THE PLANNERS 



 

Robyn Mietkiewicz
Director, Global Meeting Management, Meeting Sites Resource
Specialties: Contract negotiation and site selection; industry education

Wearing the hats of planner, educator and supplier, Mietkiewicz is a walking repository of meetings industry know-how, delivering webinars and other presentations on a gamut of topics. She received the 2014 MPI RISE Award for Member of the Year and a 2013 Pacesetters Award from the CIC.



 

Stuart Ruff
Director, Meetings, Exhibitions and Events, RIMS, the risk management society
Specialties: Industry associations; industry advocacy

In addition to serving on advisory boards for New Orleans, San Francisco, Denver, Calgary and Philadelphia, Ruff serves on the PCMA Board of Directors. He is a past president of the New York chapter of PCMA and the CIC APEX Committee, a founding member of PCMA’s Advocacy Committee, and has recently partnered with DMAI on its Meeting Professionals Advisory Board.



 

MaryAnne Bobrow
President, Bobrow Associates, Inc.
Specialties: Industry advocacy and issues; meeting planning

Whether it’s connectivity, cybersecurity, contracts, hotel piracy or a host of other issues confronting the industry, Bobrow is on it. Her volunteer participation includes ASAE’s Professional Development Council, CIC’s APEX Standards Committee and its connectivity and hotel piracy workgroups, PCMA’s Education Task Force, and chapter author/collaborator for CIC Manual 9th edition, IAEE’s Art of the Show 3rd and 4th editions, and PCMA’s Professional Meetings Management 5th and 6th editions. To sum it all up, Bobrow says she’s probably as curious as her feline, Buddy the Cat, in her quest for knowledge.



 

Nancy J. Zavada
Principal, MeetGreen
Specialties: Sustainable meetings; author, speaker and blogger

Internationally recognized as a trailblazer in the environmentally responsible event management field, Zavada is principal/founder of MeetGreen, a full-service sustainable event planning and consulting firm she founded in 1994. A decade later, Nancy co-founded the Green Meeting Industry Council. Because meeting organizers keep asking for an “easy list” of green meeting initiatives, Nancy recently co-authored Meet Better: 167 Easy Ways to Make Your Events More Environmentally and Socially Responsible.



 

Kenneth Kristoffersen
President/Chief Strategy Officer, POP Kollaborative
Specialties: Event planning and marketing; speaker

As evidenced by his company’s tagline, “A Life Experience Agency,” Kristoffersen has parlayed his previous history as a corporate strategist to provide brand-centric experiences with plenty of “pop,” and is considered an events industry leader in Canada because of his efforts collaborating with competitors to develop industry standards in the world of special event planning and execution.



 

Janiece J. Sneegas
Director of General Assembly and Conference Services, Unitarian Universalist Association
Specialties: Sustainable meetings

Since 2004 Sneegas has worked to “green” UUA’s General Assembly, and has served on the board of the Green Meeting Industry Council and participated as a member of the Green Meetings and Events Practice Panel for the APEX/ASTM Standards for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings.

Joost de Meyer
Chairman & CEO, First Incentive Travel
Specialties: International incentive programs; industry thought-leader

Long a fixture in the international meetings community, Joost is a “go-to guy” when it comes to examining the issues impacting the global meetings market. Having just won the Master Motivator Award from SITE, the organization recognized this 35-year industry veteran as “an ambassador for our industry who maintains the drive to keep the incentive travel industry vibrant and growing around the world.”

Vivian Leabhart
Manager, Convention Services & Meetings Logistics. Lions Clubs International
Specialties: Sustainable meetings

Leabhart contracted with tech firm ViridiSTOR to make Lions Clubs International's annual events, which attract up to 20,000 attendees, paperless. Sustainability is only growing as a force in the meetings industry, and Leabhart is one of the trendsetters who identified the value of green meetings ahead of the curve.

Check out the July 2015 digital edition of Meetings Focus to see the Trendsetters cover and more.