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Who are the Actual Nerds?

It all started in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown as a webinar series where we shared industry news, discussed emerging trends, and connected with friends and colleagues. As we return to in-person meetings, the Actual Nerds continue to explore the state of the industry one piece of tech at a time. Sometimes we engage with Guest Nerds with expertise on a topic. Sometimes we are the Nerds with expertise on a topic. In the end, we try to produce content that’s fun, informative, and an excuse to nerd out.

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The Actual Nerds

Christina Rasco, DES

As President of AMi, Christina is quickly becoming an expert in the Payroll Protection Plan and other small business disaster planning. Other fun, new hobbies include working from home with her new “coworkers” – her husband and two kids.

Jeff Rasco

With 35 years of experience in the meetings industry, Jeff has seen his share of ups and downs. As an event technology speaker and industry leader, he brings a level of unmatched expertise. (He also is well known for his bloody mary mixology.)

Jill Rasco, DES, CITP

Jill is the definition of a lifelong learner. Always excited to learn about new software and technology, over the past months she has spent hundreds of hours advancing her virtual meetings expertise. It would be virtually impossible to attend more virtual meetings about hosting virtual meetings as Jill.


Layton Rasco

With an extensive background attending in-person brunches, Layton hopes to be able to translate that knowledge into the virtual world. As moderator, he will guide conversations about business, virtual events, and life in general amid these unusual times.

Virtual Bouncer

Jennifer Smith

She may look sweet, but she’s quick on the draw. As virtual bouncer, Jennifer handles all the dirty work. She’ll post polls, monitor chats, and keep things orderly. Dogs barking? Mute. Lawn mowing? Mute. Keyboard clacking? Mute. Mute. Mute. Zoombombers? Don’t even try it.