Creating stronger communities through our leading-edge Virtual Event and Member Experience platform for associations and professional organizations.


We are a passionate, global team reinventing virtual event and community experiences.

Forj has a strong history of looking ahead and making a positive impact. The foundation of our technology was developed over the past ten years where it has been used to build and support an online community of HR professionals. Forj was formed in the summer of 2020 to meet the pressing needs of hundreds of associations searching for a solution for their in-person events.  

Inspired by our success in the HR community and in supporting over 150 virtual tradeshows and conferences, Virtual Event Place became Forj. To meet a much larger market opportunity, Forj will offer a broader and bolder vision and value proposition for associations and professional membership groups.

We chose the name Forj because we believe in the power of forging relationships and strengthening bonds between community members in pursuit of a common goal. It’s a name that reflects our commitment to forge ahead and bring innovative solutions to our clients and their communities, as well as their drive to bring people together to bring great value to the world.


Forj is purpose-built for professional communities and associations. We know harnessing the energy and engagement your members feel at annual events (not to mention sustaining it all year long) can be a challenge. With our proven technology, you can create more personalized, enriching virtual event experiences for your member community that fuels interest and connections for the long-term. Forj is experienced in creating engaging, meaningful online events and experiences tailored for:

  • Trade Associations

  • Media and Trade Press

  • Professional Organizations and Membership Groups

  • Higher Education

  • Alumni Associations

  • B2B Client & User Communities

With Forj, every voice is heard, everyone learns, bonds are strengthened and long-lasting relationships are forged.

Kurt Heikkinen

Kurt Heikkinen


Leading with a culture-first approach, Kurt is a highly regarded SaaS CEO with a proven track record for building high growth, innovative companies and technologies to meet the ever-changing needs in the world of work. He also serves on the Board of various early-stage SaaS companies, was previously the CEO at Modern Hire and Montage, and served in executive leadership roles at PeopleSoft, Metavante and Evolve Software.

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Kristen Wright


Kristen is responsible for enabling the growth of Forj through differentiated brand positioning, digital marketing and thought leadership - providing event and community leaders with research, insights and ideas to help them succeed. She brings brand strategy and revenue marketing expertise from large global tech-enabled services and SaaS organizations including Cielo, Pinstripe, Provade and ManpowerGroup. 

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Sue Morton


Sue is a leader in client solutions who ensures our teams go the extra mile to deliver innovative virtual events that produce results for our clients and their event participants. She joined the VEP team after serving as account partner, webcast team manager and client success manager at She was also previously a partner in the Atlanta Pickleball Association and a practice manager at Value Vet Affordable Pet Care and Sugar Hill Animal Hospital.

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Jackie Berdy


Jackie is highly skilled in creating and launching innovative partnership opportunities to generate revenue and meet clients' goals. She previously served as Vice President of Channel Development at Xvoucher, Global Business Development Executive at HR Certification Institute and as a Business Development Advisor for the National Restaurant Association, and AARP.


Mark Unak


Mark is an experienced technology leader with an extensive background in enterprise architecture, cloud computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence.  With a passion for innovation and disrupting complacent markets and traditional processes, he leads the vision and development of our next generation platform for community engagement.  He previously served as CTO of Amdocs, Codifyd, Harqen and Scratch Digital + Data.  

Karl Tiedemann

Karl Tiedemann

Product & UX

Karl is a talented and experienced product and UX designer whose work has been used by millions worldwide for companies including Audi, GM, Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, TATA and Jimmy Johns. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, english and interactive, and he is responsible for designing member-centric experiences for Forj clients.

Gavin Morton

Gavin Morton

Human Resources

Gavin is a senior HR executive with extensive expertise in building talented teams dedicated to organizational and customer success. He has served as head of people & finance operations at, COO at Beaver Paper and Graphic Media and VP of HR at InComm.

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