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One of the most esteemed accolades in the meetings industry, the Meeting Star Award, has this year, for the first time, crowned the most influential individuals of New Europe’s meetings industry. Three Slovakian meetings industry experts, Stefan Kozak, Juraj Holub and Peter Komornik, were placed among the top ten influencers in their respective categories.

Since its inception, the Meetings Star Award has become a recognised accolade by event organisers and the industry. It is considered one of the rare awards based on comprehensive criteria and standards. The Meetings Star will award the most influential individuals of the regional meetings industry at an online award ceremony that will take place on Tuesday, 22 February 2022, at 17.00, and will be broadcasted live from Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana.

The influencers in this year’s evaluation were nominated among 230 candidates from 22 countries. The accolades will be awarded in seven categories (most influential destination representatives, meeting agencies, hoteliers, catering service providers, technology providers, innovators, and creative and live marketing agencies).

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Leaving their mark on the regional meetings industry

A novelty in this year’s evaluation is the selection of the most influential people in the regional meetings industry. The selection is not just another online voting that gives doubtable results. On the contrary, it is a thorough selection of individuals that have left their mark on the regional meetings industry.

Stefan Kozak was voted as the second Most Influential Meeting Innovator in 2021 and the ninth Most Influential Creative Marketing Agency Representative in 2021. Stefan Kozak is renowned in the meetings industry as the director of Creative Pro Agency. He has recently intertwined his entrepreneurial experience, creativity, know-how and experience marketing with knowledge of his colleagues from the world of artificial intelligence to create a Live Artificial Intelligence Assistant.

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Juraj Holub was voted as the seventh Most Influential Meeting Innovator in 2021. Juraj Holub has recently become the VP Brand & Comms / Chief Meeting Designer at Cisco. Before that he was Chief Meeting Designer at audience interaction platform Slido. Juraj has helped to make over 800.000 events and meetings more interactive. Over the years, Juraj has worked with some of the industry-leading conferences such as Web Summit or SXSW and has helped many Fortune 500 companies make their meetings more effective.

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Photo Credit: Slido

Peter Komornik was voted as the second Most Influential Meeting Service Provider in 2021. Peter is the co-founder and CEO of Slido, an audience interaction platform that aims to transform the world of meetings and conferences. Since its foundation in 2012, Slido has been used at over 250,000 events, including customers such as SXSW, World Economic Forum, Spotify and BBC. Last year, Slido was ranked as the fourth fastest-growing tech company in Central Europe by Deloitte Technology Fast 50.

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Photo Credit: Slido

This article was implemented with the financial support of the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic.

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