Socrates Antoino Calá is a veteran event planner, conference management consultant, and principal at The CALPRO Group (TCG). After several years of planning and executing some of the nation’s largest conferences and events, as well as assisting on the implementation team to open the highly anticipated Walter E. Washington Convention Center, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to join the family business. In addition to his many years of experience, he added his energy, excitement, and creativity to the family owned company. Mr. Calá’s “make it happen” attitude has given him notoriety and respect throughout the conference planning industry. He has since been in integral part in the management, planning, and marketing for The CALPRO Group both nationally and internationally.
Mr. Calá earned his B.S. in Hotel Resort Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. He has also acquired and maintained both his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification since 2000 and has acquired his Certified Exhibits Manager (CEM) certification since 2011. He also attended the Facility Management program at the Oglebay School of Public Assembly.
Mr. Calá has lended his experience to various professional groups and organizations, such as the Association of Convention Operation Managers(ACOM), the Destinations DC, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) the Hotel Association of Washington, DC, the International Association of Hispanic Meeting Professionals(IAHMP), Hospitality Industry Proffesionals, the Greater Washington IBERO/American Chamber of Commerce, the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Network of Latino Meeting Professionals, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), International Association of Exhibition and Events(IAEE). His passion for the industry continues to drive Mr. Calá to be a continual student of the Meeting/Conventions and Hospitality industry as a whole.
Ramón A. Calá is a veteran event planner, conference management consultant, and entrepreneur. Mr. Calá’s extensive career in the hospitality, conference, and convention planning industry began in the early 1980s when as a high school student in while at Power Memorial Academy, he served as an Events Assistant for the Newport Cool Jazz Festival in New York City.
After a successful, multifaceted career within the hostel industry for the Hyatt Hotels and later at the Washington Convention Center, Mr. Calá worked with the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau to promote the island of Puerto Rico throughout the United States. Two years later, through the culmination of his expertise in events management and marketing – The CALPRO Group was created in 1997.
Mr. Calá earned his B.S. in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Cornell University, and has received professional training from the Oglebay School of Public Assembly in Facility Management. Thanks to his intense industry know-how and proficiency, he commands a comprehensive mastery of the many components of event planning.
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