Register Now: 11/19 Virtual Session: Navigating a Tumultuous Year & Organizing Meetings in the Near Term

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Navigating a Tumultuous Year and Organizing Meetings in the Near Term

If only we all had hindsight on how 2020 was going to play out. A worldwide pandemic, a severe financial impact on the hospitality and meetings industry that directly affected many of our colleagues, calls for racial justice, and a contentious election season all swirling around simultaneously.

With many virtual meetings under our belts, and hybrids now becoming more common, we’ll examine the landscape going forward from a city’s perspective.

Join us November 19 when our special guest, Samuel Thomas, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Events DC, will discuss what DC and other cities are doing to reintroduce events. What are the risks and opportunities for live and hybrid events, social distancing and other protective measures in large and small venues, and other best practices that are being implemented. Samuel will discuss how municipalities, venues, and convention centers are adapting to accommodate the needs of meeting planners.

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The views and opinions expressed during programs organized by Reston Herndon Meeting Planners (RHMP) are those of the speakers and participants and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of RHMP or its committee members.


Samuel Thomas, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Events DC

Samuel Thomas, Senior Vice President and General Manager
Events DC

Samuel is currently responsible for Event DC’s Convention and Meetings Operations Division, including facility operations, public safety, policy and procedure management, labor relations, change management, succession planning, recruitment/selection and training. Samuel is widely recognized for cultivating government and business partnerships throughout the District of Columbia and for developing national and international relationships as an innovative and motivational leader for the award-winning Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Prior to joining Events DC, Samuel served as Regional Vice President and Executive General Manager at Centerplate/NBSE, the exclusive food and beverage provider at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. He previously served with ARAMARK for eight years, receiving two National Achievement Awards for operational excellence and management development. Samuel has been active in various philanthropic organizations, and he currently sits on the Board of Directors for DC Central Kitchen.


Finally, it’s time. For turquoise deep dives and non-virtual happy hours. It’s time for unforgettable team building and colorful ways to connect.

To discover how to bring the culture, flavors and colors of Puerto Rico into your event, contact Beth Bushman.

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