March 3-6, 2019
Chicago, Illinois

Incentive Live is moving to Chicago in 2019! Join us March 3-6 for pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments, unique networking events and the opportunity to foster invaluable connections with top suppliers and incentive buyers in the U.S.

Northstar Meetings Group, the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park and the city of Chicago are ready to welcome you!

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About Incentive Live

Invaluable business connections, motivating educational sessions, and unforgettable experiences! This exclusive event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group and Incentive Magazine. Incentive Live promises an experiential return on engagement with unique networking activities and tantalizing pre- and post-fam opportunities. In addition to one-to-one appointments with the top incentive destinations, hotels/resorts, cruise lines, DMCs, DMOs, brand name merchandise, gift cards and tourism offices, our Private Boardroom Meeting Exchange offers comprehensive, 30-minute consultations with select suppliers that will help take your incentive programs to the next level.


Connect with premier suppliers from around the world 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.



"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, 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, March 3
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Registration & CSR
5:30pm – 6:00pm
Site tour of Fairmont (planners only)
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
Monday, March 4
7:30am – 8:15am
Sponsored by Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
8:30am – 10:30am

Incentive Roundtable


Break on flow

Pre-function space

10:45am – 12:30am
One-on-One Appointments


12:30pm – 2:00pm

Lunch & Education (More Details)  
Sponsored by Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong 

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Networking & Boardrooms 
(Boardroom Details)  
3:30pm – 4:30pm
"Ask the Expert" Roundtables
(Roundtable Details) 
4:45pm – 6:00pm
"Explore Chicago"
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Evening/Dinner Reception
Sponsored by Smith & Wollensky


Tuesday, March 5
8:00am – 9:00am
Sponsored by Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
9:15am – 10:15am
Education (More Details)  
10:30am – 11:30am

One-on-One Appointments


11:30am – 11:45am
11:45am – 12:45am
One-on-One Appointments
12:45pm – 2:15pm
Lunch & Education
Sponsored by Dubai
2:30pm – 4:00pm
One-on-One Appointments


4:30pm – 6:00pm
Closing “Happy Hour”
Departures begin


Wednesday, March 6
All Day


Please check back for the updated speakers list


Jonathan T. Howe

Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., is president and senior and founding partner of Howe & Hutton Ltd., headquartered in Chicago. The longtime legal expert and columnist for Meetings & Conventions, he has written hundreds of articles and papers on hospitality and meetings, and has spoken to organizations all over the world. He 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, as well as the special advisor to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel. Howe was named the inaugural recipient of the Hospitality Industry Attorneys of the Year by the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys. As an adjunct professor, he has taught courses in association management and hospitality industry law at Roosevelt and DePaul Universities.

Michael Dominguez

Michael Dominguez is the senior vice president and chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International, responsible for global group and leisure sales of 42,000 hotel rooms and 3 million square feet of meeting space. Michael is actively involved in a variety of leadership roles in the meetings and events industry. He is immediate-past chairman on the International Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International and on the executive committee of the U.S. Travel Association, and is a board member of the Meetings Means Business Coalition, the GBTA Foundation and the FICP Hospitality Advisory Council. Michael has been recognized in the industry for numerous honors, including Successful Meetings’ Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry (2013-2016) and’s 50 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S.

Steven G. Shapiro

Steven G. Shapiro, the director of the Hospitality & Tourism Law program at the American University, Washington College of Law, also teaches law school courses in business topics at the law school.  An engineer and lawyer, Mr. Shapiro has a distinct experience in the interplay of real estate and design as well as complex commercial agreements.  At the University of Maryland, Mr. Shapiro has taught Real Estate Development for the Contractor in the School of Engineering and Construction Management for the Professional Developer in the School of Architecture. He has taught Construction Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Business.  Mr. Shapiro is the author of Maryland Real Estate Laws Annotated (West), Maryland Business Laws Annotated (West), and Pennsylvania Construction Law (West), plus a contributor to Hotel Law Transactions (Routledge). In addition, he is the author of articles published in scholarly journals and has been an invited speaker on panel presentations relating to design, construction, and sustainable development at national programs including the International Council of Shopping Centers, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the University of Florida.

Mr. Shapiro earned an undergraduate business administration degree from Georgetown University in 1984, a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1987, and a Master’s of Law degree from Georgetown Law Center in 1991. In 2004, he received a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Rachel Humphrey

Rachel Humphrey serves as AAHOA’s COO and VP of Franchise Relations. Rachel is responsible for AAHOA’s day-to-day operations and its relationship with its industry and brand partners, connecting members with resources to address industry related issues, and overseeing AAHOA’s education department.  Rachel also serves on AAHOA’s Executive Leadership Team.  Prior to AAHOA, Rachel spent over 20 years as a trial lawyer.  Rachel earned her undergraduate degree from Connecticut College and her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.



Angela Cox

Angela Cox is passionate about meetings and can be called a meeting planner’s meeting planner. Literally! Daughter of the first President of the Society of Government Meeting Planners and with over 25 years in the industry with a variety of backgrounds, including associations, big tradeshows and corporate meetings, Angela has done it all. After planning the 50th anniversary of The Clio Awards (advertising industry) and executing a 30,000 person tradeshow at Javits, while co-locating with the NY Marathon, she contemplated her next move and decided the greatest challenge would be to plan events for meeting planners. For the past 10 years, she’s been working on hosted buyer and incentive programs with Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, Incentive and SportsTravel. She is a true expert in contracting, budgeting, event logistics and collaboration.  

When she’s not planning a meeting or traveling the globe, Angela can usually be found rescuing animals, scuba diving, riding a horse and/or visiting local Virginia wineries.

Hosted Buyers



Those who are selected to attend will participate in:
  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with global incentive suppliers including travel, brand name merchandise, and gift cards
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Opening reception, great meals, and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing Chicago as a premier meetings and incentive destination
  • Private boardroom meetings with select suppliers for in-depth consultations on how to take your incentive programs to the next level

Supplier Info/Exhibitors


Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

Event Only Package

  • One 6' table for pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments
  • Experiential networking activities, off-site functions and meals
  • All supplier expenses covered (excluding airfare & additional nights) 

Limited Availability

Limited Availability

Sponsorship packages are available, including our new Private Boardroom Meeting Exchange opportunity—fully customizable presentation rooms with built-in AV for comprehensive, 30-minute consultations with buyers who have a vested interest in learning more about your destination, property, product or service.

Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

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


2019 Exhibitors
Citizen Watch America
Discover Newport
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
Florida Keys and Key West
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
Ocean Properties, Hotels & Resorts
Pacific World DMC
Rocky Mountaineer
Royal Caribbean International
SBM Hotels
Smith & Wollensky
Sony Electronics Inc.
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

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


A Decidedly Modern Standard for Upscale Chicago Hotels
Anchored by 400+ acres of protected park space in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Hotel enjoys pristine views of Lake Michigan, Millennium and Grant Parks and the famous Chicago Skyline. Enjoy the thoughtful approach to hospitality signature to the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. Discover the luxurious environment, full range of guest services and sleek, new design that distinguish this upscale Chicago hotel as a truly exclusive address.
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
200 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

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:

Cindy Binder
Director of Buyer Development

Suppliers Contact:

Angie Kimmel
Senior Director, Global Events

Event Logistics Contact:

Angela Cox
Group Director, Meetings & Events

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