Category Archives: People in the News

Michael J. Lyons

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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Michael J. Lyons

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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Patel and Visit California Make History

Sima Patel made history this month when she became the first elected chair of the Visit California board of directors. A recent bill signed by California Governor Jerry Brown has changed the way Visit California leadership is determined, moving away from appointed commissioners to the election of the board chair. Patel had already made an…

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Bill Marriott: Setting the Beat

All photographs courtesy of Marriott International Starwood Purchase is Big, but Just One Highlight of Bill Marriott’s Highly Influential Career Hometown: Washington, DC Occupation: Executive chairman and chairman of the board for Marriott International; served as CEO for 40 years Family: Wife, Donna; four children; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren Education: Bachelor of Science degree in…

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Power Players: Meetings Industry Leaders Giving Back

Kathleen Cochran is one of those admired bosses whose reputation precedes her. The general manager of The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana, has made an exemplary career out of transforming hotels and resorts into thriving pillars of the community. As a result, she’s been named the Top Woman in Business for three years…

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Smart Meetings Wins Big at 2016 Digital Nichee Awards

We’ve done it again! Coming off of two wins for Best eNewsletter and Best Trade Publication (for our October 2015 issue) at the Western Publishers Association’s 2016 Maggie Awards in June, Smart Meetings has racked up two more trophies at the 2016 Digital Nichee Awards, which were announced during the Niche Digital Conference 2016, held…

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Ray Bloom, Chairman and Founder of IMEX Group

Q&A with Ray Bloom, Chairman and Founder of IMEX Group

Ray Bloom and Carina Bauer Hometown: Brighton and Hove, England Career: Built European Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (EIBTM) and Incentive World before selling both to Reed Exhibitions in 1997 and 2000, respectively; served on Meeting Professionals International (MPI) board 1996−2002 and Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE) board 1993−99; received Presidents Award…

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