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Meetings Quest Relaunches in Mesa, Arizona

Nation's Longest-Running Series of Trade Shows for Association and Corporate Meeting Planners Has New Look and Lineup (May 06, 2014)

MESA, Ariz., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Meetings Quest, the nation's longest-running series of educational and networking events for association and corporate meeting planners, is relaunching today in Mesa, Arizona. Meetings Quest was acquired last year by Los Angeles-based Schneider Publishing, publishers of SportsTravel and Association News magazines and organizers of the TEAMS Conference & Expo.

Hosted by Visit Mesa, Meetings Quest has been scheduled to coincide with the U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week as a way of highlighting the importance of meetings and events as generators of travel and economic impact. Meetings Quest will kick off this evening with an opening celebration at the Mesa Arts Center, which includes a "Taste of Mesa" culinary and cultural experience, tours of the arts center and a welcome from Mesa Mayor Alex Finter. Following Mayor Finter's welcome, Timothy Schneider, president and CEO of Schneider Publishing, will moderate a panel discussion on the state of the travel industry with Marc Garcia, president and CEO of Visit Mesa; Sherry Henry, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism; Debbie Johnson, president and CEO of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association; and Martha Sheridan, chairperson of Destination Marketing Association International. The opening celebration will also serve as Arizona's Travel Rally Day.

On the morning of Wednesday, May 7, Meetings Quest will offer two Learning Lab sessions centered on meeting-planning technology and social media strategies for event organizers. The innovative meetings-industry training will be facilitated by Steven Hacker, former president of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, who now serves as "The Association Doctor" columnist for Association News. Expert presenters include LinkedIn co-founder Eric Ly, founder and CEO of; Michelle Wyatt, partner at Cadmium CD; Michael Barnett, CEO of InGO; and Jake Zatzkin, marketing manager in charge of digital strategies for the National Association of Broadcasters. Following the Learning Lab sessions, Chris Waddell, the most decorated male skier in Paralympic history and host of NBC's coverage of the 2014 Paralympic Games, will provide a keynote address. An afternoon trade show at the Mesa Convention Center featuring exhibitors interested in working with corporate and association meeting planners will round out the Meetings Quest agenda.

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