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Stacy Abernethy

For more than 25 years, Stacy Abernethy has been involved with multiple aspects of the hospitality industry. She has worked in the hotel industry in both operations and sales with companies like Accor, Doubletree and Hilton. She then, worked with the Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau where she marketed to tradeshow and meeting professionals, selling the beautiful city of Charlotte, NC. For the past 19 years, Stacy has managed consumer shows for Southern Shows, Inc. in the Women’s Shows division. She currently is responsible for the Southern Women’s Shows in Nashville and Orlando. Outside of the office, Stacy sits on the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Educational Foundation Board and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
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Beth Anderson

Beth began working with Southern Shows Inc. in 2001. During her time, Beth has managed the Southern Women’s Shows in Nashville, Savannah, Birmingham and Novi, Michigan. When not planning events, Beth enjoys reading, traveling, hiking and spending time with her husband and yellow lab at their weekend house in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Tish Atkins

Tish has been with Southern Shows, Inc. since 1998. Her time has been spent in their Women’s Show division working with the Southern Women’s Show in Charlotte and Raleigh as Executive Show Manager. In addition to her management duties, she oversees Internal Communications. When not planning shows, Tish served on the Board of Dress for Success Charlotte, where she has held positions of Secretary, Vice President and Development Chair. She currently serves on the Board of The Actor's Theatre of Charlotte.  She is also a member of NAWBO and an avid sports fan. She enjoys watching the Florida State Seminoles, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Braves.
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Laura Campbell

Laura joined Southern Shows in 1982. She launched the successful Women's Show Series, which is now held in 10 markets annually. During her time with Southern Shows, Laura has managed a number of Southern Women’s Shows, served as President of the Women's Show Division and Director of Sponsorships. She is now continuing in her sponsorship role for all the shows produced by Southern Shows. When not working on “show business”, she continues to teach at UNCC and volunteers with community projects to support the arts. Laura and her husband enjoy visiting with family and friends, traveling and sailing.
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Katie Cronin

Katie Cronin joined Southern Shows Inc. in 2008, and has worked with the Women's Show Series in ten different markets on the east coast. Currently, Katie is the Show Manager for the Southern Women's Show in Raleigh, responsible for overall sales, promotion and operation for the event, as well as Sponsorship Manager for Southern Shows. As Sponsorship Manager, Katie works with local, regional and national sponsors to create a successful advertising and onsite package targeted to meet each sponsor's specific goals. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School, Katie enjoys playing tennis, cooking, traveling, and cheering for the Tarheels in her spare time.
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Katie Debnam

Katie Debnam began working for Southern Shows, Inc. in 2008 after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill. Her time was spent working on The Southern Christmas Show as well as The Southern Ideal Home Show in Greensboro. After taking a few years off to be a stay at home mom, she is now assisting with the Southern Women’s Show in Memphis. When she is not working, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and their two sons, hanging out with friends and family, and cooking and entertaining.
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Allyson Dixon

Allyson has been working with Southern Shows since 2012 when she started in a part time capacity working in the show office on show site.  She has now moved into an Assistant role on the Michigan International Women’s show in 2019.  Allyson is married with 2 children and enjoys traveling, running and spending time with her family. 
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Taylor Hughey

Taylor started as an intern with Southern Shows, Inc. in the summer of 2018. Falling in love with show business immediately, she helped assist on show site at the Southern Women’s Shows in Charlotte, NC and Birmingham, AL before joining full time in 2019. Taylor is currently the Assistant Manager for the Southern Women’s Show in Nashville. She was born and raised in the Charlotte area and attended Wingate University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 2019. During her free time, she enjoys naps, cuddling with her pups, Sophie & Faye; traveling, and is always excited for a fun adventure.
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Courtney Jackson

Courtney Jackson began working for Southern Shows in January of 2020.  She has been working on the show in Raleigh, NC and will be working on the Charlotte, NC show in the fall.  Courtney graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion and Textile Management in 2018.  She has always enjoyed fashion, planning different events, and cooking.  When Courtney is not working, she likes to be around her family,  friends and her dog Bella.


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Elizabeth Medina

Elizabeth has been with the company since 2012. She is married with 2 kids. She enjoys traveling, running and sailing.
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Brittany Meehan

Brittany Meehan joined Southern Shows, Inc in 2008 after graduation from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her time at Southern Shows has been spent working on home shows, the Southern Farm Show and, most recently, the Southern Women’s Shows. She currently works on the Southern Women’s Shows in Charlotte and Memphis. Originally from Asheville, NC, Brittany visits the mountains and her family as often as possible. When she is not working, Brittany enjoys playing tennis, hanging out with friends and spending time with her husband and two sons.
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Meredith Menninger

Meredith originally joined Southern Shows in 1999 working on Southern Women’s Shows in Charlotte, Nashville, Richmond, and the Michigan International Women’s Show. After stepping away for several years to stay at home with her children, she has returned to focus on the Southern Women’s Show in Nashville. When not planning shows, Meredith enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, volunteering at school, traveling, reading and cooking.
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Joe Merola

Joe has been working with Southern Shows, Inc. since 2012 as our Mailroom Clerk. He is in charge of all mail and packages coming in and going out. He also works the Southern Christmas Show freight room keeping track of all of the vendors freight. Joe keeps our building well maintained and the grass groomed. A jack of all trades, Joe enjoys woodworking & remodeling his home. In his free time, he loves playing golf, watching movies, a good football game, and takes pleasure in showing off his 2 beautiful daughters.
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Taylor Peavey

Taylor joined Southern Shows, Inc. in 2016, working on the Southern Ideal Home Show in Greensboro. She was born and raised in Kansas City and then moved away to attend the University of Mississippi. She graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management. In her free time you can find her, cooking, baking, cheering on her Ole Miss Rebels, dreaming about the beach, or playing with her Golden Retriever/Spaniel mix, Lilly.
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Alexandra Smith

Alexandra joined Southern Shows in 2014 and has worked as an Assistant Show Manager on the Southern Women's Shows in Orlando & Jacksonville and the Michigan International Women's Show. She moved into a Digital Marketing Coordinator position for all ten Women's Shows in 2018. She was born and raised as a Tarheel in Chapel Hill, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management. Alexandra spends her free time cooking, reading, gardening, and practicing yoga.
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Tracy Staley

Tracy has been with Southern Shows, Inc since 1997, with responsibilities covering the accounting and payroll functions. She is a very outgoing and faith-driven person, active in her community and church. Traveling, shopping and community volunteering are among her favorite pastimes.
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Dana Stuart

Dana has been with Southern Shows Inc. since 2002. Her time is spent in the accounting department, working with all the shows to make sure exhibit space confirmations are sent, and payments are processed. When not in the accounting department, Dana spends time at dance fitness classes. She also enjoys going to the beach, reading, and playing with her dogs.
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David Zimmerman

David joined Southern Shows Inc. in 1983, and became president in 2000. His current and previous involvement in the community and industry include the Home & Garden Show Executives International (past president), The Rotary Club of Charlotte (past president), Queen City Toastmasters (past president), the Charlotte Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (past chairman), the Salvation Army Charlotte Arena Command (board member), and The Scottish Bank (founding director) . On the few days he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, scuba diving, and fishing.
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Joan Zimmerman

Joan, along with her husband, Robert, founded Southern Shows, Inc. Joan's roles have included Development, Sales, Marketing, PR, Training, and all the little jobs in-between that keep a company growing. Her current focus is in an advisory capacity to the shows, with an emphasis on communications. Joan is involved in numerous non-profit organizations, running the gamut from Dress for Success, Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange, and McColl School for Visual Arts. She has served on and chaired dozens of boards, including The Charlotte Branch of Richmond Federal Reserve, Charlotte Chamber, Charlotte Visitors & Convention Bureau, and others. She is the founding Entrepreneur in Residence for the McColl School at Queens University, a 2009 recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award for Excellence, and in 2005 was inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame.
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Carl Zimmerman

Carl joined Southern Shows in 2015 working on the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show and Southern Ideal Home Show Charlotte. Prior to joining the company, Carl earned a Bachelor’s Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Business Administration Majoring in International Business and Finance from The University of South Carolina. He worked two years with a well known investment banking practice, and currently owns his own research business. Carl enjoys biking, whitewater rafting, and traveling.
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