Gregg Talley Named a Top Influencer of the Meetings Industry for 2020

Posted by Lauren Schoener-Gaynor on September 24, 2020 7:26:14 PM

Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG), a leading association management company dedicated to creating stronger communities and human connections to enhance global society for over 30 years, is pleased to announce that TMG President and CEO, Gregg H. Talley, has been named one of Northstar Meetings Group’s “Top 25 Influencers of the Meetings Industry” for 2020.

“I know I speak for our entire team when I say how proud we are to hear of Gregg’s most recent accomplishment,” said COO Joe Sapp, CAE, MBA. “Gregg is a leader in our industry, both nationally and globally. His sought-after expertise and insight come from his constantly growing dedication, knowledge, and experiences but also from just plain love for what he does and the people he works with. Working for and with Gregg is a reward to all of us at TMG.”

Gregg H. Talley, FASAE, CAE Profile from “Top 25 Influencers of the Meetings Industry for 2020”
Gregg Talley had already been cautioning associations to reinvent their business models, long before the pandemic forced organizations to rethink their revenue streams. With changing demographics, sustainability concerns, and any number of unforeseen events that could derail a conference, it’s too risky to rely on one big annual event for the bulk of revenues, the association-management expert has long believed.

Dating back to the 1980s, when Talley was new to this business, communicable diseases were on the long list of what-ifs. Epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci held a seat on the board of directors for one of TMG’s clients.

Since co-founding his New Jersey-based company, now with 50 employees in the United States and three in Africa, TMG has taken more of a consultative approach. It’s what his clients need, particularly now, as they turn to digital-meetings platforms and other ways to stay connected with their constituents. “I look at a lot of our competition, and they’re basically administrators,” says Talley, whose company oversees 32 national and international associations. “We’ve never sold ourselves that way.”

Also keeping him busy this year: the 59th annual meeting of the International Congress and Convention Association, to take place Nov. 1-3 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan — and online.

“We are engaged now in this kind of major hybrid-meeting-experiment experience,” says Talley. “I’m effectively the volunteer leader of that effort, working with the staff and partners. That’s kind of my brainchild now that we have to do it as a hybrid.”

The event effectively began on Sept. 22 with the “Road to Kaohsiung” program, consisting of pre-show global broadcasts inviting the ICCA community to share ideas and crowdsource content for the in-person event in Kaohsiung, and also at two or three regional hubs in Europe. “Then we’re going to link them all together,” says Talley. “So, you can either come in virtually, go to a regional hub or go to Kaohsiung, if you can get there.”

This year’s Northstar Top 25 Influencers of the Meetings Industry, selected by M&C editors based on its extensive reporting this year, all took swift action to develop solutions and plot a course for recovery. The selected individuals are leading by example, resolving problems in their day jobs while remaining tirelessly focused on the bigger picture: the betterment of the meetings industry and an easier path forward for the people who make this business truly great.

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