Shimon Avish joined BCD Meetings & Events in 2016 as global account director. Previously, he was president of Shimon Avish Consulting LLC, aconsultancy specializing in the assessment, design, implementation and sustainment of strategic meetings management programs. Prior to launching his own company, Avish was director, meetings consulting, at American Express Meetings & Events. There he was responsible for developing the methodologies for, and delivering, policy assessments and design, current state and gap analyses, program design, benchmarking, compliance management, communications, change management, and global implementation engagements. In 2002, he developed what would become the foundation of strategic meetings management consulting at American Express, and in 2003 he was enlisted to create the first team of consultative meetings account managers, committed to assisting American Express customers in the creation of their strategic meetings management programs. Avish was in this role from 2003 through 2008, and during this time he presented frequently at GBTA, MPI, and ACTE events, was a member of the GBTA Group & Meetings Committee, and published or contributed to numerous white papers.
Avish joined the newly formed global meetings organization, American Express Meetings & Events, in 2008 and became the strategic account director for a marquee account, responsible for the design and implementation of the client’s global strategic meetings management program. The program quickly expanded from North America to an additional 21 markets in EMEA, with local planning teams managing over 7,000 meetings per year. Previously, while at Travel Management Group, he conducted agency and card selection and implementation engagements, and developed a practice line dedicated to the selection and implementation of expense management systems.
He holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University in New York, and is a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar.