Category Archives: Q&As

Q&A with Liz Caruso, CEO of Liz King Events and Planning Superhero

Q&A with Liz Caruso, CEO of Liz King Events and Planning Superhero Home: Born in New York, moved to Ohio and then came back Education: Nyack College in New York Career: Founded Liz King Events, Foundher Network, Techsytalk and, now, Techsytalk Tribe Superhero motto: If you think something can be done more efficiently, it probably can….

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Q&A with Mike Mason of etouches

Q&A with Mike Mason, Vice President of Sourcing and Hospitality Solutions, etouches Home: Orlando Education: Central Michigan University Accolades: Named “Visionary” in Smart Meetings 2016 Supplier of the Year Awards Affiliations: Served on ASAE board of directors and was a member of MPI marketing committee Prediction: “I don’t see meetings ever going away.” You have…

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Q&A with Tania Armenta of Visit Albuquerque

Tania Armenta, President and CEO, Visit Albuquerque Education: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a journalism and mass communications, advertising and public relations degree Career: 19 years with Visit Albuquerque Affiliations: US Travel Association-Destinations Council, New Mexico Hospitality Association, Central Region Tourism Board Advice for Event Professionals: Blending unique cultural and outdoor experiences with meetings and…

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Obscurity

Have You Tried Injecting a Little Obscurity in Your Meeting?

Atlas Obscura takes over Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. Photo by Steven Acres. When was the last time you staged a meeting for 1,600 people in a cemetery at night? That is exactly what Atlas Obscura co-founder Dylan Thuras did at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Participants, wielding maps of the 478-acre space, happened upon musical performances, readings,…

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Las Vegas

Q&A with Chris Meyer of Las Vegas CVA

Chris Meyer, vice president of global business sales for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Hometown: Parents were in the U.S. Navy, so bounced around a lot Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas business degree (met his wife, a planner, there) Career: 17 years with LVCVA; previously director of sales and marketing at The Venetian…

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Meet L.A., Virtually (There’s an App for That)

L.A. is so big and soooooo spread out, it can be daunting to get your arms around, let alone do site inspections. Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) knows this. That’s why it recently launched Virtual Discovery L.A., a virtual reality travel platform that provides meeting professionals with immersive 360-degree viewing experiences of…

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Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines Cultivates a Pioneering Spirit

Alaska-Virgin merger expands options for connecting worldwide Alaska Airlines started in 1932, when Linious “Mac” McGee began flying a three-passenger Stinson out of Anchorage. A lot has changed since then. It now serves more than 40 million customers to 119 destinations and five countries. Smart Meetings checked in with Alaska Air Group to find out…

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Four Seasons Founder Isadore Sharp on the Power of Simplicity

Isadore Sharp in 1982, when Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts managed 12 properties Isadore Sharp has built Four Seasons based on one basic principle—the Golden Rule Position: Four Seasons founder and chairman of the board Birthplace: Toronto Education: Bachelor’s degree in architectural technology from Ryerson Institute of Technology in Toronto Family: Wife, Rosalie; three sons;…

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Answers to Your Burning Security Questions

11 questions from Alan Kleinfeld’s Smart Meetings financial and insurance webinar In a world of heightened security awareness, Arrive Management Group’s Alan Kleinfeld found himself answering a lot of event planner questions during the Smart Meetings webinar on Security May 25. While he is not a lawyer or a doctor, he was happy to provide…

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Catherine Simmons: Planner Behind Dreamforce is Living a Dream

Catherine Simmons is thriving in her pivotal role with Dreamforce Born and raised: Durham, England Occupation: Vice President of Strategic Events (Dreamforce) for Salesforce Education: Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Hull in England Family: Ian Cohen, husband; one step-son Quote: “Every Dreamforce event is very different, but everything is always true to the…

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