HPN Executive Bios

Bill Kilburg

Chairman & CEO

Mr. Kilburg acts as the company’s Chairman and CEO with specific responsibilities for the management and strategic growth of the company. He has 35 years of entrepreneurship and involvement in the hotel and meetings industries, having founded Epix Hotels and Resorts and SetSolutions Inc.
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Joe Forster


Joe Forster is a co-founder of Hospitality Performance Network and serves as its President. He works diligently with the overall HPN team and with industry leaders to increase HPN’s effectiveness in the marketplace.
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Steve Scatino

E.V.P. Sales

Steve Scatino became a partner at Hospitality Performance Network in 2002. He has more than 25 years of industry experience, which includes positions in sales and sales management with several independent conference centers in Scottsdale, Arizona and Washington, D.C.
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John Murillo

Senior V.P. Sales

John Murillo assists in the training and support of all HPN associates. He is also responsible for maintaining our brand awareness in the marketplace and strengthening our partnerships within the industry. He has over 25 years of industry experience in sales and marketing.
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Karin Kilburg

E.V.P. Operations

Ms. Kilburg acts as the firms Executive Vice President of Operations and oversees the full-service division of the firms business. She has over twenty-five years of industry experience, primarily in the Operations, Conference Services and Destination Management areas.
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Jil Dasher

Vice President and Managing Director, Meeting Services

Jil Dasher oversees HPN Meeting Services, the Full Service Meeting and Event Management division that offers custom management solutions for HPN site selection clients. Jil began her career with HPN in 2005 as a Program Manager leading product launches, sales meetings and association conventions for groups from 250 to 2000 people.
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Desi Whitney

Senior VP of Sourcing & Hotel Relations

Through the use of a proprietary application, co-developed by Desi, her team expedites hotel responses providing the most efficient process for sales associates and their clients. Desi Whitney leads the Sourcing Operations Team for HPN Global.
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Patty Shaffer


Patty is responsible for managing the companies day to day Finance, Technology and Administrative Operations. Patty and her team continue to build on HPN’s sound fundamentals with an eye on leveraging technology and efficient practices to ensure HPN’s operations are positioned for efficiency and scalability.
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Abbe McFarland

Director of Recruiting

Abbe McFarland joined Hospitality Performance Network in 2012 and serves as the Director of Recruiting. Her primary focus is talent acquisition, educating prospective employees on the career opportunities within HPN. She brings over 13 years of corporate recruitment and human resource experience.
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Laura Purtzer

Program Director

Laura has been in the meeting and event planning arena for over 10 years and has experience in meeting management and event planning in the corporate meeting and incentive markets, as well as the association market. Laura has traveled all over the globe, both professionally and personally.
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Angela Spearman, CMP

Program Director

Angie joined HPN in 2005. She has been planning, marketing and executing successful events around the globe for over 20 years. In addition to a breadth of experience in meeting and event operations, she has specialized skills in meeting technology and event marketing campaigns.
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Maribeth Beacham

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Maribeth joined Hospitality Performance Network in 2010. Her role touches nearly every aspect of the global HPN team including recruitment, accounting, strategic marketing operations, and communications. She has over 14 years of Hospitality industry experience.
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