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Laurie Powell: “Listening skills are the best skills a leader can have”June 20, 2019
by Yitzi Weiner, A "Positive" Influencer
I had the pleasure to interview Laurie Powell, Vice President of Business Development at eventPower. Laurie has over 30 years of sales and management experience in both events and publishing. Laurie started her career at Miller Freeman, which at the time, was the largest business-to-business publisher and trade show producer in the world. At Miller Freeman, Laurie was Publisher for various trade magazines and the Director of Sales for its events. In 2001, Laurie joined Access Intelligence, another publisher and trade show producer, where she served as a Group Publisher of several magazines, websites and events. In 2010, she joined eventPower as Vice President of Business Development where she handles over 50 clients per year that have exhibit and sponsorship components. Laurie manages a sales team and customer support managers. Her team has managed clients with exhibit halls as large as 1,000 booths, 740 exhibiting companies and hundreds of sponsorships.
Tampa Company Expands From Conference Planner to Software FirmMarch 19, 2019
by Margie Manning, St. Pete Catalyst
Tampa tech company eventPower got into the software business by accident.
The company, founded 23 years ago by Frank Powell, originally was called Technology Forums and exclusively worked for government agencies, managing their conferences, before a spending scandal forced it to pivot.
Now, the company has three lines of business, about 30 employees around the United States, and $15 million in annual revenue.
Tampa-Based eventPower Grows Through InnovationFebruary 4, 2019
by Jo-Lynn Brown, Tampa Bay Business & Wealth
Expect Laurie and Frank Powell to be a hit at cocktail parties—if they ever have time for them.
One day, they could be producing a conference of energy startups pitching the U.S. government Shark Tank-style. Another, they could be powering an animation festival for tens of thousands of people roaming the exhibits in wild costumes.
“No two days are ever alike,” Frank says with a laugh. “I still don’t think my mother knows what I do.”
eventPower Featured in Business Observer FLNovember 23, 2018
Event horizon: Faced with failure, entrepreneurs tackle a new frontier
When an event management company’s main revenue stream dried up, it reinvented itself. The payoff has been celebratory.
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