It was, as Blake Hobbs understates, “a meeting planner's worst nightmare.” On Sept. 11, Hobbs, an independent meeting planner, was running a 250-person meeting on behalf of Cleveland-based Conferon Inc. for the National Association of Business Economists — in the Marriott World Trade Center. The anything-but-normal day started uneventfully for Hobbs. It was the last day of the three-day NABE event, and 118 people were listening to the association's president speak during a breakfast meeting ...

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