Manager, Conventions VIP Events and Budgets, National Business Aviation Association; Alexandria, Virginia

Members of PCMA’s 20 in Their Twenties class of 2019 see a bright future for the business events industry, a future to which they plan to contribute. Edward Bagsic shares his impressions of and expectations for the industry.

What do you like most about your job?

I love that no two days are alike. I can be pulled in so many different directions that it may be hard to keep everything straight, but I enjoy the challenge. It’s like putting a puzzle together; everything eventually falls into place. I also like the creative outlet the job presents, as opportunities for creative solutions constantly arise.

Where would you like your career to go?

For now, I’d like to continue to produce large shows. I like the onsite energy of huge shows and all of the nuances that they bring. Down the line, it would be most fulfilling to do work in industries that have a more immediate effect on our everyday lives.

What’s the best day you’ve had in the meetings industry so far?

Each day just gets better, but most recently the Day 1 Keynote at NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, on Oct. 16 in Orlando, Florida, has got to be the best day in the meetings industry that I’ve had. I had taken on more responsibility with this session than ever before, and seeing everything fall into place made the long months of planning worthwhile.

What will be the biggest change in the industry over the next 20 years?

I think seeing how the industry implements technology will be different. As an industry, we always talk about what’s next and what’s new, but I think that it rolls out slowly. In the next 20 years we’ll have attendees who are more tech savvy attending business events expecting the use of new technologies, so it’ll be interesting to see how fast the industry adapts.

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