Jerry Diaz joins the growing team to explore new client opportunities and directions for Poken with a focus on the US West Coast. Jerry brings 20 years of creativity and strategy to the meetings and events arena. As a meeting planner for 13 years he worked in the tech, finance, agriculture and produce fields before stepping into a supplier role for a sales and marketing firm. His most recent role as head of the strategic client services department for group sales for Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau has seen him produce over 50 tradeshows and client events per year.
As a member of Meeting Professionals International Northern California Chapter, Jerry received the ‘Tomorrow's Leader Award’ in 2012 and recently received the Green Meetings Industry Council Northern California Chapter ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’ for 2015. In 2013 Jerry completed his CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) from the Convention Industry Council and in 2015 received the HMCC (Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate) from Saint Louis University.
Jerry says: “California has a vibrant events business and I am excited to be working with the team to explore new client opportunities and directions for Poken with a particular focus on the US West Coast.
“As a passionate advocate of the Poken platform, I believe that one day all meetings and tradeshows will be paperless. Poken's robust, real-time metrics and reporting, digital business card exchange and solid lead management and conversion will alter the face of meetings in the future.”
Poken’s CEO and Founder, Stephane Doutriaux, adds: “We are delighted to welcome Jerry to the Poken team. He is a very talented and experienced event industry professional and his experience and drive will be an asset to the Poken team.”