Gary Sain was named one of the 25 most powerful people, forces or trends including the meetings industry by MeetingNews magazine.
The Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO is facing some tough challenges, the magazine noted, including an economic downturn and trying to fill the big shoes left by retired bureau President Bill Peeper.
Still, Sain was recognized for the "Creative Minds" campaign the bureau launched this spring to highlight Orando's vast and varied meeting space capabilities.
The magazine added that Sain's diverse sales and marketing background are a good fit as the bureau steps up its marketing campaign cash advance loans.
Others making the list included Richard Branson, president and founder of London-based Virgin Group; Ben Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve; and renown chef Wolfgang Puck.