Katie Day —  President

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One of the reasons we’ve been so successful in the corporate events world is that we understand our clients’ needs—that focus on ROI and growth is our mindset as well.

As our fearless founder, Katie manages the business side of things to ensure Meritage runs as smoothly as our clients’ events. Financials and business development are squarely in her wheelhouse, and she uses her smarts and savvy to guarantee we’re operating efficiently and growing in all the right directions.

Before launching Meritage Events in 2005, Katie entered the world of event production working in sales for a high-end rental company.  She earned her DMC chops as the director of Destination Management for a large Dallas planning house, and then further honed her event production skills with years of managing media, corporate and charity events at a luxury publication.

In addition to membership in the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI), Katie gives back to her community by volunteering at her children’s school. She loves travel adventures and fancy tea service, and she’s currently training for her first Iron Man race in 2018.

Contact Katie at katie.day@meritageevents.com

Tacy Infante — Vice President

Our industry is about relationships – both clients and partners. My goal is to have all parties involved walk away feeling like they were a part of something great, and that we all gave the attendee an experience like they have never seen.

As Vice President of Meritage Events, Tacy oversees all client programs and managers and makes sure that events stay on strategy and exceed the clients’ end business goals. Tacy also manages all sales and marketing initiatives for Meritage. We’re not sure how she does it, but Tacy seems to know everything and be everywhere, using her eagle eye for details to create flawless results. She’s definitely a trendspotter—clients love her big, fresh ideas and bold vision.

Tacy’s experience in event production began at Dallas’ iconic D Magazine, where she managed marketing events in support of the company’s website. She worked in the specialty event sector in Florida before becoming a partner in Meritage Events in 2006.

She would never brag about awards, but Tacy has earned a bunch, including: the International Special Events Society (ISES) Austin Rising Star Award in 2008, “Best Up-and-Coming Special Event Planner” in 2009 by Texas Meetings + Events Magazine and “Best Planner” in 2010 and 2015 for ILEA. She has also racked up nominations for a Texas Star Award and an Esprit Award for “Best ISES Team Effort/Budget Under $75,000” in 2009, and ISES Austin “Best Program” in 2013.

Tacy is a member of the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI), Austin DMC Roundtable and International Live Events Association (ILEA).

Contact Tacy at tacy.infante@meritageevents.com

Mendie Triguero, CIS — Senior Account Executive

I love taking all of the ideas that are in a client’s head and translating them into an amazing, complete experience.

As director of our incentive programs and travel, Mendie has an amazing ability to understand a client’s goals and plan an event that not only hits the mark but also gets everyone excited. Mendie immerses herself in her clients’ business and guides them through every step of the event planning and execution process, ensuring confidence and comfort even with long-distance planning.

Since joining Meritage in 2005 with more than a decade of event planning experience, Mendie has served as an account executive for the Dallas market. Mendie’s deep industry knowledge and sweet-but-determined demeanor are the perfect mix for overseeing details for programs and events, and her partners and clients know she won’t rest until every detail is exactly where it’s supposed to be.

Mendie is proud to be a member of Meeting Planners International (MPI) and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE). She earned her Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS) certification in 2016.

Contact Mendie at  mendie.triguero@meritageevents.com

Nicole Bane— Account Executive

One of the best compliments we’ve ever gotten is that we had an amazing business meeting setup. To some people, it might seem boring, but that’s where the actual content of the meeting happens. It shows we really do think of everything.

As an account executive in our Austin office, Nicole puts her skills to work for her clients every day helping them plan and execute stellar events. When she joined Meritage in 2012, Nicole knew she had found her people. Nicole is the perfect mix of creative and detail oriented—there’s nothing she likes more than dreaming up an event strategy and then overseeing every detail. A true social butterfly, Nicole also manages the Meritage social media sites and content.

Nicole gained her corporate event planning experience with a national real estate training company where her primary focus was on national seminars, conferences and training sessions. During Nicole’s tenure, the organization gained an 8007% growth (that’s right—8007%!), putting them at number 21 on the Inc 500 list.

Nicole is a member of Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), Meeting Planners International (MPI) and the Austin DMC Roundtable. She enjoys meeting new people in the tight-knit Austin event community.

 Contact Nicole at nicole.bane@meritageevevents.com

Jaelyn Penner — Program Manager

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Contact Jaelyn at  jaelyn.penner@meritageevents.com

Stephanie Trujillo — Program Manager

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Contact Erin at  stephanie.trijillo@meritageevents.com

Erin Acuff — Project Manager

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Contact Erin at  erin.acuff@meritageevents.com

Samara Bezner — Special Projects Manager

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Contact Erin at  samara.bezner@meritageevents.com