Our Team

Jeanne Berry

Principal

SAVVY. SUPPORTIVE. POSITIVE.

From the age of 10, I’ve had big aspirations, including being the first female president of the US (luckily for the nation, that dream faded!). Blessed with an entrepreneurial spirit, I knew I would own a business doing something I loved. Today, RealTime Productions is my passion and lifeline. I enjoy creating lasting relationships with our clients and watching my team turn dreams into reality. I’m so proud of the work they do. If I’m not in the office, I’m at home or in Maui…but working. That’s the fun of this business; it’s not a 9-5 job, and I embrace the craziness.

Years in the industry:    Way too many. I don’t want to give away my age!

My must have show snack:   Dark chocolate-covered espresso beans

Karin Weltman

Vice President of Project Services and Operations

DEDICATED. DRIVEN. GROUNDED.

I love events because of the end result – seeing the hard work payoff and come together to produce an experience. I look at all possible scenarios and strive for flawless execution. Handling budgets for our major events helps me see the big picture, and challenges me to balance to the penny every time. I lead by example, while mentoring others along the way. My family is key to keeping me balanced – with two energetic kids at home, my husband and I stay plenty busy!

Years in the industry: more than 16

My must have show snack:  Baked cheddar sour cream chips

Kat Uzzelle

Director of Business Development

Kat Uzzelle ProfileVIBRANT. AMBITIOUS. ENGAGING.

I am first and foremost a connector. So working in the live-event arena is the perfect place for me to put together all the people I have met in the business over many years. I love seeing and hearing ideas flow when people meet face-to-face. After working with Teatro ZinZanni for 10 years, a highly energetic and visual environment is often my source of inspiration when we have team event brainstorm sessions. My idea of a successful work day is gathering all of the right people/vendors in the best venue to put a vision into real-time action. When I am not at work, I like to travel, go wine tasting and throw my own parties which may include my little dog, Goldie Faun, in the invitation.

Years in the industry:    More than 20

My must have show snack:   Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups

Ceili Rian

Office Manager

ceili rian book cropDETERMINED. STRATEGIC. CREATIVE.

I’m a unique character, starting with my name (it’s pronounced    “Kaylee Ryan”). Because of my diverse work history and educational background, I’m often asked if there’s any job I haven’t done (of course there is…). I delight in unearthing resources, resolving issues and crafting unique experiences. I love supporting my awesome team! A life-long student and fan-girl of efficiency, I am forever diving into some new interest or training in a new tool.

Years in the industry:    10

My must have show snack: Pretzels

Lisa Perrone

Senior Project Manager

Lisa Perrone ProfilePERSONABLE. ENTHUSIASTIC. DEVOTED.

I started out as the first remote employee at RealTime Productions, thinking my job was temporary and too good to be true. Fast-forward 18 years…I am still lucky enough to be managing the Southern California territory and loving every moment of my always-changing projects. I’m a Pisces and prefer to be near water any chance I get. My favorite things include laughing with my two amazing kids, running, dancing, traveling, dabbling in photography, reading cooking magazines, and dreaming of the day I can make gourmet meals again. Mac and cheese is the household favorite for now.

Years in the industry: 20

My must have show snack:  Dark chocolate

Kim Pratt

Senior Project Manager

Kim Pratt ProfileAMBITIOUS. EXPERIENCED. THOUGHTFUL.

I’ve returned to my roots at RealTime Productions, the company I co-founded with Jeanne Berry, after raising a family in peaceful Buckley, WA. Bottom line…I love my job. To have a vision and make that vision a reality is just plain amazing. Using my natural abilities and gifts towards creating events and managing logistics and budgets is pure joy. These days when I am not in front of my computer screen working I am at a gym watching my son or daughter play club and select volleyball, and I LOVE every minute of it! We often join in the fun and play too which is an excellent way to burn off steam. My family is just what I need to keep all the chaos of events in balance.

Years in the industry: 25

My must have show snack: Dark chocolate and sea salt caramels

Milissa Burke

Senior Project Manager

STRATEGIC. TRUSTED. METICULOUS.

I consider myself very lucky to have found my niche in the events industry. I’ve worked on a multitude of events in countries I could never have imagined I would ever visit. I am very passionate about the events I work on, the people I work with, and the complexity that goes along with every program. My favorite part of managing events is the challenge of space planning and the execution of attendee flow. It is so satisfying to see what you visualized on paper come to life. Events are never dull and I feel incredibly proud to be part of an industry with so many talented people. I have made so many friends “in the biz” I can’t imagine where my life would be today if I hadn’t stumbled upon event planning more than 20 years ago! In my free time I love hanging out with friends, finding sun in Mexico, going to rock concerts, or just puttering around my house and doting on my pets – my Yorkie-Poo Millie and my 5 cats – Leo, Lucky, Leroy, Lucy and Spencer.

Years in the industry:    24

My must have show snack: Coffee and Pop-Tarts

Archana Bhat

Senior Project Manager

Archana Bhat ProfileTEAM PLAYER.  PURPOSEFUL.  ATTENTIVE.

I love being part of a team with concrete goals! Running an event is as concrete as you can get with a finite “ship” date being the event date. I consider myself a goal-oriented person and love running events because I can drive so many pieces of the puzzle to closure. Being in charge of putting together deliverables and working with others to bring a client’s vision to fruition is a dream job as it utilizes my passions and skills.  When I am not busy with RealTime Productions’ clients, I am off traveling near and far with my kids and family exploring the outdoors and capturing it all with my photography. Sigmund, our Coonhound Shepard keeps me sane with his snuggles.

Years in the industry:    more than 15

My must have show snack: Dark Chocolate of any kind!

Sarah Cook

Senior Project Manager

Sarah Cook ProfileCREATIVE. CURIOUS. ENTHUSIASTIC.

I’m enthused about events. It’s not the event logistics that spurs me. It’s not the titles of speeches that make me curious. It’s not even the trade-show design that stokes my creative juices. It’s the people at the event: the speakers, the attendees and the event team that drive my creative, curious side. And it’s those advancing technologies, science and art that make me enthusiastic about the projects that I take. That’s the fun part of an event. In fact, the best events are those when you don’t know I’m there.  As a fitness geek, there’s a part of an event that should be called ” The Onsite Endurance Workout! ” Forget about CrossFit gyms and spin classes, we event managers log serious miles onsite at a convention center- lugging endless boxes throughout the event. In a twisted sense, I love that too – the extreme physical workout. When I’m not running around a convention center or trade-show floor you can find me training for triathlons or at a reuse store looking for gears and gauges to use for the industrial lamps I create!

Years in the industry:  26

My must have show snack:  Coffee, Coffee, Coffee and Power Bars

Kari McCraine

Senior Project Manager

PERSONABLE.  LOYAL. UNSTOPPABLE.

If I had to claim a superpower it would definitely be organization.  I love managing the excitement and flow of an event and my organizational skills are at the cornerstone of my success.  I’ve met some of the most amazing people in my 20+ years of event management and as we all move toward our one common goal of a successful event, every event team starts to feel like a family. A few years ago, my husband and I moved from Seattle to New Orleans for sunshine and to be closer to family. When I’m not working on an event, I’m enjoying NOLA and all of the fabulous music and experiencing all the fun of Mardi Gras with my Krewe..

Years in the industry:    23

My must have show snack: String cheese

Amy Waite

Senior Project Manager

Amy Waite Staff PhotoPASSIONATE.  FOCUSED. CLEVER.

My event career started with planning my company’s presence at Comdex 1997 – large booth, meeting rooms, ancillary events. Talk about trial by fire – short runway and no training, just get it done! In the years since my willingness to jump in and handle any task or job needed has allowed me to gain knowledge and experience across all aspects of event planning and management. You need sponsorship packages developed, sold and delivered – not a problem! You need someone to manage your event budget – large ($60M+) or small, I’m your gal! You need food & beverage for 1,000 attendees – I’ll get a menu and estimate put together for you! Whether working solo on a project or as part of a team, you will benefit from my attention to detail and dedication to getting the job done right.

When taking a break from current projects,  you will most likely find my husband and I camped out in the bleachers in the evening, cheering on our two teenaged sons at one of their many football or baseball games.

Years in the industry:    22

My must have show snack: Coffee and dark chocolate

Gina Broel

Senior Project Manager

DEPENDABLE. RESOURCEFUL. EVEN-KEELED.

Events have been a core part of nearly every job I’ve had in my career – from the marketing & communications side, to the hands-on logistics & budget management side. There’s something about seeing ideas and details come to life, working with amazingly creative teams, and delivering awesome client and customer experiences that is incredibly satisfying and rewarding. I’m a big believer in enjoying what you do, both professionally and personally. Laughter and humor are must-haves in my life (I consider laughing my ab workout of choice). Outside of work, you’ll likely find my husband and me on the soccer field watching our daughter compete, and eating out a lot (cooking dinner may be an event I haven’t exactly mastered).

Years in the industry:  More than 20

My must have show snack:  Peanut M&Ms

Stacy White

Senior Project Manager

Stacy WhiteCREATIVE. CONSCIENTIOUS. COLLABORATOR. 

Teamwork. It’s key to pulling off a successful event, and it’s the thing I love the most about working in the event industry. Over the years, I’ve had the fortune and delight of working many types of events, with different roles and responsibilities – as a decorator, a booth manager, on logistics and creative development, speaker/content management – with each presenting its own rewards and challenges. Through my continuing journey, I’ve found that the one common must-have element that you’ll find in ALL successful events, is teamwork. With an effective team, you can solve for (almost) any problem, overcome (almost) any obstacle, deliver a great event, AND have a great time doing it. It’s this collaborative aspect that drew me into the realm of events, and what keeps me coming back for more! When I’m not cranking on a project, you can find me behind the torch in my metalsmithing shop (I heart silver), elbows-deep in the dirt in my community garden plot, or wrangling my at-home menagerie, which includes a bunch of four-legged beasties and my wonderful husband.

Years in the industry:    More than 15

My must have show snack: Coffee and bacon

Jen Thorson

Senior Project Manager

CREATIVE. ORGANIZED. FUN-LOVING.

I am a driven team player with a passion for innovation, customer service, and post-it-notes. I have experience across both events and marketing, with an understanding of how a marketing events program should drive sales and brand momentum for an organization. I enjoy travelling, scuba diving with my husband, cuddling with my daughter, and going on adventures looking for black bears with my chocolate lab, Caribou Lou.

 

 

Years in the industry: More than 10 years

My must have show snack:  Dum-Dums

Cynthia Dasté

Senior Project Manager

COLLABORATOR. DRIVEN. RESULTS-ORIENTED. 

I fell in love with planning meetings and events in college – which means I am now a very experienced project manager. Often it feels like I have seen & experienced it all, and yet every event brings forth something new and different. I enjoy meeting new people from all over the world and building the relationships that follow. Give me an idea for an event – and I will run with it from concept to execution – and everything in between. It’s the logistics and details that excite me. Events I’ve planned, range from intimate Board Retreats to a two-day concert with six bands. When I’m not in event-mode, you’ll find me reading cooking magazines or pairing food with wine. I also love spending time with my family & my pup Jules!

Years in the industry:    25

My must have show snack: Post-event wine!

Diane Smith

Copy and Content Manager

EFFECTIVE. RESOURCEFUL. AUTHENTIC.

I’m a copy and project wrangler—an experienced production manager and editor specializing in event content, attendee communications and marketing. Think: event apps, conference guides, websites, email comms and blogs, as well as session titles and abstracts, PPTs and more. A motivated leader and achiever I focus on delivering consistent quality, on time and on budget.

Years in the industry:    More than 20

My must have show snack:  Coffee, coffee and more coffee!

Julie Simms

Senior Marketing, Communications, and Project Manager

STRATEGIC. PATIENT. ORGANIZED.

My goal? Achieve success and have fun while doing it! I enjoy all aspects of events including envisioning the program, collaboration, dealing with the unexpected, operations, promotions, and especially completing what we set out to accomplish. As we build your program, you can count on me to be patient and even-tempered, resourceful and pro-active, trend-setting and practical. My life’s other adventures include coaxing the family up to the mountains for trail hikes and visits to country stores, homecooked dinners, family history research, and meditation.

Years in the industry:    More than 20

My must have show snack: Chocolate almonds

Caroline Kay

Senior Project Manager

Caroline KayIMAGINATIVE. STRATEGIC. DYNAMIC.

There’s nothing I love more than transforming a three-ring circus into an event machine that engages guests, runs like clockwork, and delivers ROI. I think of myself as the creative engine behind extraordinary event experiences. I bring imagination to the event concept, precision and rigor to the event planning process, and deliver smash-hit events. I’m told I have boundless energy and off-the-wall ideas—perfect for the event guru who thrives on creating one-of-kind, memorable corporate and private gatherings. I’ve produced thousands of events all over the globe, working with amazing clients and event management colleagues. But I make sure to leave time for family and friends back home in the U.K. and here in the U.S., plus hike and explore whenever, wherever, I can.

Years in the industry:    22

My must have show snack: Healthy juices and ginger shots!