Meeting Planner

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Company Summary:

LEO Events is a global brand-experience agency fueled by vision and driven by experts with the skills to create moments people remember. At LEO, we’ve been delivering results for clients for more than a decade – clients like Walmart, Sherwin-Williams, ExxonMobil, AutoZone, and KAABOO. Through meeting and event management, production, creative, and digital and technology services, our business mix is 90% B2B and 10% Public Events and B2C activations. Most recently named to EventMarketer’s Top 100 It List and Special Events’ Top 50 Companies for the fourth consecutive year, LEO is a magnet for talent, and we’re constantly on the lookout for exceptional people to join our team. Our corporate headquarters are located in Memphis, Tennessee and we have additional offices in Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Position Summary:

LEO Events is seeking a Meeting Planner to join our Meeting Services department to manage and execute successful meetings and incentive events locally, nationally, and internationally. Working with LEO’s business development, production and creative teams, this position will lead mostly established accounts as the head planner. A highly visible role which demands extensive customer service skills, professionalism, and a willingness to handle all planning and administrative details of meetings, the ideal candidate must thrive in a challenging and fast paced atmosphere where prioritizing and multi- tasking are the norm. Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills are required. This dynamic position will work in a team environment to produce turn-key meetings and incentive events. This position is based out of our Memphis, TN office.

 
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Management of multiple national meetings, medium to large-scale conferences and events for a variety of clients simultaneously
  • Support local events team with meeting or event management services as needed
  • Site selection including hotel and/or venue, including the RFP process and contract negotiation
  • Management of LEO Events annual contract and billing allocation with Cvent registration platform
  • Event registration management including site build, module management, reporting and on-site registration
  • Management of meeting related staffing including scheduling, training, pre-event meetings, and debriefs
  • Vendor RFP process and contract management as necessary
  • Speaker & VIP Coordination
  • Management of special event functions within the program
  • Transportation vendor management as necessary
  • Materials fulfillment, handling and shipping
  • Event marketing communications as necessary
  • Tradeshow/Exhibit management
  • Manage agendas, meeting specs, rooms diagrams, and BEOs
  • Housing & Travel management including serving as liaison with contracted travel agency
  • Create and manage program budgets
  • Key liaison with clients and meeting participants
  • Troubleshooting for all meeting service needs
  • Work with creative team to design event materials and signage plans
  • Client invoicing and reconciliation
  • Management of Post event evaluations & surveys
  • Management of Internal/external debrief meetings
  • Develop and grow relationships with meeting service vendors such as hoteliers, suppliers (PC nametag), DMCs, etc.
  • Responsible for working with Principals and Senior Leaders on internal meetings as needed
  • Assist Meeting Services team with annual local planner event
 
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in or a related field.
  • Certified Meeting Planner (CMP), preferred
  • Minimum 5+ years industry experience such as previous employment in corporate meetings and events, non-profit events, convention sales or services, destination management, hotel sales or services
  • Candidate should be knowledgeable of market and industry trends
 
Competencies:
  • Excellent communicator with ability to influence and persuade across all levels of the organization while exercising a high degree of tact and diplomacy
  • Customer service oriented
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Demonstrated creative and critical thinking skills
  • Strong business analytics, relationship management, strategy development, project management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Technically savvy and advanced
  • Professional and positive approach
  • Self-motivated team player
  • Strong computer skills including work with Microsoft Office and Dropbox
  • Ability to travel (estimated at 25-40%) and work nights and weekends as needed
 
Environmental Conditions and Physical Demands:

Employee required to spend a portion of time in a seated position looking at a computer screen. Employee will be required to do some standing and walking. Employee will be in a well-lighted, heated and/or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation. Employee must be able to lift 25 pounds.

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