MEET TEAM PW
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Andrea Ball is the CEO and Founder of Planit World. Her multi-faceted experience includes over 25 years of experience in association management, event planning, publicity, communications and marketing. She founded PlanIt World in 2007 and serves a diverse clientele that includes trade associations, non-profits, and companies from various industries. Andrea was previously employed at Agri/Washington Public Affairs Group as the Vice-President and Sr. Account Director for 11 years prior to opening her own firm and still serves as their managing partner for agricultural public affairs clients. Andrea is an experienced national public relations consultant, specializing in crisis communications, convention planning, digital media, marketing, public relations, legislative affairs, grant writing/reporting, financial management, and writing. She lectures nationally on business communications, volunteer leadership and social media strategy. As a nonprofit strategic planning expert, she offers executive coaching, interim executive director services, and board consulting. She was recognized in 2009 by the State Journal as a Generation Next winner, which highlights "40 under 40" outstanding business leaders and was awarded two “Stars of the Industry” awards for tourism marketing and public relations. In 2016, she addressed the United Nations on The Digital Divide and Women and has been published nationally in trade magazines on numerous topics. She has been quoted in USA Today, the New York Times, and appeared on the Hallmark Channel Home and Family show, and several local newscasts and radio shows. Andrea is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE), Sigma Kappa Sorority Alumnae, and the Kansas State Society.
Jacquie Ball serves as the Director of Administration at PlanIt World. Jacquie offers meticulous data entry skills, is experienced in all facets of event planning, has advanced social media skills, website management, and directs human resources at PlanIt World. Most importantly, she offers exceptional client service to your members. Her daily duties will include member relations, social media, website updates, and newsletter creation. She attended Blue Ridge College, where she studied Liberal Arts and…yes… it’s a family business at PlanIt World, Andrea and Jacquie are colleagues since 2007 and sisters since 1976.
Stacie Nelson serves as an Administrative Assistant at Planit World. Her professional responsibilities include event support, client relations, special projects, and member relations. Stacie attended Southwestern College and graduated with degrees in psychology and elementary education. In addition to holding an elementary teaching certificate, she has also built multiple “mom” blogs with over 100,000 users. Stacie and her husband, John, a veterinarian, have three beautiful daughters and two ornery dogs, Smalls & Max. When she isn’t working, her hobbies include reading, writing, jogging, and crafting.
Heidi Potucek is the Finance Manager at Planit World and focuses on client bookkeeping, billing, and daily account servicing for several PlanIt World clients. She is a certified QuickBooks user and graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2004. Heidi’s prior background included medical billing and office management. She and her husband Mitch, own an electrical contracting company and have two beautiful daughters.
Chad Emrick is our Communications and IT Manager. He is a native of Parkersburg, WV and has served over 20 years in in the Army National Guard. He is a Master Sergeant and serves as the ESM Branch NCOIC at the National Guard Bureau. He has trained military personnel at all levels and served as a master instructor-trainer on the national level. In 2010 he graduated from Post University in Marketing, in 2015 he was certified as a US Army Master Instructor, in 2016 he completed the Army Training Course Developer training and in 2020 he became a US Army Contract Officer Representative. Chad handles onsite event audio visual and event logistics for PlanIt World and manages the DC office, when he is not serving our country as a soldier.
Dawn Nolan: Dawn has previously worked as a PlanIt World consultant for over a decade and has now joined the PW team as our Client Services & Content Director. Her responsibilities include client management and relations, content strategy, copywriting, social media management, PR and event support. Dawn has over a decade of experience in marketing, communications, public relations and journalism. She has worked in marketing and advertising agencies, publishing companies, nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Dawn is an established magazine contributor, and her writing has appeared in regional lifestyle magazines as well as national trade publications. She is a Marshall University graduate with bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology. Dawn is an avid reader and book club leader, traveler, escape room enthusiast and pet parent. She lives in her home state of West Virginia.
Jill Spickler is the PW Support Specialist with a focus on special projects. Jill's roots originated in Texas, where she attended Texas A&M University. Jill currently makes her home in the Mid-Atlantic region in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and oversees our Martinsburg, WV operations. Jill has previously owned several successful businesses and is a proud mom of two!
Morgan Cook is our Intern Extraordinaire who is learning the ropes of communications, event management, and client services. She's always ready to dive right in and learn on the fly and we love this quality! She manages the ROC (Rolling Oklahoma Classroom) Bus events around the state of Oklahoma and helps with state and national government relations. Morgan attends Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK and serves clients nationally.
PlanIt World and PW Projects also works with a great team of talented, part-time consultants who we draw on across the country for legal, CPA accounting, event execution, surveys, convention registration, audio visual, writing, editing, and photography services.