Mike McAllen captures some experiences from the IMEX tradeshow floor for the IMEX Podcast. #Imex13
What is so great about IMEX America? Well I can tell you from my perspective which you could say was biased since IMEX Group is a sponsor of the MeetingsPodcast. But I will say it was a really great time for the Grass Shack team. We once again recorded interviews from the floor so you can get their opinons. Our new startup company AVforPlanners had more than 60 appointments which was amazing for us. We connected with old friends and made new ones on the tradeshow floor.
Some of the people we recorded for the podcast all talked about the same things. Opportunity to talk to existing clients, new clients, driving business, building trust, making relationships at this very well run show. Again since IMEX sponsors the MeetingsPodcast our view might be biased but if you haven’t gone yet I think you should listen to what these attendees and exhibitors said.
Thanks to Jim Kelly from Production Resource Group, the Fiji booth, Fiji Airways, Marsha Sharpe with SongDivison, Donna with Mohonk Mountain House, The Grove Hotel in Boise Idaho, Hershey Meetings, Walt Delany with AIM Meetings & Events, Rick Binford VP at Active Networks, Cindy Campbell Taylor with Disney Destinations, Rob Sawyer with Gateway Canyons Resorts in Colorado, Trevor Roald from Quickmobile, Bruce Temper from Yosemite Gold Country, Chapman Freeborn Chartering, Wynn Las Vegas, Muhammad Ali and the others from the Egypt Booth, Pam Crestly from Royal Caribbean International, and Melissa Van Dyke from the Incentive Research Foundation.
Today, Jon Trask talks with Amy Spatrisano, CMP, Principal, MeetGreen. MeetGreen is IMEX America’s official Sustainability Consultant. They work with both IMEX America and IMEX in Frankfurt to help them establish and analyze their standards for sustainability.
Amy is a principal of MeetGreen and has an international reputation in the sustainable meeting and event management field as a leader, visionary and innovator. With over 22 years in the meetings industry her passion for bringing the sustainable conversation and practice to others is evident in the training and speaking she’s done both nationally and internationally.
Amy has been named one of “The 25 Most Powerful People in the Meetings Industry,” acknowledged as one of the “Growing Green Leaders,” included in the list of “Eco-Leaders,” and been awarded the Meeting Professionals International Oregon Chapter Supplier and Planner Award. She is co-founder of the Green Meeting Industry Council and co-author of “Simple Steps to Green Meetings and Events.”
Mike McAllen sits down with Eileen McDargh,opening MPI keynote for IMEX America on Tuesday October 15. Eileen’s talk “Radical Resiliency” will get attendees ready for the week of meetings, education and networking.
Eileen McDargh is founder and CEO of the consulting firm, The Resiliency Group (a division of McDargh Communications). Organizations like Cisco, Novartis, Oracle, and Procter & Gamble hire her firm to teach them ways of building resilient leadership teams and workplaces.
Here are the top 4 podcasts for the upcoming IMEX America Tradeshow October 15-17 in Las Vegas. Listen to the Podcasts
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#4 Association Focus Keynote Speaker Tim Sanders
This year’s Association Focus welcomes best selling author and business consultant Tim Sanders as their keynote speaker.
#3 The Hosted Buyer Program
Suzanne Medcalf, IMEX America Regional Manager, Hosted Buyer Programs speaks about the Hosted Buyer Program, giving an insight into the buyers we recruit and how to apply for the program.
#2 The Education Program
Dale Hudson, IMEX’s Knowledge and Events Director talks to Jon Trask about the 2013 education program including Smart Monday, powered by MPI, with sessions from Site, ISES, GMIC and new HSMAI sessions for suppliers. Plus the new deepdives for meeting agency owners who have been in the industry for 15+ years.
#1 What’s New at IMEX America 2013 with Carina Bauer!
Carina Bauer, IMEX Group CEO talks about what’s happening at IMEX America 2013. More hosted buyers, new halls, Smart Monday – day of education, deepdives, keynotes, IMEX Live, CSR initiatives, and much more.
On this session of the IMEX Podcast Dale Hudson, IMEX’s Knowledge and Events Director talks to Jon Trask about the 2013 education program including Smart Monday, powered by MPI, with sessions from Site, ISES, GMIC and new HSMAI sessions for suppliers. New deepdives for meeting agency owners who have been in the industry for 15+ years. Catch all the IMEX America Podcasts here.
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Please join the MeetingsPodcast team at IMEX America October 15-17 in Las Vegas. we will be in the AVforplanners.com booth.
With this addition of the IMEX Podcast we sit down with Suzanne Medcalf, IMEX America Regional Manager Hosted Buyer Programs speaks about the Hosted Buyer Program, giving an insight into the buyers we recruit and how to apply for the program.
IMEX America has the largest and most powerful Hosted Buyer Program in the USA. In 2012, the trade show hosted 2,400 buyers from North America and 43 global markets, increasing their Hosted Buyer Program from the previous year. For 2013, the program is expected to grow significantly.
PCMA or the Professional Convention Management Association completed their annual meeting Convening Leaders in Orlando this past January 13-16. Tahira Endean of Cantrav Services Inc in Vancouver Canada gives you a peek at the conversation about meeting and event design. Tahira heard from several different types of attendees, speakers and even the Chef of the Orange County Convention Center Chef Katurakes. Some guests include Lynn Randall, Niesa Silver, Jeff Hurt, Richard Allchild, Christine Melendes, Wendi Haught, Keith Johnston and Neely Johnston.
More about Tahira: Tahira eats, drinks, breathes and lives events. Since receiving her diploma in Event and Convention Management in 1993, she has worked with a PCO, in destination management and with an incentive house producing meetings and events on three continents; so far! With a primary focus on creative event production, from how it fits into the bigger landscape of the meeting or conference, to the smallest detail of notepaper, floral, pillow or menu design, Tahira considers how to maximize the supplier relationships and deliver a unique design and memorable moments for each event. An instructor of event planning at BCIT, a recent hospitality management degree grad and an avid student of pop culture, trends and people – Tahira brings a passion for creation that has no bounds.