Like so many others in meeting planning, Dean Jones, RCMA’s new director of conferences and events, didn’t aim to become a meeting planner. It just happened—and for that he’s grateful. “I grew up in a cornfield in southern Illinois,” he says with an easy laugh. “I wanted to study electronics, and so I went to Southern Illinois University and earned an associate degree.” From there he moved to Nashville to continue his education and completed a degree in education and history from Free Will ...

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