Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

Managing Editor at Smart Meetings
Dan Johnson has worked for Smart Meetings since 2012. He has been a professional writer and editor since 1969, working on newspapers, magazines and books in the United States and Japan. Dan has won many national, regional and local awards for his work. He received a B.A. in psychology from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in Asian and comparative philosophy and religion from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. His interests include exploring the world’s many fascinating cultures, as well as music and sports.

All the Buzz: Industry Leaders on Trade ShowsHotels & Resorts

Trade show floor at AIBTM We talked to four industry leaders for our feature on "Trade Shows in the Balance" in this month's issue of Smart Meetings magazine. For a more in-depth look at what the future may hold, here are their full answers to the questions that we posed. Ray Bloom, chairman of IMEX…

Q&A with Len HersteinQ&As

Len Herstein began his career as a systems consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He quickly realized that he wasn’t cut out for programming computers and soon discovered his true calling—brand management. He completed an MBA program at the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and then served in brand-marketing roles for…

Planning Abroad: Q&A with Ubarak Al NuaimiQ&As

Mubarak Al Nuaimi majored in international business management at California State University, Long Beach and in 2003 began working in international promotions for the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). He then worked for the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cultural Authority (TCA) in the business events department before serving in the international promotions division, first as…

Trade Shows in the BalanceMeeting Planning

After traveling 3,000 miles to a travel-industry trade show, a team of resort employees awaits the arrival of potential customers at their booth, hoping that enough business will be generated to make the trip worthwhile and wondering if they should have opted instead for social-media connections and other modern alternatives to boost their sales. This…

Ethics: Are You Behaving Yourself?Meeting Planning

The more the two people drank, the wilder they became, to the point that they began making out at the hotel bar in full view of everyone. They seemed to be a couple on a hot date, but actually, they were meeting planners who had just met during a FAM visit. This is but one…

Lax Reporting on Sustainability PracticesGreen Meetings

Water consumption is one area that companies often fail to report, according to a new report on sustainability practices, courtesy of wikimedia.org. While sustainability efforts are becoming more widespread among large and small businesses and organizations, fewer than 20 percent of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 companies disclose their performance on a broad range of…

Different Generations, Different Conference Center PreferencesConvention Centers

Courtesy of wikimedia.org Older meeting planners place more importance on having adequate meeting rooms and flexibility of space for conferences than younger planners, who value more the location and appeal of the destinations, according to a recent survey conducted by the International Association of Conference Centers. Results of the survey, “Generational Preferences in Meeting Selection…

What is Advocacy?Hotels & Resorts

Roger Rickard The online Oxford Dictionary defines advocacy simply as “public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy,” but Voices in Advocacy's Roger Rickard provides eight different but related meanings: Arguing in favor of something A positive influence Favorable advancement of a cause Using one’s influence to argue in favor of something…

Well Worth the WaitDestinations

View from Villa Norbu’s Sunrise Terrace When we reported for our evening excursion during a recent FAM visit to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, we were told that our first stop would be a reception at Villa Norbu’s Sunrise Terrace. We hopped on small busses, expecting that we soon would again find ourselves…