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Insurance Meetings | Ford Sync Tour | S ometime last fall, AIG became a household name, with the words “troubled insurer” usually appended. By now, most people who plan incentive travel are used to fielding questions about the current climate of financial scrutiny, or what has come to be called “the AIG effect.” Leanne Acton, assistant vice president of conference planning and travel services for Penn Mutual, based in Horsham, PA, handles the issue with ease. “I’m always budget-aware, and I’ll continue to be budget-conscious. We are confident about what our conferences do and achieve, [which is] to educate, reward, and motivate.” While other firms, cowed by the publicity about AIG’s incentives, cancel meetings out of perception concerns, Penn Mutual believes in the way it has motivated its top producers for a generation or more. By Julie Barker LIFE GOES ON READER R I • Conferences with an educational component can be effective motivators • Networking opportunities and time with execs are value-adds best suited to face-to-face events I SM I June 2009 I 30

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Successful Meetings - June 2009

Successful Meetings - June 2009
Editor's Letter
Maritz Goes Virtual
Management Matters
Food & Beverage
Incentive Insights
Roger Dow Leads the Troops
Life Goes On
The Good Life
Las Vegas Supplement
California Supplement

Successful Meetings - June 2009