Combined we have 40+ years of experience in the meeting planning and hospitality industry. We have solid relationships with hotels, venues and vendors around the world and deliver those benefits/savings to you. Our team of experts become an extension of your team delivering intuitive service and working together to build the foundation for a successful and memorable event!
Premier “Meeting” Services
- contract negotiations
- site selection
- meeting planning and management
- cost-effective travel
- audio visual
- IT resources
- graphic design
- copy editors & medical writers
Premier “Planning” Services
- marketing meeting planning
- product launches
- incentive trips
- advisory boards
- steering committees
- speaker bureaus
- investigator meetings
Premier Meeting Services would love the opportunity to plan your next event… Let us save you money by doing the work for you! We will work exclusively with your company to ensure you receive the best services for your meeting. Let us tailor your next meeting to meet your needs and exceed your expectations!
Meet Our Executive Team
Sue Whatley, President and Founder, Premier Meeting Services
Sue brings 25 years of corporate and medical meeting planning to Premier. Prior to forming Premier, Sue managed a team of meeting planners and coordinators at MPE Communications who successfully met expectations of pharmaceutical and marketing clients. Sue brings valuable experience coupled with attention to detail to every event.
She has planned numerous types of events to include association, CME, incentive, and corporate meetings, golf tournaments, formal Galas, charity functions and sporting events. Sue enjoys working out, golfing and traveling.
DeAndra “Dee” Valentine, Vice President, Business Development
DeAndra (Dee) Valentine joins Premier Meetings Services as the Vice President of Business Development. As the VP of Business Development, Dee will be responsible for all sales operations and new business development. Dee comes to Premier Meetings Services after a very successful 14 years with the luxury luggage company, TUMI. While at TUMI she developed and grew the business of over 30 accounts, with her exemplary customer service and astute business acumen.
Dee is a results-driven leader who brings with her a strong commitment to excellence, and her business development skills, to drive immediate impact with Premier Meetings Services. She has a proven track record for driving exceptional results. In her spare time, Dee volunteers in the local community, and is becoming quite an avid golfer. She resides in Tampa, Florida with her family.
Kristen Jefferson, Director of Meetings
Kristen comes to Premier Meeting Services from the Midwest, born and raised in Kansas. She graduated from Missouri State University, where she realized her desire for the Entertainment industry. She brings a great passion and prior experience in meeting planning and the Hospitality business. Her devotion to help Clients get the most out of every meeting is what helps put Premier Meeting Services to the top of the list.
Kristen enjoys reading, being outdoors and spending time with her daughter and family.
Jihan Shogen, Director of Sales and Marketing
Jihan comes to Premier Meeting Services bringing a love of networking and marketing. She graduated from University of Miami, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate. She brings a great passion for connecting people with services that fit their needs as well as experience in sales, marketing, media, and organizational development.
Jihan prides herself on ensuring her clients are getting the best experience every time with Premier Meeting Services. Jihan enjoys living in the Florida sun and spending time with her son.