Congratulations to the 2013 MeetingsNet Changemakers; You’ve Made ACTIVE Proud!

Changemakers LogoHere at ACTIVE Network, we know our customers are among the very best and brightest in the industry, and we are proud to support their innovation each and every day.

While it’s always exciting to see our customers recognized by the industry for the role they play in shaping the future of their market, we were absolutely thrilled to learn that nearly half of the individuals represented in the 2013 MeetingsNet Changemakers list are ACTIVE customers.

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University of Hawaii’s TIM Alumni Hall of Honor Recognizes ACTIVE VP

We’re excited to announce that the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) at the University of Hawaii inducted ACTIVE’s Kevin Iwamoto, vice president of industry strategy, earlier this week into its prestigious Alumni Hall of Honors.

TIM recognized Kevin for his career achievements that have helped push the travel and meetings industry forward.

In a recent article, Business Travel Executive said, “It is without question that Kevin Iwamoto has delivered countless contributions to travel industry advancements while elevating each individual professional in managed travel. His individual and company level achievements have garnered well deserved recognition.”

Prior to leading enterprise strategy at ACTIVE, Kevin managed global travel and SMM programs at HP, and held positions at The Walt Disney Company and Northwest Airlines. He also served as the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) president and CEO from 2001–2003. Kevin has received many industry accolades including the NBTA’s 2009 Industry Icon Award, which is the association’s highest honor, as well as the 2008 Business Travel NewsBest Meeting Practitioner Award. He was also named one of Business Travel News and MeetingNews’ top 25 most influential executives.

The author of the, “Strategic Meetings Management Handbook: From Theory to Practice,” Kevin penned the first guidebook for developing strategic meetings management programs. He is a distinguished industry spokesperson, representing business travel interests globally, to the U.S. Congress after 9/11, and to national media outlets.

“While I maintain it’s much too early in my career to be receiving this type of recognition, I am nevertheless incredibly blessed, humbled and honored by this Hall of Honors recognition and hope to live up to its ideals and standards of excellence,” Kevin said.

Congrats Kevin! We’re so proud to have you on our team.

10 Questions You Need to Ask Around Event Management Technology

Event Trends Report 2013Did you know that organizations spend billions of dollars on meetings and events each year, yet determining the ROI of those programs is pretty darn hard?

Choosing smart event management software can not only help organizations increase efficiency and attendee engagement, but also extract the intelligence needed to grow their business.

Today, we published a buyer’s guide on the top ten questions smart companies need to ask when purchasing event management software, including:

1.  How will event tech help me do my job better?
2.  How will event tech help me prove ROI?
3.  How will event tech help me grow my business?
4.  How will event tech help me demonstrate cost savings?
5.  How will event tech make my attendees happy?
6.  How will event tech improve my relationship with attendees?
7.  How will event tech improve my relationship with exhibitors?
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Want to learn more? Download the free report, here.

PCMA Gets Smart. And What Other Associations Can Learn From It.

Earlier this week, we announced an expanded partnership with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). Already the trusted technology partner for their large annual conference, Convening Leaders, PCMA will now be using our event management technology to power their 200+ chapter events worldwide.

Check out the RegOnline blog  for a thoughtful post on our partnership, what it means for the industry, and what other associations can learn from it.