Trace Carson

Trace Carson

President

Expertise: Special Events
Contact Trace
trace@catapult-inc.com
About Trace
Trace received his B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce in 1988 and his MBA, with a concentration in marketing, from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1992. He founded Catapult, Inc. in 2000 and oversees all aspects of client management from administration to strategic planning. Trace works with the NSA-DC and serves as the Executive Director for the WRBA. He is a member of the Virginia Society of Association Executives where he is the lead of the special interest group for Association Management Companies (AMC's). Trace grew up in Arlington, Virginia and has two daughters, Catherine (19) and Nicole (16). His interests center around his daughters, home improvement projects, painting, American and Roman history and yard work.
Favorite Quote
“Energy and persistence alter all things.” — Benjamin Franklin
Favorite Music
Led Zeppelin

Patrick Knightly

Patrick Knightly

Staff Accountant

Expertise: Nonprofit Accounting
Contact Patrick
patrick@catapult-inc.com
About Patrick
Patrick Knightly is an accountant with significant experience in the non-profit sector. He studied Accounting and Finance at Virginia Tech with a minor in political science.  Prior to joining Catapult in 2015, he held positions as an Accounting Consultant, as the Finance Manager of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia, and worked with many federal grants and contracts. He is active in several volunteer and professional organizations, and has served with distinction in several officer positions within those organizations, including roles as local treasurer, local president, local board chair, regional director, and state vice president, state president, state chairman of the board, and national program manager. He is a JCI Certified Trainer and a 2013 graduate of the Sorensen Institute at the University of Virginia’s Political Leadership Program.  He currently serves as the Finance Committee Chairman of the Chesterfield County Community Services Board and as a member of the Camp Baker Management Board.  Patrick manages the accounting functions for all of Catapult’s partner organizations.  He is a big fan of Virginia Tech, and enjoys sailing, team trivia contests, live music, and attending the many festivals in Richmond.
Favorite Quote
"Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages." -George Washington
Favorite Music
From Frank Sinatra to Weird Al Yankovic and just about anything in between.
April Rodgers

April Rodgers

Account Manager

Expertise: Medical / CME
Contact April
april@catapult-inc.com
About April
April attended Virginia Commonwealth University for Business Administration with concentrations in real estate, finance, and insurance while obtaining an Emergency Medical Technician-B certification. Prior to joining Catapult in 2014, she worked in retail banking as a Financial Services Advisor and trainer. April manages Catapult’s Physician Assistant groups including: Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiology (APAC), District of Columbia, Missouri, and Society of PAs in Otorhinolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. April grew up in West Point, Virginia and now lives in Henrico where she enjoys cooking, photography, and working on her cars.
Favorite Quote
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas Edison
Favorite Music
Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin
Nicole Chappell

Nicole Chappell

Assistant Account Manager

Expertise: Membership / Database Management
Contact Nicole
nchappell@catapult-inc.com
About Nicole
Nicole received her B. S. in Humanities Studies from Chowan University in 2009 and her M.S. in Mass Media Arts and Journalism from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Prior to joining Catapult, Nicole worked at a BMW dealership as a Service Assistant where she gained significant experience in customer service. She also has experience in the non-profit sector gained through serving as a Public Relations and Event Coordinator for Promises, a Richmond based non-profit that provides less fortunate girls dresses for prom. She currently serves as an Assistant Account Manager for several Account Managers at Catapult, Inc., primarily in the role of overseeing membership database.
Favorite Quote
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."-Neale Donald Walsch
Favorite Music
R&B/Soul, everything from contemporary R&B to Motown.
Kevin Bayes

Kevin Bayes

Account Manager

Expertise: Meeting Planner
Contact Kevin
kevin@catapult-inc.com
About Kevin
Kevin Bayes holds two Bachelor degrees from Morehead State University - one in Corporate Real Estate and the other in Business Education. Kevin has over 26 years of association management experience and prior to joining Catapult he worked at the American Academy of Physician Assistants and with the Direct Marketing Association. Kevin is also an experienced event and meeting planner. Kevin serves as an account manager for the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Kevin is originally from eastern Kentucky and now lives in North Chesterfield, VA.  He is a big sports enthusiast and loves to cook, paint, and travel.
 Favorite Quote
You Learn Something New Every Day -Anonymous
Favorite Music
Rat Pack and Classical
Mia Galijasevic

Mia Galijasevic

Account Manager

Expertise: Golf Tournament
Contact Mia
mia@catapult-inc.com
About Mia
Mia was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina and moved to the United States in 2000.  She spent ten years in the retail financial sector where she honed her customer service skills.  She excels at generating and maximizing  member involvement within the groups she manages including the Hanover Industrial Air Park Business Association and Greater Richmond Sailing Association.  She has also managed two successful international scientific conferences with attendees from over 40 countries.  Mia’s organization skill set and unique experience enable her to successfully contribute in a variety of roles including financial management, customer relations and web site development.  She is an active member of the Virginia Society of Association Executives and is a Certified Golf Tournament Planner.
Favorite Quote
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” — Og Mandino
Favorite Music
Bosnian Folk Music
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