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Catersource and The Special Event
March 27-30, 2023
Orange County Convention CenterOrlando, FL

2022 Show Ambassadors

Norm Bennett

Founder, 24 Carrots

This Swiss born, American raised chef-owner traveled all over Europe and the United States working in some of the finest hotels and restaurants after earning his credentials from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. In 2004, Norm channeled his passion for culinary excellence into 24 Carrots Catering & Events, where his elevated standards made the perfect foundation for success. His background is heavily infused into event menus, where fresh ingredients and memorable cuisine are a top priority. With his time now mostly spent out of the kitchen, Norm continues to be the visionary of 24 Carrots. His “let’s do that better than the rest” approach continues to remain at the foundation of every decision made across the 24 Carrots organization. Norm has been very instrumental in creating the 24 Cares program in which 24 Carrots supports local and national charities – most of which focus on hunger and clean drinking water.

Pawntra Shadab CTA, CIS, CITP

Vice President, Elite Productions International

Pawntra Shadab CTA, CIS, CITP is Vice President at the award-winning, multi-generational, digital, and live event experience agency, Elite Productions International. With the company now for over fifteen years, Pawntra has a hand in designing and producing events for Fortune 400 brands including LinkedIn and Google, high-profile social and celebrity cliental as well as televised productions like The Academy Awards, Grammys, and Golden Globes.

Pawntra is passionate about developing quality experiences while cultivating a sense of inclusiveness for all. She is a speaker, has been featured on podcasts, contributes on various publications and is an enthusiastic leader committed to mentoring the next generation and empowering professionals to drive meaningful change.

Pawntra recently served as President for MPI Orange County and is currently serving as the Director of Inclusion for SITE SoCal, an Ambassador for the Meetings Mean Business (MMB) initiative, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee Member with MPI Global and on the Advisory Board for the School of Entertainment & Hospitality Management at California State University, Fullerton.

She has been recognized by her peers, being named "Meeting Planner of the Year" & "Outstanding Chapter Leadership" by MPIOC, "Industry Leader" by Smart Meetings Magazine, "Most Influential Event Professionals" by BizBash, “40 Under 40” by Connect Corporate and "Young Event Professionals to Watch" by Special Events Magazine. Most recently Pawntra's work with the MPI Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee earned them the MPI "Chairman's Award"