What does a Conference Producer Do?
At Corporate Research Group (CRG), our conference producers do not order food and beverage, arrange chairs in a conference room, or negotiate contracts with hotels for meeting space and attendee rooms or contract with the audiovisual vendors and staging companies. We leave those important details to our team of in-house experienced meeting planning professionals.
At CRG, a conference producer is responsible for the development of the content for business to business conferences.
During the lifecycle of an event the conference producer will research the topic by making research calls to industry experts and identify market trends to help shape the conference agenda. Through these calls the producer will also identify and recruit speakers as well as gather information for the sponsorship and marketing teams. Although the sponsorship and marketing managers are responsible for selling sponsorships and developing marketing partnerships, the producer co-ordinates their efforts and provides information to help ensure their efforts are successful. Upon completion of the conference program the brochure needs to be written and designed and the producer and the marketing manager will work with the design team to create the printed conference materials. On the day of the conference the producer, with the event coordinator, runs the on-site management ensuring that speakers arrive and run to time. This is also a time to network with speakers and delegates to identify future topics and projects.
Conference producers usually work on more than one conference at once (though at different stages of the cycle) and production cycles can be very tight. For this reason, conference producers must possess exceptional project management skills.
What skills, experience and qualifications are required?
Skills: Solid researcher, articulate on the phone, strong listener, excellent copywriter, excellent interpersonal skills and a strong project manager.
Experience: Corporate Research Group has a team of experienced conference producers who are willing to mentor and train bright individuals who possess the right skill set and education background. Industry experience is a plus, but not required. We also are always looking to add experienced conference producers to join our team and immediately start adding to our portfolio of industry leading events.
Qualifications/Education: A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communication, business management
What about a career path?
The traditional career path, for a conference producer consists of the following stages:
- Junior Producer
- Senior Producer
- Conference Manager
- Conference/Divisional Director
Producers will tend to 'grow through the ranks' of a company - but they may enter the profession at a higher level other conference companies. As Conference Producers begin to mentor and manage other conference producers, the opportunity to earn profit share bonuses on your team’s conferences exists.
What are the Salary & benefits within the role?
Corporate Research Group offers a competitive salary and benefit package along with the opportunity to earn quarterly profit share bonuses on events produced by the conference producer.
What are some of the responsibilities of a Conference Producer?
- Research health care trends and identify viable conference topics
- Conducting primary phone based research to identify key trends and issues in the health care industry
- Develop a strategic vision for the event and communicate that vision internally and externally
- Foster relationships with health care thought leaders
- Create innovative, valuable program agendas
- Work with a talented team of operations, marketing and sponsorship sales professionals
- Travel to national events and network with hundreds of senior level executives
How can I learn more about Corporate Research Group and the Conference Producer role?
Check Us Out: www.corporateresearchgroup.com
Jennifer Morales, SPHR, Director of Human Resources