About Us

Mission & Core Values

Create events that spark change in the lives of those who participate and benefit from them.

Core Values

We care about people. We believe in being flexible with time so that our team can be present for those meaningful life moments.

We believe in education. Knowledge is power. The more we know, the better this makes us, and the more we can offer our clients.

We deliver. No matter the details, complexity or challenges, we move mountains to ensure our clients’ success.

We own it. Coming to the table with thoughts and ideas offers growth opportunities for our team and our client programs.

We speak the truth. We believe in integrity, and respect each other as people, professionals and leaders.

Our Team

One of our greatest strengths is a team of highly experienced event designers who have literally managed and executed over 2,000 events all over the world. We have seen it all.

From a client perspective, this wealth of experience and expertise significantly reduces the risk of issues, adds pragmatic creativity and provides smooth and creative experiences before, during and after events.

Jennifer D. Collins, CMP

Empowering Leader / Calming Presence / Moment Maker

As JDC Events’ President and CEO, Jennifer is often coach, therapist, encourager, breadwinner and peacemaker, and still manages to do it all with a smile.

 

She’s well versed in the art of communication, in tune with what it takes to build a successful business, and to top it off, she’s the soon-to-be “best-selling author” of a new book titled Events Spark Change coming soon to Amazon near you!

 

Having started the business as the sole employee in a basement apartment in Washington, D.C., she is proud to have built a company that not only positions clients to build stronger brands, but also changes the lives of their beneficiaries in adopting new skills, learning new ideas that help others or participating in memorable experiences.

 

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, The American University was the reason for Jennifer’s relocation to Washington, D.C. where she graduated with a B.A. degree in Public Communication. Always cognizant of paying it forward, Jennifer remains active with her alma mater through guest teaching in one of her former professor’s classes (she’s thankful he still invites her after all these years!). She’s served on the Alumni Association Board, the School of Communication’s Dean’s Council, and committed a gift toward construction of the School of Communication’s first-ever building, where an office bears her name.

 

When not creating transformative experiences for her clients, Jennifer can be found cheering on the New England Patriots (especially when they’re winning Super Bowls!), biking along the picturesque Baltimore-Annapolis Trail and mining her online store of notecards and prints of landscape photos she’s taken. Clearly, one business is simply not enough!

 

After nearly 20 years under Jennifer’s leadership, JDC Events has grown into an established business and is going strong. Pretty impressive when you consider it all started with one desk and a (mostly) paid-off VISA card.

Rebecca Croft

Details Dynamo / Coordinator of Components / Passionate Bibliophile

Rebecca is a veteran events maven who delivers a “no stone left unturned” performance with each client project. Being a perfectionist and having outstanding organizational skills are only part of what makes her exceptional. Rebecca is also an accomplished artist and avid reader who has likely read more books than you.

 

While Rebecca has worked with several notable clients through her 25-year career – including Coca-Cola, IBM, Siemens, Calvert Group and the Women Presidents’ Organization – she excels at planning all types of events, big and small, anywhere in the world. From sporting events to conferences, parties to exhibits, Rebecca handles site searches, transportation, registration and meals – whatever needs to be done!

 

When she’s not booking hotels or putting together a budget for JDC Events clients, you can find her whipping up a meal for friends at her beach house in Bethany Beach, Delaware – but not before hitting the gym, reading on her Kindle and planning her next international excursion.

 

Rebecca received both her Bachelors of Arts in International Business and her MBA in Marketing from James Madison University (go Dukes!).

Cindy de Sales

Enthusiastic Problem Solver / Template Guru / Creative Gardener

Cindy joined JDC Events in 2011 and holds the honor of being one of the company’s longest full-time employees (including our tireless president, of course). As a Senior Meetings and Events Manager, she not only handles the usual budgeting, timelines, contracts and event execution, but she also supports her coworkers by creating templates and forms, finding ways to improve processes and jumping in to help whenever she is needed. What that all boils down to, especially in the 11th hour with looming deadlines, is that Cindy is everyone’s right-hand man (although she happens to be a woman, but that’s beside the point).

 

Cindy loves event management so much that she not only became a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), but also spends her free time as a volunteer event planner. When she’s not stage-managing the Walk to End HIV (which she has done since 2009), you can find her doing home improvement projects, gardening or listening to live music.

 

In addition to receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Towson University, Cindy double-majored and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She says having a psychology background comes in handy around the office. We’re not sure what she means by that comment.

Allie Hanlon

Passion for Client Experience / Details Dynamo / Mexican Food Aficionado

Allie has assembled an impressive resume that includes more than a decade of event planning experience, not including her early childhood years when she earned the title of “map master” after designing her family vacation itineraries. Most recently, Allie was the Assistant Athletics Director of Facilities, Operations and Events for The University of Maryland Athletics, where she ran special events for the Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium and the XFINITY Center. Here, she was involved in some the most memorable events ever held at the university, including managing the logistics for a seven-day Ethiopian Sports Federation of North America Cultural Festival and handling the operations for multiple rallies for then-President Barack Obama.

 

JDC Events was fortunate to snag Allie as a Senior Meetings and Events Manager. Her passion for providing exceptional service and her attention to detail make her a favorite among our clients. Originally from Southern California, Allie decided to trade amazing weather and beaches for changing seasons and humidity and relocate to the East Coast after she heard making snow angels is much more fun than trying it on hot sand.

 

In Allie’s free time, you can find her playing with her rescue pup, Abbie, training for her next half marathon, curling up with her husband Matt to binge-watch “NCIS” or searching the city for the best guacamole.

 

Allie received a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from The University of Maryland and a Masters of Tourism Administration from The George Washington University.

Ashley Hodges

Logistics Composer / Relationship Builder / Captivating Chanteuse

Always perky. Always smiling. That’s Ashley. Even after putting in extra hours several days in a row, she’s still on top of her game. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that there are seven Starbucks locations on her way into the office.

 

As JDC Events’ Project Coordinator, Ashley handles the design and layout of all technical assistance materials, logistics and other program-related duties for meetings, trainings and events. But after a long day of work, Ashley’s coworkers love taking her out for karaoke night, where her singing talents consistently earn a standing ovation. When she’s not joining other JDC Events staffers in front of the microphone, you will find Ashley writing songs for local artists in the Washington, D.C. metro area, performing spoken word poetry and spending time with her son.

 

Thanks to Ashley’s Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Johnson C. Smith University, she has learned enough about the social behaviors of her coworkers to know who steals the last donut from the break room … and why they did it.

Debbie Levi

Problem Solver Extraordinaire / Client Needs Exceeder / Food Traveler Enthusiast

As a Senior Meetings and Events Manager for JDC Events, Debbie has had an enviable career managing several high-profile events in the DC area. During her more than 20-year tenure as a meeting planning professional, she has been involved with managing presidential Homeland Security meetings at the White House, and worked with Maria, Sargent and Eunice Shriver while supporting Mark Shriver’s political campaign, among other notable clients.

 

Debbie is passionate about a number of things, both inside and outside of work. On the job, she loves exceeding the needs of her clients and their attendees, and is the first one to notice the details that others don’t see. If there is a reflection on a screen, an LCD reverberation or a wireless mic interfering with webcasting, you can be sure that Debbie will find it and fix it before you even realize there’s an issue. When she’s not problem solving at work, you will find Debbie dreaming of a world filled with unlimited lottery tickets, food travel shows on every channel and infinite vacation time to visit those locations (with her lottery winnings, of course). Outside of winning the lottery, Debbie loves traveling the world and sampling local cuisine from cities big and small. She and her husband also enjoy frequent trips to Brooklyn, NY to visit with their grandchildren.

 

Her coworkers will tell you it’s not that Debbie is a Certified Medical Assistant, or that she co-authored legislation governing the operations of quarries in Montgomery County, Maryland, or that she once worked security detail for a Congressional candidate’s fundraiser hosted by former President Bill Clinton that impress us. It’s her knack for creative on-the-spot solutions and problem solving. That, and the fact that she has been voted “JDC Events Staffer Everyone Wants to Eat Lunch With” after we learned she once saved a colleague’s life who had choked on food at a conference.

Jodi Mazel

Master Negotiator / Exceptional Executor of Events / Devoted to Salmon

With more than 20 years of experience in meeting planning, Jodi does a tremendous job as the Senior Events Manager for the JDC Events team, for whom she excels at client relations and logistical support. After graduating with a Bachelor of Art degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!), she relocated to the Washington, D.C. area because she thought it would be nice to look at our nation’s monuments while stuck in traffic.

 

Jodi has managed over 350 events and meetings for government agencies, non-profit organizations and academic institutions over her career … but that wasn’t enough. She decided to advance her skills and earn both the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and the Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designations.

 

With an impressive roster of clients such as FirstNet (DoC), DOT, NIH, AHRQ, HUD (acronyms are part of the lexicon in Washington, D.C., after all), it’s no wonder that Jodi is passionate about helping clients execute their mission. When she’s not negotiating a contract, or updating the master meeting calendar for JDC Events, Jodi enjoys playing tennis, volunteering or searching for the freshest, tastiest salmon she can find.

Fadi Medawar

Optimizes the Office / Inspirational Motivator / Automobile Aficionado

Most people probably look at Fadi’s buttoned down appearance and professional manner and assume he’s all corporate, all the time. As JDC Events’ Director of Operations, his job is to keep everyone and everything on track, every day. But few are aware that after work hours, Fadi throws some binoculars around his neck and perches in some bushes in the hopes of seeing a Haliaeetus Leucocephalus (bald eagle for those non-science speakers) or an Alfa Romeo. On second thought, he likely attends car shows to see his favorite Italian automobiles.

 

Having the honor of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office, Fadi always finds ways to keep the JDC team focused, motivated and happy. Invariably calm, cool and collected, he effortlessly maintains a professional and fun atmosphere, though we sometimes wonder about the large collection of stress-busting toys sitting on his desk.

 

Fadi came to JDC Events after 27 years working in the hospitality industry, where he excelled at providing world-class service to world-class clients. But above all, he loves to spend time with his family, and looks forward to teaching his baby daughter all about Batman.

La’Shaune Morant

Pleasing Problem Solver / Composed & Calm / Crustacean Admirer

Clients who work with La’Shaune appreciate her warm and gracious demeanor, and the fact that she never gets rattled. Ever. Fellow JDC Events staffers also appreciate these qualities in La’Shaune, and agree they more than make up for her all-out obsession with the entire Real Housewives franchise.

 

As a Senior Meetings and Events Manager for JDC Events, La’Shaune brings over 18 years of government meeting planning experience to her clients at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Sikorsky (a Lockheed Martin Company) and the American Institutes for Research, among others. With her extensive skills in all phases of event planning and management, La’Shaune will tell you that what she loves the most are the meetings that challenge her abilities. Whether she is negotiating a contract, managing a vendor or handling on-site logistics, you can count on La’Shaune to stay cool and collected.

 

When she’s through with work, La’Shaune loves spending time with her family and being a mom to her two little girls; preparing dinner and helping her children with their homework is her favorite part of the day. Living in Maryland, she is a big fan of eating crabs, and dreams of a day when her daughters can do the hard work of opening them for themselves.

 

La’Shaune received an Associates Degree in Business from the University of the District of Columbia.

Ann Rote

Master of Marketing / Brand Builder / Happy Hour Enthusiast

Idea maven, strategic thinker and Director of Marketing for JDC Events, Ann is a yogi that enjoys happy hours, being outdoors and “The Boss” (and we are not talking about our beloved JDC Events CEO, Jennifer). After all, she did grow up in same hometown as Bruce Springsteen.

 

Ann is passionate about making JDC Events the go-to event planner in the Washington, D.C. area. She is uniquely skilled in both developing strategy and executing marketing campaigns, and we couldn’t be more excited to have snagged her for ourselves. With decades of experience, Ann is an accomplished marketer who most recently was the Director of Marketing for GTT, a $500M global cloud networking provider that quadrupled in size during her tenure. While she began her career at Marriott International, this didn’t stop her from subsequently running away to join the circus. Quite literally. As Vice President of Marketing for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Ann developed the annual marketing campaign for “The Greatest Show on Earth,” even experiencing firsthand how to produce a television commercial filled with tigers, elephants, clowns and kids.

 

When not helping the company increase its visibility, you can find Ann working with Project Change (a youth-based organization focused on teen development), leading the annual holiday giving program at her church or with her JDC Events crew deciding where to go for their next happy hour.

 

Ann holds a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from American University.

Deneen Vaughn

Master Marketer / Experiential Events Executor / Mac & Cheese Master

Writer of inspirational quotes, solution finder, and Senior Event and Meeting Planner for JDC Events, Deneen is a self-proclaimed foodie and a lover of nature, people, the arts, music – and especially Chai tea lattes with almond milk. Her business talents started at a young age, and have blossomed into a healthy 20-plus-year career.

 

Prior to joining JDC Events, Deneen was the Founder and CEO of the VonGogh Group, a creative agency that focused on the art of meeting and event planning. Deneen has worked with esteemed clients such as BMW, MINI USA, Burton and Red Bull, in addition to serving in executive management positions with organizations such as Diversity Best Practices and Business Women’s Network. She is passionate about seeing a client’s vision being brought to life, and her extensive background in strategic marketing and experiential events makes her an important resource to clients and colleagues alike.

 

Deneen is a wife, a mother of three, a grandmother and a community activist. In her spare time, Deneen can be found mentoring young adults and working with community organizations that support the education, growth and well-being of youth. A relentless overachiever, Deneen makes an amazing macaroni and cheese and can bake five-minute brownie mix in just under three minutes. We’re not sure how she finds time to do it all, but the sleeping bag stashed under her desk may be a clue.

 

Deneen received her Marketing Certification from the University of Colorado.

Our Clients

Contract Vehicles

AGENCY:

U.S. Small Business Administration

 

CONTRACT NAME:

8(a) Certified, Small, Disadvantaged Business

 

AGENCY:

General Services Administration

 

CONTRACT NAME:

Advertising & Integrated Marketing Solutions (AIMS Schedule)

 

CONTRACT NUMBER:

GS-07F-438AA

 

SERVICES:

SIN 541 4D; Conference, Events and Tradeshow Planning Services

AGENCY:

U.S. Department of the Navy

 

CONTRACT NAME:

Blanket Purchase Agreement

 

CONTRACT NUMBER:

N00189-14-A-0019

 

SERVICES:

Conference Planning Services

AGENCY:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

 

CONTRACT NAME:

Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ)

 

CONTRACT NUMBER:

HHSA290201600002I

 

SERVICES:

General Logistics and Meeting Support Services

CORPORATE & STAFF CERTIFICATIONS

National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
SBA 8(m), Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP)
Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

NAICS CODES

561920 Convention and Trade Show Organizers
541611 Administrative Management and General Management Consulting
541430 Graphic Design Services
541613 Marketing Consulting Services
541613 Public Relations Services
541810 Advertising Agencies
541850 Display Advertising
541890 Other Services Related to Advertising
541910 Marketing Research and Public Opinion Polling
541922 Commercial Photography