Meeting Planner Testimonials
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"I recently used the ConventionPlanit.com RFP OrganizationSM for the first time, and it saved me a lot of time and hassle! I received multiple pages of responses which were collected and compiled to easily compare quotes from a variety of service providers. I especially liked that I did not have to have to re-key our specs like some other e-RFP programs require. I would highly recommend this free service to meeting planners and tradeshow managers."
Kasey R. McNeil, Independent Meeting Planner
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Hunter Clemens, CAE, CMP, Vice President
Meetings Management Group
"Iíve been working with ConventionPlanit.com for a few years now and appreciate their personalized services. Most recently their RFP Valetģ team helped me secure a host hotel in the New York City area for a high-end pharmaceutical client. The best part of their services is that there are no hidden commissions or marked-up fees. They are a tremendous help and I highly recommend them to other planners."
Carol Bittner, Meeting Coordinator
"I am so glad I met the folks from ConventionPlanit.com at the 2012 MEET National show. I needed proposals from resorts in the Northeast within 48 hours, and they did it! We received bids from several resorts that met our needs and I was able to negotiate directly with the properties to finalize a deal. It saved me a ton of time and I would recommend them to any planner."
Roberta Morehouse, Meetings Manager
American Dental Education Association
"Tracking multiple responses to RFPs can be a hassle. They arrive in different formats and sometimes itís hard to compare apples to apples. But the ConventionPlanit.com RFP OrganizationSM tool solves that problem by providing an easy-to-use template that makes it easy to compare proposals."
Valerie Sumner, Principal
VRS Meetings & Events, Inc.
Falls Church, Virginia
"I recently learned about ConventionPlanit.com while doing a Google search and Iím so glad I found them. After answering a few questions from their team about my requirements, my RFP was sent to select hotels and bureaus in the Southeast that met our criteria.
With their online RFP OrganizationSM system, I was able to view quotes in real time, which allowed me to quickly narrow things down to a short list. Best of all I was able to negotiate directly with the hotel without markups or hidden fees to worry about. I would recommend this free service to any meeting planner."
Julee Peck, Owner
Peck's TaeKwonDo America
"I have been using ConventionPlanit.com for several years and have found the site and the team behind it to be a huge help to me! The personal RFP Valetģ service has been great in assisting me with both domestic and international venue selection. Utilizing this service saves me time, and with planning more than 68 training meetings last year, and even more planned for this year, I donít have time to waste. I also participated in the ConventionPlanit.com hosted buyer group that went to IMEX Frankfurt. The networking opportunities and face to face contact between qualified buyers and sellers was invaluable and will help me to do business better and faster. I would recommend this free resource to any planner."
Kathy Spencer, Director of Training
Prosci - Change Management Learning Center
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Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, Director of Education, Training & Events
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Darlene Lyons, President
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Elizabeth Reeves, Meeting Planner
Investment Company Institute
"Tasked with coordinating several identical trainings to be held simultaneously across the U.S. with a very short lead time and requiring per diem rates
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Carrine V. M. Todman, MTA, CMP, CGMP, Senior Conference Manager
Westover Consultants, Inc.
"One of the best things about the RFP Valetģ service is that you can use it to quickly obtain multiple quotes for a meeting that might only be weeks away.
I had a great experience using this complimentary service to plan a short-term meeting. Now I am planning to use it for another RFP.
I would recommend this free service to meeting planners without hesitation."
Jody Wright, Divisional Human Resources Director
Emeritus Senior Living - South Central Division
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Judi Tarpley, CMP, Groups/Meetings Agent
Williamsburg/America Travel Management
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I'll be recommending their site to other administrators in our offices."
Diane J. Hall, Manager, Administrative Director for Graduate Programs
Neuroscience and Cell Physiology University of Chicago
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Irene T. Masa, Manager, Board Administration
Graduate Management Admission Councilģ (GMACģ)
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Corina Fernandez, Executive Assistant
CO-OP Financial Services
San Bernardino, California
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Katrina Smith, CMP, Director, Events & Member Services
Caruso Group International
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Lorraine Roscoe, Corporate Event Planner
Palm Harbor, Florida
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Melissa Betancourt, Senior Project Coordinator
Skillman, New Jersey
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Lori Little, Training Coordinator
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
"I learned about ConventionPlanit.com at the Affordable Meetings Mid-America Show. What I love is that I can easily research hotels on the site and then send an RFP attachment directly to my top choices with a single e-mail. Then I negotiate directly with the hotels with no commission or markup, yet ConventionPlanit.com is there to help if I need it. I will definitely use this free service again in the future."
Alan Soell, Owner
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Sue Palesh, BU Coordinator
Alcan Medical Flexibles Americas
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Marilyn Watson, Executive Assistant
Dare Foods Limited
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Landmarc Events, LLC
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Kathy Votaw, Executive Director
Radiation Research Society
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Kate McCaw, Executive Director
Patriot Meetings, LLC
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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Kimberly Marenus, Director of Events
City Chic Events
New York, New York
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San Carlos, California
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Daneille Combee, Administrative Assistant
Kalos Financial, Inc.
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Megan Kalaski, Director of Meetings
Global Cold Chain Alliance
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Kelly D. Benge, Senior Administrative Manager
Cary, North Carolina
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Neil Jacobsen, Team Leader
Christopherson Meetings & Incentives
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Clockwork Home Services, Inc.
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Success Group International
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Cherie Lee Williams, Owner
D.W.D. Enterprise Meeting and Event Planning
Los Angeles, California
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Janice Petty, Executive Assistant, Sales/Marketing
Zurn PEX, Inc.
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Gateway Travel Management
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Linda S. Gibson, Director, Finance & Administration
Forest Resources Association, Inc.
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Karin Scott-Bay, Meeting Planner
Precision Castparts Corp.
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Convention Management Associates
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Arradondo Planning Group, Inc.
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
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Our Sunday Visitor, Inc.
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Chamber Partnerships International LLC
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VSR Financial Services, Inc.
Overland Park, Kansas
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USDA Forest Service
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Quarles & Brady LLP
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Elizabeth Burke Brown, Executive Director
Information Display and Entertainment Association
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Florida Foreign Language Association
Lake Worth, Florida
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Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
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Windy Christner, CMP, Senior Director of Meetings & Expositions
American Pharmacists Association
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Alegent NPG Health-Link
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In the Event
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American Bakers Association
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St. Charles, California
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
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The Laureli Group, Inc.
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Rehabilitation of Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
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Scientific Therapeutics Information, Inc.
Springfield, New Jersey
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Kelly J. Dickson, Program Director
Childhood Communication Seminars
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