2016 40 Under 40: Mark Harvey, CGMP, CMP, CMM

By Connect Staff, March 16, 2016

Mark HarveyMark Harvey, CGMP, CMP, CMM
37, Director of Meetings and Operations
Society of Government Meeting Professionals, Washington, D.C.

What he does: As a one-man department, Harvey executes all aspects of meetings and conferences produced by the society. He also acts as second-in-command to the CEO and manages daily operations of SGMP’s virtual office.

How I got here: “In high school, I worked as a reservationist for Williamsburg Hotel & Motel Association. I moved to D.C. to attend George Mason University’s Tourism and Event Management program while working for Hyatt. From there, I decided I wanted to be one of our clients when I ‘grew up,’ and hopped the fence to the planner side. Four planner positions later, here I am.”

Brag-worthy: Harvey has tripled the society’s engagement with industry partners and increased sponsorships steadily over the last three years.

Next-level idea: “Our group is very social, and our old format was too formal. I worked with Social Tables to redesign the floor plan to become a social event instead of a pipe-and-drape show; performed an extensive financial analysis; and after receiving board approval, moved forward to execute, with the program selling out more than a month before the show.”

Next-gen thinking: “Times are changing; associations are changing; we need to change too. Great minds can pull together to meet [attendees] where they are.”

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