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Events Industry Council features the 2017 Pacesetter Awardees

Aug 18, 2017

Dan Berger, Guy Bigwood and Mac Campbell are 2017 Pacesetter award recipients

Washington, D.C. (August 17, 2017) — The Events Industry Council continues the tradition of celebrating the best and brightest in the events industry with their Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter awards programs. Three Pacesetter award winners will be recognized at the 2017 Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter awards celebration on October 10, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, during IMEX America.

Established in 2012, the Pacesetter Awards recognize the valuable contributions individuals are making to impact the events industry today as well as charting the course for a thriving future. The 2017 Pacesetter award winners are recognized for their contributions for innovation, sustainability and as a young professional in the events industry.

Pacesetter for Innovation – Dan Berger, CEO, Social Tables

DBerger_HeadshotDan Berger’s creative approach to creating new and innovative technology has revolutionized the events industry by changing the way meeting professionals perform their jobs.  Dan’s vision was to create the first intelligent seating chart program in a cloud-based software providing seamless event execution without hand drawn diagrams or the need for expensive CAD software. That program, Social Tables, put powerful but easy to use technology in the hands of planners and their partners to ease and speed the planning process. Dan has provided his software free to numerous universities to train the next generation of professionals. This program is equipping students with the ability to diagram any kind of event, thus providing a marketable skill for their entry into the profession.  Over 3,000 students have successfully completed the Social Tables Event Planner program. Most recently, Dan was named one of the most influential leaders in the meetings industry for 2016 by Successful Meetings for the second year in a row, and Social Tables has been recognized as one of the best places to work in the D.C. area by the Washington Post and Smart CEO. Some of his other recognitions and accomplishments include being named as one of Connect Magazine’s 40 under 40 Industry Leaders and receiving the MeetingsNet 2016 ChangeMaker Award.

Pacesetter for Sustainability – Guy Bigwood, Group Sustainability Director, MCI Group 

GBigwood_HeadshotAs a leader in sustainability, Guy Bigwood has worked to develop new industry best practices and solutions for the meetings, events, and association industries. Holding the position of Group Sustainability Director of MCI, Guy founded MCI’s Sustainability Program in 2007 and, since then, has helped create Corporate Social Responsibility Programs for MPI, ICCA, UFI, IAPCO and other regional industry associations. Guy created a system to benchmark destinations’ sustainability practices in the ICCA Scandinavia Chapter, which in 2016 lead to the Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index. This innovative Index helps destinations, convention bureaus, event planners, and suppliers to collaborate and drive the adoption of sustainable practices in their city and in the global events industry. The Index is now used in over 36 cities on 5 continents. Guy’s personal passion to create a better world inspired and influenced his company to create a CSR program, and MCI became the first event management company to sign the U.N. Global Compact, laying the groundwork for the company’s sustainability strategy. Guy has served as President of the Green Meeting Industry Council and has lent his expertise to the creation of the APEX-ASTM Sustainable Meeting Standards, ISO 20121 and the GRI Event Sustainability Standards. Guy has influenced and educated the industry by conducting training sessions and seminars reaching over 30,000 participants.

Pacesetter for Young Professional – Mac Campbell, Deputy Director, Baltimore Convention Center
MCampbell_HeadshotAs a young professional in the meetings and events industry, Mac Campbell has not only made an impact on the industry but has also positively influenced his community through his thoughtful green initiatives and social responsibility programs. As the Director of Client Services at the Baltimore Convention Center, Mac implemented a comprehensive materials recycling program, increasing the center’s waste diversion rate by 25% within three years. With Mac’s leadership the Baltimore Convention Center was the first venue on the east coast to be certified as a Green Meetings Venue through the Events Industry Council’s APEX/ASTM Sustainable Meetings Standard. Through this “green” program, Mac saw another opportunity in his community and formed relationships with local nonprofits to provide them with unused promotional goods such as hats and yoga mats. Mac has created multiple volunteering events such as building playgrounds, assisting the Maryland Food Bank, and working with Angel Tree to create an annual event hosting over 150 children and their parents from two Volunteers of America Transitional Housing Programs where each child received a gift from BCC staff members. Mac spent four years on the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Young Professionals Committee where he advocated for more programming for young members and worked to create networking opportunities for them by producing virtual interviews with more tenured venue managers. Mac currently serves as the Assistant Director of IAVM’s Region 1 and was recently named Deputy Director of the Baltimore Convention Center. 

“The Events Industry Council is excited to have these three deserving professionals be recognized for their contributions in innovation, sustainability and as an emerging leader in our industry,” said Karen Kotowski, CMP, CAE, CEO of the Events Industry Council. “They have made a significant impact on our industry and act as role models and inspiration for other professionals to learn from.” 

Visit the Events Industry Council website for more information about the 2017 Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter awards celebration table sponsorship and individual tickets to attend the event on October 10, 2017 at the Jewel Nightclub at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. 


The Events Industry Council’s 33 member organizations represent over 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry. The Events Industry Council vision is to be the global champion for event professionals and event industry excellence. It promotes high standards and professionalism in the events industry with the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program and signature program initiatives. The CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the events industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education, and a rigorous exam. The four signature programs — Sustainability, Industry Insights, Knowledge, and Leadership — represent the key initiatives, assets, services and products for the Events Industry Council. Learn more online at