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Smart Meetings Partners with HopSkip to Offer Smarter Sourcing

SAUSALITO, Calif., February 7, 2024—Smart Meetings, the leading source for information and inspiration about destinations and venues, has partnered with HopSkip, a platform that empowers meetings and hospitality professionals to streamline the way room blocks and event space are sources and contracted at hotels. The alignment will give meeting professionals easy access to the HopSkip portal through Smart Meetings library of Destination Guides and a special discount on the first year’s subscription.

“Our mission is to elevate events and share innovative ideas. This combines those two things while simplifying the meeting professional’s job,” said JT Long, Smart Meetings vice president and content director.

“We are incredibly excited to join forces with Smart Meetings. This partnership aligns with our mission to empower meeting and event planners to source smarter, not harder. This collaboration allows us to reach a broader audience of meetings and events professionals seeking innovative and efficient solutions for sourcing their events.” Sean Whalin, HopSkip, Co-Founder & CEO.

About HopSkip: HopSkip is a platform that empowers meeting and event professionals to source hotel venues and accommodations smarter, not harder. With an extensive network of over 130,000 hotels worldwide, planners can discover and request proposals efficiently and compare their venue options intelligently so they can source their events confidently.

About Smart Meetings: Sausalito, California-based Smart Meetings is the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals. We inspire our audience of meeting and event professionals to dream big—and create brilliant experiences that delight attendees, achieve desired results, and elevate the impact of the meetings industry. Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital, hosts world-class networking events, produces Knowledge Exchange CEU-accredited webinars, and offers a myriad of digital resources. The publication annually awards the prestigious Smart Stars and Platinum Choice Awards to hospitality companies that meet the publications high standards.

Media Contact:
JT Long
Organization Name: Smart Meetings
Phone Number: 415.339.9355
Email: jtlong@smartmeetings.com

Smart Meetings Founder, CEO, Marin Bright Dies, Leaving Hospitality Legacy

Smart Meetings CEO Marin Bright
Smart Meetings CEO Marin Bright

SAUSALITO, Calif., January 29, 2024It is with great sadness that we announce today that the beloved founder and CEO of Bright Business Media LLC and Smart Meetings, Marin Bright, has passed away. She died Sunday morning following complications from surgery after a fall. 

“This is an extremely sad day personally for all of us at Bright Business Media,” said Luc Troussieux, the company’s President and Marin’s husband of 32 years. “Marin was an innovator in our industry and guided Smart Meetings with passion and innovation. She left us with a vision for Smart Meetings and we are dedicated to fulfilling that vision and continuing what she has put in place for us.”      

 Bright, a hospitality industry veteran for over 40 years, created Smart Meetings in 2002 with the goal of improving the experience of planners and of becoming their number-one source for industry news and information. She pioneered appointment-based hosted buyer events that provided one-on-one meetings with planners and hotel hospitality executives, launched one of the first websites in the meetings industry and the first consumer-style trade publication, Smart Meetings magazine. 

 Marin received industry-wide recognition for her leadership. They include the prestigious WPA Distinction in Leadership Award and two consecutive Folio Top Women in Media Awards as a corporate visionary. Bright has been honored as a Legend in the Northern California chapter of PCMA’s Bay Area Meetings Industry Excellence Awards and named to Eventex’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry. 

Troussieux requested that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a remembrance for Marin do so with a contribution to the SEARCH Foundation, which provides funds for meeting planners in need. The family will be planning a celebration of life. Details will be announced as they are made available.

About Smart Meetings: Sausalito, California-based Smart Meetings is the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals. We inspire our audience of meeting and event professionals to dream big—and create brilliant experiences that delight attendees, achieve desired results, and elevate the impact of the meetings industry. Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital, hosts world-class networking events, produces Smart Chat Live! CEU-accredited webinars, and offers a myriad of digital resources. The publication annually awards the prestigious Smart Stars and Platinum Choice Awards to hospitality companies that meet the publications high standards.

Media Contact:
JT Long
Organization Name: Smart Meetings
Phone Number: 415.339.9355
Email: jtlong@smartmeetings.com

Smart Meetings Uncovers Content Redesign

SAUSALITO, Calif., January 3, 2024Smart Meetings, the leading meetings and events industry publication revealed a redesigned Smart Meetings January Magazine as part of a rebranding that includes new features on the website, a new webinar format and hosted-buyer event elements. The new magazine design is big on showing and gets right to the point so readers can identify the innovations that will make their lives easier and more elegant. The front of the magazine kicks off with quick flashes of brilliance to inspire, tools yto get the job done better and then dives into feature stories with inspiration from Salamander Hotels & Resorts CEO Sheila Johnson, a reader survey outlining how meeting professionals are using AI for events and hospitality industry predictions.

Cover of Smart Meetings January Magazine featuring Sheila Johnson in white jacket in library
Smart Meetings January magazine

“The team has been busy rethinking the best way to curate the inspirational, innovative and empowering nuggets of wisdom that could pave the way to a bright, shiny meetings career for you and more transformational moments for your attendees,” said Smart Meetings CEO Marin Bright.

A focus group of working event producers along with responses to a survey helped shape the new features. On the website, a new Knowledge Exchange: Webinars Reinvented will archive conversations on the most debated topics in the industry with emerging thought leaders and a fun quiz to test visitor knowledge.

Smart Meetings pioneered the event industry hosted-buyer format in the United States and this year’s Extraordinary Experiences in four-star destinations will continue the elegant, boutique approach with a streamlined agenda and an emphasis on creative networking.

Still delivering for you is our acclaimed What One Thing? podcast you are going to want to binge before the month is over. And we are gearing up for the biggest celebration of leaders of the year, the ninth annual Smart Woman Summit. Nominations for Smart Women in Meetings Award 2024 close Jan. 12.

A new tagline captures the inclusive, essential role Smart Meetings would like to play in the community’s personal and professional life: “You belong here.”

“Our commitment to you is that we will bring you innovative ideas, authentic connections and elevated experiences all year long. Your time is valuable and we pledge to help you easily find the clarity wisdom brings so you can thrive in the most exhilarating business on the planet,” said Smart Meetings Vice President and Content Director JT Long.

Smart Meetings Names 21st Annual Platinum Choice Awards Winners

SAUSALITO, Calif., December 1, 2023Smart Meetings, the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals, proudly announces the winners of its 2023 Platinum Choice Awards. Now in its 21st year, the prestigious Platinum Choice Awards have honored the hospitality industry’s top-ranked hotels, venues and destinations every December to provide sourcing decision-makers with a list of partners that deliver the highest standards of overall excellence.

These outstanding performers were nominated and voted on by meeting professionals and judged to be the best-of-the-best.

“These premier hotels, venues and destinations demonstrate their commitment to excellence and continue to raise the bar to an even higher standard. We commend their dedication to serving their customers and the entire meeting professional community,” said Marin Bright, Smart Meetings founder and CEO. “The Platinum Choice winners represent the crème de la crème in today’s hospitality industry, and we encourage our audience of planning professionals to consider these remarkable supplier partners for meeting destinations in the coming year.”

Platinum Choice winners are featured in the December issue of Smart Meetings and will be showcased on the award-winning SmartMeetings.com web site.­

About Smart Meetings: Smart Meetings is the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals. We inspire our audience of meeting and event professionals to dream big—and create brilliant experiences that delight attendees, achieve desired results, and elevate the impact of the meetings industry. Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital, hosts world-class networking events, produces Smart Chat Live! CEU-accredited webinars, and offers a myriad of digital resources. The publication annually awards the prestigious Smart Stars and Platinum Choice Awards to hospitality companies that meet the publications high standards.

 

Media Contact:
JT Long
Organization Name: Smart Meetings
Phone Number: 415.339.9355
Email: jtlong@smartmeetings.com

Smart Meetings Announces 2022 Catalyst Award Winners

Sausalito, California, Nov. 2, 2023 — Smart Meetings, the essential media resource for the event industry, is proud to announce the winners of the 2023 Catalyst Awards. This prestigious honor is the evolution of what was previously known as Supplier of the Year. It singles out the transformational meeting partners who innovate, inspire and get business done.

These 50 leaders in six categories—Fusion Award, Amplitude Prize, Kinetic Award, Joule Award, Momentum Award and Quantum leap Award—were nominated by their peers and chosen based on their responses to questions about their approach to delivering elevated hospitality and their vision for the future.

“These agents of change are helping to bring back the entire industry better,” said Marin Bright, Smart Meetings founder and CEO. Join us in congratulating them and thanking them for all they do to move the industry forward.

The 2022 Catalyst Award winners are featured in the November Smart Meetings magazine. Read their complete stories, including their motivational secrets and the next goal they are pursuing on www.smartmeetings.com

Smart Meetings Wins 2023 APEX Award

SAUSALITO, Calif., Oct. 25, 2023Smart Meetings, the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals, won a 2023 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the category of Climate Change/ Eco-friendly for a story Editor at Large Gary Diedrichs wrote entitled, “You Can Go Net Zero.” The resource-rich piece was the cover story in the January 2023 magazine and featured a QR code to take the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge.

“Sustainability is a core issue for the meetings and events industry and for us as a company. We are always looking for ways to educate and support our community around this imperative and see this award as a vote of confidence in our ability to make a difference,” said Smart Meetings founder and CEO Marin Bright.

About Smart Meetings: Smart Meetings is the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals. We inspire our audience of meeting and event professionals to dream big—and create brilliant experiences that delight attendees, achieve desired results, and elevate the impact of the meetings industry. Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital, hosts world-class networking events, and produces Smart Chat Live! CEU-accredited webinars, and offers a myriad of digital resources. The publication annually awards the prestigious Smart Stars and Platinum Choice Awards to hospitality companies that meet the publication’s high standards.

Smart Meetings Announces 2023 Meeting Professionals of the Year

Sausalito, California (September 1, 2023)–Smart Meetings, the premier media brand and leading choice for news about hospitality trends and meeting design, is delighted to reveal the winners of the 2023 Meeting Professionals of the Year Awards. The annual list singles out the transformational meeting professionals who stepped up to innovate, inspire and get business done.

These 28 pros were nominated by their peers and chosen based on their responses to questions about the types of events they plan and how they have excelled. They even shared their motivational secrets with the Smart Meetings community.

“These models of event innovation and excellence inspire me and I would like to congratulate and thank them for all they do for the industry,” said Marin Bright, Smart Meetings founder and CEO.

Smart Meetings is the leading media company and the most trusted resource for meeting professionals. Offering best-in-class service, Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines, hosts world-class hosted-buyer networking events, provides CEU-accredited webinars, and offers myriad digital resources.

The 2023 Meeting Professionals of the Year winners are featured in the September, 2023Smart Meetings magazine.

For more information, contact jtlong@smartmeetings.com or 415-339-9355.

Smart Meetings Announces 2023 Smart Stars Awards Winners

Sausalito, California (June 1, 2023)–Smart Meetings, the premier media brand and leading choice for meeting professionals, is delighted to reveal the winners of the 2023 Smart Stars Awards. The prestigious awards platform, now in its eleventh year, recognizes meeting planners’ preferences for hotels, resorts, properties, cruise lines, and conference and convention centers worldwide.

Smart Meetings’ audience of meeting professionals hand-selected these properties and destinations in 31 distinguished categories, all critical to the success of their meetings and events. The Smart Stars Awards have gained notoriety as an essential tool for today’s meeting planner community and a valuable resource for venue and destination recommendations.

The winners, outstanding hospitality brands, reflect the highest standards of excellence in service, amenities, and customer satisfaction. Smart Meetings’ Founder and CEO, Marin Bright, expressed, “I’m truly honored to acknowledge and celebrate these spectacular brands that continue to serve our community with unwavering excellence and dedication to their services.”

The 2023 Smart Stars winners will be featured in the June issue of Smart Meetings’ print and digital magazines and showcased on the Smart Meetings website for one year.

Smart Meetings is the leading media company and the most trusted resource for meeting professionals. Offering best-in-class service, Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines, hosts world-class hosted-buyer networking events, provides CEU-accredited webinars, and offers myriad digital resources.

See the winners here.

For more information, contact jtlong@smartmeetings.com or 415-339-9355.

Note to editors: For additional information, please visit Smart Meetings’ website at www.smartmeetings.com.

Smart Meetings Honors the 2023 Smart Women in Meetings Award Winners

Sausalito, California (March 1, 2023)–Smart Meetings, the leading meetings industry publisher and essential resource for event professionals, is proud to announce the winners of the eighth annual Smart Women in Meetings Awards. The Smart Women in Meetings Awards has become an important industry landmark and a cherished achievement for women who are making a significant impact and elevating the meetings industry.

The global meetings business is largely made up of women, but even so, women’s representation in industry leadership roles lags. Smart Meetings, a woman-owned company, aims to empower women and support their professional advancement. This past year, the women honored helped the global meetings industry regain its health and vitality after a long recovery post-Covid. Through this awards program, Smart Meetings recognizes these women at all levels of their careers who inspire us with their aptitude, leadership skills, and dedication to their work in the meetings industry.

The awards highlight the industry’s top female meeting professionals in seven prestigious categories: Hall of Fame, Visionaries, Industry Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Stellar Performers and Rising Stars. These accomplished meetings muses were distinguished by nominations from their industry peers and colleagues and evaluated against hundreds of remarkable, qualified meeting candidates. They earned top honors for their commitment and significant contributions to the meetings industry.

“As the leader of a Woman Owned business under the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the Smart Women in Meetings Awards are at the core of my mission and a driving passion,” said Smart Meetings founder and CEO, Marin Bright. “I am honored to shine a light on the accomplishments of my fellow women in meetings and to celebrate our progress together as one united community, particularly this year as we moved beyond a mutual recovery period to regaining our ability to thrive.”

Read the stories of the Smart Women in Meetings Award winners in the March Smart Meetings magazine.

Smart Women in Meetings Award winners will be featured in the magazine and online and will receive on-stage honors at the Smart Women in Meetings Awards gala at the Smart Woman Summit at the New York Marriott Marquis, in Times Square, NYC on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023.

Everyone in the meetings industry is welcome to attend this educational and professional development conference. The Smart Woman Summit will feature workshops, thought-leading keynote speakers, and dynamic networking opportunities and will culminate with the Smart Women in Meetings Awards gala.

About Smart Meetings:
Smart Meetings is the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals. We inspire our audience of meeting and event professionals to dream big—and create brilliant experiences that delight attendees, achieve desired results and elevate the impact of the meetings industry. We are essential reading for the evolution currently happening all over the globe. Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines 12 times per year, hosts world-class networking events, produces CEU-accredited Smart Chat Live! webinars and offers a myriad of digital resources.

Media Contact:
JT Long
Organization Name: Smart Meetings
Phone Number: 415.339.9355
Email: jtlong@smartmeetings.com

Smart Meetings’ “What One Thing?” Podcast Debuts

Sausalito, California (February 23, 2023) – Smart Meetings Magazine founder Marin Bright has announced the debut of “What One Thing?” a monthly podcast hosted by Bright which is custom-designed to bring meeting planners and suppliers together over the transformational question: “What one thing was a game-changer for you and for your business? What one thing made all the difference?”

“For me, it was creating my business and powering through some major life issues at the same time,” says Bright. In the first episode of the podcast, Bright describes the birth of Smart Meetings events in the same year that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was becoming an adoptive mother: two issues that would challenge anyone on their own, notwithstanding the founding of a business travel venture for a magazine that was already an industry leader.

“For me, the answer was just putting my head down and powering through it all,” says Bright in the podcast’s first episode. “Even during chemo, I just put on my wig and got down to business.”

Every month, What One Thing? will bring the answer to vibrant life through the voices of meeting planners, hoteliers, business leaders, motivational speakers and other people at the heart and soul of the meetings industry who will offer actionable, “aha” moments and fresh ways to approach today’s problems as well as time-tested tactics for reaching your dreams.

Bright has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years—first serving hotels and establishing herself as the top salesperson, then launching nine magazines. In 2002, she started Smart Meetings with the goal of improving the quality of the print and online meeting experience, and becoming meeting planners’ No. 1 resource for industry news and information.

Over the past 21 years, woman-owned Smart Meetings has led the way as an innovator and trailblazer in the MICE industry. Bright pioneered the first one-on-one appointment-based events for hotels and planners, launched one of the first websites in meetings media, and created the first ‘consumeresque’ B-to-B trade publication for meetings. Bright continues to lead the company to expand its offerings and set industry trends.

She has received numerous accolades, including the prestigious WPA Distinction in Leadership Award and two consecutive Folio Top Women in Media Awards as a corporate visionary. Bright has been honored as a Legend in the Northern California chapter of PCMA’s Bay Area Meetings Industry Excellence Awards and named to Eventex’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry.

About Smart Meetings

Smart Meetings and SmartMeetings.com set the standard for the meetings industry. Articles feature the latest in industry trends, corporate event planning and emerging virtual and hybrid technology, as well as personality profiles on industry leaders and updates on the best venues and destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and many other major international destinations. Smart Meetings is committed to providing the meeting planner community with useful information in an accessible, attractive and engaging format.

Smart Meetings Names 20th Annual Platinum Choice Awards Winners

SAUSALITO, Calif., Feb. 22, 2023Smart Meetings, the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals, proudly announces the winners of its 2022 Platinum Choice Awards. Now in its 20th year, the prestigious Platinum Choice Awards honor the hospitality industry’s top-ranked hotels, venues and destinations that deliver the highest standards of overall excellence.

These outstanding performers were nominated and voted on by meeting professionals and judged to be the best-of-the-best.

“These premier hotels, venues and destinations demonstrate their commitment to excellence and continue to raise the bar to an even higher standard. We commend their dedication to serving their customers and the entire meeting professional community,” said Marin Bright, Smart Meetings founder and CEO. “The Platinum Choice winners represent the crème de la crème in today’s hospitality industry, and we encourage our audience of planning professionals to consider these remarkable supplier partners for meeting destinations in the coming year.”

Platinum Choice winners are featured in the December issue of Smart Meetings and will be showcased on the award-winning SmartMeetings.com web site.­

About Smart Meetings: Smart Meetings is the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals. We inspire our audience of meeting and event professionals to dream big—and create brilliant experiences that delight attendees, achieve desired results, and elevate the impact of the meetings industry. Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital, hosts world-class networking events, produces Smart Chat Live! CEU-accredited webinars, and offers a myriad of digital resources. The publication annually awards the prestigious Smart Stars and Platinum Choice Awards to hospitality companies that meet the publications high standards.

 

Media Contact:
JT Long
Organization Name: Smart Meetings
Phone Number: 415.339.9355
Email: jtlong@smartmeetings.com

Marin Bright Named One of Most Influential People in Event Industry by Eventex

Sausalito, California, Dec. 7, 2022 — Smart Meetings founder and CEO Marin Bright was named one of The 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry for 2022 by Eventex, the second time she has received the honor.

Bright is the entrepreneur behind Bright Business media which publishes the award-winning Smart Meetings magazine and the companion news and lifestyle website smartmeetings.com. Combined with social media, the online community totals 145,000 event professionals. Thirteen years ago, she launched Smart Meetings events, which produces regional and national networking forums and Smart Woman Summit, a celebration of the women elevating the entire industry that is now entering its eighth year. As a thought leader in the space, she speaks on best practices and trends in the industry and has contributed articles for LinkedIn.

Bright was previously honored with the San Francisco Bay Area Meetings Industry Excellence Award in the Legend category from the Northern California Chapter of PCMA. She also received back-to-back honors as one of Folio’s Top Women in Media in 2014 and 2105 and was the 2015 recipient of WPA’s Leadership Award.

“This industry is near and ear to my heart and we are all working to move it forward during this pivotal time,” said Bright. “It is an honor to be included on this list with my fellow meeting professionals.”

About Smart Meetings:
Smart Meetings is the leading media company and the most trusted resource for meeting professionals. As the inspiration for meeting professionals everywhere, Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines, hosts elite hosted-buyer networking events, provides CEU-accredited Smart Chat Live! webinars and offers myriad digital resources.

Smart Meetings Announces 2022 Catalyst Award Winners

Sausalito, California, Nov. 3, 2022 — Smart Meetings, the essential media resource for the event industry, is proud to announce the winners of the2022 Catalyst Awards. This prestigious honor is the evolution of what was previously known as Supplier of the Year. It singles out the transformational meeting partners who stepped up during a challenging year to innovate, inspire and get business done.

These 42 leaders in 7 categories—Fusion Award, Amplitude Prize, Kinetic Award, Joule Award, Momentum Award, Quantum leap Award and Rising Stars—were nominated by their peers and chosen based on their responses to questions about their approach to delivering elevated hospitality and their vision for the future.

“These agents of change are helping to bring back the entire industry better,” said Marin Bright, Smart Meetings founder and CEO.

The 2022 Catalyst Award winners are featured in theNovember Smart Meetings magazine.

About Smart Meetings:
Smart Meetings is the leading media company and the most trusted resource for meeting professionals. As the inspiration for meeting professionals everywhere, Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines, hosts elite hosted-buyer networking events, provides CEU-accredited webinars and offers myriad digital resources.

Smart Meetings Announces 2022 Smart Stars Winners

SAUSALITO, Calif., June 30, 2022—Smart Meetings, the essential resource for the event evolution, is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Smart Stars Awards. The prestigious awards platform, now in its eleventh year, celebrates meeting planners’ choices for hotels, resorts, properties, cruise lines, and conference and convention centers worldwide.

Ranked against hundreds of their exceptional peers, these properties and destinations were hand-selected by Smart Meetings’ audience of meeting professionals, in 30 distinguished categories, including Best Hybrid-Ready Venue and Best Protocol Partner. Since its inception, the Smart Stars Awards have gained notoriety as an essential tool for today’s meeting planner community and a valuable resource for those who need recommendations of leading venues and destinations. These remarkable hospitality brands continue to reflect the highest standards of excellence in service, amenities and customer satisfaction.

You can see the full list of winners and descriptions here.

“I’m truly honored to acknowledge and celebrate these spectacular brands that continue to serve our community with unwavering excellence and dedication to their services,” said Marin Bright, Smart Meetings founder and CEO.

The 2022 Smart Stars winners are featured in the July issue of Smart Meetings print and digital magazines and showcased on the Smart Meetings website.

About Smart Meetings:
Smart Meetings is the leading media company and the most trusted resource for meeting professionals. As the inspiration for meeting professionals everywhere,Smart Meetingspublishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines, hosts elite hosted-buyer networking events, provides CEU-accredited webinars and offers myriad digital resources.

Media Contact:
JT Long
Editorial Director
jtlong@smartmeetings.com
415-339-9355

Smart Meetings Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Virtual Event

SAUSALITO, Calif., June 6, 2022—Smart Meetings, the leading meetings industry publisher and essential resource for event professionals, marked 20 years of supporting meeting professionals by publishing educational, empowering and inspiring content now available in print, online at www.smartmeetings.com, in Smart Chat Live! Webinar format and for the last 12 years at exclusive in-person Smart Meetings Experiences.

Founder and CEO Marin Bright marked the occasion by planning a gathering of the dynamic Smart Meetings Community on Allseated’s ExVo platform. The event highlighted creative talents of partners Mixology Mixer, Entire Productions and DJ Logic. And the presents went to the attendees as sponsors donated thousands of dollars in hospitality stays.

The milestone was also an opportunity for Bright to reflect on the state of the industry in a commemorate cover story titled, “A Passion for Innovation” and video interview about lessons learned over two decades. “This is a team effort and the more each one of us knows, the better we all will be at delivering value,” she said.

About Smart Meetings:
Smart Meetings is the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals. We inspire our audience of meeting and event professionals to dream big—and create brilliant experiences that delight attendees, achieve desired results and elevate the impact of the meetings industry. We are essential reading for the evolution currently happening all over the globe. Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines 12 times per year, hosts world-class networking events, produces CEU-accredited Smart Chat Live! webinars and offers a myriad of digital resources, including Smart Sourcing and Smart U.

CONTACT:
JT Long

Editorial Director

editor@smartmeetings.com

Smart Meetings Honors 2022 Smart Women in Meetings Award Winners

SAUSALITO, Calif., February 24, 2022—Smart Meetings, the leading meetings industry publisher and essential resource for event professionals, is proud to announce the winners of the seventh annual Smart Women in Meetings Awards. This prestigious awards program has come to serve as a cherished achievement for women who are making a significant impact and elevating the meetings industry.

The global meetings business is predominantly female, but women’s representation in industry leadership roles lags. Smart Meetings, a woman-owned company, aims to empower women and support their professional advancement. After a particularly stressful year when many women suddenly found the juggling of roles even more difficult these women supported their teams, customers and families. Through this awards program, Smart Meetings recognizes women in all levels of their careers who inspire us with their aptitude, leadership skills and dedication to their work in the meetings industry.

The awards highlight the industry’s top female meeting professionals in seven prestigious categories: Hall of Fame, Visionaries, Industry Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Stellar Performers and Rising Stars. These living muses were distinguished by nominations from their industry peers and colleagues, and evaluated against hundreds of remarkable, qualified meeting candidates. They earned top honors for their commitment and significant contributions to the meetings industry.

“As the leader of a Woman Owned business under the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the Smart Women in Meetings Awards are near and dear to my heart,” said Smart Meetings founder and CEO, Marin Bright. “It’s my honor to shine a light on the accomplishments of my fellow women in meetings and celebrate our progress together as one united community, particularly in this year where we all learned some challenging pandemic lessons.”

Read the stories of the Smart Women in Meetings Award winners in the Feb-March March Smart Meetings Magazine.

Smart Women in Meetings Award winners will be featured in the magazine and online and will receive on-stage honors at the Smart Women in Meetings Awards gala on August 26 at the Smart Woman Summit at Grand Hyatt Nashville.

Everyone in the meetings industry is welcome to attend this educational and professional development conference. The Smart Woman Summit will feature workshops, thought-leading keynote speakers, dynamic networking opportunities and will culminate with the Smart Women in Meetings Awards gala.

About Smart Meetings:
Smart Meetings is the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals. We inspire our audience of meeting and event professionals to dream big—and create brilliant experiences that delight attendees, achieve desired results and elevate the impact of the meetings industry. We are essential reading for the evolution currently happening all over the globe. Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines 12 times per year, hosts world-class networking events, produces CEU-accredited Smart Chat Live! webinars and offers a myriad of digital resources, including Smart Sourcing and Smart U.

CONTACT:
JT Long

Editorial Director

editor@smartmeetings.com

Smart Meetings Honors the 2021 Platinum Choice Awards Winners

SAUSALITO, Calif., December 7, 2021Smart Meetings, the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals, proudly announces the winners of its 2021 Platinum Choice Awards. The Platinum Choice Awards honor the hospitality industry’s top-ranked hotels, venues and destinations that deliver the highest standards of overall excellence.

These outstanding performers were nominated by dedicated industry professionals and received a thoughtful review by the Smart Meetings judges.

“These premier hotels, venues and destinations stepped up during a challenging time and helped to deliver safe, engaging experiences despite uncertainties. We commend their dedication to serving their customers and the entire meeting professional community,” said Marin Bright, Smart Meetings founder and CEO. “We encourage our audience of planning professionals to consider these remarkable supplier partners for meeting destinations as we return to meeting in person in the coming year.”

Platinum Choice winners will be featured in the December issue of Smart Meetings and will be showcased on the award-winning SmartMeetings.com web site.­

About Smart Meetings: Smart Meetings is the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals. We inspire our audience of meeting and event professionals to dream big—and create brilliant experiences that delight attendees, achieve desired results, and elevate the impact of the meetings industry. Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital, hosts world-class networking events, produces CEU-accredited webinars, and offers a myriad of digital resources. The publication annually awards the prestigious Smart Stars and Platinum Choice Awards to hospitality companies that meet the publications high standards.

 

Media Contact:
JT Long
Organization Name: Smart Meetings
Phone Number: 415.339.9355
Email: jtlong@smartmeetings.com


2021 Press Releases

Smart Meetings Announces Winners of 2021 Catalyst Awards
Smart Meetings Wins Distinguished Folio Eddie Award
Smart Meetings Partners with ITS to Help Attendees Save on Travel
Smart Meetings Announces Winners of 2021 Planner of the Year Awards
Smart Meetings Announces Winners of 2021 Smart Stars Awards
Smart Meetings Wins Coveted Maggie Award
Smart Meetings Announces Winners of 2021 Smart Women in Meetings Awards

2020 Press Releases

Smart Meetings Honors the 2020 Platinum Choice Awards Winners
Smart Meetings Wins Six 2020 Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards
Smart Meetings 2020 Planners of the Year Announced
Marin Bright Named One of Most Influential People in Event Industry by Eventex
Smart Meetings Announces Enhanced Hybrid Meeting Coverage with Addition of Event Tech Expert Brandt Krueger
Smart Meetings Launces Smart Sourcing Channel Giving Meetings Industry Virtual Place To Continue Business
Smart Meetings Announces Top Winners In Video Contest
Post-COVID-19 Meeting Industry Vision Survey Finds Continued Focus on Planning for Future
Smart Meetings Announces Winners of 2020 Smart Stars Awards
AllSeated Announces New Physical Distancing Tool to Enable Transtion Back to Meetings
Smart Meetings Launches Smart U Boosting Bright Futures
Smart Meetings Announces Winners of 2020 Smart Women in Meetings Awards

2019 Press Releases

Smart Meetings Honors the 2019 Platinum Choice Awards Winners
Smart Meetings Announces Winners of 2019 Smart Stars Awards
Smart Meetings Wins Maggie Award for Social Media
Smart Meetings Announces Winners of 2019 Smart Women in Meetings Awards

2018 Press Releases

Smart Meetings Congratulates the 2018 Platinum Choice Award Winners
Smart Meetings Announces Winners of 2018 Smart Stars Awards
Smart Meetings Announces 3rd Annual Smart Woman Summit

2017 Press Releases

Smart Meetings Announces 2017 American Global Travel Award Nomination
Smart Meetings Announces 2017 Platinum Choice Awards Winners
Smart Meetings Announces Eddie & Ozzie Win for Site-Sourcing Division, Smart Meetings 360
Smart Meetings Founder Marin Bright Featured in USA Today
Smart Meetings Announces Winners of 2017 Smart Stars Awards
Smart Meetings Announces Nichee Awards Win
Smart Meetings Announces Second Annual Smart Woman Summit
Smart Meetings Announces 2017 Smart Women in Meetings Award Winners

2016 Press Releases

Smart Meetings Announces 2016 Platinum Choice Awards Winners
Smart Meetings Announces 2016 Smart Stars Award Winners
Smart Meetings Announces Eddie & Ozzie Win for Site-Sourcing Division, Smart Meetings 360
Smart Meetings Announces Inaugural Smart Woman Summit
Smart Meetings Hires Vivian Shaw as Director of Global Sourcing
Smart Meetings Hires John DeCesare as Vice President/Group Publisher

2015 Press Releases

Smart Meetings Announces 2015 Smart Stars Award Winners
Marin Bright Selected as Honoree in 2015 Folio Top Women in Media Awards
Get Smarter: Introducing the NEW SmartMeetings.com

2014 Press Releases

Smart Meetings TV Special Features the Winners of the 2014 Smart Stars Awards
2014 Platinum Choice Award Winners Chosen
Marin Bright Selected as an Honoree in 2014 Folio Top Women in Media Awards
Smart Meetings Announces 2014 Smart Stars Award Winners
Smart Meetings Partners with eSpeakers
Smart Meetings 2014 Events Scheduled
Smart Meetings elsewhere on the Web:
– Hundreds of media outlets and journalists viewed the winner’s release and clips from the TV special “Smart Destinations: The Best of 2013.” Major media outlets such as Yahoo, Boston Globe and The Street, along many local television stations and business journals relayed the news across the web.
– “Wyndham Offers Meeting Planners Chance at One Million Rewards Points,” hotel-industry.co.uk, July 7, 2012.
– Meeting planners visit to hear Hawaii’s pitch,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, March 21, 2012.
– “Hawaii woos meeting planners with Smart Meetings event,” Pacific Business News, March 16, 2012.
– “‘Smart Event’ to Sell Hawaii Meetings and Incentives, March 18
– 20,” Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, March 16, 2012.
– “Make it Work : The Zen of Event Planning,” forbes.com, Oct. 27, 2011.
– “Smart Meetings Convenes 25% Growth,” minonline.com, Jan. 12, 2009.