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.

Pharma Meeting Planners Tune in to Virtual Meetings
What to consider now that pharma companies are increasingly supplementing their meetings with virtual and hybrid options
New Headquarters Hotel at Boston’s BCEC Planned
The boards of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and the Massachusetts Port Authority have agreed to develop a headquarters hotel complex on public land near the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
51 Meeting Professionals Earn Their CMM
Fifty-one planners earned Meeting Professionals International’s Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) designation in June.
Green Meetings Advocate Leaves GMIC for Travel Portland
Tamara Kennedy-Hill, the executive director of the Green Meetings Industry Council for the past five years, is leaving the organization to become community relations director at Travel Portland.
Exhibition Industry Leader Doug Ducate to Leave CEIR
Doug Ducate will be leaving his post as president and CEO of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research by the end of 2013.
Conferences, Expos, and Tommy Chong: Convention Centers Launch Their Own Events
Convention centers are often considered loss leaders—investments designed to generate room nights for the city, not necessarily turn a profit. But in some destinations that role is being redefined as facility managers look to boost revenues by launching their own events.
World Meeting of Families Coming to U.S. 
The U.S. debut of the World Meeting of Families will be in Philadelphia in 2015, according to an announcement from the Vatican this spring.
Wearing a Crown for Christ 
Dallas Teague Snider has been a meeting planner, speaker, hotelier, author, business etiquette coach, and CVB executive, but now she has added a new title to her résumé—Ms. Alabama America 2013.
From Soccer Pro to Events Pro, Sterling Copeland Fills Arenas 
As a professional soccer player turned event planner, Sterling Copeland was playing in arenas before he was planning events in them. But, as the son of Jim Copeland, the lead event planner for Promise Keepers back in its stadium-filling heyday, events are in his blood. Now he is working with his father on a new event, Wildfire Weekend for Men, which is taking off like…wildfire.
Greenbuild Sold to Hanley Wood 
Hanley Wood acquired the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Shutdown Averted for the San Diego Tourism Authority 
The saga over tourism funding in San Diego took an unexpected twist last week when the San Diego Tourism Authority announced that it would close its doors on June 3 after Mayor Bob Filner said he would not release the funds it needed to operate. But an 11th hour agreement averted the shutdown.
ASAE Works With Obama Administration on Conference Guidelines 
The Obama Administration’s Office of Management and Budget has adopted several best practices offered by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership on its updated rules for federal employees attending conferences.
The Ultimate Guide to Food and Beverage at Events  1
Planners making menu choices face rising prices and the pressure to keep costs down. At the same time, meals have to be more healthy, fun, and creative while accommodating attendees' more discerning palates and desire for local and sustainable fare. In this Ultimate Guide we get the scoop on the latest F&B trends from the experts who reveal:
IRS Under Fire for Conference Spending 
The Internal Revenue Service is in more hot water, this time for excessive conference spending. A report by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General calls out the IRS for spending $50 million on 220 employee conferences between 2010 and 2012.
ECEF Keynoter: Why Event Design Matters 
For Michaela O’Connor Abrams, event design is not just about booth layouts, room setups, and decor. “It transcends aesthetics,” said Abrams, president at Dwell Media, San Francisco, and keynote speaker at the 2013 Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum. “It’s fundamental to everything we do.”

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