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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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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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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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