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Trade Show Talk Podcast

Jul 7, 2022

There's no question our industry needs to have sustainability at the forefront. Our guests on this episode are on two sides of the aisle, so to speak. We have one corporate planner who has made it a priority with his team, and a B-Corp business owner who has made it her BUSINESS!

What is clear is there are small efforts we can make that will make a difference, incrementally. AND it's important that we measure how we are reducing our carbon footprint in all ways. Both guests share a lot of strategies, tips, and ideas to help us all be better in terms of our industry's impact on the planet. 

Our Guests

Amanda Simons

Principal of Honeycomb Strategies, Amanda has worked globally specializing in sustainable business operations in the hospitality, event, and tradeshow industry for over 16 years. Amanda works with a diverse client group from non-profits to corporations to identify unique strategies and execute innovative sustainable management programs. Her key focus areas are in supporting sustainable tradeshows, creating sustainable destination management strategies for CVBs and DMOs, and through industry research and corporate benchmarking for a more sustainable future. Throughout her career, she worked to advance industry adoption of sustainability initiatives helping to develop industry standards such as APEX/ASTM Event Sustainability Standards and the TRUE Zero Waste certification for events.

Amanda lives in Portland Oregon. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Graduate Certificate in Sustainability from Portland State University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance from Sonoma State University. 

David Stevens

David is a Silicon Valley native and is celebrating 20 years of being in events full time. He is currently the 4x "Fittest Male #EventProf." He finds these workouts bring balance and higher levels of productivity to his day. He has worked in various capacities in the events world including agencies, non-profit associations, experiential marketing, incentives, concert and tour production, is a former GMIC NCC Board Member, and is currently the head of events at Alation, the leading enterprise Data Catalog company. 

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