Several companies have recently reported cuts in their meeting planning departments as the result of the one-two punch of 9/11 and the economic downturn. At Novell headquarters in Provo, Utah, the corporate events department has been cut from 30 people to eight. Insurer Firemans Fund, Novato, Cal., recently surprised the bulk of its meetings team with pink slips and will have contractors handle future programs. And at Knoll, Inc., Peggy Ohara, director of corporate events and incentives, ...

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