The Team

The Meeting Pool is run by a diverse group of pros with various expertise in the event technology industry.

Tara Thomas │Co-Founder, Editor

Tara’s extensive background in the marketing of technology applications and online services spans SaaS, B2B, enterprise, financial services, publishing, real estate, and automotive markets. She has over 15 years of expertise managing strategic event marketing programs for companies including Oracle, IPIX and The Cobalt Group, a leader in the automotive marketing space. Tara also served as VP Global Marketing at Certain, Inc., a leading event technology provider, where she oversaw a myriad of strategic initiatives that were critical to Certain’s evolution.

Kelli Upshur│Creative Director

Kelli Townsend - CreativeKelli Upshur is a graphic and web designer who has worked with The Meeting Pool for 4 years. She taught herself HTML and CSS by the age of 12, and has been building and designing websites ever since. With a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a background in studio arts, design, and art history, Kelli has a huge passion for creating.

Catherine Reed │Editor

Catherine Reed is a professional writer with Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. She has nine years of experience working in IT with a focus on mobile devices and smartphone applications. Her passions lie in making technology accessible to the masses by providing quality information about current productivity software trends and advances in mobile technology.

Leah Layzell│Project & Directory Manager

Leleah layzellah is a virtual administrative, financial and creative project manager based in Essex, United Kingdom. She has worked with a range of industries and clients from local government, eCommerce, event management, non-profit, construction and many more. She specializes in sole traders and small businesses with their back office administration and day-to-day procedures, enabling them to run their business without worrying about behind-the-scenes tasks.

Maria Pavon | TECHbar Coordinator / Office Manager

Maria Pavon holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. She has a hospitality background in both hotels/restaurants and management. Her professional background has allowed her to be a hands on communicator and wearer of many hats. Now, with her position at The Meeting Pool, she’s excited to work with organizers as a vendor and consultant to the meetings industry.