About High Five Conference

Where Marketing and Creative Meet

The Triangle is one of the fastest-growing places in the country, recognized in recent years as an emerging innovation hub. For too long, local marketers and creatives needed to seek inspiration in places like Austin, San Francisco, and New York. In 2013, High Five was conceived to offer a conference that celebrated the talent and vibrancy of the Triangle–right here in the Triangle. 


The event is hosted by the AMA Triangle, empowering marketers and creatives to learn and grow through professional development and networking for more than 35 years. Now greater than 700 members strong, AMA Triangle is the largest marketing association between D.C. and Atlanta.

High Five Core Team

Each year High Five Conference is led by a CORE Team of volunteers, since 2014 these folks have brought High Five Conference to life.

Angie Patterson, Annie Pearce, Ashley Nuzum, Austin Henly, Barbara Sharnak, Brian McDonald, Casey Overcash, Catherine Locke, Christie Montague, Danny Rosin, Elizabeth Ruf (2019 Director), Evan Carroll (2014 Director), Gene Pinder, Jennifer Wright, Jessica Zappulla, Josh Vaughan, Karl Sakas (2016 Director), Katie Connors, Kelly Gelinne (2018 Director), Kris Matson, Lars Bredahl, Lauren Godwin, Leah Dorsey Harris (2017 Director), Liz Miller, Mary Beth Munz, Morgan High, Rebecca Horton, Sam Fortenbery, Stan Phelps (2015 Director) and Ted Seward, Terry Beal, Tim Rosenberg, Tracy Russell-Beck, Victoria Centeno, and Will Hardison.

High Five 2017 Core Team

Founding Team

High Five Conference would not exist without a dedicated team of volunteers who came together in 2013 to create a different conference experience in the Triangle. Join us in giving these folks the highest of high fives.

  • Evan Carroll, Conference Director and 2013-2014 AMA Triangle President-Elect
  • Mihali Stavlas, 2013-2014 AMA Triangle President
  • Stan Phelps, 2013-2014 AMA Triangle Director of Special Events
  • Claire Hovis, 2013-2014 AMA Triangle Vice President of Programming

Creative Partners

The High Five Conference visual identity is more than just a logo to us–it’s a symbol of true collaboration and success between marketers and creatives. As such, High Five owes credit to the amazing designers and agencies who contributed to the creation and development of our now iconic brand.

  • Michelle Petrie of Petrie Creative, High Five Brand and Logo Development
  • Mihali Stavlas of Mellonaid, Creative Support 2014-2016
  • Christie Montague of Christie Montague Design, Creative Director 2015
  • Joshua Vaughan of Blue Barn Design Co., Creative Director 2016-2018

Production Partners

A production at the scale and complexity of High Five Conference requires the right set of production partners. We’ve worked with the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel and Scott Brown Media Group since 2014. In 2016, we added Attended Events to the mix as our conference production team.