Karen J. Rella, President & CEO, InterFace Partners: Karen Rella is the President & CEO of InterFace Partners. Karen has more than 21 years experience in Executive speaker placement and event marketing. Prior to forming InterFace Partners, Karen worked for Carat, the largest independent media agency in the world. There, she created a Speaker Placement division. Karen built her team one client and one employee at a time into a multi-million dollar business.
Prior to joining Carat, was the Director of Sales and Marketing Events for Giga Information Group. In this role, she was responsible for providing strategy and analysis for all event-marketing programs. Karen also developed and implemented new events to help Giga penetrate new markets in South America and Japan.
She holds a BA Degree in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations from Emerson College. She is married to her husband Tony and has two children, Mark and Madison.
Cindy Charlwood: Cindy Charlwood is Client Services and Research Manager of InterFace Partners, working closely with clients to research, identify, and secure top speaking opportunities for their executives.
Before InterFace Partners, Cindy was Research Manager at Carat Brand Experience, where she led speaker strategy research projects including client opportunity development, competitive analyses, and event content development.
Cindy brings her clients over 19 years in planning, coordinating and hosting events and conferences. In addition she has several years of experience in content management, with positions at TripAdvisor, CorpTech, and OneSource Information Services.
Cindy has a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her interests include travel, reading, music, and sports/fitness. She is married to Craig and has two daughters, Amanda and Julia.
Yvonne Gaudette: Yvonne Gaudette is an Associate Director of Client Services with InterFace Partners, working closely with clients to research, identify, and secure top speaking opportunities for their executives.
Prior to joining Interface Partners, Yvonne held the role of senior marketing consultant at Magnetude Consulting where she providing strategic direction and thought leadership strategies for B2B technology and services businesses.
With over 18 years of achievement, Yvonne is a versatile, hands-on entrepreneurial marketing executive specializing in brand building, customer acquisition, and go-to market strategies for start-ups to Fortune 500s focused on rapid growth.
Yvonne holds a BS in Marketing from Franklin Pierce College, and lives in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. She enjoys outdoor activities – biking, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing and spending time with friends and family.
Ellen Cronin: Ellen Cronin is the lead Account Executive at InterFace Partners, where she works directly with event organizers in securing speaking opportunities for client executives. Ellen has more than 25 years of experience in the communications industry, including event research, strategy, journalism, customer relations and technical writing.
Prior to joining InterFace Partners, Ellen spent two and a half years as a Research Associate at Carat Brand Experience. Ellen managed the division's database, proactively seeking out new events and adding detailed information to provide clients with extraordinary insight on speaking opportunities.
Ellen entered the event strategy industry following twelve years working as a journalist in northern New England - nine years as reporter and photographer for The Caledonian-Record, a daily newspaper in Vermont, and three years as the news director for WLTN, a news-talk radio station in New Hampshire.
Ellen is a graduate of Boston Latin, and she holds a BS in Communications from Lyndon State College. She currently resides in Littleton, N.H., in the heart of the White Mountains, where she enjoys hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, swimming and running. She is an amateur meteorologist and a former rescue squad volunteer.
Geoff Poli: Geoff is Vice President at InterFace Partners and works with the team on client strategy and business development. Geoff is an experiential marketing industry veteran with over 22 years of experience in launching events, developing client strategies, marketing and management.
Geoff's experience encompasses trade shows, business-to-consumer and business-to-business event marketing. Over the past ten years, he has managed experiential marketing agencies where he worked with clients on developing and executing live marketing strategies. While at Carat Brand Experience, he worked with InterFace Partners President & CEO, Karen Rella, to launch a Speaker Placement division.
Geoff is a graduate of Rutgers University and lives in the St. Louis area with his wife, Keri and two children, Matt and Catie.
Jennifer Walter: Jennifer Walter is the Research Specialist at InterFace Partners where she works with event organizers to compile and update the events in our database.
Jennifer's work experience includes 15 years researching, developing, and maintaining databases at OneSource Information Services and CorpTech. Her research included working with top-level executives at each of the companies, as well as seeking out additional materials and articles pertaining to each company. Jennifer also grew within each of these companies, moving into the Sales Manager position. She gained experience in finding new clients and managing and growing existing accounts.
In addition to her research and sales experience, Jennifer is also a registered CNA, and has worked in the field for over 20 years. Working with the elderly has provided Jennifer the opportunity to meet and care for a wide range of individuals. She finds that working in a nursing home provides her with the ability to gain insight on a different perspective of life and that it is very rewarding.
Jennifer also devotes time volunteering in her children's schools where she has served as the townwide Co-President of the PTO, coordinator of grade-wide events, and has organized several fund-raisers.
Jennifer is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and holds a BA in both English/Communications and Sociology. She is married to Rob and has two daughters, Morgan and Alexandra.