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Our Values

What principles guide our behavior? The Super 7 values, or as we call it, EPICARP.

  • EEfficiency
  • PPositivity
  • IIntegrity
  • CCollaboration
  • AAccountability
  • RRelationships
  • PPerseverance
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Efficiency

Fast is better than slow

Positivity

Attitude is everything

Integrity

There is never a wrong time to do the right thing
people collaborating in conference room

Collaboration

Accountability

Take pride in all that you do

Relationships

Passion for people

Perseverance

Work together to achieve a win-win

Our Assurance

Speed

We are built for speed and efficiency.

  • Same day video turnaround on daily headlines & recap
  • Sessions can be broadcast live, recorded and immediately available on-demand
  • Attendee acquisition content available in two weeks or less

Specialization

We’re industry experts with over 15 years in meetings and events.

  • Trusted partner with 75 years of combined broadcast experience.
  • Proven, powerful tactics to drive attendance, enhance experience and generate revenue for events
  • Dedicated content manager for each event to help craft your story

Versatility

We can execute in-person, virtual or hybrid events.

  • End-to-end service
  • Customized options to meet the needs of your event
  • Comprehensive remote and on-site production capabilities
  • Ability to create and capture year-round content

Meet the CNTV Team

Creators. Collaborators. Innovators. Our ability to bring your events to life is directly linked to a talented team that keeps us moving forward. With more than 75 years of broadcast experience, our roster is comprised of passionate digital storytellers with diverse backgrounds in TV News, video production and editing.

Co-Founder Marcelo Zolessi

Chief Executive Officer

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Co-Founder Marcelo Zolessi

Chief Executive Officer

Email: mzolessi@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

LinkedIn | Twitter

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: 2007

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: Geneva, Switzerland

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: Chatting with Sir Richard Branson

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Stellar

Q: What’s your guilty pleasure song to sing?
A: Sting-When We Dance

Q: What is your nickname?
A: Cellobrown

Q: What is your hidden talent?
A: Playing drums

Q: If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest?
A: Sting

Q: Favorite cartoon or TV show growing up?
A: G.I. Joe

Co-Founder Carrie Ferenac

President

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Co-Founder Carrie Ferenac

President

Email: cferenac@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

LinkedIn | Twitter

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: The day it was formed

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: Orlando. It’s my hometown and it’s fabulous.

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: Watching the A380 land at the Dubai Air Show

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Collaborative.

Q: What’s your guilty pleasure song to sing?
A: Taylor Swift-Shake It Off

Q: What is your nickname?
A: Used to be my maiden name, Harnish

Q: What is your hidden talent?
A: Snow Skiing

Q: If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest?
A: Bert Jacobs from “Life is Good.” Love him and the company he built.

Q: Favorite cartoon or TV show growing up?
A: Dukes of Hazzard

Megan Saad

Managing Director, CNTV Marketing

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Megan Saad

Managing Director, CNTV Marketing

Email: msaad@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

LinkedIn

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: July 2021

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: New Orleans

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Versatile

Q: What’s your guilty pleasure song to sing?
A: Total Eclipse of the Heart

Q: What is your hidden talent?
A: Playing golf

Q: Where were you born?
A: Pittsburgh, PA

Brady Kimball

Sr. Director, Client Strategy, CNTV Marketing

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Brady Kimball

Sr. Director, Client Strategy, CNTV Marketing

Email: bkimball@cntvnow.com | Phone: 310 403 7835

Angie Jasper

Sales Account Executive

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Angie Jasper

Sales Account Executive

Email: ajasper@cntvnow.com | Phone: (740) 819-7245

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: March 2022

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: New Orleans for the music!

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: Working the Anthrocon, aka furries, Dance in Pittsburgh. 

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Partnership

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Anything Indian

Michael Darrah

Managing Editor

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Michael Darrah

Managing Editor

Email: mdarrah@cntvnow.com | Phone:(407) 743-0263

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: May 2022

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: Las Vegas. I used to live there, so I know the nice places, and the dives. Both types are fun!

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: So far, they’ve all be memorable.

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Welcoming

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: My mom’s hamburger/spaghetti casserole

Q: What is your nickname?
A: Mikey D

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: It’s given me the chance to live and work in amazing places with talented people

Q: What are your hobbies? 
A: Dog parks, golf, beach, and yelling at the TV during Minnesota Vikings games.
Courtney Dixon

Special Projects Manager

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Courtney Dixon

Special Projects Manager

Email: cdixon@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: November 2017

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: Nashville

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Family

Q: What’s your guilty pleasure song to sing?
A: Anything Backstreet Boys

Q: What is your nickname?
A: Court

Q: What is your hidden talent?
A: I overboard decorate for the holidays.

Q: If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest?
A: Jon Bon Jovi

Q: Favorite cartoon or TV show growing up?
A: Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers (I was and still am a Disney kid!)

Q: Where were you born?
A: Morrilton, Arkansas

Q: If you could invent something what would it be?
A: If I could invent a machine that allows me to be two places at once, or duplicate myself when needed, that’d be handy. ?

Q: What is your favorite song that you listen to?
A: It changes daily. I just love something uplifting that gets me ready to face anything. Usually Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi or anything 80’s

Q: Have you ever been skydiving?
A: No… fear of heights

Q: Where would your dream vacation be?
A: I’d love to devote several weeks to exploring Europe. It may take a few trips

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: You can find me at Disney, a sporting event or concert. I also try to learn all I can about the space industry and history (especially WWII)

Dakota Thurow

Content Manager

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Dakota Thurow

Content Manager

Email: dthurow@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: 
I’ve been with CNTV since the fall of 2018.

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: 
Well, we visit Las Vegas A LOT – but I think my favorite convention city has to be San Diego.

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: 
Everyone in this office knows how Corgi-obsessed I am. Well, during my first big show I’m proud to say that I had the chance to strap a go-pro camera to a corgi and let it gather footage around the pet expo floor!

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: 
Epicarp. Yes it’s a real word… and it’s also the acronym for our values!

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: 
Epicarp. Yes it’s a real word… and it’s also the acronym for our values!

Q: What is your nickname?
A: 
KotesMagotes. Kota. Kotes. 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A:  Being able to travel while learning about so many different industries. I thought a traveling journalist career was few and far between, and that I would need to work for a large news network to make the dream a reality. But Carrie and Marcelo have put together this company that allows everyone here to do just that while attending so many different and unique trade shows and conventions, and being emerged into a variety of industries.

Q: What are your hobbies? 
A: Over the last few years I’ve taken up running (although I will constantly complain about it). I also teach kids dance classes in my off time.

 

Connor Giampietri

Content Manager

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Connor Giampietri

Content Manager

Email: cgiampietri@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: October 2020

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: Las Vegas

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: My first time at NBAA BACE and the first time seeing that show floor. There are airplane on the show floor and there is nothing quite like it!

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Collaboration

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Pizza

Q: What is your nickname?
A: 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: Getting to create dynamic and engaging content for a variety of clients across different industries.

Q: What are your hobbies? 
A: Sports, exercise and anything that gets me into the fresh air. 
Randal Bridges

Multimedia Content Manager

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Randal Bridges

Multimedia Content Manager

Email: rbridges@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: 
July 2021

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: 
Hard to choose. NYC, D.C., and Las Vegas are great.

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: 
LightFair is amazing … the show floor is eye candy.

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: 
Evolving.

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A:
 I’m a fan of most everything. Hard to go wrong with a good coffee everyday.

Q: What is your nickname?
A:
 Don’t have one.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: It’s never been boring.

Q: What are your hobbies? 
A: Family, sports, music, food, and travel.
Simon Yorinks

Content Manager

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Simon Yorinks

Content Manager

Email: syorinks@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: I’ve been a proud content manager since January of 2021

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: So far, San Francisco has been the highlight show city, but I’m headed to Geneva, Switzerland in a month, and I have a feeling that San Fran will be beat!

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: My most memorable show moment was producing an interview for Martine Rothblatt at NBAA BACE. She is an absolute renaissance woman, having founded Sirius XM, designing and flying the world’s first electric helicopter (which broke world records for speed and altitude), and even started a pharmaceutical company to save her ill daughter’s life!  It was the most fascinating interview that I have produced in my nearly 2-decade career.

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Professional

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: I love a good burrito

Q: What is your nickname?
A: Handsome (or at least it should be my nickname)

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: I get to be creative

Q: What are your hobbies? 
A: I like doing house projects that force me to learn a new skill (wood working, electrical wiring, that kinda thing). I wainscoted my dining room by myself! 
Matt Walker

Video Team Lead

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Matt Walker

Video Team Lead

Email: mwalker@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: 
July 2016

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: San Diego

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: Kicking a field goal at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis or touching the Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh.

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Family

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Sweet Potato Casserole

Q: What is your nickname?
A: SkyWalker

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: The places I have been and the people I have met.

Q: What are your hobbies? 

A: Hockey, Warhammer

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Ahmed Churkur Oglou

Motion Graphics Designer

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Ahmed Churkur Oglou

Motion Graphics Designer

Email: achukuroglou@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: August 2017

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: Las Vegas

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: AARC 2017 (Thoughts Leader Theater) was my 1st show and I learned a lot there. 

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Family

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Shawerma

Q: What is your nickname?
A: Nemi

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
A: Creativity

Q: What are your hobbies? 
A: DJing
Dillon MacDermant

Video Specialist

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Dillon MacDermant

Video Specialist

Email: dmacdermant@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: I started working at CNTV during the Spring of 2016.

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: I’ve only been to conventions held in Orlando so far, but any chance to travel and see somewhere new is exciting to me!

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: When I was in high school, I became a huge fan of an improv group called Improv Everywhere. I loved everything they stood for and I especially loved watching their videos on Youtube! Last year, at my very first show, Improv Everywhere recruited CNTV to shoot one of their public performances! That has to be my most memorable show moment!

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Functional.

Q: What’s your guilty pleasure song to sing?
A: Anything Spice Girls.

Q: What is your nickname?
A: I have a twin brother named Dallas and sometimes people call me that. I answer to both.

Q: What is your hidden talent?
A: I’m a pretty good artist.

Q: If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest?
A: George Lucas any day!

Q: Favorite cartoon or TV show growing up?
A: I’m gonna have to say Teen Titans was my number one.

Q: Where were you born?
A: I was born in Roselle Park, New Jersey!

Q: What is your favorite song that you listen to?
A: My favorite one song that I like to listen to? Hard to say! Anything I know the words to works for me. The answer is “Leave (Get Out)” by Jojo.

Q: If you could invent something what would it be?
A: Anything I can think of already seems pretty convenient as is… I guess I would invent something that helps the environment.

Q: Have you ever been skydiving?
A: I’ve never been skydiving, but I would totally say yes to that experience.

Q: What is your alter ego’s name?
A: Do people have these? I have a twin brother named Dallas

Q: Where would your dream vacation be?
A: Traveling anywhere I’ve never been is always very exciting. Seeing my family on vacation in another country would be dreamy.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: Making videos, watching videos… I have a lot of interests that I need to turn into hobbies.

James Mundo

Video Associate

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James Mundo

Video Associate

Email: jmundo@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

When did you start working for CNTV?
A: I started working in October 2020

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: Las Vegas 

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: There’s a lot of memorable moments, but one in particular that I haven’t felt in any other show was in Unleashed Brands! The energy in that show was at another level, everyone was so inviting and happy that even I wanted to become one of their franchisee.   

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Amazing 

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Pasta Carbonara 

Q: What is your nickname?
A: It’s not official but I would have to say Office Jukebox because I am always singing something.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: My favorite thing about my career is that we get to travel and capture these shows in such a way that makes our clients happy and surpass their expectations.

Q: What are your hobbies? 
A: Bowling and traveling.
Corey Horton

Video Specialist

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Corey Horton

Video Specialist

Email: chorton@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?

A: 2020

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: Seattle

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: My most memorable moment was being able to interview Inspiration4 astronaut, Dr. Sian Proctor, at IAAPA. 

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.

A: Multitalented

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Pizza

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: I really enjoy visiting different cities and learning about the various associations all over the country.

Q: What are your hobbies? 
A: Drawing, biking and writing.
Kymoul Vanterpool

Live Streaming Specialist

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Kymoul Vanterpool

Live Streaming Specialist

Email: kvanterpool@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Sarah Moore

Accounting & HR Manager

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Sarah Moore

Accounting & HR Manager

Email: hmiller@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Sam Spoelstra

Video Associate

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Sam Spoelstra

Video Associate

Email:

sspoelstra@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: August of 2021

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: I love the food and culture in New Orleans, and it’s fun to experience that on shows we do there.

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: At TESOL, the attendees were beyond excited to be interviewed.  They all had friends and family taking pictures of them looking very official being interviewed.  
It was very heartwarming to make attendees feel good just by asking them for an interview.

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Important

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Anything sweet

Q: What is your nickname?
A: A friend of mine calls me El Flaco.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: Creative Collaboration

Q: What are your hobbies? 
A: In my free time, I create 3D digital animations
McKenzie O'Connor

Content Associate

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McKenzie O'Connor

Content Associate

Email: moconnor@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Donovan Duchene

Video Associate

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Donovan Duchene

Video Associate

Email: dduchene@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Q: When did you start working for CNTV?
A: August 2021

Q: What is your favorite convention city to visit?
A: Seattle, even though I’ve only been once.

Q: What is your most memorable show moment?
A: Helping to run the live studio at NBAA.

Q: Describe CNTV in one word.
A: Dynamic.

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Burritos

Q: What is your nickname?
A: I don’t really have one.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: I love getting to visit new cities and having a behind-the-scenes look at all kinds of industries so I can learn more about the economy.

Q: What are your hobbies? 
A: I love reading and watching documentaries.
Mark Cranisky

Operations Coordinator

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Mark Cranisky

Operations Coordinator

Email: mcranisky@cntvnow.com | Phone: 407-960-3967

Chris Turner

Content Manager

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Chris Turner

Content Manager

Email: cturner@cntvnow.com  | Phone: 407-960-3967

Our Mission

CNTV creates, distributes and markets TV-style content for professional organizations and face-to-face meetings

Our Vision & Purpose

Create positive change as the most trusted content partner and employer in the meetings industry. Inspire groups of likeminded people to learn, innovate, spread powerful ideas and build relationships.