Geared for Growth:

 Your Missouri Meetings & Events Spring 2017 St. Louis Regional Expo is the place to be!

Mark a prominent spot on your calendar for the next MM&E St. Louis Regional Expo! Be sure to join us May 8 and 9, 2017, at the state-of-the-art St. Charles Convention Center.

Our theme—“Geared for Growth”—emphasizes that many moving parts must go into planning any enterprise, in particular a successful meeting or event. Some parts are people, including members of your organization interfacing and working with other industry professionals, be they peers in planning… or vendors, from a face painter to a fine hotel. By gearing up for growth, we are making sure the work we do for our companies or clients is seamless and transparent. You don’t need to know how a luxury auto or fine watch work, only that together they’ll get you where you need to be, on time.

As you may have experienced at our previous Expos, we have a full slate of compelling speakers, along with educational sessions, exhibitors, products and services… all enhanced by some of the finest food and networking opportunities you’ll find in the St. Louis metro. You’ll meet representatives from the region’s most interesting and innovative meetings venues, hotels, resorts, destinations, and most any professional product or service provider. One evening, you’ll enjoy the chance to dialogue with them during our MEET® Business Exchange session.

As our guests attest, year after year… whenever you take part in an MM&E Expo, important business partnerships are formed, creative events ideas are built, and lasting relationships are forged!


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Jeff Arthur – Founder of TVC

The Values Conversation – What really counts in life and leadership
Have you ever thought about why we make the decisions we make? Or why we react the way we react to different situations or people? Have you ever noticed that there are some people you instantly can’t stand to be around and other people you feel like you’ve known forever right after meeting them? Every organization can benefit from a reminder (or discovery) of their vision, mission and values. When ALL the team members embrace them, wonderful things happen. Jeff Arthur, founder of The Values Conversation, is a sought-after keynote speaker and one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on leadership and executive coaching. He has been identified by Small Business Monthly Magazine as one of the “Top 100 People to Know in Business in St. Louis.”




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Johnny Danrich III, CMP, CASE – Danrich & Associates, LLC

How to work with Meeting Planners, Hotels & CVB’s
Danrich will cover the interworking’s of the naturally conflicted relationship between these industry partner personalities. You will learn practical ways to negotiate better outcomes. You’ll hear how a CVB and Hotel can sweeten the deal for your next meeting. Sales and marketing staff of hotels and CVB’s will hear exactly what planners are looking for in the interactive exchange and fast paced session.



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Christopher Havens – CTO and Founder of Capture Technologies

Virtual Field Trip with Capture Technologies
Experience a detailed tour of the onsite technology deployed at this year’s Missouri Meetings & Events Expo along with the benefits it can bring to your event. Learn how to leverage technology to create a better experience and analyze data to make better decisions. Topics covered will include check-in and badging, session scanning, RFID monitoring, lead retrieval, and event analytics. You get to see it all in action from a leader in the industry.





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Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, HMCC,

Breaking the Code to Healthcare Compliance
This session is helpful for those who devote a major portion of their time to planning and arranging medical/ healthcare meetings. Suppliers such as hotels, convention centers, audio visual companies, trade show/ exhibit companies, restaurants, and any other providers of support products and services should also understand their client’s expectations and how they can provide data analytics that respond to government regulations. Author Pat Schaumann is senior director of health-care compliance for Maritz Travel and is a principal instructor of the HMCC program. She previously served as  MPI’sdirector of professional development, healthcare sector.


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