Three Rhode Islanders Named to BizBash’s Top 1,000 People in Events List

International Live Events Association (ILEA) members Alexis Gorriarán, Rick Simone and Laurie Stroll made the cut.

Alexis Gorriarán, Rick Simone and Laurie Stroll

Three local Rhode Island members of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) were recognized as part of BizBash’s list of Top 1,000 People in the U.S. Event Industry. BizBash is North America’s number one resource for anything related to trends, ideas and inspiration in the industry.

The list features three local marketing masters: Alexis Gorriarán, Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) who is the senior director of marketing/multicultural at (add)ventures as well as the chair of the Providence Tourism Council; Rick Simone, president of EGN Consulting and founding member of the ILEA Rhode Island Chapter; and Laurie Stroll, CMP, DMCP, president and owner of Newport Hospitality, a DMC Network Company. (Add)ventures is a branding company located in East Providence. EGN Consulting is a marketing, public relations and event production company in Lincoln. Newport Hospitality is the only accredited DMC in the state and has been delivering quality service to clients for more than thirty years.

If you’ve attended the Columbus Day Weekend Festival on Federal Hill, Rhode Island Pride in downcity, or the Volvo Ocean Race in Newport, you’ve experienced their hard work and expertise firsthand.

“This year’s list of creative, smart and strategic event industry professionals represents the best of the industry,” says BizBash editor in chief Beth Kormanik. “We’re thrilled to recognize them as the BizBash 1000.” The “Top 1,000 People in Events” feature can be seen at



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