Director, Education & Engagement
Velvet Chainsaw, Dallas, TX
Where do you find inspiration?
Art, museums, theater, movies, entertainment...bascially anywhere outside of the events industry.
What excites you most about the year ahead in the events industry or your personal business?
The continued merging of face to face with online initiatives. We've only just begun to tap the Social Economy.
What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?
Focus on what you are good at doing and what you love to do!
What do you hope attendees will take away from your session?
Learning is a life-long adventure and the more we are able to learn and apply, the more successful we will become. Stop learning and you become like a stagnant pond that attracts mosquitoes and stinky algae.
Jeff Hurt has worked in the nonprofit and hospitality education and events arena for more than 20 years, including leadership roles in Keep America Beautiful, Keep Texas Beautiful, Meeting Professionals International, Promotional Products Association International and the National Association of Dental Plans. Currently, he serves as the director of education and engagement for Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. He blogs for VCC's Midcourse Corrections about meetings, events, education, the hospitality industry and the convergence of Web 2.0 and social media.
Velvet Chainsaw helps associations and organizations improve their annual meetings, conferences, education and events. We also help technology, service and membership organizations establish and execute plans and processes that result in improved business results.