Bruce Harris to Retire From Conferon Global Services

Twinsburg, Ohio -- Bruce Harris, president of Conferon Global Services (CGS) and one of the most influential people in the meetings industry, today announced that he is retiring from the company whose predecessor he founded more than 35 years ago.

Harris will step back from active management upon his retirement, on March 2, but he will continue to be involved with CGS in industry relationships, training, and key customer accounts, according to today's announcement. He will relinquish the title of president and assume the titles chairman emeritus and founder.

"I will be able to do the two things I love most in life: spend more time with both my personal and work families," Harris said about his impending retirement.

Harris founded Conferon in 1971 and built it into one the country's largest meeting-planning firms. Conferon merged with ExpoExchange and ITS to form CGS in 2003. Harris continued as chief executive until October 2004, when the company hired Ed Shartar to take over the top spot.

Harris has received a host of industry accolades during his career. He was a 2004 inductee in the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders and recipient of the 2005 Spirit of Hospitality Award from the Destination Marketing Association. Several times he was named to MeetingNews's list of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry.

"Without the support, creativity and energy of the many incredible individuals I have worked with, we could never have achieved the level of success we have been blessed with," said Harris. "I can't thank them enough for their leadership and contributions."

CGS manages more than 2,500 meetings and incentives annually for more than 1,000 groups. The company negotiates or purchases for clients nearly four million hotel room nights annually.

The company maintains nine offices around the country and employs about 650 people.