2021 Connect Association 40 Under 40: Adam Martin, CMP, DES

Adam Martin is meeting manager of the Online News Association. He is based in Washington, D.C.

2021 Connect Association 40 Under 40: Adam Martin, CMP, DES

Adam Martin, CMP, DES, 37
Meeting Manager, Online News Association
Washington, D.C.

What I do: 
I manage logistics and registration for ONA’s events and conferences. Due to the pandemic, I was forced to pivot my role to support and manage virtual events. I also produce smaller online interactive events and seminars. 

How I got here: 
I have held several positions in the business events industry. However, it wasn’t until I took a break from the business event space to take on a membership role that I realized how much I enjoyed the part I play in constructing events and interacting with my industry colleagues.

My greatest career accomplishment:
I led an inexperienced production team to produce my organization’s first virtual conference (because, you know, COVID). The event was two and a half weeks long and was a major success for us.

What are you working on right now:
I am looking forward to planning our first in-person event (since the pandemic began) in Philadelphia in fall 2021. It will be interesting to see how new event footprint options and possibilities will pan out for us.

What I do outside of work: 
The pandemic really hampered extracurricular activities. However, I do enjoy going to the golf range and lounging with friends, and I do voiceover work in my spare time.

Favorite vacation destination:
I'm a sucker for all-inclusive resorts. My favorite so far has been the Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay. They even have their own private island!

Favorite icebreaker line: 
One downside to living in D.C. is the often overused question “So, what do you do?” I simply switch it up to “What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?”