Leadership

Experienced. Knowledgeable. Visionary. The Concise leadership team has transformed the event industry with innovative practices, advanced technology and a dedication to service that exceeds expectations and resets the bar for event partnership and performance.

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Phil O’Brien

Founder and CEO, Global

Phil founded Concise over 20 years ago and has developed it into an international leader in the events sector. Concise pioneered the use of mobile apps at corporate events and now, as part of the Encore family, offers its virtual and hybrid end-to-end event production services globally. Phil has always been focused on excellent service and innovation, and he enjoys sharing his experience and original ideas with clients.

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Kevin McFarlane

Director of Product Development, Global

Kevin is fascinated by all forms of interactive media and is passionate about developing new ways to engage audiences through tech. His extensive experience in product, technical and project management underpins his track record of conceiving and delivering commercially successful first to market products; this is evidenced in his team’s development of Chime Live and its flexible suite of engagement tools. Kevin specialises in innovative interactive product design, application/data security, IOS and mobile applications, information architecture, accessibility, and usability.

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Chris Bryant

Director, Global Accounts, North America

Chris is a tech start-up pioneer and data-driven communicator with an 18-year track record of connecting clients to their audiences through experiential and consultative needs analysis. Having managed event tech businesses in the UK, Singapore, and US, he is constantly inspired by how event technology can engage meeting and events participants to achieve memorable outcomes. Chris is focused on helping clients boost participation and collect valuable insights at events in North, Central and South America.

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Jo Merriman

Client Services Director, Europe

With a background in theatre and marketing, Jo is passionate about creativity, people and connection. She takes a consultative approach to client projects, partnering with planners to truly understand their objectives and support them throughout their pre-event, event and post-event journey. Jo is focused on delivering engaging, interactive virtual and hybrid experiences and is a specialist in pharmaceutical and finance events.

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Jim Hughes

GM & Director, Global Accounts, EMEA & APAC

Jim brings over 20 years’ experience of working with event engagement technology and is driven to improve participant engagement and interaction at events. Jim supports the sales, project management and technical teams in delivering over 300 events each year that exceed clients’ expectations and deliver measurable results. Jim helps planners boost participation and gathering meaningful data and insights at virtual and hybrid events in EMEA & APAC.

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Stan Park

Head of Project Management, North America

Stan heads up the West Coast team out of our San Francisco offices and brings his decade of experience behind the scenes of the film industry to every event. Just like movies, the best events seem calm and effortless, without showing the hard work that goes into making them perfect. With this approach, Stan is a specialist in enhancing participant experience and engagement and is responsible for hundreds of effective virtual, hybrid and in-person events every year across the US.

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Robbie Siemon

Head of Virtual Event Production, North America

Robbie is an audience engagement expert and elevates events for some of Concise's largest client accounts in the Americas. With his wealth of experience in event production, promotion and fundraising, coupled with roles in tech-enabled communication, Robbie is the perfect partner for planners who want to create an impact and achieve tangible results from their virtual and hybrid events. Robbie will help bring your event vision to life and capture the hearts and minds of your participants.

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Tamar Karabetyan

Head of Virtual Event Production, EMEA & APAC

Tamar brings her expertise in both corporate and not-for-profit environments to deliver event experiences that connect a great variety of audiences with clients’ virtual and hybrid objectives. She thrives on leading production, creative and technical teams to deliver exceptional end-to-end event services for our clients in the finance, healthcare, automotive and professional services sectors. Tamar is an expert in refining your event experience and delivering polished, professional shows for your virtual and hybrid participants.

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Joanne Wang

Director of Marketing, Global

Joanne has extensive brand management experience with expertise in directing integrated communication campaigns for utilities, software, FMCG, travel, and start-ups. Joanne is focused on growing our business through brand building and supporting the introduction and expansion of our end-to-end event production services and dynamic Chime Live platform to new regions, markets and sectors.

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Tom Andrika

Customer Engagement Director, North America

Tom is a strategic and client-centric experiential leader who builds long lasting and successful customer relationships, while leading his teams to understand and authentically execute on a brand’s business goals. Based out of New York, Tom has delivered on his unparalleled passion for the events industry for over 8 years, and connects the magic of Concise’s virtual, hybrid, and in-person Chime Live event platform and production services, with his customers in the professional services, healthcare services/pharmaceutical, and finance sectors.

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Doug Kunnath

Client Experience Director, North America

Through 16 years of production experience in various roles, Doug has continued to find success in delivering solutions to clients by maintaining his focus on hospitality and service.  As the events industry continues to evolve, he is enthusiastic about new and unique ways we help clients effectively deliver their messages to audiences worldwide.  Doug will help you safely increase your audience size, while you gather valuable insights and continue to improve your events. 

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Tom Sparkes

Client Services Manager, Europe

Tom brings hands-on experience supporting clients in the financial sector, where we’ve partnered with over 220 private equity firms. Tom is a hardworking, dedicated professional who has a passion for people and innovation. As Client Services Manager, he helps IR teams and Event Organisers find ways to create highly engaging and professional experiences for their Investors and respective audiences.