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Michael Franks
Founding Partner
Client Development and Vendor Relationships


Michael is a veteran of the hospitality industry with more than 20 years of experience in restaurant operations. He worked for several nationally-known restaurant chains as a General Manager, specializing in new store openings.

Michael left the restaurant business and moved directly into meeting planning, operations and execution as a Trip Director. He spent several years on the road working large programs specializing in all areas of onsite meeting management.

Michael honed his meeting operation skills “on the road,” and is seasoned at managing transportation, hospitality and breakouts. On site, he specializes in the effective, efficient management of support staff and overall meeting operations.

Michael joined his two partners and created Meeting Alliance as a meeting planning company known for unparalleled hands-on, personalized, client-driven service.

Michael manages third-party vendor relationships for Meeting Alliance. He oversees the rigorous sourcing and selection process which pre-qualifies vendors to ensure quality performance, product and the best pricing available.

In addition, Michael plays a central a role in onsite staffing, new-client development, and building strategic partnerships.

Michael attended American Institute of Design & Temple University.

He lives in Mohnton, PA, with his wife Debbie, his son Michael and his two stepchildren Nicole & Kelsey. Michael’s stepson Matthew is a sergeant in the Marine Corps and is stationed in San Diego.

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Michael Franks – Managing Partner

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David D’Eletto
Founding Partner
New Business Development • Finance and Operations


David P. D’Eletto is a Founding Partner at Meeting Alliance, with responsibility for new business development, finance and operations.

David has been in the hospitality industry since 1987. He co-founded a successful family restaurant and managed all phases of business operations including finances, marketing, staffing and guest service.

David transitioned into the meeting planning industry as a freelance Trip Director and spent three years on the road becoming skilled at meeting operations.

In 1999, he joined two respected colleagues to form Meeting Alliance. Initially, David was responsible for acquiring new clients as well as overseeing operations in the office and in the field.

Presently, David continues to run the day-to-day operations of the business. He is responsible for all phases of growth and development for the company and is a primary point of contact for clients. He supervises the Accounting and Finance function which manages billing and budget reconciliation. David manages the marketing function and supports the need of the sales department in acquiring new clients. David joined his two partners and created Meeting Alliance as a meeting planning company known for unparalleled hands-on, personalized, client-driven service.

He is very hands on and as the business has grown, still maintains a strong presence on site to support staff, meet client needs and assure program success.

David holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from The George Washington University.

David lives in Colts Neck, NJ with his wife Andrea and their 2 children, Julia and Jack.

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David D’Eletto – Managing Partner

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Deborah Armstrong
Director of Operations


With over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Deb recently joined the Meeting Alliance team as the Associate Director of Operations.

Deb started her career with Warner Lambert as an accounting analyst, with plans to become an internal auditor. A few years later, she accepted a finance position with Squibb Diagnostics, a newly formed division or E.R Squibb, and was asked to help organize their first national sales meeting.  After that, as they say, the rest was history.  Deb transferred to the pharmaceutical division of Bristol-Myers Squibb and continued to move up into roles of increasing responsibility in Marketing, Sales Operations and ultimately took a position in the Global Meetings Management department with responsibility for all internal meetings, product launches and event production.

Deb’s experience and focus on operational excellence with an emphasis on communication, collaboration and alignment of objectives provide unique insight into the needs and goals of all our clients.

A true pet lover, Deb resides with her family in Cranbury, NJ along with their dog, three cats and three hamsters.

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Mary Jo Kouch
Director of Sourcing


Mary Jo Kouch joined Meeting Alliance in early 2002.  She began as an administrator and supported the start up of the  company doing everything from answering telephones to data  coordinator, Travel  Director  and eventually  Meeting Planner.

Mary Jo is meticulous, service-oriented, and dedicated to the success of the company. These qualities led to Mary Jo’s  appointment to the position of Senior Sourcing Manager for a major Meeting  Alliance client, and most recent promotion to Strategic Sourcing Director. In her current role she oversees the sourcing department and works closely with her team to ensure procedures are stream-lined, efficient, and customized to meet the individual needs of every client. Additionally, Mary Jo is intricately involved in the overall day-to-day workings of the business and has her hands in areas such as marketing, social responsibility, and business development.

Prior to joining Meeting Alliance, Mary Jo worked for over  twenty years in the hospitality industry. She worked along side her husband to open a family-owned restaurant in Northeast Philadelphia. In her role, she helped  manage the restaurant, build a loyal customer base, train and develop staff, and supervise the business aspect.  Prior to joining her husband’s restaurant, Mary Jo worked for a well-known American restaurant chain in  operations and served as a New Store Opening Trainer for the  chain.

Mary Jo graduated from St Joseph’s  University and received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Psychology, a degree that surprisingly comes in handy in this business.

Although the hospitality industry is in her blood, Mary Jo’s family has always been her first priority and greatest source of pride.  She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Mark, for over 30 years and is the mother to four beautiful daughters: Nicole, Jaclyn, Christen, and Danielle.

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Mary Jo Kouch – Director of Sourcing

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Dorisann Elcenko
Office Manager


Dorisann Elcenko is the Office Manager at Meeting Alliance.

She joined the company in 2001 as an administrative assistant and tax specialist. Dorisann’s roles at Meeting Alliance over the years have included project coordinator and meeting planner for small dinner meetings. Her current role encompasses responsibility for accounts payable, accounts receivable, human resources, payroll, procurements, staffing, and on-site IT.

Prior to joining Meeting Alliance, Dorisann held positions at Kraft Foods, Ward Chocolate Company and other businesses in the Princeton-Trenton, New Jersey area.

She has special expertise in all areas of office management, bookkeeping and business management, personnel and logistics management.

She resides in Levittown, PA with her husband Karl. She has two sons, Karl III and Eric.

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Dorisann Elcenko – Office Manager

Joe Mannino

Joe Mannino
Senior Sourcing Manager


Joe graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel/Restaurant Institutional Management and has over 16 years of Hospitality Sales Experience.

Working with Marriott International for 12 years, he started out as a Catering Sales Manager for the Park Ridge Marriott Hotel and worked his way up to the Destination Sales Executive for the Princeton Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.  He is extremely knowledgeable in Conference Centers and has received numerous awards during his tenure at Marriott International.  Joe’s sales efforts focused around the pharmaceutical industry and collaborated with off-property sales channels to ensure that his stakeholders and customer’s needs were not only met but went above and beyond their expectations.

Joe is joining the Meeting Alliance Team as the Senior Sourcing Manager and currently resides in Newtown, Pennsylvania with his wife and three kids:  Matthew, Kiely and James.

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Joe Mannino – Senior Sourcing Manager

Mary Jane D Lorenz

Mary Jane D. Lorenz
Senior Project Manager


Mary Jane Lorenz joins Meeting Alliance as a Sr. Project Manager after nearly 12 years of working for us as a freelance planner and travel director.

She has a comprehensive background in food and beverage, catering operations and restaurants. Her previous employers include Restaurant Associates where she served as a foodservice director at the AT&T School of Business; Prospect House and Palmer House at Princeton University and Winterthur Museum in Delaware.

Mary Jane has experience in writing and creating menus for specialty dinners, gala events as well as large events for up to 4,000 guests. Her operations background has helped her develop and execute some of Meeting Alliance’s most successful menu and food and beverage processes and methodologies.

In her role as Senior Project Manager, Mary Jane will work with the Meeting Alliance team to continue to execute dynamic programs and outstanding events.

Although a true New Jersey girl, Mary Jane now resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and three sons.

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Mary Jane D. Lorenz – Senior Project Manager

David Burris

David Burris
Business Development Manager


David joined the Meeting Alliance team in 2008 from a Sales & Product Specialist position. During his tenure, David has worked on programs of every shape and size, growing proficiencies in various roles for on-site meeting facilitation. In addition, he has built experience in a number of departments at Meeting Alliance including program data management, shipping logistics, and most recently, growing our sales department. With his ever increasing knowledge of our company, the meeting & events industry, and his background in sales, we are happy to welcome David into this new role.

In his spare time, David enjoys volunteering with service organizations, DIY projects, and fancies himself a budding chef – even though he made the mistake of reheating bluefish in the office microwave that one time.

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David Burris – Business Development Manager

 

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