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.

2013-2016 Exhibitor Advisory Committee

Michelle Bywater
Senior Manager, 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.
Kay Gonzales
Trade Show and Events Manager
Thoratec Corporation
Kay has more than 10 years of event management experience, including more than 5 years in the medical device industry. She has also worked in the technology, sports, and entertainment industries. In 2013, she received her Certified Trade Show Marketer designation from Northern Illinois University. Kay holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from San Jose State University. She can be contacted at kay [dot] gonzales [at] thoratec [dot] com.
Samantha Martin
Convention Specialist
St. Jude Medical
Samantha has been a member of the US Conventions team at St. Jude Medical for nearly 3 years. Prior to joining St. Jude Medical, she managed meetings and conventions for Converse and DePuy Mitek, a Johnson & Johnson company. She can be contacted at SMartin09 [at] sjm [dot] com.