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by Lanyon Staff July 18, 2014


A Perfect Union: Efficiency and Savings for Meetings. Lanyon StarCite Strategic Meetings Management solution with meetings360TM American Express integration unites all of SEIU’s event data. The online portal centralizes meetings requests from SEIU’s staff, divisions and local union members. Requests go to a team of experts for meeting site selection and and all meeting information is centralized...

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by Kevin Iwamoto May 5, 2014

Your Vote Counts! Nominate Conference® in PCMA’s Convene Magazine “Best of” Issue

Did you get your email from PCMA’s Convene magazine asking you to vote for your favorite meeting technology? PCMA wants your vote for its “Best of” August issue—the magazine’s annual tribute to “the best the meetings industry has to offer.” I got my invitation to submit, and I’m very excited because I’ve got a whole list of favorite things in our industry that I plan to vote for like: best off-site...

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by Kevin Iwamoto April 28, 2014

What Small and Midmarket Companies Want: Control Over Business Travel Costs

Don Munro, a Sr. Content Manager at Lanyon, listened in on BTN's recent webinar, “Small and Midmarket Best Practices.” Here is his account. It was great tuning into Business Travel News’ webinar last week, “Small and Midmarket Best Practices.” It brought to life a lot of what I hear about small and midsize companies: many are using Big Data and travel management best practices to make strides in...

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by Kevin Iwamoto March 5, 2014

ACTIVE Network, Business Solutions + Lanyon = Lanyon

On Feb. 20th, ACTIVE Network made an announcement that the Business Solutions Group of which I am part of would be split off from the rest of ACTIVE and merged with another Vista Equity company, Lanyon. The new combined group will be known as Lanyon. Since that announcement, the industry has been abuzz with chatter via social media, e-mails, news articles, etc. The overall reaction has been...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 5, 2013

SMM Champions Reveal Their Best Practices in a New ACTIVE Network ebook

I’m very proud to announce our new ebook, “SMM Champions: Best Practices for Developing SMM.” This is a great look into the SMM practices of 9 industry thought leaders and practitioners on a variety of strategic meetings management-related topics.  Our new ebook, which we’re unveiling today at the GBTA convention, follows our first book on SMM, “Strategic Meetings Management Handbook: From...

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by Kevin Iwamoto June 5, 2013

Congratulations MeetingsNet 2013 Changemakers!

MeetingsNet magazine has announced its annual list of industry Changemakers--and we'd like to say congratulations to all 20 winners. The Changemakers "have elevated the meetings role beyond logistics, advanced the practice of strategic meetings management, and/or driven sustainable meetings within their organizations," says MeetingsNet. "They are educators and mentors who look beyond their own four...

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by Kevin Iwamoto April 3, 2013

Kudos to Paul Wakelin of IBM for Taking SMMP to China

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the latest issue of MeetingsNet to read about IBM’s success in bringing a strategic meetings management program to China. Paul Wakelin, strategic sourcing specialist with IBM’S Global Travel Council in the U.K., drove the eight-month-long process – and even traveled extensively within China to kick off the program in face-to-face events. MeetingsNet calls him...

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by Kevin Iwamoto March 26, 2013

BABTA Message: SMMPs Make You More Competitive

Susan Dupart, Senior Director, Global Travel, Meetings, Corporate Card & Mobility for McAfee, and I, did a SMMP Case Study for the 100 or so members of the Bay Area Business Travel Association (BABTA) the other night in downtown San Francisco.  I provided an industry and SMMP update and high level overview, and Susan generously provided her “lessons learned” on how she managed to sell establishing...

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by Kevin Iwamoto January 3, 2013

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

What a year! There were so many transitions this year, including StarCite being acquired by ACTIVE Network.  Now that the dust has settled and some of the hard integration work is starting to bear fruit, I’m especially excited by what our customers and prospective clients will experience and discover from our Business Solutions Group in 2013.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the new...

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by Kevin Iwamoto December 17, 2012

SMMP Down Under & There’s No Way To Avoid Paying The Credit Card Piper

G’day mates!  I recently returned from Sydney, Australia, where I conducted a SMMP Workshop session at the first-ever ACTE Australasia Conference.  The conference very successfully drew over 220+ attendees from, not just Australia and New Zealand, but other APAC countries, too.  The audience was keen to hear best practices and updates on the state of the industry, which I gladly provided, but the...

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