Dave Kovaleski

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
Shutdown Puts Government Planners Out of Work and Meetings Out of Commission
Government meetings will be canceled and government meeting planners will be out of work due to the federal government shutdown that went into effect on October 1.
GMIC Offers Online Certification Course That Lets Students Plan Sustainable Meetings Conference
Students in the Green Meeting Industry Council’s new Certificate in Sustainable Events Planning program won’t just learn how to plan sustainable events. They’ll actually plan one—GMIC’s own Sustainable Meetings Conference.
Decimated by New Government Travel Rules, a Medical Meeting Starts its Comeback 
Our exclusive interview takes you behind the scenes as one meeting planner works to adapt his organization’s meeting in the aftermath of a crackdown on government employee travel
Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley Closes for Season Due to Colorado Flooding
The Broadmoor Hotel’s brand new Ranch at Emerald Valley had to close for the season six weeks early because of extreme flooding in the area.
Guest Rooms Redone at Oahu’s Turtle Bay Resort
The Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii is undergoing a renovation of all 443 of its guest rooms.
NFL’s Chargers Propose Stadium/Convention Center Hybrid in San Diego
The NFL’s San Diego Chargers want to build a $1.2 billion joint-use football stadium/convention center in lieu of a proposed $520 million expansion to the San Diego Convention Center, but the San Diego Convention Center Corp. says no thanks.
SpeedRFP Sees Growth, Limits E-RFP Spam
Elite Meetings International's SpeedRFP system is reporting big gains and the upcoming launch of a new 10,000 hotel portal site.
CEIR Explores How Exhibitors Share Info With Attendees
Are exhibitors sharing product information in a way that attendees want to consume it?
New CEO at Team San Jose
After a yearlong search, Team San Jose hired Karolyn Kirchgesler as its new chief executive officer.
Federal Government Increases Hotel Lodging Per Diems
For the first time in three years, the U.S. General Services Administration has raised the standard lodging per diem rates for federal government employees.
4 Tips for Better RFPs
Over the past three years, the number of requests for proposals sent to hotels has increased by about 300 percent thanks to the proliferation of e-RFPs. But more isn't always better.
Hyatt Buys Peabody Orlando
A major Orlando meeting and convention hotel, the 1,641-room Peabody Orlando, is being bought and rebranded by Hyatt Hotels Corp.
Cvent Ranks Top 50 Meeting Cities
Through a calculation involving RFPs sent, events booked, and other criteria, Cvent has determined that Orlando is the most popular meeting destination among its users during the 12 months ended July 2013.
Sorority Nearly Breaks Guinness Record for Largest Sit-Down Meal in D.C. 2
It didn’t quite set a record, but the 16,000-seat banquet for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. biennial convention July 15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., came pretty close.
State Department Official Explains How Improved Visa Process Means More Meeting Attendees 
If you’ve seen an uptick in international attendees and exhibitors at your meetings, it’s no coincidence. Thanks to improvements to the visa entry process, the number of visas issued last year jumped 19 percent.

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