Resurgence in corporate business meetings keeps event planners, caterers busy

GEAR PREP: Advanced Production and Design in Warwick provides audio and visual equipment and other event-production services. From left, Evan Perry, chief operating officer; Patrick Boutwell, production and warehouse technician; and Adam Ramsey, CEO, prep gear for a job.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
GEAR PREP: Advanced Production and Design in Warwick provides audio and visual equipment and other event-production services. From left, Evan Perry, chief operating officer; Patrick Boutwell, production and warehouse technician; and Adam Ramsey, CEO, prep gear for a job.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Sometimes overheard around the office water cooler: “Damn it, I have another meeting.” You can bet Issa Jouaneh doesn’t see it that way. He’s the senior vice president and general manager of meetings and events for financial-services giant American Express Co. He remembers how, just 10 years ago, the meetings industry experienced a dramatic slowdown.…

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