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, Manager
Jessica began her professional career at RMK over three years ago as an intern. Today she supports all aspects of RMK client work from event staffing to IT support. A burgeoning copy writer, Jessica brings an innate understanding of content management systems, databases and design software to the table. She complements her skill base with a strong attention to detail.
Jessica’s outstanding client service skills have been honed over the years in sales and front-line retail service positions she held while working her way through college. She holds a bachelor’s in marketing from George Mason University.
Patricia Gill, Manager
Over the past 12 years, Patricia has formed a solid track record in events and non-profits. She maintains a big picture philosophy and is dedicated to helping her clients to minimize costs while making an impact. With a background in theatre, she has perfected her improvisational skills, staying calm under pressure and thinking on her feet. Patricia excels in judicious management of budgets, contract negotiation and getting to yes. She thrives in design and logistics and has a critical eye for detail which allow events to go smoothly from concept to completion. Patricia specializes in customer service that nurtures positive, productive relationships with both clients and suppliers. These attributes contributed to Patricia winning the 2012 Steven Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of the year, in Washington DC.
Prior to joining RMK Productions, Patricia held the title of Director of Events and Catering at the Wink Hotel DC, where she lead the events, catering sales and banquet operations. She spent the previous 5 years in leadership roles at Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic directing the fundraising and logistical efforts for the 16+ annual fundraising events, including galas, golf tournaments and walks, among others. Simultaneously, she spearheaded the corporate and community development efforts and managed local and national partnerships. Before this, Patricia spent 6 years planning events at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, the Park Hyatt Washington and the W Hotel in Washington DC, where her planning portfolio ranged from corporate retreats, multi-day conferences, embassy dinners, political events, fashion shows, private events and weddings.
Patricia holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration from Boston University. When Patricia is not orchestrating events, she can be found on adventures with her husband, two young boys and dog both locally and beyond, capturing images in her travels and experimenting new wines and cuisines.
Brooke Williamson, Account & Event Associate
Brooke began her career at RMK as a post-graduate intern and is now an account manager. She has consistently shown an intense focus on details and has a strong commitment to client service. Brooke thrives on the immediate feedback of creating attendee and client delight at events.
Her interest in all things tech give Brooke the skills to deliver effective communications across platforms as well as leverage the tools to improve overall communications and operational efficiencies. Brooke also enjoys working with social media because of its many opportunities for creativity.
Brooke nurtured her interest in event management during her university studies, where she earned a bachelor’s in event planning and hospitality management from The University of North Carolina, Wilmington. During her studies she gained real-life experience during an event planning internship with a government contracting firm, as well as a half-year management development program with Hilton Hotels. She credits her internships with building the skills and confidence needed to manage difficult customer service issues.