June 25 - 27, 2019
Atlantic City, New Jersey

The only event organized and produced exclusively for esports organizers, event-rights holders and destination/hospitality industry representatives.  


The explosive growth of esports and its impact on the travel industry will be discussed in a series of education sessions at the EsportsTravel Summit.

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About EsportsTravel Summit

The EsportsTravel Summit was launched in conjunction with the TEAMS Conference & Expo in Orlando in 2017. The Summit was an immediate success because it helped fill an information vacuum that exists for both organizers of esports events and those in the travel and tourism industry who want to understand and profit from the esports phenomenon. Globally, the number of esports enthusiasts is estimated at 191 million people–and growing.

While video games have been around for more than 40 years, a transformation is occurring in the video-gaming space that will elevate the players above the games. Live events are becoming the ultimate forum for skill and achievement for players. And spectators are flocking to the live events because of their interest in the games and the rising prominence of the players. It is this transforma­tion that is creating many new opportunities, including record levels of investment in esports teams and the development of esports specific venues.

Just as the major sports leagues have identified esports as the best way to connect with the next generation of fans, visionary venues, destinations and sports organizations can leverage the esports phenomenon to attract the next generation of visitors and followers.  

The 2019 EsportsTravel Summit will be held June 25-27 in Atlantic City. The Summit's unique mission will be to continue to educate esports stakeholders on the nexus between venues, destinations, the travel industry and esports.

Welcome to the vanguard of the sports-event industry. Welcome to the EsportsTravel Summit!

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According to Goldman Sachs, the global esports audience will grow from 194 million people in 2019 to 276 million in 2022!


A mix of esports executives, esports tournament organizers and destination/hospitality industry professionals.


Live video-game events are maturing into a powerhouse for the travel industry.


"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


Samantha Anton
Chief Operating Officer, North America Scholastic Esports Federation

Samantha Anton is the chief operating officer for the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF), a nonprofit dedicated to using esports as an opportunity to engage and empower all students to learn, grow and thrive. Employed under leading collegiate esports program UCI Esports at the University of California-Irvine, Anton manages the program’s exclusive partnership with NASEF, funded by the Samueli Foundation. Her role includes oversight of all NASEF programs, including high school clubs, tournaments, curriculum and additional learning initiatives, and special events. An event planner by trade, Anton made the shift from higher education events to esports in 2017. Prior to then, she coordinated recruitment and outreach events for UCI Undergraduate Admissions.

Michael Brooks
Executive Director, National Association of Collegiate Esports

Michael Brooks serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of Collegiate Esports. NACE is a nonprofit membership association organized by and on behalf of member institutions and is the only governing body of college esports in North America. NACE’s members are developing the structure and tools needed to advance collegiate esports in the varsity space. Areas of collaboration include: eligibility, path to graduation, competition and scholarships, IP rights and program implementation. NACE has 131 varsity esports programs as members, accounting for 92 percent of all varsity programs across North America. Brooks worked for eight years as the director of strategic partnerships for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the governing body of 250 mainly private colleges and universities in traditional athletics.

Gregg Caren
Executive Vice President/Convention and Exhibition Centers, SMG

Gregg Caren joined SMG at the Atlantic City Convention Center in 1998 and moved to SMG’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia in 2000 as the company experienced tremendous growth through new accounts and acquisitions. Today, he is responsible for business development, expanding the company’s portfolio throughout North America and overseas. Caren also leads the convention center division’s sales and booking support for the convention centers in the SMG network.

Chris Chaney
Founder, Infinite Esports & Entertainment

Chris Chaney’s leadership experience is underlined by a 10‐year track record of success in the global sports and entertainment industry. A native of Germany, Chaney is an award‐winning serial founder, including being recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and is an active esports and entertainment advisor and investor. He currently serves, among others, as a board director of Infinite Esports & Entertainment, a leading esports media and entertainment platform that he founded. The company includes OpTic Gaming and the Houston Outlaws team in the Overwatch League.

Joseph Clemko
Senior Attorney, Stinson LLP

Joe Clemko is an attorney with Stinson LLP in their Dallas, TX office. Clemko combines his work experience with his legal and business education to focus on counseling businesses, startups, entrepreneurs and investors, including private equity fund formation and capital raising. Over the past few years, his practice has centered on emerging technologies, representing clients in blockchain, cryptocurrency and artificial intelligence, in addition to building upon his esports and gaming practice. He came to Stinson from a large international law firm. Prior to working for that firm he worked as a regulatory compliance associate for Forex Capital Markets. While at FXCM, Clemko gained extensive experience handling various financial regulatory matters pertaining to both domestic and international regulatory bodies. He earned his J.D. from Western Michigan Cooley Law School and he is licensed to practice law in Texas.

Christopher Crook
Counsel, Venable

Christopher Crook is an intellectual property and advertising litigator and trial attorney in Venable's Washington, D.C., office. His practice focuses on complex litigation in the areas of intellectual property, technology and advertising. He regularly defends clients in lawsuits brought by competitors, consumers and regulators in both federal and state courts. Crook has also represented clients in alternative dispute forums, including self-regulatory proceedings before the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau (NAD), arbitrations and mediations. His experience covers diverse industries, including advertising and marketing, consumer products, software development, online media and services and credit repair. His experience also includes counseling and transactional work, including advertising claims and substantiation review, anti-counterfeiting/brand management strategy and analysis, technology service agreement review, software development counseling and technology system audits.

Matt Edelman
Chief Commercial Officer, Super League Gaming

Matt Edelman is the chief commercial officer of Super League Gaming, the unifying community for amateur esports players. Through premium in-person and digital events and leagues featuring top-tier video game titles, Super League provides competitive video gamers with opportunities to experience their sport like the pros within a social environment that fosters positive communication, good sportsmanship and teamwork. Edelman oversees the company’s revenue, marketing, content, community, live event and business development activities. Previously, he served as the head of digital operations and Marketing Solutions for WME-IMG (now Endeavor), where he was responsible for digital and social media growth across the company’s live event properties, digital strategy consulting for the agency’s brand clients and managing direct-to-consumer OTT businesses. His initial foray into esports included assisting with the formation of ELEAGUE, a joint venture between Endeavor and Turner.

Christie Garton
Founder, 1,000 Dreams Fund

Christie Garton is an award‐winning social entrepreneur, best‐selling author and founder of the 1,000 Dreams Fund, a nonprofit that provides micro‐grants to American girls in need to help fulfill their professional and educational dreams. Since its founding in late 2016, 1DF has granted more than $100,000 to over 200 girls and Garton has launched successful partnerships with Charles Schwab, Harman International and Twitch, the global gaming and broadcasting platform owned by Amazon, among others. Garton is author of the best‐selling guidebook for college girls, “U Chic: The College Girl’s Guide to Everything.” More than 100,000 copies have been sold, with proceeds going to support the 1,000 Dreams Fund. Garton is a graduate of the University of Kansas and holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Jason Gewirtz
Editor and Publisher, SportsTravel

Jason Gewirtz is the editor and publisher of SportsTravel. A veteran daily newspaper journalist and editor prior to joining SportsTravel in 2008, Gewirtz worked for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, where he started as a city hall reporter and was promoted to the position of executive city editor in charge of city and business coverage. He also worked as a reporter at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado, and at the Broomfield Enterprise in Broomfield, Colorado. He is a former member of the board of directors for the National Association of Sports Commissions. Gewirtz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has won numerous awards as both a writer and editor.

Eric Griffin
Managing Director of Research and Innovation, Dallas Regional Chamber

Eric Griffin is the managing director of research and innovation at the Dallas Regional Chamber where he provides technical research and data/policy analysis to support sustainable economic development and emerging technologies in the Dallas metropolitan area. The things he likes most about his day job is telling data-rich stories about his home town and his constant proximity to the next big thing that elevates people to higher levels of social evolution. Esports, and more generally gaming, is currently that next big thing for him. Griffin has a particular bundle of competencies and diversity of experience that includes legislative advocacy and policy formulation; performance-based budgeting and measurement; resource (financial) development; natural resource management, sustainability and smart cities activism; workforce talent recruitment, development and retention; and economic development. He is interested in the intersection of emerging technologies like AI, XR, IoT, blockchain, quantum computing and gaming—specifically how each might support and enhance the capabilities of the others in order to raise the lowest standards of living that humanity is currently willing to accept.

Neil Johnson
Director of Global Sales, MGM Resorts International

Neil Johnson is the director of global sales for MGM Resorts International assigned to the sports and esports markets. He has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality and sports industry and is working to establish MGM Resorts as the ultimate destination for esports events and competitions. Johnson most recently was the national director of hotel sales at the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board focusing on the western region, HPN Global and American Express Meetings & Events. Prior to this role he served on the sales staffs of the Tropicana Las Vegas, Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority focusing on self-contained hotel programs and events. Previous to those roles he worked for the Las Vegas Bowl, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and ESPN Regional at UNLV.

Taylor Johnson
Chief Performance Engineer, State Space Labs

Taylor Johnson is the chief performance engineer for State Space Labs, where he develops the performance education and programs for their users as well as overseas business development and strategic partnerships. He also consults esports startups on how to build immersive educational experiences to enhance all aspects of in-game and out-of-game performance. Johnson is passionate about transforming the esports industry—and millions of people worldwide—with education in health, wellness and performance. During his time in esports, he has built comprehensive initiatives for elite training, research and education for five esports organizations, 15 professional teams, multiple developmental academies and independent training facilities. Before pivoting into esports, Johnson worked with a number of collegiate and professional sports teams, including the San Francisco 49ers as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. There, he was in charge of the physical preparation and rehabilitation of the players as well as developing and implementing the team’s nutrition and sports science/wellness program. He has both a master’s degree in exercise science and rehabilitation and a bachelor’s in exercise biology as well as certifications in strength and conditioning training, corrective exercise, nutrition and sports performance.

David Lee
Vice President of Operations, Estars Studios

David Lee oversees operations and white label production at Estars Studios. Lee was previously senior manager, publisher/developer relations and legal counsel at ESL Gaming and has produced widely watched esports competitions, including programs for Amazon’s Mobile Masters and Supercell’s Clash Royale. Lee is the head of production for the World Showdown of Esports (WSOE) and has produced events such as the Vainglory Premier League World Invitational and the Mountain West Esports Series Championship.

Todd Lehrke
Director of Sports Development, Bloomington CVB

Todd Lehrke joined the Bloomington (Minnesota) Convention & Visitors Bureau in June 2011 as the director of sports development and has an extensive hospitality background dating to 1999. He is in charge of attracting regional and national sporting events for Destination Bloomington – Home of Mall of America. Over the past few years, Lehrke has played a variety of roles in hosting the Ryder Cup, Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four. The esports market continues to evolve in Bloomington, and Lehrke is focused on creating and bringing new events to the destination. He also serves as the chair of Minnesota Sports, which is a statewide collaborative of CVBs and sports commissions with a mission to increase business opportunities and exposure on a state level.

Nathan Lindberg
Director of Global Esports Sponsorships, Twitch

Nathan Lindberg is the director of global esports sponsorships at Twitch. As an esports veteran, hen is dedicated to educating brands about the competitive gaming phenomenon and ways to leverage Twitch to reach marketing goals. Lindberg is responsible for sponsorship sales for elite esports leagues like the Rocket League Championship Series, Capcom Pro Tour, Tekken World Tour, and Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix, as well as esports organizations like Team Liquid, Team SoloMid, Cloud9, Evil Geniuses and Alliance. His esports experience began in 2010 at Curse Media as vice president of global sales, where he created and sold team and league sponsorship packages for the company’s esports division and websites. Before joining Curse, Lindberg worked at GamePro Media, IDG Entertainment and Universal McCann where he worked front and center with live streaming, mobile and other emerging media. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sports media from Ithaca College.

Kevin Lyman
CEO & Founder, Kevin Lyman Group

Award-winning entertainment and music industry icon Kevin Lyman has reimagined the live show and festival experience, shaped popular culture and rocked corporate branding. Lyman founded the Vans Warped Tour in 1995 and has curated and ran the groundbreaking festival throughout its 24-year run. In addition, he has produced or promoted such live-music experiences as Taste of Chaos, It’s Not Dead Festival, the Alternative Press Music Awards, Pilgrimage, Mayhem Festival and Country Throwdown, among others. His punk rock intrepidness, his steely commitment to philanthropic pursuits, his savvy business instincts and his on-the-pulse aesthetic sensibility have guided him on a successful and winding career that has spanned 37 years. Today, he embraces a new era of unbound creative and business opportunities with The Kevin Lyman Group, a premier event production and strategy firm.

Kim Meltzer
CEO, KidKesty Productions; CEO, Destination Esports

Kim Meltzer is a 25-year veteran in the luxury hotel and hospitality industry having worked with Hilton Worldwide, Rock Resorts, Parker Palm Springs and Ojai Valley Inn & Spa to name a few. In her extensive career she has supported and produced more than 500 corporate and entertainment events globally, along with co-producing a top music video hitting 5 million views for Sony Music. In the video gaming industry, her gamer tag, given to her by the Call of Duty community, is "COD Mom. " Meltzer has worked with Twitch, Amazon, DreamHack, Activision, Blizzard, Riot Games, Treyarch and Psyonix to name a few. Supporting the community, production and developers, she has been branded the "Esports Event Mom" who has raised and supported more than 1,000 pro players across more than eight gaming titles at global events since 2010. She is also CEO of Destination Esports, a creative esports group. DE focuses on working with global destinations and venues, esports teams, talent, broadcasters, investors, gaming publishers, production companies and brands that want to cohesively activate and be leaders in this one-of-a-kind market.

Brian Mirakian
Senior Principal, Populous

Brian Mirakian is a senior principal at Populous and serves as director of brand activation in the Americas, which features an innovative approach that powerfully brings brands to life through design. Through a core focus on connective strategy in the entertainment and hospitality industries, Mirakian creates opportunities for engagement by linking people to immersive user experiences on all levels, design mediums and interactive technologies. Most recently, his team debuted Esports Stadium Arlington, America’s most robust new esports venue. His award-winning work has helped create transformative social experiences for his clients, having collaborated with nearly every professional team, some of the world’s leading advertising agencies, the Olympic Games, the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball and top brands including Adidas, Pepsi and Dow. His work has been recognized internationally in ID Magazine, the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, the Discovery Channel and Sports Business Journal.

Devin Murphy
Product Lead, Riot Games

Devin Murphy is the product lead for League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) Finals and events for the game’s publisher, Riot Games. In that role, he drives the vision, strategy, development and execution of Riot's North American esports road shows, which include two finals per year in select North American cities, along with weekly studio shows from January through August in West Los Angeles. He is currently planning out a three-year road map for LCS Finals, as well as Worlds 2021, which will return the world championship to North America.

Ryan Musselman
President, Houston Outlaws

Ryan Musselman is an early pioneer in the convergence of digital media and esports, with over 12 years of industry experience, and is one of the original founders of OpTic gaming, the world's most-engaged esports organization. He was instrumental in the development and scale of Machinima’s 10,000-strong network of gaming influencers, prior to joining Google to develop YouTube’s gaming and esports vertical. Musselman now leverages his history of industry defining expertise as president of the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws.

Tyler Othen
Senior Analyst, Conventions, Sports and Leisure International

Tyler Othen leads CSL’s research efforts focused on the fast-growing esports segment. For destination marketing organizations, sports commissions and the private sector, his work helps provide a roadmap for the development and/or positioning of event venues designed to accommodate esports events. Othen has recently led market demand studies for groundbreaking esports facility concepts in the Atlantic City and Los Angeles markets and has worked with a number of destination marketing organizations and sports commissions throughout the country on positioning their markets and facilities for future esports events. Othen has also led over 70 visitor industry and public facility development studies spanning a wide range of market sizes. His involvement with research, analysis and strategy for these projects has helped provide planning for multi-use sports, entertainment, convention and other public assembly facilities.

Peter Perez
Marketing Director, Evos Esports Arena

Peter Perez is a U.S. Army veteran with diverse alliances in esports and private equity. In 2013, he began his career as a producer for DOTA2 competitions in central Texas with MOBA Esports Gaming and Austin Dota 2. In 2016, Perez was hand-picked by esports powerhouse DreamHack to galvanize marketing efforts in Texas. He directly impacted growth in ticket sales for DreamHack Austin, Atlanta and Denver events in 2017. More importantly, he played a significant role in growing attendance numbers for DreamHack Austin from 22,000 in 2017 to nearly 30,000 attendees in 2018. In addition to marketing, he attends esports business summits to educate destinations on the economic impact of esports and how these events begin at the grass-roots level. Currently, Perez is the marketing director for Evos Esports Arena and managing member of a new convention series titled “Upload–Amatuer Esports Combine.”

Jennifer Royer
Director of TrueSport and Elite Athlete Education, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

Jennifer Royer, Ph.D., is the director of TrueSport and elite athlete education for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. A former public school teacher, coach and college instructor and administrator, she has nearly two decades of educational experience and is passionate about youth sports leadership development. She received a Ph.D. in history from Texas Christian University, an M.A. in history from F. Austin State University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Texas A&M University. She currently holds state board of education certifications from both Texas and Colorado. Dedication to the success of young athletes is a family affair for the Royer household. Her husband, a two-time Colorado Springs high school football coach of the year, has spent a career in education and coaching at the high school level and begins the 2019 season coaching football at the United States Air Force Academy Prep School. As the mother of two young boys involved in competitive sport, she understands fully the importance of youth sport and activities communities in establishing the foundations for healthy childhood and adolescent experiences.

Timothy Schneider
Founder and Chairman, Sports Division, Northstar Travel Group

Tim Schneider is the founder and chairman of the Sports Division of Northstar Travel Group. He is the founder of SportsTravel magazine and the TEAMS Conference & Expo—the world’s largest gathering of sports-event organizers—as well as the EsportsTravel Summit. A passionate advocate for the esports and travel industries, Schneider has served in leadership positions for several nonprofit organizations. He was a two-term member on the board of directors of the National Association of Sports Commissions and was inducted into the inaugural class of the organization’s Hall of Fame in 2017. Schneider also chaired the Destination & Travel Foundation and has served on the boards of Destinations International and the U.S. Travel Association.

Rashed Singaby
Senior Designer, HOK

Rashed Singaby has more than 10 years of experience working for architectural firms in the United States and Egypt to design and deliver high-performance, community-driven sports and entertainment facilities. His well-rounded skill set and depth of technical expertise is leveraged on each of his projects to rapidly develop, analyze and communicate conceptual objectives. His past experience working on large-scale sports venues across three continents offers strong capabilities in vision setting, schematic design development, design detailing, construction coordination and management. He leverages his deep experience and creativity to deliver unique and impactful experiences to fans, athletes and clients. With a passion for innovation, Singaby leads HOK’s research and exploration of the future of esports venues, collaborating with clients and companies to design forward-thinking and intuitive spaces for esports fans and gamers.

Way Stark
Founder, Pridestark Entertainment and Gaming

Way Stark is the founder of Pridestark Entertainment and Gaming and is a pioneer of the professional gaming industry having helped bring the gaming scene together by bridging communities to businesses at the local and national level. Through his guidance and assistance he has been at the forefront of multiple conventions that have helped pave the way for the future of the professional gaming world to launch. Whether it be on a local community setting, collegiate level or international stage, Stark’s organizations and events have made a successful impact on the esports community.

Robert Tuchman
Head of Premium Experiences, Entertainment Benefits Group

Robert Tuchman has stood at the forefront of the emerging experiential economy for his entire career. He is a successful entrepreneur in the sports and entertainment industry having started, built and then sold two best-in-class experiential companies. Today, each of those companies is separately owned by two of the largest sports and entertainment agencies in the world (Creative Artists Agency and William Morris Endeavor). His most recent venture, Goviva, an industry leader in the business of unique once-in-a-lifetime client experiences, was acquired by Creative Artists Agency in 2016. His first business, Tuchman Sports Enterprises (TSE), was an innovator in the experiential industry as one of the first companies to create and market exclusive client experiences to attend live sporting and entertainment events. TSE was acquired by the private equity firm Pfingsten Partners in 2006, and through several subsequent acquisitions became part of a business that was purchased by William Morris Endeavor in 2019. Prior to being sold, both Goviva and TSE had been named to the Inc 500 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. Tuchman has authored two books, “100 Sporting Events You Must See Live” and “Young Guns: The Fearless Entrepreneur's Guide to Chasing Your Dreams and Breaking Out on Your Own.”

Murphy Vandervelde
CEO, Helix eSports, LLC

A recent newcomer to the esports industry, Murphy Vandervelde and his partners started making investments in the gaming space in early 2017 and since that time, he and his partners have founded or invested in several venture-staged companies, all based on the common theme of individual player development. In December 2018, Helix opened one of the largest gaming centers (150 stations) in North Bergen, New Jersey, just minutes from Midtown Manhattan. Helix also owns a stake in GG Circuit, one of the largest global LAN Center software and consulting groups, as well as a stake in Team Genji, a data analytics firm that also owns the top Hearthstone team in the world. Vandervelde has over 30 years of investment experience and has worked in the public equity markets and venture capital business as real estate investments. He was a founding member of Navigator Asset Management, a Boston-based hedge fund, Midway United Limited, Summit Street Partners as well as several software company start-ups. A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, he sits on several nonprofit boards including MYCW, an organization that operates a mentoring program for inner-city youth in Boston as well the Delaware Chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association.

Kelsey Waite
Business Development Executive, STR

An Indiana native, Kelsey Waite attended Ball State University, where she graduated from the Honors College with a double major in travel and tourism, and video production. Waite previously worked at a major airport hotel in her hometown of Indianapolis and held a position at a small visitors bureau in Parke County, Indiana. As STR’s business development executive for destinations Waite works with destinations in Canada, the West Coast and the Midwest, which lets her engage with clients and support them while they grow their businesses. Waite also holds a certification in hotel industry analytics.

Dr. Marc Williams
Managing Partner, WD | Esports + Entertainment

Dr. Marc Williams is the managing partner of WD | Esports + Entertainment and regarded as a sports marketing pioneer. He is the co-founder of the Esports and Entertainment Program at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, and also teaches esports and sports marketing at the University of Houston. Williams has worked for three of the largest sports brands in the world: Champs Sports, Footaction and Reebok. During his tenure at Champs Sports, he was in charge of strategic partnerships, oversaw advertising and media strategies and managed the day‐to‐day relationships for the company's sports and entertainment properties: EA Sports, Activision, NBA, NFL, MLB, 20th Century Fox, Universal Music and Atlantic Records. He was instrumental in negotiating the sports retail industry’s first product placement deal in the gaming industry for the 2003 Streethoops Basketball game by Activision. Throughout his career he negotiated product placement in 30 video games, 75 feature films and 100 music videos. WD | Esports + Entertainment brand manages esports marketing for heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder. Williams has a master’s degree in sport Management from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and earned his doctorate in education at West Virginia University.

Jim Wood
President and CEO, Meet AC

In June 2014, Jim Wood joined Meet AC, a nonprofit sales organization with a sole focus on building the convention, meeting and group market for Atlantic City, New Jersey. Wood staffs a team of 25 employees and leads the Meet AC sales effort to generate both citywide and single - property bookings. He also led the formation of the Atlantic City Sports Commission in January 2015. Wood brings a wealth of experience to Atlantic City’s new, more efficient convention and group sales structure. He previously served as president and CEO of the Louisville (Kentucky) Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Providence Warwick (Rhode Island) Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Bryan Yale
Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Rival.AI

Esports industry veteran Bryan Yale is the chief operating officer and co-founder of Rival.AI, an esports company that provides advanced industry standard scouting reports for teams, trainers and the betting community through artificial intelligence. He is also a founding member of Infinite Esports and Entertainment, GGEA and a co-founder of NGAGE. He is continually focused on developing the complete ecosystem for esports. Through a solid foundation of analytics and experience in esports starting in the late 1990s, Yale is uniquely positioned to assist those that have made esports their priority. His professional esports experiences have included team ownership, player development, scouting, statics, analytics and predictive modeling that provide invaluable insights to all levels of the esports industry.


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Tuesday, June 25
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration Desk Open

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7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Opening Celebration (More Details)

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10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Late-Night Lounge

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Wednesday, June 26
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


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9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.


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9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Chat: “The Esports Ecosystem: Opportunities for the Travel Industry" (More Details)

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

E-Talk: “Live Events and the Growth of Esports" (More Details)

9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Panel: “The Rapid Evolution of Esports Venues” (More Details)

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Networking Break

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10:45 a.m. - Noon

Esports 101 for Destinations (More Details)

10:45 a.m. - Noon

Destination & Supplier Marketplace Session 1 (More Details)

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon Panel: "The Localization of Esports" (More Details)

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1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Networking Break


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1:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

E-Talk: “The Missing Half: Girls and Women in Esports” (More Details)

1:40 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. 

Panel: “Positive Values for Continued Growth” (More Details)

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 

Panel: Entrepreneurism, Esports and Economic Development (More Details)

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Networking Break


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3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 

Panel: "Profiting from Influencer Marketing” (More Details)

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

E-Talk: “The Future of Esports Events and Travel” (More Details)

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Destination & Supplier Marketplace Session 2 (More Details)

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Reverse Marketplace Happy Hour (More Details) 

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7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Closing Reception

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Thursday, June 27
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Optional Activities (More Details) 

Event Exclusives

OPENING CELEBRATION AT BOARDWALK HALL: It’s Game On Atlantic City at the Opening Celebration for the EsportsTravel Summit! Summit attendees will be welcomed at Kennedy Square on Atlantic City’s storied Boardwalk. Private tours of iconic Boardwalk Hall and thrills of the last century—such as the world’s largest pipe organ—will give way to thrills of the next century during a red-carpet arrival at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Theater, outfitted for the evening as an esports arena. Be prepared for several fast-paced rounds of gameplay and your chance to take the stage as a competitor. 

LATE-NIGHT NETWORKING LOUNGE: Forge new business relationships and get to know more about the esports industry from the people who are shaping its future. Conduct real business during this informal networking opportunity.

CLOSING RECEPTION AT THE ICONIC STEEL PIER: Create unforgettable memories at Atlantic City's Steel Pier, home of The Wheel. The Wheel is the newest and greatest attraction on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk featuring 360° panoramic views of Atlantic City. 

SITE TOURS FOR ESPORTS TOURNAMENT AND EVENT ORGANIZERS: Make the most of your trip to Atlantic City by seeing the venues best suited for your events during tours tailored to your needs provided by the Atlantic City Sports Commission on Thursday, June 27. Whether it’s Boardwalk Hall, the Atlantic City Convention Center or any of the dazzling array of meeting and convention space available at Atlantic City’s numerous casinos, hotels and resorts, the Atlantic City Sports Commission is your one-stop resource for finding the perfect venue for your esports tournament or event. To arrange your custom tour or site inspection, please contact Tanya Curran no later than Monday, June 17, by email at tcurran@meetac.com or by phone at (609) 449-7152.

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE VANS WARPED TOUR: Join the founder of the Vans Warped Tour for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the storied festival during set up. Kevin Lyman will be answering questions and showing attendees the ins and outs of the Vans Warped Tour as it is being built on the beach in Atlantic City. This is a rare opportunity that few will get to experience. The tour will be on Thursday, June 27, from 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Please RSVP to katcody@klgroup.agency. All RSVPs for the tour must be submitted by Wednesday, June 26, at 7:00 p.m. ET.  Please meet outside on the Boardwalk in between the Caesars Boardwalk Bar and It's Sugar.  For more info on the Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Atlantic City, please visit vanswarpedtour.com/events/atlantic-city.


Supplier Info

Participate in the Destination & Supplier Marketplace

Destination, hotel and other supplier representatives will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with esports tournament and event organizers during the Destination & Supplier Marketplace at the EsportsTravel Summit. The Marketplace will held on Wednesday, June 26, from 10:45 a.m. – 12 noon and from 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Please hit the “Register Now” button and select the Marketplace Table Rate (which includes one full registration for the EsportsTravel Summit).

Marketplace participants will receive special instructions via email on requesting their one-on-one appointments. Appointment requests will be accepted online from June 10-14. Appointment schedules will be published and distributed to participants on June 18. Questions regarding the appointment sessions should be directed to Michelle Lupo at mlupo@ntmllc.com or (201) 902-2096.

Destination & Supplier Marketplace Participants at the 2019 EsportsTravel Summit include:

Anaheim CVB

Arlington Sports Commission

Bloomington MN CVB

Branson CVB

Chicago Southland CVB

City of Rock Hill PRT

Dallas Sports Commission

Daytona Beach CVB

Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission

Experient - A Maritz Global Events Company

Greater Birmingham CVB

Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance

Greenville/Pitt County CVB

Hawaii Convention Center

JR Global Events

Long Beach CVB

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

Louisville Sports Commission

Marriott Waikiki Complex

Meet Chicago Northwest

Meet AC

Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional CVB

Mohegan Sun

Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance

NYC & Company

Orleans Arena/Orleans Hotel & Casino

Pearl River Resort Casino & Hotel

Pheasant Run Resort


Richmond Region Tourism


Travel Salem

Trip Mate

United Airlines

Valley Forge Sports

Visit Charlotte

Visit Colorado Springs

Visit Oakland


Why You Should Sponsor and Participate in the EsportsTravel Summit

Why You Should Sponsor and Participate in the EsportsTravel Summit

The EsportsTravel Summit is the only event focused on the travel side of the esports business. A Sponsorship Package provides your organization with the opportunity to increase exposure among decision makers who are organizing and hosting esports events. This is your chance to drive results by tapping into the esports market—the next generation of sporting events.
For more information on the Destination & Supplier Marketplace and on sponsorship opportunities—which can include your registration and Marketplace participation—please contact Florence Nalepka or Timothy Schneider.

Summit Participants

Participants at the 2019 EsportsTravel Summit include:


1,000 Dreams Fund

4G44 Esports

514 eSports

ABXY Video Games

AIC Hotel Group


Amazon's Mobile Masters

American Bank Center

Anaheim CVB

Andromeda Consultants Ltd

Ann Arbor Sports Commission

Apex Events

Arlington CVB

Arlington Sports Commission

ASA Entertainment

Atlantic City Sports Commission

Austin Sports Commission

BigAir USA

Bloomington MN CVB

Blue Star Sports Tech

Branson CVB

Burnaby Conference Centre


Carey International

Casino Reinvestment Development Authority

Central PA CVB

Century Center

Chaney Group Holdings

Chester County CVB

Chicago Southland CVB

Cinema Esports

City of Glendale, AZ

City of Rock Hill PRT


CLT Esports

Colorado Convention Center

Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau

Conventions, Sports & Leisure International

CSL International

Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce

Dallas Sports Commission

Dana Communications

Daytona Beach CVB

Defend The North

Delta Hotels by Marriott

Destination Esports

Destination Irvine

Detroit Sports Commission


Drone Racing League

Duke Energy Convention Center


Elite Esport Events

Entertainment Benefits Group

ESL Gaming


ESL Pro League Finals

ESP Gaming

Esports Awards Ltd

Esports Now


Estars Studios

Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission

ExCeL London

Experience Columbia SC Sports

Experience Scottsdale


Fleming Tech Camps

Florida Sports Foundation

Fort Worth Sports

Full Sail University

GAC Events

George Washington University

Get On My Level

GG Circuit

GGWP Foundation

Ghanna Esports

Giants Like Us

Global Center for Health Innovation

Great Zion Convention & Tourism Office

Greater Birmingham CVB

Greater Lansing Sports Authority

Greater Newark CVB

Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance

Greater Wilmington CVB

Greenville/Pitt County CVB

Grow uP eSports

Hawaii Convention Center

HBC Event Services

Helix eSports

Hershey Harrisburg Sports & Events Authority

High School Esports League

Hilton Grand Vacations

Hiltons of Branson


Hotel Angeleno

Houston Outlaws

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

Huntsville/Madison County CVB


Impact Gaming

Indiana Sports Corp

Infinite Esports & Entertainment

InGame Esports

Integrated Sports Solutions

Intel Extreme Masters

Irving Convention Center

Irving CVB

JR Global Events


KidKesty Productions

Kissimmee Sports Commission

League of Legends Championship


Level Up Tournament

Long Beach CVB

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

Lost Tribe Esports

Louisville Sports Commission


Manhattan Center

Maritz Global Events

Marriott Waikiki Complex

Meet AC

Meet Chicago Northwest

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

MGM Resorts International

Midwest eSports

Military Gaming League


Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional CVB

Mohegan Sun

Mountain West Esports Series Championship

Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance

National Association of Collegiate Esports

National Sports Center

NCompass Gaming + Esports

North America Scholastic Esports Federation

NRG Park

NYC & Company


Omad Concept Ltd

OpTic Gaming

Opulent Events by Gracie

Orleans Arena

Orleans Hotel & Casino

Palm Springs Convention Center


Pearl River Resort Casino & Hotel

Pheasant Run Resort

Play All Gaming

Player Omega


PrideStark Entertainment & Gaming

Rainbow 6 National Championships

RC Digital

Red Roof Inns

Reed Exhibitions 


Reset Gaming

Revel Marketing

Revolution RFP

Rhode Island Sports Commission

Richmond Region Tourism

Riot Games

Rise Above The Disorder


Rochester NY Sports Commission

Rutgers University Esports

Salem Convention Center

San Francisco Travel

SJ Geekfest Smash Tournament


Snohomish County Sports Commission


Sports Anaheim

Sports Pittsburgh


Stinson LLP

Stockton University


Strategic Venue Studies

Super League Gaming

Super Smash Con

Supercell's Clash Royale

Taylor Johnson Performance

Team Genji

The Connecticut Convention Center

The New Yorker

The Plaza Resort and Spa

The Tower

Thunder Gaming

Tourism Burnaby

Tourney Kings

Travel Salem

Trevanna Gaming

Trip Mate

Turtle Entertainment


U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

U.S. Travel Association

UCI Esports


Ultimate Media Ventures

United Airlines

United Gaming League

Untitled Smash Tournament

Vainglory Premier League World Invitational

Valley Forge Sports

Valley Forge TCB

Velocity KC

Venable LLP

Visit Charlotte

Visit Colorado Springs

Visit El Paso

Visit Kansas City, KS

Visit Oakland

Visit Pittsburgh


Waveform Entertainment, Inc.

WD Esports + Entertainment

West Michigan Sports Commission

WillPower Esports

Wilson County TDA

WSOE (World Showdown of Esports)

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



2100 Pacific Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The 2019 EsportsTravel Summit will take place at the iconic Caesars Palace Atlantic City where the spectacular happens every minute of every day. Located right on the famous Boardwalk, Caesars Atlantic City is just steps away from the beach, Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center. Book your room at the special EsportsTravel Summit rate of just $109 plus tax, via the link or phone number below, to stay in the luxurious Centurion Tower, featuring spectacular ocean views, daily wi-fi access, admission to the Fitness Center, a plethora of entertainment and dining options, including the new Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, and the most convenient access to all EsportsTravel Summit events, including educational sessions, the Marketplace and the Opening Celebration at Boardwalk Hall.

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

Book your room by clicking on the button below or by calling 1-888-516-2215 (8am – 2am EST seven days a week). Mention group name "EsportsTravel Summit" and group code "SC06ET9".

Please book your room no later than June 11, 2019.

If you are flying into the Philadelphia International Airport, there are lots of convenient options for getting into Atlantic City:

Shuttle Service

Joe’s Transportation Services

Please visit the link below to book door-to-door shuttle service from PHL to Caesars Atlantic City:



To take the train from PHL into Atlantic City, take the Septa High Speed Rail Line (Estimated Cost $6.00/person) into the PHL 30th Street Station.  At 30th Street Station, switch trains to NJ Transit, which provides service via the AC Rail Line into Atlantic City.  The train station is located inside the Convention Center.  (Estimated cost is $10.00/person.)

Rental Car Companies

The following Rental Car Companies operate at the Philadelphia Airport:


(609) 383-9595












(888) 501-9010


Dollar Rent a Car

(800) 800-4000



Advisory Notice Regarding Outside Solicitations

Please be advised that numerous companies have been emailing and calling attendees of Northstar events attempting to book them into non-official hotels.

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

  • Avenge
  • Bay Exhibits
  • CMI Event Travel / Sean Martin
  • Corporate Booking Services / Carlos Viera and Hank Morgan
  • Demand Generation / Amber, Ruby, Pamela Fox, David Smith
  • EHRS / Zach and Alex
  • Elegant Housing  LLC
  • Exhibition Housing Services / Liam Chris
  • Global Expo List
  • Global Expo Travel
  • Global Housing Corporation / Harry Harrington
  • Global Travel Partners
  • Kelly Brooke
  • Mars Data Leads / Jacob Fernando
  • World Expo Lists / Anna Jasmine,  Jennifer White
  • World Wide Travel / Zack Willis
  • ​Xpo Solutions Transportation / Evan Eissens


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


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Esports Organizer Contact:

Nicole Goddeyne
Event Organizer Liaison


Supplier Contact:

Timothy Schneider
Founder & Chairman, Sports Division


Florence Nalepka
Global Director of Sales, Sports Division

Event Logistics Contact:

Beth Dean
Event Director, Sports Division 

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