Employee Bio's

Mike Schwartz

President 985.809.0600 ext 207


As the president and owner of ATS, Mike Schwartz's goal is to make each and every tradeshow a rousing success for his clients. A graduate of the University of New Orleans, Mike has dedicated himself to offering the most cutting edge technology and best customer service in the tradeshow industry since he founded ATS in 1996. His B.S. in Geology combined with eight years working as an Environmental Consultant has made him a big proponent of using sustainable materials and green technologies in ATS products and services. Mike personally attends over 20 tradeshows a year, mingling with clients to find out how ATS can make their lives easier. When not traveling, you can find him at home in Louisiana enjoying the great outdoors with his wife and two boys, Jack and Pete, or on the tennis court channeling Roger Federer.


Peter Schulz

Vice President / General Manager 985.809.0600 ext 204


General Manager and Vice President Pete Schulz’s favorite saying is, “you have two ears and one mouth, so use them proportionately.” Good news for ATS clients. Understanding each tradeshow is unique, Pete listens carefully, gleaning each client’s objectives so he can customize a package of products and services that fit their specific needs. An LSU alum, during football season he wears both his heart, and the purple and gold on his sleeve. When not traveling to catch up with clients at tradeshows across the country he is back home in Louisiana with his wife and three children. Except, of course, for Wednesday evenings, when you will find him on the basketball court perfecting his three-pointer.


Paul Bremond

Director of Sales 985.809.0600 ext 202


Since working in the convention industry since 1997 as an event coordinator, managing tradeshow computer rentals and registrations, Director of Sales Paul Bremond knows firsthand the challenges meeting planners and show managers face. That’s why Paul will work tirelessly to help clients tailor ATS’ products and services to fit the specific needs of their show. Your success is his success! Born in New Orleans, Paul attended Southeastern Louisiana University. Like every Big Easy resident, he’s a huge Saints fan. Paul loves to travel and has been to 35 states and 12 countries, attending tradeshows and having fun. When he does unpack his suitcase, you’ll find him with either a golf club or fishing rod in hand.


Leslie Baltzley

National Sales Manager 985.809.0600 ext 218


Leslie Baltzley began in the trade show industry in 2004. Leslie’s number one goal is to ensure her customers are treated with exceptional customer service and that their experience is seamless. “I treat my customers the way I would want to be treated” is Leslie’s motto. Born and raised in Dallas, Leslie is an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and a true Texan at heart! In her free time she enjoys working out and spending time with her husband and son.


Andrew Asaro

National Sales Manager 985.809.0600 ext 214


Andrew Asaro is a local product of Louisiana. Andrew attended the University of Southern Mississippi, focusing on Public Relations and Business. Andrew uses his years of experience as an onsite technician with ATS to help his clients suit their needs. He enjoys the customer service and problem solving end of the job. When Andrew is not on the road, he can be found cheering for his favorite teams the LSU Tigers, New Orleans Saints and Houston Astros.



Karen LeBlanc

Director of Accounting / Office Manager 985.809.0600 ext 212


Karen LeBlanc, Accounting Director/Office Manager, is one multi-talented tradeshow professional. Karen has been working in the convention business since 1996, and has had experience in all aspects of event management, from Registration, Financial Reporting/Budgeting, Education Session planning, Graphic design of print materials, and dealing with hotels and outside vendors. Here are ATS, not only does Karen handle the financial aspects of our company, she also uses her graphic design skills to assist show managers with marketing designs and materials. Karen graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. When not in the office, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, and her three pups. You can also hear Karen rooting for the LSU Tigers, New Orleans Saints, and Texas Rangers year round.


Denise Mitchell

Accounting Assistant 985.809.0600 ext 201


Denise Mitchell is a lifelong resident of Louisiana. Customer service and data entry were a strong part of every job she held. Her greatest accomplishments in life are her two children and beating breast cancer. Denise's motto is “you really CAN teach an old dog new tricks” which brings her to say that she is a “jack of all trades but a master of none”. In her spare time, (what spare time?) Denise likes hanging with the hubby, family and my three dogs. She also enjoys cooking for others.

Ellie Harper

Director of On-Line Registration Services 985.809.0600 ext 205


Ellie Harper, a graduate from Louisiana State University, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in business management. She brings a strong work ethic to ATS and is eager to learn. She has knowledge of marketing, particularly social media marketing, and computer literacy from working as a digital presence strategist. As a Louisiana native, she is a die-hard Saints and LSU fan, and looks forward to winning fantasy football for the second year. When she’s not working you can find her by the river, especially in Louisiana’s brutally hot summers.

Susannah Sirera

Registration Technician 985.809.0600 ext 229


Susannah graduated from LSU with a B.S. in Marketing and a concentration in Sales. She enjoys building registration sites and helping her clients grow their brand. She grew up in Louisiana and loves to travel. When not working, Susannah can be found cheering for her beloved Tigers and Saints, reading, or hanging out with friends.

Holly Quick

Director of Marketing 985.809.0600 ext 211


ATS is pleased to welcome Holly Quick as our Director of Marketing. Holly brings in over 20 years of retail experience where she worked as Store Manager, DMIT, and Visual Manager in high volume stores. Holly brings enthusiasm into this position and will make it a priority to provide stellar customer service to our clients both while in the office and travelling to our events. “As a manager I believe recognition is one of the greatest motivators! An employee who feels appreciated will always do more than expected. “ When not in the office or travelling, Holly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, experiencing NOLA and new restaurants and loves fashion and fitness.     


Marketing Representative 985.809.0600 ext 224


Jessica Taylor

Marketing Assistant 985.809.0600 ext 217


Jessica is a lifelong resident of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. She is a well-rounded individual and strives to provide outstanding customer service and overall happiness to each and every client. As your ATS Marketing Assistant, Jessica will giver her all. On the other hand when she is not hard at work at ATS you will find her spending time with her family, fishing, going to the car races, and just enjoying life.

Melissa Roberts

Director of Project Management 985.809.0600 ext 203


Producing a successful tradeshow is akin to producing a movie or TV show. Both require someone behind the scenes who can juggle a million tasks while managing a multi-million dollar budget. No one knows this better than Melissa, who has worked in both industries. Seven years as a Production Manager in film and television followed by eight on the tradeshow circuit working in various capacities make her one of the best Project Managers in the business. She truly enjoys building relationships with her clients and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Melissa, who attended LSU for three years before graduating from the University of New Orleans, applies the same tenacity to her personal life. She loves to travel, snowboard and hang out with her five nieces. An avid runner, she has completed 3 half marathons and a sprint triathlon!


Kelly Johnson

Project Manager 985.809.0600 ext 213


Kelly Johnson brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to ATS. Kelly has her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Winona State University (Minnesota),several years of tradeshow/event experience and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). She knows what it takes to plan and execute successful events. Kelly hails from Kenosha, Wisconsin and is a recent transplant to New Orleans, LA. Her outgoing personality and sense of humor make her fun to work with. Kelly enjoys traveling, football, and exploring the many treasures New Orleans has to offer. She loves spending time with her family and husband and adores her Miniature Poodle, Duke. Much to the chagrin of her co-workers and husband, Kelly is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan. Thankfully, the New Orleans Saints also have a special place in her heart.

Jessica Gagliano

Project Manager 985.809.0600, ext 222


Jessica came to ATS with over 9 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. She found her niche in event management and loves every minute of it. Graduated from University of New Orleans with a BA in Hospitality Management. She also received her culinary arts degree at the Louisiana Culinary Institute. When she is not planning events, she likes to try different restaurants in the city as well as going to go see some live music on Frenchmen. Her favorite times in New Orleans are when the Saints & Pelicans play and being able to go to Jazz Fest every year. She is very proud to call New Orleans Home.

Chanelle Vargas

Project Manager 985.809.0600 ext 231


Chanelle Vargas is a San Diego native who attended California State University, San Marcos and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts & Technology. Chanelle brings great energy and wonderfully corny jokes to the Project Management department. Being from San Diego, Chanelle currently considers herself a football team orphan but is quickly adopting the New Orleans Saints (she will accept this because the Saints take all the great Chargers players and go to the Superbowl with them). When Chanelle is not traveling, she enjoys exploring the many restaurants, bakeries, and live music venues that New Orleans has to offer.

Amber Schmitt

Project Manager 985.809.0600 ext 221


Born and raised in New Orleans, Amber completed her B.A. in Communications with a minor in Business at Louisiana State University. With a background in digital advertising, she is bringing great knowledge and work ethic to ATS. Creative and strong-minded, she considers herself a “planner” and is a fast pace worker. Amber enjoys going to festivals, cheering on the Tigers, and eating lots of sushi.

Holly Bunn

Project Manager 985.809.0600 ext 210

Wendy Westbrook

Project Management Assistant 985.809.0600 ext 206


ATS has been lucky to have Wendy Westbrook as a part of our team since 2001, where she continues to privde stellar customer service to exhibitors. Her intimate knowledge of ATS' cutting-edge lead retrieval products and services means exhibitors can definitely count on Wendy to get the best return on investment. A Louisiana native, Wendy loves the state's rich culture, traveling to festivals with her husband and son to sample jambalaya and two-step to live Zydeco music. Her favorite New Orleans restaurant? K-Paul's hands down.

Keith LeBlanc

Director of IT 985.809.0600 ext 209


As Director of IT, Keith LeBlanc has been instrumental in establishing ATS’ reputation as the leader in state-of-the-art registration and lead retrieval software and products. With ATS since 2001 after eight years in the U.S. Army, he is a great motivator who enjoys collaborating with his team of skilled programmers. Keith is a big fan of baseball and SciFi, and can run if chased. He is married to ATS Accounting Director Karen LeBlanc, adding literal credence to the ATS “one big happy family” environment.


Liz Strickland

Director of Programming 985.809.0600 ext 206


Liz Strickland brings over 20 years of customer friendly programming experience to ATS. Her career spans a diverse range of industries including airport systems, nuclear power plants, telecommunications, human resources, and many others. Throughout her career she has demonstrated expertise in developing unique solutions to fit customer needs. By working directly with customers she insures that software solutions exceed expectations. Liz is also the reigning state Senior Olympic champion in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles table tennis, a sport in which she engages 3 to 4 times a week. In addition to table tennis Liz also enjoys the sport of scuba diving and was actually an instructor for 4 years. If you have a chance to corner her, she will be more than happy to share some of her underwater pictures and stories.

Joy Hymel

Team Lead - Programming 985.809.0600 ext 215


Joy Hymel comes to ATS with more than 25 years of experience in the programming field. Joy, born and raised in the New Orleans area, has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Processing from Loyola University and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. When not at work, Joy likes camping, nature walks, white water rafting, live performances, art shows and trying new restaurants with her husband and teenage daughter.

Raymond Locatto

Senior Programmer / Developer 985.809.0600 ext 226


Raymond is a Senior Software Developer with extensive experience designing and developing software on various platforms. With over 20 years in the field, his main commitment is delivering high quality software for ATS.

Thomas Deseamus

Programmer 985.809.0600 ext 223


Tom has two children: son Garrett and daughter Dara. He is a graduate of LSU and he bleeds purple and gold. Tom haS over 20 years’ experience in application development including database, web, and desktop applications and he has used many programming languages including: VB, C, .net, Java and many others. For fun Tom loves to spend time with his son fishing or watching movies, especially Marvel Universe movies.

Kevin Fogg

Programmer 985.809.0600 ext 220


Kevin Fogg came in to ATS as an On-Site technician. Having a knack for programming, he was promoted to Programmer from within. Kevin spent five years Active Duty Navy. This has given him the drive and motivation needed to give excellent service in all aspects. Kevin is married with six children. He was born in Slidell, LA and has lived in Pearl River, LA for the majority of his life. For fun, Kevin enjoys many aspects of life to include taking his family out to many different activities, folk-style wrestling, table-tennis, pickleball, tabletop RPGs and video games.

Colleen Breaux

Programmer 985.809.0600 ext 232


Colleen is new to the programming team starting November 2017. She is a Louisiana native and has lived on the northshore for 27 years. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in Computer Science. Colleen is married with two daughters and loves to spend time with her family and Chihuahua Sammy. She loves LSU baseball and also enjoys being out on the river or at the beach.

Mike Truesdell

Director of Inventory and Logistics 985.809.0600 ext 216


After ten solid years in the convention industry as a Show Coordinator, Mike Truesdell knows the ins and outs of pulling off a successful event. As he says, “I thrive in the hustle and bustle of coordinating a show.” Mike has lived in New Orleans his entire life, even graduating from Loyola University with a B.A. in Political Science. As expected, he is a huge Saints fan, but roots for the Chicago Cubs during baseball season. When not enjoying one of the many cities he regularly travels to when working a show, Mike spends time with his wife and two children, taking in the New Orleans’s cultural and music festivals.

John Gorumba

Director of Onsite Services 985.809.0600 ext 230


John Gorumba brings many talents to his position as Director of On-Site Services. After six years as an Audio/Visual tech in the hotel and convention industry, John can seamlessly work with both show and hotel staff to overcome any issues that might arise. Add to that the very cool skills he learned while attending the University of New Orleans Film School, both directing and producing special effects for small budget movies, and as a Scenic Artist at Six Flags New Orleans designing a Haunted House, and he is a master at creating custom A/V productions for ATS’ diverse clientele. Born and raised in New Orleans, John is a graduate of Southeastern University in Hammond, LA. He loves the travel that comes with his job. When not on the road, his two children keep him busy “learning to be a father.”

Andrew Bautista

Manager of Onsite Services 985.809.0600 ext 0


Andrew Bautista is a Louisiana native who attended Holy Cross high school in New Orleans and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Industry with a Management emphasis. Andrew brings great energy and responsibility to the tech department. Andrew is a fan of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. When Andrew is not on the road, he enjoys live music, playing golf, hanging out with family and friends, and playing musical instruments (drums, bass guitar, and ukulele).

Jason Stein

Onsite Show Technician 985.809.0600 ext 0


Jason's enthusiasm for technology landed him with ATS in the tech department. He has the ability to provide stellar technical support to our clients, which is a huge asset to ATS. Jason is a Louisiana native that loves to watch the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. With a passion for music he enjoys going to local music shows or festivals in his spare time.