Consult with customers to determine objectives and requirements for events such as meetings, conferences, and conventions. Review event bills for accuracy, and approve payment. Coordinate services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and event security. Arrange the availability of audio-visual equipment, transportation, displays, and other event needs. Confer with staff at a chosen event site to coordinate details. Inspect event facilities to ensure that they conform to customer requirements. Maintain records of event aspects, including financial details. Monitor event activities to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and laws, satisfaction of participants, and resolution of any problems that arise. Negotiate contracts with such service providers and suppliers as hotels, convention centers, and speakers. Evaluate and select providers of services according to customer requirements. Plan and develop programs, agendas, budgets, and services according to customer requirements. Hire, train, and supervise volunteers and support staff required for events. Conduct post-event evaluations to determine how future events could be improved. Direct administrative details such as financial operations, dissemination of promotional materials, and responses to inquiries. Meet with sponsors and organizing committees to plan scope and format of events, to establish and monitor budgets, or to review administrative procedures and event progress. Read trade publications, attend seminars, and consult with other meeting professionals to keep abreast of meeting management standards and trends.