Amy L. Karimipour, CMP – President

Ms. Karimipour has over 25 years of professional experience in making things happen.  She has served in senior leadership positions in both the public and private sector and has been an integral part of many workforce development and change initiatives.  Ms. Karimipour has a keen sense of what is needed to make meetings become places where people connect and action begins.  She has provided conference planning consulting services for events from 10 to 3200 people for government, non-profit and private sector clients. She focuses on the overall goals of meetings and strives to maximize each participants experience. She is detail-oriented, creative and strategic in her approach.

In addition, Ms. Karimipour designed and implemented leadership programs to address professional growth, career path and retention needs of organizations.  Ms. Karimipour holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from Marymount University and a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Florida State University.

Michelle Gammon Purvis – Senior Manager, Client Success


Michelle has twenty years of experience in leadership roles for non-profit, academic, governmental, and for-profit organizations. Throughout her career she has planned and coordinated events; she draws on that background to provide excellent customer service and guidance to AK Consulting’s clients. Michelle is skilled at collaborative program design, building valuable partnerships between organizations, and managing a broad range of activities.


Just prior to joining AK Consulting Group, Michelle served as a Regional Destination Manager in the United Kingdom for a company with over 100 years of experience in the group travel industry. In that role she contributed to strategic product design, lead tours in the U.K., Ireland, and Portugal, and trained Tour Managers in the United Kingdom.


In addition to working with clients to ensure their meeting’s success, Michelle draws on her travel expertise to set up supplemental tours that highlight the cities in which conferences are held. Michelle is an excellent communicator who is organized, dedicated, and an instinctive problem solver. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public History, with a focus on Museum Management and Historic Preservation, from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Hanover College in Indiana.

Judy Dougherty – Conference Support Manager


Judy Dougherty brings over 20 years of office management and customer service experience to the AK Consulting team. Judy’s experience as an administrative professional and small business operations manager uniquely positions her to provide unparalleled service to clients and team members alike. Judy has been with our team for several years and is an integral part of our team. She leads the event registration and virtual hub design, supports marketing efforts, and provides sponsor and exhibitor coordination for events. Judy’s creativity, attention to detail, and strong analytical skills are key assets to our projects. Judy is personable, organized, self-directed, and highly motivated to initiate excellent results.

Pat Conner - Office Manager

Pat is an integral part of making meetings a success. She provides administrative and registration assistance pre-event and on-site. She is very customer focused and will help ensure your attendees are well taken care of. As office manager, Pat ensures that operations run smoothly so that principals are able to focus on meeting client needs.