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About Corbin

 Biography and Résumé


Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, DES, MS is an international speaker, consultant and writer helping clients worldwide use technology to save time and improve productivity. With 20 years of experience running international technology meetings, he now is a highly acclaimed speaker with the ability to make complex subjects understandable and fun.  His articles have appeared in hundreds of national and international publications and he has been quoted in the U.S. News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Fast Company, PC Magazine and others. Corbin serves or has served on numerous hotel, corporate, convention bureau and association boards. He is the only person to have received both the MPI International Supplier of the Year and the MPI International Chapter Leader of the Year awards. Corbin was named as one of "The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry" for 2012 by Successful Meetings magazine, having received this award four times previously.

He has been named as a Meetings Trendsetter 2015 by Meetings Focus Magazine and one of Top 30 CMP Influencers by the CIC.

Corbin's associates include a network of meeting and technology professionals including
Jeff Rasco and Cardinal Communications
One of 
The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry, Successful Meetings, January 2012 
Presenter of the Year
San Diego Chapter of MPI, 2008-2009
Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) Designation, National Speakers Association, 2006
Presenter of the Year,San Diego Chapter of MPI, 2004-2005
International Supplier of the Year, Meeting Professionals International, 2002
MPI's Founding 7 Global Chancellors,2002
One of  
The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry,MeetingNews, July 2003
One of 
The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings IndustryMeetingNews, July 2002
One of 
The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings IndustryMeetingNews,July 2001
One of 
The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry,MeetingNews, July 2000
International Chapter Leader of the Year, Meeting Professionals International (MPI),August 1997
"Top Seller Series" speaking program, National Speakers Association, 2002
Chapter Leader of the Year, Washington State Chapter MPI (WSCMPI), May 1997 
Chapter Leader of the Year, WSCMPI, May 1996
Chapter Manager of the Year, WSCMPI, May 1995
Outstanding Achievement Award, MPI International Government Affairs Committee, June 1995
Meeting Planner of the Year, WSCMPI, June 1994 
Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Convention Industry Council, 1988 to present

National Speakers Association (NSA)
International Federation of Professional Speakers (IFPS)
Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
International Meetings Association (ICCA)
Convention Industry Council (CIC)
Toastmasters International


The Tweeting Meeting - Social Media for Events (co-author)
The Ultimate Meetings Technology Guide

The Ultimate Meeting Professionals Software Guide (1st and 2nd Edition)
Contributor/Editor: Convention Industry Council Manual and Glossary, 8th Edition
Contributor/Editor: Convention Industry Council Manual and Glossary, 7th Edition
CAT Publications,  Technology columnist since 2006-present
CIM Publications Technology columnist since 2008-present 
Adams Business Media
& Intertec Primedia Publishing: Technology columnist since 1998-2007.
MeetingProfessional,   Technology columnist 2006-2008
TigerOak Publications, Technology columnist since 2007-2009
MeetingNews: Ask-the-Experts columnist 1900-2000 and numerous other articles.
Hundreds of published articles in national and international publications. 

Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), 2006-present
Certified Meetings Professional (CMP), 1988-present
Digital Event Specialist (DES), 2013-present
Master of Science, Psychology, Western Washington University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Sociology, Western Washington University

Speaker, Consultant, and Writer (1997 - present)  
Corbin is helping clients on 5 continents use technology more efficiently.
See the
Presentations and Other Services sections for descriptions of Corbin's services.

Meetings Manager and Head of Conference Operations (1978-1997)
SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

Designed, budgeted, specified and managed all aspects of 12 to 15 meetings annually, held in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Annual meetings budget for this 14,000-member association exceeded $6 million.  Extensive experience in designing and implementing technology solutions for meeting specifications, registration, and office computerization and automation.

Corbin contributed to the explosive growth of SPIE. During his employment, the association grew from 2,000 to 14,000 members. The staff grew from 12 to 120; the meetings department grew from 2 to 9 staff members; and the number of meetings grew from 2 per year to 15 per year. The attendance of the largest meeting grew from 2,000 to more than 11,000 attendees, the largest meeting held in the optics industry

Contact Info:

Corbin Ball Associates
506 14th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-6107 USA
Phone: 360.734.8756 
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The January/February 2016 Issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter Blog is out!

Corbin's Meetings Technology Link File Updated (1,500+ categorized links)

Corbin Named as One of the Top 30 CMP Influencers by the CIC

Corbin Named as a Meetings Trendsetter 2015 by Meeting Focus Magazine

Corbin to Chair IBTM World's Technology Watch Award for the Twelfth Year

TechTalk News Nears 11,000 Subscribers