CONVENTION agenda*

*Agenda subject to change

Tuesday, August 9th

8:00am – 8:00pm
Registration Open
8:00am - 12:00pm
Advanced Training & Certification - TBA
*Separate Registration Required
12:00pm – 5:30pm
Exhibitor Setup
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Learning Roundtables (choose three)

4:00pm - 5:30pm
First Timers' Networking
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Opening Reception
Food Stations. Tradeshow Open. Live Entertainment Showcase.
9:00pm - midnight
Live Entertainment Showcase & Fireworks Display
Cocktails & Conversation Hospitality Pavilion
Fireworks Display by Pyrotecnico at 9:00pm.
Live Entertainment Showcase by Hypersona at 9:30pm.
Complimentary Beverages courtesy of Leesburg Partnership & Anheuser Busch & Snacks courtesy of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

 

Wednesday, August 10th

8:00am – 5:00pm
Registration Open
9:00am – 10:30am
Opening Session & Keynote Address
"Defining Moments"
Dave McGillivray, DMSE Sports, The Boston Marathon
Live Entertainment Showcase by David Ferman.
10:45am – 12:00pm

Educational Sessions (choose one)

Yes You DO Need an App for That - Anderson

Speak Easy: Fine-Tuning Your Presentation Skills - McLeod

Recruiting, Retaining & Leading Volunteers - Smith

Attracting the Right Sponsors - Carroll

Not Your Grandma's Social Media Class - Nowowiejski

12:00pm – 1:30pm
 
Sunsational Awards Luncheon
Lunch Provided.  Live Entertainment Showcase by Marc Dobson.
1:45pm – 3:00pm
Educational Sessions (choose one)

Put Your Event on the Front Page - Warthen

Best Practices for Sustainable Events - Panel

Creating "POW-erful" Education Programs for Your Event - Wade

12 Steps to Sponsorship Success - Allen

Live-Stream and Marketing: Howe Periscope and Events Go Hand in Hand - Swaffield

3:15pm – 4:30pm
Educational Sessions (choose one)

Getting the Most from Instagram - Borelli

Managing Organizational Change: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats- Melleky

Problem Solving through Creative Programming - Benson

Marketing for Millenials - Bybee

4:30pm – 6:00pm
Tradeshow Happy Hour & Award Winner Showcase
Tradeshow Open. Award Entries and winners on display. Light appetizers and drinks served. Live Entertainment Showcase by Tom Davis.
9:00pm - midnight
Live Entertainment Showcase
Cocktails & Conversation Hospitality Pavilion
Live Entertainment Showcase by Marcus Terrel and the Serenades, Houston Bernard Band, and Dani Dease. 
Complimentary Beverages courtesy of Leesburg Partnership & Anheuser Busch & Snacks courtesy of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

 

Thursday, August 11th

9:15am – 10:30am
Educational Sessions (choose one)

Getting the Most for your Volunteer Program - Balckburn and Brown

Zig While Others Zag: Staying Innovative - Fisher

Keeping Vendors Happy & Your Sanity Intact - Melleky

SponsorHack: Finding the Right Sponsorship Leads Faster - Mathis

Social Media for Crisis Communications - McNulty

10:30am – 1:30pm
Tradeshow Tour & Luncheon
Tradeshow Open. Lunch Provided
1:30pm - 2:45pm
Educational Sessions (choose one)

10 Best Social Media Practices to Promote Your Events - Lynn

Creating Award Winning Programs - Panel

ABT / Liquor License Changes and Regulations - Harris

Timing is Everything: How to Develop Long-Term Profitable Sponsor Relationships while Reducing the Painfully Slow Sales Cycle - McKelvey

Why is there a Reporter in my Lobby? - Jamason

3:00pm - 4:15pm

Educational Sessions (choose one)

Evaluating Event Attendance & Demographics - L'Herrou

Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn - Dougherty

Threat & Risk Management for the Event Professional - Julian

Evolution of a Successful Long Term Sponsorship - Grothe

Promoting Your Event on a Budget - Fife

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Superhero Social & Silent Auction

Dinner Provided. Cash Bar. Silent Auction and Raffle. Superhero Attire.

Live Entertainment Showcase by Mason Pace Band, Loud Live and Raydio Band.

9:00pm - midnight
Live Entertainment Showcase & Fireworks Display
Cocktails & Conversation Hospitality Pavilion

Fireworks Display by Zambelli at 9:00pm.

Live Entertainment Showcase by High Voltage DJ and Mon A Tec at 9:30pm.

Complimentary Beverages courtesy of Leesburg Partnership & Anheuser Busch & Snacks courtesy of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

 

Friday, August 12th

9:00am – 11:00am
Closing Session and Annual Business Meeting
"If I Knew Then What I Know Now"
Panel Discussion