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.
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.