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.”
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
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.
Today marks the first event PYM has held in Nashville, Tenn. And it’s very exciting. You can follow the conversation about the event by starting at the bottom and reading up. Feature | Block KristiCasey I 2nd that! RT @PYMVanessa: Thank you to all our amazing planners & partners for being a part of the […]
Armed with the belief that “people prefer to do business with others with whom they share social experiences,” Cheryl T. Lawson — aka @PartyAficionado — left the corporate world, where she was a marketing manager who also planned the company’s meetings and events, and struck out on her own. As founder of Party Aficionado, Lawson specializes in events and what she likes to call social marketing. She also teaches social media marketing courses for U.C. Riverside, and meeting and event management for Devry and Riverside Community College. She splits her time between her hometown of Tulsa, Okla., Riverside, Calif., and wherever the work takes her. A self-professed “geek,” Lawson also developed the first Event Planning Tools mobile app for Android smartphones. I first connected with her via Twitter almost a year ago and was very excited to finally meet her in person at the BarkWorld Expo in Atlanta.
Start reading industry blogs, which offer daily musings on different aspects of the meeting and events industry. Don’t know where to start? Why not begin with these 2010 Eventsprofs Blog Award-winners? A special shout-out goes to PYM contributors Erica Prewett and Jeff Hurt for penning the Best Wedding Blog and Best Industry Advancement Blog, respectively. […]