December 10-13, 2019
Sea Island, Georgia

The Exclusive Senior-Level Summit
For Meetings, Sports and Hospitality Decision-makers

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About Leadership Forum

The Northstar Leadership Forum brings together the industry’s thought leaders – planning professionals and suppliers – for three days of education, networking and sharing of best practices. Our forum is unlike any other industry gathering: A unique, high-level experience where business relationships and friendships are forged. Hosted in beautiful Sea Island, Georgia, the Leadership Forum has been programmed by the teams behind Northstar Meetings Group flagship brands – Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Incentive and SportsTravel – to deliver an experience your clients and colleagues will never forget.

"For those of you who’ve been to the Leadership Forum, you know what to expect. To those who haven’t, Northstar’s Leadership Forum is nothing less than a magical alchemy – of leading buyers, suppliers and influencers in the meetings industry, engaging each other (formally and informally) over our most compelling issues and interests, while sharing a wide-variety of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We look forward to sharing this most special event with you and your guests.”  

DAVID BLANSFIELD
Executive Vice President & Group Publisher
Northstar Meetings Group

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Testimonials

"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

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

Tuesday, December 10
12:30pm – 5:00pm
Registration
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Welcome Reception
Wednesday, December 11
7:30am – 8:30am
Breakfast
8:30am – 10:00am
Welcome Remarks & Education
(More Details)  
10:00am – 11:00am
Business Marketplace
11:00am – 5:00pm
"Explore Sea Island"
(Activity Details) 
6:45pm - 10:00pm
Dinner
Thursday, December 12
6:30am – 8:00am
Breakfast at Leisure
All Day Activities
"Explore Sea Island"
(Activity Details) 
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Closing Reception & Dinner
Friday, December 13
6:30am – 8:00am
Breakfast at Leisure

Hosted Buyers

ALL QUALIFIED BUYERS WILL BE FULLY HOSTED BY THE SUPPLIER WHO INVITED THEM OR BY NORTHSTAR MEETINGS GROUP, INCLUDING, AIRFARE, ACCOMMODATION, MEALS, AND PLANNED ACTIVITIES.

Information

The Leadership Forum is an invitation-only event. An event professional can be invited through a supplier or from Nothstar Meetings Group directly. All invited event professionals will enjoy:

  • Business marketplace
  • Activities including golf or other unique experiential activities at Sea Island
  • Dynamic keynote speakers
  • Endless networking opportunities with all attendees

If you have received an invitation, or are interested in attending, please contact Danielle Gillis at dgillis@ntmllc.com

Supplier
Info/Exhibitors

Supplier Info

Party of 4

Party of 4

Party of 4

  • 4 invitations to the Leadership Forum – including premium activity options for all 4 party members
  • 1 full-page, 4-color ad/advertorial in the Nov/Dec 2018 Guide to Meetings Excellence
Fees include: all meals, all activities, accommodations at Sea Island for three nights, and transportation.

Party of 2

Party of 2

  • 2 invitations to the Leadership Forum – including premium activity options for both party members
  • 1/2-page, 4-color ad/advertorial in the Nov/Dec 2018 Guide to Meetings Excellence
Fees include: all meals, all activities, accommodations at Sea Island for three nights, and transportation.

Individual Participation

Individual Participation

  • 1 invitation to the Leadership Forum – including premium activity options for one person

Fees include: all meals, all activities, accommodations at Sea Island for three nights, and transportation.

Upgrade your experience for enhanced exposure.

For more information, please contact your business development director or: Angie Kimmel at akimmel@ntmllc.com

Exhibitors

2019 Exhibitors

Bulova 
Citizen Watch America
Club Med
Competitours
Discover Newport
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
Florida Keys and Key West
HHM Hospitality
Icebreaker Merino Clothing
Inns of Aurora
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong
Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB
Norwegian Cruise Lines
NYC & CO
Ocean Properties, Hotels & Resorts
Pacific World DMC
PRA
Rocky Mountaineer 
Royal Caribbean International
San Diego Tourism Authority
SBM Hotels
Seiko Watch of America, LLC
Smith & Wollensky
Sony Electronics Inc.
Thailand Convention & Incentive Bureau
The Broadmoor
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Tommy Bahama
TUMI
Visit Napa Valley
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
Wynn Las Vegas

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

The only resort in the world to achieve four Forbes Five-Stars ten years in a row.
Where comfort is in every detail and genuine Southern charm is in the air. Sea Island is a place you'll never forget. There’s something about this place that’s timeless. There are deep connections here. To nature, to tradition, to a warm welcome. To excellence recognized with 114 Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond honors. To gracious and heartfelt hospitality.

Buyers & Suppliers: We will make your reservations for you.

 

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. 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

CONTACT

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT YOUR SALES REPRESENTATIVE OR:

Buyers Contact:

Danielle Cirami-Gillis
VP, Events & Trade Shows
646-380-6271

dgillis@ntmllc.com

Suppliers Contact:

Shalise DeMott
VP, Sales
561-251-9846
sdemott@ntmllc.com

Angie Kimmel
Senior Director of Global Event Sales
636-273-5816
akimmel@ntmllc.com

Event Logistics Contact:

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

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