Michael J. Shapiro is a senior editor and the editor overseeing technology coverage for Northstar Meetings Group, publishers of Meetings & Conventions,Successful Meetings and Incentive. For more than a decade he has covered the transformative effect of technology on the meetings and travel professions and tried to help planners find the benefit in new tools that have come along. Michael has likewise covered a wide variety of other industry topics from the planner perspective, from working with hotels and business travel to burgeoning markets in Asia and all of the Spanish-speaking world.
Michael’s 20+ years in publishing began with technology publications, both consumer and trade. As managing editor of Embedded Systems Programming at Miller Freeman, he first learned about creating a community via the combination of print and live events. He went on to become one of the founding editors of DigitalFOTO, and he wrote frequently for outlets such as CNET, Mac|Life, MaximumPC, Smart Business and many others. He is also a photographer and has shot numerous events, mixed in among his regular editorial gigs. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Michael has lived for the past 17 years in Guadalajara, Mexico, and is currently shifting operations to the American Midwest.