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?

Want to learn more? Download the free report, here.

Lessons EventProfs Can Learn From Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, business travel industry leader, Kevin Iwamoto, Vice President, Enterprise Strategy for the ACTIVE Network Business Solutions Group, shares his thoughtful reflection and insight. 

Photo by NASA via Getty Images

What a difference a few days make!  I was in Boston last week for literally one night to speak at the October MPI New England Chapter meeting on SMM. Less than a week later, the entire Eastern seaboard of the U.S. has been severely impacted by the convergence of several weather systems topped off by the biggest hurricane force ever to hit the East Coast, Hurricane Sandy.

What immediately came to my mind, was that all of my friends, family and associates were all safe from harm. Sure we can weather the lack of supplies and electricity, but the loss of life is immeasurable.

Kevin Iwamoto, ACTIVE Network

Ironically during my presentation, I spoke at length about Duty of Care, emergency contingency planning and risk mitigation focusing on cancellation & attrition clauses and force majeure. Think of all of the business meetings, conferences, association conventions, and trade shows that were booked and planned for in terms of business travel expenses, deposits, and more, that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. To give you some semblance of perspective, check out these overview articles from MeetingsNet and PCMA. It boggles my mind that most companies are still clueless about doing the right thing for their staff and shareholders by the continuation of decentralized meetings and events and manual processes.

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