< PrevNext > Reggie Aggarwal, Cvent founder & CEO Meetings' Biggest Mover By Elizabeth West / December 12, 2018 / Contact Reporter Share There's a certain amount of influence that comes with sheer size, and if anyone has a lock on the meetings market at the moment, it's Cvent. So when the meetings management and events technology provider announced it would, in October, begin transitioning all clients to its Flex website building technology, a lot of companies prepped for the change. While clients can store and use their legacy templates through April 2019 or so, those designs will retire after that grace period, and the company expects all clients to migrate to the upgraded what-you-see-is-what-you-get Flex system in the next year.Flex was the single biggest technology investment to date for Cvent, but Aggarwal also has been busy acquiring longer-tail solutions that both modernize and expand the technology stack. Among Cvent's trophies this year are Kapow, a distribution and instant booking platform for offsite venues and teambuilding experiences. It also snapped up Social Tables, an event diagramming, seating and collaboration technology that renders 3-D meeting space visuals.Aggarwal noted that the biggest change for the company in 2018 was its rapid growth. "We are growing faster now than [the company] ever has over the last 19 years," he told the audience at Cvent Connect in July. The company signed more than 2,500 new customers in the first half of the year and in July was on track to hire the 1,000 employees it estimated hiring for the year. Cvent also has made strides in penetrating the global market place. The company opened offices in Australia and Singapore last year and installed brick-and-mortar presences in Dubai and Germany in 2018.While much of that growth has been driven by Cvent's meetings management and event technology and services, the company additionally has been tending to its alter ego since its merger with Lanyon in 2016; Cvent Business Transient claims 80 percent of the Fortune 100 as clients. A prediction: Cvent will double down on this side of the business in 2019.