OUR TEAM

Mary E. Adams, President

Mary is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with more than 15 years in business. Mary’s expertise includes a focus on financial services association and event management, marketing, and communications.

Mary is passionate about empowering women in business. In addition to running ECG, she is the Executive Director for the Bergen County Professional Women’s Network. NJ’s BCPWN is a leading professional organization, including almost 2,000 women in its community, producing more than 25 annual events and valuable networking opportunities.

Prior to launching ECG, Mary was a professional sales representative for Merck & Co., produced conferences and established the Life Sciences division of Worldwide Business Research, and managed sales and marketing for an automotive engineering company in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mary earned her Masters in Business Administration from Fordham University in New York, where she graduated with honors from Beta Gamma Sigma, American Marketing Association and Phi Kappa Phi, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Laura Castle, Project Director

Laura has over 7 years of experience in non-profit association management and strategic planning.  She is responsible for the association management side of ECG and specializes in working with clients to develop processes to improve member communications, committee participation, and resource development.

Prior to joining ECG, Laura worked for the International Trademark Association (INTA), a global association with over 7,000 organizational members.  In her tenure at INTA, Laura served as Director of Communications, Director of Legal Resources, and Senior Membership and Business Development Coordinator.  She holds a BA in Communications from Denison University.

 

Jordan Harris, Marketing Director

Jordan is responsible for association management strategy, communications, and business development. With a background in advertising and marketing, Jordan has held leadership roles at media agencies as well as a trade group in the television industry.

Before joining ECG, Jordan was a managing partner, business director at GroupM’s Maxus Communications (Now Wavemaker) where his clients included Barclays Investment Bank, the U.S. government, and several packaged goods companies.

Prior to that, Jordan was the SVP, Marketing Director for the Syndicated Network Television Association, a research-driven business development company for the studios.

Jordan attended Binghamton University, where he received a B.A. in Psychology.

 

Laura Howe, Meetings Manager

Laura is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with more than 15 years in event management. Good at wearing multiple hats, Laura is adept at being resourceful, responding quickly and creatively to find solutions to any challenge.  She has planned and coordinated a wide variety of corporate and social events for Fortune 500 companies, national associations, and international clients. 

Prior to joining ECG, Laura worked for Platts, a division of McGraw-Hill Financial (now S&P Global).  She lead their North America Conference Operations and then later was responsible for their Global Event Operations.

Laura graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor in Science in Recreation Management and Policy and holds an Event Management certification from The George Washington University.

TESTIMONIALS

"From the moment I engaged with Mary and the ECG team, no request was ever too much. Her professionalism and commitment to delivering a first class event was exceptional. As an international guest, she was incredibly considerate of my requirements and managed the DCIIA Academic Forum with apparent ease, showing enormous experience in this field. The venue, food and facilities were first class.  Please convey my thanks to all concerned."

Professor Michael E. Drew
Professor of Finance, Griffith University & Director, Drew, Walk & Co.

2016-06-28T15:57:10+00:00

Professor Michael E. Drew
Professor of Finance, Griffith University & Director, Drew, Walk & Co.

"From the moment I engaged with Mary and the ECG team, no request was ever too much. Her professionalism and commitment to delivering a first class event was exceptional. As an international guest, she was incredibly considerate of my requirements and managed the DCIIA Academic Forum with apparent ease, showing enormous experience in this field. The venue, food and facilities were first class.  Please convey my thanks to all concerned."

"ECG has truly become an extension of the DCIIA team. At DCIIA events there is really no distinction between the DCIIA staff and ECG staff in the minds of our members. ECG represents DCIIA with professionalism, thinks creatively on our behalf, and supports our mission through its involvement in the DC industry. I endorse ECG for meeting planning and association management services."

Lew Minsky
President & CEO, DCIIA

2016-06-28T16:08:37+00:00

Lew Minsky
President & CEO, DCIIA

"ECG has truly become an extension of the DCIIA team. At DCIIA events there is really no distinction between the DCIIA staff and ECG staff in the minds of our members. ECG represents DCIIA with professionalism, thinks creatively on our behalf, and supports our mission through its involvement in the DC industry. I endorse ECG for meeting planning and association management services."

"Simply put - ECG delivers unparalleled “peace-of-mind” event and marketing support. Mary and her team make a point of knowing the names of all participants, never miss a single detail ranging from room set up to agenda execution, and ECG also plays an important role in keeping us all on point, on time, and on agenda – all critical to delivering the best possible brand message and service."

John Payne
Heitman and Co-Pres DCREC, Executive Comm. At-Large Member DCIIA

2016-06-28T16:10:03+00:00

John Payne
Heitman and Co-Pres DCREC, Executive Comm. At-Large Member DCIIA

"Simply put - ECG delivers unparalleled “peace-of-mind” event and marketing support. Mary and her team make a point of knowing the names of all participants, never miss a single detail ranging from room set up to agenda execution, and ECG also plays an important role in keeping us all on point, on time, and on agenda – all critical to delivering the best possible brand message and service."

"Mary and her team took care of every aspect of the event and assumed the burden of organization and managing long-distance logistics.  The venue was perfect, the food and entertainment was first rate, the timing and logistics were well orchestrated which resulted in a memorable evening.  In short, the event was flawless!  Many thanks to Mary and the ECG staff for taking an idea and turning it into an event. Well done." 

Bradley Scafe
President, Benefit Trust

2016-06-28T16:11:08+00:00

Bradley Scafe
President, Benefit Trust

"Mary and her team took care of every aspect of the event and assumed the burden of organization and managing long-distance logistics.  The venue was perfect, the food and entertainment was first rate, the timing and logistics were well orchestrated which resulted in a memorable evening.  In short, the event was flawless!  Many thanks to Mary and the ECG staff for taking an idea and turning it into an event. Well done." 

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OUR SERVICES

ECG is a high level, comprehensive meeting planning and association management firm supporting the financial services industry. As an extension of your team, we help produce events and manage organizations worldwide. Clients include asset managers, investment firms, wire houses, associations, broker dealers, RIAs and more.

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215 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Suite 201
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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