Sightings: MEET National 2016
Questex Travel Group recently hosted MEET National at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event, which opened Wednesday, September 7, brought together meeting and event planning professionals with 120 leading suppliers representing hotels, resorts, meeting venues, convention and visitors bureaus, technology, event services and promotional & marketing products.
Here’s a look at the event:
|Garland Preddy, SGMP (left)|
|Linda Erickson, Events DC (right)|
|Plenary session speaker: Michael Cerbelli, CEO and President, Cerbelli Creative|
|Lindsay Probasco, National Sales & Catering Manager, Richard Sandoval Restaurants|
|Keynote speaker Daniel Levine, Founding Director, The Avant-Guide Institute, and Global Trends Expert|
|Questex meetings group director Kirk Lewis|
|Alex Johnson, Crowd Compass|
Also on tap for the event, which targets corporate direct, association and government meeting professionals, were over 20 sessions for CE credits and two keynote addresses. Daniel Levine, founding director, Avant-Guide Institute, presented the first keynote address - Winds of Change: The Reshaping of Business on Wednesday morning at 11:30am and Steve Gilliland, motivational speaker and author presented the second keynote – Making a Difference on Thursday morning at 8:00am. The event closed with an interactive town hall on Thursday afternoon featuring Jack Ferguson, JPF Solutions; Kevin Hinton, Society for Incentive Travel Excellence; Tammy Kockaya, KPMG; Greg Staley, U.S. Travel Association; and moderated by Mike Lyons, Lyons Enterprises.
In addition, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) offered three intensive certificate programs – Meetings Essentials, Health Care Meetings Compliance Certificate, and Going Local, for an additional fee.