W129: What’s the Real Scoop on Hybrid Events?
Thursday, February 18, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EASTERN TIME

In this day in age it seems like every technology company out there is claiming expertise in virtual event software solutions. Our inboxes are infiltrated daily with promotions and false promises and navigating this sea of providers and solutions can be confusing and overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to begin, but the team at Confluence Global has been out in the trenches and has the scoop.

Learning Objectives
  • What are the experts saying about virtual and hybrid events and what’s the path to get there?
  • What is the best option for my event and my organization?
  • When will we go back to in-person events and what will that look like?
Craig Dellorso
CEO and Co-Founder, Confluence Global
Based in Fairfax, Virginia, Craig calls upon 20 plus years of extensive leadership, technology, and operations experience in the Association and Non-Profit space to provide customers with transformative solutions and guidance. Having worked both in an association and as a vendor to the industry, his blend of experience provides Association and Non-Profit clients a unique and valuable perspective for success. He has built a reputation of integrity, innovation, and service excellence. Craig served as the Chief Customer Officer for Abila (formerly Avectra), a provider of association management software. In that role, he oversaw a staff of 120 who were responsible for selling, delivering professional services, training, and customer support of three product lines to more than 1,750 organizations. Prior to that, Craig served in roles as the Chief Information Officer for the National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO), and General Manager, mindSHIFT Technologies.
Damon Gambuto
Chief Production Officer, The Inception Company
Damon began his career working under Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris where he first developed his eye for character-driven storytelling. He then moved on to ShowtimeNetworks’ Creative Services department in New York where he was the youngest person ever hired as a producer. A move to Los Angeles led to a turn in the feature film world. After a stint at ICM, he made his way to Universal Pictures. As part of their Motion Picture Group he worked on numerous feature films including Patch Adams, The Rundown, Mystery Men, Bride of Chucky, The Family Man, and American Pie, 2 Fast, 2Furious. As the Director of Development for Jessica Lange’s production company, Prairie Films, he oversaw numerous projects, including the award-winning feature filmTitus and the television movie My Sister’s Keeper. Damon then executive produced television series spanning the unscripted space and oversaw more than600 episodes of House Hunters International. Additionally, he has executive produced House Hunters; Off The Grid (HGTV), Restoring Glory (HGTV), Restaurant Redemption (Food Network), Genevieve’s Renovation (HGTV), Restaurant Divided (Food Network), Rocco’s Dinner Party (Bravo), No Kitchen Required (BBC America), and Bigger In Texas (A&E). He is proud to have produced the award-winning PBS series Wired Science, Meet the Folks (NBC), TheFamily Feud (syndicated), Killer Outbreaks (Animal Planet), and the first-ever Google-branded documentary series HACKWORKS. Damon’s writing has been featured in dozens of outlets and he was a recipient of a James Beard Award. His love of storytelling, travel, and food come second only to his wife and baby daughter who is growing and changing every day! Damon’s favorite hobby is golf and he can often befound practicing his swing.
Eric Weber
Vice President, U.S. Travel Association
Eric is a technology-focused business executive with more than 20 years of experience spanning Fortune 500, start-up, consulting and large non-profit organizations. Current technology leader of U.S. Travel’s digital transformation journey focused on evolving business performance through the application of experience and technology. Trusted speaker and adviser to leadership, technology partners and CIO peers. Eric enjoys challenges, solving complex problems and helping grow the people around him while developing high powered teams.
Lee Hornstein
Founder and CEO, C Systems Global
Lee has been a champion for the implementation and support of sophisticated, vertical market application software since 1980. Lee brings a deep knowledge and understanding of project management processes, membership and fundraising applications, accounting, order fulfillment, customer service, and distribution systems. One of Lee’s proudest achievements was his involvement in the initial formation of NiUG, the International iMIS User Group, which currently has over 800 organization members and 7,000 active members. Lee and his team are very active in the iMIS community as C Systems is regarded as one of the largest and most experienced Authorized iMIS Solution Partners (AiSP). C Systems is a multi-year winner of ASI’s AiSP of the Year award, an achievement that salutes the hard work and dedication of the talented C Systems team members.
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