Michael Slater - President & Founder

Michael's passion for connecting professionals prompted him to start SpeedNetworking.com in 2001 and he never looked back. He has traveled around the world to produce speed networking events for a variety of organizations, including Fortune 500 Companies, top universities & colleges, major trade associations and international networking organizations. As a board member of numerous professional organizations, Michael fully understands the value of networking to build long-lasting relationships and often travels to speak on the importance of networking at different events.

When Michael isn't working, he loves spending time with his wife and 2 kids. As a life-long Chicago Cubs fan, he is optimistic they will win a world series in the next 50 years... we hope! Michael is also a graduate of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.


Sean Gallas - Director of Operations

Sean oversees all day-to-day business operations and provides effective, innovative solutions for all of our clients. He brings a diverse sales & events background to the team and has over 9 years of account management experience. He loves engaging with fellow event professionals to develop a deeper understanding of their objectives and finding a way to make their lives easier.

Sean spends his free time with his wife Brittany & dog-child Sydney, as well as playing golf and supporting his alma mater Indiana University's basketball team. 


Shalom Klein - Event Facilitator & Networking Guru

Shalom has produced hundreds of speed networking events and brings a plethora of event management experience to the team. His extensive background with event facilitation and true passion for networking makes him the ideal event facilitator for our events. He was once dubbed "The Busiest Man In The World" and is actively involved in numerous organizations.


Shannon Kelly - Marketing Specialist

Shannon manages all things marketing and advertising related for Speed Networking. She is increasingly excited about the ways technology and communication are intersecting in the 21st century and is passionate about inspiring action, educating others, and creating connections through digital advertising and social media marketing.                  

In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, running, watching mockumentaries, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.