Meetingjobs, the 30-year-old meetings industry job board and placement service, is merging with Cadre, a virtual marketplace company that provides meetings industry freelancers with an efficient process to contract for gig work.
Through the years, Meetingjobs has specialized primarily in permanent job-placement opportunities, facilitating thousands of full-time success stories worldwide. Cadre focuses on disruptive digital recruitment and project-based, contract-hiring tools for the global event industry. The merged entity will carry the Cadre name, while the job board and placement services division will be known as Meetingjobs, a Cadre company.
The combined company consists of more than 25 technology professionals and customer-facing support staff, with a global community of more than 25,000 freelance event professionals. The company aims to deliver across the spectrum of event industry hiring needs, including permanent placement, long-term contract planning, and a variety of on-site, virtual and hybrid event roles.
"We are excited to join Cadre. We're pairing a well-established placement service with a modern-technology approach to support the event industry's hiring officials and freelancers alike,” said Dawn Penfold, president of Meetingjobs and one of Northstar Meetings Group's Top 25 Influencers of 2020.
Cadre and Meetingjobs executives say the merger will benefit the industry through recovery by providing a single place to access full-time, project-based and on-site event talent, as well as best-in-class technology to manage its freelance workforce.
"Even before Covid, the event industry was grappling with how to compliantly engage its freelancers," said Cadre president Todd Taranto. "Recovery will no doubt be a bumpy road but we want to be right in the middle of it, by giving planning organizations an efficient way to contract their planning and event freelancers — and ultimately to be a steady source of experienced talent when full-time hiring returns."