A Childhood Hero, Risk Management and Event Stage Railings

Brian Billick. Lou Holtz. Cal Ripken, Jr. Ray Lewis. Art Donovan. Brooks Robinson. Johnny Unitas.  Bill Walton. Art Modell.  Marshall Faulk. I’ve been fortunate to meet many sports greats through working in the events field over the years.  The names I have listed were all cordial and pleasant in my interactions with them.  There is…

Rantings of a Too Frequent Flyer

As I was growing up, I remember watching scenes on television of people traveling on airplanes that seemed to make it very glamorous. In the last 12 months, I have been on planes nearly 50 times and can most assuredly guarantee you that it is not glamorous.  It really may have been at one time,…

Plan for Emergencies to Happen at Your Events

The recent tragedy of the cruise ship Costa Concordia serves as a vivid reminder to those of us in the events industry that we need to prepare for possible emergency situations at our events. I’ve been involved with events since 1978 (there were no child labor laws back then).  Since that time, I’ve seen a…

2011: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

With 2011 now in our rear view windows, I would like to take a minute to reflect on a few items that happened last year: THE GOOD PCMA unveiled its Learning Lounge at last year’s Convening Leaders in Las Vegas to rave reviews.  Featuring a behind the house look and short, interactive presentations on a…

Play FourSquare While Attending PCMA’s Convening Leaders

During the next several days, attendees of this year’s Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders event in San Diego may see many of their fellow attendees playing FourSquare on their smart phones.  Hopefully, this little article can offer a few pointers to those of you who may wish to play along. FourSquare is a location…

Eight Out Of Nine Ain’t Bad….

Ummm, Greg?   Psst!  That photo of actress Jeri Ryan – her character on Star Trek: Voyager was called Seven of Nine.  It really has nothing to do with the title of your post. Greg?  Me again.  That song by Meat Loaf?  It’s called Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.  Once again, you are oh so…

Reflections on #BizBash New York

A few hours have passed since I have returned home from this year’s BizBash Expo & Awards in New York.  Overall, I thought it was a very successful event and look forward to attending additional BizBash events in other cities. I can count the number of times I have been in the Big Apple on…

Earn a FourSquare Badge (or more!) at #BizBash New York!

I’m looking forward to seeing many members of the Eventprofs community at the upcoming BizBash New York Expo and Awards on October 19th. I have not been to New York since the original EventCamp that was held at the Roger Smith Hotel in February 2010. Many of the attendees at that conference were playing FourSquare…

Baltimore needs to get moving on new Arena/Convention Center complex

Existing Convention Center / Sheraton Hotel Back in May of this year, the Greater Baltimore Committee revealed plans for a proposed new 18,500 seat arena, 500 room Sheraton hotel and enlarged Baltimore Convention Center at its Annual Meeting.  The key part of this proposal is that Willard Hackerman, a large Baltimore real estate owner/developer and…