Tricks of the Trade: Management tools that help make what we do look easy

  • February 01, 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Sheraton Portland Aiport - 8235 Northeast Aiport Way - Portland, OR 97220


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Planner guests attend their first meeting free of charge and can either register individualy or as a guest of another member.

Registration is closed

It’s no secret that there are many moving parts in any given meeting and variety of ways for planners to stay on top of it all. Cheryl Wierenga, Rocci Taylor, and Ashley Golden will lead a panel presentation of some of the tricks and tools that are used in the Government Planner, Supplier and Contract Planner worlds.

Rocci Taylor, Event Coordinator & Office Manager at Oregon State University
Rocci started planning conferences when she took the Office managers position at OSU in 1999. For over 18 years she has planned conferences for the Family & community Health program, the 4-H Youth Development program, and the SNAP-Ed Program.  

Many people have commented on her organizational skills, and how smoothly her conferences run. Rocci loves applying her conference planning skill to family vacations and gatherings.

Rocci’s favorite things to do are golfing and making jewelry. 

Cheryl Wierenga, Sales Manager of Red Lion on the River
Cheryl started her hospitality career as a catering administrative assistant with her very first task being to research port-a-potties for an outdoor event!  Now with over 15 years of hospitality experience Cheryl has fielded many unique requests, most are more curious than port-a-potties. 

For over ten years, Cheryl has been working in the government meetings market. Cheryl appreciates the black and white intentions of government meetings but seizes the challenges that come out of the gray area. After tedious hours of analyzing how to offer the best bid possible, completing various required forms, and double checking everything, it is such a great accomplishment to win the bid!

Cheryl received her CGMP certification in 2011, has served on the Greater Oregon SGMP chapter board and now serves as a fundraising trustee on SGMPs Gilmer Institute of Learning. 

Ashley Golden, President of Professional & Scientific Associates (PSA)Ashley is a seasoned leader who has successfully driven company-wide initiatives for nearly 20 years. Ashley manages all facets of PSA’s operational and business development efforts, delivering time-tested and proven logistical support and management practices to customers across the Federal sector. Under her tenure, PSA has grown and thrived, expanding into new and challenging territories. Under her stewardship, PSA has built an international network of event management and logistical support consultants, so that Federal projects anywhere in the world can be supported. Her leadership has enabled PSA to support projects across the world, even in post-conflict regions. She directly assisted the Department of Commerce in expanding their Commercial Law Development Program into Kabul, Afghanistan and is now considering further expansion into Saudi Arabia.

Ashley believes wholeheartedly in the missions and work of the customers PSA and constantly drives her team toward finding innovative but simple and accessible tools and systems to manage PSA’s Government events.  These systems have supported a number of large-scale, issue-driven events such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National HIV Prevention Conference, the GSA’s SmartPay Conference and the Office on Women’s Health National Meeting on Opioid Use, Abuse, and Overdose in Women.  


Host Property


Sheraton Portland Airport

8235 Northeast Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220

GOSGMP Member Host: Michele Clifford, Senior Sales Manager

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