January 30 - February 2, 2018 

Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the country in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, three-night stay at The MGM in National Harbor, MD, from January 30 - February 2, 2018.

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About IPEC

Invaluable business connections, targeted education, and unforgettable experiences—all with five-star service and conveniently located in National Harbor, MD. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands—Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, and Incentive Magazine—in partnership with The MGM National Harbor.


Connect with premier suppliers from throughout the US during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.


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


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

What People are Saying

"IPEC is THE event for both novice and experienced independent planners. Everyone is open to express their concerns and posing questions without worrying about 'the other side' and suppliers are truly interested in our positions and challenges, ergo the round table discussions, which are insightful and we learn from each other as well as suppliers. Our discussion on the RFP process helped me to reformulate my own forms and I believe this will result in more usable proposals. Thank YOU."
- Doris Mayer, Meetings Plus
"I applaud Northstar for caring enough about Independent Planners that they designed a meeting just for us. We are critical to the industry and have different needs than the other niche Planner demographics."
- Tess Vismale, CMP, DES, iSocialExecution, Inc. 
"In two short days IPEC accomplished two very important goals for me - it provided an intimate forum where I could meet with suppliers I've been interested in meeting; and just as importantly, it enabled me to network and share best practices with respected colleagues who do just what I do all across the country."
- Brett Sterenson, Hotel Lobbyists
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Buyers Contact:

Cindy Binder, Director of Buyer Development


Suppliers Contact:

Shalise DeMott, Vice President, Sales


Event Logistics Contact:

Britt Schwendinger, Meeting Planner