by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 01, 2007

Charles W. Allen
We believe in -- and feel passionate about -- connecting people to create a better world.”

Charles W. Allen is chairman and CEO of the Birmingham, Ala.-based C.W. Allen Group, which helps organizations improve their marketing efforts, training programs and educational sessions. He recently became an executive director and joined the advisory board of the International Economic Alliance in Cambridge, Mass., which works to further international trade and economic development.

How did you get involved with the IEA? At the 2003 Power-Gen show in Las Vegas, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Joseph Stanislaw, founder and chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, on CNN’s Convention News Network. He and I developed a friendship; Dr. Stanislaw [now vice chairman of the IEA] suggested me for this position.

What is the goal of the group concerning global meetings? IEA was founded to host the annual U.S.-Russia Economic Symposium at the Harvard Club in Cambridge, Mass., and now co-organizes the annual Global Technology Symposium at Stanford University. As the number of meetings hosted and organized by IEA grows, hopefully our “leadership by example” will speak to the power and value of face-to-face as a communications medium.

What makes you right for this position? I’m sure one of the primary factors was the talented and [meetings] industry-experienced team by which I’m fortunate to be surrounded. We believe in -- and feel passionate about -- connecting people to create a better world.