meet our staff
Hunter Clemens, CMP, CAE
Hunter Clemens, CMP offers more than 25 years of accomplishment-laden experience in the hospitality and meetings industry. Clemens is a member of PCMA, ASAE, IAEE, SGMP and AMPs. He has served on the Board of Directors of the the Professional Convention Management Association as well as various committees over the years. Currently, he serves as a member on the Meetings and Exhibition Council and the American Society of Association Executives.
J. Bruce Wardle, CAE
Partner Bruce Wardle, CAE, is an executive who brings his superior skills in not for profit management, meeting and exhibition planning, marketing and communications to the clients of Interel + MMG. Wardle created MMG as a full-service event management company to provide both internal and external clients with innovative, attentive management and sales services, both nationally and internationally. He is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives, (ASAE) having served as Chair of ASAE’s AMC Council and active in the Professional Convention Management Association, (PCMA) having served as Chair of PCMA’s Education Foundation. In addition to his extensive meetings and exhibition background, Wardle has previous experience in the federal arena and in the development arena, which has been of significant benefit to MMG’s clients.
Andre Cholewinski, CMP
Director of Meetings
Andre Cholewinski, Director of Meetings, is a dedicated and highly motivated meeting professional with a successful track record in the global meetings industry with over eight years of domestic and international meeting experience. He is a true Meeting Architect who delivers real and measurable value of events to clients. Andre is known for his strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to develop win-win solutions with all stakeholders. From incentive meeting companies in Lisbon, Portugal to event planning companies in Washington, D.C., Andre has a broad range of meetings management experience. A native of Brazil, Andre earned his Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Bristol Business School, University of West England. Having lived in many parts of the world, he speaks English, Portuguese, Swedish and Polish fluently, and can also communicate in Spanish, Russian, Danish and Norwegian.
Amy Motyka, CMP
Amy Motyka is a driven, customer service oriented professional who has planned meetings full-time for over five years. Since joining Interel + MMG, she has managed successful meetings of varying sizes for associations including AAPC, EDPMA, NAFO, NSLA and SYTA. She has experience in site selection, contracting, logistics, housing, registration, speaker management, exhibit/sponsorship sales and on-site management. Her clients appreciate her attention to detail, responsiveness and willingness to the go the extra mile. She works with organizations to maximize meeting attendance figures and sponsorship revenue while carefully monitoring expenses. Her strong partnerships with industry suppliers translate to cost-savings for her clients. She keeps pace with changes in technology, including the most cutting-edge conference mobile applications.While working as Graduate Assistant for the George Washington University, she helped coordinate the University’s annual Commencement ceremony on the National Mall for 25,000 attendees. She also ran registration at events featuring notable speakers, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Janet Napolitano. Before transitioning to the events industry full-time, she developed strong marketing and business development skills as Marketing Manager for Greenfield/Belser, an award-winning graphic design firm in Washington, DC. She has her Master of Tourism Administration (M.T.A.) degree from the George Washington University (concentration: Event and Meeting Management) and B.S. degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park. Amy is an active member of PCMA and MPI.
Caryn Pepper is a creative and results driven meetings and event professional with over 10 years of experience. Prior to joining Interel + MMG she successfully planned meetings, conferences, and special events for a diverse group of clients including finance, medical, legal and trade associations both domestic and internationally. She has experience in logistics, budget control, décor, site selection, speaker procurement, and on-site management. Caryn’s outgoing personality and willingness to jump head on into any task make her an added value to any team. Her event and logistics passion carries through to her personal life. For the past 5 years she has actively volunteered for Share Our Strength as an integral Operations member for Taste of the Nation, the premier fundraising event for the No Kid Hungry Campaign. A graduate of George Mason University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Events Management. Caryn is a member of PCMA and plans to be a candidate for the CMP Program in 2017.
Bea Tijerina, MBA
Bea Tijerina has over 10 years of association and event management experience in the Washington, DC area. Previous to her career in the association management field, Bea worked in international development and micro-finance management. She recently joined us from the American Bar Association where she supervised their in-house conference center. Previously, Bea worked as an account manager for ASCENT Management where she managed the PCMA Capital Chapter, the Network of Latino Meeting Professionals and various trade and member associations. Bea has a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Nonprofit Management from The Atkinson School of Business at Willamette University and a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Business from St. Mary’s University. Bea is a member of PCMA.
Meetings and Registration Coordinator
Bergen Goesch serves as Meetings and Registration Coordinator for Interel + MMG. Bergen is a graduate of Brigham Young University where she earned her Bachelor of Art in Theater Arts Studies: Directing, and a minor in Non-profit Management. She spent one year as an elementary school drama teacher in Utah before returning home to Virginia. Bergen worked as Association Administrator for the Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) before transitioning to Meetings Management Group in January 2015.
Amy M. Pettigrew, MPA
Registration & Meetings Coordinator
Amy Pettigrew is a dynamic, innovative and effective meetings and event professional with over 10 years of experience. In addition to event planning, she has experience in association management, volunteer management, technology, membership and marketing. Prior to joining Interel + MMG, Amy worked for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) where she managed their National awards programs/events, coordinated in-person and on-line education, supervised event registration and assisted with multiple special events including the White House Easter Egg Roll and USTA meetings/conferences. She previously worked for Teachers College, Columbia University where she led their summer conference housing operation and managed events, operations and staff for four residence halls. In addition, she has worked for Disney, Special Olympics North America and NBA All-Star Weekend. Amy currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina State (NC State) Alumni Association and has served as Membership Chair, Marketing/Communications Chair and Volunteer Outreach Chair. She also leads NC State’s local alumni network and has assisted in planning numerous large scale events including Chancellor’s receptions, networking events and service events. Amy received NC State’s Outstanding Young Alumna Award in 2015. Some of Amy’s other passions include running, playing flag football, volunteering and travelling. She has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.S. degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a minor in Business Management from NC State. Amy plans to be a candidate for the CMP Program in 2017.
Teresa Gutsick is an award-winning designer with more than 22 years of experience in both web and print design. Working exclusively for associations for the past 19 years, she has designed and produced magazines, newsletters, directories, brochures, logos and Web sites for more than 80 organizations. Teresa has a B.A. in Design from Virginia Tech.
Senior Graphic Designer
Leslie Boppert has a B.A. in Graphic/Information Design and a B.S. in Marketing from Central Connecticut State University. Prior to working with Interel + AMG, Leslie was part of the design team at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She was also a designer for Hispanic Recruitment Services in Connecticut.
Ryan Owens has a B.F.A. in graphic design from Radford University. Before joining Interel + AMG, Ryan was part of the design team at Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. There he designed print and digital media to help promote the center’s many performances, exhibitions, and events.