People & Profiles

  • Can’t we all just get along? APIs, integration and automation for event professionals

    Taking a deep dive into the way we work is the first step in improving our workflows, becoming more productive and ultimately spending less time working. If you’re thinking of taking stock of your productivity, I’ve talked a bit about it here. One of the common threads that people discover when doing this type of self-evaluation is the over reliance on one single application or program, or what I like to call inappropriate multitasking. A good example would be using…

  • Meeting planner profile: Mariella Irivarren, CMP, BMO Financial Group

    Present: BMO Financial Group Past: JPdL Destination Management, Toronto | Acuren Group Inc. Expertise: Corporate events, client seminars and road shows, external client-facing events Specialty: Client-focused corporate events Tell us about yourself I graduated from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs with a major in Communications and a minor in Marketing. Upon returning to Canada I started working as a receptionist while looking for a job in the events industry. During this time I decided to go to George…

  • MPI and GBTA Foundation recognize CMM recipients from Las Vegas 2016 class, accepting applications for Reno/Tahoe program in December

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), recently presented the distinguished Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) to 20 more meeting and travel professionals, bringing the total number of holders to 1,148 worldwide. This class participated in the program held May 6 to 9, 2016, in Las Vegas at the Aria Resort & Casino. “Since its inception three decades ago, the CMM program continues to attract some of…

  • You are the lion: Advice for dealing with stress for event professionals

    We work in an incredibly fast-paced environment, and if we’re being honest, we really just say fast-paced because it sounds a little less scary than terrifying and stressful. Event professionals are almost always up against a deadline, under pressure to outdo their last event and do it all on an ever decreasing budget. This places us under a great deal of stress, both mental and physical. We all know that either kind of stress can have an adverse effect on…

  • PCMA announces proposed 2017 Board Officers and Directors

    The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Nominating Committee met on August 23, in Chicago, IL and reviewed, in detail, a number of stellar nominee applications for the 2017 open board officers and directors positions. After careful due diligence and deliberation, the committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on the 2017 PCMA Board of Directors. According to the PCMA Bylaws, this official announcement of the proposed slate is to be sent to the membership by Oct. 1.…

  • American Express Global Business Travel announces new CEO

    Industry veteran Doug Anderson joins GBT to accelerate next phase of transformational growth American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has announced Doug Anderson joins the company as CEO, effective immediately. With more than 30 years of global management experience, Doug takes the helm of GBT to accelerate the organization’s strong growth trajectory. “Now more than ever, GBT is an innovator in travel management and a company that is forging the way toward a new definition of business travel,” said Doug…

  • Alex Shterenberg named Executive Sous Chef at Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

    Executive Chef Paul Paboudjian of Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel has announced the appointment of Alex Shterenberg as Executive Sous Chef at the hotel. In this position, he will be responsible for overseeing the culinary team including Sous and Banquet Chefs at the 1,372 room hotel located in the heart of downtown Toronto, which offers an amazing 130,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. Chef Shterenberg attended the Culinary Apprentice Advanced program at George Brown College and received his Red…

  • Newton’s laws and you: How to streamline and improve your business processes

    As meeting professionals, our attention is constantly pulled in many directions at once. To deal with this, we develop systems and processes to streamline the way that we work. Familiar patterns and processes make us more agile and efficient. That agility is necessary for us to work at the break-neck pace that we so often do, but it can sometimes come at a cost. Far too often procedures and processes become so familiar that we stop evaluating and improving on…

  • Hiring for success: Important tips for making quality hires

    By Jenny Faucher Making quality hires is crucial to the success of any organization, and missing one step can lead to headaches down the road. Here are some tips to ensure you keep ahead and focused on hiring the best person for your organization. Take your time and cast a wide net Invest time into the process. Start the process with the right mindset, and know that you won’t have someone hired in a few weeks. The process, if done…

  • Succession planning for small organizations on a budget

    Whether you’re working for a small association or startup business, you may be facing some difficult choices (read: limitations) when it comes to financially investing in your organization’s future. However, succession planning is a critical component to any organization and should never go by the wayside. There are a number of ways to invest time and other resources into the sustainability of your organization. One thing to keep in mind as you read through this blog post is that many…

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