Exhibitor Advisory Committee

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is committed to providing quality services that meet the needs of exhibitors. STS is, therefore, continually seeking advice and guidance from industry professionals. To create an environment conducive to genuine consultation and responsiveness, the Society is introducing an Exhibitor Advisory Committee (EAC).

The purpose of this Committee is to provide STS with input and feedback as further develops exhibit-focused procedures and services, delves into industry issues, and tries to better understand the challenges faced by today’s industry professionals.

Current Exhibitor Advisory Committee

Michelle Bywater
Director, Global Congress & Events
Edwards Lifesciences
Michelle is the Senior Manager of all Global Congresses and Events for the Heart Valve Therapy Division at Edwards Lifesciences. She has more than 10 years of experience in marketing exhibit management, as well as 20 years in marketing event management. She has previously worked with companies such as Disney’s Parks and Resorts, the Angels Major League Baseball team, United Healthcare, and South Coast Plaza. She also has worked on strategic marketing initiatives and holds an MBA in marketing. She can be contacted at michelle_bywater [at] edwards [dot] com.
Jennifer Cobian
Sales Operations Manager
Scanlan International, Inc.
Jennifer has been with Scanlan International for more than 20 years. She manages the Sales Operations team, which supports Scanlan’s worldwide distribution network, field sales, and sales initiatives. The Sales Operations team also manages and coordinates tradeshow attendance and logistics worldwide for the Scanlan Group of Companies. She can be contacted at cobianj [at] scanlangroup [dot] com.
Danny Fishman
Wexler Surgical
Danny has been with Wexler Surgical for more than 16 years. Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer, Danny worked in various other roles within the company including sales management, sales, and as an administrative assistant. He can be contacted at dfishman [at] wexlersurgical [dot] com.
Christine Gahler
Principal Convention Specialist
Medtronic, Inc.
Christine has more than 10 years of tradeshow experience and currently manages tradeshow planning and execution for the cardiovascular and diabetes business units at Medtronic. She transitioned into exhibit marketing after 3 years in pharmaceutical sales. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. She can be contacted at Christine [dot] c [dot] gahler [at] medtronic [dot] com.

Jeffrey Pellicio
Marketing Communications Manager
Sorin Group
jeffrey [dot] pellicio [at] sorin [dot] com 

Rob Skuras
Supervisor, Marketing Communications
Terumo Cardiovascular
Rob has 20 years of corporate communications experience including branding, copy writing, multimedia, email marketing, internal communications, websites, direct mail, newsletters, exhibits, events, and trade shows. Before beginning his corporate communications career, Rob worked in the production of live television news for several Michigan network affiliates.  Rob earned a B.A. in English at Hillsdale College.  He can be contacted at rob [dot] skuras [at] terumomedical [dot] com.