SITE Southeast Educatonal Summit 2017

Educational Summit 2017

December 3-5, 2017
NOPSI, A Salamander Hotel
New Orleans, LA

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SITE Southeast USA is excited to put together an amazing educational program at the new NOPSI Hotel in New Orleans.

Mark your calendars and start making plans for a few days packed with

  • Senior level Education Tracks
  • Exciting Breakouts
  • Networking
DMP Preferred Provider
This program has been submitted to the Convention Industry Council for CMP Preferred Provider review.

Agenda (click date to slide open schedule)

Sunday, December 3
2:00 - 3:30 PM Registration and Silent Auction begins
3:30 - 5:30 PM Welcome and Keynote Speaker
Conference Welcome: SITE Southeast Chapter President, Deborah Edwards
City Welcome: Cara Banasch, SVP of Convention Sales, New Orleans CVB
Keynote: Join us as Dear World opens our conference with an impactful, unique approach to team communication and how individual stories can create transformative results within your organization.
7:00 - 9:00 PM Welcome Reception and Dinner (NOPSI)
Get ready to step back in time at our Roaring 20’s welcome reception. The setting is perfect. Prohibition was inconvenient. Speakeasys were everywhere. Bring your best 20’s garb and get ready for an unforgettable evening of great food, drinks and music with great friends, old and new!
9:00 - 10:00 PM Afterglow
Join us on the rooftop for drinks and more at NOPSI’s Above the Grid bar to continue the party and enjoy the beautiful views.
Monday, December 4
6:15 AM Yoga Stretch - Rooftop
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 - 9:15 AM General Session I
Michael Hecht from GNO: New Orleans 2017 & Beyond!
9:15 - 10:00 AM General Session II
James Spellos will share Hot Technologies of 2018!
10:00 - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 - 11:00 AM Concurrent sessions - Workshop I
Clay Herbert: The Art of Charm – introductions

Windsor Crawford, Young Leaders: “Tips, Tricks, Hacks, and Apps”
We all are looking for those magical time saving short cuts, tricks, or app that help organize our craziness. This breakout will highlight a variety of useful tips, tricks, hacks, and apps that us “millennials” find to be most helpful!

NOPSI Executive Chef Peter Page: Food trends & challenges in meetings

Doc Hendley – Water Filter Build
11:00 - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 - 12:00 PM Concurrent sessions - Workshop II
James Spellos: Techno carnival – a hands on technology experience

Doc Hendley – Water Filter Build

Clay Herbert: The Art of Charm - introductions
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch & Sponsor Spotlights (NOPSI)
1:45 - 3:15 PM Team Building (NOPSI)
PlayWorks Group – Get ready to be creative, have some fun and help out a local charity! It’s Cantastic!
3:15 - 4:00 PM Hotel Site Tours
4:00 - 5:30 PM Free time / Optional CVB Walking Tour (45 minutes - 1 hour)
6:00 PM Transportation to offsite awards venue
6:30 – 7:00 PM Reception
7:00 - 9:30 PM Awards Dinner
Enjoy live music, delicious New Orleans cuisine and incredible views as we gather on the largest covered balcony overlooking the heart of Bourbon Street. Be prepared to be surrounded by centuries old architecture and the spirit of the French Quarter of Historic New Orleans as we celebrate our award winners!
** Festive Attire with Comfortable Walking Shoes!
9:30 - Midnight Hospitality Suite (NOPSI)
Tuesday, December 5
6:15 AM Zumba – Rooftop
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 AM SITE Southeast Annual General Meeting (Members Only)
8:30 - 9:00 AM SITE 101 – (Non-members only)
9:00 - 9:45 AM SITE Global Update
Kevin Hinton, CEO of SITE Global will share the direction our industry is headed and what to expect in the future.
9:45 - 10:00 AM Break & Silent Auction ends
10:00 - 11:15 AM Panel Discussion with Incentive Industry Experts
We will wrap up our time together with an industry panel discussion. Our conference emcee will take us through the many things we have learned throughout the Summit and we will discuss how to incorporate some of the ideas and take always into motion in our meetings!
Panelists include:
  • Karen Carini, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
  • Tina Weede, Paragon Performance Group
  • Linda Schweiss, Maritz Travel
  • Alicia Miller, Chick-fil-a, Inc.
We will also have a live Q&A from the audience asking questions on various subject matters within the meetings and incentive world. You don’t want to miss this!
11:15 - 11:45 AM Wrap Up/Closing Remarks
11:45 AM Departure Lunch

* Photographer Kelli Price will be offering headshot photo shoots throughout the weekend:

  • Sunday: 3:00 - 3:30 PM (registration)
  • Monday 12:00 - 12:30 PM, 3:15 - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Sign up for your photo time upon arrival!

Silent Auction

This year we are excited to bring you a digital silent auction engagement. Rather than having to check on your bid and available items physically by the event registration area, you can now check everything on your phone or desktop computer. We will be showcasing the items leading up to the summit so you can get ready for the bidding wars.

pdfDownload the Silent Auction Donation Form(501.8 KB)
For information contact Ashley Martin – 205-949-3028 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


NOPSI, A Salamander Hotel – New Orleans, LA

NOPSI hotel

NOPSI hotel is a 1920's-era building re-imagined as a 217-room hotel. Each room is classically designed with features inspired by the building's history, local artwork, and the technology demanded by today's traveler.

Forbes Travel guide says this is "one of 2017's most anticipated openings".

NOPSI, A Salamander Hotel – New Orleans, LA

NOPSI, A Salamander Hotel
New Orleans, LA

317 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70112



MC Mike Greto

Emcee Mike Greto

A seasoned events industry veteran, Mike Greto has spent the past 24 years working in a variety of event and marketing roles, including his most recent position as Global Director, Event Marketing at Ciena Corporation where he led the redesign of the company’s approach to business meetings, B2B events and incentive programs. Prior to joining Ciena, Mike enjoyed a 14-year career at The Coca-Cola Company where he worked in Global Strategic Events, managing sports hospitality activations, incentives, business meetings and special events, and later overseeing the company’s golf assets in the Sports & Entertainment marketing division, including leading the annual PGA TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. Before joining The Coca-Cola Company, Mike worked in Business Development at McGettigan Partners (now Maritz Travel) and the Georgia World Congress Center/Georgia Dome with MGR Food Services executing tradeshows and selling corporate events. Mike is currently consulting with agencies, corporate event divisions and destinations to help them rethink their approach to event marketing and business development.

Mike, his wife Dominique Love, son Hampton and two dogs Stella and Waffles reside in Serenbe, a new urbanism community south of Atlanta. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Dear World

Dear World

Dear World is an amplifier of individual stories and a catalyst of building trust on teams. On Sunday our opening session speaker will teach us how a unique approach to team communication can have transformative results.

James Spellos

James Spellos

James Spellos is the President of Meeting U., whose mission is to help people become more productive and comfortable with technology.

Jim delivers over 150 seminars annually on how to use technology more efficiently. In 2015, Jim was named one of the Meeting Industry’s trendsetters by Meetings Today magazine. He is a faculty member at New York University, teaching in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies since 1990. He has been honored with both their Award for Teaching Excellence and their Outstanding Service Award.

In 2014, Jim joined the Board of Directors for Rock and Wrap It Up, an anti-organization which supports over 43,000 agencies in North America. Jim co-created their Whole Earth Calculator app, which helps organizations identify the quantity of food donated, and carbon footprint reduced, from food recovered at meetings and events. He also speaks about food recovery and sustainability in the industry.

Outside of the meetings industry, Jim is an accomplished musician and songwriter, playing guitar and keyboards, and has recorded an album of his original material with his previous group, Contraband. He’s currently in the studio working on new material.

James Spellos
President, Meeting U.
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Kevin Hinton

Kevin Hinton

Named by Incentive magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential People in the Incentive Industry” for “overseeing the rebirth of SITE as an influencer and voice for the global incentive travel industry,” Kevin has served as the chief staff executive for both SITE (the association) and the SITE Foundation (the fundraising and research organization) since 2013.

Together with the organization’s board of directors and Foundation board of trustees, he is responsible for the co-creation of the organization’s strategy as well as its implementation. Kevin leads a globallydeployed staff team that supports SITE’s 2200 members worldwide, and serves as the primary spokesperson and public advocate for SITE and the SITE Foundation.

Prior to joining SITE, Kevin served as Executive Vice President in charge of the global sales strategy for Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). Before ALHI acquired it in January 2011, Kevin was CEO of hinton+grusich, a national sales organization representing hotels and convention bureaus across North America. Kevin’s career in the hotel business began at the Chicago Hilton & Towers where he worked in various management positions.

In 2016, Kevin served as Co-Chair of the Incentive Federation, and in 2017, he is serving the Events Industry Council as Chair-Elect. Kevin also served as Chairman of the International Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) in 2012 and 2013, having served on MPI’s Board for 5 years, and as President of MPI’s Chicago Area Chapter in 2007 and 2008.

Kevin holds a Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in Finance and German from Marquette University, as well as a Master’s Degree (MBA) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

He lives in Evanston, Illinois with his wife Claudia and their daughters, Amber and Sophia.

Kevin M. Hinton, CIS
Chief Excellence Officer (CEO)
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*Members can add Non-Members at the Member rate

Registration Fees

$250.00 Site Member
$300.00 Non-Member
$130.00 Guest (non-industry attendee)

SITE Southeast Educational Summit


Rooms at the NOPSI are available for conference attendees on December 3 and 4 only. The discount rate is $159.00/night. Early arrivals - call the hotel directly.

NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans, LA


2017 Educational Summit Sponsors

Platinum Presenting Sponsors

AlliedPRA New Orleans
NOPSI Hotel New Orleans

Gold Sponsors

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún All InclusiveFiesta Americana Condesa
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún
VR Arcade NOLA
meet L.A. - Partner with L.A. Tourism on your next Meeting & Event in Los Angeles
New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau - Meetings and Conventions

Silver Sponsors

Groups by SandalsFiesta Americana Condesa Cancún All InclusiveFiesta Americana Condesa

Bronze Sponsors

C2Eventz Destination Management
BBC Destination Management - New Orleans' premier destination management company
Pinehurst Resort - Golf, Spa & Dining

In-Kind Sponsors

Bourbon Vieux corporate event venue New Orleans
Playworks Group Corporate Team Building
Kelli Price Photography
Professional Marketing Services, Inc.
Cultivate Premium Corporate Gifts

Strategic Partner Sponsor

Aventri Event Management Software

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