CEO at IAPCO
In April 2019, Martin joined the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) as the new CEO where he oversees the strategic management of the not-for-profit membership association. In 2018 alone, its members managed over 18,600 events worth a total economic impact value of over 9.1 billion Euros.
Martin has a wealth of experience and a strategic vision that has been shaped over decades of working across a number of countries in the events and meetings industry. After university and a successful run as a restauranteur, he launched an event management start-up in Canada in the late 1990’s. His first experiences included being part of a bespoke team, behind the scenes, for a Fortune 100 company at the 33rd Ryder Cup and then another at the 100th US Open at Pebble Beach, USA. At the same time, he launched edgepostcards.com, a digital marketing company whose technology took event photography on-line and linked event attendees to corporate and charity sponsors’ on-line presence. For the past 15 years, he has focussed his attention and built his knowledge and experience of corporate, NGO and association conference business. Initially, this was at an international convention centre then as a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) in the UK and then as the Director of Europe for the Convention Bureau of Sydney, Australia for 6 years.
He is a strong believer that events drive positive societal and economic change.