Category Archives: People


Michael Lyons a Man of Many Talents

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After serving as a meetings industry executive, Michael Lyons changes his career focus Michael Lyons has been one of the most visible people in the meetings and hospitality industry for more than 40 years, serving in senior level roles with 12 companies and on several boards. But who would have guessed that his upcoming role will be Speaker…

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Smart Talk: Q&A With Fiona Pelham

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Entrepreneur and sustainability advocate Fiona Pelham will become international chair for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) in January, 2016 How did you become involved in the industry? I have always been involved in events. I was the one who arranged the school fashion show, and was a Girl Scout leader for a long time—we did a…

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Smart Talk: Q&A with Butch Spyridon

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Butch Spyridon is the president and CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. Why is Nashville currently such a hot destination among meeting groups? There has been a concentrated effort to brand Nashville as Music City and improve our facilities over the last 12 to 13 years. The branding has paid huge dividends: The Music…

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5 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: June 10, 2015

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Ashley Ong Ashley Ong has been hired as group sales manager for The Modern Honolulu. Ong was previously a guest experience manager at St. Regis Princeville Resort after completing Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ management training program with the St. Regis brand. She discovered her affinity for sales while working as a temporary sales coordinator at Aulani…

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Ready for PRIME TIME

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Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Vice President Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware College: Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island There’s a responsibility you have to take the lead down the path others want to follow. I don’t take that responsibility lightly. The next 16 months are going to be the most exhilarating and challenging times…

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