Our annual list of individuals have driven SMMP in their companies, advanced their roles as meeting pros, and are taking our industry to the next level
A couple of years ago, we introduced our top 20 Changemakers to the meetings industry—20 individuals who gained visibility among senior management in their companies by initiating programs and thereby maximizing savings. We call them “changemakers” for their ability to create positive change—both in their careers and in their industries. This year’s winners are, once again, shining examples of elevating the meetings role beyond logistics to focus on strategy and . Cognizant of their ability to make a difference, they have also reached beyond their four walls to influence the profession as educators, mentors, and leaders. There’s much to learn from their stories
And the winners are:
Mary Keough-Anderson, CMP, CMM
manager, conference and meeting management
Liberty Mutual, Boston
assistant vice president, meeting management
John Hancock Financial Services, Boston
Rob Gingras, CMP, CTE
director, travel & meeting services, CIGNA, Hartford, Conn.
director, marketing communications
Neurovascular, Fremont, Calif.
global category lead, travel and meetings
Accenture Procurement BPO Services, Chicago
Victoria Johnson CMP, CMM
manager, meeting services and global sourcing
Underwriters Laboratories, Northbrook, Ill.
project manager, meetings and events
McDonald’s, Oak Brook, Ill.
managing director, global head of events
manager, travel and meetings
Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis
vice president, category manager, meetings and events
Deutsche Bank Securities,
director, meetings and conference management
Securian Financial Group,
St. Paul, Minn.
Wayne Robinson, CMP
head of conferences and events
The Guardian Life
Insurance Co., New York
vice president of marketing
Redwood Shores, Calif.
general manager, Microsoft
Microsoft, Redmond, Wa.
Destinations (an affiliate of the Alfa Companies),
Patricia Stuhff, CMP
senior vice president, meetings and events
manager, travel and event planning
Nestlé Business Services
John Touchette, CMP
director, meetings and special events
Raytheon, Waltham, Mass.
Karen Vander Ploeg
director, travel and meetings
Daiichi Sankyo, Parsippany, NJ
Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Co.,
HOW WE CHOSE OUR CHANGEMAKERS
In our third annual Changemakers issue, Corporate Meetings & Incentives reached out to fellow editors at MeetingsNet, a focus group of high-profile meeting-planner readers, and members of a specially created advisory board to develop a universe of nominees. We then worked with the advisory board to narrow the list to 20 honorees. Many thanks to our board members for their efforts:
LouAnn Cashill, CMP, CMM, meeting services manager, Toyota Motor Sales,
Joan Eisenstodt, chief strategist, Eisenstodt Associates LLC
Tamara Gordon, global travel & meetings manager, Cargill
Kari Kesler, chief strategist, KK Strategic Solutions
Todd Zint, CMP, CMM, vice president, meetings and event marketing, National Financial Partners