and marketing to EMC Meetings & Events.

Susan Poland

Vice President of Housing and Events

Susan Poland brings over 20 years of hospitality industry experience in the areas of sales, project management, sourcing and planning to EMC Meetings & Events.