Leasa Mayer, President
Leasa Mayer is a Certified Meeting Planner, former President of the Washington State Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, and a 25-year business partner with John Oppenheimer, founder of CRG. Leasa joined CRG in 1987 as an event planner and worked her way up to become President in 1996 and owner in 2000. Under her leadership, CRG Events has developed into a full-service event management company, working with outstanding clients to produce meaningful events. In 2010, Leasa founded Zenrous, a division of CRG Events, which is focused on organization development and team building.
In addition to her work with CRG, Leasa serves as the President Elect on the Board of Directors for Amara, a non-profit organization with the mission of finding permanent, loving homes for all children in King County and of the Wellness Foundation. In 2015, Leasa was awarded the Nellie Cashman Business Owner of the Year. In 2004 she was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of their Influential Women of the Year, and in 2007 was a finalist for the Nellie Cashman Award.
Carrie Hanley, Senior Vice President, Sales
Prior to joining CRG in July 2002, Carrie Hanley spent her career in the world of high-tech, selling software applications in the areas of mechanical engineering, product data management and enterprise application integration. As Senior Vice President of Sales for CRG, Carrie is responsible for leading the efforts on new business development and managing the CRG sales team. Carrie is also focused on developing partnerships that will leverage CRG's services and solutions thereby expanding CRG’s presence in the events industry.
Kimberly Searing, Chief Financial Officer
In her role as Chief Financial Officer, Kimberly is responsible for CRG financial reporting, accounting and cash management and the implementation of policies and procedures. Prior to joining CRG, Kimberly was the Chief Financial Officer and Controller for two large transportation companies and also spent five years in the public accounting industry. Specializing in business performance management, Kimberly is a CPA and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the CRG team.
Deanne Bryan, Vice President, Event Management
Deanne Bryan is responsible for ensuring the Event Management team’s successful efforts which result in greater ROI for clients. She is focused on training and continuously innovating to meet our client’s business goals. Deanne began working at CRG as a customer service representative while in college and over the years she has served in both the Registration and Event Management departments. Working from the bottom up has provided Deanne with an immeasurable amount of insight into CRG’s business objectives and an understanding of the synergy of services we provide across departments.
Brooke Hall, Director of Event Registration
As the Director of Event Registration, Brooke Hall drives direction and execution of the Department. In her role, Brooke focuses on research and implementation of new and innovative registration processes and delivering outstanding customer service. This includes building partnerships with technology vendors and monitoring tools available to enhance the attendee experience. Brooke began working at CRG Events in 2003. During her tenure, she served in roles in both Registration management and website project management, overseeing complex registration projects and strategy for large conferences.