Our Team

The GDA Speakers Team is committed to providing our clients the ultimate speaker experience. Beginning with informative, creative agents to assist with speaker selection, we follow your event every step of the way.

Once you book a speaker, our logistics experts ensure a detailed travel and event itinerary is formulated and adhered to. Down to the accounting and post-event follow up, we want to be your trusted partner. No call or request is too small and we will always be committed to quickly responding to your needs.

Gail Davis

Founder & President

As Founder and President of one of the country’s premier speakers bureaus, Gail Davis makes CEOs, authors, educators, inventors, gurus and inspirational luminaries shine. She helms her namesake bureau, which began as Gail Davis & Associates, and has created a company known for its focus on the client.

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Founder & President

Drusilla Blakey

Operations & Finance Manager

Drusilla Blakey is the Operations & Finance Manager for GDA Speakers.  Drusilla graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and worked in the public accounting industry for over 14 years. Additionally, she worked for 6 years as an International Meeting & Events Organizer and is thrilled to bring that knowledge and experience to the GDA team. Although the saying may be old, Drusilla believes that 'service with a smile' never goes out of style.

Taylor Garner

Vice President Sales

Taylor Garner is a Vice President of Sales for GDA Speakers. With over six years of experience working in events, she takes pride in being a trusted advisor and values the ability to build strong relationships.Taylor graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Communications major and a Sociology minor. She then returned to her hometown of Alexandria, VA where she began her career in the lecture industry Taylor is a huge hockey fan and animal lover. In her free time, when she's not watching or attending Capitals games, she can be found playing with her dog, Roo.

Kathryn McCoy

Account Executive

Kathryn McCoy is an Account Executive at GDA Speakers. Kathryn graduated from Southwestern University with a Communications major and Business minor. Raised in a family of business owners, Kathryn has been exposed to all aspects of a successful business, resulting in experience in sales, marketing, and communicating with clients from a very young age. She also worked in account management, marketing and sales positions during and out of college. Her strong background in marketing, managing, and planning, coupled with her keen attention to detail are all valuable qualities that she brings to the GDA team.

Kristine Dehais

Vice President Sales

Kristine Dehais is a Vice President of Sales for GDA Speakers. Kristine has over three years of experience in the events industry and has served as a knowledgeable and helpful resource to many clients. She is committed to assisting clients create the ultimate experience for their audiences. After graduating from William Paterson University, Kristine moved from New Jersey to pursue her passion to help others at the American Red Cross in Maryland. While maintaining a commitment to helping others, Kristine took her non-profit experience and moved to the Washington Speakers Bureau. Local to Alexandria, Virginia, Kristine can be found at Nats Park or Camden Yards (even though she is a Yankees fan). In her spare time, Kristine and her husband travel the U.S. in search of their new favorite baseball stadium. 

Debbie Barela

Account Executive

Debbie Barela is an Account Executive for GDA Speakers. Debbie has a love for people and a passion for efficiency, which helps her get things done and build collaborative relationships. Utilizing her background with 5 years in the event and speaker industry, along with varied roles within marketing, she is a valuable contributor to the GDA Team. Working alongside that dynamic team, Debbie's goal is to help create an easy, exceptional, and hugely successful experience for each GDA Client, again and again.

Trish Halligan

Speaker Relations Manager & Bureau Liaison

Trish Halligan is Speaker Relations Manager, Bureau Liaison and Contracts Administrator with GDA Speakers. She brings 25 years of experience in event management and program design having been a founding member of two international conference brands for the banknote production and circulation industry. She led or participated in the execution of events in 20 countries plus the U.S., and managed relationships in 14 others involving all aspects of conference/seminar organization and management, agenda development, speaker recruitment, and sponsorship sales. She holds the designation of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) awarded by the Events Industry Council.

Brooke Anderson

Marketing & Operations Coordinator

Brooke Anderson is GDA’s Marketing and Operations Coordinator. Upon graduating with a PR and business degree from The University of Oklahoma, Brooke began her career in sales, working in the medical device industry prior to joining GDA as a Senior Account Manager. In 2021, Brooke used sales experience, organizational skills and creativity and transitioned to the GDA marketing and operations team. Brooke is looking forward to supporting our team, speakers and clients to ensure everything behind the scenes runs smoothly.

Kerris Willett

Event Manager

Kerris Willett is an Event Manager for GDA Speakers. Kerris has extensive experience in the education sector. She is adept at leading teams and tailoring strategies for team growth. Her excellent communication, relationship building and problem solving abilities are essential qualities she brings to GDA Speakers. Kerris earned a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She is goal driven, detail oriented and is here to provide a premier experience for our clients and consistently support the GDA team  

Adrienne Metzig

Executive Assistant / Event Manager

Adrienne Metzig is the Executive Assistant to Gail Davis as well as an Event Manager for GDA Speakers.  Adrienne has a broad set of skills and experience that make her a versatile addition to the team.  Having assisted many high level executives along with managing large events and projects for her own business, Adrienne enjoys tending to the details that help create an experience of lasting impact for others.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Texas Tech University and her Master's Degree from Abilene Christian University.  Adrienne is active in her community, lives in Denver and represents GDA while enjoying the mountain life of Colorado.