Webinar: The Future of Convention Centers

How venues can adapt to changing planner priorities.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 2pm EST

Planner priorities continue to shift as the pandemic stretches on. Convention centers must adapt to the changing times, while also keeping a pulse on future trends and needs.

Join us for this live webcast, where industry experts will share their predictions for how Covid-19 will shape events and venue in 2022 and beyond. Topics of discussion will include new approaches to event safety, the increasing importance of sustainability, and new and emerging event technology.

The webinar will also feature findings from Northstar Meetings Group's December 2021 Convention Cities Index Interim Report.


Earns 1 Hour of CMP Credit



Mark-Herrera-nmgMark Herrera

Director of Education and Life-Safety
International Association of Venue Managers

Mark Herrera is the director of education and life-safety for the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). As part of his duties, he teaches Situational Awareness-Mindset training, which includes how to mitigate risks and control extreme situations. In his role at IAVM, Herrera works in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security to identify capability gaps across soft target community, counter threats to the pattern of life, research technology to mitigate risk, and provide information to protect our Public Facility Assemblies and all critical infrastructures.

Herrera is a seasoned law enforcement officer and trainer, having spent 20 years with the Hobbs, N.M., Police Department in numerous roles, including Supervisor of the Crime Prevention Division and Tactical Sergeant for a Special Operations Unit known as S.W.A.T. Upon retiring from the police department, he implemented security policies, procedures and training programs for the oil and gas industry. He later worked as an instructor for the Department Homeland Security, training 3,000 armed pilots to defend against acts of terrorism involving criminal violence or air piracy.


Elise-Schoening-nmgElise Schoening

Senior Associate Editor
Northstar Meetings Group

Elise Schoening is Senior Associate Editor with Northstar Meetings Group. She joined the editorial team in 2019 and covers everything from the latest news in the Northeast region to the rising importance of sustainability and DEI. In addition to daily news coverage and social media management, Elise oversees publication of Northstar Meetings Group's biannual Convention Cities Index.