Meet Our Adjunct Faculty

SGMP's adjunct faculty plays an important role in support of our mission by providing high-quality education to our members and being a resource for our chapters. Serving as an adjunct faculty member is a great way for exceptional industry professionals who are not SGMP members to share their government and/or meetings expertise with our membership.
By agreeing to serve, these faculty members will present at least one contact hour-approved educational course, and will provide at least one Contact Hour-approved educational program to our national program bank, which is available for use by our chapter leaders at their monthly meetings or education conferences.
Any SGMP chapter representative may contact an adjunct faculty member directly to utilize them as an instructor or resource at the chapter level. But any further professional arrangements would be handled independently between those two parties.
Garland Preddy, CGMP, serves as your headquarters resource for your chapter's education and training efforts. If you would like to collaborate on education — or are interested in either serving on the adjunct faculty or telling us about someone who would be a valuable contributor — please contact her at

Beau Barnett -

Beau Barnett has been an Acquisitions Expert and Professional Trainer for over 13 years and has trained for Department of Defense agencies and  civilian  agencies as well. These experiences include all topics of the acquisitions life cycle: requirement inception, award, administration, oversight,  program  management, finance, and contract close-out, to include various other topics. He has performed all of these functions at junior, mid-level, and  senior  management positions. Beau has worked for GSA in federal acquisitions and currently owns his own consulting company.

Joan Eisenstodt -

Joan Eisenstodt founded Eisenstodt Associates, a Washington, DC-based meeting and hospitality consulting, training, and facilitation company in 1981. Joan is well known in the hospitality industry and brings 35+ years of experience to facilitate and design meetings, conduct training, perform departmental audits, negotiate contracts, and serve as an expert witness.

Joan presents information on contracts, negotiation and ethics.

James Goldberg, Esq. -
James Goldberg is a principal in the Washington law firm of Goldberg & Associates, PLLC, representing trade associations, professional societies and independent meeting and event planners. James reviews or negotiates more than 100 contracts each for year for hotels and other venues as well as meeting suppliers. A charter member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, he is the author of "The Meeting Planner's Legal Handbook."

James provides insights on risk management and other legal matters affecting the hospitality industry.

Elizabeth Perrin -
With 30 years of experience in the travel industry, Elizabeth Perrin has an in-depth understanding of the travel industry and federal procurement experience from the supplier’s side of the federal meetings industry. Two years ago, Elizabeth founded Federal Hospitality Solutions, where she utilizes the resources learned as Manager of Military and Government Sales for American Airlines, Account Manager for Customer Experience for BCD Travel on the Raytheon Account, Global Sales Director for Government and Association Sales for Dolce Hotels and Resorts, as well as Director of Consulting Services at Courtesy Associates to educate and provide innovative market driven solutions with sales procedures deigned to increase revenue and market share capture in this highly technical vertical market. Elizabeth received the NATCAP Supplier of the Year award in 2013, and has spoken at multiple NEC and NATCAP educational sessions.

Phil Rappoport

Phil Rappoport  is Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for AgendaPop, a mobile event app provider based in McLean, VA, which serves event planners at agencies, associations and organizations worldwide. For more than 30 years, Phil has served in marketing management capacities for well-known companies in technology, consumer products, and broadcasting, such as AOL, Fox Television, Sony, and Tribune Broadcasting. He has also produced a weekly late-night program for the ABC-TV network. Prior to AgendaPop, Phil was the Senior VP, Client Services for Surefire Social, a Northern Virginia SEO/social media agency serving small to medium sized businesses across the U.S. Within four years, the firm grew from five employees to more than 80. Phil is a proud member of SGMP’s NATCAP chapter.


Steve Schwartz has worked for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for 30 years and is currently serving as Senior Research and Policy Manager.  Previously he oversaw the ongoing facility operations of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, including maintenance, capital improvement, exhibitor, audio-video, and production services. Steve has served as President of the Association for Convention Operations Management (now the Event Service Professionals Association), as a delegate to the Convention Liaison Council, and currently serves as the Research Chair for IAVM.  He is a charter member of the faculty of the Event Management Certificate Program at George Washington University.  

Chris Young -

Chris Young serves as the Executive Director of CIFAL Atlanta, an arm of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). He is also an Associated Fellow with UNITAR. For the past six years, he has been the president of the Protocol & Diplomacy International - Protocol Officers Association, the global network of professionals in these fields. He cut his teeth in the field during a long tenure as Chief of Protocol and Director of International Affairs of the State of Georgia.

Chris offers rules and regulations regarding everything from flags to the art of introductions and seating arrangements for official VIPs.