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.
IVO J. FRANSCHITZ
Entrepreneur | Certified Business Events Consultant | Forward Thinker | Sharing the Idea of Excellence
Founder & Owner of ENITED business events
“I live what I do and I love what I do. To me, being passionate about something means not being satisfied with the first result that comes along. It means aiming at the best result.”
A Short Story
A good while ago, already during my university years, I have entered the business events world, good hooked to it, and never really wanted to leave again.
In 1998, my partner Rosa and I followed the dream to become entrepreneurs, and ENITED business events was born. Since then, we have been developing, growing and changing our company into a professional consultancy firm in the international world of business events & live communication. And I still love what I do.
Since 1999 I have been involved with a number of national and international educational institutions, and sharing his experience and knowledge through a variety of speaking engagements.
My passion for this industry also led to a Board member position with EMBA (Event Marketing Board Austria) and with LiveCom Alliance (Pan-European Platform of National LiveCom Associations), to serve as a committee member of PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association), as well as being an active member of ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association) and of 27NAMES (European Network of Leading LiveCom Agencies).
My first encounter with the ICCA world was the ICCA congress in Victoria, Canada, in 2008. And from the first moment on, it felt like joining a “family” of peers & friends.
Joining the great ICCA mentor team for the third time this year, I want to share, support and encourage all the first timers, to have that unique and wonderful experience I had 13 years ago.
For more information, please visit his LinkedIn Profile.
Thank you to Ivo, for being an FTA mentor! Are you interested in helping our First Time Attendees to settle in? Please email Ksenija.email@example.com to find out how you can become a mentor.
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