She has over 20 years of meeting and hotel industry experience including positions in both operations and conference management at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Bonnie was the Assistant Director of Continuing Medical Education for 12 years and was responsible for the entire life-cycle of conferences from site selection, contract negotiations, to strategic planning and evaluation of activities that ranged in size and budget around the world. Events have ranged from small, VIP meetings to national events of 1100-2200 attendees.
Bonnie also was the Administrative/Operations Lead on the single, largest funded research project
awarded from the Department of Defense in it’s history. This was a massive simulation research
project which also had a large component of Human Factors and Augmented Reality.
In 2015, Bonnie joined ConferenceDirect and has build her clientele spanning various industries
from education, pharma, non-profit, corporate and sports teams. She often says the decision to
make this career transition was one of the hardest but most rewarding decisions thus far. Her
knowledge and experience has provided the best options to her clients for their meetings with
significant cost savings. She prides herself on the relationships she has built with both her clients as
well as many suppliers across the world.
She received her CMP designation in 2004 and taught portions of the CMP Prep Camp through the
Minnesota Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. She also served as a board member of
MPI and was nominated for “Meeting Planner of the Year”. Bonnie is also actively involved in local
and national professional organizations and has held positions on committees and board of directors
as well as served on various focus groups in the meetings industry.
In her free time, Bonnie enjoys being with her family and spending time boating and relaxing at the
lake cabin. She also enjoys being a co-leader for several junior high school educational trips to
Spain, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Germany, Italy and Africa.