The meetings industry lost a revered figure on Monday, as Artie Hyman, former publisher of Meeting News, passed away due to complications related to heart disease. For 32 years, from 1978 to 2010, Hyman served as publisher of MN, now a daily e-newsletter produced by Northstar Meetings Group.
"When I first met Artie Hyman, Meeting News was a direct competitor to Successful Meetings," recalls Diane DiMaggio, global business development director at Northstar Meetings Group, who previously served as international advertising director at Nielsen Business Media, owner of Successful Meetings. "While he was a fierce competitor for advertising business, Artie always was an amazing gentleman and extended his love of our industry to everyone he came in contact with."
Among his duties, Hyman oversaw Meeting World, the conference and trade show held annually at the New York Hilton. The event's closing party became affectionately known as "Artie's Party," and all members of the industry, including competitors, were warmly welcomed.
"Artie was always the first to congratulate someone on their accomplishments," recalls DiMaggio. At an industry gala where DiMaggio presided over an awards ceremony, "he came up to me and told me how proud I made him feel to be part of the industry's media, even though I was with the competition. Who does that?"
When Meeting News was acquired by Nielsen Business Media, Hyman continued as MN's publisher and became associate publisher of Successful Meetings — a role in which he would serve for two decades, until he left Nielsen in 2010.
Hyman recently left his role as regional sales manager for Smart Meetings, where he had worked for the past six and a half years and, according to DiMaggio, "was very happy to have extra time to spend with his children and grandchildren. He was expecting another grandbaby at any minute and was beaming with anticipation." It's ironic that he succumbed to heart disease, she adds. "Those who knew him knew he had a huge heart."