As meetings and incentive programs climb to pre-recession levels, many companies are looking for outside help with sourcing, contracting, event management, creative inspiration, technology, social media, and all the other components of a successful meetings program. The sixth annual CMI 25 list, our directory of the largest and most influential meetings and incentive companies focused on the North American corporate market, is a great place to begin your search for the perfect partner. 

Look for expanded reference materials provided by the companies marked with an asterisk (*). 

The 2012 CMI 25 companies:

*Aimia, Minneapolis

*ALTOUR International Inc., New York

American Express Meetings & Events, New York

*BCD M&I LLC, Chicago

BI Worldwide, Edina, Minn.

Bishop-McCann LLC, Kansas City, Mo.

Creative Group Inc., Appleton, Wis.

*CWT Meetings & Events, Minnetonka, Minn.

Enterprise Events Group Inc., San Rafael, Calif.

*Excellence in Motivation Inc., Dayton, Ohio

Gavel International, Lincolnshire, Ill.

George P. Johnson, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Global Meetings & Incentives, Jersey City, N.J.

Gray Consulting International Meetings & Incentives, Philadelphia

ITAGroup, West Des Moines, Iowa

Maritz Travel Co., Fenton, Mo.

*McVeigh Associates Ltd., Amityville, N.Y.

Meeting Alliance, Robbinsville, N.J.

*Meeting Expectations Inc., Atlanta

*Meetings & Incentives, Caledonia, Wis.

Meridian Enterprises Corp., Hazelwood, Mo.

*MotivAction LLC, Minneapolis

*SDI Meetings and Incentives, Chicago

TBA Global LLC, New York

*Universal World Events Inc., Ivyland, Pa.

USMotivation, Atlanta



CMI 2012 Stats

Corporate meetings

Total planned by CMI 25 companies in 2011: 72,276*
Median #: 275

Group incentive travel programs

Total planned by CMI 25 companies in 2011: 3,464*
Median #: 41

Room nights for corporate meetings and incentives

Total generated by CMI 25 companies in 2011: 10.5 million*
Median #: 102,000

Number of employees

Total employed by CMI 25 companies in June 2012: 9,246**
Median #: 120

* This number reports the meetings planned by Maxvantage twice. Maxvantage is a partnership of Maritz Travel and American Express Meetings & Events, and they were unable to report the Maxvantage numbers separately.

** Companies based outside North America were asked to report only their U.S. employees.



Any meeting and incentive travel company is eligible for the CMI 25 list; however, companies based outside of the U.S. are invited to submit information only on the meetings and incentives planned and executed out of their North American offices. We require each company to provide us with information on its business volume, business focus, number of employees, and other metrics. An officer of each company must certify the accuracy of the information provided.

To determine the final 25, we considered the total number of corporate meetings and incentive travel programs executed in 2011 and the total number of room nights used by those meetings and incentives as the most important factors; however, all the supplied information was considered.

The CMI 25 features full-service meeting and incentive companies and does not include site selection companies.