repeat ourselves from last year — and the year before that — we named Ball
to this list because he is the foremost authority on all things tech when it
comes to the meetings industry." -- MeetingNews, July
July 15, 2002
"What haven't we already said
about Corbin Ball? To repeat ourselves from last year — and the year before
that — we named Ball to this list because he is the foremost authority on all
things tech when it comes to the meetings industry.
Since last year, Ball has been busy as ever explaining the whys and wherefores
of information technology to meeting planners, who understandably can be
befuddled by the dizzying array of new products and services that seem to hit
the market daily.
Ball organized and until recently chaired the Technology Advisory Committee of
the Convention Industry Council's Accepted Practices Exchange, an industry-wide
effort to establish best practices. His many articles and presentations earned
him a chancellor title from Meeting Professionals International as what MPI
calls a "knowledge networker." His emailed newsletter, available
through his website, www.corbinball.com, exceeded 5,000 subscribers. And he's
working on the third edition of his book, "Ultimate Meeting Professionals
Software Guide," due out this fall."
July 16, 2001 Issue:
not sure how much we can add to what we said about Corbin Ball when we appointed
him to this list for the first time last year, a recognition that probably was
Ball is about as far ahead of the field in meetings-technology consultation as
Tiger Woods is ahead of his fellow golf pros. The word to describe this
One big difference, it should be noted, is that while in the case of Woods there
are a couple of hundred other golf pros to compare him with, there is a very
small roster of folks who have identified meetings technology as their area of
expertise and are earning a living from it.
Or more precisely, we should say, there are few who are earning a living from it
who are not employed by a meetings-technology supplier. While Ball does serve on
advisory boards for several such companies and has provided consulting services
for others, he successfully has cast himself in the role of unbiased observer.
This provides great benefits to the meetings-buying organizations that he also
consults with and adds strong value to the many articles he writes for industry
July 17, 2000 Issue:
"If you set about counting on one hand the
number of big-picture experts in [meeting] industry technology (who aren't
biased by virtue of their employment with specific tech companies), you'll
have fingers to spare."
"He's a speaker at most of the major (and lots
of minor) industry conferences. He keeps the most comprehensive and up-to-date
list of industry-related websites. And in the past year he published a book
reviewing meeting software products that is already the de facto starting
point for those looking into this area.
If you're a corporation or association
planner and want to upgrade your department's technological approach, you can
hire Ball as a consultant."