MPI | SEC 2015 Has Named the Conference’s Featured Speakers and Added an Appointment Show!

Don’t miss out on great speakers at this year’s MPI Southeastern Education Conference, including:

Daymond John, Founder & CEO of FUBU, star of Shark Tank, CEO of Shark Branding (Sponsored by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater)

An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Daymond John has come a long way from taking out a $100,000 mortgage on his mother’s house and moving his operation into the basement. John is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand. Read More…

Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line

Christine Duffy began serving as president of Carnival Cruise Line on February 1, 2015, after spending four years as president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association, the trade association representing the more than $35 billion global cruise industry. Read More…

Michael Dominguez, Senior Vice President of Sales of MGM Resorts

Join Senior Vice-President of Global Hotel Sales for MGM Resorts International and MPI’s Immediate-Past Chairman of the International Board of Directors, Michael Dominguez for a review of where we have been, where we are and what is on the horizon for the meeting and event industry. Read More…

David Adler, CEO and Founder of BizBash

David Adler is a veteran media and event entrepreneur. He founded BizBash as an idea and resource marketplace for event organizers of all types from corporate and association to high-end personal and social events. His site has become the largest media property in the B-to-B event industry. Read More…

To find out more about all the speakers taking part in this year’s MPI | SEC, visit our Conference Speakers Page.

Also, we have added an Appointment Show, powered by XSITE!

Take a look around the website and check out all the great things we have in store for you at MPI | SEC 2015, and don’t forget to Register, so you can Unlock YOUR Ingenuity!

Sarah LippyMeet Our Featured Planner

Sarah Lippy, CMP, Meetings & Special Events Planner

JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

As a planner, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… I’ll gain exposure to fresh ideas, influential education sessions and new relationships through networking that I can bring back to share with my team.

I Unlock My Ingenuity by… coming together once a week with our team of innovative planners to brainstorm and build off each other’s ideas and experiences. Collaboration is a big part of our success.

Joshua HarrisMeet Our Featured Volunteer

Joshua Harris, Senior Sales Manager

Hilton Tampa Downtown

As a volunteer, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… I have an opportunity to give back to an organization that has been so incredibly welcoming to me, and I gain exposure to projects and ideas that I may not experience in my role at work.

I Unlock My Ingenuity by… getting excited about what is in front of me; passion and creativity for what I am working to achieve combine to drive ingenuity on those projects.

Tony FabrizioMeet Our Featured Sponsor

Tony Fabrizio, VP of Marketing & Business Development

Creative Staging Services, Inc.

As a sponsor, we are involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… the response from many other suppliers and planners about our performance and the Audio/Visual and Lighting display in last year’s general session made it a very easy decision to sponsor this year’s conference. We made some great contacts that have directly turned into new business because of MPI | SEC. We are looking at duplicating that success again this year with a completely different and daring look. MPI | SEC is the perfect avenue to show off our company to such a terrific audience.

I Unlock My Ingenuity by… surrounding myself with the best of the best. Creative Staging Services has some of the best creative minds and technicians in the Audio/Visual and Lighting Industry. We also have some amazing clients that depend and trust us to do what’s not only best for them, but for ourselves as well.  We stay on the cutting edge of technology and push the limits of that technology to help create unforgettable experiences that leaves attendee’s in awe. We have adopted a Partnership instead of a tradition client/vendor kind of relationship. It is this “True Partnership” approach with all of our clients that makes us just as vested in an event as they are. If our partners succeed, we succeed. If we succeed, our partners succeed. This approach allows us to not only to gain the respect and trust of our clients, but from our peers in the industry.

Midori ConnollyMeet Our Featured Speaker

Midori Connolly

AVGirl Productions

As a speaker, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… for many, many years I have been impressed with the SEC and have always wanted to participate in the innovation first-hand. I can think of no better way to be a part of such a cool event than by sharing my knowledge and passion for technology with other attendees. After a decade of exploration and adventure (sometimes misadventure) in the event technology sector, I am excited to be able to share all the tips, tricks and shortcuts for A/V, webcasting/streaming, mobile apps, wifi/bandwidth and other event tech that I’ve acquired over the years.

I Unlock My Ingenuity by… being a pioneer. I’ve never accepted the status quo as absolute. Though it may seem reckless to push boundaries, when it’s grounded by research, learning and asking about a million questions, it really becomes more of a scientific process. I accept that occasionally failure will happen, and I’ve learned that it’s ok as long as a lesson is gained from the experience. When it comes to technology, a bold and adventurous spirit is the best way to get the most out of an experiment. Don’t adhere to the old tenets of science and technology being for a geek in a lab coat and embrace the adventure…not only for the end, but for the journey along the way!

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Game on! Dispelling the Myths of Gamification

Tara Liaschenko

(Written by guest blogger, Tara Liaschenko)

SEC Attendees you better get ready…get set… and game on! If you haven’t yet heard about gamification, you’re about to embark on a journey that will turn your meetings and events upside right. For those of you that have heard about gamification, you may be caught up in the misconceptions or preconceived notions.

So let me go on record to dispel all that jazz and get you on the gamification band wagon.

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