Bizzabo’s List of ‘Top Event Profs to Follow’ IDs Who’s Who in Industry

Bizzabo recently published a list of the top 60 event professionals to follow on Twitter based on event coverage and overall digital presence—and we’re happy to see that lots of familiar faces within the Smart Meetings family made the list.

According to Bizzabo contributor Stephanie Schutz, the list was compiled using Klout scores, Moz Page Authority, Twitter follower-to-following ratio and qualifications (i.e. professional role).

To have these individuals recognized by one of the leading event platforms reaffirms that our partners and colleagues are in the know when it comes to meetings, events, trade shows and more. Here are some of the event professionals who made the list who are closely connected to Smart Meetings:

49. Issa Jouaneh

Jouaneh is senior vice president and general manager of American Express Meetings & Events. With a track record of successfully leading global business, he is a respected and trusted leader with broad international experience in global B2B. With an astounding 85,300 Twitter followers, he shares tourism, events/meetings industry, and American Express Meetings & Events updates.

Jouaneh is a meetings expert who regularly contributes to Smart Meetings news. He’s quoted in our August issue about American Express Meetings & Events’ recent medical meetings report. He was also a featured writer in our January issue with a technology column on mobile strategies.

More of his work can be found here:
Smart Talk: Q&A with Issa Jouaneh
Mobile Apps to Interact, Engage & Measure

44. Christy Lamagna CMP, CMM, CTSM

Lamagna was identified as one of the top 25 Smart Women in the meetings industry in our April issue in the Entrepreneurs category for her work launching her own event planning firm, Strategic Meetings and Events, in Greater New York City. We’re thrilled to see her hard work is continuously recognized. Lamagna was also recently featured in an American Express Open business owner spotlight, where she shared her story and experiences as a business owner.

41. Shawna Suckow, CMP

Also named a Smart Woman in the meetings industry in the Industry Leaders category, Shawna Suckow has done it all. She is the founder and chairwoman of Senior Planner Industry Network (SPIN), an organization that works with planners to provide strategic networking and alternative audience-engagement strategies. She’s constantly traveling and speaking just about everywhere. She was a featured keynote at our East National event in Miami in June, and is often a reliable source or even the subject of Smart Meetings articles.

More resources on Suckow:
MPI Recap: Engaging Every Type of Meeting Attendee
Cancel the Keynote, Toss the Agenda: Rise of the Unconference
The Evolving Role of Speakers

21. Dahlia El Gazzar

El Gazzar is a longtime friend of Smart Meetings and valuable resource when it comes to all things tech. She was the founder of The Meeting Pool and has launched her own events agency, DAHLIA+, to create the next generation of the meetings and events industry. She can often be found quoted in tech-centric articles talking about the future of events.

Further reading on El Gazzar:
Tech Center Boosts Hands-On Learning at PMCA Convening Leaders

8. Dan Berger

Dan Berger, founder and CEO of Social Tables, presented very valuable information during MPI World Education Conference earlier this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey. We love the research-backed insights Social Tables is providing to the meetings industry.

More reading on Berger and Social Tables:
Survey Pinpoints Trends Among Modern Meeting Planners
Tech Behind the Scenes: How Technology Enhances Events

5. Corbin Ball

Rightly so, at the top of the list is Ball. With 20 years of experience running global tech meetings at his own tech consulting group, Ball has been named one of “The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry” five times. Ball is a major resource for Smart Meetings, and even hosts webinars on the website.

Watch one of his past Smart Meetings webinars on meeting and trade show automation here.

Additional reading on Ball:
A Discussion with Technology Expert Corbin Ball

30. / 56. Holly Woolard / Loraine Burger

We were thrilled to see that in addition to many of our colleagues and contributors,  two of our own made the list. Coming in at No. 30 and No. 56 are content manager Holly Woolard and content chief Loraine Burger, respectively. Woolard, Burger and the rest of our editorial team are constantly on the road—whether exploring properties on press trips, attending industry trade shows or attending our own Smart Events—to stay in the know about all-things meetings and events and to share what’s new via blogs and social media platforms.


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