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Fall Boston Event Recap: Safety, Facilities Management and Security

By Amanda Czepiel | Product Director, BLR Media

Facilities management, security, and safety professionals gathered at the Boston Marriott in Quincy, MA for this year’s Total Security, Facilities Management and Safety Forum Events to learn about new solutions to solve their organization’s current and upcoming project needs.

Attendees hailed from companies across the country, including DHL Express, Harvard Pilgrim, Liberty Mutual, PepsiCo, Southwest Airlines and Stanley Black and Decker, to participate in one-on-one private meetings to discuss solutions, to network with peers, and to participate in professional development workshops.

Following the opening reception on Sunday night, Monday morning kicked off with a keynote presentation, Reducing Serious Injuries & Fatalities - Three Approaches & Their Effectiveness, by Don Wilson of SafeStart. The workshop addressed a trend of a slower decrease in serious injury and fatalities as compared with overall injury rates and looked at three different approaches for improving an organization’s top safety metric.

After Wilson’s presentation, attendees quickly moved into a day of one-to-one meetings and information-packed workshops, including:

  • Low Energy Operators, Exit Devices and Exit Alarms
  • Construction and Security Trends in 2018 and Beyond
  • Sustainable Materials in Restrooms, Locker Rooms and Other Applications
  • Savings Without the Budget – Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficient Upgrades in 2018
  • How to Deliver OSHA-Compliance Training in a Multimedia World
  • Best Practices in Vendor Prequalification
  • Employees Know What They’re Supposed to Do – So Why Don’t They Do It?

To close out day 1, both solutions providers and attendees participated in dinner and the Forum Events traditional Casino Night with the night’s top winners receiving cash prizes. We adjourned the following day, after another meeting and workshop-filled morning.

According to our post-event survey, 94 percent of attendees said that they found their time at Forum Event useful:

“I had a great experience with this event and gained for sure new vendors and contacts I will use in the short and long-term future both in my current position and firm and also my career in the future as well.”

“I learned a lot, made great connections, and was able to create relationships with vendors with whom I had previously been on calls. Highly recommend from a networking or solution perspective!”

“This was my third event. I think that sums it up.”

“More effective than trade shows.”

“I found the event extremely valuable. The meetings with the vendors were just what I needed and it was a very efficient way to learn about products and services in a fun environment.”

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2018 Spring Boston HR & TD Summit Testimonials

Some more great testimonials are rolling in from our HR & Employee Benefits Summit and Training & Development Summits in Boston! Here is a sample of what our attendees and solution providers had to say:

Delegate Attendees:

“Forum Events provided great resources and amenities to facilitate business opportunities.  Would highly recommend.” - Legendary Entertainment
“I enjoyed the seminars.  Talking with the vendors was interesting; learning about the products saves time later.” - Brookstone
“This format was a lot more interesting and informative than a trade show could ever be, so don't change this format because it really does work. Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s great.” - Hub Folding Box
“This was amazing.  I can’t wait to follow up with some of these vendors.” - Educational Service Unit 2
“This was a much better use of my time than a trade show format --- Thank you.” - Alliance Healthcare Services
“Great event.  This is actually better than visiting 1000 booths.” - Aetna Integrated Services/Atalian Global Services
“A wonderful format with one-on-one focus with pre-qualified potential partners.” - BG Buildingworks

Solution Providers:

“An outstanding summit. I love the environment and opportunity to meet with companies 1 on 1. Great for networking and lead generation. Overall, a fun experience. We will be back!” - Mango Languages
“The staff is so helpful and fun to work with! You can tell that they put effort into making sure their delegates and sponsors are both taken care of. Thank you for a great event!!!” - Paradigm Shift Leadership

Spring Boston Event Recap: Getting Motivated & Achieving Success

Wow! What a great event we had last week in Boston, MA. We're still catching up and feeling motivated after an action-packed day and a half.

This year's spring event took place from April 23rd-24th, 2018 at the Boston Marriott Quincy. We hosted delegate executives from leading companies across the country including Cheer Pack North America, Samsung SRA, Liberty Mutual, The Cheesecake Factory, Autodesk, Inc., Wells Fargo, and more.

We lead off with a powerful keynote from Randy Fox, who motivated us all with the secret to winning: motivating and lifting up others.


We then kicked off with our one-on-one meetings, the heart of our Forum Events program. Thirty-four solution providers met with executives face-to-face about the latest technology and services to drive business success. They were overwhelmingly a success, with a flood of positive testimonials. Here is just a small sample:

“Forum Events provided great resources and amenities to facilitate business opportunities.  Would highly recommend.” - Legendary Entertainment (HR & Employee Benefits Summit Delegate)

“Great event.  This is actually better than visiting 1,000 booths.” - Aetna Integrated Services/Atalian Global Services (Training & Development Summit Delegate)

“Very informative – appreciated that we were able to choose vendors ahead of time. Got our brains thinking of ways we can enhance our call center.” - Meridian Health (Contact Center & Customer Service Summit Delegate)

“An outstanding summit.  I love the environment and opportunity to meet with companies 1 on 1.  Great for networking and lead generation.  Overall, a fun experience.  We will be back!” - Mango Languages (Training & Development Summit Solution Provider)

“The staff is so helpful and fun to work with!  You can tell that they put effort into making sure their delegates and sponsors are both taken care of.  Thank you for a great event!!!” -  Paradigm Shift Leadership (Training & Development Summit Solution Provider)

“We are very pleased with the white-glove approach [the Forum] team took to ensure this was a productive use of time, money, and that it was a positive experience.  The level of attention to detail was exceptional, as well.” – Intelegencia (Contact Center & Customer Service Summit)


Our workshop sessions also provided many learning opportunities throughout the event. During our HR & Employee Benefits Summit and Training & Development Summits, we learned how to build an engaged workforce from speaker Taura Prosek, how to make our corporate communication more effective during sessions from Merrick Rosenberg and Pete Smith. All-in-all, we held 8 fantastic workshops.

Our Contact Center & Customer Service Summit was also jam-packed with amazing sessions. We learned about onboarding and great hiring strategies from speaker John Stock, the brain science behind emails that persuade with Nancy Harhut, and all about agile performance management and how to turn managers into leaders with Lisa Rueth. “Greatly enjoyed Lisa Rueth’s presentations. Worth the entire trip!” remarked a Customer Service & Contact Center Summit attendee from City of Hope.

We also made time for networking during our networking reception, meals, and gala dinner. Some of our attendees and solution providers walked away with Marriott gift cards after walking away with the most chips at our popular Casino Night! (See all the photos here).

Casino Night Winners

Above shows our 1st through 3rd prize Casino Night winners from our Spring Boston Forum event! Tatiana from Merrimicak Valley YMCA, Amber from Paradigm Shift Leadership, and Yoel from CallVU.

Finally, we closed our event with lunch and a prize drawing – attendees walked away with some great items, courtesy of our generous solution providers!

Lunch Winners

>Apple Airpods from Purchasing Power won by Citra Health
>Ladies Designer Sunglasses from VSP Vision Care won by Alliance Health
>Amazon Echo Spot from Aspect Software won by BG Buildingworks
>$200 Gift Certificate for Fresh Nova Scotia Lobster from Blue Ocean Contact Centers won by MeridianHealth
>Pacsafe Backpack from NRI Relocation won by Centier Bank
>Ticket for Annual 2-Day Signature Event ($1,495 value) from McLean & Company won by FreshDirect
>Seiko Ladies watch from SEIKO WATCH won by Central Mutual Insurance Company
>Seiko Mens watch from SEIKO WATCH won by Victaulic Company
>Krups Espresso Cappuchino Machine from Summit Recognition Solutions won by MAXIMUS
>Champagne from Pipkins, Inc. won by GMCS, inc.
>Chocolate from Pipkins, Inc. won by Alpla
>2 Days Free Consulting from Intelegencia won by Publicis Health

Did you miss the event, or are you just looking to recommend it to a colleague? Good news. We’re hosting the HR & Employee Benefits Summit, Training & Development Summit, and Contact Center & Customer Service Summit again this fall, November 12 & 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World! Register for our fall events here:

HR & Employee Benefits Summit

Training & Development Summit

Contact Center & Customer Service Summit

Marketing Summit

Questions about any of the above events? Please reach out to for more information or complete the form here.

Forum Events Prepares For 2016

As we make strides into the 2016 year, the entire Forum Events Team is already working ahead. We are pleased to announce a full schedule of events across the United States along with a line-up of award winning speakers and sponsors. 

2016 Schedule:

March 2016
HR & Employee Benefits Summit – March 14 & 15, 2016 – Philadelphia, PA - Register
Training & Development Summit – March 14 & 15, 2016 – Philadelphia, PA

April 2016
Healthcare Facilities Management Forum – April 25 & 26, 2016 – Dallas, TX
Education Facilities Management Forum – April 25 & 26, 2016 – Dallas, TX
Education & Healthcare Security Forum – April 25 & 26, 2016 – Dallas, TX
Contact Center & Customer Service Summit – April 25 & 26, 2016 – Dallas, TX

May 2016
Total Security Summit – May 16 & 17, 2016 – New York City, NY
Facilities Management Summit – May 16 & 17, 2016 – New York City, NY

September 2016
Total Security Summit – September 26 & 27, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA
Facilities Management Summit – September 26 & 27, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA

October 2016
Healthcare Facilities Management Forum – October 17 & 18, 2016 – Boston, MA
Education Facilities Management Forum – October 17 & 18, 2016 – Boston, MA
Education & Healthcare Security Forum – October 17 & 18, 2016 – Boston, MA

November 2016
HR & Employee Benefits Summit – November 14 & 15, 2016 – San Francisco, CA
Training & Development Summit – November 14 & 15, 2016 – San Francisco, CA
Contact Center & Customer Service Summit – November 14 & 15, 2016 – San Francisco, CA

For more information on the 2016 event schedule, inquire by email at, or by phone at (941)925-7585.

Is Your Organization Celebrating Customer Service Week 2015?

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How do you plan to grow your business? With sales? Advertising?

You may be missing the one key factor that all thriving businesses are focusing on. Customer experience is becoming the most effective form of modern marketing with benefits including positive reputation, branding, credibility and inevitably, a healthy bottom line.

As part of this year's Customer Service Week, we asked our team members to reflect and share their most valuable tips for successful customer service. The Forum Events' Team offered some quality insight. "Always follow the Golden Rule," advises Kester Van Fleet, the Event Manager for the Facilities Management Summit, "treat customers and potential customers as you would like to be treated. Listen intently and respond politely." Event Coordinator Xavier Chance also adds, "The best tip I can give for the best customer service is to be yourself and be open to a myriad of personalities."

We're celebrating our organization's achievements this week, here's why you should be recognizing Customer Service Week 2015 too:


A typical company hears from 4% of it's dissatisfied customers. 


Source: "Understanding Customers" by Ruby Newell-Legner


78% of consumers have bailed on a transaction or not made an intended purchase because of a poor customer experience.

Source: American Express Survey, 2011


On average, loyal customers are worth up to ten times as much as their first purchase.

Source: White House Office of Consumer Affairs


5-20 % = Probability of selling to a new prospect.

60-70 % = Probability of selling to an existing customer.

Source: Marketing Metrics

It takes 12 positive experiences to make up for one unresolved negative experience.


Source: "Understanding Customers" by Ruby Newell-Legner


News of bad customer service reaches more than twice as many ears as praise for a good service experience.


Source: White House Office of Consumer Affairs


It's 6-7 times more expensive to acquire a new customer than it is to keep a current one.


Source: White House Office of Consumer Affairs


For every customer who bothers to complain, 26 other customers remain silent.

Source: White House Office of Consumer Affairs


3 in 5 Americans (59%) would try a new brand or company for a better service experience.


Source: American Express Survey, 2011


This blog is part of Forum Events' recognition of Customer Service Week 2015. We recognize the excellent work of our employees and the importance of their everyday successes and dedication to customer service as part of the Forum Experience.

Customer Service Week is an annual weeklong recognition of customer service designed to boost morale, motivation and teamwork, reward frontline reps, raise companywide awareness of the importance of customer service, thank other departments for their support and remind customers of your commitment to customer satisfaction.

Be sure to thank your customer service peers this week as we celebrate Customer Service Week 2015 from October 5 - 9.

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Marketing Your Biggest Asset: YOU!

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Every day you are critiqued on your presentation. Your presence on LinkedIn, your Facebook profile picture, the posts that you ‘like’ and the links that you share. While you’re busy marketing to the masses on social media, in email communication and through your website, you could be missing one very key platform: Yourself.

A key component of networking is in-person communication, and while the focus is often on online outreach, your face-to-face persona and presentation are often your biggest asset. Simon Sinek explains the importance of this in his TED talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” He suggests that people don’t buy into a product, they buy into the leader. With software for improving your post outreach, ads to boost your followers and engagement analytics, there's no specific tool to help you, as a person, improve – how can you upgrade your most human asset? Here are a few tips to help you market yourself:

1.      Become Magnetic.

Professionals should aspire to attain magnetic qualities to attract the attention of valuable colleagues, employees and customers. Traits of a magnetic person include authenticity, confidence, eloquence, energy, motivation, an active listener, well-versed, optimism, imagination, and a sense of humor. As a magnetic person, you are a role model and someone that others enjoy being around – people turn to you for assistance and advice because they respect and trust you.

 2.      Identify your expertise and then project it into the world.

Know your value and be willing to express it. Find an area that you excel in and then become an authority on the subject within your circle. For example, if you are an e-marketing guru, let your friends and coworkers know by offering to help or by making suggestions. Before you know it, people will come to you for advice and you will truly build your value among your peers and within your organization. By identifying and expressing your value, you will have more of a presence and will become highly respected and easy to remember.

 3.      Be the best version of yourself.

In-person communication is very reliant on presentation and a first-impression is made in fractions of a second – like many top selling products, your “package” is often your most valuable asset. Have you invested in your professional image? Are you healthy and positive? Are you well-versed on current events? Can you hold a strong conversation? To attract others, you must be the best version of yourself. If you are constantly aspiring to improve, you will inspire and attract others.

 4.      Know who you are.

Not to be confused with knowing your value, knowing who you are helps you build strong talking points and create a stand point on most topics. Self-awareness requires you to understand the factors that positively inspire you to achieve something substantive and relevant every day. Your thoughts, beliefs, work ethic and attitude become your personal brand and are increasingly important as you connect with other professionals.

Seven Tips for Appointment-Based Events

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Appointment-based events challenge a traditional trade show in the sense that your presence matters. While sitting across from a potential client or solution provider, your interactions are vital to build a working relationship that will benefit you both. Event organizers work diligently to make meaningful introductions with the potential to build future business relations – we make the connection, the rest is up to you. Here are just a few tips to make your networking at these events a success:

1. Attend Your Meetings!

You wouldn't sign up for speed dating, and then stand up your date, so attend your business meetings as though your love life depends on it. Standing up a potential client or solution provider is not only rude, but it’s also a bad representation of your company. At an appointment-based event, you are meeting face-to-face with elite business professionals – a quality meeting like this is rare and deserves attention.

2. Ditch the Sales Pitch

Appointment-based events are a ‘no-hard sell’ zone. Networking at these events is primarily about building relationships rather than immediate sales. People do business with people they like – get to know the person you could potentially work with and their company, then pursue a working relationship.

3. Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is key when meeting new people, especially in a business setting where you are learning about their company. The more you ask, the clearer vision you will have, and even more importantly – the better conversation you will have! The more you learn, the better advice and solutions you can give and as Joshua Krane, the CEO at Ciplex says, “If someone likes them [your ideas], chances are they will hire you to execute them.”

4. Listen!

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” Listening on both sides of the table is effective in identifying needs and finding solutions. As Megan Duckett of Sew What, Inc.? said, “Not every communication is an opportunity to blow your own business trumpet. Sometimes you may find yourself sharing information about another company or service that you have heard of.” Listen, learn and find solutions.

5. Relax & Enjoy the Experience

An appointment-based event is a less stressful environment. You are not overwhelmed by booths and numerous representatives, it is an intimate and luxurious experience designed so that business executives can have productive and quality meetings. These events are also jam-packed with other networking activities, all of which take place in a beautiful venue. Enjoy it – because a month down the line, when you reconnect with your new contacts, you will have a shared experience to build the foundation of a fruitful business relationship.

6. Smile!

The energy at these events is electric – a positive attitude and approachable demeanor is vital! Again, people do business with people they like – so be likable, polite and have meaningful meetings – whether you think there’s a business relationship to be had or not, a positive representation goes a long way!

7. Follow Up If You Say You Will

If you tell someone you’re going to email them, email them. If you say you’ll reach out to them via phone, call them. From beginning to end, leave a lasting impression – make your attendance work for you and follow up with your new business connections promptly. 

So You're Attending Your First Forum...

Think of the last trade show you attended. Now subtract the huge exhibition hall, the miles of walking, the petty expenses, the numerous, useless introductions and the free pens. At an appointment-based forum, we cut through the you-know-what and give executives the most productive and efficient format for connecting and learning about solutions they are currently sourcing.

Attendees of an appointment-based forum are stationed comfortably at their own table. They are given a personal itinerary of meetings with solution providers they have chosen in advance and seminars they have opted for. Throw in a high quality pool of personally-invited executives and luxury networking opportunities, and you’ve got the most productive day-and-a-half of the year.

Sounds interesting, right? Here are some tips to optimize on your first appointment-based experience:

Attend Your Meetings!

Scheduling is the foundation of any appointment-based event. Should one attendee fail to show, major behind-the-scenes matchmaking has to take place. This is why we value our attendees highly and do everything possible to ensure the day runs smoothly. Attending your meetings is key to a successful event and leverages your networking opportunity. We understand that life happens – which is why we can work with you to build a flexible schedule around your professional needs (conference calls, late arrivals etc.).

Ditch the Sales Pitch

Appointment-based events are a ‘no hard sell’ zone. Networking at these events is primarily about building relationships rather than immediate sales. People do business with people they like – get to know the person you would potentially work with and their company, then pursue a working relationship.

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. In an appointment-based setting you are allotted a 30-minute meeting with solution providers on your schedule. For high quality meetings, we advise you to ask questions about available solutions. Should you need more time to discuss the product or service, you may connect with the solution provider during free time.

Listen! Listen! Listen!

Listening on both sides of the table is effective for identifying needs and finding solutions. As Megan Duckett of Sew What, Inc.? said, “Not every communication is an opportunity to blow your own business trumpet. Sometimes you may find yourself sharing information about another company or service that you have heard of.” There are numerous opportunities to share your knowledge and to learn from others at a forum – including seminars. These are conducted in an open-discussion format, where attending executives are able to share what they know to innovate and find solutions to common industry problems.

Relax & Enjoy the Experience

An appointment-based event is a less stressful experience for networking. There are no overwhelming booths or hounding representatives – just intimate, one-on-one meetings for executives seeking new solutions. Taking place in an intimate and luxurious setting, these events are packed with networking activities including meetings, seminars, after-hour activities, meals and receptions.

Do Your Research

In any networking environment, it always helps to research beforehand. Whether this means skimming through the LinkedIn group to see who’s attending, or reading up on some industry news – you will definitely reap the benefits. The best way to make a great first impression is to know your stuff and break the ice by acknowledging your peer’s successes (we advise looking over press releases or following a company on social media).

The Art of the Follow Up

After making connections at the Forum – it does no harm to follow up. Stay true to your word, should you have asked a provider to give you a call, take that call when they make it! Remember that this event’s main purpose is to develop lasting business relationships and follow up is key. In your event program, you will receive the contact information of every attendee and solution provider– it does no harm to reach out to the connections you feel are beneficial.


For more information on Forum Events and the industries we are in, visit and register online for an event in your industry.

Attendees Give Feedback on Nashville Forums

Executives met for 1,257 combined meetings in Nashville, TN on April 20 & 21, 2015 for the Contact Center Summit, Education Facilities Management Summit, Education & Healthcare Security Summit and Healthcare Facilities Management Forum. Pre-scheduled meetings with solution providers took off promptly on Monday morning in the main ballroom of the grand Gaylord Opryland leading into a day-and-a-half of business meetings, seminars and networking activities – including a lively gala dinner and casino night.

Both delegate and vendor attendees have stellar reviews for the Forums (see below):

Delegate Testimonials:

“I found this to be a much better avenue to connect and meet with vendors/providers. You are matched to vendors that are providing services and or products you are looking for. There is absolutely no high pressure sales taking place. It truly is about trying to meet the needs of the end user.” – Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

“You’ve provided: a relaxed forum to engage myself with knowledgeable vendors, learn more, and find business solutions for both of us…. And the price (free) was perfect!” – Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

“From the time I became a delegate to the end of the conference, Forum Events made the event seamless. This approach is far more conducive to building long term business relationships than the average conference. I will be sure to attend future events.” – Purchase College

“Overall an excellent concept. My travel from India was worth the time.” – ITCube

“The venue was fantastic and the sessions were very informative and eye-opening.  But most importantly, the format – which was new to me – really jumped out at me and made me realize that it is THE way to go! I know at traditional trade shows it would seem that there are more opportunities for networking as you “control your own schedule” to a degree, but I found it to be just the opposite.  Having the paired appointments made the introductions easy and the networking fell right into place at a more casual pace.” – VP of IT, Payment Alliance

 “Very useful – no pressure sales! Great location, staff super and Forum Events did a superb job of making everything smooth! Very professional staff!” –MUS

“The Summit was great! I think I share the same sentiment as most of the folks I spoke with that this was a great venue to really spend some quality time with vendors and make some new connections within the industry. The event exceeded my expectations. Outstanding job!” – Union First Market Bank

“Very well organized. Felt relaxed, not pressured about events or vendors.” – St. Thomas Hospital Rutherford

“Great networking tool and a great way to get familiar with new offerings on the market.” – Loyola University

 “Great format, very good use of time and well organized. Staff professional, available to help and get answers.” – Brookhaven Memorial Hospital

“Forum Events offers an excellent forum to meet top representatives of building component manufacturers and to learn about innovative products.” – JRA Architects

 “A very professional event for learning and networking.” – Marshal Medical Center

“I had a wonderful time and it was well worth it.  This is my second venue and I will absolutely come back.” – Riverview Estates

“The conference was very business-like and worth the time of attendance.” – Marshall Medical Center

“The seminars were very good. I have a lot of cool products and tools to take back and share with the team for possible future use.” – Asurion

“I am thankful to have been part of such a productive and innovative event. Very organized!” – MGO

“It was a great event.” – Aramark

“I enjoyed the Summit and the format and will look to take advantage of future ones.” – Fifth Third Bank

“It was really a great experience – thank you for including Archway! The contacts I made will be very helpful as we continue building out our call center technology.” – Archway

“I enjoyed my time there and many of the fruitful discussions…wonderful event!” – Cognosante

“It was a great event. Ample opportunity to network. Very good workshops and the support staff was exceptional!” – IMTAS

"Liked the seminars and one-on-one format. Was able to glean best practices from industry leaders." - CVS/Caremark

"This was a great event and experience." - NTI

"Very productive. Much better than visiting booths at a trade show." - PRICOR

“The event was a success for me personally.  I was able to gain new contacts and learn more information in support of my initiatives.” – AT&T

“We were able to make great contacts.” –ComData

Vendor Testimonials:

“I will take advantage of this one-on-one conference going forward. I can have a couple weeks of quality appointments in two days! Nothing in the market gives us more bang for the buck!” – Video Insight

“Forum Events gives you the opportunity of being in front of the buyer. The networking events open up additional opportunities to meet buyers that you may not have met during the scheduled appointments.” - Hotel Systems Pro

“First class all the way! 90% of the people I met had a true interest!” –Axis Communications

 “More appointments in two days than I could have made in 12 months!” –ISA Fire & Security

 “Great event will attend more!” – School Dude

“Great event and loved the concept!” – Video Insight

“Had a great time. Good event!” – CTI Group

“Really good event and the appointments were with key decision makers.” –Detex

“Good to get quality leads in one building.” – Detex

“First time experience is great. Formal face-to-face meetings are extremely productive. Great program; plenty of support!” - Intelepeer

“The pre-set meetings were excellent and made this show very worthwhile.” – TSI

“Excellent event. Well screened/matured attendees.” – Acuity

 To join the Forum Experience at upcoming events, click here and select an event that matches your industry.

Flying High & Healthy: Top Airports for the Health-Conscious Traveler

The Forum Events’ Team is prepping to travel across the country from Sarasota, FL (where our beach, Siesta Key, was just named TripAdvisor’s #1 beach in the country!) to another top destination, Los Angeles, CA! While our cargo is en route to the Pacific Palms Resort for another epic tri-Summit event, we’re getting our last minute paperwork and schedule changes underway. Before we grab our boarding passes and hit the runway, we’re planning how to keep what’s left of our New Year’s Resolutions intact.

If you’re also making the trek to California for the HR & Employee Benefits Summit, Training & Development Summit or Hospitality & Facilities Forum, some of you may be blessed with healthier options than others.

According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), 75 percent of restaurants at America’s busiest 30 airports offer at least one healthy, plant-based entrée. PCRM weighed this statistic by measuring the percentage of airport restaurants offering entrees with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.

Kudos to business travelers across America for becoming increasingly health conscious, and to the restaurant industry for meeting these demands! The study states that in 2001, only 57 percent of airport restaurants offered healthy options, a percentage that has obviously climbed.

Here’s a list of the top 10 healthiest airports in the US:

#1: 92 % Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
#2: 90 % Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
#3: 88 % Los Angeles International Airport
#4: 87 % Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
#5: 85 % Newark Liberty International Airport
#6: 84 % Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
#7: 84 % LaGuardia Airport
#8: 83 % Denver International Airport
#9: 82 % San Francisco International Airport
#10: 80% Dulles International Airport

So what should you be lining up for during your layovers? Airports are pointing travelers to more nutritious quick stops. PCRM’s dietitian, Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., says one of the best choices in the terminal is the “build-your-own” option available at many restaurants. Levin recommends loading up on fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, seeds, and fiber-rich whole grains, like brown rice and quinoa. You can take advantage of these options at Houston’s Real Food Company and Philadelphia’s Saladworks, offering an as-you-order-it salad option. If you’ve only got a few moments and have a restrictive diet – stop by Real Food Daily at LAX, the nation’s first all-vegan airport restaurant.

While we’re still fond of the hot, fast and greasy chains, keep in mind that sticking with the greens during your travels boosts mental wellness, making you feel calmer, happier and more energetic.

Going the Extra Mile: Face Time that Pays Off

After returning from a successful business networking event and receiving positive feedback from attendees, I realize that there is a significant return on investment when sales professionals... More »

Surviving an Appointment-Based Event Alone

“Even high achieving, apparently extrovert people find it difficult to get into the habit of initiating face-to-face encounters, often using time poverty as an avoidant excuse.” The... More »

Speed Dating Can Work for Businesses, Too!

There’s something oddly human about sitting across the table from someone. Maybe it’s the line between their brow, and their hunched shoulders that scream a lack of confidence or the attention... More »

Why Attend an Appointment-Based Event?

Facts About Our Events: 55% of attending Delegates do not attendany of the major national trade shows.  96% of attending Vendors say a Forum is a more effective way of meeting... More »

7 Tips for Appointment-Based Networking

Appointment-based events challenge a traditional trade show in the sense that your presence matters. While sitting across from a potential client or solution provider, your interactions are vital to... More »

Forum Events Kicks Off the 4th with Team Wars!

The Forum Events team took just a few moments out of their office event planning duties to participate in a fun round of team building exercises for a cause. Located in sunny Sarasota, the team paused... More »




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