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THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE IMPENDING WEATHER! Yes, you can be fined $23,000,000! What you MUST know about GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation

March 21, 2018
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
550 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

You may think you don’t have to worry about Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which as of May 2018 will change everything about how global enterprises collect, process, and protect European citizens' personal data.

But you do.

For example, if you host events in Europe, or have European citizens or residents come to your meetings anywhere in the world, you are affected.  And the cost of noncompliance is steep—we’re talking $20 million euros, or about $23 million U.S.

Don’t risk your organization’s financial well-being. In this interactive session learn:

• What GDPR is, why it’s happening, and why it matters to travel managers and meeting planners throughout the world

• What travel mangers and planners will need to be able to demonstrate to stay in compliance

This session is approved for 1 GTP® Recertification Credit

BWBTA's featured speaker is Kevin Iwamoto.

Kevin Iwamoto
Senior Consultant, GoldSpring Consulting

Kevin Iwamoto, Senior Consultant at GoldSpring Consulting, an independent travel management consultancy, brings more than 30 years of experience in corporate travel and meetings/events management.

Iwamoto is a former President & CEO of the Board of Directors for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).  He has served on numerous corporate and association boards, most recently as a Board member for the US Council for the Meeting Professionals International (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 also maintains a popular award-winning industry blog (Gold Magellan Award for Best Industry Blog from Travel Weekly), published though Meetings & Conventions on-line.

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.  Both are available via Amazon:



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