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Webinar: Keeping Everyone Safe When We Return To Face-to-Face

July 29, 2020 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm CDT


Meetings and events are going to look very different when the industry returns to face-to-face in light of COVID-19. The business events community has been working to find the best practices and create standards to ensure the safety of all when we do. Our panel of experts is here to answer the top questions about what the return to events will look like in order to keep everyone involved safe according the research their organizations have done, as well as standards planners should look out for when deciding on their next meeting venue.

Moderator: Desirée Knight
Desirée Knight, CAE, CMP joined the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association in July 2000. She is responsible for utilizing her leadership skills in executing a portfolio of events which includes the AREMA Annual Conference & Exposition and Rail Interchange. She is a member of PCMA, ASAE, LRW and IEEE. She received her Certified Meeting Professional designation in 2006 and in 2017, named PCMA Visionary Award Meeting Professionals of the Year Finalists. In 2018, she earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation and is an ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) Scholar (2016-2018 Class). Desirée was named the 2019 Event Industry Council, Pacesetter – D&I Social Responsibility, a 2017 and 2019 Meetings Today Magazine, Meeting Trendsetter as well as a 40 over 40 Award Winner with the Senior Professionals Industry Network (SPIN). She is a sought-after speaker focusing on D&I and social awareness. She has also been active on several industry customer advisory boards, a PCMA Board Member and on the newly formed PCMA Governance Committee.

Panelist: Vito Curalli
Vito is the Executive Director for International Sales and Industry Relations with Hilton. He oversees several teams in the Americas who deliver results to the enterprise globally. In addition to this, he works closely with key global partner organizations such as PCMA in an effort to build stronger relationships for both Hilton and its customers. Vito is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Panelist: Michael Graham
Vice President
Strategic Accounts/Luxury
Michael joined PSAV November 2004 and brings a wealth of experience to his role as a Vice President of Strategic Accounts/Luxury. His passion for providing strategic direction partnered with his strong customer service approach has driven the value of our partnerships and expanded PSAV’s portfolio worldwide. Michael’s tenure has also led to him teaching several classes for the National Training and Development center, including sales training to our international division in the UAE.


Panelist: Michelle Neely
Assistant Director of Event Services
Orange County Convention Center


July 29, 2020
1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
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