2018 SISO Leadership Sponsors


Visit Orlando

Visit Orlando
Fred Shea, Senior Vice President, Sales, and Services
6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Ste. 400
Orlando, FL  32821-8043

As the number one meetings destination in the country, Orlando offers a world of possibilities for unique one-of-a-kind meetings and events. From low-cost accessibility and top-rated convention center to a wide variety of hotels and world-class entertainment options, Orlando is an exciting gateway city for meetings of all sizes. Whether networking with colleagues at 400-feet up atop the new Orlando Eye or hosting a private company event in one of our world-class theme parks complete with a fire-breathing dragon, no other destination delivers excitement quite like Orlando. For inspiration and planning assistance, visit


Orange County Convention Center

Orange County Convention Center
Yulita Osuba, Deputy Director
PO Box 691509, Orlando, FL  32869-1509  USA


The award-winning Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), located in the heart of the Convention Center District and only fifteen minutes from the Orlando International Airport, provides a multitude of event options in two beautiful buildings – the West and North/South.  The OCCC is finding new ways to showcase the leadership and quality of service that has made the destination one of the most popular in the world, not only for tourism but for meetings and conventions.

Exhibitors, attendees and meeting planners alike acclaim the attention to detail provided by the OCCC, with a variety of facilities and services including over seven million square feet of combined meeting space, sophisticated amenities and world-class onsite providers.  The OCCC is consistently rated a top-tier convention center with incredible spaces, including the multipurpose Tangerine Ballroom, the newly remodeled Valencia Ballroom, the all-new Destination Lounge, the Sunburst signature meeting room with an outdoor terrace along with the Honeybell and Hamlin boardrooms.


The OCCC’s West Concourse boasts 1.1 million square feet of exhibition space, all on one level, supported by 97 covered loading docks.  This beautiful facility includes a total of 49 meeting rooms/141 breakouts, the 2,643-seat Chapin Theater, 160-seat lecture hall, 62,182-square foot multipurpose Valencia Room, a full-service restaurant, four food courts, one business center and 1,450 on-site parking spaces.

The North/South concourses are connected by the Oversight Pedestrian Bridge and provide 950,282 square feet of exhibition space, including two 92,000 square foot acoustically engineered general assembly areas. With its distinctive architecture and tropical ambiance, this facility includes 25 meeting rooms/94 breakout rooms, two full-service restaurants, four food courts, two business centers and 76 covered loading docks.

Hyatt Regency Orlando

Hyatt Regency Orlando
Sheri Swan, Director of Group Sales
9801 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

Plan your important meeting or event in the heart of Orlando, at the AAA Four Diamond, Hyatt Regency Orlando. Centrally located on International Drive, only 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport and minutes from theme parks, shopping, dining, and entertainment. Ranked by C-vent, Hyatt Regency Orlando is Florida’s No. 1 meetings hotel, plus we No. 11 in the U.S. 

Spacious accommodations include 1,641 guest rooms with 129 suites. For downtime enjoyment, your clients will enjoy two massive resort pools, a 24-hour StayFit Gym, full-service restaurants and a new 24-hour Market, a full-service spa & salon, and tennis courts.

Meeting space includes 315,000 square feet with five pillar-free ballrooms on the same level, 52,000 square feet of outdoor space, a 75,000 square foot rotunda for registration, and 105 breakout rooms. Your clients might also enjoy being at the only hotel that offers three direct bridges to all concourses at the second largest convention center in the U.S., the Orange County Convention Center.

When you’re ready to work and play - our boardrooms, pools, spa, and sunshine will be calling your name.

For more information and special offers, please contact visit


Co-Sponsors of Host


Terry E. Ross, Director of Sales and Marketing
9800 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819
407-685-7542    F: 407-685-9859
M: 321-202-9534


At gathering places across North America, Centerplate and our partner venues have been defining extraordinary experiences through thoughtful hospitality, expertly delivered, for more than 80 years.

Our strategic approach to hospitality creates tailored food and beverage programs, unique hospitality designs, rewarding event and retail services to deliver the type of one-of-a-kind, local authenticity that builds loyalty, reputation, and memories.

We have the distinct privilege to partner with over 300 premiere event venues across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom; annually serving more than 115 million guests.

We do more than welcome visitors- we help our clients and guests share a taste of the places and the moments they love.

The results are a reward in themselves. Whenever first-person connections matter, the hospitality partner of choice is Centerplate.

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando
Tim Swan, Director of Sales
6817 Westwood Blvd., Orlando, FL 32821    USA
407-370-1202             M: 407-361-4419

This is Where Energy, Diversity, and Purpose Meet. 

SeaWorld’s Orlando offers groups unique party venues in any of 3 amazing parks (SeaWorld, Aquatica, and our island escape Discovery Cove) that make a business gathering feel like an escape. No matter the size of the group, we have the spaces and services that will make any event feel intimate, exclusive and unexpected.

Pick from a variety of spectacular shows to fit your group size and schedule. Then move on to a dining experience you won’t find anywhere else, like Sharks Underwater Grill® – a stunning space that brings your guests alongside magnificent sea animals for a delicious meal in a relaxed atmosphere. These ocean-inspired experiences will keep everyone engaged and entranced.

And no one else in Orlando can top our thrills. Only at SeaWorld can you fly like a Manta ray, discover the mysteries of the deep dark oceans on Kraken® Unleashed (a Virtual Reality experience) or experience the energy and speed of the oceans fastest shark on Mako, Orlando’s tallest fastest and longest coaster.

Your experience with us matters.

SeaWorld® strives to inspire guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. Beyond being one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 31,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.

For more information on our group opportunities, visit our website or contact us by email at or call 407-363-2254.


Platinum Sponsors

AFR Trade Show Furnishings

AFR Trade Show Furnishings

Jose Lopez, VP Trade Show Division
720 Hylton Rd.| Pennsauken, NJ 08110
856-406-1200    M: 917-560-3957|

The AFR Difference

AFR® Event Furnishings offers exquisite furniture and accessory rentals for special events including red carpet events, weddings, corporate meetings, conferences, and trade shows nationwide.

AFR® has made its mark in the hospitality and event industry by providing unique, upscale furniture and accessory rentals to the social, red carpet, corporate, conference and trade show event professional. Our creativity and service strengths combined with our expansive inventory make us a go-to resource that many leading industry companies readily rely on for event furniture rentals.

Immerse yourself in AFR’s versatile lounge and event furniture collections including café and bar tables, occasional seating, lighted cubes, carpets, chairs, event tables and bars, accessories, trend-forward outdoor furniture, and occasional tables in traditional to modern styles.

Need event furniture rentals in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago, New York City, Dallas, or anywhere else in the United States? Our event furniture rental division services all major cities across the United States.


Aaron Bludworth
645 Linn Street
Cincinnati, OH  45203
M: 513-257-1987

Fern is an exhibition and event marketing support provider that empowers organizations to grow relationships between their audiences and brands.

With offices and personnel located from coast to coast, we are among the top three service contractors in North America serving more than 1,100 expositions and events annually. Fern is an experienced partner with market insight, venue knowledge and nationwide relationships to help you navigate any city.

As one of the largest service contractors in North America, Fern is best known for its personalized approach to service. Our experienced team is dedicated to first understanding our client’s objectives, specific to each event, and the broader goals of the client organization. This attitude toward understanding, and then serving, extends to how we engage and serve exhibitors, sponsors, and other event participants. As a result of our personalized approach to service, we deliver the event experience and results that are the most important to each client and participant.

Exhibitor Services

We understand that organizations that invest in exhibiting at a trade show do so because face-to-face marketing is the most powerful method of building client relationships and generating new sales opportunities.

We also recognize that exhibiting at trade shows typically involves some degree of complexity. There are many details for an exhibitor to coordinate in order to achieve their objectives. Fern will make the exhibiting experience a positive one for your exhibitors through our personal approach to service.

Exhibitor Solutions

At Fern, we are extremely service-focused when working with your exhibitors. We understand that our performance is a direct reflection on your show. With the utmost of care, Fern offers comprehensive exhibitor services from custom exhibit rentals to graphics, to installation & dismantling services. Our teams will help create effective exhibits and provide attentive on-site services, leaving your exhibitors with a positive experience and the ability to create the right selling environment.


Terry E. Ross, Director of Sales and Marketing
9800 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819
407-685-7542    F: 407-685-9859
M: 321-202-9534


At gathering places across North America, Centerplate and our partner venues have been defining extraordinary experiences through thoughtful hospitality, expertly delivered, for more than 80 years.

Our strategic approach to hospitality creates tailored food and beverage programs, unique hospitality designs, rewarding event and retail services to deliver the type of one-of-a-kind, local authenticity that builds loyalty, reputation, and memories.

We have the distinct privilege to partner with over 300 premiere event venues across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom; annually serving more than 115 million guests.

We do more than welcome visitors- we help our clients and guests share a taste of the places and the moments they love.

The results are a reward in themselves. Whenever first-person connections matter, the hospitality partner of choice is Centerplate.

Metro Multimedia

METRO Multimedia
Bruno Giaccio, CEO and Managing Partner
52 Forest Ave., 2nd Floor
Paramus, NJ  07652
M: 201-734-1304

At Metro Mmultimedia we have found it to be profoundly clear that the future of tradeshows was moving beyond the physical event space and while producing events was a major value we saw that a marketing effort was needed to become a true extension of our clients brand. Our concept is to transform an AV rental company into a digital media partner. We at Metromultimedia want to help show organizers capture sponsor dollars through media outlets that have been untouched.

Whether it is equipment rentals, video production or any digital media needs let MetroMultiMedia be your one stop shop. Our dedicated staff will work with you through every facet of your trade show, event or multimedia presentation. We are here to partner with you in any digital media platform you may need.

At MetroMultiMedia your vision is our reality!


SMG Convention and Exhibition Centers
Gregg Caren, Executive Vice President
300 Conshohocken State Road, Suite 770
West Conshohocken, PA 19428
P: +1-610-729-7922 

SMG manages more than 70 world class convention and exhibition venues worldwide, providing professional services for your next convention, trade show or special event. For 37 years, consistent service has given confidence in selecting SMG venues. SMG is a long-standing SISO partner, whose members enjoy one-stop shopping through our National Sales Office. Your peers often use our exclusive electronic SITEPAS lead system to shop our venues confidentially for new locations for existing shows and launches of new ones. Responses on availability and pricing in as little as 24-48 hours. We look forward to working with you at our newest sister properties including Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center and the brand new Cleveland Convention Center & Global Center for Health Innovation.

SMG Companies


Cobo Center
Greg DeSandy, Director of Sales & Event Services
M: 313-269-1524

Cobo Center originally opened in 1960. Since that time the facility has gone through several transformations including the most recent $279 million dollar reimagination completed in 2015. With 723,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 100 meeting rooms and flexible public spaces totaling more than 200,000 this attractive facility is positioned as a fantastic destination for conventions, meetings and events. Highlights include SMG and Centerplate management, scenic location on the banks of the Detroit River, central location in an emerging destination, complimentary hi-speed wireless internet access, progressive sustainable practices and an unmatched potential for branding. We look forward to hosting the 2019 SISO Leadership Conference in August 2019.


Fort Lauderdale Broward County

Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center
Renee Browning, Assistant GM
1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida,  33316  
M:  954-595-4922

Prime Exhibit Space:  200,000 sq. ft
Halls & Floors:  4 halls, 1 floor
Breakout Rooms:  31 (46,200 sq. ft.)

In-House Services:  Food & Beverage Catering, Electrical & Plumbing, High-Speed Internet (Wired & Wi-Fi), Telecommunications, Event Security, Audio-Visual Production

Located in the heart of the “Yachting Capital of the World,” the 600,000-square-foot Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center presents opportunities for meetings and conventions that are second-to-none. The award-winning facility is situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, providing guests with a window into the world-renowned vacation destination of Fort Lauderdale, the ultimate backdrop for meeting planners around the globe seeking locations that are ideal for work and play. Featuring state-of-the-art amenities, first-class service, convenient access to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, and proximity to downtown Fort Lauderdale’s finest shopping, dining, outdoor activities and cultural attractions, the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center offers exceptional quality and unparalleled value in one of the world’s leading year-round leisure and meeting destinations. 


McCormick Place

McCormick Place
Moira O'Brien, Director of Sales
M: 312-907-2401

Chicago's McCormick Place, the premier convention facility in North America. Located just minutes from downtown Chicago, McCormick Place attracts close to 3 million visitors each year. McCormick Place is comprised of four state-of-the-art buildings: the North and South Buildings, the West Building and Lakeside Center. Together, they form what many consider to be the economic engine that powers the entire convention and tradeshow industry. McCormick Place is committed to creating a great experience for every person, every time!

The size and versatility of McCormick Place are impressive:

• 2.6 million sq. ft. of exhibit halls
• 1.3 million square feet all on one level
• 170 meeting rooms
• 600,000 square feet of meeting room space
• 6 ballrooms, 2 of which are the largest in the city
• Assembly seating for 18,000 people
• 4,249 seat theater (Arie Crown)
• 3 theaters seating 300 each
• Ceiling heights up to 50 feet
• Easy access to 5,800 parking spaces

In addition, an expansive series of pedestrian promenades and sky bridges link the entire campus. The Grand Concourse connecting South and North and the Central Concourse in West are also locations for retail shops, cafes, restaurants and other visitor amenities.

The four-star Hyatt Regency McCormick Place easily answers the hotel needs of event organizers by offering 1,258 renovated sleeping rooms, sweeping Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan views, Hyatt Grand Beds & Plug Panels, 6 restaurants including In Room Dining, and additional meeting and event space

The four-star Marriott Marquis Chicago made its grand debut to the Chicago skyline in September 2017, the hotel spans 40 stories overlooking the world-class setting of Lake Michigan, downtown Chicago and South Loop. The hotel features 1,205 stylish guest rooms and suites, with over 93,000 square feet of elegant event space, including two 25,000-square-foot ballrooms. Feast on American cuisine in their signature restaurant, Woven & Bound, or enjoy a quick but savory meal at 2121 Pantry.


NRG Park

Barbara Beaton, Director of Sales
One NRG Park, Houston, TX  77054
Direct: 832-667-1743
Main:  832-667-1400                                                 
M: 832-250-3540

At 2.1 million gross square feet, NRG Park (formerly Reliant Park) is Houston’s premier tradeshow, convention, entertainment, and sports complex hosting more than 500 events every year including the Offshore Technology Conference, the Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market, and numerous annual trade shows and consumer shows.

Encompassing over 350 acres and featuring 26,000 on-site parking spaces, NRG Park consists of major facilities including NRG Center (706,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space), NRG Stadium (125,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space) and NRG Arena (350,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space).

NRG Center offers over 706,000 square feet of single-level contiguous exhibit space divisible into 11 halls, with 59 meeting rooms, 2 major conference centers, 110 loading docks and a 400,000 sq. ft. marshaling area with easy drive-in convenience.

For more information or to book your next event at NRG Park, please contact Barbara Beaton at 832.667.1743 or


Oklahoma Convention Center

Oklahoma Convention Center
123 Park Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Donna Wilson, Senior Sales Manager
D: 405-297-8907     M: 405-8900  x 8907
M: 405-308-8476                   

New. Since 1993, Oklahoma City has seen more than $5 billion of public and private investment in quality-of-life projects and improvements throughout the city. That urban renaissance has created a city buzzing with activity.

Convenient. Our central location means we’re easy to get to no matter where your attendees are coming from. Our airport is large enough to have the direct flights and easy connections you want, but small enough to navigate easily. With 22 nonstop flights to 19 destinations in the U.S., including West and East Coast cities, getting to Oklahoma City is a breeze. And Will Rogers World Airport is conveniently located less than 15 minutes from downtown.

Walkable. Downtown Oklahoma City is delightfully walkable. With our convention center just steps away from a number of hotels, major attractions and the many restaurants and entertainment options in the Bricktown Entertainment District, everything you need for a successful meeting is in one convenient location; no buses necessary.

Friendly. OKC is a town of friendly folk. With a metro population of 1.2 million, we’re large enough to enjoy the culture, cuisine, attractions a modern metropolis. We just never lost our Oklahoma charm. We’re all of the hustle without all of the hassles.

Unexpected. The Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River is a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site and home to USA Canoe/Kayak. It’s also home to some wonderfully unique meeting space at the Chesapeake Boathouse, Devon Boathouse and Chesapeake Finish Line Tower, with gorgeous views of the Oklahoma River and downtown. Didn’t expect that in OKC? We hear it all the time. This is just one of the ways in which Oklahoma City consistently surprises, delights and exceeds expectations and amenities you’d expect in Oklahoma.


Pennsylvania Convention center

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Russell R. Kice, CMP, CEM, HMCC, Senior National Sales Manager
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
D: 215-418-4755     M: 215-418-4700

The Pennsylvania Convention Center, located in the heart of center city Philadelphia, offers over one million square feet of meeting and exhibit space and provides best-in-class experiences for meetings, trade shows, and conventions. Our award-winning Convention Center offers the largest contiguous exhibit space in the northeastern United States with 528,000 square feet and has the largest convention center ballroom on the east coast and is home to a $4 million dollar art collection all within our state of the art LEED Gold certified facility.

Our dynamic and walkable downtown is filled with shopping, restaurants, arts & culture, nightlife, and history. We offer a convention attendee package unsurpassed by any other destination.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is thrilled to host SISO and show you first hand why you should consider Philadelphia for your next event!


Reno Sparks Convention Center

Reno- Sparks Convention Center

4001 S. Virginia St. Ste G, Reno, Nevada 89502   USA
M:  775-219-1496

Reno Tahoe is a four-season resort destination with luxurious hotel rooms, award-winning brewpubs, and nationally-recognized eateries. With more than 1 million sq. ft. of meeting space, the region’s great value and amenities create a relaxing yet productive environment.

The 500,000 sq. ft. Reno-Sparks Convention Center is just minutes away from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and within walking distance of more than 2,000 rooms. With more than 380,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space, 53 meeting rooms, area Wi-Fi, and a delicious assortment of catering options, the convention center is perfect for both large conventions and medium-sized association events.

Reno Tahoe is at the forefront of a high-tech revolution, with more than $7 billion of investment from companies such as Tesla, Apple, and Switch, promising to lift the region for years to come. Business development and relocation are also fueling increased air service, driving the addition of 14 new nonstop flights to Reno Tahoe recently.

With Lake Tahoe, just a 40-minute drive from downtown Reno, opportunities for pre- and post-convention activities are accessible and abundant. To find out how to get the most out of your next meeting go to


Salt palace

Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace
Dan Hayes , General Manager
100 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT  84101  USA
M: 801-557-5833

Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the Salt Palace Convention Center is the perfect place for meetings of any size or occasion. From full-facility conventions to one-room meetings, our staff will provide the highest level of service and attention to detail. The Salt Palace Convention Center is an integral part of the vibrant downtown scene that can make your next event unforgettable.

The Salt Palace has been at the current location since 1969, but has undergone extensive renovation and reconstruction during that time to provide a modern facility capable of hosting a wide variety of events. Our staff and service providers seek to exceed your expectations. Our S.O.A.R. initiative is an in-house program that reaches out to serve the community and protect the environment while focusing on safety and excellent service to our clients.

Gold Sponsors

a2z Inc

a2z, Inc.
10320 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400
Columbia, MD 21044

a2z provides powerful cloud-based event management and marketing tools that grow your brand by accelerating booth sales, helping boost revenue, and enhancing engagement and value for event participants. a2z's solutions are used by 1000+ leading trade shows and conferences across the globe every year. More than 45% of the TSE Gold 100 and TSNN Top 250 Events leverage a2z's innovative web and mobile solutions.

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ASP, Inc.
Melissa Ooi, Executive Vice President
6705 S. Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119

ASP put simply, are tradeshow and consumer show website specialists. Providing a powerful, but user-friendly content management system (SHOWOFF) allowing clients to update and develop an effective online business model. ASP offers strategic advice on integrating new technologies and best practice into your online marketing campaigns. ASP has been building websites and developing brands for show producers, big and small, for over 20 years, with a global presence in Las Vegas, London, and Sydney, allowing for a true understanding of your events online needs.



Jeff Ducate, President & CEO

Sam Spadavecchia, Director of Sales & Marketing

Bliss Beasley, CEM, Vice President
Expomarkit Media Group

CMAC is the premier transportation management services company serving trade shows, conventions, and corporate meetings throughout North America for over 44 years. Our experienced professionals have proven success for Transportation System Design and Management for everything from the largest conventions in the country to corporate meetings, airport meet & greets and VIP transfers.

Continuing to improve upon the attendee experience, CMAC has introduced a proprietary GPS and mobile tracking system that is revolutionizing the shuttle transportation industry! Attendees are able to download our App (or preferably to imbed it in the show’s app) and determine the nearest boarding
point location, while tracking buses in the system in real time.

CMAC’s division, Expomarkit Media Group continues to grow and expand. With a veteran team of industry experts and a proven menu of services, Expomarkit provides innovative and cost-affordable marketing solutions to enhance even the smallest exhibitor's exposure and experience, while generating revenue for the show. For shows with a limited staff, this provides a wonderful option to generate additional revenue that may not be otherwise realized, while providing services that are affordable to all.

Expomarkit’s fully turnkey services include Buyer’s Preview Deck pre-show mailer, Exhibitor Showcase distribution, Expo News Network, expoVu LED screens, Marquees in Motion shuttle advertising, En Route Shuttle Video, Adhesive Solutions, and Specialized Sponsorships.

If you want the best in event transportation, supreme shuttle tracking, and/or the ability to create an even better show experience for your exhibitors while generating additional show revenue, allow CMAC to provide an unsurpassed level of service to you, your attendees, and exhibitors.



Carrie Ferenac, President
3670 Maguire Blvd., Suite 220, Orlando, FL 32803
407-960-3967 | 407-259-9870

CNTV began in 2007 as the blending of two diverse forces: Marcelo Zolessi’s entrepreneurial spirit and Carrie Ferenac’s expertise in television news. Both recognized video marketing was undergoing explosive growth and they were prepared to be on the forefront. Their audience was right in their backyard; Orlando, Fla., is one of the largest convention hubs in the world.

CNTV quickly took off as Carrie and Marcelo formed relationships in the meetings industry and built a reputation for producing high-quality, engaging broadcast content. One of those relationships was with Bill Peeper, former president of the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau and co-author of “Managing Destination Marketing Organizations.” Bill joined CNTV as vice president of sales and his expertise to CNTV was pivotal in CNTV’s early successes, along with a reputation for delivering content the same day as the event. The combined effect was a powerhouse of industry savvy and video expertise that’s carried them forward to today.

“CNTV meets a need in a world where organizations must produce more visual marketing if they want to stay relevant,” Carrie says. “Just as importantly, we deliver fast.”

CNTV has experienced tremendous growth since Carrie and Marcelo’s first kitchen table brainstorm, but one thing remains the same: a dedication to quality and a passion for storytelling.

“The sky’s the limit,” Marcelo says. “I can’t wait to see where we go from here.”


Connections Housing

Connections Housing
Nancy Hallberg, Co-Owner
950 Scales Road, Ste 200
Suwanee, GA  30024
M: 404-358-7100

Celebrating 30 years in business, Connections surpasses industry standards in housing management.  Connections is based in Atlanta, Georgia, with support centers in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Washington, DC.  Our capable staff handles hotel contracting and flawlessly manages housing for events, both domestic and international, of all sizes.  Our impressive clientele includes several of the Trade Show Top 200, and features shows with an attendance of over 100,000.

Connections is the largest third-party licensee of Lanyon Passkey, the software most hotel chains license and prefer.  Our technical staff also develops ancillary software that enhances Passkey’s efficiency and helps us to customize a housing solution for our clients. Our most popular integration is our SmartBlock tool, designed to streamline exhibitor sub-block, meeting space and suite requests.  This electronic application consolidates exhibitor data and calculates hotel placement according to client-directed parameters.

Connections fosters an environment of collaboration and dedication in our workforce, focusing on customer service.  Our customized approach to the housing coupled with our enhanced customer service results in increased room night utilization.  As a revenue source for most event organizers, room night growth supports revenue growth.

In addition, Connections offers a suite of meeting planning services, including travel services through our ARC- certified travel department.  Travel services include airline ticketing and car rentals. We also employ a department of certified meeting planners that can manage all logistical aspects of any event, including audio-visual production, food and beverage budgeting, transportation and VIP services.

Our company’s goal is to provide clients with unmatched customer service, knowledge, and experience in reservation and housing management, combined with the latest technology needed to exceed the clients’ goals and expectations.  Our consistent business practices make Connections the best choice as your next housing partner.

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Custom Registration, Inc.
Tim Foster, President
2001 E Randol Mill Rd, Ste 135
Arlington, TX 76011
M: 817-366-8347

Custom Registration, Inc. (est. 1996) strives to provide a simplified registration process for trade shows with its E-commerce web application, RMS (Registration Management Suite).   RMS provides real-time access to data, detailed reports and exports for clients through its dashboard.  CRI provides full-service registration, including API integration.  Onsite CRI provides equipment, financial processing, reporting and onsite staff.  Bar-coded and RFID-enabled badges are used for lead retrieval, CEU tracking, attendance verification, and show floor analysis. 



Rob Hamlin, Regional Sales Director, Event
1765 Greensboro Station Place, 7th Floor, Tysons Corner, VA 22102  USA

Cvent, Inc. is a leading cloud-based event management company that was founded by Reggie Aggarwal in 1999 and is now headquartered in Tysons Corner, VA.  Having grown to nearly 28,000 customers and 2,500 employees worldwide, with 800 of those being technology staff and 700 being customer support, Cvent is considered one of the top partners in the event industry. Cvent offers an integrated platform solution for the full spectrum of the event lifecycle, including online event registration, venue selection, abstract management, event mobile apps, e-mail marketing, onsite badging, attendee tracking, and reporting/analytics. For more information, please visit, or connect with us on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn


Aidan Augustin, Co-Founder
102 SW 6th St.  
Gainesville, FL 32601-6276

Feathr is a data-driven marketing platform specifically designed for exhibition organizers. Feathr helps you organize your disparate sources of audience data, analyze it to surface meaningful insights, and deliver personalized messaging across multiple channels. From website analytics to social listening, programmatic advertising to referral marketing, Feathr maximizes your online reach to grow both attendance and sponsorship.



The Freeman Companies
Steve Anderson, Executive Vice President, Business Development
6555 W Sunset Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89118  USA

Freeman is the world’s largest brand experience company. We help our clients design, plan, and deliver immersive experiences for their most important audiences. Through comprehensive solutions including strategy, creative, logistics, digital solutions, and event technology, Freeman helps increase engagement and drive business results. What makes us different is our collaborative culture, intuitive knowledge, global perspective and personalized approach, gained from our 90 years as an industry leader. Freeman is a family owned company with 90+ locations worldwide, and over 7,000 employees, 2,000 of which are located outside of the US.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)
Chris Meyer, Vice President of Sales
3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV  89109  USA

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center.  With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area.

The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), located one block east of the Las Vegas Strip, encompasses approximately 3.2 million square feet with approximately 2 million square feet of exhibit space and more than 241,000 square feet of meeting space. The facility is one of the most modern and functional centers in the world.

In addition to exhibit and convention space, 144 meeting rooms handle seating capacities ranging from 20 to 2,500. A grand lobby and registration area (more than 225,000 square feet) efficiently link exhibiting of multiple events. In 2012, the Las Vegas Convention Center received AIPC Gold Certification from the International Association of Convention Centers, making it among the top convention centers in the world for management practices, policies, procedures, and customer service. The center hosts some of the largest and most recognized conventions in the world.

The LVCVA is embarking on a major economic development project, the Las Vegas Convention Center District, to expand and renovate the convention center. The 1.4 million-square-foot expansion will provide an additional 600,000 square feet of exhibit space and the accompanying meeting rooms, public areas, and service facilities. It will also provide a full renovation of the existing facility. This expansion will help Las Vegas maintain its status as the No. 1 trade show and convention destination for years to come.

The “Entertainment Capital of the World” has evolved tremendously in recent years and continues to capture the world’s attention as the one destination where nearly anything is possible and offers an experience to meet any taste or budget. Welcoming a record-breaking 42.9 million visitors in 2016, the destination boasts exceptional shopping, luxurious spas and a myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities.

With more than $17 billion dollars in projects announced or currently in the works, the destination continues to transform offering new resorts, amenities, and experiences. In 2017, Las Vegas welcomed its first major league professional team, the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, and in 2018 the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces and USL’s Las Vegas Lights FC will make their debuts. Another new offering in the destination includes Esports Arena Las Vegas, the Strip’s first dedicated esports arena. The culinary scene continues to be a comprehensive portfolio of new concepts and favorites including Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace, CHICA at The Venetian Las Vegas and Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar as part of the transformation of the Monte Carlo into the new Park MGM and NoMad hotels providing foodies an opportunity to experience world-class dining.

Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR, to experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android by visiting   To learn more about the LVCVA and the Las Vegas Convention Center District, visit

New Orleans Convention Center

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Tim Hemphill, Vice President
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA  70130
M: 407-920-1256

With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, a 65,000 square foot ballroom, 140 meeting rooms, a 4,000 seat and an award-winning staff, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is a consistent Top 10 host of the largest number of conventions and tradeshows annually.  Add over 25,000 hotel rooms and one of the world's most favored destination, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is a fit for any event.


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New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
Sallee Pavlovich, Director, National Accounts
2020 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA  70130

Consistently recognized as one of the top five DMOs in the United States, the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOCVB) is the driving force behind New Orleans' most important industry, tourism. For more than 50 years the NOCVB has helped to put on the ultimate events – from Super Bowl games to citywide meetings, medical specialties to fan clubs, the NOCVB has the tools to make sure your meeting reaches and exceeds your goals.

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, one of the largest and most technologically advanced convention facilities in the country, boasts 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space as well as meeting rooms, customizable ballroom and theater spaces.

From the French Quarter, the historic core of the city, to the burgeoning Bywater, Warehouse Arts District and Magazine Street, New Orleans is bustling with progress and innovation. This historic city, nearly 300 years in the making, with its rich and authentic culture, world-renowned cuisine and one-of-a-kind venues, is the perfect backdrop for events of all sizes. Let our way of life inspire your way of work. When you come to New Orleans, your ideas loosen up along with the rest of you.

Par Avion

Par Avion Meetings and Conventions
Toby Brenner, CEO
15901 Hawthorne Blvd., Ste. 440
Lawndale, CA  90260

All your convention housing and travel needs…one stop, one shop!


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Buttine Exhibition & Tradeshow Insurance
Jack Buttine, 
33 East 33rd Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY  10016  USA

Buttine Exhibition & Event Insurance has specialized in our business for over 30 years.

Many years’ show and event experience enable Buttine to broker Event Cancellation and Liability insurance to organizers of all types and sizes. 

ShowDown Event Cancellation has broad policy terms - including a range of Terrorism & CD options, and extraordinary claim service to single or multiple show organizers on a worldwide basis for up to three years.

Buttine provides Commercial General and Umbrella Liability insurance to organizers and exhibitors. 

Both Liability programs are bought online -; they also can be bought via an iPhone app.  The app is very helpful to exhibitors.

The Management Liability – D&O, Cyber Liabilty, Employment Practices and Fiduciary Liability, is the newest program for our industry.   

Management Liability – often referred to as D&O, includes coverage for alleged wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination.  Such claims are the most common ones filed against private companies.  This coverage is another form of ‘sleep insurance’ for owners, senior executives and managers.

SISO Members receive a discount.

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Visit Charlotte
Brant Henkel, CMP, National Sales Manager 
A division of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)     
500 South College Street, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC. 28202
P:  704-331-2705

Claiming a top spot on Forbes magazine’s list of “America’s fastest-growing cities” in 2016, the Queen City’s unmeasurable amenities—our friendly and welcoming attitude, our longstanding tradition of hometown pride—draw meeting planners to our door.

A hard-working banking town that enjoys letting loose, Charlotte’s community comes together over good food and cold brews, at gallery crawls and home games. In the heart of it, all is Center City, also known as Uptown. Seven miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport—the sixth busiest airport in the U.S.—this walkable business district houses the 550,000-square-foot Charlotte Convention Center, with 280,000 gross square feet of exhibit space. Over the next two years, the Convention Center will undergo a $110 million renovation to add 50,000 square feet of meeting space.

In addition to offering complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Convention Center, Visit Charlotte ensures planners take advantage of in-house perks like food and beverage services and preferred contractors. They can also help book multiple Charlotte venues, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which is connected to the Convention Center.

The Convention Center places attendees within an easy walking distance of Uptown’s hotels, restaurants, museums, and nightlife. In this compact district, there are more than 5,000 hotel rooms; another 2,000-plus rooms are slated to open in Center City by 2020. Adjacent to the facility is a Whole Foods and multiple stops for the city’s light rail system, connecting Uptown to nearby neighborhoods and suburbs.

To answer the city’s growth and such burgeoning meeting potential, the Convention Center itself will undergo a $110 million expansion from 2019 to 2020, adding to the already expansive facility 50,000 square feet of meeting space and a pedestrian walkway to the 700-room Westin Hotel.

These updates not only make Charlotte a prime meeting destination, but they also speak to the city’s undeniable energy. With numerous callouts from USA Today, Southern Living, Food + Wine, Meetings Today, Smart Meetings and more, Charlotte has solidified itself as a city on the rise. Learn more about the QC at .

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Choose Chicago
Darrell Baker, Vice President Sales, Trade Shows
301 East Cermak Road
Chicago, IL  60616-1490
p: 312-567-8573 | m: 202-725-3590

The Start of Great Meetings Start With Us
Chicago has great availability from now until 2019. Incentives available from McCormick Place and more than 70 hotel properties. Contact your Choose Chicago sales representative today.

Convention Data Services

Convention Data Services
Mara Kolter, Business Development Manager
7 Technology Park Drive
Bourne, MA  02532
T:  817-653-7617

Convention Data Services (CDS) is the trusted event registration, business intelligence, and lead capture partner servicing top show organizers worldwide. Headquartered in Bourne, Massachusetts, CDS has built multi-faceted solutions to engage attendees, deliver exhibitor ROI and provide actionable analytics for the events industry since 1986.


Deborah Burleson, Director of National Accounts
325 N. St. Paul St., Ste. 700
Dallas, TX  75201
M: 214-649-8715

Dallas is the top event and meeting destination in Texas so of course, there are plenty of BIG reasons to host your next meeting with us:

Dallas Delivers Affordability: Thanks to our strong economy, our labor rates are 27% lower than the national average. Combine that with our competitive hotel rates (ranked 22nd within the Top 25 markets, as defined by STR) and you will have a lot less event production costs and a lot more budget for attendee engagement and experience.

Dallas Delivers Easy Access: Two major airports provide daily direct flights to Dallas from 170 destinations around the world. Plus, Dallas is a stress-free 3.5-hour flight from almost anywhere in the nation, so your attendees can enjoy convenient and affordable access. Our DART light rail offers easy access from both airports to Downtown Dallas, and DART bus service, as well as the free McKinney Avenue Trolley and D-Link, get you to the hottest neighborhoods and attractions.

Dallas Delivers Entertainment: World-class dining, endless shopping, six professional sports teams and the largest urban arts district in the nation encourage days and nights full of adrenaline and excitement. With more than 20 vibrant entertainment areas, even your most diverse groups will be pleasantly surprised and satisfied.

Dallas Delivers Unbeatable Venues: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas offers a total of 2,000,000 sq ft, featuring 724,526 sq ft of contiguous exhibit space including a 203,000 sq ft column-free exhibit hall! Plus, with our array of exceptional event venues, from ballroom spaces to rooftops with killer views to unique museums that offer only-in-Dallas moments, your next event will be a BIG success.

Combine that with our continued investment in new developments, and you have plenty of BIG reasons to keep coming back to experience how Dallas Delivers for show organizers and attendees!


Delmay and Partners

Delmay And Partners

Elyse Kaplan, Director of Business Development
2131 Hollywood Boulevard; Suite 408
Hollywood, FL 33020  USA
D:  954-744-8396
M:  954-821-9156

For the past 15 years, Delmay and Partners has been consistently chosen by conference and show organizers as their official hotel partner. Led by our founders, Todd and Jeff Delmay, our company employs seasoned hospitality professionals possessing critical skill sets and intimate industry knowledge that immediately adds value to your events.

Delmay and Partners manages and executes stress-free and cost-effective event housing, (minimizing any negative exposure due to attrition) while servicing all attendees with hotel reservations directly through a secured link on your web/event sites. We streamline the process of selecting and contracting hotels, as well as managing room blocks, group sub-blocks, special needs, billing and more.

Our clients have come to expect not only our outstanding service but Quantum Reservations System™, our proprietary hotel booking technology that not only delivers safe, secure and seamless bookings; but is also setting new standards in the event housing industry.  

Delmay has and will consistently improve to remain at the forefront of our industry by providing unique solutions for our partners including:

  • Maximizing control and management of your hotel room blocks and pick up through the Quantum Reservations System™
  • Providing real-time access for event organizers
  • Delivering detail-rich reservation reporting every step of the way from event inception to completion (room nights, revenue, pick-up patterns etc.).          
  • Protecting your time and revenue investments by attracting the greatest attendance possible through our proven marketing process  
  • Providing discounted hotel rates through Delmay and Partners’ long-standing relationships with global hotel brands and hotel management companies.
  • Generating Economic Impact Data
  • Customizing our Quantum Reservations System™ technology to meet your growing needs

Event producers tap Delmay and Partners as their single source solution as no other competitor can match the extensive services, benefits and value we provide. We are proud of the work we do and the critical time we give back to show organizers so that you may remain focused on creating more interactive and memorable show experiences.

Delmay and Partners is looking forward to a fantastic week at SISO, building relationships, learning about your current challenges, future needs and becoming a resource for your continued success.


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Destination DC

Destination DC
Jennifer Rodrigues, National Sales Manager
901 7th Street NW Suite 400, Washington DC 20001

Experience the Washington, DC difference. As a knowledge hub in key sectors such as tech, biotech/pharma, education and medical, meeting in DC allows you to connect with thought leaders; grow your delegate base, sponsorship dollars, and exhibitor footprints; and gain a competitive advantage for your organization. With the sum of major development projects reaching $11.5 billion and over 4,500 new hotel rooms in the pipeline, there is always something new and notable in the nation’s capital. Host your next meeting or convention in the nation’s capital to wow guests with iconic monuments, memorials and museums, unique venues, vibrant neighborhoods and only-in-DC attractions. Washington, DC’s Michelin-starred restaurant scene will fuel your gatherings, and the local, national and international cultures of the city will inspire. For more information, visit


Jamie Murdock,Vice President, Sales
P: 1-240-383-6933
Perfecting the Event Experience®

Look to Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company, for consultation and full-service management of face-to-face trade shows, enthusiast shows, sporting events, expositions, and conferences. We understand they are a substantial part of your business. And as your partner, we assure they run smoothly from beginning to end while keeping your costs within budget and your ROI in focus. With Experient, you have access to unparalleled pre-show consultation, account management, on-site services, event technology and data analytics. Flexible and insightful consultation, event planning, site sourcing and contract negotiations, unified registration and housing, mobile apps, lead retrieval and behavioral analytics are scalable services that meet the diverse needs of any size event.
Simply put...when you work with Experient, your attendees, exhibitors, and stakeholders will realize exceptional value from their event experience. At Experient, we are perfecting event experiences that inspire people to achieve extraordinary business results!


Mark Brewster, 
Floor 12,  No. 1 Croydon 
12-16 Addiscombe Road
London, United Kingdom  CR0 0XT 
+44 (0)20 3818 8232

Explori is uniquely scalable platform allowing global exhibition organizers to capture high-quality audience feedback from any market in any language.

Combining intuitive, template driven, online surveys with research support and consultancy from event experts, Explori allows organizers to easily and cost-effectively create robust audience insight year after year.

With offices and support partners in London, Dubai, Germany, Hong Kong, the US and Italy, Explori serve exhibition organizers in every market in the world.  We currently support events in 31 countries in 15 languages with more being added all the time.  No matter where your audience is, Explori will help you to understand them.

Explori has grown to become the industry’s biggest source of event benchmarking data and insight with over 1,600 shows participating and 2 million responses conducted globally.


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Rich Stone, CEO
69 S. LaSalle Street
Aurora, IL 60505


Contact Info: Preliminary paperwork, contract, exhibiting.
Susie Wilson, Director of Sales & Marketing
Direct +1 630-896-0082 or

Accounting: Sandy Spang, CFO
Direct +1 630-896-1181

Additional Information:
CEO Summit Registrant: Rich Stone, CEO +1 630.896.2281 x1177

The EXPOCAD® suite of software products are used to create, manage and market events and exhibitors in the trade, corporate, consumer, fairs and festival industries from the launch to close of show. Complimenting the organizing tools, EXPOCAD WEB, EXPOCAD FX and EXPOCAD Mobile Events assist organizers in marketing events & exhibitors online, in print & the palm of their hands.

Greater Miami CVB

Greater Miami CVB
Sonia Fong, Associate Vice President, Convention Sales
701 Bricknell Avenue, Suite 2700, Miami, FL  33131  USA

Greater Miami and the Beaches is the world’s premier playground for visitors.  With abundant sun, top-ranked beaches, world-class cuisine, sizzling nightlife, and world-class hotels; Greater Miami and the Beaches has a formula for success few places in the world can match. It’s the perfect place to mix business and pleasure. The city has over 50,000 hotel rooms inventory, three convention centers totaling over 900,000 total square feet (largest center exhibition hall is over 500,000 square feet). 

Great weather year round and the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay are the backdrops for a cosmopolitan metropolis, pulsing with the rhythms of its diverse population. 


Infinity Woven Products, LLC
Warren McCrickard, Business Development
3368 Vaarpet Capital Drive SW, Dalton, GA  30720

Infinity breathes life into tradeshow and exhibition spaces by providing dynamic floor coverings that fit the unique personality of each booth space and gathering area. As show organizers, Infinity's flooring is a way to engage exhibitors providing them a key way to differentiate their booth from others around them; through flooring.

Infinity revolutionized the perception of floor coverings when they introduced woven vinyl flooring to recreational spaces (marine & RV) nearly ten years ago.  Branded as Luxury Woven Vinyl (LWV), their flooring became the golden standard for flooring and overhauled the idea of traditional carpet. As the first-to-market woven flooring, Infinity immediately established themselves as the trusted brand for builders and consumers alike. Over thirty original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in recreational marine and RV including Airstream, Bennington, Chris Craft and more have used Infinity flooring to sell more vessels and vehicles.  

Infinity Luxury Woven Vinyl flooring is made in America, from raw materials to finished floor.  It is dynamic in both design and performance.  LWV is heavy traffic rated, antimicrobial, fade resistant, carries a limited 10-year UV warranty and is low maintenance.  It features a cushioned vinyl backing that provides long-lasting relief and support. Infinity offers its flooring in various designs and colors which allow each booth space and gathering area to have a unique flair all to its own. It is available to purchase in large rolls for aisle ways or as pre-cut rugs (10x10, 10x20, 10x30, etc) to expedite the booth space assembly or to use in gathering areas.  Now a worldwide recognized brand, Infinity is simply better flooring.  To learn more, visit their website at

Map Your SHow
Map Your Show
Don Kline, CEO
6915 Valley Avenue
Cincinnati, OH  45244

Map Your Show (MYS) provides trade show managers with unparalleled tools to effectively organize and execute management of their event. MYS’s products were designed to offer the ultimate trade show experience to not only managers but to their exhibitors and attendees as well.

MYS applications provide show exhibitors an innovative way to promote exactly who they are by integrating photos, text, and multimedia content at the right time – while attendees (their prospects and customers) are looking.  We connect show exhibitors with event attendees throughout the show cycle.  All of this translates into qualified sales leads for your exhibitors.  And, ultimately means a smoother, easier to manage event for show management and measurable ROI for your exhibitors

MYS’s product lineup includes:

  • The MYS Booth and Floor Plan Builder – no CAD knowledge necessary
  • Interactive Online Floor Plan & Agenda Builder and Online Exhibitor Directory
  • Booth Sales Module
  • Mobile Products
  • Printed Maps & Directories
  • Onsite Product Locator Wayfinder units

Backed by our unmatched and in-house customer service and development teams, MYS is the single technology provider that can fulfill all of your needs. More details are available by calling 888.527.8822 or by emailing


Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau ( PHLCVB)
Kevin Richards, National Account Director - Tradeshows
1601 Market Street, Suite 200, Philadelphia PA 19103
D: +1-215-636-3482
Main:  +1-215-636-3300
M: +1-203-395-0568

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), a private, nonprofit membership corporation, is the official Tourism Promotion Agency for the City of Philadelphia globally and the primary sales and marketing agency for the Pennsylvania Convention Center. We are an Economic Engine for the city, creating jobs and fueling the economy by bringing meetings, conventions, and travelers to Philadelphia.

Reno Tahoe

Ed Coffey, Regional Director of Convention Sales-Trade Shows
4001 S. Virginia St. Ste G, Reno, Nevada 89502   USA
M:  775-219-1496

Reno Tahoe is a four-season resort destination with luxurious hotel rooms, award-winning brewpubs, and nationally-recognized eateries. With more than 1 million sq. ft. of meeting space, the region’s great value and amenities create a relaxing yet productive environment.

The 500,000 sq. ft. Reno-Sparks Convention Center is just minutes away from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and within walking distance of more than 2,000 rooms. With more than 380,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space, 53 meeting rooms, area Wi-Fi, and a delicious assortment of catering options, the convention center is perfect for both large conventions and medium-sized association events.

Reno Tahoe is at the forefront of a high-tech revolution, with more than $7 billion of investment from companies such as Tesla, Apple, and Switch, promising to lift the region for years to come. Business development and relocation are also fueling increased air service, driving the addition of 14 new nonstop flights to Reno Tahoe recently.

With Lake Tahoe, just a 40-minute drive from downtown Reno, opportunities for pre- and post-convention activities are accessible and abundant. To find out how to get the most out of your next meeting go to

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Visit Salt Lake
Tyson Lybbert, Managing Director of Sales
90 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101  USA
M:  801-703-6338

Salt Lake is a vibrant metro area of over one million people.  It’s the region’s urban hub for commerce, higher education, shopping, professional sports, cultural events and….meetings and conventions.

Salt Lake International is served by all major U.S. airlines, including Delta’s western hub, and it’s consistently ranked as the country’s #1 on-time airport.  Daily non-stop service is provided to 100 domestic cities and 12 international cities, including Paris, Amsterdam, and London.  The airport is only seven miles/eight minutes from the downtown convention district. A new light rail line connects the airport to the convention district for a fare of $2.50. 

There are 17,000 hotel rooms in the metro area, and 7,200 rooms in the walkable convention district.  A ‘free-fare’ light rail connects the downtown hotels, restaurants, shopping centers and major visitor attractions.  

There are 200 restaurants, bars and brewpubs in the clean and walkable convention district. Museums, theater, opera, ballet, symphony, planetarium, professional sports, music venues, historic Temple Square, and two major indoor/outdoor shopping centers are within steps of the convention center and major hotels.

The Salt Palace is among the country’s newest, largest and most technologically advanced convention centers.  It has 515,000 gsf of exhibit space, a 45,000 square foot ballroom, and 67 meeting rooms.

Salt Lake has hosted numerous large and prestigious events, including the Olympic Winter Games, Paralympic Games, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, MPI’s World Education Congress, CESSSE Annual Meeting, National Business Travel Association’s annual meeting, and ASAE’s annual meeting

The citizens of Salt Lake are extremely friendly, and it’s the most affordable major western city according to the Corporate Business Travel Index.


Shepard Expositions Services
Frances Maestre, Vice President of Sales
531 Carroll Drive NW, Atlanta, GA  30318

Shepard helps event organizers and exhibitors design and activate engaging experiences

Shepard is a full-service event production company that helps transforms spaces into engaging and immersive environments.

With over 100 years’ experience, we provide corporate events, trade shows, conferences, and exhibitors with the solutions needed to produce fresh, creative and ultimately successful face-to-face experiences.

Our nationwide network or offices, give us the inventory and capacity needed to execute meetings of all sizes, in any city.

While many event production companies spend time trying to differentiate themselves from their competition, we put our efforts into ensuring we are the right fit for our customers’ needs. This is something core to our culture and reflective of what we call, “The YOU Experience,” an expression of how we treat each and every customer interaction. In short… we make it all about YOU!

Our “Your Success is Our Success” mission empowers our team to seamlessly execute unique and high-impact events which we activate through our 6 core operating principles:

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Visit San Antonio 
Tyler Orwig, Director of Sales
203 S. St. Mary’s, Suite 200
San Antonio, TX 78205

Experience the most unforgettable of meeting destinations – San Antonio. Here, a modern meeting scene is steeped in one of the nation’s most scenic and historic backdrops.


nzález Convention Center. The $325 million expansion increased the footprint to 1.6 million square feet with 514,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space and the largest ballroom in Texas.

The expanded center sits on the River Walk in historic downtown, placing attendees within walking distance to much of what drives San Antonio meeting attendance: local venues, historic sites including the Alamo, restaurants, museums, theaters, shops and thousands of hotel rooms. Next to the convention center is 18-acre Hemisfair Park which is undergoing its own inspiring transformation. Aside from providing outdoor venue options to capitalize on the city’s 300 days of sunshine a year, Hemisfair is an urban oasis with rolling green lawns and shaded natural groves. It is scheduled to for completion in 2020, reconnecting the center with surrounding neighborhoods and opportunities to experience the heart of the San Antonio experience.


Engaging your audience makes for better retention and enjoyment, so we’ve made it easier to inspire, teach and share information. The Henry B. González Convention Center’s cutting-edge technology, interactive wayfinding, and upgraded Wi-Fi are connecting your meeting and attendees like never before.

San Antonio is also a destination for big business with an economic platform and industry leaders that are able to share their expertise with your attendees. Leading sectors include information technology, healthcare bioscience, cybersecurity, financial services and tourism.


Here, authentic offerings enliven your mind by day and spirit by night—all in a compact, walkable location that frees time and budgets. San Antonio has a vibrant mix of culture, cuisine, legendary architecture and moving history. The city’s heritage and traditions are rich, as are its modern pleasures. With a cosmopolitan blend of top-notch golf courses, remarkable dining and nightlife options, art galleries, spas, theme parks and shopping, there’s no shortage of authentic experiences.

San Antonio is also being recognized on the world’s stage as the home of the U.S.’s newest World Heritage Site, the San Antonio Missions. These five Spanish colonial missions, to include the Alamo, are the largest collection of Spanish colonial architecture in the U.S. They symbolize an era when the world was expanding, cultures were intertwining, and the global landscape was forever changed.  The mission experience today offers hike and bike trails, guided tours, living history demonstrations, museums and an award-winning film.


Steven Hacker Photography

Steven Hacker Photography
Steven Hacker
Fairview, TX  57069

Steven Hacker is the only photography professional with forty years of trade show and event planning experience. Unlike other professionals, he understands the dynamics of the show floor and instantly recognizes interactions that must be captured with photography.

in addition to his event industry designations, he is an award-winning photographer.



Ungerboeck Software International, LLC
Rick Dobson
100 Ungerboeck Park, O’Fallon, MO  63368
P: +1-800-400-4052

Ungerboeck Software provides support from front to back
-    Meaningful Reports
-    Floor Plan Management
-    Manage Booth Sales and Sponsorships
-    Purpose-built CRM
-    Digital Services

Ungerboeck Software provides everything you need to run your business all in one place. From engaging websites designed to generate new leads and manage customer experiences, to planning tools that can be used to make your shows’ vision come to life. Ungerboeck provides everything necessary to sell, design, and execute a world-class show. 

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  • “Without a doubt the most valuable three days of the year for networking, learning, and meeting colleagues.”
    Tony Calanca, Executive Vice President, UBM
  • “Two of the best acquisitions Access Intelligence had executed came directly from contacts and discussions held at the SISO CEO Summit. Beyond that important networking for transactions, I learn best practices from the best in the industry. The ROI for membership is immeasurable.”
    Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence
  • “The impact of SISO is so much bigger than its size. It feels more like a global council of important tribes than a traditional trade association.”
    David Adler, CEO & Founder, Bizbash Media
  • “Our industry thrives on the personal relationships that face-to-face builds, and the CEO Summit is the ultimate place to build YOUR network!”
    Tom Mitchell, President, Messe Dusseldorf North America
  • “As busy, independent, for-profit organizer, SISO keeps our company connected to all the key players working in this industry and allows great relationships and ongoing learning of best practices from the best in the business. All invaluable assets to help move our business forward."
    Howard Hauben, CEO, H2 Events
  • “The SISO membership represents the entire for-profit tradeshow community and the annual SISO conferences are must-attend events for their educational and networking value.”
    Joel A. Davis, Founder & CEO, JD Events
  • “SISO connects strategic minds through invaluable networking opportunities and face-to-face executive conferences focused on excellence and inspiration.”
    Dana Teague, Vice President, Informa Global Exhibitions
  • “Participating in SISO puts you on the leading edge of the events world.”
    Charles McCurdy, CEO, Informa Global Exhibitions