Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

Heartland: State of the Industry Program & Reception

Presented By PCMA Heartland Chapter

Embassy Suites Hotel Olathe
10401 So. Ridgewood Road
Olathe, Kansas

November 15, 2016 4:30 PM Central Standard Time until November 15, 2016 7:30 PM Central Standard Time

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Register Now! Early Bird Pricing Ends Wednesday, November 9th!
Tuesday, November 15, 2015
Registration 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Program 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Reception 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Embassy Suites by Hilton Kansas City Olathe Conference Center
10401 So. Ridgeview Road, Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: (913) 353-9280

Special Program Request!

The Community Service Committee will be collecting small denomination gift cards for beverages for the KC Vet Center during the upcoming State of the Industry Program. We recommend $5 gift cards at Starbucks, Dunkin Doughnuts, Scooter’s, Quick Trip, Casey's, etc. The committee collected similar gift cards last year and they were well received, so we decided to do this again.


  If you forget to bring your cards that evening, we will accept cash donations on site, and the committee will purchase cards on your behalf.

Click here for information on the KC Vet Center. 

Thank you again for all of your continued support for our great local charities!


Disruptive Forces in the Business Events Industry - What Now?! Disruption appears to be a bad word but is it? Disruption is coming from everywhere and is significantly impacting all facets of our industry and is forever changing the way we do business.  Whether its education, networking, ROI, experiential design we are living in real time of transformational change.  Today, our industry is filled with hotel mergers, meeting consolidations, stories of hotel room block dispersion, changes to meeting technology and the list goes on.  Join us on Tuesday, November 15th, where we’ve invited industry friends and experts to engage in conversation on how these disruptive forces are shaping our space today. 



Sherrif Karamat, CAE, BAS, MBA, Chief Operating Officer of PCMA.

An industry leader in the business events industry, Karamat previously served as the Vice President of Business Sales and Services for Toronto Convention and Visitors Association (Tourism Toronto).

In his role as COO, Karamat is a key member of the executive team of PCMA and is currently leading the development of PCMA's global strategy to inspire, connect and innovate with our world's business events industry. 


Marc Halpin, Executive Chairman & Founder - Kapow
Gail Frazer, Global Account Director, Global Sales - Marriott Hotels and Resorts

Greg Oates, Senior Editor - Skift 

List of current registrants
We wish to thank our location sponsor,
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Kansas City Olathe Conference Center.

This program is brought to you through the generous sponsorship of the following partners: Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Norfolk, Travel Portland, Catch Des Moines, Explore St. Louis and the River Spirit Casino. Click on respective logos for additional information.



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Event Type: Chapter Event

Continuing Education Credit

0.10 Credits