Charles is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SYNAXIS Meetings & Events. He established SYNAXIS in 1994 building upon a successful twelve-year career in the hospitality industry.
A strong believer in professional association involvement, Charles is a past president of Meeting Professionals International’s Southern California Chapter (MPISCC) and a past board member of both the Southern California Society of Association Executives (SCSAE) and SITE Southern California (SITE SoCal). He served on MPI’s International board of directors in 2002/2003 and returned to the MPISCC board to serve as Vice President, Leadership Development in 2003/2004.
Charles has served as both member and chair of numerous committees, advisory councils and task forces, including MPI’s Professional Development Strategy Group, Student/Faculty Advisory Council, Marketplace Advisory Council and Community of Membership committee. He also served on the SITE Young Leaders Programme Committee in 2008.
In addition to his MPI and Site involvement, Charles was a member of the Meetings Focus Content Advisory Board and the APEX Standards Review Committee as well as on the advisory boards of Special Events magazine, The Meeting Professional magazine and the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.
As an industry speaker, trainer and panelist, Charles is frequently invited to facilitate industry forums and address organisations including MPI chapters, convention and visitors bureaus, colleges and universities, sales forces and allied industry associations. His topics include International Meeting Planning, Meeting Planning Basics, The CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) Process, Planner/Supplier Issues, Negotiation, Crisis Management, Getting The Most out of Professional Association Involvement, and Working with Not-for-Profit Organisations.
Charles received the MPISCC President’s Award in 2002 and has the honour of being the only person in MPISCC history who has received all three of the chapter’s top awards, named “Planner of the Year” in 2000, “Chapter Leader of the Year” in 1999 and “Supplier of the Year” in 1995. He was the inaugural recipient of the Western Regional “Allied Association Award” from the International Special Events Society Greater Los Angeles Chapter (ISES-LA) in 1999 and was recognised as a “Rising Star” in the July 1997 issue of “The Meeting Professional” magazine.
He was twice a finalist for MPI’s Marion N. Kershner Memorial Chapter Leader award, presented annually to a member who motivates others, stimulates volunteer functions and acts as a catalyst to cause exceptional results that influence the life of that individual’s respective MPI chapter, based on continuous chapter involvement, commitment, and achievement.
Charles is recognized as having achieved the industry’s highest standards of professionalism, successfully passing the Certified Meeting Professional exam in 1994. The CMP designation is the foremost certification program of today’s meetings, conventions, and expositions industry.