Leadership

The Access leadership team is what you might expect at one of the most entrepreneurial, innovative event marketing organizations. Dedicated to bringing the best solution for each client in the face-to-face environment, Access has attracted talent from across the spectrum of industry experience, keeping our approach to our work fresh and perceptive.

Access’ leadership is external as well as internal. Access is an industry partner with the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association, supporting one of the most important segments of our client base. Amy Sondrup, president, sits on the board of the Exhibit Designers & Producers Association (EDPAand is also a member of the EXHIBITORLIVE Conference Advisory board. Access leadership also participates in fostering design talent, working with academic programs at both Bemidji State in Minnesota and FIT in New York.

Leadership Team

Mike Yag


Chariman, CEO Read Bio + CONNECT
By merging his interest in architecture and design with his marketing acumen, Michael Yag, CEO and founder of Access, launched a company that started with a regional focus and is now a global force in the exhibit and events industry. Under Mike’s leadership, Access experienced solid organic growth in an era where other companies grew by acquisition. As a result, client and employee retention is the backbone of the company’s success. In addition to being chairman of the Access board, Mike sits on the boards of M²OnStage, Nuvista, and New Jobs for Massachusetts, a non-profit group that is dedicated to keeping jobs—and businesses—in the state.
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Jon Ellms


Vice President, Principal Read Bio + CONNECT
Now in his third decade of helping healthcare exhibitors succeed at convention marketing, Jon Ellms, Vice President, Principal, has managed programs for incubator companies with a single product in clinical trials as well as for industry giants such as Amgen, Novo Nordisk, Celgene and other companies with extensive global reach. A visionary, Jon is the mentor and director of Access’ healthcare practice and has recruited team members who question the status quo, understand challenges before suggesting solutions, and produce results for clients, bringing both strategic and tactical excellence. Considered a thought leader in the healthcare industry, Jon has been an active member of Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Associations (HCEA) for more than 20 years and has often spoken at that association’s Annual Meeting. A graduate of Bucknell University, Jon is a board member and minority shareholder in the company.
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Scott Williams


Senior Vice President, Client Services Read Bio + CONNECT
Scott Williams, Senior Vice President, Client Services, possesses the vision and experience to foster the continued excellence of Access’ client services organization. With an impressive career at major companies in the exhibit industry, Scott has hands on experience with key global accounts and has worked in divisional management, corporate development, operations and production. Before moving to the face to face world, he had an extensive career in finance and operations. He holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, Hartford CT, an advanced graduate business certificate in operations management from Bentley University, Waltham MA, and is a CPA.
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Ken Konicki


Vice President, Finance Read Bio + CONNECT
Ken Konicki, Vice President, Finance, leads the accounting, estimating, purchasing and IT teams at Access. His role encompasses general accounting, financial reporting/analysis, budgeting, project estimating, procurement and IT support. Ken’s background is in accounting and finance, working as controller and director of accounting & reporting for more than two decades in the general merchandise, specialty food, and auto aftermarket wholesale distribution industries. He holds a BA and an MBA from Nichols College in Dudley, MA. Lest you think Ken is just another number cruncher, when he’s not working on the financial statements, he plays bass guitar in a classic rock band.
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Amy Sondrup


President Read Bio + CONNECT
Amy Sondrup is President at Access, where her responsibilities include the day to day oversight of operations, corporate strategy and marketing. She is also a member of the company’s board of directors as well as the board of Nuvista. Amy holds a BA from Westminster College and an MA from the University of Utah. Before joining Access, she taught U.S. History and Western Civilization at Westminster College. Amy is an active HCEA member and sits on the board of Exhibit Designers & Producers Association (EDPA). She lives in Providence, RI with her husband.
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Stephen Ross


Vice President, Creative Read Bio + CONNECT
Stephen Ross, Vice President, Creative, has been generating unique design solutions across industries for more than two decades. His work includes exhibits and experiential marketing as well as point-of-sale material, advertising programs, and consumer product packaging. Stephen has won awards both for graphic and for 3D design, and he has collaborated on innovative brand promotions for companies such as IBM, Motorola, Disney, Eddie Bauer, Jaguar/Land Rover, Bard, Celgene and Genzyme. Stephen holds a BA in graphic design from Bridgewater State University and leads the Access design team in developing creative strategies for clients.
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Doug Liston


Director, Production Read Bio + CONNECT
Doug Liston, Director, Production, has an impressive knack for creating efficiencies at companies that focus on face-to-face marketing. From estimating and project management to construction and client relations, Doug is an expert in the development and application of cost effective policies and procedures, skilled in both management of cross functional teams and incorporating industry best practices in production and operations. He keeps Access’ work on time, on budget and on “client speed,” consistently streamlining processes and communicating effectively throughout the enterprise.
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Jamie Sack


Director, Human Resources Read Bio + CONNECT
Jamie Sack, Director of Human Resources, has worked across a number of industries managing benefit programs, developing policy, recruiting and setting performance standards. She received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University. Jamie holds a JD from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. She is admitted to the bar in New York and New Jersey, where she practiced law before redirecting her career almost 20 years ago to the field of human resources. Jamie is a proud mom to two teenage daughters and a six-toed cat.
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