Theresa (Terri) Breining, CMP, CMM is the President of Breining Group, LLC, a firm focused on consulting, facilitation and training in the meeting industry. Prior to the formation of Breining Group, Terri founded Concepts Worldwide, a meeting management firm headquartered in San Diego County for over 21 years. Concepts Worldwide was a recognized international leader in providing ROI measurement and full service strategic meeting management. Terri has been in the meeting planning industry since 1976, and has been responsible for producing meetings around the globe.
Considered by many to be a thought leader, Terri is an activist working tirelessly for the continuous advancement of the level of professionalism in the meeting industry, and has served as adjunct faculty for meeting planning programs for universities throughout Southern California for over 20 years. She is a sought after speaker, presenting educational workshops for a variety of business entities. She co-authored the influential book on measurement for the meetings industry, Measuring ROI in Meetings & Events.
She has been recognized professionally many times over the years, including having her company, Concepts Worldwide, acknowledged as a “Best Company to Work for in San Diego”. Within the meeting industry, Terri was given MPI’s highest honor when they recognized her as their International Planner of the Year in 2000, and she has been included on lists of ͞Most Influential People in the Meeting Industry͟ by both Meeting News and Smart Meetings Magazine multiple times.
A very active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Terri has served at both the local and international level, including as MPI’s Chairwoman of the Board. She served as chairwoman of the APEX commission, an international body working to develop and implement standards for the meeting & event industry. Her current volunteer commitments include serving on the Board of Directors for the British Columbia Pavilion Corporation and Advisory Board for the San Diego State University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
As a reflection of her lifetime of contributions to the meeting industry, she was inducted into the Events Industry Council (EIC) Hall of Leaders.
Conflict of interest can be a problem when seeking meeting planning advice. Breining Group, Inc. does not manage meetings either in-house or on an outsource basis, nor do we receive any commissions from or referrals from outside entities. We have no vested interest in how clients eventually deploy their meeting structure but we act as an objective third party.