CEO at SpotMe
Pierre joined SpotMe in 2001 and became CEO in 2016. In 2004, after a research position on distributed algorithms at NTT Japan, he returned to SpotMe and led the pivot from proprietary hardware to SaaS, making SpotMe a leading event app and virtual event platform.
Managing Director and CEO at UFI
Kai Hattendorf is responsible for UFI activities and events globally, as well as the operation of its offices and presences in Paris, Brussels, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai, and Bogota. Currently, Kai also serves as the honorary president of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), the global council of international and global associations serving the business events industry.
Previously, Kai spent a number of years in senior management positions at Messe Frankfurt’s global headquarters, focusing on transformational issues ranging from digitisation to marketing and communications.
Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at UNLV
SVP Marketing and Communications at Hubilo
Cathy oversees the entire Marketing Division of the leading global virtual and hybrid event technology company, Hubilo. Cathy carries over two decades of experience across all the spheres in marketing with unique expertise in growing brand and product revenues via growth models. Before Hubilo, Cathy has held leadership roles at Rakuten Ready, Quantcast, Say Media, Pandora, Yahoo, Myspace, and several others. As a highly strategic marketer, she has excellently defined Hubilo’s unique value proposition that sets it apart from competitors and organized the marketing + communications functions to advance the brand and demand with significant speed, building on its growth momentum.
SVP and CMO at Cvent
Patrick Smith is the SVP and CMO of Cvent. He leads a team of 275 marketers in the global development and execution of initiatives and campaigns that build brand awareness and drive demand for Cvent’s software platform, including its event marketing and management solutions.
Senior Director, Meetings & Events at Cvent
With 15 years of experience as a meetings and events professional, Rachel is a seasoned industry expert bringing deep expertise managing events of all size and caliber. Rachel leads Cvent’s 40-person global planning team, helping them organize more than 1,200 events worldwide every year. Rachel’s team is also in charge of Cvent’s comprehensive corporate internal events program for its 4,300+ employees around the world.
Rachel has been instrumental in overseeing & growing Cvent’s annual customer conference, Cvent CONNECT, from a 200-person once-a-year event, into a renowned global event technology conference approaching 5000 attendees.
Prior to joining Cvent, Rachel was a lead meeting and event planner at Morgan Stanley, managing some of the financial industry’s most high-profile equity and fixed income conferences.
Founder and CEO at Vesuvio Ventures
Marco is a successful entrepreneur and investor with over 25 years of intensive experience in media, technology, and the live events industry. He is the Founder and CEO of Vesuvio Ventures, where he works with startups, Venture and Private Equity investors, and corporate innovators serving as a coach, advisor, interim executive, board member, or angel investor (or a combination thereof).
After several years in a successful career as a corporate executive at Apple, Marco pursued his entrepreneurial ambitions and became:
Marco is a Harvard Business School OPM Graduate, and member of YPO, the Young Presidents Organization and a frequent speaker at industry conferences.
He is also a co-author of the best-selling books The Face of Digital focused on how digital technologies are changing the live events business industry and Reinventing Live about the “Always-On” future of live events.
CEO and Co-Founder at MeetingPlay
Joe Schwinger is Co-Founder and CEO of MeetingPlay, an award-winning technology company forging meaningful connections at in-person, virtual, and hybrid events for Fortune 500 companies including Marriott, PepsiCo, Databricks, and many more. With a background in ecommerce, he has extensive experience providing customer facing solutions on a global scale. Joe was recently named to the 2021 BizBash 500 Must-Know Event Pros in the U.S.
Owner of Event Technology Consulting
Brandt is a technical producer, consultant, and highly-acclaimed instructor for the Event Leadership Institute and MPI’s Virtual Event and Meeting Management certificate course. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, he has spoken at events and conferences all over the world, been published in numerous magazines and websites, and is ranked among the most influential people in the events industry.
CEO and Founder at Conference Compass
Jelmer van Ast is the CEO and founder of Conference Compass, an event app pioneer since 2009. Their apps were used at over a thousand conferences, including 20 of the world’s 25 largest association conferences. With their #OneCommunity hybrid event platform, Conference Compass enables associations and corporate meeting planners to unite their communities around events, whether they join the event virtually or in person.
Jelmer holds a PhD in artificial intelligence and knows first-hand what it takes to publish scientific research and deliver engaging presentations. With his roots in academia together with over 10 years of experience building an event tech company, he and his team stand by their customers to create engaging live, virtual and hybrid events.
Chief Meeting Designer at Slido
Juraj Holub is the Chief Meeting Designer at audience interaction platform Slido, which has helped to make over 500.000 events and meetings more interactive. Over the years, Juraj has worked with some of the industry-leading conferences such as Web Summit or SXSW and has helped many Fortune 500 companies make their meetings more effective. For his work, Juraj received a number of awards in Vancouver (PCMA 20 in their 20s), New York (BizBash Top 500 People in Events) and Bratislava (The National Marketer of the Year).
CMO at Socio
Andrew Pearson is a seasoned technology marketing leader, investor & entrepreneur, with 20 years experience with & passion for events! Andrew is Socio’s Chief Marketing Officer, and has served as CMO or head-of-marketing for six other software companies over his career. Andrew has an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, with a focus on entrepreneurship & marketing. Andrew has been an event organizer, sponsor, host, exhibitor or speaker at over 1000 live and virtual events. Some of his favorites are SxSW (South by Southwest), Hubspot Inbound, and partner dancing events, where he practices his favorite hobby!
Event & Meeting Energizer at Two Minute Moves
Dubbed by the US media as ‘the excuse-buster from Down-Under’, Lizzy helps bust fatigue and boost engagement on events and meetings (inc. Amazon, KFC, Schwarzkopf, Vonage) with wellness microbreaks to stretch, move, meditate and dance. She is the regular fitness expert on Australian morning television, a certified personal trainer, and is the founder and author of Two Minute Moves, which have been featured on Good Morning America and Today Show.
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