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2013 Preliminary Program 




General Session Keynote Speaker:

Jim Davidson

Date: April 23, 2013 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Topic: Power of Partnership


Featured on the national TV show "I Shouldn't Be Alive" ("Killer Crevasse" episode on Animal Planet)

Jim Davidson can help you rally your resilience to reach your summits in business and life!

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Advance registration is complimentary for qualified meeting and event professionals through Monday, April 22, 2013. The registration fee is $25 starting April 23.

HSMAI’s MEET Mid-America  – How those behind the meetings stay ahead!

As the meeting and event-planning industry’s premier show, HSMAI's MEET Mid-America brings a new name – and a new vision – to the business of connecting planners with the right resources and suppliers to move their meetings and events forward.

Organized by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), the 2013 MEET Mid-America will attract 800 planning professionals from organizations of every size, plus 100 exhibitors, representing hotels, resorts, inns, convention and visitors bureaus, technology suppliers, food and equipment providers, and more.


New Features to Forge New Relationships


As professionals dedicated to people-to-people connections, planners can settle for nothing less than state-of-the-art meeting features to forge stronger, surer, more profitable business relationships. And HSMAI's MEET Mid-America delivers, connecting:


Industry Experts  to Planning Professionals: HSMAI's MEET Mid-America’s comprehensive educational programs, planners from novice to executive hone their skills and develop new ones with hands-on learning specifically designed to save participants’ time, cut their costs, and increase their productivity. Case studies and practical demonstrations get learners out of their seats and into real-life applications. The take-away tips, tools, and techniques in these sessions alone make HSMAI's MEET Mid-America the year’s can’t miss conference. And, featuring HSMAI's MEET On breaks the boundaries of time by webcasting selected sessions and updating them throughout the year.


Planning Professionals  to Supplier Partners: To foster better business-building relationships and in addition to a more traditional tradeshow environment, HSMAI's MEET National, introduces HSMAI's TEEM Up, matching relevant supplier partners with interested attendees in a series of brief, one-to-one appointments. Just as its name implies, HSMAI's TEEM Up works like a tradeshow in reverse – a win-win efficiency for time-crunched attendees and exhibitors alike. HSMAI's MEET doesn’t stop there in providing alternate ways to connect meeting planning professionals with supplier partners. The Attendee Concierge will pre-schedule one-to-one appointments for the planning professional with supplier partners during the traditional trade show hours. And HSMAI's MEET Mid-America 2013 also features an Exhibitor Concierge, an experienced, full-time HSMAI staffer dedicated in helping suppliers make business-boosting connections before, during, and after the event. Then, last but not least, there is Facetime - a powerful, online, self-scheduling tool for both the planning professional and the supplier partner to use.


Planning Professionals to Planning Professionals: Whether you’re a corporate, government, association, or independent planner – with a budget large or small – you’ll network with fellow meeting and event professionals to swap ideas and learn from others’ successes. At HSMAI's MEET Mid-America you’ll take home tips for budgeting, negotiating, marketing, and more, all from colleagues who share your perspective.meetings budget in excess of $1 million annually.




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