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June 14, 2018 MICE No Comments Email Email

Following the successful inaugural launch of Connect Expo Leadership Summit, Connect announces the second annual Expo Leadership Summit to take place at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort in Hawaii, May 21-23, 2019. “As we look to broaden our reach, we are committed to achieving more diversity in all that we do,” said Steven Hacker, executive director of Connect Expo. “We value diversity in nonprofit association communities and will strive to achieve more balance in ethnicities, color and gender.”

“The Expo Leadership Summit is a great example of what we stand for—making meaningful connections by bringing together the top level organizers and suppliers,” said Chris Collinson, president of Connect. “Everyone leaves the event with the ability to make our industry even stronger.”

An intimate, selective group of organizers and suppliers attended Connect Expo on May 23-24, 2018. The two-day event featured education sessions, networking events and roundtables. Sessions were self-directed and included topics, such as “Identifying Emerging Industry Trends” and “The Impact of AI on the Events Industry.”

“I was extremely impressed with the Connect Expo Leadership Summit.  The event was well-executed,” said Mark White, senior vice president of sales at Visit Salt Lake. “And most importantly, the networking and content shared among the senior level participants was pertinent and valuable.”

“Connect Expo Leadership Summit in Hawaii was an incredible opportunity to network and share best practices with industry experts and develop new relationships in a beautiful environment,” said Mike Grant of Reed Exhibitions. “I found it truly rewarding and came away with valuable ideas and new business contacts. A great event!”

Those in attendance included:

Mike Carlucci Clarion
Marty Glynn MAD Event Management LLC
Elena Grant Taffy Event Strategies
Mike Grant Reed Exhibitions
Lori Jenks Emerald Expositions
Tom Mitchell Messe Dusseldorf North America


Tiffany Andrews Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Aaron Bludworth Fern
Paul Buchheit MGM Resorts International
Ed Coffey Reno Tahoe USA
Chuck Elias Sciensio (Eventbot)
Bruno Giaccio MetroMultimedia
Mark White Visit Salt Lake

Steven Hacker, former president of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, took part in this year’s event as both moderator and the new executive director of Connect Expo. “As far as Connect is concerned, we don’t distinguish between the value of suppliers and planners,” said Hacker. “They are co-equals and together contribute to successful events.”

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