SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SEAT, LLC is proud to announce that Christine Stoffel, Founder & CEO of SEAT, LLC has been named a 2017 Smart Women in Meetings Awards winner. Designed to honor and celebrate all women in the meetings industry, The Smart Women in Meetings Awards recognizes the industry’s top female meeting professionals in five prestigious categories including Industry Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Doers, and Rising Stars.

Now in its second year, the awards platform has come to serve as a celebrated benchmark for meeting planners nationwide. Nominated by their peers and colleagues, and ranked against hundreds of their remarkable, qualified meeting peers, these award winners earn top honors for their hard work and dedication to the meetings industry.

«I am so honored to provide such a fabulous platform of recognition to our meeting planning community,» said Smart Meetings founder and CEO, Marin Bright. «For such a female-driven industry, it is important to me to ensure that our women are gaining the recognition they truly deserve. Women in the workforce have their own set of challenges to overcome, and meeting planners have an especially difficult and stressful job—I’m so happy to salute these talented, hardworking women and continue to grow our community of strong female leaders.»

Christine Stoffel has earned recognition in the Entrepreneurs category for her commendable contribution to the meetings industry and to the sports and entertainment industry.
«Being a prior VP/CIO in sports, receiving this particular award was honestly a wonderful surprise to me as being recognized across the meeting industry as a leader,» said Christine Stoffel, CEO at SEAT aka Sports and Entertainment Alliance in Technology.

When asked in her interview with Smart Meetings, what are your keys to success, Ms. Stoffel replied, «Never take anything for granted; be gracious and kind to those around you and be a good friend who listens, no matter how busy I am. Relationships are the most important thing in life—it is the key to a great life journey.» She continues, «I’ve found that living my life with integrity and full transparency will grow trust with customers, staff, family, friends and everyone around you.»

«Christine Stoffel has changed the way the sports & entertainment industry leaders collaborate together. Through SEAT, thousands of sport & entertainment leaders across the world have formed life-long friendships and continue to share our experiences & collaborate on strategies, technology advancements and project success,» said Tod Caflisch, Chief Technology Officer at Minnesota Vikings, «The SEAT annual conferences have provided a unique platform for the most intimate networking across the industry. Christine is well deserving of this award and I’m proud to be on the Advisory Board of this esteemed global consortium.»

Smart Women in Meetings Awards winners are featured in the March 2017 edition of Smart Meetings print and digital magazines and will be honored with a prestigious plaque at the second annual Smart Woman Summit on April 28, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver in Colorado.

2017 Smart Women in Meetings Awards Winners


The Sports & Entertainment Alliance in Technology was established in 2006 by Christine Stoffel of Scottsdale, Arizona while she was Vice President of Technology & Strategic Operations for the Phoenix Coyotes. SEAT was founded as a two-day consortium focusing on connecting professionals and executives in the sports and entertainment industry. It is the only peer-driven industry conference in the world and prides itself on being the only gathering that all five major US leagues attends. The conference has expanded into an international exhibition with upcoming events for the British, American and Asian Pacific markets. For more information, please visit

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