About Us

As a small business locally owned and managed, AK Consulting Group has a lean core staff that is cross-trained in many aspects of event planning and management. We have a broad team of partners who we engage to scale up for projects of any size. This staffing model enables us to implement procedures quickly, to be more effective and efficient, and leads to a better end-product and cost savings for our clients.

Amy Karimipour, CMP


Amy KarimipourAs President of AK Consulting Group, Amy works with government, non-profit, and private sector clients to develop customized solutions for organizational challenges. She has served in senior leadership positions in both the public and private sector and has been an integral part of many human resource planning, training and development, workforce transition, and change initiatives.

Amy has held positions leading and managing organizational development and human resource projects. She has designed and implemented training, leadership, and compensation programs to address professional growth, career path, and retention needs of organizations. She has provided conference-planning consulting services for events from 10 to 3,500 people for government, non-profit, and private sector clients. She focuses on the overall goals of meetings and strives to maximize each participant’s experience. She is detail-oriented, creative, and strategic in her approach. Prior to her state experience, she has served as Manager and Management Consultant for a variety of organizations. She has assisted clients in improving performance by identifying barriers and creating interventions to identify customer requirements, redesigning processes to deliver customer-focused services, and redesigning jobs to support new processes.

Ms. Karimipour received her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Marymount University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Florida State University.

Jayne Bennett, CMP

Senior Event Consultant

Jayne Bennett has over 30 years of experience in the event management field working for Marriott Hotels and Resorts in Florida. Her knowledge of the industry and trends in events is invaluable in helping clients design effective and creative events that provide the best possible experience for attendees. She is a skilled project manager and is able manage multiple projects successfully. Her ability to remain calm and customer focused when challenges occur is recognized by team members and clients alike.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida. She is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), from the Events Industry Council, which is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the events industry.

Judy Dougherty

Senior Manager, Conference Support

JudyJudy 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.

Lana Steele, CMP

Client Experience & Event Manager

As the newest member of the AK Consulting Group Team and an emerging leader in the meeting and events industry, Lana brings a fresh perspective in her knowledge of member engagement, event planning and marketing, together with a true passion for events to provide creative experiences for our clients.

Through her meetings and event experience she has had the opportunity to delve into many areas of the industry including – catering sales, corporate meetings & event planning, and not-for-profit and association events. Each stop along the way inspiring another passion.

Most recently, Lana served as the Membership and Program Coordinator for the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE), working alongside the events team to plan over 50 events each year, including in-person, virtual and hybrid. Lana’s previous roles included work as the Private Event Coordinator at the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium where she planned over 200 events each year and managed the catering for the stadium skyboxes, using her creativity to develop unique experiences for clients. Additionally, she served as a marketing intern at the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association where she gained a passion for not-for-profit organizations.

Lana holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), from the Events Industry Council.

Pat Conner

Office Manager

Pat ConnerPat 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 helps to ensure attendees are well taken care of. She works on-site at events and is responsible for ensuring office operations run smoothly. She works closely with attendees and purchasing staff to ensure all needs are met for invoicing and payment processing, and records are appropriately kept. She understands the nature of the work of clients and their partners.

Andrea Sorbello


Andrea is a current junior at Florida State University. She is excited to use her experience in customer service and interest in event planning to work with AK Consulting. As an intern, she aids the team in developing and executing successful conferences. Andrea is on track to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in Sports Management in the spring of 2023 and graduate with a master’s degree in the                                                        same field in the spring of 2024.

Our Partners

AK Consulting Group has an experienced team of meeting professionals to assist with events of any size. Our strong relationships with trusted vendors who supply services ensure your meeting is a success. These partnerships allow our clients to receive best-in-class products and preferred pricing for audio-visual solutions, graphic design, printing, conference promotional items, exposition hall set-up and management, hotel rooms and meeting spaces, and food and beverage catering.  


I am glad that I elected to participate in the virtual conference this year. It was my first AK conference experience and I was very impressed with the structure and content. Thank you!