Our People


Management Team

Shawn Pierce, President, Strategic Event Management

Shawn With over 20 years’ experience in the event industry, a proven track record of operational excellence and utilizing data driven insights to growing events in diverse industries, Shawn Pierce has a unique talent for turning around and reinvigorating events. Before joining MCI USA in 2016 as President, Strategic Event Management, Pierce was president of Experient, where he oversaw a team of 300+ employees as well as all technological innovation and market development functions. Throughout his career he has maintained a focus on technology-enabled tools that help event organizers become more efficient and allow them to leverage their most valuable asset: their data. Shawn is a well-known speaker within the event industry, having spoken at over 20 industry events from the SISO CEO conference, an exclusive event for the executive leadership of the largest for-profit organizers across the world, to PCMA which serves the entire spectrum of the event industry.

Sue Trizila, Executive Advisor

Sue Sue Trizila joined Wyndham Jade in 1994 and helped grow the company from 15 to 120 employees, supporting our three areas of business: Convention Housing and Registration, Meetings and Incentives, and Corporate Travel. She began her more than 40-year career with Eastern Airlines and has worked for both public and private travel-related companies. Sue is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Her community involvement includes serving on the boards of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America and Sammons Center for the Arts.

Tom Levine, MBA, CMP, Chief Information Officer

Tom Tom Levine joined Wyndham Jade in 1997, and has served as the chief architect of the company’s unique technology platform, ONEsystem+, which allows large convention and congress organizers to efficiently and accurately manage housing and registration for multiple events. Tom is a 26-year veteran of the meetings industry, and has developed meeting planning, housing and registration software for numerous associations and companies. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dallas.

Mike Bates, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Mike-Bates-2 Mike Bates joined the Wyndham Jade team in 2010 as Chief Financial Officer, and is responsible for all areas of finance and accounting. He previously served as Executive Vice President of Finance for Wyndham Jade, from 1999 to 2002, before relocating to Las Vegas. He has 20 years of finance and accounting experience, including 14 years in the travel and convention industries. Mike has served in senior executive level finance positions with The Expo Group, MC2 and Sammons Enterprises. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Kerry Wages, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Convention Operations

Kerry Kerry Wages joined Wyndham Jade in 1994, and was charged with developing and growing a convention housing and registration services platform. He is a travel industry veteran with P&L accountability and more than 35 years of experience, geared toward large-scale travel industry operations. Kerry began his career in 1973 with Frontier Airlines, where he developed operational expertise serving at the Airlines Executive level, with responsibilities extending to multiple call center operations and yield management. His career path has included senior level positions, serving as VP/GM for CUC International, a large travel and membership organization, and working with National Leisure Group, a cruise and leisure travel product distributor.

Beverly Buehler, CTC, CTIE, Executive Vice President

Bev Bev Buehler has over 39 years of experience in the travel industry. She is actively involved in helping corporations and associations streamline processes and reduce expenditures in innovative ways, using her expertise in vendor and contract negotiations, food and beverage management, and complex on-site show management. Prior to joining Wyndham Jade in 1993, Bev worked for Sunbelt Motivation and Travel for 13 years. She is the past chair for the Commonwealth Business Travel Group, comprised of 35 select travel companies globally, and she is still active in the organization today. Bev is a member of Meeting Planners International and holds the accreditations of Certified Travel Consultant and Certified Travel Industry Executive.

Ross Sawai, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Ross Ross Sawai rejoined Wyndham Jade in 2017 as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. With more than 25 years of leadership experience in technology and event services, Ross brings a wealth of knowledge and business acumen to the company. His diverse background with companies such as Lanyon Mobile (formerly GenieConnect), Searchwide, Blockbuster, and American Airlines provides a unique perspective to the leadership team. Leading a team of experienced professionals, Ross enjoys tackling each new day with energy and a positive outlook. He is actively involved with GBTA, IAEE, MPI, SITE, and PCMA.