USA Today writer, Nancy Trejos, interviews AMI CEO, Andy McNeill, about staying fit with a busy travel schedule. Meeting planners lead very busy (and sometimes stressful) lives, constantly on the road to the next corporate meeting or event. Read McNeill’s strategy for staying fit while on the road.
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AMI CEO, Andy McNeill, talks to The Business Journals about the reduced costs associated with planning regional corporate meetings. Corporate Meetings held in smaller regional cities can save a company 10-20% over a venues in larger cities.
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Andy McNeill talks to MidwestMeetings.com about overcoming weather challenges during a meeting.
CEO Andy McNeill and client, Christine Damico of Johnson & Johnson, talk about the changing
face of pharmaceutical meetings. With many off-patent drugs coming up, cut-backs are discussed such as the size, length and frequency of face-to-face meetings. This article offers insight from the perspective of both the pharmaceutical company and meeting planners alike. Despite the recession, it is agreed that corporate meetings are a very effective way to gather information, train staff, and get doctors comfortable with new and potential drugs.
It is said that 73 per cent of all leads that are generated at a tradeshow are never followed. WOW! What a waste of money!
The Meeting and event industry is in a transition period where event planners can increase attendee retention and maximize on extended audiences all around the world through electronic means. Anyone planning an event must be sure to let IT enhance the program, not swallow it!
Corporate galas—even smaller galas for fewer than 100 guests—can be among the most difficult events to plan. Planners have to arrange auctions, entertainment, and meals, as well as working with vendors, sponsors, and those who need special accommodations.
With today’s society so saturated with social, it is only fitting that companies use these platforms for promoting and advertising. Facebook has an option where you can now promote an event on Facebook. AMI’s Director of Marketing, Josh Marx, walks you through the steps on to apply this option to your Facebook account. He also shows you how distribute your event through Facebook to make your event a sure winner!
With more restrictions being put on meeting planners that have clients in the pharmacy industry, it has made them more in tune with how much they are spending on hotels, food and beverage, and outside vendors. These pharmaceutical meetings must comply with the PhRMA Code. With over 25 of experience in the meeting planning industry, Andy McNeill was recently quoted noting a beautiful location fit for a physician-attended meeting.
The new changes to the “Sunshine Act” has left people more confused than ever in regard to information needing to be submitted, what payments are supposed to be submitted and the entire reporting format. Andy McNeill, (AMI, CEO) who has a wealth of experience in the pharmaceutical meeting planning industry, with clients such as Baxter, Pfizer and Roche, elaborates on the changes and how they will affect meeting planners in the future.
See what 10 quick meeting planning tips AMI CEO, Andy McNeill, mentions in his article on the Corporate Meetings Network website
Miami has been singled out as one of the most popular places to hold an international meeting, especially if you are catering to South American countries.
Todd Bludworth, COO at American Meetings, Inc., agrees and was recently quoted in Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine about the diversity of Miami and the strong foothold it has with Latin American companies and annual conferences.
Corporate Incentive & Travel Magazine recently did a story on Orlando that shared some pretty amazing statistics. Orlando, Florida is “the first destination in the United States to draw more than 50 million visitors in a year.”
New revisions to the Americans With Disabilities Act went into effect in March of 2011. Andy McNeill, Principle and CEO at American Meetings, Inc (AMI) reminds corporations and the meeting planning community that it is up to the planner to be aware of these changes in ADA regulation as well as confirm that your hotel or venue is in compliance.
Mother Nature has a way of reminding us that she is in charge. Chances are if you have worked in the meeting and events industry for a number of years that you have encountered some kind of extreme act of nature that rocked the pre-planning boat.
American Meetings CEO, Andy McNeill, has experienced that first-hand. In a recent article in Midwest Meetings he shared how an unexpected snow storm in Chicago closed the airport and changed the course of an advisory board.
See what AMI President, Andy McNeill, says about PhRMA guideline compliance and Sunshine Act in MPI Magazine, One+.
As quoted by our very own CEO Andy McNeill in the MPI’s One+ magazine article 'Regional Meetings Can Save on Costs for Lodging & Spaces', “Smaller cities offer far lower costs for lodging and meeting space than major cities” which “cost about 15 percent to 20 percent more than those that typically attract regional [events].”