East West Connection’s employees are our greatest asset. We have 30 full-time employees with an average of 15 years of industry experience. EWC also has a network of meeting professionals who work around the world as an extension of our team.

Here are just a few of EWC’s team members:

Ralph D. Weaver
Ralph D. Weaver
President & Owner

Ralph has over 30 years of experience in meeting, planning, and corporate communications. He founded EWC in 1990 and has built the company into a diverse organization. Ralph formerly headed East West Consulting, which specialized in marketing communications and public relations. He was director of marketing communications for Johnson & Johnson where he managed marketing and communications programs for the pharmaceutical sector. At Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ralph was Manager of Public Affairs, Consumer and Healthcare.

My personal passion: I’m an avid art collector and interior design enthusiast. I collect works of art during my extensive travels around the world. Making a difference in the lives of others is important to me and I want to do that by mentoring young professionals and encouraging others to dare to dream to realize their full potential.

Leigh Johnson
Leigh Johnson
Senior VP & General Manager

Leigh is a highly motivated and personable leader with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and motivate colleagues. During her career of more than 25 years, Leigh has excelled in project management, operations, client service, and planning. Leigh spent eight years at Johnson & Johnson where she forecasted, planned, developed, and executed national and regional sales meetings impacting over 10,000 attendees for four pharmaceutical franchises each year. Prior to joining EWC, Leigh was Director of Business Development and Account Management for On The Scene – The Event Company.

My personal passion: I love to garden, cook, craft and repurpose flea market finds.

Adrienne Bright
Adrienne Bright
VP of Quality & Corporate Secretary

Adrienne has been affiliated with East West Connection since 1990. She has held various management positions at the company ranging from new business development to managing sales incentive programs. Adrienne currently oversees the company’s Quality Initiative that ensures the highest standards are met at all times. Adrienne also works with government agencies on new business opportunities.

My personal passion: I love food. I spend my leisure time shopping for new kitchen gadgets, experimenting, creating unique meals, and enjoying the fruits of my labor with my wonderful family and friends.

Missy Madden CMP, CMM, CIS
Missy Madden CMP, CMM, CIS
Account Director/Incentive Travel

Missy has over 25 years of experience in meeting planning, event management, sales and marketing/promotion. Missy previously worked for Maritz/Maxvantage on-site at Daiichi-Sankyo managing meetings, both domestic and internationally. Prior to this, Missy worked at BCD Meetings and Incentives on-site for Pfizer where her focus was on the Emerging Markets business unit planning international meetings, ad boards, investigator meetings, sales training and congresses. She planned incentive programs (Chairman’s Award) and product launches. In 2013, she was named “Meeting Planner of the Year” by the New Jersey Meeting Professionals International.

My personal passion: I enjoy traveling, entertaining, interior decorating, new experiences and devoting time to animal advocacy. One of my favorite quotes is “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

Cheryl Salley
Cheryl Salley
Account Manager & Senior Meeting Planner

Cheryl has 19 years of corporate experience in event planning and project management. Cheryl has successfully organized multiple planning projects simultaneously while working as a Meetings and Events Manager for UC The Source, Inc. Previously at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cheryl served as a Resource Manager where she was responsible for contract negotiations for over 60 domestic and international meetings annually. In addition, Cheryl served as the lead planner for Medical Education programs planning Advisory Board Meetings, its Speakers Bureau and Investigator Meetings.

My personal passion: I relish spending time with friends and family.

Adele A. Perkins
Adele A. Perkins
SENIOR MEETING PLANNER

Adele has more than 30 years of specialized experience in meeting and project management for major companies.  Adele has been involved with all aspects of meeting management including site selection, budget development and management, content, registration, vendor management and on-site management.  She also has expertise in hotel sales and operations with a variety of international venues.  Adele has planned and executed meetings for 300 to 5000 attendees that involved complex logistics including planning incentive and reward programs, national sales meetings, product launches, leadership and executive meetings, professional education and trade shows.  Prior to joining East West Connection, Adele was Program Associate for American Express Meetings & Events on-site at Ethicon.

My personal passion:  I enjoy spending time with my family and my friends.  I am a true Cancer who cares deeply about those around me.  I enjoy watching my girls excel at their sports. One playing lacrosse and the other a competitive gymnast.  To watch them grow and flourish in what they love keeps my heart full.

Jackie Fowler
Jackie Fowler
Budget Manager

Jackie previously worked at Janssen Research & Development, LLC. where she negotiated and maintained contracts. She was responsible for ensuring compliance with purchasing policies and procedures, and troubleshooting discrepancies pertaining to purchase orders, requisitions, supplier deliveries, prices and quality. Prior to that, Jackie served as Analyst, Meetings Management for Janssen Pharmaceuticals where she collaborated with Meeting Managers and Finance. She successfully managed spend for meetings in five continents including North America, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa.

My personal passion: I knit, crochet, do crafts and spend quality time with my family and 11 year old daughter on our farm in New Jersey. I look forward to visiting with family in South Africa and traveling extensively to places like Greece, Australia and France.

Linda Guldner
Linda Guldner
Human Resources & Office Manager

Linda has a distinguished career specializing in Human Resources and Office Management. Prior to joining EWC, Linda served as Office Manager for Ike Brothers Transport of Long Valley, NJ. For nine years, Linda was Human Resources and Payroll Manager for Gateway Outdoor Advertising where she was responsible for managing human resources in nine national offices planning corporate functions and events, coordinating community outreach, and overseeing corporate giving.

My personal passion: I enjoy cooking and baking with my family, and just spending time with them. I still contemplate going to law school one day. I am a youth adviser for senior high students and love being being their mentor.