QUESTION: What qualities should you look for when you hire a professional event planner? ANSWER: The patience of a preschool teacher, the creativity of an artist, the financial savvy of a CFO, and, sometimes, the insight of a mind reader. To find out the real answer to this question, we spoke with two corporate meeting planners to learn what they look for when they hire independents. Lisa Hutchison, supervisor of the user conference for BMC Software in Houston, ( has been in ...

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