MM&E Kansas City Regional Expo to welcome planners, suppliers, exhibitors this fall

August 28, 2014

The date has been set! Plan to register and attend Missouri Meetings and Event’s Kansas City 2014 Regional Expo this September 24 and 25 at the Marriott Kansas City Downtown Hotel. If you are in the events or hospitality industry, this is an
event you do not want to miss. 

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. In this day and age of increased competition in the hospitality and event industries, this is an excellent way to get a step ahead of your competitors! See what amazing things others have been saying about MM&E’s St. Louis expo this past spring:

“Very interesting and informative expo.”
“Every year gets better.”
“First time attended-great information and
great ideas. Will attend again.”
“First time, great! Great location, really nice
staff and event personnel.”
“Great event!”

Day One 
Wednesday, September 24
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Setup and Planner Registration
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Educational Session
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Educational Session
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Planner reception hosted by Marriott Kansas City Downtown
Hotel. This reception is for planners only.
Includes food, drinks, and a tour of the hotel and meeting
space. Remember to bring copies of your RFP for a more accurate
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Missouri Meetings & Events Expo opening reception and
MEET® Business Exchange (all welcome).
Spend some extra time with the suppliers and service providers
of your choice. MEET® Business Exchange offers you
face-to-face appointments with six suppliers. Planners who
complete the full MEET® Business Exchange session receive a
free gift card! Enjoy an evening of food, drinks, business networking
and entertainment. Register early; space is limited!

Day Two
Thursday, September 25
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Exhibitor Setup and Planner Check-In
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
General Session
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Exhibit Area Open
Prize Drawings, Networking
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Educational Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Exhibit Area Open
Prize Drawings and Networking
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Closing Remarks and Farewell Reception
Grand Finale Prize Drawings

To get your wheels turning, click HERE for a sampling of the high-quality organizations you can expect to see at the Kansas City Expo.

Here are some of the experienced industry voices you can expect to learn from at this year’s Expo. Stay tuned for additional presenters and topics.

Ronnie-BurtRONNIE BURT, President & CEO of the Kansas City Convention & Visitor Association, will be speaking on the topic of “The New Kansas City”. Get up close and personal with an overview of Kansas City’s $6.5 billion revitalized downtown—including a shining eight-block entertainment district, downtown streetcar, new LEED-certified Silver Grand Ballroom, stunning art galleries, performance venues and more. No wonder Lonely Planet recently named Kansas City, Missouri, one of its Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2014.

IMG_1359LEEKY BEHRMAN, Author of “The Choices We Make: A Memoir about Surviving and a Journey to Love and Happiness”, will be leading a presentation on industry downturns and losses, business closures, budget cuts, layoffs and more. These terms are starkly familiar to us all. Serious challenges in today’s business environment are a reality for every company, including those in the event industry. So knowing how to cope with setbacks in a spirit of resilience can mean the difference between success and failure. Inspiring messages of strength and hope in the midst of loss can help keep us on the road to personal and professional growth.

PATRICK TUTTLE Joplin CVBPATRICK TUTTLE: Director of the Joplin CVB, will be speaking on Eliminating Crisis in Event and Meeting Planning. This topic focuses on how to stay vigilant to the key elements of any planning effort – Time, Objective, Attendance, Limitations, Location and Conflicts. Participants will learn the Crisis Prevention Model which, when applied to event management, will help pinpoint areas where crisis will most likely occur so focused planning can save the day.


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ANITA PARRAN: Principal of KK Charles Communications LLC, will lead an interactive session about selecting meeting themes and designing cost-effective yet engaging invitations and agendas. Participants will work in groups and pool their creativity to fashion simple and fun, meeting invitations that
are cost-effective and thematic agendas. Each group will be provided a “bag of tricks” and instructions in order to complete this hands-on assignment-and an opportunity to share their ideas with all session participants.

Det.TrentKoppelTRENT KOPPEL: Detective in the St. Louis area,  office or conference center, corporate or nonprofit – every workplace setting carries the potential
for safety and security problems, and the event industry is no exception.
We should always be mindful of our own safety and our coworkers’, especially deep in this age of information technology, where carelessness can lead to identity theft, physical danger, financial harm and more.

Click HERE to see a list of the Expo’s Sponsors!

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