Susan Bracken

Susan Bracken

President & CEO
SPARGO, Inc.
Washington, D.C. (USA)

Susan brought association and show contractor experience to SPARGO when she joined the company more than 25 years ago.  Susan successfully launched programs to diversify the company’s service portfolio to include exposition space sales and management, registration services, exhibitor lead management services, housing and meeting logistics.   Under her leadership the company has become the nation’s largest privately held Exposition and Conference Management firm employing 185 employees who service 150 events annually.  As President and CEO, Susan focuses on the implementation of new technologies, client relations and overseeing day to day operations.

Gildo Plate

Gildo Plate

Managing Director, ATS UK
Co-President, FHTdirect
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Gildo brings over 25 years’ experience working in global meetings & events, having overseen the growth of leading M&E organizations in London and New York. Gildo took the helm at ATS in the UK in 2011, leading the growth of its MICE department.

Laura Graeber

Laura Graeber

Sr. Vice President – Housing Services
SPARGO, Inc.
Washington, D.C. (USA)

Laura joined the SPARGO team in 1994, as the Director of Housing.  In 1999, Laura was promoted to Vice President of Housing Services.  Laura was promoted in 2003 to her current position as Senior Vice President of Housing Services. During her tenure at SPARGO, the Housing Department has grown significantly Ms. Graeber oversees the management of a diverse client base from large medical meetings and high profile Board of Directors meetings to military and government meetings.

Laura is responsible for the overall management and development of the housing department.   Ms. Graeber manages a full time staff of 24 Account Managers and Coordinators.  In addition, Laura plays a significant role in obtaining new clients for SPARGO as well as retaining long-term clients.

Ms. Graeber brings over 28 years of experience in the industry to her position.  Throughout her career, Laura has handled the housing needs of numerous complicated, high profile events using upwards of 23,000 rooms on peak night.

Prior to joining SPARGO, she was employed with Billcom Conference and Exposition Company where she was the Director of Registration & Housing , overseeing the registration and housing of many large conferences/expos including National Governors Association, National League of Cities and United Way of America.