Gina Molinaro Hallisey
With over 25 years of experience as an event consultant, Gina’s company Get Connected Events, has been creating and producing innovative events since 2000. For the last 10 years Gina has produced a vintage Italian Circus in Colorado and recently took over as Director of the Automezzi, a Celebration of Italian Motoring. Gina’s love of music finds her focusing on supporting music venues, festivals and concerts across Colorado as a talent agent. Her favorite is a fundraising concert for Blue Star Connection, a charity dear to her heart. Gina is a native, raised in Welby, Colorado on a property her family acquired when arriving from Italy in the 1930’s. She enjoys spending free time with family and is “Noni” to two grand children that she adores. Gina has been a member of the IABA since the beginning and has served on the events committee.
Ann Bosso Johnson
Joy Lawrance, travel consultant, has been helping clients with their leisure vacation plans for over three decades. Since living in Germany for two years and traveling extensively through Europe, the Middle East, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe my love for travel has never wavered. After spending 9 years working in an agency, I now am an independent consultant working from my home. I am partnered with Nexion – part of the multi-billion-dollar Travel Leaders Network with access to the most reputable and respected tour and cruise companies in the world. I specialize in customized itineraries, cruises, and Hawaii. I’ve been to 55 countries – and on 22 cruises, so you can count on my knowledge and experience for your vacation needs.
As for my Italian connection – my grandfather was from a little town near Cosenza, Calabria, which I have visited to meet many of the family members. His wife, my Norwegian grandmother, learned all her Italian cooking skills and recipes from that family, recipes I still make today.
Terry's Fraternal Grandparents were immigrants to Ellis Island from Modena, Italy. (Home the BEST Balsamic Vinegar) She currently has a full time job with the Colorado Society of CPAs, as Board and Committees Liaison, and Event Coordinator, and a part-time, volunteer job with Significant Other - Jimmy Lambatos, Owner of Jimmy's Jersey Street Cafe and Catering. A member of IABA for 6 years. Terry is excited to plan and execute events, and especially enjoys the opportunity to network with fellow IABA members and raise a glass.
Born and raised in Italy, she's the founder of Simo Altitude, a graphic and surface design studio based in Denver. Simona has a 20 years background in the design field. She provides graphic design solutions for clients in the US and Europe; Her clients include Red Bull Media House, Costa Cruises, Archdiocese of Denver, U.C. Sampdoria and much more. As a surface designer, she illustrates products within home decor, textile, stationery, and giftware.
John’s family came to Colorado from the Calabria region of Italy. He had the good fortune of living and working in Italy during his 20’s. A proud Italian-American, he is currently the Director of Sales & Marketing for Grandma’s Frozen Noodles, a family-run Denver-based company, that specializes in making egg pasta using the same methods and techniques that were brought over from Italy in 1961. John is passionate about all things Italian and enjoys connecting & conversating with people and organizations… preferably over good food and wine.
Gary Molinaro has a proven track record in the commercial real estate business for over 25 years. He is a proud Italian American with his family originating from the Calabria region of Italy. Gary is proud to have been able to work with his Father and his oldest son Josh demonstrating their expertise in real estate for 3 generations since 1960. Gary also added his Insurance licenses to his business practice to further accommodate his client’s needs and handles the commercial side of his wife Lori’s State Farm Agency. He is blessed with a large beautiful Italian family with 6 healthy kids, part of a large Italian family who love to get together. That is why Gary’s motto is “When you work with us – you’re like family.”