ConferenceDirect clients represent every industry and include both corporations and associations from around the globe.
Before long, I had outsourced every aspect of that area of activity to ConferenceDirect. Stephen has been managing all room block activity for my organization – from negotiating terms of agreement, aligning contractual clauses, providing a reservation central, to following progress, mitigating risk and conducting post event audits with each hotel. ConferenceDirect truly offers a turnkey service with weekly reporting and great client and guest services.
I highly recommend Stephen Ing and ConferenceDirect to manage all aspects of event accommodation on behalf of any client.
Director, Conventions & Trade Shows
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)
I have had the pleasure of working with Stephen on several groups over the last couple of years. Stephen is a true professional and has a way of making all dealings a win / win for both parties. His time spent in the hotel sales world is a big plus for his clients and for his hotel partners as he understands the big picture which makes doing business with him simple.
Director, Conference Sales
From my initial meeting with Stephen Ing to planning, coordinating and finalizing our various events and retreats, ConferenceDirect has been fantastic to work with. Stephen is a true professional, very knowledgeable and prompt in responses. He knows what needs to be done and just gets it done. Without a doubt, ConferenceDirect and its staff know what they are doing in this ever changing and constantly evolving environment.
Excellent communication skills, easy to work with, very efficient and professional. I would have no hesitation in recommending ConferenceDirect and Stephen to anyone, and have already done so in the past!
Talent Acquisition and Executive Support Services
Davidson & Company
Resourcing an ideal conference venue is time consuming and also not necessarily a cost-effective use of our time. Researching cities and appropriate venues, drafting and disseminating rfp’s, accumulating and comparing responses is a long and detailed process. Acting as my one point of contact, Stephen has saved me time and simplified the entire venue selection process.
Our association utilizes Conference Direct contracting services as well. Stephen works with me to ensure that the contract we sign is the best offer our association can receive. Before presenting me with a contract for review, I feel confident that Stephen has assessed all potential risks as well as negotiated the most favorable concessions, space and rates for our event and association.
I highly recommend Stephen and Conference Direct and believe that he will be as great a resource to your company as he is to ours.
Vice President Public Affairs and Membership
Canadian Renewable Fuels Association
If you plan any type of corporate event that requires a hotel, I 100% recommend partnering with ConferenceDirect. There are so many little things I have learned from Stephen and Vivek along the way (and so many great deals negotiated because of them). Working with Stephen and Vivek is an absolute pleasure. I arrange multiple corporate events each year of various sizes, and no matter how big or small they are always working towards ensuring that my guests will have the best experience. Working with this duo helps to provide me peace of mind in knowing that I am entering an agreement with a hotel that has been thoroughly vetted and checked by two professionals with industry experience. They are flexible, accommodating and just a pleasure to work with. I absolutely recommend partnering with ConferenceDirect as they are an event planners best friend!
Sales & Marketing Operations
Nurse Next Door
As a non-profit society representing public education, it is important that we employ only the best professionals with a high degree of integrity to support the work of the Association, and Stephen Ing at ConferenceDirect is exemplary in this regard. The BCSSA has used Stephen’s services for many years now and thanks to his diligence, business acumen, conscientiousness, and negotiating skills, our Association has experienced only the finest in conference and hotel service. As a recently appointed Executive Director who does not work in the industry, I appreciate Stephen’s responsiveness and knowledge of the industry. He has gone above and beyond on many occasions to ensure that our Association is well protected in terms of contracts and conditions and when necessary, he has “gone to bat” for us when concerns have arisen. It has been a true pleasure working with him and I would highly recommend him and his team for anyone wishing to support a high quality event.
British Columbia School Superintendents Association (BCSSA)