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Julia Markel
Writer, AfWPi Vice President

Julia Markel is co-founder and current Vice-President of the Association for Wedding Professionals, International (the oldest international association that caters to all categories of the wedding industry), and the co-owner – with husband Richard Markel – of MarNel Productions, which has produced Bridal Expo in California since 1985.  She has provided services - and consulting - to wedding professionals for the past 27 years.  Julia has lived in California most of her life, but grew up in Arkansas, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education.  She received her journalism training at California State University, Sacramento.  She has presented wedding marketing seminars in the U.S. and worldwide for the past 18 years.  She is the author of “More than Just a Pretty Booth: The Complete Guide to Get More Bookings from Bridal Shows,” and has written several articles on how to get more business from bridal shows.