As executive vice president, Michael L. Payne’s responsibilities include oversight of SmithBucklin’s Washington, D.C. and St. Louis office operations, government relations team and select client management activities. He also is active for SmithBucklin within the hospitality industry and serves as a member of the SmithBucklin board of directors.
Michael joined SmithBucklin in 1980 and has more than 35 years of government, association management and convention and trade show experience. He has also served in the healthcare, manufacturing and professional services sectors. While with the company, his specific areas of focus have included international trade, environmental affairs, infrastructure development and the hospitality industry.
Prior to joining SmithBucklin, Michael held a number of positions within the U.S. government, including deputy to the assistant secretary for Congressional Affairs of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He also worked in the department’s Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Economic Development Administration.
Michael is a former chairman of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the PCMA Education Foundation. He has also served on the board of directors of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research and on the advisory boards of Hilton Hotels, Starwood Hotels and Fairmont Hotels, as well as several convention bureau advisory boards. He is a member of PCMA, Meeting Professionals International and ASAE.
Michael is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds degrees in journalism, political science and history.