THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSORED BY...
MPI-NJ 2016/2017 Educational Programs Partners...
VISION 2017: Confront the Future of Meetings
Presented by Brian Stevens, Chairman-Elect, Meeting Professionals International
The meetings industry is an ever-changing arena of learning and engagement, where planners and suppliers alike are clamoring to pursue "The Next Big Thing." We are all forever on the hunt for new ways to make and sell future events that are greater, more influential, and more memorable.
Brian will share his thoughts on a number of topics that influence planning and selling on all levels, including:
And he's taking YOUR questions about the topics that concern/excite you, as well!
Brian D. Stevens joined the Oakland Hilton in 1978 as a sales trainee. Over the following 20 years, Stevens ascended the ranks of Hilton Hotels Corporation. He was Director of Sales at the San Francisco Hilton in 1980. Two years later, he became the company’s Regional Director of Sales. In 1985, he was promoted to Director of Industry Relations, and in 1987 he climbed to Vice President of Sales, which, at 32, made him the youngest officer at HHC at the time. Stevens arrived at his final position at Hilton in 1994, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, which he would hold until his departure from the company in 1998.
Stevens co-founded ConferenceDirect with Brian Richey in 1998 as a full-service meetings solutions company. 17 years later, the company has 325 associates and organizes over 9,000 events a year.
An active volunteer and fundraiser, Stevens has been a member of many industry boards: the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and the PCMA Southwestern Chapter. Stevens is currently on the Executive Committee and board for Meeting Professionals International (MPI). He also served as the chairman of the ASAE Foundation and the PCMA Foundation. He was also on the board for the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD), and, a longtime supporter of his alma mater, Stevens has served on the Saint Mary’s College of California Board of Trustees since 2011.
Over the course of his career, Stevens has received many honors, notably the ASAE Academy of Leaders Award, the Saint Mary’s College of California Alumni Award, the PCMA Distinguished Leader Award, and the PCMA Wizard Award. For his service to a Los Angeles AIDS hospice center, Stevens received the Serra Project’s Compassion Award. In 2007, he was inducted into the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders.
10:00 am - 11:00 pm – Registration and Brunch
11:00 am - 12:00 pm – Speaker Presentation
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm – Chapter Announcements
MPI-NJ Chapter Attendance Policy: All Essential Level members or non-members are limited to no more than two events in one fiscal year and must pay the Essential/Non member rate. MPI Preferred or Premier level members are welcome to attend all chapter events at the member rate.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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