1201 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
P 202.624.1773   |   F 202.624.1766
info@districtexperience.com



Sharon McKennon
SHARON McKENNON
Co-Owner

With over 35 years of hospitality management experience, Sharon has the core expertise to contribute towards a successful company. Sharon has served in leadership roles in sales and marketing for Westin, Ritz-Carlton, Wyndham and Sheraton Hotels and Resorts. Through her high-level experience with these prominent companies, Sharon has excelled in continually raising the standard for excellence in service.

She believes that the key ingredients of success are attitude, passion, persistence and teamwork. These ideals are infused in everything that District Experience produces, from VIP Board Dinners to tour programs.

Best cultural District experience:
Get an immersive cultural experience by attending a live performance or exposition at one of the many embassies or cultural institutes in DC.



Lori Chalk LORI CHALK
Managing Director

A Washington native, has over 13 years experience in the DMC sector, 9 of which were spent in the DC area. She has a proven track record of building and maintaining excellent client relationships. Lori has been responsible for the life cycle of a wide variety of award-winning special events and meeting spanning from sales, pre-planning, coordinating and negotiating with vendors, logistics, and ensuring that program execution was flawless. In addition, to her hospitality industry experience, she brings with her over a decade of financial and client management skills that gives her a broad base of experience to draw on to be able to be organized, focus on the details, stay within budget all while still being able to create impeccably creative programs for her clients. As Director, Lori works closely with the team to ensure that our clients' expectations are always exceeded.

Have a new culinary District experience:
Try one of DC's many food trucks, and explore the many new restaurants of DC's vibrant dining scene.

 


Lisa WalpLISA ROMANO
Senior Director of Accounts

Lisa joined our team in 2014 with 9 years of hospitality management experience in the District. As a former Senior Conference Services Manager at a luxury downtown DC hotel, Lisa brought with her a wealth of knowledge when it comes to program operations, food & beverage selections, transportation logistics, VIP management and Diplomatic protocol. Over the years she has planned and managed a variety of events such as board meetings, evening galas, multi-day conferences, Head-of-State visits and live media press conferences. Her experience makes her a great asset to the team, and she is enthusiastic about the future of the hospitality industry in the District.

Lisa is actively involved in Meeting Professionals International’s Potomac chapter and is also a passionate golfer and sailor in her free time.

Best way to energize your sightseeing in the District:
Rent a bicycle from Capital Bikeshare and explore the monuments and memorials of the city and beautiful parkways of Northern Virginia at your own pace.


Emilie JacksonEMILIE JACKSON
Account Manager

Events are engrained into Emilie’s very fabric, born to a caterer who got her start cooking for Bruce Springsteen and the former manager of Lollapalooza, this industry is home for Emilie. She has over 13 years of experience in hospitality, operating events as intimate as three person luncheons in the private dining rooms of the Supreme Court for the late Justice Antonin Scalia; to multisensory exhibit openings for hundreds of attendees at the Smithsonian Institutes. Emilie brings a high level of expertise to logistics and building trust with clients by providing consistency and clarity to their programs.

Emilie is deeply rooted in the Washington, DC Metro area. Born in Arlington and raised in Alexandria, she is proud to be a lifelong native. While there are many amazing places to live in the world, Emilie feels incredibly lucky to have the Nation’s Capital as her hometown and enjoys touring the city as much as the tourists do! In her spare time, Emilie is a dedicated athlete and admirer of architecture, music, and philosophy.

Best Kept Washington Secret:
Hillwood Estate, home to the late Marjorie Merriweather Post is a true gem of the city, it boasts 13 acres of gardens and two Fabergé eggs. As a member, I love sipping coffee while sitting amongst its blooms on the weekends (but you don’t have to be a member to visit!)




1201 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001     P 202.624.1773     F 202.624.1766     info@districtexperience.com
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