Meetings Market™ Academy + Exhibition Educates Those who Plan Meetings and Events

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Meetings Market™ Academy + Exhibition is a one-day, high-quality educational, training and exhibition event for anyone involved in planning meetings. Includes multitiered education tracks, seminars featuring several of the industry's leading experts, exclusive face-to-face networking time with meeting and event professionals, and local and national exhibitors offering the latest education, products, services, and venues. Breakfast and lunch included.

Meetings Market Academy + Exhibition ( is a premier series of 17 nationwide one-day educational, training, and networking conferences for people who plan meetings and events.

"Meetings Market Academy + Exhibition educates those involved in planning meetings about how to create compelling meetings that add value to an organization," said Gregg Anderson, group publisher, Meetings Media, producer of Meetings Market Academy + Exhibition and publisher of Meetings East, Meetings MidAmerica, Meetings South, and Meetings West. "It provides a regional forum to educate not only meeting planners but also marketing, human resources, and senior management personnel who are involved in planning meetings and brings suppliers face-to-face with hundreds of these planning professionals."

Visiting seventeen locations in 2007, an efficient exhibition portion will feature a mixture of national and local suppliers, hotels and resorts, convention centers, CVBs, unique meeting venues and services. Meetings Market Academy + Exhibition events will be held in Phoenix, May 17, Tampa, May 22, Portland, May 30, Charlotte, June 6, Boston, July 11, Minneapolis, September 12, Philadelphia, September 25, Sacramento, October 2, San Francisco, October 12, Kansas City, October 24, Atlanta, November 6, Chicago, November 8, Dallas, November 16, San Diego, November 20, Denver, November 27, Seattle, December 6 and Houston, December 12.

Each location will feature seminars conducted by some of the industry's top professionals. Keynote speakers include Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, Joan L. Eisenstodt, Jonathon T. Howe, ESQ, Gloria Nelson, CSEP, Bonnie Wallsh, CMP, CMM, and Michelle C. Wierzgac, MS, CMM.

The Academy offers multi-tiered educational tracks for attendees -- for those with lots of experience, some experience, and those that are new to meeting planning.

For more information on registering to attend or exhibit, visit or call contact show manager, Jessica K. Roberts, CMP at (410)255-7167.

About Meetings Market™ Academy + Exhibition
Meetings Market Academy + Exhibition is a series of 17 one-day high-quality, educational, training and exhibition events for anyone involved in planning meetings, including professional meeting planners, and administrators and executives in human resources, training, marketing, sales, and senior management. In 2007, Meetings Market Academy + Exhibition events will be held in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa. Web site:

About Meetings Media
Meetings Media's publications target meeting planners who book meetings, conferences, conventions, and events throughout North America and the Caribbean. It publishes four titles: Meetings East, Meetings MidAmerica, Meetings South, and Meetings West, and offers a planner-based website,, and four regionally focused editions of the MeetingsFocus e-Newsletter. Meetings Media's corporate website can be found at

About the Speakers

About Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP
Corbin Ball is a consultant and writer helping clients worldwide use technology to save time and improve productivity. With 20 years of experience running international technology meetings, he now is a highly acclaimed international speaker with the ability to make complex subjects understandable and fun. His articles have appeared in hundreds of national and international publication and he serves on numerous hotel, corporate and association boards.

About Joan L. Eisenstodt
Joan L. Eisenstodt, whose expertise is in facilitation and training, meetings department performance audits, and for meetings, program planning, facilities contracts, negotiations, and meeting management training, brings more than 30 years of experience to her work. Joan works with corporations, associations, professional societies, foundations, and hotel companies and convention and visitors bureaus to facilitate and design meetings, negotiate contracts, provide training, and conduct focus groups.

About Jonathon T. Howe, Esq
Jonathon T. Howe, ESQ. is the President/Senior Partner of Howe & Hutton, Ltd., a law firm with offices in Chicago, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. He has written hundreds of articles, papers and books, and has spoken to organizations all over the world on all manner of legal issues. He serves as general counsel for Meeting Professionals International and the International Special Events Society, among others.

About Gloria Nelson CSEP
Gloria Nelson, CSEP, is the Chief Experience Officer of Gloria Nelson Event Design, LLC. Nelson has been involved in corporate, social, nonprofit event and meeting design for over 30 years planning events for as few as 25 attendees to events in excess of thousands. Her experience in working with Fortune 100 companies, as well as entrepreneurial, small corporate concerns and social clients gives her broad-based event design and management knowledge.

About Bonnie Wallsh, CMP, CMM
Bonnie Wallsh, CMP, CMM has been actively involved in the hospitality industry for twenty eight years. She is a Certified Meeting Professional and one of only four Certified Meeting Managers in the Carolinas. She is the Chief Strategist of Bonnie Wallsh Associates, LLC, a professional meeting management and training firm which has been producing meetings, conferences, trade shows and training programs since 1978.

About Michelle C. Wierzgac
Michele began her career in educational administration before moving on to found Michele & Company® in 1996. She is also is the consultant for all of the educational content for Meetings Market. Michele trains, facilitates board retreats and teaches college courses in a broad range of important business issues such as strategy, leadership, marketing and communications.


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