Lancey B. Cowan, CAE
I have been in association meeting management since 2000, mostly managing and overseeing citywide meetings with some smaller programs (and now virtual) thrown in. I started out as a convention manager for an education association and am now the Chief Meetings Officer for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). I am nearing 15 years with ARVO and have worn many hats during my tenure including meeting logistics, contracting, vendor management, onsite staffing, overseeing program management and overseeing our awards programs. My particular passion is everything involved in the housing management process, from negotiating contracts to managing blocks with our housing partner to dealing with onsite issues. I love a good "puzzle" and a new problem, so being a meeting planner in the time of Covid-19 hasn't let me down. When I'm not working, I like to walk, jog and hike, papercraft and read pretty much anything. I live in Frederick, Maryland with my 15-year-old daughter and our two dogs.