Phil Cavanagh, CMM


Greater Boston AreaMarketing and Advertising

Previous Maritz Travel Company, Monster Worldwide, Inc., Convention Industry Council

Education George Mason University


Creative (and often charismatic) event marketer with over 20 years of event development, event management, and event sales experience. 

Demonstrated ability to maximize event sales volume/transactions and transform event development and execution through relationship building, negotiating mutually beneficial deals, project management expertise, training top-performing teams, securing strategic alliances and developing effective event marketing collateral/campaigns.

Thrive on creating unique branded experiences through a balance in strategy of creative, content and delivery. Work and play well with others.

Specialties: My London Broil Marinade, Voice-Overs, Strategic Event Management, Hotel/Venue/Third party contract negotiations, Proactive risk management, Driving cost efficiencies and managing event spend, Wealth of logistical/production experience, creating unique branded experiences


Vice President, Global Events and Trade Shows

Monster Worldwide, Inc.

June 2010 – Present (6 years 3 months)

(Open)1 honor or award

Customer Advisory Board

Maritz Travel Company

September 2010 – September 2013 (3 years 1 month)

Senior Director, Global Events and Trade Shows

Monster Worldwide, Inc.

November 2008 – June 2010 (1 year 8 months)

Commissioner, APEX Commission

Convention Industry Council

August 2008 – June 2010 (1 year 11 months)

Director, Events

Staples, Inc

August 2004 – November 2008 (4 years 4 months)

Vice President, Events

Eventive, LLC

June 2003 – May 2004 (1 year)

Vice President, Corporate Events

AOL Time Warner

March 2001 – March 2003 (2 years 1 month)

(Open)1 recommendation

Judy Klein

Judy Klein

Marketing & Social Media Executive

Phil is one of the most creative Event Marketers I have ever seen or worked with. Each of his events has a huge "WOW" factor that exceed one's expectations and imagination. He has amazing insight for detail, building concepts and working with color...View

Director, Corporate Events

America Online, Inc

July 1998 – March 2001 (2 years 9 months)

Manager, Event Management Training

Marriott International

March 1998 – July 1999 (1 year 5 months)

Director of Catering (and other positions)

Marriott International

September 1985 – March 1998 (12 years 7 months)


George Mason University

George Mason University

Jakarta International School

Additional Info


Fly Fishing, Golf, Food and Beverage, Travel, Freelance Voice-Overs, any activities with Declan and the girls

Personal Details

Birthday November 22



Additional Organizations

MCAF (Meetings Competitive Advantage Forum) MPI, MPI New England - Board of Directors (2007-2008), MPINE, PCMA, Lector - St. Patrick's of Watertown - Archdiocese of Boston

Honors & Awards

Nominee, 2015 Global Meetings Executive of the Year

PCMA and IMEX Industry Awards

March 2015

Nominee of the Global Meetings Executive of the Year. This award honors a meetings executive who has demonstrated a vision, commitment and passion for the advancement and education of the global meetings industry. This person regularly conducts global meetings and has shown a vast knowledge of important cultural customs, global business norms and has been successful in advancing their organization’s success. This award will be presented annually...more

Additional Honors & Awards

Certification in Meetings Management (CMM)

Commissioner, APEX Commission, Convention Industry Council (2008)

2013 Silver Award, Event Marketer Ex Awards, Best Single Market Experiential Activation

2012 Gold Award, Event Technology Awards; Best Use Of Technology For Registration/Attendee Communications

2011 Silver Award, Event Technology Awards; Best Combination of Event Technologies

2011 Silver Award, Event Technology Awards; Best Use of a Single Technology


CMM Certificate in Meetings Management GBTA/MPI 2007(Link)GBTA | Global Business Travel Association

GBTA | Global Business Travel Association


PCMA Convene(Link)

June 2013


Director, Events

Staples, Inc

Jill Alford

Marketing Professional

Phil was an incredible leader who laid out his vision and had the confidence to let his team execute it with just the right amount of guidance. Phil’s management style allows his employees to truly take ownership in their projects and the results are one of kind, flawlessly executed, strategic events. Phil created a team who worked together like none I have ever...more

April 1, 2009, Jill reported to Phil at Staples, Inc

Petter Knutrud

Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager - Office Supplies and Furniture at Office Depot

I would highly recommend Phil: Phil exibits the unusual blend of detail and follow through with creativity and out of the box thinking. 

Phil treats each project as an opportunity to out-do his past. He is budget and cost conciouse, yet manages to create events that are considered industry best. Please feel free to contact me directly with any further follow up or for...more

December 29, 2008, Petter managed Phil indirectly at Staples, Inc

Derrick Wood

VP Brand, Content and Advertising at Lowe's Companies, Inc.

I had such a blast working with Phil. His energy and enthusiasm for events was unmatched. I applaud his ability to juggle many details and still have a clear mind on where the assignment was going. There are few people that I have had the pleasure of knowing that are as well connected and networked as Phil. To top that off, he is held in very high regard by all of them.

December 3, 2008, Derrick managed Phil at Staples, Inc

Kim White

Account Director

Phil's creativity, vision, and leadership were key to the success of Staples' Globals Sales Meetings. These events were grand in scale, thoughtfully planned and specatfularly produced.

December 1, 2008, Kim was a consultant or contractor to Phil at Staples, Inc

Amy Shanler

Strategic Public Relations Professional, Creative Educator, Developing PR Pros of tomorrow

Phil is an absolute joy to work with in every respect. From planning and strategy to event execution, his work is flawless. Phil also brings a sense of humor which not only makes work fun, but diffuses potentially tense situations. I value his opinions and fully trust his judgement.

November 19, 2008, Amy worked with Phil at Staples, Inc

Stephanie Bertrand Grey, CMP

Director, East Coast Operations at Unbridled Solutions

Phil is an amazing leader to work with on projects. He can see a situation at every level. From 30,000 feet, down to each small detail. He solves problems using both his right and left side of his brain. He is logical and creative. He is consistently professional and fair. I have enjoyed all of my interactions with him.

November 14, 2008, Stephanie worked directly with Phil at Staples, Inc

Elaine Sargent

Meeting Planner, CMP at Staples

Phil Cavanagh, while at Staples, was the Director of Special Events. His responsibilities included the development and management of strategic events and tradeshows for Staples. He successfully and creatively managed all aspects of the Global Sales Meeting for 4100 associates and 700 suppliers, within a budget of $16 million. He worked with our senior management to...more

November 11, 2008, Elaine reported to Phil at Staples, Inc

Stacy Harvey, CMP, CMM

President 2011-2012 VAMPI

Phil, was a great participant in the CMM program. Wonderful insights, great experience to draw from. I was very happy to have him in our cohort.

January 11, 2008, Stacy worked with Phil at Staples, Inc

Vice President, Corporate Events

AOL Time Warner

Judy Klein

Judy Klein

Marketing & Social Media Executive

Phil is one of the most creative Event Marketers I have ever seen or worked with. Each of his events has a huge "WOW" factor that exceed one's expectations and imagination. He has amazing insight for detail, building concepts and working with color and things no one would ever think of using to make a concept work. I learned a lot from him. And I miss his events!

September 6, 2007, Judy reported to Phil at AOL Time Warner

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