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.
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.
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.
Vice President Sales
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.
Vice President Sales
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.
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.
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 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
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.