Remember the days before e-mail, cell phones, and BlackBerries, when the world moved at a slower pace — and planners could count on a handshake to seal a hotel contract agreement? Those are just a few of the seismic shifts that insurance and financial services meeting professionals have experienced in the 40 years that this magazine has been reporting on the industry. As we thought about what to include in this special anniversary section, we realized the one thing that has remained

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