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"Capturing Lightning in a Bottle"
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 - 10:00am CT

Meet the Panelists

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Steve O'Malley

Enterprise Vice President & COO

Maritz Global Events

As Enterprise Vice President of Maritz Global Events, Steve O’Malley is passionate about the meetings and incentive travel industry and helping transform people and business through the event experience.  He has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of roles from onsite support as a travel director to leading nearly 1,000 associates in the day-to-day operation of one of the industry’s leading companies.

Steve is committed to advancing Maritz Global Events, its employees and the industry.  He is a champion of the company’s experience design practice and Unleashing Human Potential initiative, which are both helping Maritz Global Events differentiate itself in the market.  Under his leadership, Maritz Global Events has doubled its book of business over the last six years.

Steve has extensive experience in a variety of areas including operations, sales and marketing, strategic planning, finance, talent management, and building and maintaining supplier and partner relationships.

In 2019 and 2020, Steve is served as the Chair of the MPI International Board of Directors to help drive the strategy for the future of the association.  He is a past president of Site International Foundation and was awarded the Richard Ross Past Presidents award by Site Global in recognition of outstanding service to the incentive travel industry in 2019.  Steve remains an active member of Site Global, GBTA and ICCA.  Steve, along with his wife of 25 years, Jorie, and two sons, Jack and Pete, is heavily involved in his local parish and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 


I am a renowned optimist – I always believe that any given day holds immense promise and that the best lies ahead.  It makes it easy to wake excited to see what progress awaits if I have my eyes and ears open to possibility.


What is keeping you up at night?


Falling asleep is never an issue – staying asleep can be a different story.  For 2 years it has been the future of our business, our industry, and our people.  I am hoping that subsides soon!

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Candice Péré-Escamps

Director of Field Sales - W. Europe & N. Africa

Hyatt Hotels

Based in the Paris Office overseeing the Sales Operations functions for our properties in Western Europe and North Africa. Having worked across 2 divisions (US and EAME) both in sales (Mice, Corporate, Group Sales) and Operation (F&B, Hotel Manager) has giving a chance to Candice to be a solid sales leader. Strong of 20 years of experience within the hospitality industry, she is driven by a hand on approach and a “Yes we can” attitude.


Fun Fact – Candice has run a relay from Lyon to Jerusalem when she was a teenager to promote a peaceful message (can not run anymore 😊)


What gets you out of bed in the morning?

What literally gets me out of bed is my dog, as she wants to go outside as soon as I open an eye (she is a tiny black and fire Pomeranian with a strong character). I have been working in the hospitality industry for over 20 years so getting up to do what I love is simply a huge privilege.

What is keeping you up at night?


After the anxiety of the last 18 months, not much is keeping me up at night….we have all learned how to become more resilient, Mission accomplished!!

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Chris Ruane

Vice President, Meetings & Incentives - North and Central American Region


Chris Ruane currently serves as Vice President, Meetings and Incentives for Accor’s North & Central American Region.  Based in Minneapolis, Chris oversees a Global sales organization where he plays a key role in developing and executing the strategic direction, deployment and productivity for this important market. 


Chris has been working in hotel sales and marketing for over 30 years.  Prior to taking on his current role Chris served as Executive Director, Sales and Marketing for Fairmont’s Canadian Mountain Region and before that served in a series of progressing sales and marketing roles with Fairmont in Hawaii, Chicago, San Jose and San Francisco.  

What gets you out of bed in the morning?


Very timely question. I have adopted a “win the morning” philosophy during COVID that has been life altering for me.  Each and every day, I attack the morning with purpose and focus on what’s most important.  It was important for me as I felt like I had lost a bit of self-discipline prior to that.

What is keeping you up at night?

Almost nothing other than a sausage pizza after 10pm.  As long as I can stay ahead of the things that are within my control and am doing the right things both personally and professionally, I sleep just fine.  Obviously easier said than done but early in my career I took some Dale Carnegie training that spoke to placing things in your head into airtight compartments that really resonated with me. It takes some work but it put me in a position to answer the question in this way.

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Corinne Menegaux

Managing Director

Paris Convention and Visitor Bureau

Corinne Menegaux, a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), has been Managing Director of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau since 2018.


She has extensive experience in the trade show and events industry and worked at Reed Expositions France (global trade show organizer) as division director (hotel and restaurant trade shows) (2009- 12), division director (hotel and restaurant, retail, communication, training, art and culture) and member of the executive committee (2012-18), before taking over the management of the OTCP.


Corinne Menegaux is also President of IREST (Institute for Research and Advanced Studies on Tourism), a member of the Skal Club International and a member of the Angelina Gourmet Club,

She is interested in gastronomy, arts, popular culture, entrepreneurship and sports (skiing, tennis, table tennis)

What gets you out of bed in the morning?


Coffee and the feeling of being useful, to be able to make the difference sometimes


What is keeping you up at night?


Same as above! and the number of things to be done. The limitless of our possibilities

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