November 9-12, 2022 | Gatlinburg Convention Center

Meet the Team

Meet the team!

For all registration questions, please email smokymtngiftshow@clarionevents.com
 
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:
E: christina.bell@clarionevents.com
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:
E: lisa.glosson@clarionevents.com
Ph: 678.370.0334
Jhana Jordan

Meet Jhana Jordan, your 
Global Key Account Manager!

Jhana is the Global Key Accounts Manager and works with buyers to make sure they have the best experience possible at the Smoky Mountain Gift Show, Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show, the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show and The Gathering West. She has been with Urban for 10.5 years and has worked in the trade show industry her entire career. She is a master gardener so when she's not working you can find her in her gardens, reading or hiking the mountains!
Contact Jhana at:
E: jhana.jordan@clarionevents.com
Ph: 509.859.2419
Taylor Conklin

Meet Amy Womack, your 
Exhibitor Services Manager!

Amy is one of your main points of contact for any questions after you secure your booth space. She has been in the trade show industry for 2 years. She works closely with exhibitors to ensure all of their needs are met both pre-show and onsite. When not working, Amy enjoys being outside surrounded by nature, going to art markets, and thrift shopping for unique finds. She also has a 5-year-old golden retriever named Denver, who is her world!
Contact Amy at:
E: SmokyMountainGift.ES@clarionevents.com

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:
E: SmokyMountainGift.ES@clarionevents.com

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:
E: samantha.grimaldi@clarionevents.com
Ph: 203.242.8123

Meet Ashley Cope, your 
Marketing Manager!

Ashley is the Marketing Manager for the Smoky Mountain Gift Show as well as Halloween & Party Expo and HAuNTcon. She works out of our Tulsa office and has been at Clarion for 4 years. Ashley loves working across different industry sectors and delivering the best experience for our attendees and exhibitors. In her spare time outside of work, you can find her outside enjoying a long walk, poolside (when weather permits) and spending time with family and friends.
Contact Ashley at:
E: ashley.cope@clarionevents.com
Ph: 918.831.9801
Renee Wulf

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.
E: sue.palmer@clarionevents.com
Ph: 203.344.7116
 
Melissa Gallagher

Meet Melissa Gallagher, your 
Audience Engagement Manager!

Melissa is the Manager of Audience Engagement for the Smoky Mountain Gift Show. She joined the Clarion team in 2020 and  works on connecting our buyers and exhibitors through the MATCH! program.  When not working, she enjoys reading and watching cooking videos.
Contact Melissa at:
E: melissa.gallagher@clarionevents.com
Ph: 678.370.0339