About Our Team
RMK Productions is a team of event logistics experts skilled in executing all types of special events.
Reggie M. Kouba, President & Founder
RMK Productions is led by principal and founder Reggie M. Kouba. With nearly 20 years of event and professional services experience, Reggie has a proven track record delivering success for RMK’s clients. She built her reputation and success around the ability to see the big picture while focusing on the little details that truly make a difference. She has handled every aspect of event planning and execution from front desk registration to food selection. Her strong background coupled with the knowledge learned from “hands on” experience provide the driving force behind RMK Productions.
Prior to launching RMK Productions, Reggie was Senior Vice President for SpeakerBox PR where she created and managed the company’s marketing/event programs for customers such as the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Arlington Economic Development, and NOVA Medical Group. During her more than eight years with the agency, she advised clients in all areas of their programs including grand openings, corporate parties, annual meetings, and strategic planning retreats.
In addition to her client facing roles at SpeakerBox, Reggie also served as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer overseeing finance, HR and IT systems management. She earned her MA in Public Communications from American University and a BA in Political Science from The Catholic University of America.
Mary Simpkins, Senior Executive
Mary is a catalyst for growth with a track record of success translating market needs into strategies that blend analysis, branding and marketing into cohesive plans that increase engagement and profitability. With more than two decades leading global marketing in the corporate training space she combines a deep knowledge of marketing tech with exceptional insights to build processes and tools that deliver consistent member engagement, new membership growth and enhanced brand equity.
A strong executive leader, Mary is an exceptional bridge builder who believes that success is predicated on creating effective partnerships across teams. Additionally, Mary has launched numerous profitable training programs and was a founding board member of the International Institute of Business Analysis. She is a graduate of Averett University in Virginia and has earned her Master’s Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University.
J. Scott Punk, APR, SCPM, Senior Executive
Scott is a forward-thinking expert in association management, marketing communications/brand strategy and change management. He combines more than a decade of agency/consultancy experience working with associations, established businesses and technology start-ups with an additional decade creating and building go-to-market strategies in the corporate training market. He is a recognized expert in strategy creation and execution, change management, organizational alignment and engagement, marketing automation, and go-to-market strategies that deliver bottom-line results.
As a strategic consultant Scott has worked with more than 50 organizations from start-ups to turn arounds, helping build and execute strategies aligned to the long-term intent of the organizations. A proven leader, Scott consistently succeeds at executing complex programs that demand critical analysis, team alignment, agility and bottom-line results. During his early career he served as Director of Programs and Communications for the National Commission Against Drunk Driving and Director of Media Relations and Publications for the National Mental Health Association.
Scott holds a hybrid master’s that combines social science research with the core of an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a post-graduate certificate from Stanford University in advanced program management. He has also served on the adjunct faculty of American University’s Graduate School of Communications and is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America where he has served multiple terms on the board of directors and led several committees.
Amy Talley, Senior Leader
Amy brings more than 20 years of strategic communications and event planning and execution expertise to the RMK team. She has created several high-impact, national public relations and marketing campaigns. Her combination of PR, marketing and event planning ensures Amy sees association management services from multiple perspectives. This foundation enables her to focus on delivering multi-dimensional programs that raise a client’s visibility, increase event attendance and help define and solidify their market leader position.
By understanding who the target audience is, she thoughtfully develops, executes, and delivers events that create an engaging and meaningful experience for attendees. Amy’s clients include large corporation, volunteer associations as well as non-profits and community groups. Whether it’s managing a brainstorming session for 20 or a multi-day event for 1,000, she is respected for her collaborative approach and logistical expertise.
Amy regularly leads site sourcing, contracting, budget management, on-site services, general registration requirements, event collateral development (i.e. branding material, app and website creation, etc.) and event assessment reporting.
Beth Ellis, Finance Leader
Beth has been working in the finance field for almost three decades. Her experience includes working with large corporations, small and medium-sized non-profits, government contractors and small start-ups. Beth understands that not all minds think in monetary terms. Her straight-forward approach and attention to consistency ensures clarity and clean financials.
Beth holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from James Madison University. Upon graduating, she began work at a small non-profit company as Assistant to the Comptroller where she worked for three years learning the ropes. She then moved on to work at Corporate Headquarters for the former Telecommunications giant MCI, preparing monthly financial reports, and then transitioned into the Marketing branch where she helped plan and budget for various products, including 1-800-COLLECT.
After six years in the corporate world, Beth took time off from outside work to stay home and raise her family of four children. During this time, she volunteered as Treasurer of her children’s elementary school PTA. It is there that she honed her bookkeeping skills. She then secured a position at a small bookkeeping company doing accounting, payroll, and monthly financial reporting for several clients.
Jennifer Colwell, Event Leader
Jennifer’s passion is the magic of logistics. She intuitively knows how plans and processes can be used to unlock the potential of volunteers, staff and participants while increasing efficiencies to deliver a seamless experience for attendees and sponsors.
With more than 20 years of meeting planning, association management and hospitality industry experience, Jennifer’s skills and knowledge help her remain agile and calm under pressure, enabling her to consistently wow clients and their constituents under even the most challenging circumstances. This is why at RMK Jennifer leads eight of our largest events each year including multi-day conferences for hundreds (sometimes thousands) of attendees as well as several gala award and fundraising programs.
Prior to joining RMK, Jennifer served as the Director of Continuing Education and Events at the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) where she handled program planning and management of conferences, as well as continuing medical education (CME) accreditation compliance. Earlier in her career, Jennifer was a project manager for an association management firm and held management positions in operations for the Ritz Carlton. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Julia Nelson, Senior Manager
Julia is a master project and risk manager. With more than 20 years of experience in senior operations roles, Julia can assess a project or event and build out the full project plan including costs, schedule and risks. Julia also has strong communication skills and builds a relationship with her clients and teams to ensure everyone is working effectively and efficiently. These skills allow her to better assess risks, avoid pitfalls, stay on schedule and budget and problem solve quickly. Behind every successfully executed event, project and team is someone like Julia who can orchestrate these critical projects seamlessly.
Prior to joining RMK nearly six years ago, Julia was the Vice President for Mosaic Funds and the Director of Operations for GIT Investment Services, in addition to a volunteer for a long list of personal and professional organizations. Julia graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in General Studies and Humanities.
Amy Steinbicker, Senior Manager
Amy Steinbicker is a creative, decisive and results-driven account manager with expertise in running the day to day operations of small trade associations/foundations. Since joining the RMK Productions Team in 2011, Amy has developed a solid reputation for exhibiting strong communication skills, harvesting attention to detail and offering keen insights into effective association management. Her organizational skills are utilized to help her clients remain on target as they work to achieve desired outcomes.
Prior to joining RMK Productions, Amy was supervisor of the employee assistance program (termed EAS) at US Airways when it was based in Arlington, Virginia. In this role, Amy led headquarters staff, managed contracted services, and directed communications for the efficient delivery of employee assistance services across the corporation. Amy was often called to represent the Human Resources department for participation in special corporate initiatives.
Amy received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 1998 with a focus on social work administration and a concentration in occupational social work. Previously, Amy completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism from Washington and Lee University in 1992. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family, exercising and volunteering to support various church-related ministries.
Jessica Simpkins, Account Manager
Jessica joined RMK as an intern while pursuing her undergraduate degree in marketing in 2013 and immediately established herself as an invaluable member of the team. Today she co-leads major accounts and event planning and production for several clients as well as being the RMK team’s go-to expert for a wide-variety of tech tools and services.
An excellent copy writer, Jessica also brings an innate understanding of content management systems, databases and design software to the table along with strong project management capabilities. Her recent RMK client achievements include the back-end build out of several new websites along with the deployment of multiple plug-ins for event management, membership management and other online tools. This year she is the lead producer for a major awards gala and is working to master budgeting of complex events and venue contract negotiations.
Jessica worked her way through college in sales and front-line retail service positions where she polished her client service skills. She holds a bachelor’s in marketing from George Mason University.
Jennifer Fortney, Manager
Jennifer combines a passion for process improvement and risk mitigation with an extensive background in event production and membership recruitment and retention. This broad skill set delivers the planning structure and attention to detail that consistently exceed RMK clients’ expectations. Her deep experience producing programs targeted to high school and college age students and their parents makes her an ideal leader for RMK clients with youth-focused outreach programs.
Prior to joining RMK, Jennifer spent over a decade working with health care focused national associations before shifting her focus to college age students at the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. During her tenure on the in-house side of association management, Jennifer managed national awareness campaigns, provided direct support to student chapters, led national programs focused on addressing key societal issues and built a scholarship program.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA.
Nicole DeFeo, Account & Event Associate
Nicole joined RMK as an Events and Account Associate this year. She has shown strong attention to detail and eagerness to take on new challenges. Today she provides account and event planning support to several accounts.
Nicole fostered her interest in client services and event management during her undergraduate studies at American University, where she earned a bachelors in Public Relations and Strategic Communications. During her studies, she gained real-world experience during a social media management internship with a tech startup, as well as an assistant account coordinator position at a local marketing, public relations, and advertising agency.