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Meeting Planning & Event Technology Speaker | Corbin Ball & Co.

CorbinBall 2011 web tn3Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, DES, MS is an international speaker, consultant and writer helping clients worldwide use technology to improve the business process of events and exhibitions while enhancing the attendee experience. After 18 years running international city-wide technology meetings, Corbin transitioned in 1997 to become a highly acclaimed speaker with the ability to make complex subjects understandable and fun.  Corbin is a 2018 inductee into the Event Industry Council's Hall of Leaders, the most prestigious honor in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry. 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 has been named as one of "The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry" five times by Successful Meetings/MeetingNews magazines.

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.

Corbin's associates include a network of meeting and technology professionals including Jeff Rasco and Attendee Management Inc.
Hall of Leaders, Events Industry Council, 2018
Top 20 Most Followed Event Professionals On Twitter,  Event Planner News Blog, March, 2022
Top LinkedIn Influencers of the Meetings Industry, Kongres Magazine, February, 2022
29 Event Industry Influencers to Follow, G2Planet, December 2017
Meetings Trendsetter 2015, Meetings Today Magazine, July 2015
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
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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What The Audience Is Saying

  • Your session blew me away. I could easily listen to your information all day. This was incredibly informative.
    Michael McNutt Human Capital Manager
    Information Experts
  • Excellent session!! Best one I have attended at PCMA. Needed to be 2 hours! Bring it back in 2014.
    Marguerite Leishman Meetings Manager
  • "I've seen Corbin three times. No one works harder to keep his material fresh and relevant to events."
    Scott Stubbs President
    HB Stubbs Company
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