September 08, 2004

Two major meetings technology companies have merged. PlanSoft, provider of an extensive facility and supplier database as well as many meetings management tools, and seeUthere, also focused on meetings management tools, are combining to create OnVantage Inc. The new company will focus on offering services to help both planners and suppliers navigate corporate procurement processes. The company will be headquartered at seeUthere's offices in Santa Clara, Calif., and that company's president and CEO, John Chang, will become OnVantage's CEO. Stanley Chin, COO of seeUthere, will be president of the new company's corporate division. The Twinsburg, Ohio, office of PlanSoft will be the supplier arm of OnVantage, with David Hunt, chairman and CEO of PlanSoft, becoming chairman of OnVantage, and Ed Tromczynski, president and COO of PlanSoft, becoming president of the supplier division. In the next few months, PlanSoft's search and RFP functionality will be integrated with seeUthere's attendee management product, MeetingView. "That will take anywhere from 60 to 90 days," said Tromczynski. "The last thing we're going to do is enable [MeetingView users] to take advantage of all our services, where they can press a button and ask for help planning their meeting. And we're going to take all seeUthere's blue-chip customers and introduce them to our hotel partners."

Carroll Armstrong, the former president and CEO of the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Authority, has joined Washington, D.C.-based as director of new business development. In his new role, Armstrong, who headed up BACVA for seven years until his departure in February 2003, will focus on building ConventionPlanit's web portal business in the convention center and convention and visitors bureau sectors.