Lori Pugh Marcum has 16 years of experience in the meetings and events industry on both the planner and supplier side of the business. As Head of Meeting Innovation, with Meeting Professionals International she is responsible for managing meetings and event production along with speaker and session management, as a part of MPI’s global live and virtual event portfolio. She delivers and promotes MPI Academy education to increase community enablement and revenue. Lori and her team are responsible for education at conferences such as MPI Smart Monday at IMEX America, MPI World Education Congress, and MPI European Meetings and Event Conference. She also served as producer and anchor for the Global Meetings Industry Day Broadcast in 2019 and 2020.
She spent 6 years at Jacksonville’s PRI Productions as both an event producer and manager of the Event Producer Department. During her time at PRI Productions, she managed events with partners such as THE PLAYERS Championship, Gator Bowl Association, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to her role at PRI Productions, she was also Special Events Manager for the AAA Five-Diamond resort, Ponte Vedra Inn and Club as well as Events Manager for the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Communications and Advertising from the University of North Florida and will graduate with her Master’s Degree in Meeting and Event Management from San Diego State University in December of 2020. Lori was honored as Meetings and Conventions Magazine’s 22 Millennials to Watch in 2016.