Connect Association magazine is the freshest voice in the association, professional organization and specialty group meetings industry, delivering intelligence and observations from business, culture and innovation to reimagine today’s meetings and offer a glimpse into the future.
Our Magazine and Community
The American Society of Business Publication Editors has recognized Connect Association magazine at various times with awards for editorial excellence, including a national Gold Award for New Publication, the highest honor for new magazines, for its premiere issue in 2010. In 2015, it was named a Top 10 magazine of the year for business publications. The website, digital newsletters, blogs and webinars offer a mix of current news, analysis, commentary and practical how-to articles for users who are passionate about what they do. On Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram, Connect Association’s staff and community of meeting professionals share photos and experiences from their events, travel and more.
Connect Association Marketplace, an annual education conference and appointment-only trade show, is a highly respected event that brings together the most active planners, suppliers and experts in many fields for three days of general sessions, panels, roundtables, workshops, pre-set appointments and networking. Past general session speakers include Anderson Cooper, Bill Clinton, James Carville and Mary Matalin, Seth Meyers, Sherri Shepard, Lt. Gen. Russel Honore and Andrew Young. The appointment-only trade show is the business marketplace of the annual event and generates success stories every year as RFPs are placed and dates are secured for future business. Testimonials about the ROI of this event pay tribute to Connect Association’s planner development team. Other events throughout the year include diversity and leadership summits, sports conferences, advisory board meetings and destination site visits.
What We Believe
In a world where information overload is common, technologies proliferate, and products spring up or become obsolete overnight, we strive to deliver clear, concise, relevant and, most of all, interesting information you can use. We want to fire your imagination and create a community of ideas around meetings. We hope to inform and infuse your work and meetings with passion, purpose and profitable returns, which is why we are inspired by Einstein’s quote and the following passage from the book, “The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation,” by Frans Johansson: “You have to be willing to ‘waste time’ on things that are not directly relevant to your work because you are curious. But then you are able to, sometimes unconsciously, integrate them back into your work.” We hope you will come and waste time with us.
Connect is one of the nation’s fastest-growing media companies specializing in events and destination marketing. Our major interests include meeting business magazines and trade shows, digital programs and solutions, travel guides for newspapers and consumer magazines, and destination information distribution through broadcast and custom programs. Discover for yourself why we are one of the most talked about media companies in the industry, with a solid reputation for delivering ROI to destinations, meeting planners and meeting suppliers.