Today, industry expert and client specialist Kiela Hine is the President of Convention Connection, and continues to work with the Convention Connection team to book outstanding speakers and entertainment for corporate and association events. In addition to serving at the helm of Convention Connection, Kiela was also the Treasurer of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB, formerly IGAB).
Donny Conn is the founder and CEO of Convention Connection. A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in Behavioral Science, Donny first pursued a career in entertainment, earning six gold records with the popular music group The Playmates. He later turned to comedy writing, which opened his eyes to a career in public speaking. When his speaking career took off in 1980, Donny delivered more than 100 speeches a year to all types of groups, ages and interests, including Meeting Planners International, the Society of Company Meeting Planners and the Western Conference Association Executives.
After his speeches, many of Donny’s clients would ask him for recommendations for keynote speakers for the following year. Donny began to build a roster of qualified, talented and professional speakers so he could make educated recommendations to his clients, and founded Convention Connection Speakers Bureau shortly thereafter.
Donny Conn’s unique perspective as both a speaker and a client has contributed greatly toward the company’s success. Our firm knows first hand how speakers think and what they need. And we knows what clients need and expect from keynote speakers and entertainers to host a successful event.