Kevin Iwamoto, GLP, GTP, guides the strategy for the industry marketplace within ACTIVE Network Business Solutions. As one of the pioneer thought leaders around the creation of strategic meetings management, he also works with key influencers across industries to raise awareness of the benefits of SMM.
Iwamoto is a former President & CEO of the Board of Directors for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the leading source for education, advocacy, networking, news and information for more than 2,700 corporate and government travel professionals and suppliers.
Iwamoto has been honored with numerous business travel industry accolades, including most recently, the GBTA’s Industry Icon Award, the association’s highest honor, which recognizes contributions to managed travel that are so important as to elevate an individual to the status of an industry icon.
Prior to joining ACTIVE Network, Iwamoto was a key manager in the Hewlett-Packard Global Travel & Meetings Team, serving as Global Corporate Card, Hotels & Meetings Category Manager. His responsibilities included working with HP’s management team and global offices negotiating and creating worldwide purchasing and supplier strategies.
In 2004, Iwamoto was awarded the prestigious GBTA President’s Award for his numerous industry contributions and leadership. In 2003, Business Travel Executive named Iwamoto as one of 13 Top Visionaries in business travel. Meeting News, Business Travel News and Successful Meetings magazine have all named Iwamoto one of the top 25 most influential executives in business travel and meetings. In 2002, BTN also named him Travel Manager of the Year for his leadership and industry contributions.
Prior to Hewlett-Packard, Mr. Iwamoto served as a Senior Travel Account Manager with The Walt Disney Company and as a Corporate Sales Manager with Northwest Airlines. Mr. Iwamoto holds a bachelor's of science degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu – where he has been inducted into the Travel Industry Hall of Honors. He has a Global Leadership Professional (GLP) Masters designation from the Wharton School of Business and a Global Travel Professional (GTP) certification from GBTA.