“The New Jersey Water Environment Association has been with Vista Convention Services since the beginning and worked with President Ed King for many years prior to the incorporation of what has become one of the finest services companies in the business. Their expertise, response time, and quality of work makes everyone of our shows a smooth transaction from start to finish. Although there is a one on one relationship with the Vista Account Executive, everyone in the organization is there to help at any time.“

- Jack Lagrosa, Executive Director/Convention Manager N J W E A

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Our Staff

Executive Office New Jersey

Kevin J. King


Kevin has served as President/CEO of Vista Convention Services Inc. & Vista Convention Services South since 2011.  Previously he held roles of Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Director of Sales.  Kevin brings over 30 years of experience to the Trade Show Industry and he believes he has the Finest Team of employees that can produce Trade Shows anywhere in the United States.

Theresa Barretta
Administrative Coordinator


Theresa Barretta joined the Vista Team in 1994 as Sales Coordinator. In 1999, Theresa was promoted to Sales Assistant. She is responsible for preparing and updating all sales material.  She enjoys spending time with her 2 children & relaxing on the beach.



Brian Schoeffel
Account Executive


Brian began his career in the convention market in 1981 as regional sales manager for resorts international. In 1989 Brian joined Bally’s park place as national sales manager until 1994. Brian was recruited by AEX as national sales manager in 1994 he was in that position until 2008 when he joined the team at Vista Convention Services as Account Executive.



Melissa Peticolas
Account Executive

Melissa joined Vista’s Atlantic City office as an Account Executive in 2009.  She is currently responsible for business in the Atlantic City and DC/Baltimore regions.  She graduated from The College of NJ with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  Her career began in Atlantic City as a Special Events Intern at Trump Plaza in 2001.  After which, she spent 6 years at Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI) in their trade show marketing division. Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and sitting on the beach on her spare time.



Ray Nelson
Operations Manager

Ray Nelson started in the trade show business in 1969 as a decorator in the Decorators Local #1447 Union. In 1985, he became a business agent for the Union. Ray is one of the founders of Vista Convention Services in 1993 and currently is Vista's Production Supervisor.

Bob Ardente
Production Supervisor

Bob Ardente has served as a lead Production Supervisor and Liaison to Show Management Groups. Bob is also responsible for the custom building and construction of MIS/AGAM displays. Bob joined Vista Convention Services in 1995.



EJ King

EJ King started with Vista Convention Services in 1993, working in Teamsters Local 331 Union. He was promoted to Manager of Vista's Rug Warehouse and also is responsible for producing some of our largest trade shows.


John Parker

John Parker started with Vista Convention Services in 1995 as Production & Design Supervisor. John specializes in decorating and show floor management.


Ed Ardente
Draftsman / Operations

Ed Ardente started with Vista Convention Services in 2010 as a Draftsman. His role expanded as an asset to Vista with experience as an Operations Supervisor in 2012.  He prides his work with his attention to detail and a sense of satisfaction when the client needs are met to produce a successful event..



Philadelphia Office

Anthony Montanaro
Director of Sales

Anthony joined Vista in 2007, with 20 years of Hospitality/tradeshow experience which prepared him for the ever changing sales and day to day operations in our industry. Now he runs Vista’s Philadelphia office as well as National Sales.



Customer Service

Heather Miller
Customer Service Representative


Heather Miller has 32 years experience in the trade show business starting in 1987 with United exposition. Heather joined Vista convention services in 1993.


Dave Venezia

Dave Venezia started with Vista Convention Services in June 2002 working in our Accounting Department. David also works as Operations Supervisor on some of our larger Trade Shows.


Dana Smith


Dana  joined the Vista Team in 1995, she works in our Accounting and HR Department. Before Vista, Dana worked at The Tropicana Hotel & Casino for 8 years. 
Tuesday May 24, 2022