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Women at the Helm: Kelly Gleeson Smith, Vice President of Sales, Meetings and Events, Caesars Entertainment

Straight out of college, Kelly Gleeson Smith knew she had fallen into her dream career after landing her first job in “meeting connection sales” at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas. From the start, she reveled in what she described as the “power of meetings” that affect so many people.

“It was like a pebble falling into the water, and then the centrifugal rings just continue to expand,” Gleeson Smith said. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is an amazing industry.’”

People News: ASM Global, Exhibitor Group, Ungerboeck and More Tap New Executives, Welcome Team Members

While the hiring craze that consumed the trade show industry over the past 18 months is showing signs of winding down, event-related organizations far and wide are still welcoming new and experienced talent to their teams, including established industry veterans, as they set their focus on success and growth in the new year ahead. Take a look! 

People News: Caesars Entertainment, Impact XM and More Tap New Executives, Elevate Team Members

Despite rumblings of a slowing job market, the trade show industry is continuing its strong hiring and promoting momentum, with organizations far and wide filling executive roles with seasoned industry veterans and elevating strong-performing team members with new titles. Check them out!

Straight Talk: Louisville Tourism’s Cleo Battle on Baseball, Bourbon, DEI and Evolving Beyond the Pandemic

Right off the bat (pun intended), I knew Cleo Battle was someone who makes the most of an experience.

No more than a couple of minutes into our conversation, the discussion turned to how much he treasures his personalized Louisville Slugger in purple—the color of his hometown baseball team, the Colorado Rockies—which he’s had since moving to Louisville almost 10 years ago, and how he enjoys his fine Kentucky bourbon on occasion—with a nice cigar and a great Sinatra album.

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