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Maria Abreu Read Posts →

Maria has worked at Cvent for over three years. She started her Cvent career in the Client Services department. From there, she transitioned into the role of Implementation Analyst on the Professional Services team. In her current role, Maria consults with clients to understand their unique requirements and identify specific goals for implementing a new technology. She works in Cvent’s headquarters in McLean, Virginia and lives in...

Reggie Aggarwal Read Posts →

Reggie Aggarwal is the CEO and Founder of Cvent, the world's largest provider of event management technology. He has led the company from a two-person person startup to a 1,000-person company that has helped manage 500,000 events in 50 countries. In addition, through the Cvent Supplier Network, the company's free online marketplace that connects meeting planners with venues, thousands of Cvent customers will send $4 billion in group business...

Lisa Apolinski Read Posts →
Lisa Apolinski is a professional speaker, author and digital strategist, having founded her own consulting company, 3 Dog Write. She is considered a trade show thought leader, and has worked in the industry for over 14 years. She writes about how to affect the trade show experience, and helps event managers get their message to attendees to encourage engagement. She is a regular blogger with Cvent, TSNN and the Examiner and lives in Southern...
Traci Browne Read Posts →
Traci Browne, a respected trade show industry thought leader, has worked in the field for more than fifteen years as a tradeshow marketer and conference/expo organizer. Browne writes on trade show marketing for industry publications throughout the US, UK, and Canada and is the author of "The Social Trade Show" published by QUE. She also writes content for several private and public corporations and is a featured contributor for Business...
Michelle Bruno Read Posts →
MichelleBruno is a writer, blogger and content strategist. She is President of SaltLake City-based Bruno Group Signature Events, a content-marketing firm for the face-to-face event industry. She writes about social media, technology and innovation at “Fork in the Road” blog (forkintheroadblog.com) and for Trade Show News Network (TSNN.com). She is a writer for IAEE’s publication Newslines and serves on the EIBTM Tech Watch Committee, which awards...
Julie Catalano Read Posts →
A full-time independent writer and member of the Authors Guild and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Julie has been writing about business and leisure travel for more than 20 years, with articles in Successful Meetings, Meeting News, and numerous regional, national, and online consumer and trade publications. Her first big convention gig was for Meeting Planners International Conference Daily, covering her assigned events and turning...
Matthew Donegan-Ryan Read Posts →
Two clear technologies are shaping the future of events and meetings: mobile and social. Matthew is an expert in both. As the Director of Sales at CrowdCompass, Matthew has seen the mass adoption of new technologies to increase attendee participation and interaction of conferences.
Eric Eden Read Posts →
Eric Eden has 17 years of experience in B2B marketing, digital media, online marketing, and marketing web-based products and solutions. Today Eric is responsible for Cvent's global marketing strategy, marketing campaigns, and marketing partnerships. Prior to joining Cvent in 2005, Eric managed marketing teams for 10 years at several publicly-traded companies such as Network Solutions, Verio, and NeuStar. Eric's experience includes managing...
Jenise Fryatt Read Posts →
A long time content marketer and blogger for her company, Icon Presentations Audio Visual, Jenise Fryatt is also content marketing strategist for Smarter Shift, a digital marketing and content management company. She is a member of the research team that produced two studies for Meeting Planners International: The Strategic Value of Virtual Events and Hybrid Events: Research and Tools. She also co-organized Event Camp Europe, a hybrid event about...
Caroline Gordon Read Posts →
Born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, hospitality has always been in Caroline Gordon’s bones. However, she truly fell in love with the industry while working for Precision Meetings & Events as a third party independent meeting planner and representing some of the industry’s most well-known organizations including MPI, ASAE, DMAI and many CVBs. She joined the Cvent team in 2006 and played an integral role in the development of the Cvent...
Julie Haddix Read Posts →
Julie serves as Cvent’s Manager, Enterprise Marketing. She’s worked on the Cvent team since 2007 and helped create and grow the Enterprise sales and marketing teams. In that time, she has developed a passion for strategic meetings management, especially the benefits and best practices of technology to implement and manage a program. She’s also become a sometimes meeting planner, working closely on all aspects of the Corporate Meetings...
Terri Hardin Read Posts →
Terri Hardin is the Destinations Marketing Editor at Cvent. Terri is a veteran media professional reporting on the meetings and events industry, having held senior positions at Successful Meetings and MeetingNews, and is known as "Meetings Diva" to the social network that has grown around the industry. At Cvent, Terri is charged with producing destination profiles and guides that aid in site selection for meeting and event planners, as well...
Kate Hooper Read Posts →
Kate Hooper is a New York-based event producer and writer. Since establishing her own company over a decade ago, Kate has produced just about every kind of event imaginable, from executive meetings and conferences to live music performances, mobile tours, fashion shows, celebrity gifting suites and retail events for companies such as American Media, Bloomingdale’s, Condé Nast, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, Hearst, Macy’s, Perry Ellis, Time...
John Hunter Read Posts →
John is the Senior Copywriter at Cvent. He has extensive copywriting experience across a diverse set of industries, including: broadcast television, retail advertising, associations, higher education and corporate public relations. John has written for copy for broadcast and cable television, radio, direct mail, websites, email campaigns, blogs, retail advertisements, sales collateral, magazine articles, case studies, white papers and more.
Donna Kastner Read Posts →
Donna serves as Director, Education & Engagement at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, helping conference and trade show organizers on a wide range of business improvement initiatives. Here on the Cvent Event Planning Blog, Donna’s focus is on innovation, as she shares a wealth of ideas to help planners drive more & better results from their meetings. Before joining Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, Donna served as Director, Learning & Development...
Liz King Read Posts →
Liz King is a social media-integrated event planner and award winning blogger. As the owner of Liz King Events, Liz runs an innovative firm that creates dynamic branding events integrating the use of social media. Planning events from soup to nuts, she works with her team to create and sustain her clients' brand and enhance attendee engagement. Liz has been featured as a speaker at the International Association of Exhibitions and Events,...
Jessica Levin Read Posts →
Jessica L. Levin, MBA, CMP, CAE is the President and Chief Connector of Seven Degrees Communications. With a background in marketing and event planning, Jessica has a passion for connecting people and creating experiences based on strategic goals. She has a reputation as the “Go To” person regarding marketing, event design and anything involving trends in technology. Jessica uses social networking tools to build and strengthen both personal...
Kevin Long Read Posts →
Kevin is passionate about helping companies develop digital strategies and utilize the best tools on the market to accomplish their goals. More importantly though, Kevin currently reigns as the foosball champion at CrowdCompass.
Leigh Murdock Read Posts →
Leigh Murdock's insights are spawned from experiences in the hotel industry, where she has spent years selling both the Leisure and Group components, first with The Ritz-Carlton and now with Marriott. Murdock shares with you a supplier's standpoint that is drawn on her day-to-day experiences with event planners and with Cvent. Most recently Murdock has made a transition to event management in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, where she...
Mexico Meetings Network Read Posts →
The Founders of MMN have been living in and writing about Mexico for English speaking readers since 2005. This website arose out of the need for a quality, English language site that gives international meetings planners the tools they need to discover the specific advantages of Mexico and to plan and book group travel, all in one place.
Lisa Palmeri Read Posts →

Lisa’s first passion is the Travel & Meetings Industry.  With nearly three decades under her belt, she has had the good fortune of working on virtually all facets of the industry, and on both sides of the aisle – buyer and supplier.  As Senior Director of SMM Professional Services at Cvent, Lisa leads a team of consultants and analysts responsible for deploying and encouraging adoption of technology solutions in support of clients’ Strategic...

Toby Saltzman Read Posts →
An expert writer on the meetings and incentive travel industry, Toby Saltzman believes the best programs are enhanced by memorable experiences, be they cultural, culinary, historical or based on nature. Winner of the prestigious Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, among several in her exemplary writing career that includes work in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Global Traveler Magazine, Meetings & Incentive Travel, Ignite...
Bruce Serlen Read Posts →

Bruce Serlen is a veteran travel writer, based in New Jersey, who has written extensively on meetings management and hotel operations. Most recently, he was executive editor at Hotel Business.

Dave Shanley Read Posts →
Dave is the Founder and CTO of CrowdCompass. He has designed and delivered mobile solutions since 2000, and has successfully mobilized thousands of users in over 7 countries.
Patti Shock Read Posts →
Patti Shock is the Academic Consultant for The International School of Hospitality, a certificate granting school based in Las Vegas. She a retired professor in the Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, having taught full-time at UNLV for over 25 years and chaired the Tourism and Convention Department for 18 years. Prior to that, she chaired the Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Department at Georgia...
Jennifer Steinke Read Posts →
Jennifer Steinke, CCTE, GTP, CTC, is a Director at TCG Consulting, a global professional services firm that provides assessment, sourcing, strategy, benchmarking, compliance, implementation and management of corporate travel-related expenses. With over 26 years’ experience in managing corporate travel and helping companies build world class travel programs, Jennifer shares her insights, expertise, and the humor of business travel.
Heidi Thorne Read Posts →
Heidi Thorne, Thorne Communications LLC, is a promotional marketing expert, speaker and author. She has been in sales, marketing, advertising and public relations for over 25 years, including a decade in the trade show and hospitality industries. Learn more about Heidi at HeidiThorne.com.
Anne Thornley-Brown Read Posts →
Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A.,  @executiveoasis has  been blogging for Cvent Blog 5 times a week since May, 2011. Anne is the President of Executive Oasis International, a Toronto team building and management consulting firm specializing in team building retreats, executive retreats, team building and corporate event planning. She has designed and delivered programmes for executives, managers and professionals from 16 countries. Executive...
Valerie Zogas Read Posts →
Valerie is a content writer specializing in marketing and mobile technology. With a background in Creative Writing, she appreciates a finely crafted tale and well-placed punctuation.