HSMAI University Audio interview: Making Meeting Magic and Getting Champagne on a Beer Budget
Vicky is active in meetings industry organizations, having served on the Boards of Directors for the Greater Midwest Chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and for both the Chicago and Wisconsin chapters of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Vicky has received numerous industry awards, including the prestigious Planner of the Year Award twice – from MPI chapters in both Wisconsin and Chicago, as well as the 2004 Co-Author of the Year award from PCMA and the 2006 Robert J. Donovan Award from the Greater Midwest Chapter of PCMA.
This interview gives highlights of her presentation at HSMAI's Affordable Meetings National, Sept. 9-10, 2009 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, "Tricks of the Trade: The Magic of Successful On-Site Meeting Management." It also touches on how to establish cost controls in the area of food and beverage, including quantity and guarantee controls, menu planning, and negotiating.
HSMAI is the hospitality industry source for knowledge, community, and recognition for leaders committed to professional development, sales growth, revenue optimization, marketing, and branding. With a strong focus on education, HSMAI has become the industry champion in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry, and bringing together customers and members at annual events, including HSMAI's Affordable Meetings®. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. For more information on HSMAI, contact the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, Va. 22102; (703) 506-3280; fax (703) 506-3266, or visit the website at .
Launched in 1996, HSMAI University is the organization’s most comprehensive and ambitious initiative in the realm of education for sales and marketers of hospitality and travel to-date, entailing a wide-ranging schedule of course offerings and learning experiences in public venue, private label and online formats. Other upcoming programs include “Managing Business Results” and “Managing Review” simulation programs this September at Johnson & Wales University in Denver. Visit for details, webinar registration and information on webinar archives.