July 14-16, 2019
Denver, Colorado
Destination West is the premier hosted-buyer event for qualified meetings and incentive professionals looking to book business in the Western U.S. Formerly Discover Colorado, Destination West will include other destinations on the west-coast to participate in this new exciting program!
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About Destination West

The 2nd Annual Destination West—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 Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine.

Learn

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

Connect with premier suppliers from the Western U.S. during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.

Enjoy

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

SPEAKERS

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. 

SPEAKERS

Please check back for the updated speakers list

Agenda

Sunday, July 14
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Registration
5:30pm – 6:00pm
Site tour
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Welcome Reception

Monday, July 15

7:30am – 8:15am
Breakfast
8:30am – 10:30am
Educational Session
10:30am – 10:45am

Break

10:45am – 12:30pm
One-on-One Appointments
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Lunch & Education

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Networking
3:30pm – 6:00pm
Off-Site Activities
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Evening/Dinner Reception
Tuesday, July 16
8:00am – 9:00am
Breakfast
9:15am – 10:15am
Education
10:30am – 11:30am

One-on-One Appointments

11:30am – 11:45am
Break
11:45am – 12:45am
One-on-One Appointments
12:45pm – 2:15pm

Closing Lunch & Education

Hosted Buyers

ALL QUALIFIED BUYERS WILL BE FULLY HOSTED BY NORTHSTAR MEETINGS GROUP, INCLUDING AIRFARE, ACCOMMODATION, MEALS, AND PLANNED ACTIVITIES.

Information

Those who are selected to attend will participate in:
  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with key suppliers from the Western U.S.
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Opening reception, great meals, and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing Denver's Cherry Creek area as a premier meetings and incentive destination

To learn more, please contact Dana Kallman at dkallman@ntmllc.com.

Supplier
Info/Exhibitors

Supplier Info/Exhibitors

MEET WITH BUYERS LOOKING TO BOOK BUSINESS IN THE WESTERN U.S.

EVENT ONLY

EVENT ONLY

EVENT ONLY

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

PLATINUM PACKAGE

PLATINUM PACKAGE

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

GOLD PACKAGE

GOLD PACKAGE

  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Half-page ad package
  • 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 akelly@ntmllc.com

Exhibitors

2019 Exhibitors

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Boise Centre

Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa 

Explore Utah Valley

M Resort Spa Casino

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Wigwam

Visit Colorado Springs

Visit Oxnard

Visit Vail Valley

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Visit Park City

Las Vegas CVA

South San Francisco Conference Center

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge

Visit Fort Worth

Fredericksburg CVB

Host Global (TX, LV)

Boise Centre

Visit Oakland

Daytona CVB

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Visit Alexandria

Visit San Antonio

St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beach

Sonoma County Tourism

Wigwam Resort

2018 IPEC Exhibitors

AlliedPRA

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Awesome Alpharetta CVB

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

Boise Centre

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Caesars Entertainment

Charleston CVB

Daytona Beach Area CVB

Discover Newport RI

Dominican Republic Tourism Board

Eldorado Resorts (Silver Legacy)

Florida Keys & Key West

Fredericksburg CVB

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Goodman Speakers Bureau

Grand Sierra Resort

Grandover Resort

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Greater Palm Springs CVB

Greater Portland Maine

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

Inns of Aurora

KLC Ireland

Las Vegas CVA

Louisville CVB

M Resort

Marriott Hawaii

Meadowlands Liberty CVB

Meet Atlantic City

MEET Hawaii

Melia Hotels International / Paradisus Los Cabos

Memphis CVB

MGM National Harbor

Mohegan Sun

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Naples Grande

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

Ocean Center

Ocean Properties

Palms Casino Resort

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

Plaza Hotel & Casino

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Reno Tahoe

Resorts Casino Hotel - Atlantic City

Salamander Hotels & Resorts

San Diego Tourism Authority

San Mateo County CVB

Savannah Convention Center

Seagate Hotel & Spa

South Point Hotel & Casino

South San Francisco Conference Center

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Iroquois NY

The Modern Honolulu

The National Conference Center / Visit Loudoun

Travel Juneau

Tropicana Las Vegas - A DoubleTree by Hilton

Vail Resorts

Velas resorts

Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

Visit Alexandria

Visit Berkeley

Visit Denver

Visit Houston

Visit Oakland

Visit Raleigh

Visit Savannah

Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Visit Vail Valley

Westgate Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Click below to see the 2018 list

Hotel

Luxury Urban Retreat

Experience stylish comfort at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. This AAA Four-Diamond hotel is nestled in the prestigious shopping & dining neighborhood of Cherry Creek.

The JW Marriott Cherry Creek's chic design gives a nod to the Rocky Mountain lifestyle with all the added comfort that JW Marriott hotels offer. With fabulous fire pits and gorgeous event space, guests feel welcome and free to be themselves at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek.

Everything is done with care and precision at our JW Marriott Hotel. That includes little touches that add up to exceptional experiences, even though they may go unnoticed. And that's the whole point!

JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek
150 Clayton Lane 
Denver, CO 80206

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. 

Testimonials

"This was the best Destination West yet.  The planners were qualified and most came to do business."

—Kathy Reak, Colorado Springs Convention & VIsitors Bureau

"Destination West provided a great networking and learning experience for experienced meeting planners and suppliers! We experienced new hotels and the quality of the events and venues were excellent!"

—Douglas Lennig, Conference Direct

"It was a great show overall; had quality time planners and also good to connect with other suppliers."

—Sophia Chan, Visit Denver

CONTACT

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT YOUR SALES REPRESENTATIVE OR:

Buyers Contact:

Dana Kallman
Manager of Buyer Development

dkallman@ntmllc.com

Suppliers Contact:

Amanda Blanar Kelly
Sales & Client Services Manager
akelly@ntmllc.com

Event Logistics Contact:

Angela Cox
Group Director, Meetings & Events
acox@ntmllc.com

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