Sue Pelletier

Editor and mad blogger,

After spending my first 10 journalistic years mired in sewage sludge and garbage as a writer and editor of national and international trade magazines for the environmental industry from my former home base in Boulder, Colo., I can't tell you how much I appreciate and enjoy covering the meetings industry for MeetingsNet. I can't believe I've been here since 1998—time sure flies when you're having fun! Back in my enviro days, I actually attempted to help plan a technical trade conference and exhibition before deciding to stick with what I do best, so I have a first-hand appreciation of some of what people in this industry deal with day to day (and an even deeper appreciation that I don't have to do it myself—definitely wasn't cut out to be a meeting professional).

Since I've started covering this industry, I've developed a huge interest in adult education in all its many facets, and a fascination with how all the elements come together to create a learning environment that actually gives people the tools they need to do their jobs better once they get home. Meeting planning covers pretty much every aspect of business, from marketing and promotion to logistics to strategic planning—who wouldn't be fascinated? And this industry has done well by me, with my coverage earning several industry awards that make me proud to be a part of it all.

In those rare times I'm not chained to my keyboard, I like to hike the woods around my home in rural Massachusetts with my husband and my surrogate child, Mango the Australian shepherd. I also paint pet portraits, and do obedience and freestyle with Mango.
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Phone: (978) 448-0377
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Gallery: Scenes from MPI WEC 2014
Check out the action from this year's Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress!
Attorneys Go Head to Head on Hot Contract Issues
Two of the industry’s top lawyers—one who works the hotel side, the other the planner side—staked out their positions on rate protection, attrition, and liquidated damages during this year’s MPI WEC.
26 Steps to Mobile App Adoption Success
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Try these sample questions, taken from three of the five domains of the Certified Continuing Medical Education Professional exam, to see if you could join the 437 people who have so far earned the CCMEP designation.
Apps I Use: Dahlton Bennington, CMP, CMM 
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Column Decrying D.C.’s New HQ Hotel Comes Under Fire
A recent critique of the District’s new Marriott Marquis, and by extension the use of public funds to support convention centers, draws fiery rebuttals from ASAE and CIC leaders.
CMS Proposes Withdrawing CME Exemption from Open Payments
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services believes removing the exemption for accredited CME will make reporting more consistent.
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The Miami-based medical tradeshow again edged out previous top-spot holders Greater New York Dental Meeting and the Radiological Society of North America.
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How Incentives Can Solve Your People Problems 
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Cvent Hosts 1,000 Users, Rolls Out New Interface 
Cvent's new Association Meetings Summit pairs with its Corporate Meetings Summit for a blockbuster event in Las Vegas.

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