Barbie K. Baugh

Ms. Baugh began her Civil Service Career in 1983 as a Secretary in the Total Army Personnel Command, (TAPC).

Accepted a job with the U.S. Army Materiel Command in 1990 as a Protocol Specialist. She worked for Army Materiel Command for 17 years before relocating to Huntsville, Alabama in 2007 as the Team Lead in the Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Protocol Office. In 2009 she accepted the position as Chief of Protocol.
Ms. Baugh is a Certified Protocol Planner with the Protocol and Event Management School. A graduate of the Protocol School of Washington and attended numerous educational seminars on Meeting and Events Planning.
Awards include Commanders’ Awards, Superior Civilian Service Award, Samuel Sharpe Award. Nominated for the 2009 Association of the United States Army Civilian of the Year on Redstone Arsenal and the 2011 Planner of the Year for Rocket City-Alabama Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP).
Volunteer work includes Planner Director for the Rocket City-Alabama Chapter of SGMP, Association of the United States Army, Leader in local Girl Scout Troop, and U12 Coordinator for the American Youth Soccer Organization.

Lives in Madison City, AL with husband Brett and children Brandy and Brooke
(13 year old twins).

Sherry B. Hilley

Ms. Hilley has 35 years of Government service with the Department of Defense. She has worked for the Air Force and Army throughout her career as an Administrative/Staff Support Specialist. The last 15 years of her career were devoted to event planning, and she served as the Event Coordinator for the prestigious OSD sponsored conference, Test Week, for 13 years. This event boasted over 100 exhibitors and 1400 attendees. She was selected as the 2006 Meeting Professional to Watch by Convention South Magazine, and nominated for Who’s Who in Alabama. Ms. Hilley retired December 2012 and is an active member of the Rocket City-Alabama Chapter of SGMP, and is a Grandmother to her first grandson, Logan.

Laurel Brown

Laurel Brown, is a Marketing and Program Coordinator at UF/TREEO. In this role she plans the meeting and instructor logistics for a series of training courses; she also provides marketing for all of UF/TREEO’s courses and events. She is currently the project manager for the Florida Water Conservation Certificate Program and is working with a team to finalize the series and launch it online, as well as bring many other courses and certificate programs online for UF/TREEO.

Laurel has a varied training background, her experiences include substitute teaching for grades K-12, teaching a series of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint classes through the community education department at Santa Fe College, developing and offering a training session on managing change for a local accounting firm, and she also is a past Wood Badge attendee and Guide. Wood Badge is a premier training course for adults from the Boy Scouts of America. Other training opportunities that Laurel has been involved in include numerous workshops on leadership, communication, and building relationships.

Laurel has worked at the University of Florida since 1997 and has been with the TREEO Center since 2004. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management.

Gabrielle K. Gabrielli, Ph.D., CGMP

Dr. Gabrielle K Gabrielli is an author, speaker, educator, and self-proclaimed “geek” as former computer sciences professor at the U.S. Military Academy. Gabrielle connects people and resources, teaching and learning, and needs and solutions. She is CEO of Gabrielle Consulting and frequently gives presentations including as Maxwell certified speaker, trainer, and coach. Gabrielle earned the 2012 Planner of the Year award from SGMP Florida Capital Chapter.

In her free time she enjoys teaching SCUBA, flying planes, and competing in triathlons. Gabrielle promotes stewardship and lives by the philosophy that life is a journey to be enjoyed- find your passion and live it!

Colonel George F. Smith

Colonel George F. Smith, U.S. Army (Retired) is a Certified Professional Facilitator and the President of Summit Consultants. George capitalizes on his many years of executive level experience to help organizations achieve performance excellence through group facilitation processes, facilitation skills training, and application of the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. His varied experiences as a teenage Merchant Seaman, combat infantryman, college instructor, amateur actor, and executive in state government provide colorful examples in support of his engagements. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy (BS) and Georgia Institute of Technology (MSME).

Edie Hand


Edie Hand is a business woman, speaker, television celebrity, and author. She hasauthored, co-authored, or assisted in the development of over twenty books. Herpersonal books include inspirational cookbooks and novellas from the heart. Inaddition, the business world knows Edie for her many acts of kindness and workin various charities.

Edie has starred in national commercials, daytime television soaps, and hostednumerous radio and television shows nationwide. She has been the CEO of HandN’ Hand Advertising, Inc. since 1976 while actively involved in the Alliance forWomen in Media (known as American Women in Radio & Television) for overthirty years.

In an effort to pay it forward and leave a legacy for community involvement, Edie founded the Edie HandFoundation after the loss of her three young brothers. Her foundation helps to benefit The Children’sHospital of Alabama and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Edie is also an alumnus of the University of North Alabama. She lives near Birmingham, AL with herhusband, Mark Aldridge. Her son, Linc Hand, lives in Hollywood, California.

Marlane Bundock


Marlane Bundock is the Associate Publisher of ConventionSouth magazine, a monthly publication that is nationally circulated to over 18,000 meeting planners, all of whom book events in the South. Now in its 30th year, ConventionSouth provides planners with insight and resources for organizing successful meetings such as industry news, trends, best practices and site selection ideas. Marlane joined ConventionSouth in 2005 and has witnessed the meetings and hospitality industry persevere through hurricanes, floods, budget cuts, media criticism and more. Along with working with planners who sit on the magazine’s editorial advisory board, she conducts an annual survey of more than 100 planners in order to stay on top of the trends within the meetings industry. She is a member of the Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International and resides in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with her two-year-old son Thatcher and two Jack Russells.


The 2012 SGMP SEREC Conference will take place on September 16th 2012. The conference is located at the beautiful Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, AL. Stay tuned for registration and more information.

Rob Coffman

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SERC Headlines

Marketing Mud was proud to assist the Central Florida and Florida Capital Chapters of SGMP in marketing the 2011 SGMP Southeast Regional Education Conference that was held in Daytona Beach, FL at the Shores Resort & Spa.

As part of our marketing efforts we created a custom, branded Facebook Fan page, Twitter account, ran a branded email marketing campaign, created a new Conference website with a LIVE Blog, as well as numerous other marketing initiatives in order to make the 4-day educational conference a success! Watch the SREC TV Highlight Video here provided by Convention News Television.

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