Renée Jacobs has been actively involved in the meeting and event industry for 21 years.
Renée joined WorldTEK as Vice President, Meetings & Events in August 2009. In this role, she manages several accounts including the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) account which includes the annual IATA World Cargo Symposium, bi-annual IATA Slot Conference and the annual IGHC.
Prior to WorldTEK, Renée was Conference Director at the The Journal of Commerce for nine years in their New York, New Jersey & San Diego offices. As Conference Director, Renée was responsible for producing a number of maritime conferences and exhibitions including the Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference and Breakbulk Transportation Conference & Exhibition. She assisted greatly in the expansion of the division into the European and Asian conference market. Since she joined the JoC in 2000, she led the growth of the conference division 30-40% year over year In 2008, the Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference won Bronze Medal from Folio Magazine for Best Conference. Renée was nominated as a 2008 finalist in the 5th Annual Stevie Awards for Best Executive Women in Business Category: Service Businesses – up to 2,500 Employees. Also, she was nominated in both 2008 & 2009 for the United Business Media Business Leadership Program (BLP).
Prior to 2000, Renée was a meeting planner at The Compass Group, an independent meeting planning company located in NJ specializing in the pharmaceutical events.
Renee received a BS in Commercial Recreation and Tourism at Montclair State University. She is a member of the San Diego Chapter of MPI (Meeting Professionals International). Her hobbies include scuba diving, photography, hiking, gardening and of course, traveling the globe.