Last year, we introduced our top 20 Changemakers to the meetings industry—20 individuals who gained visibility among senior management in their companies by initiatingprograms 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:
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Lee Ann Adams Mikeman
Vice President, Conference Planning & Special Events
Science Applications International Corp.
Senior Manager, Americas Meetings & Conventions
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
Craig Ardis, CMM
Director of Global Event Management
Second Vice President, Travel & Conferences
National Life Group
Kim Boriin, CMP
Senior Events Marketing Specialist
Guardian Investor Services
Terri Breining, CMP, CMM
President & CEO
Jeff Calmus, CMP
AVP, Conference & Event Planning
Louann Cashill, CMP, CMM
Meeting Services Manager
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
Patricia Kerr, CMP
President & Chief Strategist
KK Strategic Solutions
Director of Travel and Global Meeting Solutions
Cisco Systems Inc.
Manager, Event Management
Senior Meeting Planner
Donna Foppoli-Patrick, CMP, CMM
Manager, Group Meetings, Events, and Travel
Angie Pfeifer, CMM
Assistant Vice President, Corporate Meetings, Travel
Investors Group Financial Services
Marybeth Roberts, CMP
Director of Global Meeting Management
Tom Tolvé, CMP
Senior Manager, Meeting Operations
Manager, Global Travel & Meeting Management
Director of Meeting Solutions
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Dan Young, CMP
Director of Event Planning & Field Recognition
How We Chose Our Changemakers
In our second 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:
- Lee Ann Adams Mikeman, VP, conference planning & special events, Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va.
- Betsy Bondurant, CMP, CMM, president, Bondurant Consulting, Coronado, Calif.
- Terri Breining, CMP, CMM, president, Concepts Worldwide Inc., Carlsbad, Calif.
- Dianne Devitt, CMP, owner, DND Group, New York, N.Y.
- Joan L. Eisenstodt, chief strategist, Eisenstodt Associates, LLC, Washington, D.C.
- Julie Martinez, CMP, CMM, director, events & incentives, Lennox Industries, Richardson, Texas