Matt Grogg, ABA’s new director of meetings and education, replaces Karin Soyster Fitzgerald, CMP, CAE, who recently accepted a position with the International Fire Chiefs Association. ABA wishes her all the best!
In his new role at ABA, Matt will additionally serve as the IBIE Housing and Transportation Manager and Education Task Force Liaison.
Matt Grogg comes to us from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)where he has spent the past five and a half years as the director of conferences and meetings. During his time with AAVMC, he successfully led their annual conference to new heights, in the area of programming as well as financially, despite it being a difficult economic time for its membership. Matt initially got his start in meeting planning as a director of networking programs at the National Association of Home Builders.
Matt is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Business Management and still enjoys traveling to Blacksburg to attend an occasional Hokie football game. In his spare time, Matt is an active mountain biker and a big fan of live music; he enjoys frequenting concerts, large and small, in the D.C. area.
Samantha Moore, a recent graduate of The Pennsylvania State University (PSU), was hired as ABA’s meetings registrar and membership assistant. At PSU, Sam majored in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. She was the president of her school’s collegiate chapter of Professional Convention Management Association, an organization that helps grow and develop careers in event planning. This is Sam’s third return to ABA having previously served as an intern in between semesters and post graduation. ABA is very lucky to have Sam back and hopes she will serve ABA for many years to come!