by Sarah JF Braley | April 09, 2019

Following a global executive search, the Events Industry Council, the umbrella organization with more than 30 member organizations from the meetings world, has appointed Amy Calvert of Visit Baltimore as its new CEO. Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, who had led the EIC for 10 years, resigned in January.

Calvert currently is senior vice president of convention sales and services for the Baltimore convention and visitors bureau; she take over officially as CEO on May 20, 2019.
 
SmithBucklin, the EIC's association management company, worked with executive search firms Vetted Solutions and Saxton Bampfylde to narrow down a pool of more than 50 candidates from around the world, who were then evaluated by an EIC board-appointed search committee chaired by Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.
 
"Our search committee was seeking a leader who brings a proven track record of business growth, collaboration and strategic global vision," said Bauer in a statement. "Amy's dedication to advancing this industry and vision for EIC were key factors in our decision."
 
Calvert brings more than 30 years of experience in hospitality and destination marketing to her new position, having previously worked with the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention and Visitors Bureau and the InterContinental Hotels Group before spending the past 10 years with Visit Baltimore.

"This is an exciting and fitting time for the events industry and for our organization to have a new leader as we look to enhance our CMP program, expand educational programming and increase our focus on enabling sustainable events," said Tina Wehmeir, CMP, CAE, CEO of the AMC Institute and current chair of the EIC's board of directors. "Building on the momentum from our rebranding, the board is focused on redefining our mission, vision and long-term global strategic plan in partnership with our new CEO."

"The mission of the Events Industry Council and the vast opportunities to support and strengthen our industry through collaboration and global advocacy inspires me," said Calvert. "Through my time in the industry, I have seen firsthand the positive economic and the lasting social impact the event industry has on communities. It is essential we continue to share our story and inspire the hearts and minds of those we serve, and celebrate the achievements of the dedicated professionals that pursue excellence in their career journey."
 
The EIC's member organizations represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties. It offers the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, as well as services and products in the areas of event sustainability, industry insights, knowledge and leadership.