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

Kathryn McCoy

Vice President

Kathryn McCoy is a Vice President for 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.

Debbie Barela

Vice President

Debbie Barela is a Vice President 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

Account Manager & Contract Specialist

Trish Halligan is an Account Manager & Contract Specialist 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.

Kerris Willett

Senior Event and Operations Manager

Kerris Willett is a Senior Event and Operations Manager for GDA Speakers. 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  

Stephanie Rushing

Sales Associate

Stephanie Rushing is a Sales Associate for GDA Speakers. She is organized, detail oriented and appreciates the relationship building process when working with clients.  Stephanie has an extensive background in healthcare and wellness and owned a private practice for 15 years after earning multiple degrees from Texas A&M University and Texas Woman’s University.  Throughout her experiences, she has perfected personal connection while maintaining streamlined service via effective communication, and efficient task completion.

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. 

Drusilla Blakey

Accounting Manager

Drusilla Blakey is the Accounting Manager at 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.

Mikayla Patterson

Marketing Manager / Speaker Relations Coordinator / Bureau Liaison

Mikayla Patterson is the Marketing Manager, Speaker Relations Coordinator, and Bureau Liaison for GDA Speakers. Though she wears multiple hats within her role, her sole goal is to create the ultimate client experience. Graduating from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Mikayla is passionate about channeling her creative expertise and altruism to enable GDA to stand out above the rest.

Taylor Kubin

Senior Sales Executive

Taylor Kubin is a Senior Sales Executive at GDA Speakers. Along with her seven years of experience in a District Sales Manager role, she brings strong problem-solving skills with a personable touch to the GDA team. Taylor graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s Degree and believes working for a small business provides an unmatched bond and sense of collaboration – both with her fellow teammates and clients, alike.