April 2-4, 2019
Los Angeles, California

The leading hosted-buyer event for elite meetings and incentive professionals looking to book business in California will congregate with California's top hotels, CVBs, DMCs and venues for three highly productive days in the City of Angels, April 2-4, 2019. 

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Destination California—Northstar's destination-specific hosted-buyer event—enables attendees to experience firsthand the most desirable destinations, hotels and activities for successful meetings, while making invaluable business connections. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands—Successful MeetingsMeetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine.


Learn from, and be inspired by, our guest speakers who will provide targeted education specific to your needs as a meeting and incentive planner.


Connect with premier suppliers from across the state of California during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.


All qualified buyers will be fully hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, including airfare, accommodations, meals and planned activities.


Tom Boucher

Tom Boucher is a vice president in the Velocity B2B unit of CashStar. He brings 14 years of retail gift card experience and over 25 total years of retail experience. Most recently, Tom had full gift card program oversight while with Best Buy, building and managing Best Buy’s highly successful B2B gift card program.

Rhonda Brewer

Rhonda Brewer is the Vice President of Sales at BCD Meetings and Events. She brings more than 30 years of MICE experience including, project management, operations, business development, industry relations, strategy, communications, administration, business solutions, creative services, sales, marketing and leadership. 

Shelly Colla

Shelly Colla, National Sales Manager, Premium Incentive Group, Sony Electronics Inc. Shelly has worked with Sony Electronics for over 20 years and managed the U.S. Premium Incentive Group. With Customer Relationship Management as her core skill, she has built valuable relationships across the industry and she has served as a longtime member of the Incentive Marketing Association.

Mike Donnelly

Mike Donnelly, President of Hinda Incentives, is a 30‐year veteran of the incentives, recognition, engagement, and loyalty industries, Mike is responsible for all leadership aspects of Hinda, including sales, marketing, product development, strategic direction, and operations.

Holly Glowaty

Holly Glowaty, Co-Founder at K+H Connection,  has spent over 10 years working with merchants to create profitable partnerships in FinTech, loyalty/rewards and Sports Marketing, representing major gift card portfolios for JCPenney and Staples and creating numerous loyalty program partnerships.

Jonathan T. Howe

President and Senior and Founding Partner of Howe & Hutton Ltd. Jonathan is also general counsel to Meeting Professionals International, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and the International Live Events Association, and special advisor to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel.

Tony Lorenz

Founder and/or CEO of four successful event-focused businesses, including his current service to PRA as CEO. Prior to PRA, Tony launched an award-winning online platform, BOB.tv. Tony was also Co-Founder of rEvolution, now one of the largest independent sports marketing firms in the US. 

Mike May

Mike is the 2018 Chairman of the Incentive Research Foundation and President of Brightspot, a full-service performance improvement company. Brightspot manages full-service meetings, corporate events, and incentive programs for enterp rise clients – with industry – leading creativity, flexibility, and commitment to deliver results.

Steve O’Malley

Steve O’Malley is Division President of Maritz Travel. He is an industry veteran and visionary with more than 25 years of experience in a variety of roles from onsite support as a travel director to leading nearly 1,000 associates in the day-to-day operation of one of the industry’s leading companies.

David Meerman Scott

David Meerman Scott is a marketing strategist and author of "The New Rules of Marketing & PR". Previously he was the VP of marketing for two publicly traded technology companies and was also Asia marketing director for Knight-Ridder, at the time one of the world’s largest newspaper and electronic information companies. 

Jesse Wolfersberger

Jesse Wolfersberger is Chief Data Officer for Maritz Motivation Solutions. Jesse leads Maritz’s Decision Sciences team, a group of data scientists who specialize in merging the fields of behavioral science and artificial intelligence, helping brands make data-driven decisions through analytics, machine learning, and statistical analysis. 


Please check back for the updated speakers list


Tuesday, April 2
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Registration & Supplier Load-In
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Planner Site Tour
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Welcome Reception
Wednesday, April 3
6:00am - 12:00pm
7:30am - 8:00am
Opening Breakfast
8:00am - 9:15am
Welcome & Educational Session
9:30am - 12:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
12:00pm - 1:45pm
2:00pm - 3:30pm
One-on-One Appointments
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Free time
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Dinner Reception
Thursday, April 4
6:00am - 12:00pm
7:30am - 8:30am
8:30am - 9:45am
Educational Session
10:00am - 12:15pm
One-on-One Appointments
1:00pm - 2:30pm
3:00pm - 5:30pm
Optional Afternoon Activities
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Closing Event

Hosted Buyers



Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled meetings with key suppliers from California
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Opening reception, great meals, and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing Los Angeles as a premier meetings and incentive destination
To learn more, please contact: Dana Kallman at dkallman@ntmllc.com.


" In one event, over a course of a few days, I received quite an education. I established new relationships during the one on one meetings, had an opportunity to network at fabulous venues, learned new things about the region, and had a ton of fun."

- Independent Meeting Planner

" Attending meetings through Northstar Meetings Group affords me a vast opportunity to learn about multiple vendors and properties over 2 days. The social component of these meetings allow me to make lifelong friendships and stronger business partners. Every work day is better when working with friends and thanks to Northstar I work with friends."

- Corporate Planner

" Great event! I booked more than 300 room nights within two weeks after its conclusion. And the opportunity to connect with so many targeted suppliers for the future business was invaluable. "

- Association Planner

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Supplier Info/Exhibitors

Meet with Planners looking to do business in California




  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • All networking events and activities



  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Full-page print ad
  • All networking events and activities



  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Half-page print ad
  • All networking events and activities

Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or:
 Amanda Blanar Kelly at: ablanar@ntmllc.com


"Destination CA is a wonderful event with high caliber planners and suppliers, as well as, perfectly timed appointments with networking. "

- Rhanee Palma, Visit Oakland

" I love this event, much more personable in my opinion compared to other shows."

- Diana Buxton, Temecula Creek Inn

" You find some great gems of planners which is terrific! Thank you!"

- Suzy Kay, Visit Santa Barbara


2019 Exhibitors
AT&T Park
Greater Palm Springs CVB
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Hotel Corque
Marin CVB
Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau
North Lake Tahoe
San Diego Travel Authority
Sonoma County Tourism
Riverside CVB
South San Francisco CC
Tenaya Lodge
Visit Berkeley
Visit Carlsbad
Visit Napa Valley
Visit Oakland
Visit Oxnard
Visit Visalia
Click below to see the 2018 list


The LA Grand Hotel Downtown is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, close to many popular venues including the LA Live, Staples Center (home of the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks), the Microsoft Theater (home of the Grammy Awards) and the LA Convention Center. The hotel is also within walking distance to The Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad and MOCA Museums, Bunker Hill, the Music Center and Grand Park. The hotel is also just blocks away from some of LA's hottest restaurants, shopping and nightlife.
The L.A Grand Hotel Downtown
333 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Hotel Website

Buyers: We will make your reservations for you.

Suppliers: You will receive information as the event approaches to book your accommodations.


Advisory Notice Regarding Outside Solicitations

Please be advised that numerous companies have been emailing and calling our attendees attempting to book them into hotels for Northstar events.

Here are the companies and their representatives that we have been made aware of:

  • CBS International
  • Corporate Booking Services 
  • EHRS 
  • Exhibition Housing Services 
  • Global Housing Corporation 
  • World Wide Travel 


Be advised that these companies and individuals have no relationship with our events. Our attendees are encouraged to disregard any communication received from these companies or any others that are not affiliated with Northstar Meetings Group. 




Buyers Contact:

Dana Kallman
Manager of Buyer Development

Suppliers Contact:

Amanda Blanar Kelly
Sales & Client Services Manager

Event Logistics Contact:

Angela Cox
Group Director, Meetings & Events

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