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Are You Ready for GDPR?

Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 1:00PM-1:30PM 

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You may think you don’t have to worry about Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which as of May 2018 will change everything about how event organizers collect, process, and protect European attendees’ personal data. But if you host events in Europe, or have European citizens or residents come to your meetings anywhere in the world, you do.  And the cost of noncompliance is steep—we’re talking $20 million euros, or about $23 million U.S.

  • What GDPR is, why it’s happening, and why it matters to meeting planners throughout the world

  • What planners will need to be able to demonstrate to stay in compliance

  • What the impact of GDPR will be on events

Iwamoto, Kevin HeadshotKevin Iwamoto
Senior Consultant, GoldSpring Consulting

Kevin Iwamoto, Senior Consultant at GoldSpring Consulting, an independent travel management consultancy, brings more than 30 years of experience in corporate travel and meetings/events management.
Iwamoto is a former President & CEO of the Board of Directors for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).  He has served on numerous corporate and association boards, most recently as a Board member for the US Council for the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation.

Iwamoto has won almost every major industry award in both business travel and the meetings and events industries. Recent accolades include the 2016 MPI Rise Award for Meetings Industry Leadership and the Changemakers Award for MeetingsNet in June 2016, where he was also featured on the magazine’s cover.  He also maintains a popular award-winning industry blog (Gold Magellan Award for Best Industry Blog from Travel Weekly), published though Meetings & Conventions on-line.

He has two published books to his credit, Strategic Meetings Management:  From Theory to Practice published in April 2011 and most recently, Your Personal Brand, Your Power Tool to Build Career Integrity, published in October of 2016.  Both are available via Amazon:
Prior to joining GoldSpring Consulting, Iwamoto was Vice President of Industry Strategy for Lanyon, senior global category manager in the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Global Travel & Meetings Team. He has also served as a senior travel account manager with the Walt Disney Company, as well as a corporate sales manager with Northwest Airlines.

Iwamoto holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii, a Global Travel Professional (GTP) designation from GBTA and a Global Leadership Professional (GLP) Masters designation from the Wharton School of Business.