JOHN S. FOSTER, ESQ. CHME is an attorney and counsel whose firm FOSTER, JENSEN & GULLEY, LLC specializes in the legal aspects of meetings & conventions, trade shows & events, and association management. John is outside counsel to Meeting Professionals International (MPI) in reviewing industry contracts and handling other legal issues. He has been an associate or general counsel for over four hundred (400) national and regional associations and companies since 1986 and has been named nine times as one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry by MeetingNews. His peers have also voted John a Special Recognition Award as “Corporate Member of the Year” through the Georgia Society of Association Executives. PCMA Members voted John “Author of the Year”. John’s professional experience includes twelve (12) years as a director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, and Holiday Inns and he holds the Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive (CHME) designation from HSMAI. John is also a founding member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA) and is active in ASAE, MPI, PCMA, and 2 IAEM. He is the legal columnist for Convene, published by PCMA, and the author of three books on the legal aspects of meetings and conventions: Meeting & Facility Contracts, Meetings & Liability and Independent Meeting Planners & the Law. John is also a co-author for PCMA’s Professional Meeting Management book, chapter on “Contracts in the Meetings Industry”. He has also served as a Subject Matter Expert on legal issues for MPI and as an MPI Platinum Speaker. John is a well-known expert in the association and hospitality industry and he speaks frequently at industry events worldwide. John can be reached at John.Foster@FJGLaw.net or 404-873-5200.