Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Michelle Bartolone's Biography

Ms. Michelle Bartolone is the founder and CEO of Meeting Sites Pro, Inc. and Global Meetings Group, full service worldwide meeting and conference planning firms headquartered in San Diego, California. Since receiving her Business Management degree from San Diego State University, Ms. Bartolone has actively participated in the hospitality industry gaining a national presence with a career spanning over two decades.

Since its inception in 2000, Meeting Sites Pro, Inc. has experienced tremendous growth successfully orchestrating all genres of corporate meetings and conferences. Meeting Sites Pro, Inc. and Global Meetings Group are proud to continually support a diverse group of clients and industries which include pharmaceutical, healthcare, medical device, association, technology, Navy, Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce, and Environmental Protection Agency with a common goal of executing flawless top notch meetings. In delivering all facets of meeting planning, from site selection to full service on‐location representation and everything in between, Meeting Sites Pro, Inc. and Global Meetings Group has coordinated meetings for our clients in venues around the world.

As an advocate for continuing education, Ms. Bartolone has received designation as a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) from the Convention Industry Council (CIC) and is proud to have participated as an active member of multiple advisory boards including: San Diego Business Travelers Association (SDBTA); Meeting Professionals International (MPI); Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (ACME); Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA); and Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). She was also responsible for facilitating San Diego’s first APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange) City Discussion Group which helped to pave the way in developing standards by which the meeting and event industry functions. In 2003, Ms. Bartolone founded a continuing medical education firm, CME Pro, Inc. which provides continuing education programs for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to strengthen and expand medical knowledge in common medical arenas. Through accreditation by ACCME and numerous educational workshops, she has become knowledgeable with Health Care Compliance, PhRMA guidelines, AdvaMed guidelines, FDA regulations, Office of Inspector General policy, and other regulating bodies that police the meeting and conference planning industry.

Ms. Bartolone remains enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge, business success experience, and vision with others through mentorship, educational workshops, and presenting at various associations and educational institutions. Through her expertise and approachable style, she continues to mentor and empower others to advance their profession. As a recognized industry leader, she has been invited to speak at various industry conferences to include Meeting Professionals International, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Pharmaceutical Meeting Planners Forum, Center for Business Intelligence (CBI), the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (ACME), and the University of California at San Diego’s Meeting & Event Programs. Ms. Bartolone’s accolades include being recognized for the following awards: Women Who Mean Business, San Diego Business Journal, 2005 & 2006; Susan B. Anthony "Leadership" Award, 2005; Delores Braswell "Mentoring" Award, 2005; and Meeting Planner of the Year, 2003 ‐ 2006.

Monday, April 6, 2009


Welcome to "Meet the Corporate Meetings Professional"! Congratulations Michelle.