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December 10, 2020 36 min

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Our guest on this episode is David Peckinpaugh, the president of Maritz Global Events.  In his current role, David provides strategic oversight for both Maritz Travel and Experient – two of the largest and most respected leaders in the event industry with nearly $1 billion in total event spend annually. Working closely with his Executive Leadership Team, David sets the business strategy and future direction of the collective companies, while ensuring the companies consistently design and deliver exceptional experiences to clients and their guests.

David is known throughout the events industry as a passionate leader and tireless advocate. Prior to his current position leading Maritz,  David has held senior level posts over the past 30+ years at prestigious organizations such as HelmsBriscoe, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Conferon Global Services and Hyatt Hotels. He also served as president & CEO of the San Diego CVB for three years.

Throughout his career David has been recognized for his work, advocacy and action on behalf of the events industry, earning numerous accolades from peers and organizations. He has been the recipient of multiple awards including MPI Rise Award’s Meetings Industry Leadership Award, the Joint Meetings Industry Council’s Unity Award, and Incentive Travel Council’s Advocate of the Year Award, to name just a few.

David is a board member of the U.S. Travel Association, a member of the Meetings Means Business Coalition,  and Chairman of the PCMA Education Foundation. He also serves on the advisory boards for Taj Group and Social Tables. In addition, David is a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) and Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS).

In this thought-provoking podcast, David walks us through his captivating career journey, and shares his views on what it takes to be a good leader, in good times and bad.


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