Every July marks the time when we release the names of our annual Meetings Today Trendsetters, and this year’s list really got me excited, being comprised of industry mov- ers in shakers that may be familiar or unfamiliar to you, but who all contribute in their
own way to the dynamic nature of the meetings profession.
We set a “five-year rule” at the outset to make sure we don’t keep profiling the same folks
every year, even though there are many who contribute so much to the meetings industry that
it would be warranted—and we did make a slight exception last year
for two people, MaryAnne Bobrow and Michael Owen, who were really
ahead of the curve on educating their colleagues about event security,
which turned out to be a very prescient effort.
While we only have room for 20 each year, there are so many more
people who are deserving of being recognized. And while we do our best
to give a shout out to the best and brightest, of course we’re going to leave
out a great many whose contributions should not go unrecognized.
So...please feel free to send me an email at any time throughout the year
with your nomination for a Trendset-
ter, along with a description of how
the meetings in-
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Check out the rest
of the issue for
some great coverage of live events,
such as our Meetings Today LIVE!
MidAmerica hosted-buyer program, held in St. Louis in
May, and MPI WEC, held in Indy in early June.
And while I had a blast in St. Louis meeting and getting
some great intel from a fantastic set of planners, I regret to
say I missed WEC for the first time in many years, having
been on vacation in Paris and Rome. Oh well—c’est la vie!
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