MEET OUR TEAM
Maribeth Smith & Associates, Inc. is an event consulting and project management firm that excels in organizational
skills and attention to detail. From fundraising galas to sporting or spectator events to corporate meetings and conventions, we have the skills, experience and community relationships to make your job easier. Our firm can tailor our scope of services to match your specific event needs and budget.
Chairman & CEO
Maribeth started Maribeth Smith & Associates, Inc. in 1991. Maribeth’s strengths include her ability to think globally and strategically, develop and communicate a vision, and leverage partnership avenues to maximize opportunities.
She previously served as Special Events Coordinator for the City of Indianapolis during Mayor William Hudnut’s administration (1983-1989). During that time the concept of developing a Local Organized Committee (LOC) was conceived and implemented to plan numerous successful city-wide events.
While serving as special event coordinator for the City of Indianapolis, Maribeth was offered the opportunity to coordinate the 1991 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis. She was the first woman to serve in this capacity and has since served as executive director of local Final Four efforts in 1997, 2000, and 2006. In 1992, Maribeth started her own event planning firm. Maribeth’s strengths include her ability to think globally and strategically, to develop and communicate a vision, and to leverage partnerships to maximize opportunities. She has a keen sense of detail and sets the highest of expectations. Maribeth currently serves on the boards of the United Way and Goodwill Industries. She is a former executive committee member of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association and Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board. She served as Campaign Chair for the United Way of Central Indiana, helping to raise over $34 million, and served as Chairman of the United Way of Central Indiana board of directors and President of the Junior League of Indianapolis. She previously served as Special Events Coordinator for the City of Indianapolis during Mayor William Hudnut’s administration (1983-1989). During that time the concept of developing a Local Organizing Committee (LOC) was conceived and implemented to plan numerous successful city-wide events. Maribeth enjoys traveling and her eight grandchildren.
Jen Ross Bachman
President & Chief Operating Officer
Jen is originally from Fort Wayne and a graduate of Indiana University. She has been with Maribeth Smith & Associates, Inc. since early 2010. Jen has nearly 20 years of event planning experience in Indianapolis. Her previous stops included Indiana Sports Corporation and the Capital Improvement Board where she was part of the team that built and opened the renowned Lucas Oil Stadium. Jen has been an integral part of several large scale events, conventions and community celebrations. Jen possesses a wealth of hands-on event experience and operations knowledge. Her strengths include production and logistics, creative and strategic thinking, trouble shooting and patience. She is passionate about each and every client and the causes they represent and the constituents they serve. Jen and her husband Brian enjoy spending time with their two little girls and their dog Bogey. She enjoys traveling, dining out, weekends at the lake, visiting family, hanging out in her backyard, and watching Penn State football and IU basketball.
Andretta came to MBSA the summer of 2014 after almost ten years with Indiana Sports Corp in the events department where she was a Director of Events and the Executive Director for the Local Organizing Committee of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. In those years, Andretta also coordinated hospitality and ancillary events, as well as the look and décor, and acted as the hotel liaison. A graduate of North Dakota State University, Andretta graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. She was a member of the North Dakota State track and field team, earning three varsity letters. In her free time, Andretta enjoys most outdoor activities and competes in the Irish sport of hurling with her local Indianapolis club.
Emma McGowan joined the MBSA team in March of 2015. She began as an intern and was later brought on as an Associate. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Biology and Liberal Arts Management. While at IU, Emma found a passion for event planning through her work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington and hasn’t looked back since. Due to her science background Emma brings a methodical approach to events. She enjoys building client relationships, organization, trouble shooting and lists, all of which come in handy when event planning. Emma is a Hoosier through and through, growing up in Carmel, Indiana. She loves to travel, watch live music and spend time with her family and friends.
Maddie Brogan has been with Maribeth Smith & Associates, Inc. since she graduated from Butler University in 2016. She interned for the company starting in August and was brought on as an Associate the following January. At Butler, Maddie received her Bachelor of Science in Dance / Arts Administration.
Before turning to the corporate world, Maddie trained to become a professional ballerina. She performed internationally throughout Poland, Slovakia, The Czech Republic, and Austria and also loved dancing at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis. In 2015, Maddie decided to hang up her pointe shoes and go after the business side of the fine arts. She interned at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Dance Kaleidoscope, and Kids Dance Outreach in development and event planning roles.
After graduation, Maddie was thrilled about the opportunity to dive deeper into an event management career with MBSA. She enjoys building relationships with clients and vendors, developing strategies to meet event goals, and the creative side of branding an event.
Maddie is originally from East Lansing, Michigan. Outside of work, she enjoys cheering on the Michigan State Spartans and the Butler Bulldogs, traveling to new destinations, and spending time with her family and friends.
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Address: 32 East Washington Street, Suite 1000, Indianapolis, IN 46204