Atlantic City, New Jersey:
June 28-29, 2017

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Meetings Quest will be held at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, June 28–29, 2017.

“Atlantic City is pleased to be hosting the Meetings Quest conference and we are delighted that Meetings Quest attendees will now get to experience Atlantic City during one of our peak seasons,” said Jim Wood, president and CEO of Meet AC.

“Hosting Meetings Quest will allow us to showcase Atlantic City and all of its meeting and convention options to the meeting planners who attend Meetings Quest. It’s just one more example of how Meet AC is continuing its efforts in growing our meetings and convention market.”

Atlantic City attracts 27 million visitors annually and is home to attractions such as the iconic Boardwalk, which features casinos, hotels, entertainment and eateries. An ideal destination for conferences and events of all sizes, Atlantic City welcomes groups with 15,630 hotel rooms and more than 770,000 square feet of citywide meeting space, ranging from the 600,000-square-foot Atlantic City Convention Center to smaller event facilities.

 

Meetings Quest Atlantic City Schedule of Events

 

 Wednesday, June 28

 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Meetings Quest Registration Desk Open
 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Arrivals Lounge
Welcome to Atlantic City! Attendees are encouraged to gather for happy hour and networking prior to departing for the Opening Celebration.
 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Exhibitor Setup
 6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Bus Loading for Opening Celebration
 6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Opening Celebration
The Meetings Quest Opening Celebration on Wednesday, June 28, will provide attendees a genuine Atlantic City experience. The evening will kick off at Jimmy Buffett’s LandShark Bar & Grill on the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk and beach. Meetings Quest attendees will have a chance to stick their toes in the sand and enjoy perfect views of the Atlantic Ocean and the world-famous Steel Pier. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy food—including a cheeseburger in paradise—beverages and live music. For those attendees wanting to see more of the Boardwalk, Meet AC will provide complimentary rolling chair rides. This is one Opening Celebration you won’t want to miss!
 9:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Bus loading to Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa

Thursday, June 29

 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meetings Quest Registration Desk Open
 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome to Meetings Quest!
   Meet AC President and CEO Jim Wood will be on hand to welcome attendees to Atlantic City.
 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Your Market, Your Contracts and How You Negotiate Them
As if negotiating hotel contracts was not complex enough, meeting planners must be mindful of a number of other contractual considerations. For example, if you are planning group activities ranging from golf courses to zip lines, be prepared to work with more contracts. Successful planning means navigating beyond the “contracts maze.”

This session will address some of the overlooked—and perhaps misunderstood—contract clauses that meeting planners need to be on top of to survive in the market today. Get the most up-to-date information and understand the issues relative to the market, negotiations and contracts. Find out what clauses you may not want to include as well as those that you need to include. This informative session will provide insights on the key elements that need to be considered in the negotiation and contracting phases.

Presented by Jonathan Howe, President, Senior and Founding Partner of Howe & Hutton Ltd.

 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Crisis Management and Event Security
From Berlin to Nice to Orlando, terrorists are wreaking havoc for planners of meetings and events large and small. With travelers’ concerns heightened by ongoing terrorist threats, meeting planners must recalibrate how they plan for event security and other inevitable crises.

This interactive session will provide an overview of the steps to take when organizing your events and will detail available resources for appropriately planning for the safety and security of your events. Information on working closely with your host venues and destinations—including developing a plan for managing security issues on-site—and considering in advance how to respond should your event be affected by a crisis, will be shared in this timely and insightful session.

Presented by Steven Hacker, CAE, CEM, FASAE
 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Keynote: The Gold-Medal Mindset
Shannon discusses how the gold-medal mindset leads to victory on the competition floor, whether that floor is at the Olympic Games, an exhibition hall or a boardroom. With seven Olympic medals, Shannon utilizes her critical insight to share what it takes to be a winner: the importance of goal setting, maintaining a positive attitude, teamwork and committing yourself to excellence. Through her Olympic and personal experiences, Shannon explains ways we can overcome even the most difficult obstacles standing in the way of success. Shannon utilized this mindset to become the most decorated Olympic gymnast in United States history. Years later she would lean on these lessons learned in her fight against cancer and as president of her company, Shannon Miller Enterprises. The lessons she learned are designed to help meeting planners with their day-to-day challenges so that they can understand the steps it takes to be a successful leader in both work and life.

Presented by Shannon Miller, Olympian

 12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Instructions for Expo and Dismissal for Lunch
 12:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Expo Open
 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch in Expo Hall
 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Expo Appointment Sessions
 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Exhibitor Tear Down
 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Departures Lounge with Passport Prize Drawing

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