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samantha brown

On the Road with Samantha Brown

Globetrotting Travel Channel host dishes on her favorite destinations. Television personality Samantha Brown racks up some serious frequent flier miles. “I probably have close to a million of them on Delta, and hundreds of thousands of them with United,” she says. It’s part of the benefits of being a host on the Travel Channel network….

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butch spyridon

Smart Talk: Q&A with Butch Spyridon

Butch Spyridon is the president and CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. Why is Nashville currently such a hot destination among meeting groups? There has been a concentrated effort to brand Nashville as Music City and improve our facilities over the last 12 to 13 years. The branding has paid huge dividends: The Music…

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Terri Woodin Webinar: The Three R’s of Meetings

If Terri Woodin wasn’t a hospitality veteran and walking resource for everything from the latest meeting technologies to global hotel sourcing, she’d probably be a teacher or likely a principal by now. As senior director of global meeting services at Meeting Sites Resource, a meetings management solutions organization, Woodin regularly schools event planners on the…

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Ready for PRIME TIME

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Vice President Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware College: Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island There’s a responsibility you have to take the lead down the path others want to follow. I don’t take that responsibility lightly. The next 16 months are going to be the most exhilarating and challenging times…

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Building a Celebrity Brand

Michael Mina discovered early on that he would much rather focus on food and innovative culinary experiences than operate the actual buildings where his restaurants are located. The James Beard award-winning chef admittedly has more passion for seeking out the freshest seasonal produce compared to, say, figuring out ways to pack an eatery for dinner…

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Evangelist Extraordinaire

Guy Kawasaki knows that some meeting planners are flabbergasted to find out he charges upwards of $40,000 for a keynote speech in the United States (even more abroad). “What I tell them is, ‘If that’s shocking, here’s what I’ll do. If I don’t get a standing O, then it’s free. If I do, it’s double,’”…

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