Beth Surmont

Vice President of Event Business Strategy & Design

As an event planner for more than 20 years, Beth’s innovative approach and out-of-the-box thinking began turning heads, generating buzz, and building audiences from the outset of her career.  She learned early on that she’s at her best when faced with daunting problems in need of fixing.  Comfortable with intelligent risk, she jumps at the chance to explore new challenges and the opportunity to try out creative new ideas.

Beth has worked in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She understands how to work within and across an organization—how to set a target, motivate a team, and get everyone across the finish line together.

It’s her job to be a project manager, experience designer, content curator, storyteller, motivator, leader, behind-the-scenes cheerleader, logistics director, contract negotiator, researcher, trend analyzer, innovator, visionary, partner, builder, thinker, problem-solver, entrepreneur, and customer service specialist, sometimes all within the space of a single day.

She’s been a Certified Meeting Planner since 2008. A Certified Association Executive since 2016. And served as chair of the ASAE Meeting & Exposition Council from 2016 – 2018. She was recently named one of the Top 25 Influencers in the Meetings Industry for 2020. In 2019 she was named one of BizBash’s 1000 Most Influential People in Events. She authors a blog full of event planning tips called Otter Talk. And she currently lives in New Jersey with her wife, stepchildren, and two dogs.