Saturday, September 23, 2023

Kevin Iwamoto Ft. Lauderdale — Pow Wow Smart, a leading provider of turn-key solutions and data aggregation for ground transportation for meetings and events, and miRide, the on-demand chauffeur-driven application/service for businesses and professionals, recently announced the appointment of travel and meetings industry executive and icon, Kevin Iwamoto, GLP, GTP to their board of advisors.

“We are thrilled to have Kevin join our team,” said Pow Wow Smart CEO Evan Michaels. “He has one of the most valuable and recognized brand names in both travel and meetings management.  Kevin truly understands group ground transportation, our solution, and where we fit into strategic meetings management (SMM) and the meetings & conventions ecosystem. We have no doubt that Kevin will help guide our intention to lead in managing this spend category.”

Iwamoto brings a diverse career of industry experience, knowledge and respect, having been a global procurement senior category buyer with HP, in travel management with the Walt Disney Company and on the supplier side, having recently retired from Lanyon in May 2016. Most recently, he received the prestigious Top 20 Changemaker Award from MeetingsNet in June, and a week later was awarded the MPI RISE Award for Meetings Industry Leadership.  His industry blog won the 2015 Gold Magellan Award for Best Industry Blog from Travel Weekly magazine. Iwamoto is also credited as being one of the founding thought leaders that created SMM programs while he was ending his term as president and CEO of Global Business Travel Association in 2003.

“Pow Wow Smart has created a valuable technology platform that is a procurement professionals’ dream in terms of pricing transparency and sourcing documentation,” Iwamoto said.  “I’m hoping to assist with the articulation of their value chain contribution to existing SMM programs and look forward to working with the executive team and advisory board members of Pow Wow Smart.”

Visit powwowsmart.com or miride.com for more information.