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EMCVenues To Host MEET USA-MidWest

Chicago Meeting Education Event Benefits Meeting/Event Planners;
May 28 – 29, Complimentary for Qualified Planners & Media


Brielle, New Jersey, March 2009… EMCVenues, the global meetings resource company specializing in education events, supplier tradeshows, training workshops, and online registration support, announces “MEET USA-MidWest 2009.” 

MEET USA-MidWest, which will be held May 28th & 29th at the Pheasant Run Resort & Spa* in St. Charles, Illinois, near Chicago, is a premier interactive meeting education event offering comprehensive educational sessions, a supplier showcase, and networking opportunities.  It is expected to attract over 200 meeting professionals who plan and/or manage meetings and events.  MEET USA-MidWest, which is complimentary to meeting & event planners and the press, will connect attendees with some of the most influential speakers, prominent sponsors, industry peers, and meeting suppliers.  Participants will also receive valuable credit toward industry-recognized certifications.

As with previous MEET events, MEET USA-MidWest is geared to help the novice-to-the-seasoned meeting and event planner maximize each conference or special event they plan.  Attendees will benefit from the event 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
EMCVenues’ MEET USA-MidWest 2009 Program Highlights

Participants in MEET USA-MidWest have several options for involvement whatever their level of experience and expertise:  from the beginner to advanced level meeting and event professionals.  Attendees can sign up for a two-day or a full-day program, including the general session and tradeshow event.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn best practices from influential industry speakers, prominent sponsors, plus attend education and general sessions.   Over 50 exhibitors will be on hand representing some of the most prominent venues and suppliers from around the nation.

MEET USA-MidWest’s curriculum is presented in multi-tiered individual tracks geared toward the novice professional, the experienced pro, and all levels in between. Attendees also have the opportunity to explore a Supplier Showcase featuring national and local venues, 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, My Chauffeur, Ontime Promotions, Cvent, Rick Bloom Audio Visual, Gilman Performance Systems, Pheasant Run Resort & Spa, and the host, EMCVenues.

Opening & Closing General Sessions

Thursday:  Contracting for the Next Decade:  Are your contracts measuring up?

Joshua L. Grimes, Esq. will be the featured speaker on this subject providing:

  • Top 10 Contract Trends
  • Federal Stimulus Law - TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) - Will they become "Best Practices" for All Companies and Associations?
  • Panel of Experts:  Buyer and Supplier Point of View
Friday:  Meet Sam Glenn, The Authority on Attitude™

“I used the 'POWER of Attitude' to overcome failure, depression and negativity to create a ton of success in business, relationships and life! “ – Sam Glenn 

“The fact that we may fail doesn’t decrease our value, but it presents the opportunity to learn, grow and become more.” 

Sam Glenn has shared his “Kick In Your Attitude” message with more than 2 million people and audiences as large as 75,000 in nearly every industry.  He delivers over 100 speeches per year to respected corporations, organizations, and educational groups and has published over 17 books.

Five Comprehensive Educational Tracks
(Move between 15 educational sessions)

  • Meeting Planning 101 and 201:  A Beginners and Intermediate Guide to Planning
  • Advanced Meeting Management
  • Food and Beverage
  • Professional Development & Career
  • Independent Meeting Planners
Success at the Speed of Networking
5-Minute Speed Networking is a unique program created exclusively by EMCVenues for the MEET events. Participants in MEET USA-MidWest 2009 will experience first hand Speed Networking, honing their skills during the session and learning how to apply these to the work environment.

Networking Reception, Show & Mixer

Pheasant Run Resort & Spa is acclaimed throughout the Chicagoland area and the Midwest for its entertainment expertise and show venues.  At MEET USA-MidWest, attendees will experience the resort’s expert sampling of the best of Chicago theater, hilarious comedy from the Zanies Comedy Club, as well as live music and endless entertainment. 

Meeting Supplier Showcase representing some of the Most Prominent Venues and Suppliers locally, regionally and nationally.

Tea Cup Auction with Fabulous Prizes from Gift Baskets, Gift Cards to incredible Weekend Vacation Packages.

MEET USA-MidWest 2009 participants Receive Valuable Credit toward Industry-recognized Certifications, including:

  • 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-MidWest, please visit:

To Register for MEET USA-MidWest 2009, visit: where they can also receive more information. 

*  Located at Chicago's doorstep and within easy reach of O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airports, Pheasant Run Resort & Spa is set on 250 beautiful rolling acres in historic St. Charles.  For more information, visit, or call (800) 474-3272.  Pheasant Run is located at 4051 East Main Street in St. Charles, IL.

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


Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864  /  201-758-2865-Fax

Jody Wallace
President & CEO, EMCVenues



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