1:00 PM | Opening General Session Moderator: Industry Update: Changes, Challenges and Moving Forward
Joe Bedsole’s Bio:
Joe Bedsole, CTA, CIES is the Austin based regional sales office Director for the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. Joe has been with Arlington over 12 years and has 30+ years in the hotel, CVB and association world working for hotel companies such as Doubletree, Le Meridien, Marriott and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. He is a previous board member for the HSAE, the Society of Government Meeting Professionals – Austin Capitol Chapter, he is also a previous board President of the Austin/San Antonio chapter of MPI and is a previous board member of TSAE and a current member of the Southwest Showcase Steering committee. Joe has been an industry speaker and has created programs for educational meetings and conferences for many organizations including Southwest Showcase, TSAE, MPI, SGMP, NASSCED and IAEE. He has volunteered his time as an association board retreat facilitator and has been a frequent volunteer instructor for the Austin Community College Meeting Planning certificate program. This year Joe completed MPI’s Inclusive Event Strategist certification course and was recently honored at the SW Showcase Conference & Expo by being named the 2019 Industry Professional of the Year.