Meet Michael Dalton, CIS, CITP - Founder - MICDrop
MICE Expert | Consultant | Trainer | Freelance MICE Services | Tour Guide/Incentive Manager
After a successful career as Director of Sales with Irish-based DMC, Moloney & Kelly, Michael started his own venture this year by creating MICDrop. MICDrop provides full-service solutions for any organization in the MICE Sector, from training and mentoring to onsite operational assistance and consultancy.
Michael got involved with SITE thanks to encouragement from SITE President-Elect, Aoife Delaney. Through attending chapter events and volunteering, Michael says SITE has massively expanded his personal network, as well as increased his industry knowledge through professional development opportunities, like CIS and CITP. Involvement with SITE shows anyone within the industry that you are a true professional and Michael says it has catapulted his reputation and standing. He has had people he never met before reach out via the SITE Member Directory for his advice and insights as a result.
To get the most out of SITE membership, he says;
- Get Certified - It gives you all you need to know about navigating the industry and how to succeed. It also provides a competitive edge over others.
- Get Connected - Use the SITE Member Directory to connect with members of the community across the globe
- Get Involved - Volunteer. Whether with a local chapter, on a global committee, or task force, reach out to any member of the SITE leadership team to find out about opportunities. Working on committees with others allows you to expand your network and build incredibly strong connections and relationships.
Michael cherishes the impact incentive travel has on its participants. He has had attendees in tears over the years… in a good way! More than the big production aspects of Incentive Travel, Michael particularly values the intimate and bespoke experiences for the emotions and joy they bring. Michael maintains that incentive professionals touch the hearts of so many people in such a meaningful way, and most of the time they don’t even realise it!
For anyone currently debating whether to become a SITE Member, Michael suggests speaking to the board of your local chapter or even reaching out to him. If it’s a financial concern, then apply for the Moira Hearn Fund. If it’s deciding between two associations, then look at the potential for business, professional development and expanding your network. He believes that SITE is a hard one to beat!