This year’s Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC) in Atlanta took a new approach: a new time of year, a new venue and the theme “Re:Imagine” as a catalyst for fresh ideas and technologies. Organizers of GaMPI’s annual three-day event hosted nearly 400 meeting and event professionals in April, including educators and facilitators new to GaMPI, including […]
Longboat Key, one of the quietest barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico, is just off the coast of Sarasota, Fla. Its 12-mile shoreline, aquamarine water and sandy-white beaches provide a great background for a relaxing and rewarding group experience.
You have your event budget, marketing plan and strategic plan. Then you realize you don’t have enough to incorporate that cool app …
“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” — George Bernard Shaw Conference organizers […]
This year’s Sustainable Meetings Conference convened in Montreal on April 22-25. Part 2 of our report considers “gamification,” the “blink” concept and weavers.
The annual Sustainable Meetings Conference, organized by the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC), convened in Montreal this year on April 22-25. Read Part 1 of our report.
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 […]
At IMEX America, I had the pleasure of attending a keynote delivered by Peter Sheahan, author of the business books “Flip: How to Turn Everything You Know on Its Head-and Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Imaginings,” “Generation Y: Thriving and Surviving With Generation Y at Work,” and “Making It Happen: Turning Good Ideas Into Great Results.” His […]
For those of you who were unable to attend this year’s Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) Sustainable Meetings Conference in Portland, Ore., you really missed a fantastic event. This year’s conference, themed “Game On!”, brought record-high attendance numbers, including over 250 delegates, and for the first time, the conference was available virtually, which attracted over […]
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.”
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.”
Monica Compton, CMP, has been a strategic meeting planner and an event marketing consultant for over 18 years. In addition to owning her own successful, full-service event planning agency, Pinnacle Productions Inc., she is an accomplished journalist for the events industry, and even a contributing writer for Plan Your Meetings. Her extensive travels take her around the globe; so I was privileged to catch her in between her fast-paced – and thrilling – schedule.
Cindy Lo, president of Red Velvet Events, says her mission statement is to “out-plan, outplay and out-party!” And with hundreds of events successfully created in just eight years, she’s put her money where her mouth is. PYM was lucky to catch up with the busy entrepreneur between gigs, as she wrapped up the NACE Experience! Conference (July 25-28) and was on her way to Baltimore, Md., for ISES Eventworld (Aug. 5-7, 2010).
This month presented an incredible opportunity for me to discuss the hospitality industry with an accomplished veteran and true pioneer, Joyce J. Ginsburg. With over 40 years of experience as both a supplier and a professional planner, Joyce’s story is very interesting and compelling. Her dedication and passion for meeting planning is immeasurable. After speaking with her, I realized that in this learn-as-you-go business, it’s oftentimes more about who you know than what you know.
With the recent celebration of Earth Day, I was reminded of the approach many corporations are taking to institute sustainable practices not only into their organization, but also their meetings and events. This month’s profile focuses on a planner who is determined to make a difference. Joe Salazarte is manager of the meeting and event services department for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He is responsible for overseeing the strategic meetings management for all businesses of Cox (Enterprises, Communications, Auto Trader, Cox Media Group and Manheim). Additionally, Joe serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Meeting Industry Council – Atlanta Chapter and the Atlanta’s Table Advisory Board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
eff Rasco, CMP, is a multi-honored, veteran meeting professional with over 25 years of experience. Currently, Jeff is the president of Attendee Management Inc., which provides online registration solutions and housing, as well as travel and e-marketing services. As an educator and speaker on how technology impacts meetings and benefits those who plan and support them, Jeff’s goal is to increase the quality of meetings, and elevate the strategic value of meeting professionals through the intelligent use of technology. This month, I peered into his background and industry insights.
She plans between 45 and 95 meetings a year and loves every minute. This month, I had the pleasure of interviewing Susan M. Fox, CMP, about the value of getting certified, the perks of planning meetings and what she enjoys most about her association with Plan Your Meetings.
Plan Your Meetings’ Lisa Kraus is reporting from the Green Meeting Industry Council’s 2010 Sustainable Meetings Conference, from Feb. 9-11, which we’re very proud to be sponsoring for the second year in a row. Here are her notes from day one: The GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference kicked off today in the beautiful and green city […]
This February, PYM will spend a lot of time in the great state of Texas for our PYM LIVE Dallas & Austin events. I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to a veteran Austin-based planner, Paula J. Rigling, CAE, CMP. Paula is the president of Meeting Planning Professionals, and has focused her business on working with associations, educational groups and pharmaceutical companies. She earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 1994, her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1996, and received the Professional Excellence Award from the Texas Society of Association Executives in 1998.
Kevin R. Johnston, CMP, is a 25-year veteran of the meetings and events industry, and a long-time friend and contributor of Plan Your Meetings content. He frequently contributes articles in our annual publication and writes an online, monthly advice column on venue contracting and procurement. Kevin also speaks at many of the PYM LIVE Events. This month, I wanted to uncover some things that our readers may not have known about Kevin.
The holidays are upon us. This month’s planner profile introduces us to Erica Prewett, a true superwoman of planning social events, as well as a person who keeps the spirit of “giving back” in her heart and mind throughout the year.
Erica Prewett, owner of A Big To Do Event, has been in the business of creating memories through events since 1999. Organizations such as IBM, AmeriCorps, Habitat for Humanity, United Way of Mississippi, as well as individual families, have experienced stress-free social and corporate events because of this “Checklist Queen.”
This month, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking to Marla Watson-Werst, CSEP, the president and creative force behind PeaPod Productions & Smashing Success Events (soon to be known as The PeaPod Group).
After graduating from University of North Texas, she began a career as a helicopter traffic reporter, reporting for some of the best stations in Dallas-Fort Worth. As she grew with the company, she made the transition behind the scenes, as a producer. After several years in radio, she made the move to television, working for KXAS Channel 5, the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate, and then went on to become a reporter/producer for AOL/Time Warner.
Welcome to my new monthly column! Each month I will spotlight a new planner. If you’re interested in being profiled, please contact me at Lisa.Kraus@PlanYourMeetings.com. This month, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking to Kimberly Roberts, CMP, CSEP.