Lanyon VP Kevin Iwamoto Named in the 2014 Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry

Posted by Kevin Iwamoto on 08/21/2014

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For the second consecutive year, Kevin Iwamoto, Lanyon VP of Industry Strategy, is recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry for his work on the next generation of Strategic Meetings Management


Dallas, TX – August 12, 2014 ─ For the second consecutive year, Successful Meetings Magazine has named Kevin Iwamoto, Vice President of Industry Strategy for Lanyon, as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry.  Mr. Iwamoto is recognized on the annual list of Top 25 impact players for his important contributions in helping define best practices, improving processes, and making advancements in the meetings industry.

Mr. Iwamoto is a highly regarded and the original thought leader in the field of Strategic Meetings Management (SMM). He actively supports the Meetings Professionals International (MPI) Foundation’s SMM next generation initiative and is a leader in bringing SMM to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.  

“I am both honored and humbled to join my industry colleagues as one of Successful Meetings Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry for 2014,” Mr. Iwamoto said. “I congratulate my fellow designees in the Top 25, as they are all well-recognized leaders who have done great work in advancing our industry. I also want to sincerely thankSuccessful Meetings for raising the bar and inspiring people in our industry to break paradigms, challenge processes, incorporate best practices, and most importantly, challenge the status quo.”  

As companies around the world look to gain a deeper understanding of their meetings, events, and travel programs – even consolidating these programs and associated spend – Mr. Iwamoto uses his expertise to help these companies integrate technology, build more successful programs, and gain a clear view of the “total cost of attendee” – all of which are hallmarks of successful SMM programs.

This award is richly deserved for Mr. Iwamoto. For years he has been an industry leader serving the National Business Travel Association (NBTA, now known as the Global Business Travel Association <GBTA>) at many levels including as Chairman, CEO and President. Mr. Iwamoto is one of only seven people to have received the GBTA Industry Icon Award for lifetime achievements and contributions to the Business Travel Industry. He has been recognized numerous times with awards from trade groups and the media for being a visionary, using best industry practices, being most influential, and being an innovator.

Please visit Mr. Iwamoto’s blog post to read his thoughts on the Top 25 award.

To read more about Successful Meetings’ Top 25 Most Influential People, please visit the Successful Meetings Magazine website for the complete list.

About Lanyon

Lanyon believes that when people come together amazing things happen, relationships are built and business gets done. This is why we have created the industry’s leading cloud-based software for managing corporate meetings, events and travel programs.

From a one-to-one sales meeting, employee training or a large flagship customer conference, Lanyon’s unmatched software and the data it provides helps thousands of organizations and hotels around the world to better engage their customers, reduce costs and grow revenue. 

The proof of the results that we deliver is demonstrated by the customers that choose us, including over 80% of the Fortune 100, more than 10,000 small and medium businesses and over 100,000 hotels.

For more information, visit Lanyon, today.


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