3 Industry Vets Announce Retirement

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David DuBois will step down from his role as head of IAEE at the end of this year.

There have already been a few high-profile retirement announcements so far in 2023.

Announcing their retirement are IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, Bizly Chief Customer Officer and Head of Enterprise Kevin Iwamoto, and Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. CEO Bruce Spyridon.

David DuBois

President and CEO David DuBois is retiring from the The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE), effective December 31.

DuBois has been with the association for 11 years, providing strategic insights and vision to propel the association forward while successfully leading the association through the recent pandemic. He will continue to lead the association through its strategic growth initiatives in 2023 and continue to build on his legacy of advancing IAEE’s mission and member community.

Kevin Iwamoto

Kevin Iwamoto retired from his role as Chief Customer Officer and Head of Enterprise at Bizly, on March 31. Iwamoto joined Bizly in 2019 as Chief Strategy Officer, where he helped the company weather unprecedented changes in the meetings and events space.

Prior to joining Bizly, Iwamoto was Vice President of Industry Strategy for Lanyon, Active Network and StarCite. Prior to his venture into technology, he was an award-winning high profile global corporate travel buyer at Hewlett-Packard, Disney Worldwide Services and one of the first group of National Corporate Sales Managers for Northwest Airlines.

In 2001, during his tenure at the National Business Travel Association (now the Global Business Travel Association), Iwamoto served as President and CEO—the first and only Asian American to hold the position. He also appointed a new committee, the Groups and Meetings Committee, which led to the creation of Strategic Meetings Management (SMM), now considered the global corporate standard and one of his most enduring legacies.

Butch Spyridon

Butch Spyridon will retire from the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp on June 30. Spyridon has served as CEO of NCVC since 1991, and spearheaded the city-wide branding of Nashville as Music City. He has served as Chair of Destinations International and on the board of the Professional Convention Management Association, among others. He was also named a Hall of Leaders inductee by the Events Industry Council in 2022.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.