Ashfield Meetings & Events has been named in the CMI 25 list for 2015.
The CMI 25 list is compiled by Penton’s MeetingsNet, a tablet magazine and website dedicated to the meetings and incentives industry, focusing on the U.S. market. The list is a key resource for meeting managers, incentive travel executives and procurement professionals researching information on the industry’s leading outsource partners and is the most comprehensive listing of the largest independent meeting managers serving the corporate world.
The 2015 list is the ninth annual directory and is the fourth consecutive year that Ashfield Meetings & Events has been recognised by MeetingsNet in the CMI 25.
“As the economy made significant strides in the past couple of years, the companies on the CMI 25 list appear to have benefited. As a group, they report a 16% increase in 2014 in the number of meetings and incentives planned over 2013” said MeetingsNet’s Sue Hatch. “Not only are these planning organisations trusted corporate partners, relied on to orchestrate critical events around the globe with professionalism and creativity, they are also major corporate citizens in their own right, with 56% of the CMI 25 companies employing more than 100 people.”
“We are thrilled to be included in the 2015 CMI 25 list for the fourth year running” said Gavin Houston (CEO Americas, Ashfield Meetings & Events). “In the last 12 months we have focused on developing our creative, production and digital offerings which has allowed us to provide clients with an integrated suite of engagement services. The launch of SPARK THINKING as a consultancy brand has helped to define some of these services, in addition to demonstrating new and creative ways of thinking to clients that deliver new types of value to their businesses. We have recently created an exhibit proposition that is dovetailing our existing events by supporting and enhancing environments and creating more immersive experiences. It has been an exciting 12 months and with the developments in the business we are very well positioned to continue our success and growth for the year ahead.”
The magazine’s editors selected CMI 25 companies based on several factors, including the number of meetings and incentive travel programmes managed in 2014 and the total number of room nights represented by those meetings and incentives. They also considered the number of full-time employees at each company, as well as the percentage of revenues that came from organising corporate meetings and incentives versus association meetings or other sources.
The CMI 25 list will be published in the September 2015 issue of the MeetingsNet tablet magazine.