Meet the faces behind ICCA's famous First Time Attendee programme! ICCA places huge importance on giving First Time Attendees (FTAs) at the ICCA Congress a very warm welcome. Each year, just before the ICCA Congress begins, new attendees are invited to join a specialised session that aims to prepare them for success. Jam-packed full of helpful advice that is delivered from member to member, the programme has been delivered to over 3,000 delegates since it initially began and is designed with care to help them network, do business, learn, and maximise the benefits of attending their first ICCA Congress.
At the centre of the entire programme are the people we couldn’t do it without: our mentors, an amazing group of ICCA members and #ICCAFriends who are Congress veterans and want to help support and steer our newbies as they join the ICCA Family.
Meet Grant Snider, DMCP
I love the Business Events industry! Meetings, conventions, congresses, incentives, trade shows – all of it! I love the millions of jobs we create, our USD $1.5 trillion in contribution to GDP globally and most importantly, the incredible social, intellectual and cultural impacts we have on the destinations where we meet.
So, after starting my career in hotel sales and marketing, then working for over 20 years in the DMC/PCO sector, I knew that my next business venture had to be in the Meetings Industry as well.
I launched Meeting Escrow in 2015 to give associations, corporations and meeting organizers a simpler, more secure way to pay vendors globally, to eliminate foreign currency exchange risk and to protect their advance deposits using our award winning “escrow” process.
We are proud to be the official escrow payment provider for the BestCities Incredible Impacts Awards, in partnership with ICCA.
Throughout my career, I have held numerous volunteer roles within the events and meetings industry. I most recently served as the 2017 Chair of Meetings Mean Business Canada.
It is an honour to serve as an ICCA Mentor to help First Time Attendees get as much as possible out of their first ICCA Congress.
See you in Houston!
Thank you to Grant for becoming an FTA mentor at the 58th ICCA Congress in Houston, U.S.A.! Are you interested in helping our First Time Attendees to settle in? Find out more about the programme or email Ksenija.firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can become a mentor.
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