Greg was born a small child. At the tender age of 12, he had the opportunity to work behind the scenes on a small trade show and was instantly hooked. When asked about career choices by a high school guidance counselor, Greg replied that he wanted to work in the meetings and events industry. The counselor replied that it was impossible to make a living in that industry and steered Greg towards the fast paced and exciting world of accounting.
After making “debits equal credits” for too many years, Greg finally made the leap to the meetings and events industry. In 2005, the Association of Convention Operations Management (ACOM) and Successful Meetings magazine honored Greg with their Convention Services Manager of the Year award. The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) honored Greg as one of the Future Leaders of the Industry in 2007.
Greg holds five professional industry certifications: Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified in Exhibitions Managment (CEM), Certified Association Sales Executive (CASE), Certified in Meetings Management (CMM),and Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA). Greg is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) and the Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA).
Greg currently serves as Chair of PCMA’s Social Media Task Force. Greg also volunteers his time for the Convention Industry Council (CIC), helping to review CMP applicants and helping draft “green” standards for meeting venues as part of their APEX Green Meetings & Events Practices Panel.
Greg has given presentations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Some of the groups Greg has presented to includes: IAEE, PCMA, Association of Korean Exhibition Industries, EIBTM, Convention Industry Council, Destinations Showcase, Visit Baltimore, ASAE, TS2, Event Camp and Baltimore International College. Greg is a certified instructor for both the Tourism Ambassador Institute hospitality training as well as the TIPS Alcohol Awareness training.
In his free time, he has interests in coin collecting, Sherlock Holmes, Maryland history and is a die hard fan of both the Baltimore Orioles and the Baltimore Ravens.
Any opinions expressed by Greg Ruby on this blog are his own and may not necessarily represent the viewpoints of any of his employers, coworkers, clients, friends or passing acquaintances.