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.

Jeffrey Pellicio
Marketing Communications Manager
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.

Diane G. Wicks
President and Owner
Nadia International, Inc.
Diane has more than 30 years of experience in marketing and sales as owner of Nadia International, Inc., the exclusive distributor of the Ronadro’ Collection, which provides educational medical bronze sculptures to over 7,500 surgeons in 77 countries. Diane oversees the day to day operations of the company from sales and marketing to planning and attending 20 conventions a year. She works closely with the bronze foundries to maintain the award-winning, high quality details of every sculpture. She can be contacted at diane [at] ronadro [dot] com.

Barry W. Annis
Trade Show Specialist II
Maquet/Getinge Group. 

Barry is a qualified Event and Meeting Planner and holds a BA from William Paterson University.
Barry is no stranger to Exhibit and Event industry, having spent 22 years as an Exhibit and Event Manager with Ricoh Corporation, Operations Manager with GES and presently a Trade Show Specialist II for Maquet/Getinge Group. Barry assists his internal therapies, Surgical Work Flows, Cardio Pulmonary and Cardiac Surgery to seamlessly display the Getinge Group brands across the various levels of the medical industry focusing mainly on internal client and external vendor management.
He can be contacted at barry [dot] annis [at] getinge [dot] com.