March 24 Speaker Biographies


Allison Hamil (Moderator), Sr Implementation Consultant, Cvent

As a Senior Implementation Consultant on Cvent's Professional Services team, Allison works with Fortune 500 companies as they implement technology to automate their Strategic Meetings Management Programs (SMMP's).  In her current role, she provides consultative support to clients who are at various stages of SMM program maturity, offering solutions that align business processes with technology use best practices.  Allison has implemented more than 25 companies, with a primary focus on the Pharmaceutical, Financial and Insurance industries.  Prior to joining the Professional Services team, Allison worked as a Relationship Manager, strategizing with clients to achieve their goals and serving as a liaison between her clients and Cvent's product development team.



Phil Cavanagh, CMM, Vice President Global Events and Trade Shows, Monster Worldwide

A meeting isn’t just a meeting in the eyes of Phil Cavanagh, CMM, it’s an opportunity – an opportunity to elevate and display the value of your brand and your message through live interactive experiences. Phil joined Monster Worldwide in November 2008 where he is Vice President of Global Events and Trade Shows, bringing over 20 years of experience in the event marketing industry.

Phil Cavanagh has experienced first-hand the need for increased accountability in the meetings and events function. He recognizes that showing the value of events, and the opportunities for live experiences that they present, is important to all stakeholders – meeting owners, sponsors, exhibitors and participants. His career has included heading up the event marketing teams at a variety of strong consumer brands including Marriott International, AOL Time Warner, Staples and currently Monster Worldwide.

Phil now oversees Monster’s corporate events and trade shows in the thirty-six countries in which Monster conducts business and its conferences, meetings, trade shows and road shows, most prominently the current 120 city Keep America Working and Keep Europe Working Tours.

A former APEX Commissioner for the Convention Industry Council and past board member of MPI New England, Phil remains active in the meetings and events industry, participating in US, European and Australasian panels and advisory groups.  His career has allowed this New York City native to work and live throughout North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe and West Africa.

Lynda Garvey,SMMC, Subject Matter Expert: Meetings, American Express

Lynda Garvey has over 22 years in the meetings and hospitality industry.  She started her career in event rental, worked in Decor, Production, Destination Services, Corporate Planning and most notably a Consultant with American Express assisting corporations to implement a Strategic Meeting Management Program.

Lynda was the Director of Meeting Management with ING where she managed their Strategic Meetings Management Initiative with a scope of more than $50 million annually.  Lynda was instrumental in the design and centralization of ING’s meeting management processes, which included the development of meeting policy and standardized meeting process company wide.  She also worked as a co-lead with strategic sourcing to centralize contracting processes, manage and centralize supplier/vendor relationships, benchmark and research online meetings technology, and develop a centralized air fulfillment model.

Other items of interest was, Lynda’s involvement with ING America’ as the title sponsor for the New York City Marathon led to her appointment to the elite list of Bizbash Magazine’s Top 15 Planners of the Year in 2002.  She successfully managed 60 core staff and all aspects of the sponsorship, having only three months to produce this world-renowned event for 70K runners and 1.25 million spectators. She speaks both domestically and internationally on the subject of SMMP.

Lynda has previous experience serving on committees with MPI (Meeting Professional International) and ICPA (Insurance Conference Planner Association) whose efforts led to the creation of standards for monthly executive summary reporting and ROI strategies.  She currently serves on the National Business Travel Association’s Groups & Meetings Committee and co-facilitator for NBTA’s SMM certification.

Peggie Milane, CMP, SMMC, Manager of Conference and Event Management, MetLife

Peggie Milane is a Manager of Conference and Event Management and Manager of the Strategic Meeting Management Program for MetLife on a domestic enterprise level.

Peggie has been with MetLife for 32 years and has spent the last 22 in the hospitality and meeting departments, including managing a full service, in house executive dining and catering operation and conference center.  Peggie came to the Conference and Event Management department in 1989 to head up an enterprise wide project with a focus on identifying and managing company-wide spend on small to mid-size meetings and events – a precursor to SMMP?

In 2008, Peggie worked with a team of C&EM associates, along with Procurement, to design and implement a Strategic Meeting Management Program.  In February 2009 the program was implemented saving MetLife nearly $20 million in the first year of operation.   Peggie is currently working on implementing a global SMMP for 2012.

In addition to her designation as CMP, Peggie is also proud to be among the first to receive the new SMMC designation in 2010.

Peggie resides in Staten Island, NY with her husband of 40 years.