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Global Meetings Industry Day 2017 - RECAP

Thanks to everyone who helped to create a successful GMID2017!

More than 200 meeting professionals representing 11 industry association chapters gathered April 6 at the Brazos Hall in Austin to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day 2017 (GMID). The interior of the historic building created a distinctively Central Texas forum for the two panel discussions on the Local Economic Impact and Event Security.

Panelists discussing the local economic impact were
Bill Keese, Executive Director, The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations
Cindy Lo, DMCP, Owner, Red Velvet Events
Tom Noonan, President & CEO, Austin CVB
Mike Shea, Executive Director, SXSW
Kevin Olsen, Moderator, Founding Partner at Keyway
 
The group had positive outlooks for the future of events in the Austin area and attributed the growth to new hotels in the area, the option for convention center expansion and favorable business opportunities for potential suppliers.
 
Panelists discussing new security measures for events were
Brad Mayne, CFE, President & CEO, International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)
David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, Executive Director, International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE)
Larry Arnaudet, Executive Director, Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA)
Bill Flynn, Former Director of Homeland Security
Mike Shea, Executive Director, SXSW
Diane Gallatin, CPP, PSP, ISP, President, Integrated Security Solutions
Kevin Olsen, Moderator, Founding Partner at Keyway
 
DuBois and Olsen met last year and developed a plan to further secure venues, primarily convention centers, to be able to offer better security for attendees and new methods for protecting them in the event of a crisis. In less than nine months, more than two dozen associations are behind the initiative and will be meeting later this year to further define the process and designation. It will be an added benefit to planners using larger venues that can be targeted for terrorist attacks. 
 
The GMID Austin title sponsor was the Circuit of the Americas, who announced the Audi Driving Experience coming to the venue as well as a permanent site for go-kart racing. Three of the Audi cars were on display outside of the hall.
 
The presentations were followed by the Taste of Texas--food & beverage stations provided by Crave Catering, Contigo Catering The Cupcake Bar, Pinkberry, Royal Fig Catering and Primizie Catering.
 
Additional sponsors included Brazos Hall, Freeman, ILEA Austin Chapter, Red Velvet Events, Attendee Management, Inc., SuperShuttle, The Expo Group, Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown, Kennedy DMC, Marquee Rents, Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin, Austin CVB, Tracey Smith Photography, Visit Plano, Waldo and Telluride Ski and Golf.