Successful Meetings Honors 2017's Most Influential People In the Meetings Industry

Successful Meetings Honors 2017's Most Influential People In the Meetings Industry



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(JULY 5, 2017 – SECAUCUS, NJ) On July 5, 2017, Successful Meetings named its annual list of 25 outstanding professionals who have had a significant impact on the meetings industry.

“This year’s list of impact players represents a diverse group of exceptional professionals—some being recognized for the first time, alongside past honorees whose work continues to drive the industry forward,” said Vince Alonzo, Editor-in-Chief of Successful Meetings. “They’ve been chosen because they have either contributed to the business of meetings, made it easier for meetings professionals to do their jobs, helped raise awareness of the industry, or, through their actions, have had a significant impact on meetings professionals.”


  • Amy Ledoux, CMP, CAE, senior vice president, meetings, expositions & special events, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
  • Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International


  • David Peckinpaugh, CMP, CIS, president, Maritz Global Events (includes Maritz Travel and Experient); chair-elect, PCMA Education Foundation board of trustees
  • Michael Massari, chief sales officer, Caesars Entertainment; board member, MPI
  • Roger Dow, president and CEO, U.S. Travel Association


  • Roberta A. Kravitz, executive director, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM); member, PCMA Education Foundation board of trustees
  • Christian-Claus Roth, co-president, International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association (IPCAA); head global scientific engagement governance, Novartis Pharma AG
  • Jami Stapelmann, director, global travel and meetings, Estee Lauder Companies


  • Amanda Armstrong, CMP, director of corporate travel and meetings, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.; chair-elect of Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
  • Jessie States, CMM, manager of professional development, Meeting Professionals International
  • Natasha Syed, director of global conference & incentive sales, Rocco Forte Hotels; vice president, Young Leaders/Event Liaison, SITE Texas


  • David Jefferys, president and CEO of the Altus Agency; founder and executive director of the LGBT Meeting Professionals Association
  • Bradford Rand, president and CEO at TECHEXPO, Cyber Security Summit

Potential honorees for The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry for 2017 were suggested by key members of the meeting industry, recipients from previous years, and through open nominations. The final 25 were chosen by our editorial team. Each honoree will be featured in the July 2017 issue of Successful Meetings and online at


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