Dave Kovaleski


Senior Writer, MeetingsNet
(978) 874-0804

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.

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.
Radisson Blu Meeting Program Features Brain Food and Stimulating Spaces
The Radisson Blu hotel chain is rolling out a new group package, Experience Meetings, which focuses on innovations in food and beverage, the spatial environment, and technology.
Meetings Mean Business Coalition Hires PR Firm to Create Messaging Campaign
A coalition of meetings industry leaders has hired a public relations firm to launch a messaging campaign to communicate the value of meetings to policymakers, corporate America, and the general public, and, perhaps more critically, to change perceptions.
Cvent to Add 400 Jobs, Move to New Headquarters
With a $1 million grant from the State of Virginia to support job creation, Cvent will move to a new headquarters building and add 400 jobs over the next three years—doubling its number of Virginia-based employees.
San Jose Opens Newly Expanded Convention Center
City officials marked the grand opening of the new and expanded McEnery Convention Center in San Jose with a free Community Day celebration on October 10.
Brian Casey to Succeed Ducate at CEIR
Brian Casey will become the new president and chief executive officer for the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, effective December 1, 2013.
Ritz-Carlton Aruba to Open in November
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. will bring its luxury meeting and vacation accommodations to Aruba’s famed Palm Beach when its new Ritz-Carlton, Aruba property opens on November 22.
Shutdown Ends, But Uncertainty Doesn’t for Government Meeting Pros
Government meeting professionals are happy to be back at work after the Congress agreed to a resolution that ended the 16-day government shutdown on October 16.
Cleveland to Get New Headquarters Hotel, Global Center for Health Innovation
With an expanded convention center open for business, the nation’s first exhibition center for medical innovations hosting its first event, and a headquarters hotel in the works, Cleveland is reinventing itself as a meetings destination.
Shutdown is “Throttling” Travel; CIC Urges Meeting Pros to Speak Out
The Convention Industry Council is urging meeting professionals to speak out and take action to end the federal government shutdown.
Discounted RecertTrack Education Tracking for IBTM Attendees
Reed Travel Exhibitions is partnering with RecertTrack to provide attendees at its IBTM portfolio of events http://www.ibtmevents.com with a subscription discount on RecertTrack’s education tracking service.
HCEA Ranks Top 50 Medical Meetings
With 54,147 attendees, the Federation of International Medical Equipment Suppliers Show is the largest medical meeting in the country, according to the Healthcare and Convention Exhibitors Association’s annual ranking of the 50 largest medical meetings.
5 Ways the Government Shutdown Hurts Meetings
The federal government shutdown, now in its second week, is causing headaches for meetings inside and outside the Beltway.

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