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Richard John (Moderator)

  • Richard John (Moderator)

    COO of Realise.Me, I also run a successful learning and development consultancy, specialising in essential "soft skills" training and coaching. And I have the pleasure of writing for several leading business magazines covering the meetings and events industry, as well as presenting and facilitating at numerous events around the globe.

    I'm the creator and MD of Ideas Nest, the website that acts as a 'dating agency' for those who have great ideas and are looking for supporters and investors to make them a reality.

    I also undertake a variety of consulting, advisory, speaking, mentoring and NED roles for event agencies needing the guidance that comes with grey hairs and battle scars. I'm also happy to start with sharing free advice and opinion to early stage businesses or those struggling with life’s challenges.

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Jens Blaumeier

President / Owner
DMC INBOUND Services GmbH / German DMC association BVDIU
  • Jens Blaumeier

    Destination Management Creative and Meeting Management Expert with 30 years of experience in leisure and MICE travel. Since 2001 owner and Managing Director of INBOUND Services GmbH, a Destination Management Company for Germany and Austria with offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Vienna. 

    I am DMCP (Destination Management Certified Professional by ADMEI) and acting President of the German DMC Association (

    INBOUND Services is the only ADMC in Germany (accredited DMC) and exclusive member in DMC Network for Germany and Austria.

    We have successfully organized incentives and events of all kind for major companies and can look back at a wide range of experience and a great know how. Good and trustful relations to suppliers are as important to us, as our dedication and ambition in the job to deliver perfect service for our international clients.


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John Martinez

CEO & Founder
  • John Martinez

    With over 30 years of experience in the events industry, John understands the needs of membership organisations deeply and intrinsically. After spending the first 14 years of his career as a PCO, he founded Shocklogic in 1997, where today he leads an international team to deliver cutting edge event management technology. John has a PhD in Quantum Physics from MIT and has previously been named one of the “Top 100 Movers & Shakers in Events” by Eventbrite. In 2020, he was also listed as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry” and one of the “Top 50 Virtual Meetings & Events Innovators” by Eventex.

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Linda Pereira

CPL Events
  • Linda Pereira

    Winner of Business Spirit award. Business owner award in 2008. 2011 voted to the top 100 women in eCommerce. IAHMP education award in 2009. Meeting Industry Mentor for 3 universities namely in Russia, USA and UK. Board Member of New World Leaders Association, Board Member of Labor er Dignitas, Board Member of WECAI, President of APPEN, and Member of Advisory Board of Meetings Show UK. Winner of the WE Magazine USA award for Global Marketing in 2013.

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Mark Plaisier

Operations Director
Savvy Congress
  • Mark Plaisier

    With 25 years of experience in events, he once explained the difference between a 35mm slide projector and power-point slides. 

    Today he's still doing this😉 while in the meantime helping people to understand the differences & possibilities between hybrid, virtual, online, live, platform, tools and many other technical phrases that could impact your event or meeting. 



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