Alison Hall


Editor, MeetingsNet
Alison Hall has been writing about the meetings industry—with a specialty in the financial and insurance market—since 1992. Her articles have been nominated for, or won, awards from American Business Media, Folio Magazine, and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. She holds a BA in English from Colgate University and an MA in Fiction from Boston University. A reluctant tweeter and a passionate copy editor, she is delighted to be writing and editing content for the MeetingsNet magazine app, launched in January 2014. The interactive tablet platform is a brand-new canvas for the MeetingsNet art and editing staff to play with, offering more interesting and interactive ways to bring readers news, features, photos, videos, and more. 

Why You're Not Too Busy to Get Your CMP
The message of a new video from the Convention Industry Council, which administers the Certified Meeting Professional designation, is that even planners whose plates are full can find time to earn their CMPs. Take a look.
Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Announces New Mission
At its 2016 Education Forum, under way at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, FICP announced that the association is kicking things up a notch, with a new vision, mission, and brand position.
Today’s Brexit Vote: What Will it Mean for Meetings?
Voters in the U.K. head to the polls today to decide whether Britain will remain a member of the European Union. Here’s what economists, commentators, and meeting professionals are saying about the potential effects of the “leave” vote.
Last-Minute Changes Are a Planner’s Biggest Stressor, Says Survey
Manual tasks and budgets also frustrate meeting planners, according to a new survey of Lanyon's Smart Events Cloud customers.
What’s a Planner to Do When No One’s Building Ballrooms? 2
The trend continues: New hotel construction is dominated by select-service properties, not full-service meeting hotels. When will it shift?
Refined Southern Hospitality at Renovated Hyatt Regency Lexington
In the heart of horse country, the Hyatt Regency Lexington has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of its 366 guestrooms, lobby (pictured), and more.
NFP’s 2016 Strategy Summit: A True Original
With multiple audiences to engage, layers of stakeholders to satisfy, budgets to mind, and a new brand to introduce, the marketing team at insurance brokerage and consulting firm NFP had to step up the creativity to produce the 2016 NFP Strategy Summit, held at the Omni Dallas in February.
2016 Changemaker: Kevin Iwamoto, GLP, GTP
For breaking new ground throughout a long and varied career, establishing two new industry scholarships, and leading with integrity.
2016 Changemaker: Monica Dickenson, CMP, SMMC
For creating a certification program for Baxalta’s supplier partners that ensures quality, efficiency, and consistency in meeting execution—as part of implementing an SMMP in only a year’s time
2016 Changemaker: Karin Pontelandolfo, CMP
For dedicated mentorship and a passion for sharing her knowledge inside and outside the meetings industry
2016 Changemaker: Rob Scypinski
For taking a walk in customers’ shoes, and for pursuing his passion to help them help others
Caryn Taylor Lucia, SEI
2016 Changemaker: Caryn Taylor Lucia
For taking her team from admins to valued consultants—and having fun along the way
What’s Important Is Worth Meeting About
The Meetings Mean Business Coalition’s latest campaign to highlight the meetings industry holds up the U.S. presidential election as a model for the importance of people getting together face to face.
Event Software Company Etouches Acquires Sourcing Engine Zentila
Many suitors came calling, says Zentila Founder and CEO Mike Mason, but the etouches bid won out. Mason stays on in a VP role.
How to Donate Food from Your Event: 16 Resources
Many planners get pushback from hotels when asking about donating leftover food. A little digging into the issue reveals that, although there is a law that protects people who donate food, it’s still easier for companies to have a blanket policy against it. But that's changing.