Marin Bright Named One of Most Influential People in Event Industry by Eventex

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 23, 2020 Sausalito, California: Smart Meetings founder and CEO Marin Bright was listed as one of The 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry for 2020 by Eventex, producer of Evetex Connect. 

Bright is the entrepreneur behind Bright Business Media, which publishes the award-winning Smart Meetings magazine and the companion news and lifestyle web site and manages an online community of a combined 145,000 event professionals with 57,000 social media followers. Ten years ago, she launched Smart Meeting events (now Smart Meetings Experiences), which produces monthly regional and national networking forums and The Smart Woman Summit, a celebration of the women elevating the entire industry that is now entering its fourth year. As a thought leader in the space, she speaks on best practices and trends in the industry and contributed articles for LinkedIn. 

Bright was previously honored with the San Francisco Bay Area Meetings Industry Excellence Award in the Legend category from the Northern California Chapter of PCMA. She also received back-to-back honors as one of Folio’s Top Women in Media in 2014 and 2015 and was the 2015 recipient of WPA’s Leadership Award. 

Ovanes Ovanessian, co-founder of Eventex described the award. “Thousands of event professionals across the globe cast their votes for the people who have left a mark on the industry with their creativity, vision and capacity for innovation in 2020.

“This industry is near and dear to my heart and we are all working to move it forward during this pivotal time,” said Bright. “We look forward to celebrating in person safely, soon.”


About Smart Meetings: Smart Meetings is the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals. We inspire our audience of meeting and event professionals to dream big—and create brilliant experiences that delight attendees, achieve desired results, and elevate the impact of the meetings industry. Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines 12 times per year, hosts world-class networking events, produces CEU-accredited webinars, and offers a myriad of digital resources. The publication annually awards the prestigious Smart Stars and Platinum Choice Awards to hospitality companies that meet the publications high standards.


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