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LEO Events named to MeetingsNet’s 2022 CMI 25 LIST

LEO Events named to MeetingsNet’s 2022 CMI 25 LIST

The 16th annual list of the largest meeting and incentive travel companies

LEO Events announced that it has been named to MeetingsNet’s 2022 CMI 25 list, honoring the largest full-service meeting and incentive travel management companies focused on the U.S. corporate market.

The annual report from MeetingsNet is a key resource for corporations looking for experienced event-planning partners. In aggregate, the companies on the 2022 CMI 25 list executed more than 56,000 corporate meetings and almost 500 incentive travel programs in 2021, and those events used more than 2.69 million room nights at hotels and resorts.

“Of course, 2021 was a difficult year for these leading experts in bringing corporate groups together for training and education, recognition and networking,” said Sue Hatch, content director for MeetingsNet. “Yet, those numbers are impressive for a year when meetings, when they happened at all, were often virtual or severely scaled back. The grit and innovation of these companies during difficult times is impressive and will serve their clients well during the fast-paced return to face-to-face events we’re seeing for 2022, 2023 and beyond.”

The CMI 25 profiles include statistics on business volume (including virtual events for the first time this year), top customer markets and company news to give readers a sense of the size and focus of these industry-leading firms.

Michael Dalton, Senior Vice President of Strategy at LEO Events, said that the biggest challenge to producing meetings and incentives over the next year is likely to be “the ongoing response to staffing, inflation, and supply chain. Our job is to help clients manage these challenges by crafting human-first experiences grounded in cultural relevancy and ethical practices.” 

LEO Events is a woman-owned company providing live, virtual and hybrid event solutions to national and international brands. Founded in 2012, LEO employs more than 70 full-time staffers in four brick-and-mortar offices, four streaming studios and their own digital platform. LEO’s client roster includes Walmart, Sherwin-Williams, Hilton Worldwide Holdings AutoZone and HanesBrands.

“Recognition on the CMI 25 list is a testament to the hard work that our team puts into our exceptional services,” said Cindy Brewer, LEO Events Principal. “We are known for outstanding production services for corporations and events such as the Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies. Now, in our 10th-anniversary year, we are making an international impact on meeting management and meeting services.”

The MeetingsNet editors selected the 2022 CMI 25 companies based on several factors, including the number of meetings and incentive travel programs managed in 2021 and the total number of room nights represented by those events. For the first time, MeetingsNet also collected data on the number of virtual and hybrid meetings executed and considered it along with the number of full-time employees at each company, the percentage of the company’s 2021 revenues that came from organizing corporate meetings and incentives, and other data.

The CMI 25 list is published in the September/October 2022 issue of the MeetingsNet digital edition (http://www.meetingsnet.com/digital-edition) and on www.meetingsnet.com.



About LEO Events LEO Events, led by principals Cindy and Kevin Brewer and Kent Underwood, is a full-service brand-experience agency. Since its founding in 2012, the LEO Events team has showcased fresh and fearless creativity, inventive tactics, and an exceptionally collaborative approach. LEO’s increasingly diverse staff of more than 70 full-time employees is distributed across the country and in four offices – Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, and its newest outpost in Asheville, North Carolina. LEO’s work is intentionally entrenched in the latest advancements, research, and data, ensuring that all events – virtual, live, and hybrid – uphold a strong connection between brands and people. LEO’s clientele includes national and international brands such as Walmart, AutoZone, Sherwin-Williams, Nissan, and Hilton.