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SUSAN BROOKS is the logistical wonder woman behind Powerhouse Meetings and Events. Susan has been planning large meetings, user conferences, conventions and trade shows for more than 20 years. Known for her infectious energy and vibrant personality, Susan has built a loyal clientele including technology firms, travel companies, media organizations, government contractors and professional associations.

Prior to launching Powerhouse Meetings and Events in 2004, Susan spent six and a half years with AMS, where she planned the annual user group conference for the Government and Education Management Systems Division (GEMS). She also planned partner events, Sales Meetings and trade shows. Prior to this she planned and executed the training classes for AMS’ new hires.

Before finding her passion for event and conference planning, Susan was a recruiter for a temporary services company, as well as a professional pastry chef for the Ritz Carlton.

Susan lives in Centreville VA with her husband Jim and two sons, Jacob and Lucas, and 80 lb lap dog, General. 


Hotel contracts are written to protect the hotel.

Powerhouse scrutinizes every contract and adds language to protect you, the client. We never accept any contract without negotiating first to secure concessions, extras, reduced rates and waived minimum charges.

The hotels may not like all the attention, but our clients love it!




KIMBERLY MONELL is the “Tech-Savvy Sidekick” for Powerhouse Meetings and Event Management. She brings a unique vision to all tech-based portions of your events. Whether it’s building a registration system tailored just for your event or bringing together a compelling and interactive mobile app, you won’t be disappointed. She adds a unique flare and wealth of ideas to help set your event apart.

On-site Kimberly works hard at registration to ensure each attendee gets the same impeccable level of personal care. She’s invaluable to the on-site team providing built-in tech support at each event and keeping everything running smoothly.

On her days off she enjoys running an Etsy shop filled with her hand-made crocheted and knit items and making YouTube videos to help the next generation feed their own create side.


CHRISTINE POOLE, CMP has had a career in the meeting and event planning industry for 18 years with experience most recently as the Director of Events at the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Inc. Previous to that position, she was the Meetings and Events Manager at the Florida Sheriffs Association. In 2006 after working at various Florida state associations, including the Florida League of Cities and the Florida Psychiatric Society, Christine became an Independent Meeting Planner and started her own business. She consulted and serviced conferences and events to various other associations in Florida, as well as to clientele in the corporate market outside of Florida.

Christine is a proud Florida State University Seminole with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences. She earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 2010.  Free time is especially enjoyed with family and friends. She is married to Eric, an association professional, and mother to two children, Evan and Graysen and Ronin, the family pup.  


Partial Client List:

  • BASF

  • Clarabridge

  • Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • EDPA

  • Monster Government Solutions

  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

  • North Star Travel Media

  • PetConnect

  • Questex

  • Washington Post

  • Vocus/Cision