Meeting Professionals to Watch

Movers and shakers. That’s the phrase that comes to mind when looking at ConventionSouth’s Meeting Professionals to Watch in 2023 award winners. Our 20 honorees are an impressive bunch from diverse backgrounds and various geographic areas not only in the South, but throughout the United States. These standouts represent entrepreneurs, independent and corporate planners, CVB staff, and other meetings and events professionals. From industry veterans to rising stars, each has an unwavering dedication to clients and the industry.

But what makes this year’s class so fascinating goes beyond their professional prowess. In a challenging climate, these innovators exemplify grace under pressure. Yes: resilience, fortitude, drive, creativity. But our winners also possess personal qualities worth rewarding: kindness, compassion, humility, and the all-important optimism. And they do it all with boundless energy and enthusiasm—and always a backup plan.

We thank them for taking time to share some of the secrets of their success and offer advice from lessons learned along the way. We also thank the readers who sent us the names of so many nominees, all deserving. Your suggestions helped us mine these gems.

Through thoughtful consideration, our editorial team selected our Top 20 for their enterprising spirit and for being on the cutting edge of trends, one step ahead, and always moving forward. Keep your eye on these changemakers, just as we look forward to watching their next moves. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

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