Buffalo Niagara Convention Center participates in first annual North American Meetings Industry Day

Thursday, April 16, 2015Back to News ▸


From the County Executive to Larry King, everyone was showing their support for #NAMID15

Meetings Mean Business (MMB), a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative, has joined the meetings and events industry to lead the first annual North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID) on April 16, 2015. This nationwide day of advocacy will spotlight the substantial value derived from business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions, and will engage with policymakers, industry elites and business leaders.

Michael Dominguez, MMB’s co-chair and senior vice president of corporate sales at MGM Resorts International, said, “We are excited to be involved in such a meaningful day that unites our industry not only across the United States, but also across Canada and Mexico, communicating the critical role in connecting people and driving positive business results through face-to-face interaction. Across the continent we will demonstrate how meetings build personal relationships, drive positive outcomes and support strong communities.”

“NAMID is a true testament to the strength of the leadership within the Convention Industry Council, Meetings Professionals International and across our coalition of meetings and events leaders. MPI Canada created this initiative 20 years ago with three objectives in mind: to define and shape the meetings and events profession in the future; to help raise the industry’s profile; and to discuss the economic impact of meetings with people who are outside the industry. These objectives remain consistent with our goals for events all across the continent this spring,” added David Peckinpaugh, fellow MMB co-chair and president of Maritz Travel.

The Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (BNCC) and Visit Buffalo Niagara (VBN) Sales and Services team showed their support for NAMID in various ways. Many of the local Sales Managers from various properties in Buffalo had traveled to Albany to discuss meeting in Buffalo with clients.

Locally, BNCC and VBN staff traveled the city taking pictures with political leaders such as County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Mayor Byron Brown. During the prestigious Insurance Day Meeting at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, former talk show host Larry King showed his support for NAMID and meeting in Buffalo.

The support locally for meeting in Buffalo is overwhelming.  Everyone is excited about what’s going on in Buffalo. Meeting planners near-and-far are seeing the appeal of bringing their events here and experiencing Buffalo’s re-birth. 

Be sure to check out the convention centers photo gallery on their website or Facebook to see  who supported the first annual North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID).