Category Archives: Q&As

Interview with Brandy Lewis, CMP

A 10-year industry veteran, Brandy Lewis, CMP work-ed in hotels and in  meeting planning before assuming her position as Director, Business Development for Meeting Logistics Management, an Atlanta-based company that provides meeting logistics services to medical and healthcare professional clients. Q: How many meetings a year does your company handle? A: About 150 on average….

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Interview with Ree Taylor

Ree Taylor, CMP has enjoyed a long career in meeting management, both in California and in Detroit, Mich., where she handled corporate events in the community for The Detroit News before returning to California in 2004 to join Thales Raytheon Systems, a transatlantic joint-venture defense electronics company with offices in Fullerton, Calif. and Paris, France….

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Interview with Marlene Blas, MTA

The Associate Director, Meetings and Events for the California Western School of Law, Marlene Blas is responsible for planning more than a hundred meetings and events each year, including conferences, commencement ceremonies, alumni receptions throughout the U.S. and admissions events at the Supreme Court of the United States. She is also an international speaker on…

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Interview with Michael A. Massari

Then Harrah’s Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment merged in 2005, Michael Massari, then executive director of sales and operations for Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, was promoted to his current position with Las Vegas Meetings by Harrah’s Entertainment. When he took the reins, he consolidated the meeting sales and operations of all six properties in Las…

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Interview with Phil Goodman

Marketing guru Phil Goodman has been involved in advertising and marketing since 1955. He started Western Media Corporation, a media and marketing firm specializing in the hospitality industry, in 1974. During the mid-1980s, he noticed changes in media use and spending patterns—trends that piqued his interest, as they differed from the traditional ones. In 1995…

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Interview with Michael Beardsley

You may know Michael Beardsley already—he’s currently chairman of the Board of Trustees for the MPI Foundation, where he has served as a board member for the past five years. What you may not know is that last month Mike launched Inn Fluent, LLC, a new independent site-selection company, one that redefines the model (innfluent.com)….

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Interview with Lynne Tiras, CMP President, International Meeting Managers, Inc.

As founder and president of International Meeting Managers, Inc. (IMM), a 21-year-old full-service meetings, events, and association management company, Lynne Tiras certainly knows meeting planning from the bottom up. Over her 28 years in the industry, Tiras has tried on a number of different shoes. She is past president of the Houston Chapter of Meeting…

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Interview With Susan Mc Sorley – Director, Convention and Meeting Services, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, located in Rosemont, near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, provides musculoskeletal education to its more than 29,000 domestic and international members. The organization will be celebrating its 75th anniversary next year. Susan McSorley oversees a staff of 14, which is responsible for the AAOS annual meeting including education, logistics, exhibits,…

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