Cleveland-based independent planning firm Conferon Inc. was actually running a 250-person meeting for the National Association of Business Economists (NABE) in the Marriott World Trade Center when the attack occurred on September 11. "Luckily, our people were able to get everybody out safely. They were already departing when the second plane hit," said Bruce Harris, founder and president of Conferon. He described independent meeting planner Blake Hobbs—who was running the meeting on site ...

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