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

Meetings Market™ Academy + Exhibition is a 17-city, 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.

San Francisco, CA, April 14, 2007 --( 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 of Meetings Media, producer of Meetings Market Academy + Exhibition and publisher of Meetings East, Meetings MidAmerica, Meetings South, and Meetings West magazines. “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.”

Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts is the premier education sponsor for all 2007 Meetings Market Academy + Exhibition events.

Visiting 17 locations in 2007, an efficient exhibition portion will feature a mix 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, Fla., May 22; Portland, Ore., May 30; Charlotte, N.C., June 6; Boston, July 11; Minneapolis, Sept. 12; Philadelphia, Sept. 25; Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 2; San Francisco, Oct. 12; Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 24; Atlanta, Nov. 6; Chicago, Nov. 8; Dallas, Nov. 16; San Diego, Nov. 20; Denver, Nov. 27; Seattle, Dec. 6; and Houston, Dec. 12.

Each location will feature seminars conducted by some of the industry’s top professionals, including Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP; Joan L. Eisenstodt; Jonathon T. Howe, Esq.; Gloria Nelson, CSEP; Bonnie Wallsh, CMP, CMM; and Michele C. Wierzgac, MS, CMM.

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

For more information on registering to attend or exhibit, visit or call the 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, N.C.; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; and Tampa, Fla. Website:

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 publications, 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 CVBs 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 and 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 28 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 that has been producing meetings, conferences, trade shows, and training programs since 1978.

About Michele C. Wierzgac, MS, CMM
Michele C. Wierzgac, MS, CMM, began her career in educational administration before moving on to found Michele & Company® in 1996. She is also 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.

Contact Information
Stamats Business Media
Jessica Roberts
(410) 255-7167

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