PYM Planner Profiles

PYM’s 40+ over 40 list of inspirational, innovative meeting professionals

Innovation doesn’t die once you turn 40. We’ve all read stories about people under the age of 40 who have done great things. That’s awesome, and we should applaud them. But it overlooks the people who have context, background and knowledge of the industry and are still breaking new ground. Who are the meeting professionals over the [...] More

PYM planner profile: D’Arcy Klingle, CMP

D’Arcy Klingle is director of meetings and events at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a nonprofit organization. She’s responsible for planning and executing all special events, including the annual conference, the awards ceremony, board meetings, staff training sessions, and other staff meetings and outings. Before joining the Alliance, D’Arcy worked at The Webster Group [...] More

Social media tips from BarkWorld Expo’s Denise Quashie

PYM’s Sophia Chin was excited to catch up with BarkWorld founder/organizer Denise Quashie at the second annual event for pet bloggers because DQ’s a social media whiz. Check out the tips Denise has for other event organizers on how to drive trade show traffic (@1:20-2:39) and boost attendee/exhibitor networking opportunities (@2:44-4:20). We love you too Denise! (@4:41) For [...] More

PYM planner profile: Patti Shock

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, meeting and convention planning is one of the best careers to be in for the next decade. But finding colleges that offer degrees in meeting, convention or event management is difficult. One of the few colleges that did have a degree program, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, [...] More

PYM planner profile: Linda Elland, CHME

The many accomplishments of Linda Elland, CHME, ought to be chronicled in a book. Her progression from hotel sales to helming an independent planning business is only the latest career development. As she points out: “This industry really starts to own you. It becomes your lifestyle. As an independent planner, I’m not competing for another planner’s job; I just help make it easier.”  More

PYM planner profile: Denise Quashie

I first met Denise Quashie, managing partner of an Atlanta Boutique event planning firm Events By Canvas and CEO of an event specific social media consultancy Socially Planned, via Twitter last summer, just before the first BarkWorld Expo, which she created and planned. We were introduced by a mutual, virtual acquaintance, Cheryl Lawson, who was going to be speaking at the gathering of social media-connected humans and their Twitter-savvy anipals. Since then, I've been following her exploits as she follows one of her passions — educating meeting organizers how to harness the power of social media — and organizes innovative events, such as a special meeting planners' forum at Social Media Atlanta. — Kristi Casey Sanders More

PYM planner profile: Suzan Patrick, CMP

Suzan Patrick, CMP, a professional planner in Denver, Colo., has worked in many realms of meeting and event planning, from corporate sales incentive meetings and the 2008 National Democratic Convention to volunteering for non-profit organizations and everything in between. Recently, she left corporate life to follow her passion as an independent planner with her new company SP Meeting & Event Consultants. I was able to catch her between her many “gigs.” More

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