Understanding changes in our industry - what you should be paying attention to?

Thursday, Nov 14 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Room 2

CMP-IS Domain A: Risk Management, 1.5 CEs

In this highly interactive session, the audience will vote on their top strategic priorities for Kevin to overview and address at a high level. Stakeholders need more information than ever before and there are new emergency contingencies to plan for including GDPR, Data Security, Contract Compliance, Duty of Care, Risk Management and other industry impacting developments. What do event planners need to know for 2020? Come to this session and be part of a discussion with an award-winning industry influencer whose broad swath of knowledge can help planners better understand how these developments may impact event planners' responsibilities in 2020 and beyond.

About Kevin Iwamoto


Kevin Iwamoto brings more than 35 years of experience in corporate travel and meetings/events management to GoldSpring Consulting’s clients. He focuses on select projects and consulting engagements, specializing in global procurement, category management, strategic sourcing, meetings and events, Strategic Meetings Management Programs (SMMP) and SMM Maturity Indexing for programs.

Prior to joining GoldSpring, Kevin served as vice president of industry strategy at Lanyon, where he was responsible for guiding the global strategies for engaging with buyers, associations and suppliers. Prior to joining Lanyon, he was a senior global category manager in the Hewlett-Packard Global Travel & Meetings Team.

Kevin is a former President & CEO of the Board of Directors for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). He has served on numerous association boards, most recently as a Board member for the US Council for the MPI Foundation. He is considered one of the original founders of SMM and is acknowledged globally as a leading subject matter expert in the discipline.

Kevin has won almost every major industry award in both business travel and the meetings and events industries. Recent accolades include the 2016 MPI Rise Award for Meetings Industry Leadership. He has published two published books, Strategic Meetings Management: From Theory to Practice published in April, 2011 and most recently, Your Personal Brand, Your Power Tool to Build Career Integrity, published in October of 2016.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii, a Global Travel Professional (GTP) designation from GBTA and a Global Leadership Professional (GLP) Masters designation from the Wharton School of Business via GBTA.