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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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Sara Cochran

Sara joined Southern Shows, Inc. in 2011 as graduate from Miami University of Ohio. Before starting as an assistant manager here she taught English for a year in South Korea. She enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and trips home to see her family.
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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 Savannah, GA, 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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Casey Harper

Casey joined Southern Shows Inc. in 2014, working on the Southern Ideal Home Show in Raleigh. She is a Charlotte native and UNC Charlotte graduate, where she earned her degree in Communication Studies. She joined our team with a background in the Marketing industry. In addition to planning shows, Casey enjoys exercising, traveling, visiting the North Carolina coast and spending time with her family and friends.
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Kathy Hybarger

Kathy has been with Southern Shows Inc. since 1991. She has had several roles over the years, including Administrative Assistant and Sponsorship Coordinator for the Women’s Show Department. More recently she has moved into the position of Office Manager. In her free time, Kathy enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, reading, cooking, and traveling.
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Elisha Jernigan

Elisha has been with Southern Shows, Inc. since 2005. Her time has been spent working on Women’s Shows in Jacksonville, Savannah, Nashville, Novi, Richmond and Memphis. Elisha is currently the Show Manager for the Southern Women’s Shows in Memphis and Jacksonville. Elisha is a 2001 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. When not planning shows, Elisha enjoys spending time with her husband and their son, hanging out with friends, practicing yoga, traveling, cooking and entertaining.
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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. She splits her time between departments, working on both the Southern Women’s Shows and the Southern Ideal Home Shows. Currently, Brittany manages the Southern Ideal Home Show, Greensboro and assists on the Southern Women’s Show, Orlando. 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 son.
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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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Ashton Powell

Ashton joined Southern Shows in 2013. Originally from Georgia, Ashton moved to Charlotte after completing her Master’s in Public Administration. Ashton’s time is spent working in the Women’s Show department on the Raleigh show and on the Southern Christmas Show. When not planning shows she enjoys volunteering with the Junior League of Charlotte, reading and playing with her King Charles Spaniel, Beatrix.
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Alexandra Smith

Alexandra joined Southern Shows in 2014, working on the Southern Women's Shows in Orlando and Novi, Michigan. She was born and raised as a Tarheel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Hospitality and 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 making sure her children are on the right path. 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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