February 3-6, 2019
San Antonio, Texas

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 Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, from February 3-6, 2019.

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About IPEC

Invaluable business connections, targeted education, and unforgettable experiences—all while enjoying a historic ranch located in San Antonio, Texas. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands —Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, and Incentive Magazine—in partnership with the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa.


Connect with premier suppliers from throughout the US 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 and planned 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.


"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, 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


Sunday, February 3, 2019
2:00pm - 5:00pm
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Supplier tabletop set-up
Hill Country Ballroom
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Welcome Reception
(Super Bowl Sunday…wear your team jersey!)
Luckenbach Pavilion
Monday, February 4, 2019
7:45am - 8:30am
Fredricksburg Ballroom
8:15am – 9:15am
Educational Session (More Details)  
Fredricksburg Ballroom
9:30am - 1:00pm

One-on-One Appointments (13)

Hill Country Ballroom

1:00pm – 1:45pm       

Fredricksburg Ballroom

1:45pm – 2:45pm       
Educational Session (More Details)  
Fredricksburg Ballroom
3:00pm - 4:00pm       
Planners: Site Tour of Hyatt Regency Hill Country

Fredricksburg Ballroom

4:00pm - 6:30pm

Free Time

6:30pm - 9:30pm


Tuesday, February 5, 2019
7:45am - 8:30am
Fredricksburg Ballroom
8:15am – 9:15am
Educational Session (More Details)  
Fredricksburg Ballroom
9:30am - 1:00pm

One-on-One Appointments (13)

Hill Country Ballroom

1:00pm – 1:45pm
Fredricksburg Ballroom
1:45pm – 2:45pm
Educational Session (More Details)  
Fredricksburg Ballroom
2:45pm - 6:00pm

Recreational Activities / Free Time

Optional - Educational Session (More Details)  
6:00pm - 9:00pm


Wednesday, February 6, 2019
All Day
Breakfast On Own & Departures Throughout the Day


Please check back for the updated speakers list


John Ayo

John Ayo is a keynote speaker, naturopath and author who inspires and empowers professionals to stay energized, healthy and balanced while traveling. Prior to forging a career in natural health, John spent almost 30 years in sales and sales training at IBM, where he achieved remarkable results as a seller and speaker. He led the team that closed the largest software deal in the history of IBM (of over $1B), earning several commendations. However, after two decades in Corporate America, John began to suffer stress-related health issues that couldn't be resolved via traditional methods. This led him through a journey of discovery, with a determination to lessen stress and evoke a more balanced, grounded and healthier self. It also spawned a unique desire to help others lead more balanced, healthy lives. John has taught more than 4,000 people in 26 countries his secrets to better health on the road — and back at home. His book, Travel Balance, is based on his experiences and the wellness strategies he preaches to audiences worldwide. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Doctorate in Naturopathy (ND).

Loren G. Edelstein




Gary Hernbroth

Gary Hernbroth is an engaging and results-oriented professional speaker, trainer, author and business coach. After 18 years in the hospitality business in sales, marketing and operations management, Gary founded Training for Winners in 1995.   He has built his solid national speaking and coaching reputation as a straight-talking presenter who challenges the status quo: He aligns teams to work better together. He tears down silos. He works to inspire his diverse audiences and clients with enthusiasm and confidence, guiding them to action with real-world tools, not pie-in-the-sky theories. Gary is a graduate of The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University and is a member of its Alumni Board of Directors. His meetings and hospitality clients include hotels, resorts, CVBs/DMOs, convention facilities, clubs and meeting planner groups. Gary is currently completing work on his first book.

Steve Jones

Steve Jones will change the way you look at business, marketing, customer service, branding and personal growth. He is a 30-year music industry veteran, one of the world’s leading radio programmers, and author of two highly acclaimed marketing books: Brand Like a Rock Star and Start You Up. Steve has worked alongside some of the biggest names in music. He will show you how music stars like AC/DC, U2, Madonna, Jimmy Buffett, Kiss, Fleetwood Mac and Taylor Swift have created powerful brands, built legions of loyal followers, thrived in changing times and turned casual customers into raving fans. His presentations are entertaining, energetic and loaded with actionable information. Combining music and video with his engaging stories from the legends of rock, Steve creates an experience that is much a concert as a keynote. Steve is currently the VP/Programming at Newcap Radio, overseeing more than 90 radio brands. Throughout his career, he has helped create and guide successful radio brands in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. He has spent over three decades in music and media, witnessing the rise (and sometimes fall) of countless rock legends. In addition to being a popular speaker at conferences worldwide, Steve works with media brands and companies in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean to turn their customers into raving fans.

Tracy Stuckrath

Tracy Stuckrath, Founder and president of thrive! meetings & events, award-winning meeting industry consultant Tracy Stuckrath has had a 27-year career in corporate, association and private event planning. In 2009, her personal health journey changed the trajectory of her career to integrate comprehensive, inclusive menu planning into her meeting, event planning and consulting business. thrive! is a first-of-its-kind company that specializes in accommodating the diverse dietary requirements of employees, clients and patrons in safe, yet deliciously satisfying ways. By understanding the wide range of dietary needs and preferences and how to manage them, Tracy delivers an unrivaled participant experience in which everyone feels valued. Tracy has educated more than 100 companies, corporations and member associations across five continents on this emerging topic, to reduce risk of allergic reaction, illness and legal liability. Tracy has also co-authored two books and over 30 published articles — including Meetings & Conventions — in support of her mission: Every shared meal is an opportunity to create a culture of inclusion, to benefit individuals, organizations and society as a whole.

Hosted Buyers

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


Those who are selected to attend will participate in:
  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled meetings with key suppliers from across the United States
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Opening reception, great meals, and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing San Antonio as a premier meetings and incentive destination

Planners who do not meet our qualification criteria for hosted-buyers may inquire about paying to attend our education sessions. We will be offering a day-rate for Monday, February 4th and/or Tuesday, February 5th. The day-rate will include breakfast, lunch and (2) 60-minute education sessions each day that are geared specifically towards independent planners. If housing is needed, the cost to stay at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country would be your own responsibility and is based on availability. To learn more, please contact Cindy Binder at cbinder@ntmllc.com.

Supplier Info/Exhibitors


Event Only Package

Event Only Package

Event Only Package

Event Only Package

• Display table & appointment
• All event activities
• Buyer profiles via event app

Gold Package


• 1/2-page ad
• Display table & appointments
• All event activites
• Buyer profiles via even app

Platinum Package

• Full-page ad
• Display table & appointment
• All event activities
• Buyer profiles via event app

Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or: Angie Kimmel at akimmel@ntmllc.com


2019 Exhibitors

Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa

Boise Centre

Daytona Beach CVB

Discover Newport RI

Dunwoody CVB

Experience Columbia 

Florida Keys and Keys West

Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau

Greenville CVB

Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board

Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Bureau

Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau

Memphis Tourism

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Naples, Marco Island and Everglades CVB

Ocean Properties, Hotels and Resorts

Plaza Hotel & Casino

San Diego Travel Authority

Sonoma County Tourism

Sony Electronics, Inc.

South San Francisco Conference Center

St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beach

The Guestroom at Graceland

The Wigwam

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa

Visit Alexandria

Visit Carlsbad

Visit Fort Worth

Visit Oakland

Visit Park City

Visit San Antonio

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Visit Tampa Bay

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge

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


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


Retreat To Our San Antonio Resort
Nestled on 300 acres of historic ranch land, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa offers a unique blend of countryside relaxation and casual elegance. Experience Texas-sized hospitality with the inviting charm of a country ranch house, and the amenities of a luxury resort. Enjoy a retreat that feels a world away, but is conveniently located just 20 minutes from the San Antonio airport and River Walk.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa
9800 Hyatt Resort Dr
San Antonio, TX 78251

Hotel Website

Buyers: We will make your reservations for you.

Suppliers: Rate is $189/night plus taxes. To make your reservations Click Here.


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:

Cindy Binder
Director of Buyer Development


Suppliers Contact:

Shalise DeMott
Vice President of Sales

Angie Kimmel
Senior Director, Global Events

Event Logistics Contact:

Christy Froehlich

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