MeCo Man

MeCo Man

Jim Louis, CIO and meeting planner at Best Meetings Inc., Bloomington, Minn., is one of the co-founders of The Meetings Community, a three year-old, volunteer-driven meetings-industry listserv and Web site. MeCo, as the community is known, recently announced plans to incorporate as a non-profit association before the end of the year. We talked to Louis about MeCo’s success and the reason’s for the upcoming transition to a 501(c)(6) organization.

Corporate Meetings & Incentives: Why has MeCo decided to move to an association structure?

Jim Louis: One reason is liability. We'd like to broaden our educational programming, including some face-to-face events, but without some sort of organization behind us, the moderators would become personally liable for the events. We also want to look at more partnerships

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