Category Archives: Q&As

Like a Boss: Four People Who Started Something

Sometimes event professionals have to create their own path to a better future. Smart Meetings asked a quartet of brave souls who found the right combination of vision, willpower and frustration required to set out on their own to chime in about the definition of leadership in today’s events world.

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Q&A with MTA on the Future of Meetings

For more than 20 years, Miller Tanner Associates (MTA) has specialized in events for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical-device industry. Smart Meetings sat down with two leaders from the team to learn how best to adopt emerging meeting formats for the future.

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Q&A with Juan Vela, VP of Velas Resorts

We spoke to Juan Vela, vice president of Velas Resorts, to talk about how the hospitality fits into today’s fast-paced world, how to make events unique, and why events are so important to the hospitality industry.

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Q&A with David Bruce, Founder of Meeting Planners Unite

Meeting Planners Unite started as a reaction to Marriott International—and two months later, to Hilton Hotels & Resorts—when these hospitality giants cut third-party planner commissions. But it has already become so much more. We caught up with the founder just after he was wrapping up a conference call to ask a few questions, including where the industry goes next.

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She Really Means Business

When IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer saw the results of a survey IMEX conducted with the German magazine tw tagungswirtschaft last year about women in the event industry, she knew she had to do something.

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Las Vegas CVA Advocates for Expansion

Advocacy is a critical role for new Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Hill as he works with a reorganized executive team to manage a major expansion of the Convention Center District.

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Secrets from a Hotel Designer: Q&A with Barbara Best-Santos

Caesars Entertainment is redesigning 10,000 guest rooms in Las Vegas and thousands more in Atlantic City and across the rest of the country. At The Flamingo Las Vegas alone, $90 million is going to make 1,270 rooms glitter and shine like champagne with vibrant hues of gold and bright pops of flamingo pink. We asked Barbara Best-Santos, associate principal at Forrest Perkins, which managed the design of these rooms, how they determined what would greet visitors when they arrive for their next conference.

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