In This Issue

Steve Young, Hall of Fame football player, public speaker, and businessman, has paved an astonishing road to success, but it hasn’t always been a smooth one. The legendary athlete (with a law degree), attributes his success to tough lessons learned on and off the gridiron. Learn how hard work and accountability can boost your path to success in our January cover story.

This issue also includes Sports Venues: Score’s in Your Favor. Readers can gain insight into planning a meeting at a sports venue and the transformative effect it has on attendees, igniting a spirit of teamwork and camaraderie.

This edition also highlights a spree of attractions and venues, and the natural beauty planners will enjoy in California, as well as how to get inspired at a mountain meeting.

Smart Meetings is an event planning publication covering meetings, industry news, including expert opinions and interviews, topical articles, coverage of destinations and venues in the U.S and worldwide, and features stories on incentive, corporate, government and association meetings.

Features

Mountain Meetings Take the High Road

Deliver team building with a breath of fresh air It’s hard not to be inspired when you gaze at the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada or the early-morning fog rising…

Nothing Uniform About Sports Venues

Stadiums, ballparks and a raceway where planners can score big points The secret’s out. Meeting planners can score a touchdown, hit a home run or win a race by holding…

Steve Young: Thriving on Challenges

Former 49er has learned hard lessons on his road to success Steve Young has done some remarkable things during his varied career, but hasn’t always had an easy ride. He’s…

In Every Issue

Power Players in the Meetings Industry

Rocking the Meetings Industry Most people know Gregg Herning (pictured) as a sales and marketing heavyweight in the hospitality industry. He is vice president of sales for MGM Grand Hotel…

Event Recap: Doing it Right in Dallas

During Smart Meetings’ one-day event in Dallas, meeting attendees learned about industry topics and trends, networked during one-on-one business appointments and dined on farm-to-table cuisine at The Highland Dallas. The…

Puerto Rico—Food Lover’s Paradise

Groups traveling to Puerto Rico almost invariably come back raving about the large portions of delicious food that they find at virtually every turn. Some popular dishes are mofongo, containing mashed…

Cornerstones to Improve Career & Life

Four basic principles can help drive success The new year is now upon us, so it’s a perfect time to plan ahead to make our careers and personal lives more…

Properties That Complement Their Location and Destinations

Hilton West Palm Beach Florida Palm Beach County Convention Center will finally have the meeting partner it needs when the new $127 million Hilton opens Jan. 27. The hotel and…

The Marriott-Starwood Marriage

Exciting yet challenging times follow $12.2 billion purchase The hottest worldwide news in the hotel industry recently was Marriott International’s $12.2 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in…

Bottom Line: Flight Plan

Strategies for coordinating airlift for meetings and events In an era where meeting and event planners have seen the cost of almost every component of events steadily rise, there is…

Serving Up 2016 Food Trends

For the ninth-straight year, Andrew Freeman & Co., a San Francisco-based boutique hospitality consulting firm, released its list of trends and predictions shaping the restaurant and hotel industries. Before opening…

Mobile Apps to Interact, Engage & Measure

Make mobile apps work for your event In recent years, we have seen the role of technology, particularly the impact of mobile apps and devices, transform people’s abilities to connect…

Smart Style: January 2016

Your resource for trendy treasures and gift ideas Treat attendees and VIPs to unique, thoughtful gifts they will definitely want to take home. Smart Meetings has selected an assortment of…

Achieve Work-Life Balance

How to stay engaged and resilient in today’s workplace The technological revolution has changed the way we work. In the past decade, with smartphones and tablets, we have become full-on…

2016 Meetings Industry Events

When and where to see and be seen The 2016 meetings industry events calendar is so jam-packed it might be hard to decide which shows to attend. With niche-market trade…

Stein Eriksen Changed Skiing and Destination Resorts

“I would like to be remembered as an Olympic and world champion who loved the sport of skiing from childhood on, with good friendships, love for nature and a love…

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