Maritz Global Events and its divisions, Maritz Travel and Experient, celebrated the first-ever Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on April 14 by engaging industry leaders and holding educational activities in our communities.
GMID showcases the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, businesses and communities. GMID marked the expansion of North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID), held in the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Latin America.
In St. Louis, Maritz Travel held a networking breakfast and panel event at Cortex in partnership with MPI St. Louis and Explore St. Louis. Maritz Global Events President David Peckinpaugh kicked off the morning on behalf of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, followed by a panel discussion on The Future of Meetings moderated by Brian Hall, chief marketing officer for Explore St. Louis.
The panel included:
- Greg Bogue, vice president of experience design of Maritz Travel Company
- Travis Sheridan, executive director of the Venture Cafe Foundation
- Matthew Homann, owner and CEO of Filament
- Christine Pink, director of sales, The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis
- Susan Robinson, CMP, Stifel Nicolaus
The Experient team joined with their local community in Cleveland to host an event with PCMA Power Chapter and Meetings Mean Business at the Metropolitan. Mike Burns, senior vice president convention sales and services at Destination Cleveland, shared his experience in helping the city of Cleveland capture the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Experient also participated in events in several other communities, including Cleveland, Ohio; Washington D.C.; Austin, Texas; Kansas; Indiana and St. Louis, Missouri.
Here are some of our favorite quotes from these exciting events:
- “To get a seat at the table, you have to be relevant … to establish buy-in, your goals must align with the mission, goals and vision of the organization you are serving, internal or external.” – Mike Burns. Click here to tweet this.
- “The benefits of conventions, exhibitions and trade shows ripple beyond the walls of the meeting space.” – Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Click here to tweet this.
- “You need to be connected to people and solve problems face-to-face to innovate.” – Matt Homann. Click here to tweet this.
- “Our service culture has always been based on creating experiences. So, to be honest, when the millennials emerged and wanted this local and authentic experience, we got really excited, because that’s what we’ve been doing for years.” – Christine Pink. Click here to tweet this.
- “Let’s all get engaged; let’s get involved, and we can make a difference. One industry. One voice.” – David Peckinpaugh. Click here to tweet this.
- “We used to hold a meeting that you would attend. Then, we started staging experiences, which you participated in, and now we’re starting movements that you join.” – Greg Bogue. Click here to tweet this.
- “We have people who come to Stifel for the first time or they’re a new associate and they say, ‘Wow, I’m really excited that I work for a company like this.’” – Susan Robinson on the impact of her company’s annual event. Click here to tweet this.
- “Create meetings that let people be problem solvers and solution providers.” – Travis Sheridan. Click here to tweet this.
For more information on #GMID16 and pictures and recaps from the events, visit the Meetings Mean Business Coalition’s website: http://meetingsmeanbusiness.com/content/global-meetings-industry-day.