Category Archives: People in the News

Smart Meetings Featured in USA Today

Marin Bright, founder, CEO and editorial director of Smart Meetings, shared her insights on the travel industry with millions of readers June 26 as a featured columnist in Business Travel & Events, a special insert in USA Today’s print and online editions. The article, titled “Your 4-Part Guide to Making Business Travel a Breeze,” covers…

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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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Meetings Industry Collaborates in a Highly Competitive Field

Left to right: Roger Dow, Michael Massari and Michael Dominguez at Global Meetings Industry Day at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey Global Meetings Industry Day unites major players while educating participants Michael Dominguez and Michael Massari are natural rivals. Dominguez, chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International, competes every day for business with Massari,…

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4 Major Industry Players and Moves

Lilly Rocha Lilly Rocha has covered a lot of ground during more than 17 years in global and local event management by helping clients reach their marketing goals. “I’ve traveled all over the globe, everywhere from Europe to Latin America to the Middle East,” Rocha says. “I used to travel a lot, learning the event…

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First Person with Elliott Ferguson of Destination DC

Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC What key features does the city offer to meeting planners and attendees? Today’s meeting planners are looking for a value-added approach to the cities they choose, and D.C. is a place where sectors can thrive, including medical, bio/pharmaceutical, education and technology. D.C. is now considered a hub…

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Meetings Industry Veteran Pens New Book

Even by multihyphenate standards, Michael J. Lyons is an overachiever. As the 40-plus-year meetings industry veteran and Smart Meetings TV host has pursued his passions, his career has expanded into acting, motivational speaking, singing, hosting, and meetings and events consulting. With the Feb. 24 release of his new book, Set Yourself Free: Daydream It…Believe It…Achieve…

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Meetings Industry Veteran Pens New Book

Editor’s note: We’re trying something new! We handpicked a few of our stories from the March issue and decided to give you a sneak peek. You can expect the entire issue online on March 1. Enjoy! Even by multihyphenate standards, Michael J. Lyons is an overachiever. As the 40-plus-year meetings industry veteran and Smart Meetings…

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Power Players: Meeting Professionals Making Strides

The lure of British Columbia is hard to resist. Vancouver, Canada’s West Coast hub, draws visitors from around the world for its pristine beauty, surrounded by coastal mountains overlooking a vast blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Amid its stunning natural setting, Vancouver is one of the most diverse cities in North America, with a…

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Entrepreneur of the Year

Bill Marriott Named 2016 U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young

John Willard “Bill” Marriott, Jr., executive chairman and chairman of the board of Marriott International has been chosen by leading international accounting firm Ernst & Young to receive the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the real estate, hospitality and construction category and the U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Award. Marriott was selected for pursuing business…

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