A Little More About Us

Event Planning Concepts was founded based on the premise of providing unparalleled event planning services with the ultimate goal of exceeding all client expectations.  At Event Planning Concepts we deliver turnkey event, meeting, conference and tradeshow services to our clients.  We have assembled a dedicated team of industry experts that have produced events from 10 people to 10,000 people and from the east coast to the west coast and all around the world.  Our knowledge, experience, buying power and negotiating skills benefit our clients no matter the size or the location of the event.  We have developed strong partnerships with the hotel, transportation, audio visual, decorator, electrical, production and other industry suppliers that are integral to the success of each event that we produce.  Our clients benefit from the continuity of having a single point of contact for everyone working on the logistics of their events.


Our staff senior level staff is well versed in the areas government, academia, corporate, association, foundation and private events and is able to exceed expectations by working proactively, effectively and efficiently in order to maximize our client’s budgets.   The staff at Event Planning Concepts provides our clients with comprehensive services, value added solutions, savvy negotiating skills, consistent product quality control and a commitment to total client satisfaction.  Our array of tools, techniques, proprietary contract templates and leveraged buying power help us provide our clients with preferred supplier rates, unmatched benefits, single source contracting and most of all piece of mind that their event will be a success.  At Event Planning Concepts we understand the business of meetings and events.  We provide one stop shopping for event planning services so that our clients can focus on the strategic objectives of their business, causes, missions and organizational goals.  At Event Planning Concepts we manage the entire meeting/event lifecycle.  From conception to execution we have the staff and expertise to handle all the moving parts of your event or only a selection of our services depending upon your requirements.  We are a full-service firm that meets objectives and creates success. 

Senior Level Staff

Derek Jenks, CMP, President & Founder

Derek Jenks is a Certified Meeting Professional with extensive experience in the hospitality management field and also holds a degree in Hospitality Management: Meeting Planning and Organization as well as a degree in Business Management. He has deep knowledge of the meeting planning industry as well as the logistics and execution of exhibitions. He is a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Meeting Planners International (MPI) and the Society of Government Meeting Planners (SGMP).

Derek oversees sales, account management, client services, event logistics and management including vendor and venue contract negotiations, supplier management and onsite management. Prior to Event Planning Concepts, Derek held several senior level operations management positions in event planning firms and large associations in Washington, DC. It was during his tenure in these positions where he produced events for UNITY, Journalists of Color, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence, the US Army Research Laboratory, the Debt Buyers Association International, Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals, World Airline Entertainment Association and Collaborative Communications Group to name a few. He has also worked with CNN, ESPN, ABC, the Office of the President of the United States, Disney, and Sesame Street among other organizations.

Gabi Mahn, CMP, Director of Conventions and Operations

As Director of Conventions and Operations of EPC, Gabi Mahn handles account and client services, business development, as well as event logistics, supplier management, and onsite management. A Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), she has over 16 years of experience planning, managing and successfully executing meetings, conferences, city-wide conventions, and special events for both associations and corporations throughout the United States as well as abroad.  Her talent, dedication and extensive skills have consistently earned her the trust and respect of each of her clients.


Gabi’s resume includes planning events with Disney, Sesame Street and McDonalds, among other organizations.  Prior to coming to EPC, she held a senior level position at a meeting management firm, producing events for several large associations in Washington, DC area, including World Airline Entertainment Association, Collaborative Communications Group, UNITY, Journalists of Color, Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals, National Investment Company Service Association, and Emergency Department Practice Management Association. She also brings to EPC the knowledge and experience of managing a conference center and planning conferences for a FORTUNE 500® company as well staffing and managing catering personnel for such major events as the Super Bowl, U.S. Open, Washington Redskins home games, and big-name concerts.


Gabi earned her master’s at The George Washington University in 2006, where she concentrated her studies in event and meeting management. At the University of Florida, from which she graduated with highest honors, Gabi focused her studies on event planning, advertising and business.

Justine Wood, CMP, Director of Events

Justine Wood, a Certified Meeting Professional in the industry for over 25 years, has a variety of event management experiences.  Her comprehensive knowledge of the best practices in event logistics management drives her to:  ask critical questions of clients to assess their meeting requirements and to understand client strategic objectives; anticipate issues the client may not be aware of that need to be considered; and to make recommendations to increase client satisfaction and success with final meeting arrangements.  Justine excels in collaborative event project management including vendor and venue RFPs, contract negotiations, supplier management, customer service, budget development, speaker and program management, exhibitor and sponsor management, special events, on-site management and post-event analysis to plan the application of new ideas to future events.  From the size and scope of city-wide conventions to small VIP meetings, and an array of venues including hotels and cruise ships, Justine has planned events throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.  Prior to Event Planning Concepts, Justine held senior level conference management positions at medical and professional societies, large trade associations and publishing companies in the Washington, DC area.


Justine is a recipient of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Diamond Award for Convention Management Excellence and has completed the ASAE General Management Certificate and the ASAE Convention Management Certificate.  She has also completed the Philip Crosby Quality Education System which focuses on the principle of “doing it right the first time” (DIRFT).  Justine earned her bachelor of arts degree from George Mason University with a concentration in industrial organizational psychology. 

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Event Planning Concepts

2201 Cooperative Way

Suite #600

Herndon, VA 20171

Office: 703.635.7997

Fax: 703.563.9187

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