Dave Kovaleski

Senior Writer, MeetingsNet
(978) 874-0804
dkovaleski@meetingsnet.com

Since joining the MeetingsNet editorial staff in 2003, Dave has written for Association Meetings, Corporate Meetings & Incentives, Medical Meetings, and Religious Conference Manager. Prior to joining MeetingsNet, Dave was a writer and reporter for Crain Communication's Pensions & Investments, Standard & Poor's Financial Communications group, McGraw-Hill Construction, and the Sag Harbor Express, a newspaper on Long Island. He is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston with a degree in writing, literature, and publishing.

Articles by Dave Kovaleski
Boston’s MCCA to Produce its Own Events
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is working to produce or co-produce its own events and develop other new revenue streams for Boston’s two major convention facilities.
Association Sponsorships Increase 4 Percent
Companies spent $572 million on sponsorship with associations/member organizations in 2013, up 4 percent from the previous years.
Meeting Sponsorship Dos and Don’ts
A good sponsorship strategy doesn’t start with the sponsors—it starts with the attendees.
10 Hot Association Meeting Sponsorships
Sponsors today need more than a logo on a banner. Under pressure to deliver a return on investment, they’re responding to sponsorship opportunities that deliver content, networking, or face time.
6 Ways Gideons Has Boosted International Attendance
It takes a lot more than translating brochures for a religious organization to reach potential attendees of its meetings beyond borders.
RCMA Profile: Charlotte Crabbe
harlotte Crabbe is about to embark on a life-changing journey that will take her from planning meetings for the Florida-based Impact Movement to youth ministry in Cape Town, South Africa.
20 in Their 20s: PCMA Honors Young Meetings Industry Stars
The Professional Convention Management Association announced the honorees in its first “Twenty in Their Twenties” program, which acknowledges the meetings industry’s emerging leaders, both planners and suppliers.
Online-Survey Provider Studies Session Evaluation Response Rates
Some 48 percent of association meeting attendees fill out online session evaluations, according to a study by MeetingMetrics of users of its meeting measurement software.
12 Trends in International Association Meetings
Two-thirds of international association meetings are organized by national members from the host country, while far fewer are run by in-house staff or third-party professional congress organizers, according to the 2013 Union of International Associations Meetings Survey.
Survey Shows What Hotel Amenities Planners and Attendees Want
The amenity that most influences planners' booking decisions is discounted sleeping rooms, according to a Cvent survey of 800 U.S.-based meeting planners. The most attractive amenity to their attendees is free Wi-Fi/Internet.
Cvent Introduces New Online Hub for Meeting Deals
Cvent has introduced the Promotions Hub, a new online service listing special offers on hotels and venues for meeting planners.
5 Ways to Make Hotel Rooms Greener
Planners can help satisfy their environmentally-conscious meeting travelers by requesting that hotels make a few small and inexpensive changes.
RCMA Profile: Dwight Loken
Meetings industry veteran and religious conference expert Dwight Loken, CMP, president, The Meeting Connection, Westerville, Ohio, shares his thoughts on some life topics and meeting trends.
16 Questions to Ask to Control Convention Center Costs 1
During 12 years of negotiating with convention centers, Beth Hecquet, CMP, CMM, director of meetings and events, National Association of Sports Commissions, has compiled a list of questions to ask to help her control costs and manage her budget.
11 Lessons on Negotiating with Convention Centers
Many association meeting managers are dealing with slashed budgets, decreasing attendance, and shrinking room blocks. However, convention centers are under their own financial pressures to generate revenues. How has the equation changed when it comes to planners getting the best value for their dollar? Here are 11 lessons from convention experts.

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