MAR 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory PLANNER PROFILE Subscribe Advertise Contact meet the planner… meet Merry Leonard Executive Director, Association of Water Board Directors - Texas What types of meetings/events do you plan? We plan educa- tional seminars for locally elected government officials. From 450 delegates at a breakfast to a conference with exhibits for 1,900 delegates plus spouses for three days, four times a year with a staff of two. What is one of your biggest challenges and how do you work to overcome this challenge? We have many members who have belonged to our organization for many years. Theyʼve attended our conferences when there were 400 delegates. We try very hard to maintain a personal relationship with all of our members. We need to keep it fresh and exciting not only to maintain but to entice others to attend. What is one of the unique ways that you make your meeting exciting or different to boost the attendee experience? We use a variety of national, state and local speakers to spice up our con- ferences. We also usually have a theme from the area where we are meeting and use it throughout the event. Who is your professional role model and why? I have had many people in my industry and the hospitality industry whom I have taken a pinch of this and a dash of that with a smidgeon from someone else to help me improve. How do you manage job-related stress? Stress! What stress? Seriously, I have a great staff. I exercise, I love to read and I have an understanding husband and a precious Chihuahua.■ Want to share your insight & best practices on planning events? E-mail and let us meet you. Have You Renewed Your Due to auditing requirements, you may be removed from our mail list, so Your primary business (check only one) Corporate Only ❑A. Manufacturing ❑ D. Wholesale/Retail ❑ F. Communications & Technology Association Only ❑ K. SMERF (Social, Military, Educational, Religious, Fraternal) ❑ L. Financial, Banking, Real Estate, Insurance ❑ B. Service/Institution/Transportation ❑ E. Financial, Banking, Real Estate, Insurance ❑ H. Prof./Independent Meeting Planner ❑ C. Medical/Healthcare ❑ G. Government ❑ I. Travel Agent ❑ M. Medical/Healthcare ❑ N. Trade/Union/Labor What is your title classification? (check only one) ❑A. Corp. Officer/General Mgmt./Admin. ❑ D. Purchasing/Production Manager ❑ B. Sales/Marketing ❑ E. Training & Development ❑ C. Meeting Planning/Convention Mgmt. ❑ F. Travel Agent/Manager/Planner Which of the following categories best describes the types of events you are involved with planning? (check all that apply) ❑A. Corporate Meetings ❑ B. Association Meetings ❑ C. SMERF Meetings ❑ E. Incentive Travel Programs ❑ F. Trade Show/Exhibits ❑ G. Training Programs ❑ D. Government Meetings www.con v ❑ H. Other__________________ Your signature is required: Signature_____________________________ Date_____________ MARCH 2012 ConventionSouth 11 ❑ O. Other Associations___________________ ❑ G. Consultant ❑ H. Other Management Personnel ❑ J. Other Business Subscription For 2012? fax this form to (800) 968-0712 or visit ❑ YES, I would like to receive my FREE subscription to ConventionSouth ❑ no thanks Preferred Format: ❑ Print ❑ Print & Digital* ❑Digital* ❑ Yes, sign me up for monthly email newsletters• ❑ no thanks Name_____________________________Title________________________Company_____________________Address_______________________________ City__________________State______Zip___________Phone_____________________Fax___________________Email*_____________________________ ConventionSouth please

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