The Special Event Show has started its session proposal search and wants you to submit ideas.

The annual trade show and conference dedicated to the meetings and events industry allows attendees to network with more than 5,000 colleagues, exhibitors and mentors. There are 100-plus education sessions, seven showcase events and thousands of products on hand at the exhibit hall floor.

Tracks for the education sessions include business and professional development, design, event management, sales and marketing, event technology, wedding trends, C-suites and catering. All proposals are reviewed on the basis of applicability, originality, conference needs and speaker qualifications. Submissions are due June 1 and those selected will be notified starting in July.

Conducting a presentation will give you the opportunity to share your ideas, and your name, with a huge audience of event professionals. Speakers receive a complimentary education package to the event, a commemorative gift and a chance to purchase a Closing Night Party ticket at a discounted price. Opening Night Celebration tickets are complimentary. Presenters also are featured in TSE marketing materials sent off to 80,000 industry members.

To submit a proposal, visit the Become a Speaker page of the TSE website.

The Special Event 2016 is taking place Jan. 12–14 2014, 2016, with exhibits slated for Jan. 13–14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. 

Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.