For its fourth edition, this year’s feature focuses on the meeting and event industry’s trailblazers, trendsetters and up-and-comers. The influential executives, board members and department heads featured are at the helm of some of the nation’s top events (think massive trade shows, galas, conferences, corporate bashes, pop-culture conventions and festivals, sporting events and multimillion-dollar weddings—just to scratch the surface), while others continue to innovate with steal-worthy food and beverage concepts, state-of-the-art event technology, cutting-edge design, out-of-the-box entertainment and noteworthy strategies. 


In a diverse and growing profession that’s chock-full of list-worthy creatives, it’s important we note that the industry’s talents are not restricted to these pages—rather, this annual compilation is meant to offer new opportunities to connect with key players to share ideas, inspiration and guidance for future events.