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Matt Emery

Co-Founder

"Matt has the passion to inspire and lead teams to exceed organizational goals and profit margins." - Dr. Randy Ross, Author/Speaker

Matt has been working with top leadership and sales training speakers in the U.S. for over 20 years. The experience he has garnered through his hands on approach has given him the expertise to create profitable business models in every market. 


 
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Dennis Worden

Co-Founder

"Dennis is driven to add value to any organization he serves. With a servant leaders heart and an understanding of what it takes to generate response.” - Dr. John C. Maxwell, Author/Speaker

Dennis has mastered that art of maximizing non-traditional media and traditional media, resulting in successful marketing campaigns.  Known as a motivated, visionary leader Dennis has experience at building strong and loyal collaborative relationships. He is an outstanding communicator in encouraging individuals and organizations to press beyond mediocrity and rise to excellence.


 

David Durrett

Executive Agent and Consultant

David brings to Ignite over 18 years of sales and marketing experience. A highly driven, performance based sales and marketing professional, David takes a proactive approach to creating customer driven strategies designed to stimulate speaking engagements and serving Ignite event clients.

David's career as a professional Tennis player, work with major tennis and golf companies, sponsors, and events, makes him a natural fit in his role as Sr. Sales Agent. His strong leadership techniques and professional attention to detail in marketing and communications allows David to serve the unique needs of Ignite. A persuasive presenter and negotiator, he builds solid, meaningful,  successful client and speaker relationships.


 

Natasha Cozart

Executive Agent and Consultant

Natasha works with Ignite clients to find the best talent for their events, whether they are corporate, nonprofit, association, government or educational institutions. She excels at big picture strategy, helping clients create a fully integrated event plan that goes beyond just picking an individual speaker for a slot.

Natasha is an author and speaker herself, as well sales and marketing professional, with an extensive background as a digital marketing expert. She brings a myriad of skills and talents to IAG working with new and existing clients and speakers.


 

Jeff Dunn

Excutive Agent and Consultant

Jeff has more than 40 years of experience in mass media, including radio and television broadcasting, magazine and book publishing, and media (print, broadcasting, digital) sales. Throughout his career Jeff has worked with notable authors and speakers, including national sports figures, business leaders, entertainment celebrities, and top industry experts from a wide range of organizations. As Ignite’s Senior Sales Agent, Jeff has 16 years as a teacher at the high school and college levels, and written or ghostwritten 13 books. Jeff brings to Ignite a lifetime of experience and best practices for the ideal speaker and sponsorship representation.


 

Sarah Lewis

Sales Associate

Growing up with public speaker parents who authored best-selling books, Sarah brings to Ignite a lifetime of planning events, working book tables, coordinating itineraries, and implementing best practices for the ideal client/speaker representation.

Sarah is committed to connecting clients with Ignite Advisory Group speakers who will make a real and lasting impact on their audiences. 


 

Brian Kelley

Sales Associate

Brian comes to Ignite after working as an assistant marketing director, producer’s assistant, public relations, and talent management. His experience in public relations, targeting national media, gives Brian a unique ability to promote and relate with his clients.

Brian’s degree from Kennesaw State University in Communications/Public Relations and Film, from Perimeter College. He enjoys growing his relationships with professional event planners and non-profit organizations to better assist them in finding the perfect speaker for their event.


 
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Melony Cuzdey

Executive Assistant

Lending her enthusiasm to every task, Melony coordinates and helps the event planning process run smooth.  Serving not only in event planning but also support to the Ignite speakers and leadership team.  Prior to Ignite, Melony worked as an event planner and a product resource manager for The Maximum Impact Group.


 
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Laura Relyea

Social Media Guru

Laura is a writer and editor in Atlanta, Georgia. Her essays, reviews, poems, and features have been published in Oxford American, The Bitter Southerner, Thought Catalog, Monkey Bicycle and elsewhere. Her book criticism has been published in PASTE, Fanzine, and Vouched Books. Relyea received a BA in Telecommunications and Creative Writing from Ball State University.


 

Wendy Emery

Event Manager

Wendy brings a unique combination of event management, sales, marketing, and customer service to Ignite. She has 20 plus years of experience working with major events for the John C. Maxwell companies, and The Duncan Group. Wendy finds it inspiring to be a part of Ignites mission to provide quality service and peace of mind for all of our event clients. You’ll find no one that better personifies the Ignite commitment to genuine care and integrity in all we do than Wendy.


 

Kevin Lee

Event Production

Kevin has been working in event management and production for over 16 years.  From overseeing small weekend conferences for families to directing large-scale broadcast events of over 120,000 attendees, he has garnered a love of piecing together details to achieve an ultimate goal: amazing events.  


 

Gayle Worden

Business Manager

Gayle serves our clients and speakers as Ignite's Business Manager. Most recently Gayle served as an account manager for Zondervan Publishing and The Story Project. Prior to that Gayle worked with the John Maxwell organizations, EQUIP and INJOY, in sales, customer service, and account management.