Kellen stands as a global leader in providing management and services to professional and trade organizations. We empower Board leaders by offering operational frameworks and strategic guidance to better serve their organization's mission and vision.
As a dedicated professional services company, we offer solutions to organizations, such as association management, public affairs, marketing, meeting management, education, and strategic communication. Leveraging our expertise across diverse industries including healthcare, food and beverage, buildings and materials, and technology, as well as our global perspective with a presence in North America and Europe, we collaborate with over 100 organizations to help achieve their goals.
Understanding the importance of a strong and effective Board of Directors, we offer customized management solutions that address the unique needs of each organization we partner with.
The Meetings Manager role involves serving as the primary point of contact for assigned clients, taking ownership of planning and executing their events with precision and professionalism. Embracing Kellen Best Practices, this position contributes to the success of the Meetings & Expositions department by leveraging event planning expertise. The Meetings Manager is specifically responsible for planning and managing meetings, conferences, trade shows, and client functions. This role manages logistics, budget adherence, and client satisfaction, engaging closely with clients, vendors, and internal teams to ensure seamless event delivery.
Client Engagement and Execution
Establish and maintain strong relationships with assigned clients, understanding their goals and expectations for each event.
Collaborate with clients to determine event objectives, budget constraints, and desired outcomes.
Execute events in accordance with client specifications, ensuring a high level of customer satisfaction.
Communicate effectively with clients throughout the planning process, providing updates and addressing concerns promptly.
Implement event planning best practices to ensure successful execution of assigned meetings.
Develop and manage event budgets, ensuring adherence to financial goals.
Coordinate logistics, including hotel RFP and contracting, online registration, and room block management.
Research, recommend, and select meeting sites and activities that align with client objectives.
Negotiate and manage vendor contracts, including coordination with hotels and other meeting venues.
Travel as needed for site selection and onsite event management.
Develop detailed meeting specifications, workplans, timelines, and budgets.
Collaboration and Reporting
Work collaboratively with internal teams to achieve client objectives and maintain a high standard of service.
Track and report meeting metrics, including attendance, registration, and budget performance.
Provide regular updates to clients and internal stakeholders on the progress of event planning activities.
Address any issues or challenges that arise during the planning and execution phases.
Stay informed about industry trends and incorporate innovative ideas into event planning processes.
Contribute to the refinement and improvement of departmental processes and best practices.
Seek opportunities for professional development and stay updated on relevant certifications and industry knowledge.
Other duties that align with the mission and vision of the company as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
5+ years of experience in event planning and execution.
Relevant certifications, such as Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), are advantageous.
Strong organizational and planning skills, with the ability to manage multiple events concurrently.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, for effective client interaction.
Resourceful problem-solving capabilities and ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
Proficient in negotiation, vendor management, and budget management.
Customer-focused orientation with the ability to collaborate effectively with clients and internal teams.
Willingness to travel as required for client meetings and onsite event management.
Proficient in business intelligence and analysis tools to extract insights from data.
Proactive and collaborative working style.
This position operates within an office environment. The physical demands outlined below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully fulfill the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
Extended Work Hours: The nature of this role may require more than 40 hours per week to fulfill job responsibilities. Additionally, flexibility in working nights and weekends may be necessary. Longer hours, travel, and weekend commitments are typically associated with conferences or special events.
Office Equipment Usage: The role routinely involves the use of standard office equipment, including but not limited to computers, telephones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not exhaustive lists of all duties, responsibilities, or physical demands required. Employees may be required to perform other duties as assigned, and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Occasional travel may be necessary for this position, up to 20% of the time, including weekends. Modes of transportation may include air travel, car, or rail.
Kellen EEO Statement
Kellen does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We adhere to these principles in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, promotion, benefits, social and recreational programs, and discipline. In addition, it is the policy of Kellen to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified employees who have protected disabilities to the extent required by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances where a particular employee works.
Kellen is a global management and communications company serving more than 125 trade associations, professional societies, and charitable organizations representing over 10,000 companies and 100,000 professionals worldwide. We specialize in management, communications, digital strategy, meetings and events, and consulting across a diverse range of industries.
Founded in 1964 and charter-accredited through the AMC Institute, Kellen has offices in Washington, DC, Chicago and Brussels.
Kellen's greatest asset is its employees. In order to reinforce the culture underpinning our approach to service delivery, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion across our organization.
Our professionals hail from more than a dozen countries and speak more than two dozen languages. We are invested in finding, hiring, training, and promoting the very best to be #OneKellen.