Convention Centers Sessions

All sessions held in Music City Center 205, unless otherwise indicated.

EMSSI Update & VenueDataSource
Monday, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Speaker: TBA

Description coming soon.


 

Convention Centers BootCamp
Monday, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM & 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Please select your BootCamp sessions from the list below during registration.

A/V Made Easy
Description coming soon.

Loading Dock Safety Best Practices
Description coming soon.

Plate Up
Description coming soon.

Rigging 101
Description coming soon.


 

Sector Orientation
Tuesday, 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Speaker: TBA

Description coming soon.



Round Tables
Tuesday, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Large –Sized Convention Centers (500,000+ Square Feet Exhibit Space): Brad Gessner, CFE, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Los Angeles Convention Center; Ron King, Executive Director, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas

Mid-Sized Convention Centers (100,000-500,000 Square Feet Exhibit Space): Courtney Dyer, CFE, General Manager, Virginia Beach Convention Center; Elisa “Putt” Putman, Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Music City Center

Small-Sized Convention Centers (Under 100,000 Square Feet Exhibit Space): Stephanie Curran, General Manager, Spokane Convention Center; Stacy Graven, Executive Director, Meydenbauer Center

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to discuss current topics with other venue managers.  Broken down into large, medium, and small venues this is a chance to hear what other venues similar to yours have to say about current issues and/or exchange ideas on best practices.

 


 

Recruiting High End Talent for Convention Center Teams
Tuesday, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Sponsored by Edlen Electric

Speaker: TBA

This session will feature a panel discussion on what human resource professionals, recruiters and convention center staff face when recruiting and retaining top talent. The discussion will feature how to best attract and keep great employees, both top level executives and the line staff that is critical in a successful convention center operation.

 


Adaptive Sales Culture
Tuesday, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Speaker: TBA

Learn how successful sales teams and meeting planners are learning from their diverse clientele to meet the new demands of a changing customer demographic. With more international shows and four generations in the work place, meeting planners are asked to provide a variety of food requests (both catered and concessions), places for their attendees to pray, and changes regarding bathroom designations. Join our panel of sales professionals and meeting planners to discuss the differences in their attendees profiles and what we, as convention centers, will need to do to meet their expectations in the future.

 


 

Internet of Things
Tuesday, 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Speaker: TBA

This session will cover one of the most revolutionary developments taking place around the world today, and will outline the latest products and current opportunities for venues, meeting planners and other suppliers, while also addressing the challenge to remain competitive over the coming decade as these new developments disrupt current ways of doing business, managing events and building operations .  From wearable technology to augmented reality, from smart buildings to diagnostic tools that help make sense of vast new streams of data, this session will provide practical advice on how to enhance your current business practices, and give you insights into the changes you’ll need to make in the near future to provide the best and most efficient attendee experience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Experience a range of IOT tools including wearable and location-aware tools, beacon technology, virtual reality/augmented reality systems and much more
  • Learn best practices and case studies to get the most out of these tools
  • Receive apps, links, web tools, which you can use to harness their power

 


 

Featured speaker
Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Speaker: TBA

Description coming soon.

 


 

Economic Impact Calculation for Convention Centers
Wednesday, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Speaker: TBA

Description coming soon.


 

Convention Center and CVB Relationships: Incentives Used to Lure Business
Wednesday, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Speaker: TBA

In today’s competitive market, it is more critical than ever for Convention Centers and Convention & Visitors Bureaus to work together effectively.  What mechanisms do successful destinations use to balance rent incentives that spur economic impact with maximizing a center’s profitability? This panel will share examples of successful partnerships and what they are doing in their cities to win business creatively.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe examples of positive Venue/CVB relationships
  • List trends in meeting planning regarding discounts and incentives
  • Describe how economic impact is calculated and it's impact on discounts and incentives

 


 

CEIR: Part 2
Wednesday, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Speaker: Nancy Drapeau, PRC

How Does Your Venue Help Exhibitions Deliver Engagement Experiences that Rock? Which Sectors Offer the Most Promise for Your Business Development Efforts?                                                                                                        

Come to this session to hear about CEIR’s latest research to empower you with the insights to best support your exhibition customers and win more business! Discussion will cover key results and examples of how organizers and exhibitors are successfully responding to these trends.

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear the latest CEIR INDEX numbers on the state of the exhibition industry to help guide your business development efforts:  overall, which sectors are growing and which sectors are under fire; learn about a consultative selling tool to share with your organizer customers
  • Insights to help you understand your exhibition organizer’s customers:  1) What motivates attendees to visit an exhibition repeatedly   2) Why exhibitors exhibit, how they aim to engage with attendees and what is most effective
  • What role does digital play during a live exhibition? What do you need to have as an offering to help your exhibition organizers, exhibitors and attendees have a successful experience at your venue?

 


 

Town Hall
Wednesday, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Sponsored by HKS

Speaker: TBA

Description coming soon.


 

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