Marilee Sonneman, CMP, DMCP, Founder

Marilee A Sonneman, CMP DMCPMarilee Sonneman delivers 20 years’ experience and acumen in corporate events, incentive travel, and destination management.  An alumna of San Francisco State University, Marilee pursued graduate and undergraduate studies in Classics and Classical Archaeology.  She holds credentials as a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP), and contributed to the Convention Industry Council Manual 9th Edition:  A Working Guide for Effective Meetings and Conventions.  Marilee speaks on Strategic Meeting Management Planning, International Meetings, Special Events, Social Media, Etiquette, Protocol, and other topics.

Marilee founded Spotlight Events Consulting, Inc., an award-winning full-service boutique event and destination management company (DMC) in 2010.  Prior career highlights include Managing Director of a premier San Francisco DMC and Senior Account Executive of Northern California’s largest DMC.

Marilee serves as Immediate Past President 2017-2018 of Meeting Professionals International Northern California Chapter (MPINCC); as President 2016-2017, she led MPINCC to a historic year of records and first, including global achievement as a two-time MPI RISE 2017 Award winner.  She served Society for Incentive Travel Excellence Northern California Chapter (SITENCC) for two terms as President 2014 and 2015.  She also served four years, 2012-2016, on the Certification and Accreditation Board of Directors of the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI).

Paul Enrico Kostadimas, Co-Founder
Paul Enrico Kostadi“‘Your pictures, my words,’ she said from the very first,” recalls Paul Kostadimas, “when we met on an archaeological dig in Greece.”  Then a graduate student in Classics at the University of Ottawa, now an in-demand consultant to blue-chip clientele, Paul travels the world and engages cultures as diverse as the man himself.

Life in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Athens, Greece. and Ottawa, Canada, preceded Paul’s move to San Francisco, California.  His consulting expertise encompasses 21 years of advising Fortune 500 and AmLaw 200 clients and creating repeatable, scalable, measurable processes via the implementation of account standards.  Paul also provided critical consulting support of the largest bankruptcy of a utility company, with $37 billion in pre-filing assets.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies with emphasis on Epic Poetry and Archaeology, and a Bachelor of Arts in History with emphasis in Ancient Greek and Roman History.  Both degrees are from Carleton University in Ottawa.  This rigorous classical training and two decades as a professional consultant both inform and underscore his two personal passions:  travel and photography.  Whether shooting from the hip or composing with precision, Paul seeks always to capture the “decisive moment” in his street, travel, and event photography.