GBTA Convention 2019 - Kevin Iwamoto

Kevin Iwamoto

Senior Consultant, Goldspring Consulting

Kevin Iwamoto, Senior Consultant at GoldSpring Consulting, an independent travel management consultancy, brings more than 35 years of experience in corporate travel and meetings/events management to clients. Following his retirement from Lanyon in May 2016, Iwamoto joined GoldSpring to work on select projects and consulting engagements, specializing in global procurement, category management, strategic sourcing, meetings and events, GDPR, Strategic Meetings Management Programs (SMMP), and SMM Maturity Indexing for programs. He works with global key influencers across industries to raise awareness of the benefits of Strategic Meetings Management (SMM). 

He is considered one of the original founders of SMM and is acknowledged globally as a leading subject matter expert in the discipline. Iwamoto is a former President & CEO of the Board of Directors for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). He has served on numerous association boards, most recently as a Board member for the US Council for the MPI Foundation. Iwamoto has won almost every major industry award in both business travel and the meetings and events industries. Recent accolades include the 2016 MPI Rise Award for Meetings Industry Leadership and the Changemakers Award for MeetingsNet in June 2016, where he was also featured on the magazine's cover. He has two published books to his credit, Strategic Meetings Management: From Theory to Practice published in April, 2011 and most recently, Your Personal Brand, Your Power Tool to Build Career Integrity, published in October of 2016. He also maintains a popular award winning industry blog (Gold Magellan Award for Best Industry Blog from Travel Weekly), published though Meetings & Conventions on-line. Prior to joining Lanyon, Iwamoto was a senior global category manager in the Hewlett-Packard Global Travel & Meetings Team. 

He has also served as a senior travel account manager with the Walt Disney Company, as well as a corporate sales manager with Northwest Airlines. Iwamoto holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii, a Global Travel Professional (GTP) designation from GBTA and a Global Leadership Professional (GLP) Masters designation from the Wharton School of Business via GBTA.