Global Industry, Local Impact
Leaders from across the meetings and events industry gather at local events around the world to support Global American Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on April 6, 2017.
- The meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions industries will unite to showcase the real impact meetings and events have on businesses, economies and communities. Members of the Convention Industry Council and their network of chapters, as well as members of the Meetings Mean Business (MMB) coalition at large, are celebrating the meetings industry in destinations all across the globe on this day.
One Industry, One Voice
- Business meetings and events play a critical role in connecting people and driving positive business results throughout the continent. Often the industry’s impact goes unnoticed, but the value is unmistakable.
Great things happen when people come together. Face-to-face interaction is the platform where deals are struck, relationships are forged and ideas are generated.
Celebrate the real power of what business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions collectively do for people, businesses and communities.
- Create Personal Connections – Personal relationships are at the core of every business decision and face-to-face meetings provide professionals with that personal interaction, which leads to deeper relationships.
- Drive Positive Business Outcomes – Meetings and events deliver profits, help win new accounts, serve as education platforms and allow colleagues and partners to come together to innovate and achieve results.
- Build Strong Communities – Outside of the results driven by business meetings, the events and meetings industry creates hundreds of thousands of jobs, generates billions of dollars of revenue and supports communities across the North America.
Honoring Steve Hammond
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Visit Sacramento since April 1999, and the Sacramento Sports Commission since 2012, Steve is proud and honored to lead a team of sales and marketing professionals who are committed to stimulating economic development and promoting Sacramento as a world-class visitor destination.
Steve was formerly the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Prior to his service in Long Beach, he was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing during a seven-year stint with the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau. From 1973 to 1989, Hammond held a variety of sales and marketing positions with American Airlines and AirCal in Northern California.
Steve currently sits on these boards:
- Sacramento Downtown Partnership Sacramento Metro Chamber
- Sacramento Hotel Association
- Sacramento Tourism Marketing District
- Walk of Stars
- Old Sacramento Advisory Committee
- Sacramento FBI Citizens Academy.
Steve is also past board chair of these organizations:
- Sacramento Chapter of the March of Dimes
- California Travel Association.
A native of California, Steve is an alumnus of California State University, San Jose where he majored in Industrial Studies.
He is a member of:
- Meeting Professionals International American Society of Association Executives
- Professional Convention Management Association
- California Society of Association Executives
- Society for Government Meeting Professionals