Hali Cooper: I definitely started in the industry at the bottom. My first job was working as the lost and found and package room clerk logging items and FedEx envelopes at the Palmer House Hilton. It was a promotion to actually work the front desk!
MM: What trends do you see emerging in the next year?
HC: The integration of conference applications into the content of programs will take on a new life. There are so many new technologies out there that will encourage participation at higher levels, and at a greater return for sponsors and exhibitors. There are emerging technologies that will track the attendee flow to help you design an exhibit floor better, give direct feedback to change the content of your speaker while he/she is on stage, and mood lighting.
MM: Favorite professional sports team(s)?
HC: If I could attend every Chicago Blackhawks game of the season, I would! One of my favorite players of all time was Eddie Belfour; even though he left the Hawks after ‘07.
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