K-State Conference Coordinator Wins Event Planning Award

ballardTony Ballard, program coordinator for Conferences and Noncredit Programs at Kansas State University Global Campus, recently received the Rising Star Award from the Kansas City chapter of Meeting Professionals International.

This award recognizes a chapter member of less than three years who has contributed extraordinarily to the organization with dedication, vision, enthusiasm, willingness to participate, volunteer efforts and commitment. In addition to his position at K-State Global Campus, Ballard teaches an event planning course in the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics.

“Meeting Professionals International is the largest global organization for meeting professionals of all types,” Ballard said. “As a member of the organization, I have access to some of the premier industry talent in all aspects of meeting planning. Organizations such as Meeting Professionals International help organizations like ours stay ahead of the rapid changes taking place in the meetings and events industry.”

Skilled meeting professionals like Ballard help conference organizers use their time and financial resources efficiently and aid in accomplishing the event objectives in the most effective way.

“At the university level, a meeting professional allows each college to focus their resources on the education of participants, while the meeting professional focuses on the logistical aspects of producing a great event,” he said.