MM&E Expo to Welcome Planners, Suppliers, Exhibitors This Fall

October 2, 2013

It’s official… Missouri Meetings & Events’ 2013 Kansas City Expo is on the way! Prepare to broaden your business portfolio and make new connections on November 12 and 13, 2013, at the newly updated and renovated Kansas City Marriott Downtown. You’ll join colleagues and potential business partners from around the state as you forge key relationships and learn new ways to make your events stand out.

MM&E Expos are a proven formula for bigger, better business. Attendees consistently remark that the speakers, sessions and exhibitors provide ample ideas and inspiration to help them take events to a higher level. For an idea of what to expect from the Kansas City Expo, take a look at some of our survey responses following the spring 2013 St. Louis show:

Questions asked of planners:
How would you rate the overall educational value of MM&E Expo? 4.46 points out of 5
Did you learn something new at the Expo? 100%: Yes
Was attending the Expo worth your investment? 97%: Yes
Did you experience new properties and services at the Expo? 94%: Yes

Questions asked of exhibitors:
How would you rate the overall educational value of MM&E Expo? 4.27 points out of 5
Did you meet new planners at the Expo? 94%: Yes
How would you rate the quality of planers at the Expo? 4.38 points out of 5
Did you book business on the Expo floor? 88%: Yes or possibly

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Jessica Gatewood, Dave Gillette
Event Fundraising & New Technology Overview

Missouri Meetings & Events is thrilled to introduce you to two experts in auction automation, Jessica Gatewood, Area Director at BidPal, and Dave Gillette who will provide you with cutting edge trends for nonprofits. In this seminar you will learn about the silent auction industry, technology trends, best practices, future industry trends and new ways to increase your nonprofit clients’ revenue. Did you know that nonprofits can leverage technology to add incremental sponsorship revenue? Have you heard about how nonprofits are opening the auction to “anyone” outside of the event and charging a virtual ticket fee to participate?

Make sure to join us to discover how technology provides real-time reporting and post-event analytics in this seminar on event fundraising and the new technology that is changing the game for nonprofits.


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Anne Churchill
Meetings & Events 101

You know the basics of meeting planning – but do you really know how to implement your planning process effectively and efficiently? This fast-paced, interactive session will help you better understand the fundamentals of meeting and event planning. Learn the tips and tools necessary to save you and your organization both time and money. You’ll leave this session with resources that will make your job easier and help you achieve personal and professional success.

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Jillian Richardson
Emcee / Event producer /Promoter

Join your Emcee Jillian Richardson as she kicks off this year’s Missouri Meetings & Event Expo with the New Age of Meeting & Events! She will apply her fresh, lively and always impeccable emcee talents to keep us on schedule and entertained. She is working on her Masters in Communications from University of Missouri Saint Louis with expected graduation date of 2014. Some of the titles won by Jillian include Miss Hannibal, Miss Metro St. Louis 2013 and recently was awarded first place in the interview portion of the 2013Miss Missouri Pageant which took place June 5-8, in Mexico Missouri.

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