February 27-29, 2020
Marriott Marquis New York City

Connect with the top international hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, two-night stay at the Marriott Marquis New York City in New York City, from February 27-29, 2020.

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About SMU International

Invaluable business connections, targeted education, and unforgettable experiences—all while experiencing the iconic landmarks and sophisticated culture of New York City. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands—Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, and Incentive Magazine.


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


Connect with premier international suppliers 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.


"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


Please check back for the updated speakers list


Dan Goldstein

Dan Goldstein. J.D., Co-Founder and Partner at Tueoris, LLC, is an expert on privacy and data-risk mitigation strategies and solutions. He has extensive global experience helping clients develop and implement enterprise privacy programs, including breach-response capabilities, control environments and reporting processes. His career has centered on guiding U.S. and multinational companies through complex international data-protection requirements to provide business solutions that can be implemented across large organizations. As the former director of international data privacy for Amgen (Europe) GmbH in Zug, Switzerland, Dan initiated and led privacy and data-protection efforts across Amgen’s global affiliates while managing an international privacy office and a network of data-protection officers. He successfully implemented a comprehensive international data-transfer strategy and developed an EU-focused privacy-breach intake and response process. Prior to Amgen, Dan was a senior manager at Deloitte, where he led the day-to-day functions of the Data Protection and Privacy Center of Excellence. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Golden Gate University School of Law, Dan is a member of the State Bar of California. He holds credentials as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP – U.S. and European certifications).

Loren G. Edelstein

Loren Edelstein is Vice President and Content Director for Northstar Meetings Group’s industry-leading brands: Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Incentive and Meeting News. She oversees editorial content across NMG’s many platforms, including print, digital and face-to-face events. Loren joined M&C in 1993 as a Senior Editor, after spending six years at Corporate Travel magazine, where she rose from Assistant Editor to Executive Editor.

Brad Langley

Brad Langley, Vice-President, Channel and Partner Management Clients at Aventri, is a visionary leader with endless energy and enthusiasm. He brings all that to Aventri, plus a 30-year track record of exceeding business goals at world-leading incentive and travel companies. Earlier in his career, Brad led sales and operations at Maritz Travel Co., Eastern and Western U.S. regions. Later, he served as president and chief operating officer at Creative Group Inc., which was honored with the Deloitte & Touche Innovative People Programs Award as Wisconsin’s No. 1 privately held company for employee programs and accomplishments in innovation and globalization, and Nth Degree Events. He understands the challenges to third parties to grow their business efficiently in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment.

Linda J. McNairy

Linda J. McNairy, Global Vice President at American Express Meetings & Events, is an experienced business professional with a passion for the meetings world, Linda McNairy leads the global technology and transformation team for American Express Meetings & Events. Prior to assuming this newly created role in 2016, she led Amex’s North American sales and business-development team. She is dedicated to elevating the industry, creating solutions for her customers and helping to encourage and develop the people around her. Her over 20 years in the business includes direct corporate planning as well as a variety of supplier roles. Linda also has served in significant volunteer positions, including leading the GBTA Meetings Committee and serving on a variety of committees and task forces for GBTA, MPI and PCMA.

Tu Rinsche

Tu Rinsche has more than 15 years of experience in developing unique and scalable social impact programs that address diverse societal challenges. Currently, she leads global business and human rights issues at Marriott International. As part of the Global Communications and Public Affairs Department, she serves as the company’s human rights expert and co-Chairs Marriott’s internal Human Rights Council.   Since joining Marriott in 2016, Tu has pioneered a robust and holistic human rights program that prioritizes human trafficking awareness and accountability across business operations, and strategic partnerships with leading human rights organizations. She also oversees social impact partnerships for more than a dozen diverse brands, including the award-winning Ritz-Carlton citizenship program.   Earlier in her career she led the Walt Disney Company’s first Supply Chain Investment Program, which helps pilot or scale unique and innovative initiatives that address human rights issues in global supply chains. Previously, she served as the expert on global forced labor policy issues and programs for the State Department’s Human Rights Bureau (DRL).   Tu started her career in public service with the U.S. Peace Corps in Mauritania, where she developed and implemented locally relevant community health programs supporting the national agenda. As a volunteer teacher with Amnesty International, she taught human rights in the D.C. public school system 20 years ago. She holds degrees in International Affairs from George Washington University and Columbia University. Originally from Vietnam, she currently resides in the Washington D.C. area.

Gregg H. Talley

Gregg H. Talley, CAE, FASAE, President and CEO of Talley Management Group Inc., has more than 30 years in the association/event management industry. Gregg H. Talley has managed hundreds of events globally for associations, societies and corporations in an array of industries, including health care, education, technology and finance. He has planned one of the largest convention events in North America, the 50,000+ attendee International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous. With Talley Management Group, which he co-founded in 1987 with his father, Robert K. Talley, he also organized the World Meeting of Families as part of the Papal Visit to Philadelphia in 2015. In addition, Gregg consults with nations and local destinations on developing business-events strategies and destination management organizations. A past national chair of the Professional Convention Management Association and its Education Foundation, Gregg currently sits on the International Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives and is a Board Member for the Meetings Management Sector at the International Congress and Convention Association.


Thursday, February 27
All Day
3:00pm – 6:00pm
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Planners Only:  Property Tour
5:30pm – 5:50pm

SMU Kick-off Toast


Transportation to Welcome Reception

6:30pm – 8:30pm
Welcome Reception   
Friday, February 28
7:15am – 8:30am
9:00am – 10:15am
Opening Remarks & Educational Session (More Details) 
10:30am – 12:00pm

One-on-One Appointments

12:00pm – 1:00pm
1:15pm – 5:00pm

One-on-One Appointments

Transportation to Evening Event
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cocktails & Canapes Downtown
Saturday, February 29
8:00am – 9:00am
9:15am – 10:30am
Educational Session (More Details)
10:45am – 12:15pm

One-on-One Appointments

12:15pm – 1:30pm
Closing Lunch

Hosted Buyers



Those who are selected to attend will participate in:
  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled meetings with key international suppliers
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Opening reception, great meals, and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers

To learn more, please contact Cindy Binder at cbinder@ntmllc.com.

Supplier Info/Exhibitors


Event Only Package

Event Only


Event Only Package

  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • All networking events and activities



  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Pre and post web/email marketing/lead gen
  • Full-page print ad



  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Pre and post web/email marketing/lead gen
  • 1/2-page print ad

Premium Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available.

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


2019 Exhibitors

Abu Dhabi

Alcron Hotel Prague *formerly Radisson Blu

Algarve Tourism Bureau

AM Resorts

Aruba Convention Bureau

Atlantis, Bahamas

Atout France (France Tourism Development Agency)

Austrian Airlines - Lufthansa Group

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts


Barcelona Convention Bureau

Bern Meetings & Events

Bespoke Northern Ireland


British Virgin Islands Tourist Board

Brussels Expo and Conference Centre

Business Events Australia

Business Events Canada

Carey Meetings & Event Services

Cartagena de Indias Convention Bureau

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

Clayton Hotels

Clontarf Castle/Hard Rock Hotel Dublin

Congress Hotel Seepark

cornerstone meetings GmbH

Costa Rica Tourism Board

Croatian National Tourist Board - Convention Bureau

Delta Air Lines

Discover Puerto Rico

Dolce Sitges

Dominican Republic Tourism Board

Dubai Business Events

Due Lune Resort Golf & Spa

ECO Destination Management Services of Aruba & Curaco

Eden Roc Miami Beach & Nobu Hotel Miami Beach

Effetto Italy DMC

El San Juan Hotel

Estrel Berlin 


Frankfurt Convention Bureau

Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort

German Convention Bureau

Giardino Group Switzerland

glh Hotels

GoTo Iceland

Grand Hotel Stockholm

Great Hotels of The World

Greater Medellin CVB

Gruppo Una

Guadalajara CVB

Hamburg Convention Bureau

Hastings Hotel

Hesperia Tower Hotel & Convention Center

Hilton Hotels in Prague, Czech Republic

Hong Kong Tourism Board

Hotel Las Americas

Hotel Martinez Cannes

Hotel Sofia Barcelona

Hungarian Tourism Agency

Ibiza Gran Hotel 5*GL 

Incentivos Ibiza DMC

InterContinental Hotel Berlin

Italian National Tourist Board

Japan National Tourism Organization

JW Marriott Cannes

Kings Place Events

Korea Tourism Organization

Le Meridien Nice and Le Meridien Beach Plaza Monaco

London Convention Bureau

London Marriott Hotel County Hall

Los Cabos Tourism Board 

Lucerne Convention Bureau

Majestic Hotel & Spa, Barcelona

Maritim Hotels


Marketing Challenges International, Inc.

Marquis Hotel Los Cabos 

Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa Mexico City

Marseille Events and Convention Bureau

Meet In Ireland

Melia Hotels International

Melody Maker Cancun

Metropolis DMC

México Planners DMC

Minor Hotels Portugal

Moloney & Kelly

Monaco Government Tourist Office

Movich Hotels

Munich Hotel Partners

Mutika DMC & Events

New York Hilton Midtown

NH Hotel Group part of MINOR Hotels

Nice Convention Bureau

Nizuc Resort & Spa

Novotel London West

Nuernberg Convention Center


O'Callaghan Collection

Pacific World

Palace Resorts & Le Blanc Spa Resorts

Palazzo Naiadi, The Dedica Anthology - Mutika

Palladium Hotel Group TRS Hotels

Park Plaza Hotels and Resorts


Philippines Tourism Promotions Board

PRA New York


Provence Cote D’Azur Events

Puntacana Resort & Club

QEII Centre

Regent Seven Seas | Oceania | Norwegian Cruise Line

Riu Plaza EspaÑa

Royal Caribbean International

Senator Meetings & Incentives

Silversea Cruises

Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau

Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau

The DMC Group

The Europe Hotel & Resort  - Killarney Hotels Ltd

The Islands Of The Bahamas

The Londoner, London

The Merchant Hotel

The Oitavos

Titanic Belfast

Tourism Northern Ireland

Travel Insured International

Trump Hotels 

TWA Hotel

Velas Resorts

Vienna Convention Bureau

Vienna House Andel's Berlin

Visit Berlin

Visit Brussels



VP Hotels

Wallace Travel Group Ireland

Wheeler Hospitality Collection representing Exclusive Collection UK

Windstar Cruises

Zagreb Tourist Board & Convention Bureau

Zürich Convention Bureau

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


Explore The City That Never Sleeps
There is no city quite like New York City, and no hotel quite like New York Marriott Marquis. Set in the heart of Times Square on West 46th Street and Broadway, the iconic Manhattan hotel lets you experience all the magic of NYC from the moment you arrive. Feel the energy all around you, both within the hotel and as soon as you step outside. Inside the towering hotel, you'll find some of New York City's largest hotel rooms and suites and multiple restaurants, including the only revolving restaurant in the city and a popular outdoor lounge. Event planners have more than 120,000 square feet of versatile meeting and event space to work with and an expert staff ready to help you design an anything-but-ordinary event. And the knowledgeable staff is always ready to help hotel guests navigate this expansive and ever-changing city. 
Marriott Marquis New York City
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

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
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 Testimonials

"Just a quick note to thank and congratulate you and the entire team on a fabulous program in NYC a few weeks ago. Your events are by far the best opportunities to connect with quality destination and vendor representatives in the industry. I’m grateful for the invitation to participate and represent our agency!   Please pass along my sincere thanks to your staff, and I’ll look forward to the next program! "

- Meeting Planner

"The events have been well organized, great structure, on time and the right suppliers attend."

- Independent Meeting Planner

"You do a great job with one on one conversations with the suppliers. Sparks interest in destinations that I would have not previously considered prior to the event. I have limited time, so I am selective as to what shows I can attend. Your conferences are a good use of my time, as they are extremely well organized, productive, and well managed."

- Corporate Planner

"I really got a lot out of this program and its format. I learned so much from the two speakers and was able to meet with many 'new' contacts (for me). I hope to join you on more of these programs!"

- Incentive Buyer

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Buyers Contact:

Cindy Binder
Director of Buyer Development


Suppliers Contact:

Angie Kimmel
Senior Director of Global Event Sales

Event Logistics Contact:

Britt Schwendinger
Meeting Planner/Consultant

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