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by Kevin Iwamoto November 17, 2014

Congratulations Carolyn Pund - PCMA’s 2014 Distinguished Meeting Professional of the Year

It’s always great when you are recognized by the media or the industry for work that you do.  It’s a sense of validation unlike no other.  Believe me, it never gets old nor does one ever lose their sense of excitement and accomplishment.  This validation is even better when a close friend and someone you respect and admire receives well-deserved industry recognition.  A very dear friend of mine, ...

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by Kevin Iwamoto November 12, 2014

MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014

If you happen to be in Singapore this week, I will be a featured speaker at The MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014.  For two days (November 13th and 14th), the conference brings together Asia’s leading Meetings, Conference, Exhibition, and Events organizers to meet and network with the region’s leading hotels, venues, and event suppliers.  Lanyon is a proud sponsor of this large conference, where...

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by Lanyon Staff November 11, 2014

Lanyon Providing Unilever With Meetings Technology Solutions

Lanyon SMART Events™ Cloud, the Key to Reducing Costs, Increasing Efficiency of Global Meetings Program for Top-Tier Consumer Goods Company DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Nov 11, 2014) -  Meetings, events, and travel software leader Lanyon today announced a major agreement with Unilever to increase efficiency, lower risks and reduce expenses for the international consumer goods company's global...

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by Kevin Iwamoto November 5, 2014

Is Your SMMP Really Strategic?

My friend and leading SMM consultant, Shimon Avish, wrote an interesting article for MeetingsNet recently called “Let’s Take the 'Strategic' Out of Strategic Meetings Management”. He raised some interesting commentary about how strategy seems to be missing from most corporate SMMPs.  I couldn’t agree more!  Most companies who oversee the SMMP tend to focus more on the tactical elements of the...

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by Kevin Iwamoto October 8, 2014

Hotel Industry Numbers Up - So is Pressure to Control Costs

Good news for the hotel industry! The average daily rate (ADR) at U.S. hotels in August increased 5.4 percent year over year to $118.49. This is the highest monthly percentage increase since January 2008. Also in August, occupancy increased year over year by 3.8 percent to 71.6 percent. ADR increased in all of the top 25 U.S. markets and was up by double-digit percentages in seven of those...

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by Kevin Iwamoto October 2, 2014

Betsy Bondurant - SMM Pioneer

SMM Pioneer Betsy Bondurant Asks:  “Why don't more meeting managers turn their data into intelligence?”   Many of you in the industry know my good friend Betsy Bondurant, President of Bondurant Consulting. Betsy is one of the original pioneers of Strategic Meetings Management and managed one of the first SMM programs in the industry while she was with Amgen. Recently, she wrote for MeetingsNet questi...

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by Kevin Iwamoto September 26, 2014

2014 Salary Survey: Meetings & Conventions

Despite being listed as one of the most stressful jobs in the world and heralded as one of the fastest growing areas of employment, meeting/event planners are still underpaid in comparison with comparably stressful jobs. This leads me to believe that meeting and event planning is still not sufficiently appreciated or respected as a profession.   A couple of interesting sound bites from a new study...

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by Kevin Iwamoto September 15, 2014

Mark Your Calendars for a New Lanyon-PCMA Webinar on SMM on September 24

Do you have full visibility into your meetings spend? Can you manage your meetings and events centrally? Do you track your costs for compliance? If your answers to some or all of these questions are “no,” I invite you to spend an hour with me at 2 p.m., ET, on September 24th in a live webcast Lanyon is producing with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) on “How to Initiate a...

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