Industry Update
Supplier News29 July 2014

BCD M&I Acquires Universal Meeting Management

Expert meeting and event companies combine forces to expand reach and service offerings

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Chicago, IL – July 29, 2014 – BCD M&I ( today announced the acquisition of Universal Meeting Management, Inc. (UMM), a leading corporate meeting and event management company with expertise in servicing the health care provider (HCP) sector and a growing customer base in the High Tech market. The move enhances the southeastern presence for BCD M&I and increases its service offerings to include proprietary technologies geared toward the HCP sector and a talented staff of meeting professionals with years of experience.


"The employees of UMM bring our clients something very valuable with their unrivalled expertise in planning and executing pharmaceutical events. They also share our dedication to superior customer service," said BCD M&I Global President Scott Graf. "Acquisition is key to our strategic growth plan, and we could not have found a better cultural fit than the one that currently exists at UMM."

In addition to specialization in the HCP and High Tech sectors, the UMM team has vast experience in product launches, medical meetings, and a proprietary technology platform which tracks, measures and reports meeting analytics to promote both financial transparency, audit readiness and compliance. While the tool has been primarily utilized in the US market, it will immediately be integrated into all of BCD M&I's regional operations.

BCD M&I currently has headquarter locations in Chicago, Mexico City, Maidenhead (UK) and Singapore and is delighted to enhance its presence in the southeastern United States. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, UMM was founded and led by industry veteran and entrepreneur, Kathy Truelove, for over 20 years.

"We are thrilled to join forces with BCD M&I, an industry leader across the globe in corporate meetings and events," says Truelove. "The combination of our companies, both built on a spirit of delivering innovative solutions and consistent service, brings additional value to current and potential customers."

"Both BCD M&I and UMM have built a solid portfolio of customers over the years which can expect to benefit from this merger," Graf states. "Our combined international reach and extensive experience in meeting and events management will further enhance our position as the leader in pharma sector meeting management across the globe."

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About BCD M&I

BCD M&I is an independently managed operating company of BCD Group and a sister organization of BCD Travel, the world"s third-largest travel management company. BCD M&I energizes and streamlines the business of meetings and incentives by offering event-level and enterprise-level solutions. BCD M&I is headquartered in Chicago, Ill., employs more than 500 people and operates in over 40 countries, with sales exceeding US$567 million. For more information, visit

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. For executives, we ensure that the travel program supports company objectives. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 97 countries with 11,000 creative, committed and experienced people. And it"s how we maintain an industry-leading client-retention rate of more than 95%, with 2012 sales of US$21.2 billion. For more information, visit

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (onlinetravel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park "N Fly (off-airport parking), Parkmobile International (mobile parking and traffic applications) and joint venture Airtrade (consolidating and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 12,000 people and operates in almost 100 countries with total sales, including US$9.2 billion partner sales, of US$24 billion. For more information, visit

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