Like any industry, the meetings and events sector continues to evolve, incorporating new tools and technologies to augment the experience. But at the end of the day, the in-person experience—meeting colleagues and clients face-to face—is what transforms an ordinary meeting into a special event.

Smart Meetings is all about helping planners create the best events possible, so we wanted to celebrate what a wonderful job that you—professional planners everywhere—do on behalf of your clients. Thus, our Think Big Meetings contest was born.

We asked planners to tell us about your best meetings (whether you planned or attended them) and to send us pictures of the events to share with our audience. The response was phenomenal, with entries coming in from all over the United States and beyond.

You can see all the entries on our Think Big Meetings Pinterest Board. There were three events in particular that stood out from the pack and took top honors. The winners are as follows:

Think Big Meetings Winners (Planners):

Susan Avery of Andromeda Consultants
Sunshine Baker of Hello! Destination Management
Marie McDaniel of Premier Inc.

Thanks again to everyone who submitted their event pictures and stories. Sharing them has been a pleasure and an honor.  We all know that when you share your stories, you expand your network and get new ideas from others, who are inspired to share their stories too.

To continue learning how the industry is evolving, to discover new destinations, and to develop new industry connections and opportunities, be sure to subscribe to Smart Meetings magazine so you don’t miss a thing. In the meantime, this is not the end of Think Big Meetings. There’s lots more surprises to come in the coming weeks, so keep up with the latest information by searching the #ThinkBigMeetings hashtag on Twitter.