Agenda At-A-Glance

WEDNESDAY, September 21 2016

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Aviara Golf Course

Gold Golf Classic at Aviara Golf Course

Wind through the green rolling hills of the Aviara Golf Club, taste the salty air of the blue Pacific and enjoy spectacular views of the Batiquitos Lagoon. Aviara Golf Club was named by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the top resort golf courses in America, and the #1 golf resort in San Diego by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. This championship Arnold Palmer 18-hole layout is the proud home of the LPGA Kia Classic and the ultimate destination for golf in north San Diego, which should be on everyone’s bucket list. All attendees (honorees, VIP guests, speakers and sponsors) are welcome to participate. Shuttle will depart from The Park Hyatt Aviara Resort starting at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 11:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Meet AC & Core-apps

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
San Diego Polo Club

Golf Cart Polo Competition & Luncheon
Golf Cart Polo is a great way to entertain as well as be a part of the entertainment. Professional polo players exchange their horses for golf carts and invite your guests to play the 4-wheeled version of the sport from the passenger seat. The excursion will offer great networking with fellow Gold 100 Honorees, as well as a unique play on the timeless game of polo. A casual luncheon will be served following the networking activity at a local favorite. It is a perfect way to enjoy eating, drinking and mingling with industry friends – this is an event you will not want to miss! Coach transportation will depart the Park Hyatt Aviara at 10:00 a.m. and return by 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by onPeak

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Good as Gold Opening Reception
Greet old friends and meet new ones as you join us for cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres on the Palm Courtyard, on property at the Park Hyatt Aviara. A memorable night, and great networking await you! The festivities begin the official kick-off of the Gold 100 Awards & Summit from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)


7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Vivace Restaurant

The Gold 100 Breakfast of Champions
Get energized with a sumptuous breakfast, which features many wholesome choices
as well as sweet and savory options. Start the morning right!

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Featuring Actor Michael Villani, Emcee and Trade Show Executive Media Group’s President Darlene Gudea and Vice President of Events Diane Bjorklund

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Keynote Presentation: Future Hunter
Leah Hunter is a corporate consultant whose forward-looking expertise has earned her the nickname, “Future Hunter.” In her keynote address, Hunter will explore the process of connecting with other people’s ideas and finding patterns and roadmaps among the stacks of data collected on the show floor and registration page. Her appearance at the Gold 100 coincides with the release of her new book, “Future Hunter.”

Sponsored by CompuSystems

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Integrating Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions are a fact of life among independent trade show organizers. A blue-ribbon panel discusses the intricacies of blending the operations, finances and corporate cultures of companies that may have been fierce competitors in previous years. Joe Loggia, former longtime head of Advanstar Communications, moderates the panel. The participants also include: Kerry Gumas, President & CEO of Questex; Tony Calanca, Executive Vice President, Exhibitions for UBM Americas; and Emerald Expositions CFO Phil Evans.

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer

Networking & Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Feathr

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

International Trade
Around the world in a matter of minutes:  Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director/CEO for UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, provides an update on the international trade show market. Kai comes to the Gold 100 from Paris armed with a newly released set of research on how the industry is faring in different regions. He will also have some new insights on Europe’s Brexit controversy as well as other issues impacting trade shows around the world.

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Housing Trends
The Internet continues to push and pull the hotel industry, and this panel includes Jon Liebtag, Business Development Lead for the very disruptive Airbnb. Liebtag projects the role that his company and other non-traditional booking services will have on trade show room blocks and housing prices. Karen Gebhart, Vice President of Development for Helicopter Association International, will moderate the panel. Joining the discussion are Michael Guerriero, Division President of Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company, and Michael Howe, Executive Vice President of onPeak/GES.

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Leaders & Legends Power Lunch Interview
The Gold 100 Power Lunch provides attendees with food for thought to go along with the fabulous menu. This year’s guest for the onstage live interview is Chris Nemchek, Senior Vice President -- Business Development and Member Relations for the Specialty Food Association. Chris has been a key leader in the steady expansion of the Summer and Winter Fancy Food Shows. He will share his experiences and answer questions posed by moderator Phil McKay, Founder, President & CEO of nGage Events LLC, and from members of the audience.
Sponsored by Freeman

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Security Strategies
The world is on edge as crowded public places tempt evildoers around the world. Is your show a potential soft target? Garry McCarthy, former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, heads up a discussion on protecting convention centers and trade shows from the full gamut of threats. McCarthy, now a private consultant, is an exclusive partner with United Service Companies.

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Audio-Visual Extravaganza
Some amazing experiences are being created at trade shows and other public events by the wizards of audio-visual. Jim Kelly, Vice President of PRG, provides an update on the technologies that have opened up a new era of creativity in attendee experiences, from the Grammy Awards to the Super Bowl half time.

3:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer

Free ime for networking

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Gold 100 Awards Reception
It's time to walk the red carpet and pose for photographs as you accept your Gold 100 plaques(s) and enter a night of elegance, inspiration and intrigue.
Sponsored by Global Experience Specialists (GES)

7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Gold 100 Grand Awards Dinner & Ceremony
The moment we have all been waiting for . . . a night of elegance, inspiration and intrigue. The Gold 100 Grand Awards Dinner & Ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. where the Gold 100 shows will be celebrated and the winners of the Grand Awards will be presented with special trophies.

10:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer

The Gold 100 Afterglow
The fun keeps going after the awards! Continue the celebration with your colleagues at the Afterglow.
Sponsored by MGM Resorts International


7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Vivace Restaurant

Farewell Breakfast & Departures
The Farewell Breakfast offers another opportunity to network with the Gold 100 delegates and speakers before you head home or stay for an extended weekend of relaxation.
Sponsored by United Service Companies