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.