Once again, Successful Meetings has presented their annual list of luminaries, chosen because they have either contributed to the business of meetings, made it easier for meeting professionals to do their jobs, helped raise awareness of the industry, or, through their actions, have had a significant impact on the industry.
As technology finally starts to fulfill the promise of easing and automating the organization and management of everything from small executive gatherings to citywide conferences, people like Berger are showing why cloud-based technology will soon be deeply embedded in the DNA of successful meeting planners. A deceptively simple product, Social Tables makes the process of setting up and managing
banquets easy. With features that range from drag-and-drop table maps that show wait staff the location of VIPs and people with food allergies, to an intuitive 3-D feature that lets planners and clients virtually walk through a room’s setup and visualize everything from speaker sight lines to how different chair style impact décor, it’s no wonder Berger’s firm is growing 20 percent month-over-month and has attracted customers like Harvard Business School, Genentech, and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.
Also included in the list was Social Tables’ Board member, David Peckinpaugh:
As president of Maritz Travel Company for the past three years, Peckinpaugh has overseen the company’s expansion by increasing its global and experiential design capabilities, notably by acquiring Experient two years ago. This year, the company increased its global focus by adding three global general managers to its team and continued to incorporate science into workplace engagement with the Maritz Institute. As co-chair of the MMBC, he has worked to ensure the industry is operating by the same playbook. This has included the launch this year of an online industry toolkit as well as a free MMBC app that speaks to the economic value of meetings.