You Won’t Want To Miss It
Industry Xchange is an industry-wide, collaborative education and networking event for professional meeting and event planners. Gain new perspectives on key trends and issues facing the meetings industry today and what they mean for your business opportunities and beyond.
This year’s event will include a special collaboration with Choose Chicago’s Annual Meeting in celebration of Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). The morning’s agenda will include a review of where we are performing as an industry today and a focus on some of the opportunities, goals and challenges which lie ahead. The morning will also include a special award honoring Tom Ricketts and the Chicago Cubs’ championship performance.
We will also have a chance to hear from a distinguished panel of industry experts including David Whitaker, the new President & CEO of Choose Chicago, David Kennedy with the new Wintrust Arena and Arie Crown Theater, Jim Goodman with the American Dental Association, Lise Puckorius with the OCL and Dave Peckinpaugh with Maritz Global Events. The panel discussion will focus on key issues facing our industry today, from tourism and meetings infrastructure, state and federal legislation, safety, security and technology to visitor perceptions on how they impact where we place our meetings.
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Read more about our Industry Xchange Panelist line up and Event Emcee and below.
What is GMID?
Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is a global meeting initiative driven through the Meetings Mean Business partnership. Meetings Mean Business is an industry-wide coalition to showcase the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities.
By rallying industry advocates, working with stakeholders, conducting original research, engaging with outside voices and more, the coalition brings the industry together to emphasize its importance. Comprised of over 60 members, the coalition unites the meetings industry with one strong and powerful voice. In 2016, MMB partners hosted over 100 events in more than 30 countries in all corners of the globe to showcase the real power of meetings, events, conventions, exhibitions and more.
This year, Chicago will take center stage as we celebrate GMID Chicago-style by partnering with Choose Chicago and their Annual Meeting.