AI-Powered Transformation: Unleashing the Future of the Event Industry

In this episode of the Event Tech Pull Up, our discussion revolves around AI—its true essence and the profound impact it will have on the meetings and events industry. AI is poised to revolutionize the very fabric of being an event professional, reshaping our roles and making our lives more convenient. Moreover, it promises to enhance attendee experiences, captivate sponsors and speakers, and ultimately bring satisfaction to all stakeholders involved, thereby redefining the very DNA of successful events.

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Our Guests

Guest Host: Bob Toovey, Founder of Event Planner News |

Bob Toovey is the founder of Event Planner News, the outlet for news in the event planning industry. With extensive experience as a seasoned blogger, Bob possesses a deep understanding of the power of social media and is a self-taught programmer. Currently, his focus lies in exploring innovative approaches such as aggregation, curation, and content discovery shortcuts to provide valuable insights to the audience. Through Event Planner News, Bob aims to revolutionize the way event planners access and discover relevant content, offering them a convenient and streamlined experience.

David Wood: Founder and CEO of Eventene | Revolutionizing Event Management with SaaS Cloud and Mobile Solutions

Meet David Wood, the visionary Founder and CEO of Eventene, a leading company that provides Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud and mobile software designed for both in-person and virtual events. Eventene’s comprehensive services cater primarily to event planners and activity directors within small to medium-sized businesses, organizations, and associations, empowering them to seamlessly orchestrate unforgettable experiences.

Before establishing Eventene, David honed his expertise in management consulting across a diverse range of industries, including education, healthcare, entertainment, social, and technology. These invaluable experiences equipped him with a deep understanding of the challenges faced by organizations and further fueled his drive to transform the event management landscape.

David’s journey began at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington, where he played a vital role in software development for renowned Office applications like Word and Excel. His contributions extended to design and program management for Windows and Exchange Email systems, as well as commercial business development for advanced server products. This multifaceted background served as a solid foundation for his future endeavors in revolutionizing event management through innovative technology solutions.

Jim Yocum: COO of Eventene, Digital Event Management Platform | Expert in Digital Health, Federal Systems, and Mobile Applications

Jim Yocum is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Eventene, a cutting-edge digital event management platform. With a strong background in the field, Jim played a pivotal role in the platform’s early development and launch, working closely with the first customer. Through his consultancy, Coastal Oak Systems, he offers his valuable expertise in Digital Health platforms, Federal systems, and mobile applications. Notably, Jim also holds the position of Board Chair at One Degree, a prominent digital health systems provider.

Prior to his current roles, Jim served as the Senior Vice President of ConnectureDRX (formerly known as DestinationRx) until its successful sale in 2019. During his tenure, he spearheaded the implementation and management of the widely recognized health insurance exchange, the Medicare Plan Finder, and the Online Enrollment Center for

Earlier in his illustrious career, Jim co-founded Korn/Ferry’s Futurestep at idealab!, where he held the esteemed position of Vice President of Business Development. Additionally, he gained valuable experience as a consultant with McKinsey and Company, solidifying his expertise in various facets of the industry.

Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston

Keith is the Managing Partner of i3 Events but is most widely known as the outspoken publisher of the event industry blog PlannerWire. In addition to co-hosting the Bullet List and Event Tech Pull Up Podcasts, he has been featured in Plan Your Meetings, Associations Now, Convene, Event Solutions, and has appeared on the cover of Midwest Meetings Magazine.

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