Staff from IMEX America, Sands Expo, The Venetian, and The Palazzo Las Vegas gathered at The Shade Tree shelter in Las Vegas in July to prepare for this year’s IMEX Challenge, a CSR event.
IMEX America, to be held October 14–16 in Las Vegas, is known for offering excellent education and networking through its partnerships with a variety of industry associations, which co-locate events on the days leading up to the three-day.
MPI is the strategic partner and chief education provider for the tradeshow and will present the daily keynotes as well as IMEX's Smart Monday program on October 13. One of the daily keynote speakers is James Sun, whose talk is entitled “Color Does Matter: The Truth About Diversity in the 21st Century.” He was the first Asian male to land a spot on Donald Trump’s television show, “The Apprentice.”
Association Focus, also held on Smart Monday, is a “conference within a conference,” designed specifically for association executives. Education sessions will be presented by the American Society of Association Executives, the International Congress and Convention Association, and the Professional Convention Management Association. This year’s program includes World Café Style roundtable discussions facilitiated by Terri Breining, CMP, CMM, president, The Breining Group.
New this year is an opportunity for Millennials attending the show, those under the age of 35 or with less than five years of experience in meeting management, to participate in the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence’s new SITE Young Leaders Conference (October 12 and 13), which is focused on building the next generation of incentive travel leaders. The program complements the cross-discipline IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum (October 15 and 16), which is open to students.
In addition, PCMA brings its Business School to IMEX America for the first time. This deep-dive afternoon with Dr. Jerry Jellison of the University of Southern California will be open to senior-level suppliers and buyers.
Senior planners can also participate in a new education track delivered by SPIN (Senior Planners Industry Network), whose members have a minimum of 10 years of planning experience. The track is open to all and runs throughout the show.
The International Society of Special Events, Green Meeting Industry Council, and Global Business Travel Association will also offer education on Smart Monday.
Let the Networking Begin
Attendees who like to golf while supporting meeting industry research can participate in the new The Center for Exhibition Industry Research-IMEX America Golf Classic at the Rio Secco Golf Club on October 13.
The Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders Gala takes place at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on Sunday evening, October 12.
• SITE Nite
SITE Nite North America, expected to draw more than 1,000 guests, will be held at LIGHT Nightclub at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Monday evening, October 13.
• Talent Show
The Network and Ovation Global DMC Talent Search will take place this year on Tuesday, October 14, at the Bank NiteClub.
Capping off the week’s evening events will be the MPI Foundation Rendezvous, with an expected 1,500 participants, to be held at Las Vegas’s hottest new nightclub, Drai’s at The Cromwell on Wednesday, October 15.
At IMEX’s Core
This year’s IMEX Challenge, a biennial humanitarian event designed to make a positive and lasting impact on the local communities where IMEX trade shows take place, benefits Las Vegas’s Shade Tree Shelter for homeless and abused women, their children, and their pets. On October 11 and 12, volunteers will help update its garden and outside spaces.
For more information on registration, the hosted buyer program, and a full agenda, visit the IMEX America Web site.