• BOARD OF DIRECTORS

      Managing Director

      Laura DiGirolamo

      Forever Bridal Productions Ltd.
      Raleigh, North Carolina

      Laura DiGirolamo is the owner and creative director of Forever Bridal Productions. Her creativity and organization has resulted in the design and development of countless products, services and marketing materials aimed at improving her company image, as well as marketing and branding her business.

      She attended East Carolina University and holds a BS in Interior Design. Laura lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband Dom and 4 children, Dominick, Jacqueline, Anthony and Matteo.

      Co-Managing Director

      Marc Wheeler

      Wedding Festivals
      Greenville, South Carolina

      Marc and his wife Colleen Wheeler have been producing bridal trade shows since 1990, and produce 9 shows a year in Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg & Charleston South Carolina and Asheville North Carolina.

      For nearly 25 years, Colleen and Marc have worked on every level of the wedding industry. Working with brides through the retail side and servicing the wedding industry in bringing brides and businesses together. They own and operate an historic mansion wedding venue, which incorporates catering, wedding fixtures and florals for every wedding. They produce an average of 50 weddings per year at this venue, which hosts 100-400 guests per wedding.

      Wedding Festivals works with over 400 wedding related businesses each year and assists over 3,500 brides per year in planning their weddings.

      Their website, Wedding Festivals is very popular among local brides in assisting them in planning their wedding. Marc and Colleen Wheeler are also the co-founders of The Upstate Bridal Association.

      Secretary

      Sue Diehl

      Visuelle Productions
      New London, Wisconsin

      Sue Diehl is the owner of Visuelle Productions, producing six or more shows per year for 25 years. Her passion for design and fashion is derived from a lifelong attraction and dedication to creativity and the beauty of love is prevalent in her shows. She attended University of WI, American Medical Oxygen, Palomar College and Life Chiropractic.

      She is certified by ACPWC and is the founder of NEWWP promoting opportunities for wedding industry in Wisconsin.

      Treasurer

      Bruce Thiebauth

      Bridal Fair®
      Omaha, Nebraska

      A founding board member of BSPi in 1996, Bruce E. Thiebauth is the President of Bridal Fair, Inc. and Managing Director, The Net Gain Group. He is a noted writer, speaker and member of the advertising and marketing community. He published Bridal Fair Magazine nationally for twelve years, owned two radio stations and has been the president and majority stockholder of Bridal Fair, Inc. since 1976 and been involved with the bridal show industry since joining Bridal Fair® in 1972. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, as well as several other Who’s Who publications, including Who’s Who in Advertising.

      His education includes Colby College, Pace University and Bellevue University. He holds BA degrees in Business Administration (with concentrations in accounting and business law) and Sociology. He has established scholarships for business majors at his Alma mater and has served on numerous boards during his career. He has been interviewed on radio and television stations throughout the US and Western Canada. He has counseled retailers and service businesses in North America, has been an associate member of the National Association of Broadcasters and has personally made in excess of 7,000 retail presentations to some 30,000 businesses during his career.

      He and his wife, Sherry have been married for 48 years and enjoy their four granddaughters, their four Paso Fino horses and two dogs at their home in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

      Ad Hoc Director

      Brad Buckles

      Buckles Productions / Bridesclub.com
      Bellevue, Washington

      Brad is currently serving in the position of Ad Hoc Director. The role of the Ad Hoc director is to take control of and complete special projects and to assist in various roles. More info coming soon!

      Associate Member Director

      Jerry Russo

      Royal Prestige
      Mt. Lake, New Jersey

      Dinner 4 Two

      Communications Director

      Russ Free

      The Wedding Fair
      Lincoln, Nebraska

      Bridal industry service began for Russ in 1978 with Complete Music DJ Service. Weddings have always been a primary focus. He founded Fun Time, Inc. in 1985 doing business as Complete Music in Lincoln and eastern Nebraska area, Southeastern South Dakota and Eastern Iowa centered in Sioux City, Iowa. Complete Music developed videography, photo booth, photography, up-lighting services. Fun Time also included honeymoon travel services. Russ sold his business in 2014.

      Bridal Shows were a key part of marketing for Fun Time. Participation in 12-15 bridal shows per year in was a key part of marketing his services. The Wedding Fair was established with two partners in 1982 as a major bridal show in Eastern Nebraska. Russ eventually became the sole owner of The Wedding Fair .

      Thinking about and planning a wedding is a magical time. Helping to plan this special moment and is a primary motivation. Bringing brides and those who serve and provide bridal products for brides is a unique privilege and profession. BSPI sets the standard for bridal show producers creating events that bring brides and exhibitors together for the creation of a magical and unforgettable moments.

      Russ earned Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Nebraska. Russ is a member of Rotary International and enjoys volunteering for Rotary Club 14 projects, Special Olympics and Team Mates Mentoring of Nebraska.

      Conference Agenda Director

      Sal Richetti

      Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Sal Richetti been in bridal sales and marketing industry for over 30 with a focus upon endeavors including the Pittsburg Bridal Showcase, the Big Day Wedding & Event Center, Big Day Entertainment, Video and Photography, the Brides Speak Book (What I Did Wrong and Did Right), First Class Tuxedo and the Finesse Band.

      Sal is always searching for ways to make Bride and Event Planner's lives easier, loves to help wedding vendors grow their businesses and credits “Bridal Show Producers with growing his bridal shows”.

      Image & Branding Director

      Debra Mancini

      Mancini Emcee & Sound Production Inc
      Visalia, California

      Debbie along with her husband Greg are owners of Mancini Emcee and Sound Production since 1985 and is the leading entertainment company in Central California.

      Debbie is the 'heart and soul' of the company; promoting the business and scheduling all functions. She conducts the consultations, coordinates the events, and is experienced as a sound engineer as well as being comfortable as an emcee. Debbie has provided service for over thousands of wedding receptions, company functions, anniversaries, and other events.

      Debbie has been producing ‘A Bridal Odyssey’ bridal shows since 1995, and became a member of BSPi - Bridal Show Producers International in 2002. For 20 years, Debbie has organized and coordinated these bridal shows in January and August as a means to join brides and businesses together to aid in planning that very important life event. The shows have proven to be one of the finest bridal shows in Central CA and has become a vital element in providing both brides and professionals a common ground to provide information, share ideas and answered questions that always prevail in planning weddings.

      Debbie has been married to her husband Greg for 43 years and have two sons, Joel and Nicholas and one grand-daughter, Avila.

      Member Relations Director

      Amanda Andrews

      Wedding Palace Bridal Show Limited
      Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Amanda Andrews has been a proud member of BSPi since 2006 and is President of the Wedding Palace Bridal Show in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - the largest and longest-running bridal show in Eastern Ontario & Western Quebec.

      With roots in the hospitality industry, Amanda has applied her talents, energy and creative ideas to making the Wedding Palace Bridal Show the most raved-about show in her region. She is passionate about the bridal industry and thrives on helping bridal merchants promote their products and services with elegance and style, in a show that is of Premier quality.

      She believes in BSPI and values all that it offers show producers and is honored to serve on its board of directors. Amanda is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

      Membership Director

      Al Stehlik

      Expositions West, Inc.
      Beaverton, Oregon

      Al Stehlik and his wife Barb have been producing the Portland Bridal Show, one of the largest bridal shows on the west coast, since 1978. Al started his first business, at the age of seven years, selling candy to the neighborhood kids – who were too lazy to walk to the store.

      Al Stehlik describes himself as “hard core unemployed”. After a time in the internment industry, Al and Barb started a wedding printing business and wedding cake bakery, in their apartment home – while still working full time jobs. Quitting their jobs, they purchased a competing wedding printing business, in 1975. From there, creation of a bridal show, to promote the wedding printing business, was a natural progression. They reside in Beaverton, Oregon with their little beagle, Maggie.

      Past Managing Director

      Bill Heaton

      Great Bridal Expo Group, Inc.
      Ft Lauderdale, Florida

      For nearly 40 years, the Great Bridal Expo has been the nation’s leading direct to the consumer wedding show. The nationally sponsored tour criss-crosses the US, visiting major cities twice a year and reaching over tens of thousands about-to-be-marrieds and their families and friends who are actively involved in the wedding planning process.

      Resource Director

      Jack Griffin

      Louisville Wedding Network
      Louisville, Kentucky

      Jack Griffin, President of the Louisville Wedding Network, has been producing wedding shows since 2007. He has been involved with weddings as a professional symphony musician for almost 40 years and has performed for over 15, 000 ceremonies and events. He and his team produce over ten wedding shows a year which have redefined the wedding market in both Kentucky and Indiana.

      Jack’s interest in marketing has resulted in consistent growth in the number of wedding professionals, brides and number of shows since their beginning. In addition to his interest in the wedding industry, Jack has been the 1st chair viola player with the Louisville Orchestra since 1976. He holds two Bachelor degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Louisville and a Masters Degree in Education from Indiana University.

      In addition to his music and wedding show duties, Jack finds time to scuba dive, skydive, holds a private pilot’s license, a real estate broker’s license and has so far run 14 marathons - each in a different state

    • BOARD FACTS

      Qualifications

      To hold a board of director’s position, a member must be in good standing for a minimum of 2 years and must have attended at least one conference in the last 3 years.

      Term

      The term length for a board position is 2 years.

      Board of Directors Meetings

      The board of directors meets bi-annually at the annual conference in May and in October.

      Titles

      The board of directors consists of a Managing Director,
      Co-Managing Director, Past Managing Director, Secretary, Treasurer, Ad Hoc Director, Associate Member Director, Communications Director, Conference Agenda Director, Image & Branding Director, Member Relations Director, Membership Director, and Resource Director.


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