About Us

The Event Planning Solutions team has more than 17 years of experience in managing and coordinating regional, national, and international training and conferences for non-profit associations and corporations at hotels and convention centers across the world. We recognize every event is different and we strive to tailor and organize meetings that exceed each client’s expectations. We have the expertise to utilize social media and other promotional tools to enhance awareness, build excitement, and ultimately increase attendance. We take pride in helping our clients save time and money by allowing them to concentrate on their priorities, while we provide professional and friendly support services and supervision of the conference logistics.


Event Planning Solutions has attained IATA accreditation for professional meeting and event planners, a designation that carries global recognition and access to industry suppliers around the world. IATA programs recognize the diversified and versatile U.S. travel professionals who continuously meet stringent business criteria. When you work with us, you work with professionals who have met the highest standards in the industry.


Linda Hoover | President

Event Planning Solutions President, Linda Hoover, has planned and executed national and international conferences from San Diego to Miami, from Ireland to Germany, and most places in between. With more than 15 years of experience in every aspect of conference/event management for conferences ranging from 50 to 1,500 participants, she strives to put the “polish” on any event, making it unique and memorable for vendors, speakers, and attendees. With an emphasis on personal attention and a love of fitting together the pieces that build an outstanding event, Event Planning Solutions strives to exceed your expectations.  Linda earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Virginia Tech.  In addition to being a proud Hokie alum, she enjoys all things outdoors having completed a myriad of races including a marathon, triathalons, and adventure races, and loves to mountain bike and hike, conquering a fourteener (Pikes Peak in Colorado).

Leslie Grimord | Project Manager

Leslie Grimord has 20 years of client/customer service and business management experience.  Her current focus is event registration, ensuring companies and individuals have a seamless experience with the registration process. Leslie’s organized approach to attendee management and strong interpersonal skills, from initial customer contact to on-site support, make her a valued team member.  In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family, and volunteering with charities such as Good Shepherd and Sharing Our Bounty, that help people with shelter and living supplies.

Melissa Thurber | Project Manager

Melissa Thurber brings more than a decade of experience working on all aspects of conference coordination. She manages vendor interaction from contract negotiation to on-site support, from table-top exhibits to large-scale trade show displays. Melissa’s expertise in building relationships with vendors and sponsors ensures their participation in the conference is worth their investment of marketing dollars. Born and raised in Ohio, she is an avid Ohio State fan, and is a graduate of the University of Dayton. As a Marine spouse she has lived in seven different states and Okinawa, Japan, and loves the adventure and travel that goes along with it.

Lainie Smith | Social Media & Marketing Assistant

Lainie Smith joins Event Planning Solutions to drive the social media and marketing efforts. Graduating from Hamilton College with a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing, she is constantly thinking of crafty ways to encourage our clients’ reach and boost conference attendance via social media channels and email campaigns. A current Master’s student at Emerson College in Boston, MA, Lainie hopes to continue to explore the ways that we communicate digitally, and what that means for the future of business’s marketing plans. When not surfing social media channels or studying, Lainie enjoys distance running, spinning, and golfing. A Pennsylvania transplant to Boston, she loves exploring all the city has to offer.

In addition to the company principals, Event Planning Solutions maintains flexibility to the needs of the clients with the assistance of a network of talented professionals.