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Virtual: A Day in the Life – Events Planner

Posted by Jessie Hennion & Miriam Macedo on 2/23/17 10:10 AM

Q&A with Brittney Burns, Events Manager at Virtual

What do you do at Virtual?

At Virtual, I manage events for a technology-focused, non-profit association management company. This might mean planning conferences and member meetings. Virtual’s event planning team plans numerous Board of Directors and association working group meetings every year. We run events in 35 countries for participants including the U.S. Secretary of State, Supreme Court justices, and Fortune 100 CEOs! 

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Topics: Meetings, Association Management, Meeting, Conference Planning, Event Planning, A Day in the Life

The Four Secrets to Making a Big Impression at Your Member Event

Posted by Andy Freed on 11/3/16 9:50 AM

Our team just wrapped up another PCI Security Standards Council Community Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland.  With hundreds of attendees, scores of speakers and dozens of exhibitors, the meeting—and its counterparts in the US and Asia—have a ton of moving parts.

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Topics: Meetings, Conference Planning, Event Planning

How to Prevent Room Block Pirates from Hijacking Your Next Event

Posted by Margot Rodger and Brittney Burns on 3/8/16 7:00 AM

If you’re planning an association meeting or conference any time soon, you’ll want to be on the lookout for “room block pirates.” These are housing companies that call your participants pretending to be affiliated with your group to try to get them to book a room outside of your room block. 

Unfortunately, one of our technology association clients fell prey to such a room block piracy scam recently. We were managing the details for a conference this client was hosting in Vancouver not long ago, when the phony housing company called one of the scheduled speakers to say that the room block was almost sold out. The pirate encouraged the person to make a reservation over the phone to secure one of the last rooms. The speaker complied, giving his credit card information, only to find out later that the company was a fake and he didn’t have a valid reservation after all. This meant that the speaker was out the room cost on his credit card and was also left with no lodgings. 

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Topics: Event Planning

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