PSAV Leadership Team

Mike McIlwain

Chief Executive Officer

Mike McIlwain

Mike McIlwain was appointed PSAV’s Chief Executive Officer in May 2011. He joined PSAV in August 2009 as its Chief Financial Officer, bringing with him more than 20 years of financial and managerial experience.

McIlwain began his career as an accountant with KPMG and later served as Chief Financial Officer of Motor Coach Industries prior to joining PSAV.

McIlwain maintains a commitment to open collaboration among PSAV’s internal stakeholders to meet the company’s purpose to connect and inspire people while delivering strong organic growth. He is an active member of MPI and PCMA, and is a board member of AH&LA. Successful Meetings named him to the 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry List in 2016.

McIlwain was born and raised in Florida. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Mississippi State University and his MBA in tax from the University of Alabama. He was named one of the Top 100 Alumni from MSU School of Business as part of their 100 for 100 celebration in 2016, and was recently named the 2017 MSU Alumni Fellow for the School of Business.

He is involved in the alumni foundation for MSU as well as charitable activities for his church. He enjoys biking, running, reading and traveling with his family. He has been married to his wife, Susan, for 25 years, and they have five children, Allie, Kathryn, Grace, Amelia and Joe Watt.


Ben Erwin

President

Ben Erwin

Ben Erwin was named President of PSAV in October 2018. He oversees global operations as well as finance, IT and product management.

Erwin was hired as PSAV’s Chief Financial Officer in February 2015 and was responsible for global accounting, treasury, financial planning and analysis, tax and product management. He has a proven track record of developing global corporate strategies, leading finance organizations, and building high-performance teams.

Prior to joining PSAV, Erwin served as Chief Financial Officer for TestAmerica Laboratories, where he led all accounting, finance, treasury, information technology and legal functions. Prior to 2011, he served as SVP Corporate Development for Cornell Companies, where he managed corporate strategy, financial planning and analysis, public market capital transactions, and investor relations. He has also held various positions at Enron Corporation and Trilogy Software.

Erwin earned his bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from Wake Forest University.

Outside of work, he dedicates his energy to charter schools in underserved parts of the United States. He enjoys running, traveling, and following the Boston Red Sox. He lives in Chicago’s North Shore area with his wife and two daughters.


Michael Leone

Chief Commercial Officer

Michael Leone

Michael Leone was named Chief Commercial Officer for PSAV in October 2018. He is responsible for the company’s Global Sales and Marketing functions. In this role, he works to streamline these two key areas of the business in order to bring synergy to all brand, promotion, social and customer interactions.

Previously, as PSAV’s Chief Operating Officer, Leone led global operations. He was also responsible for the Sales Effectiveness and Operations teams that directly contribute to in-venue sales opportunities. He brought more than 25 years of leadership experience to PSAV.

Prior to joining PSAV in January 2017, Leone worked as Chief Commercial Officer at KeHE, a $4.5B natural food distributor. He led sales, business development, marketing, supply chain and owned brands. He also spent 13 years with Aramark, starting as VP of Operations for its Conference Center Management division, and during his tenure, progressed through numerous leadership roles, was part of its Executive Leadership Council, and ended his tenure as President, Aramark Healthcare. He also brings hospitality industry knowledge to PSAV having worked as VP, General Manager of Oxford Development, where he oversaw its hotel and convention center portfolio.

Leone earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa.

Leone is an active member of MPI and PCMA, and is a board member of AH&LA. He is also active in his community and serves on the executive council of his church. He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters, Arden and Marin.


Sky Cunningham

Chief Strategic Sales and Innovation Officer

Sky Cunningham

With more than 20 years of event technology and hospitality experience, nearly half that time with PSAV, Sky Cunningham brings a wealth of insight and expertise to his role as Chief Strategic Sales and Innovation Officer.

Cunningham began his career in the audiovisual industry as CFO and President of Bauer Audio Visual before PSAV acquired that company in 1997. At PSAV, he has managed staging, hotel and rental operations where PSAV operates on-site services at more than 1,500 facilities. He has five years of related hospitality experience as the vice president of finance for Pratt Hotel Corporation. Cunningham has a B.S. in Finance and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University.


Carla Carry

Chief Marketing Officer

Carla Carry

Carla Carry joined PSAV in January 2017 as Chief Marketing Officer and is responsible for global brand strategy, marketing, communications and customer insights.

She is a results-oriented marketing and P&L leader with a passion for building brands, identifying market opportunities and driving innovation.

For 15 years Carry grew iconic brands in consumer packaged goods from Pillsbury’s baked goods to Wrigley’s gum.

Prior to joining PSAV, she held leadership roles with DeVry Education Group, a $2B global provider of educational services. As Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Becker Professional Education, part of DeVry Group, she developed the global brand strategy and repositioned Becker from an exam prep provider to a global leader in professional education. Most recently Carry was General Manager at DeVry University with responsibility for $450 million in revenue.

Carry earned an MBA from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University.


Cathie Kozik

Chief Information Officer

Cathie Kozik

Cathie Kozik is a seasoned leader who believes that success comes from delivering strong results with a great team. She has spent her career building high-performing teams in information technology, customer service, and engineering in the telecommunications, public safety and transportation industries. Kozik joined PSAV in January of 2015 as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Senior Vice President. As CIO, she is responsible for ensuring that PSAV has the information solutions needed to improve PSAV’s effectiveness and efficiency in delivering services to our customers around the globe.

Prior to PSAV, Kozik held CIO positions at Hub Group, Motorola, and Tellabs, Inc. In addition she has led Customer Service and Development leadership teams in the Telecommunications industry.

Kozik graduated from Purdue in 1982 with her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, where she has been named a Distinguished Engineering Alumna. She later graduated from University of Chicago in 1987 with her Master of Business Administration. Kozik serves on the board of Northwestern Memorial Health Care (NMHC), one of the nation’s top providers of health care.


Charlie Young

Chief Human Resource Officer

Charlie Young

Charlie Young is responsible for all areas of Human Resources, including recruiting; compensation, benefits and payroll; learning and organizational development; and HR operations.

Young brings a wealth of operational and HR experience to the PSAV family. He has over 20 years of progressive human resources experience, and for the past eight years, served as CHRO of hhgregg. Prior to hhgregg, he held various leadership roles in his 21 years at Sears, working as a store general manager before going into HR. He served as vice president, HR for Sears Retail and vice president, HR Retail Store Operations and Supply Chain before joining hhgregg.

Young was born in Philadelphia and holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Gettysburg College.


Whit Markowitz

Chief Legal Officer

Whit Markowitz

Whit Markowitz joined PSAV in July 2000 and is its chief legal officer, responsible for the legal, compliance, and risk management departments. His areas of emphasis include corporate governance, commercial transactions, corporate finance, labor and employment law.

He has worked in the hospitality and audiovisual sectors since the mid-1990s, including serving as the assistant general counsel for KSL Resorts before joining PSAV. Prior to KSL Resorts, he worked in both the public and private sectors, where he practiced general corporate law, real estate, and land use planning.

Markowitz is a member of the California and Colorado State Bar Associations, with a B.S. in Business and Finance from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from the University of Denver.

I do 12 events a year and PSAV is at all of them. They're always making our events better. Always. It makes our job easier, and that’s what it's all about.

Marin Bright
CEO and Founder
Smart Meetings Magazine