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EMCVenues To Host MEET USA-East Coast 2009

Accredited Educational Conference is Free
to Meeting & Event Planners, Media

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Brielle, New Jersey, September 2009… EMCVenues, the global meetings resource company specializing in meeting sourcing, education events and supplier tradeshows, and online registration support, announces “MEET USA-East Coast 2009.”   The 2-day educational conference will be held in the heart of New Jersey in New Brunswick, October 29th and 30th, just 45 minutes from Manhattan.  It will take place at the Hyatt Regency, located at Two Albany Street in New Brunswick, off Exit 9 of the New Jersey Turnpike and accessible by rail from the New Brunswick Station.
 
MEET USA-East Coast 2009, which is expected to draw more than 150 meeting professionals, is a premier interactive educational conference for planners of all experience levels – from beginner-to-advanced level meeting and event professionals.  MEET USA-East Coast features comprehensive and accredited educational sessions, a large supplier showcase, and extensive networking opportunities.  MEET USA-East Coast is provided complimentary to meeting & event planners and the media. The conference will connect attendees with some of the most influential and knowledgeable speakers in the meeting and events industries, as well as prominent sponsors, industry peers, and meeting suppliers.  Conferees will also receive valuable credit toward industry-recognized certifications.
 
Those who attend the MEET-East Coast conference will benefit if they have planning and management responsibilities that relate to the meeting industry, including:
  • Meeting Planning, Operations, Services, Coordination, Development, Management
  • Procurement, Purchasing, Strategic Sourcing 
  • Event, Trade Show and Conference Management 
  • Executive Coordinator/Administration 
  • Travel Management 
  • Human Resources, Training 
  • Independent Meeting Planning Company 
MEET USA-East Coast 2009 Program Highlights
 
Participants in the MEET USA-East Coast conference have the opportunity to sign up for a two-day or a full-day program, including the general sessions, 12 educational sessions, a tradeshow event, and networking receptions.  Seventy-five exhibitors, including prominent venues, destinations and suppliers, will be on hand representing some of the most prominent venues and suppliers from around the nation sharing best practices and current knowledge.
 
MEET USA-East Coast’s curriculum is presented in multi-tiered individual tracks.   Conference goers have the opportunity to attend MEET’s Supplier Showcase, featuring national, regional and local hotels, resorts, conference centers, CVB's, and meeting service providers.
 
Conference sponsors, who have enabled complimentary registration for meeting & event planners and the press, include Master Connections, Turning Technologies, Ontime Promotions, Cvent, Rick Bloom Audio Visual, Gilman Performance Systems, The Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, and the host, EMCVenues.
 
Opening & Closing General Sessions
 
Thursday:  Contracting for the Next Decade:  Are your Contracts Measuring Up?
 
Joshua L. Grimes, Esq. will address this important issue for all planners, providing current thinking on:
  • Contracting for the Next Decade 
  • Federal Stimulus Law - TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) - Will they become "Best Practices" for All Companies and Associations? 
  • Interactive Table Discussions - Today’s Meeting Trends Observed and Best Practice Sharing, Q & A 
Friday:  Innovative Meetings of Tomorrow by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
 
Gus Vonderheide, Vice President of Group Sales, will present and discuss the company’s new group meeting initiatives; including green meetings, corporate social responsibility, RFP processing, food and beverage, contracting, and more.
 
Five Comprehensive Educational Tracks
  • Meeting Planning 101 and 201:  A Beginners and Intermediate Guide to Planning 
  • Day of Discovery:   The most current trends in networking and communication 
  • Food and Beverage Planning in a Difficult Economy 
  • Top Concessions you should include in your RFP and Hotel Negotiations 
  • De-Mystifying Audio-Visual and Technology 
During the two-day MEET conference, attendees have the opportunity to move between 12 educational sessions within the Five Tracks, including:  Meeting Planning 101 - A Beginner Workshop; Strategies on Diversifying Your Business in Challenging Economic Times; Strategic Meeting Management - Leveraging Your Travel Procurement Department; Ten Networking Events that Won't Break the Budget; Planning Healthy Menus for Today's Diets: Keeping Your Audience Engaged and Energized; Effective RFP Writing & Top Concessions, and many more.
 
Success at the Speed of Networking
 
The innovative Three-minute Speed Networking program, created exclusively by EMCVenues for the MEET conferences. 
 
Participants in MEET USA-East Coast 2009 will experience first hand Speed Networking, refining their communication skills during the session and learning how to creatively apply these to the work environment -- generating an energized atmosphere of productivity in the process.
 
Networking Reception
 
A special networking reception to top off the conference day.  Guests will enjoy a very special social event offering opportunities to network with industry colleagues, peers, sponsors and suppliers.
 
Meeting Supplier Showcase 
 
The tradeshow representing some of the Most Prominent Venues and Suppliers locally, regionally and nationally.
 
Prize Drawing
 
Featuring 75 fabulous prizes from Gift Baskets, Gift Cards to incredible Weekend Vacation Packages, which also serve to highlight the unique features of several suppliers.
 
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
 
The Hyatt Regency New Brunswick http://newbrunswick.hyatt.com   / 732-873-1234 is ideally located at Exit 9 of the New Jersey Turnpike, 45 minutes from Manhattan and 90 minutes from Philadelphia.  The New Brunswick Train Station is two blocks away, and serves New Jersey Transit and Amtrak from Boston to Washington. DC.
 
MEET USA-East Coast 2009 organizers have negotiated a preferred guestroom rate of $99 per person per night at the Hyatt New Brunswick for conference participants.  
 
Participants Receive Valuable Credit toward Industry-recognized Certifications
  • Certified Meeting Professional - 1.25 contact hours/points per session attended
  • Certified Account Executive - 6 Continuing Education Units (CEU) for attending all sessions
For an Agenda Overview of MEET USA-East Coast, please visit: http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/info/summary.aspx?e=b30391da-1284-4b51-b9b3-94dd9f5b0d7b
 
To Register for MEET USA-East Coast, visit:
https://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Register/IdentityConfirmation.aspx?e=b30391da-1284-4b51-b9b3-94dd9f5b0d7b where they can also receive more information. 
 
About EMCVenues:
EMCVenues is a one-stop marketplace for meeting & event planners and venues globally.  It exists to actively bring the two groups together, managing the process and the relationship for a productive outcome for each.  Through its extensive international portfolio of meeting and event facilities; its attendee and meeting management solutions products; its vendor relationships providing meeting support services; its vast planner, customer and provider databases; and its marketing and promotions expertise; the company has the capacity and the bandwidth to engage in every aspect of the meeting and event planning and execution process.  The goal is a successful meeting or event -- from concept to completion -- for both the venue and the planner organization.  For more information on EMCVenues, visit www.emcvenues.com
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Contact:

Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864  /  201-758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com

Jody Wallace
President & CEO, EMCVenues
732-528-9340
jwallace@emcvenues.com

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