Meet the Amazing Festival Committee Team Members!

Monique Louvigny

Monique Louvigny

Event Director

There is a great sense of satisfaction (and yes, elation!) associated with executing creative and engaging events. With more than 30 years in the travel and hospitality industry, Monique’s mastery of managing logistics, crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s will ensure a robust roster of successful events at the Carter’s Biz Café in the Commanding Officer’s Quarters and the historic Clock Tower.

During Monique’s former role as a Senior Meeting Planner to Fortune 1000 technology clients, she managed and collaborated with international and domestic teams. From Bali to Beijing and now to Benicia – her groups ranged in size from 25 to 2500. Monique has managed everything from A to Z with community give-back events being some of her most satisfying events. Her proactive approach to solving challenges, can-do attitude, anticipation of event attendees’ needs and a sunny disposition are welcome additions to the Carter’s Biz Café management team.

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Monique has been a homeowner in the Glen Cove neighborhood of Vallejo since 1989 and is active in the Solano County community. She is a member of Soroptimist International Benicia, and maintains strong hospitality industry relationships as a member of Meeting Professionals International and the Green Meeting Industry Council. Also passionate about community outreach and service, Monique volunteers with the Solano County Food Bank, VallejoTogether, California Maritime Academy, Project Homeless Connect, TourismCares, North Bay Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, and the Bay Area Coastal Annual Clean-up.

“I am enjoying building on last year’s successful North Bay Art and Film Festival (NBAFF) and it’s a pleasure to promote the participating filmmakers and artisans to educate, entertain and enhance our community. Our NBAFF planning team and eager volunteers have myriad talents and seeing them working in partnership to bring the pieces together makes the intricate planning process all worthwhile.”

 

 

Ann Marie Zepponi

Ann Marie Zepponi

Director of Business Development & Marketing

Ann Marie Zepponi brings over 20 years of combined experience in Corporate Management, Business Development, Marketing, Sales, Social Media Marketing, Brand Identity, Market Research, Strategic Planning, Event Planning, Networking, Project Management and Procurement. A self-motivated web savvy Professional and an accomplished Executive with a vast range of experience in several industries including Marketing, Non-Profit, Retail, Direct Sales, Technology, Medical and Manufacturing Industries. A champion of effective social media tools and technologies, with a track record of creating and implementing successful social media programs to create innovative and cost-effective campaigns.

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For several years, Ann Marie served on the Board of Directors for her daughter’s Pre-School and Elementary School. While serving as the Director of Development, she set record-breaking fundraising efforts by obtaining the highest amount of funds during live and silent auctions. While working closely with other Board Members and Corporate Sponsors as the Vice President for the American Canyon Middle School PTO (Parent Teacher Organization), Ann Marie successfully coordinated the school’s Silent Auction & Golf Tournament fundraiser at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo, CA.

Teaching entrepreneurship is one of Ann Marie’s passion. She is a Co-Founder and a Founding Ambassador of Successful Thinkers, an active community centric organization that combines the concept of online social media/networking, like Facebook and Twitter, with the power of local business mixers, like LeTip and local Chambers of Commerce, to create an environment where people can interact with other success-minded people to create relationships that foster successful businesses built on trust. Teaching healthy lifestyle is Ann Marie’s other passion. As a Challenge Partner with ViSalus Sciences, she is committed to helping others achieve better health. She has challenged herself to earn several medals from races this year by completing her first Half Marathon and Marathon in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has already received 5 medals this year by completing a 5K, a couple of 10Ks and most recently, a 15K through the hills of San Diego, California. Ann Marie appreciates art, enjoys traveling, reading, golf, cooking and wine.

Joanne Butcher

Joanne Butcher

Programming Director

Joanne Butcher has worked extensively with hundreds of filmmakers from the US, UK, Brazil, Cuba, the Caribbean and Latin America. She was the former Director of the Alliance Cinema on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, IFP/Miami and a founder of IFP/National. She collaborated for 9 years with the Brazilian Film Festival and served on their Jury. She created and spearheaded the Florida Statewide Film Competition that provided $200,000 cash and services to a feature film. Joanne served as the global marketing curator for YouTube’s UK Movie Channel. She has taught film financing and screenwriting.

 

William K. Wesley

William K. Wesley

Film Operations Director

William K. Wesley is an author, transformational speaker, Top Performance coach and professor. He conducts ‘Full Life Balance Productive Wellness’ training and presentations based on his book Full Life Balance: Five Keys to the Kingdom (How to Live Better Every Day) at corporations, colleges, organizations and institutions of all sorts. William’s client list includes such firms as Kaiser, USAA and T-Mobile USA. He has delivered presentations and trainings to organizations such as The Rotary Club, Meals On Wheels, Suisun City, YMCAs and institutions including U.C. Berkeley, City College San Francisco and California Men’s Prison, Solano.

William is a founding Member of Carter’s Biz Cafes at the Commanding Officers Quarters which is a membership co-sharing, business event, idea-incubating firm located in a 155-year old, fully renovated historical landmark in Benicia, CA. As a professor William has taught management principles, organizational behavior and management communication for five years at Golden Gate University. William is currently working on his second book in the Full Life Balance series called, “Six Secrets To Be The Best You” scheduled for release in 2016.

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William has over 20 years in sales, financial services and retail sales management and coaching with firms such as Morgan Stanley, Charles Schwab, Citibank and Merrill Lynch. He has held such positions as Financial Advisor, Bank Branch Manager, and Vice President of Investor Education. Prior to financial services he held sales and store manager positions in the consumer retail environment. He has been a top salesperson, managed top teams and developed top salespeople. While in the securities industry, William held basic and supervisory securities licenses (Series 7, 24, 63, and 65) and a Life and Disability license. He received his MBA and his JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and his BS in Business from the University of San Francisco.

William consulted with Laney College in Oakland, California to establish a first of its kind Men’s Center on campus. He is an advisory board member of Biotech Partners, a Berkeley based youth science internship program. William is a former San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner, the creator of the Stadium Scholarship program, a former Board of Managers member of the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA and the former Program Director of San Francisco’s Mayors Summer Youth Employment Program.

William is a certified sailor who also enjoys sailing, reading, writing (he is also working on his first novel, Uncle (One in Seven Billion), playing tennis, playing chess and spending time with his wife Linda, children and grandchildren.

Liisa Kankkunen

Liisa Kankkunen

Art Director

Hi! My name is Liisa. I am the person responsible for overseeing the artistic aspects of the 2017 NBAFF Festival Extravaganza.

I’m a creative web & graphic designer from Finland. I have run my freelance graphic design business since 2006 and have over ten years’ experience in designing websites and marketing materials for my SME clients across all industries.

During my career I have developed a strong client base that has kept me busy while living and working in Helsinki, Tel Aviv, Berlin, London, San Francisco and other places around the world until meeting my husband Rob in San Francisco in 2011. Since then we have lived in the Bay Area and have just recently settled here in the small waterside city of Benicia, CA.

My film-specific experience includes various aspects of the post production phase such as designing and producing graphics for film covers and posters, assisting with the editing process and submitting films to festivals.

I believe that honesty, kindness and real communication will save the world. www.liisafromfinland.com

Carter Rankin

Carter Rankin

Executive Director

Serial (7 Businesses) Entrepreneur, Restauranteur, Hotel Hospitality, Author, Securities Broker, Sales/Marketing expert, past President Concord Pavilion Associates, past Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau Board Member, Mentor and lousy golfer.