November 8-11, 2023 | Gatlinburg Convention Center

Meet the Team

Meet the team!

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Meet Christina Bell, your 
Show Director!

Christina has been with Clarion/Urban for 15 years and is Group Show Director for the Smoky Mountain Gift Show, Ocean City Gift Show & the Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show. Working in nearly every department over the years, Christina has a passion for helping companies both large and small grow their business with the right shows and marketing opportunities. When working with Christina you will not feel like a client, you will feel like family! Christina has a passion for animal rescue and loves to volunteer and foster. She even “foster failed” twice with her 2 fur-children Millie & Sophie.
Contact Christina at:
Ph: 678.370.0335

Meet Lisa Glosson, your 
Vice President of Gift & Souvenir!

Lisa has been with Clarion/Urban for 18 years and has received numerous awards and industry recognition for her dedication and commitment to excellence. For Lisa, teamwork is everything. She works closely with each member of her respective teams to expand and enhance all the Clarion Events Shows! Lisa lives in Georgia with her husband, Jason and their little feisty Chihuahua, Pepi!
Contact Lisa at:
Ph: 678.370.0334
Jhana Jordan

Meet Amy Bloom, your 
Key Account Manager!

Amy started working for Clarion in July of 2021. She has over 20 years of customer service experience. Amy is the key account manager for Smoky Mountain Gift Show, Philadelphia Gift Show and the Ocean City Resort Gift Expo. Amy lives in Connecticut with her husband, and two kids on a little farm with horses, goats and chickens. 
Contact Amy at:
Ph: 203.246.2793
Stacey Gonillo

Meet Sue Palmer, your 
Event Operations Manager!

Sue is the Event Operations Manager for the Smoky Mountain Gift Show. She is a new addition to the Clarion Events team, but not new to trade shows. She has been in the trade show industry for over 30 years. Sue enjoys working across several of the industry brands in the Clarion portfolio. Pre-event and onsite she works closely with the show team and vendors to execute successful events. When not at work, Sue loves to spend time with her husband and three grown daughters. She likes to travel, read, garden and play disc golf. Sue is also an avid sports fan, she loves to watch sports, whether it’s a MN or Iowa State University team.
Ph: 203.344.7116

Meet Tara Vaspasino, your 
Exhibitor Services Manager!

Tara began working at Clarion in March 2022. She graduated from Virginia Wesleyan University in 2010 with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies. She's a team player and loves helping others! When Tara is not working, she enjoys going to the beach to soak up some sun, reading, hiking or anything outdoors. Tara has a dog (german shorthaired pointer) named Indy, she is 50lbs of full energy. When Tara is not in Connecticut you can catch her in Cape Cod, MA! 
Contact Tara at:

Meet Samantha Grimaldi, your 
Marketing Director!

Samantha is the Marketing Director for the Smoky Mountain Gift show as well as the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show and Halloween & Party Expo. She has been at Clarion/Urban for 6 years and loves to work with the team to ensure the events are delivering what you’re looking for. You can find her creating our plans to keep our exhibitors up to date on all they need to prepare for the show as helping buyers discover new and unique products. While she’s not working she loves traveling, watching Hallmark movies, and rooting for Villanova basketball.
Contact Samantha at:
Ph: 203.242.8123
Renee Wulf

Meet Stephen Hess, your 
Marketing Manager!

Stephen is the Marketing Manager for the Smoky Mountain Gift Show, the Womenswear in Nevada (WWIN) Show, and for Airport Experience News (AXN) and has been with Clarion since November 2021. Prior to joining Clarion Events, Stephen lived and worked in the UK, focusing on retail and luxury conferences both in the UK and across North America. He now lives in Los Angeles, and spends his free time exploring the city and the surrounding natural areas.
Contact Stephen at:
Renee Wulf

Meet Tessa Mullins, your 
Marketing Coordinator!

Tessa is the Marketing Coordinator for the Smoky Mountain Gift Show. She also works across the Clarion Energy portfolio and CoffeeFest. She works out of our Shelton office and has been at Clarion since September of 2021. In her spare time, you can find Tessa hiking, camping, and binge-watching emergency rescue shows.
Contact Tessa at:
Renee Wulf

Meet Meghan Tooth, your 
Marketing Coordinator!

Meghan is a Marketing Coordinator for the Smoky Mountain Gift Show, as well as the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show, Halloween & Party Expo and Airport Experience Conference. She ensures all exhibitor needs are met prior, on-site and post show. Outside of Clarion Events, Meghan has a not so mini (60lbs!), mini labradoodle named Chip. On any given day, you’ll find Meghan training for her next half marathon, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, or re-watching Greys Anatomy for the millionth time!
Contact Meghan at:

Meet Cameron Litcher, your 
Audience Engagement Coordinator!

Contact Cameron at: