SITE Southeast ICE Conference 2018

2018 SITE Southeast “ICE” Conference

August 26-29, 2018
Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

SITE Southeast is excited to introduce our first Incentive Conference Experience (ICE) event. With a focus on all the elements needed to create the ULTIMATE Incentive, this conference is a MUST.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Kevin C. Snyder

Keynote Speaker Dr. Kevin C. SnyderAs a professional speaker, Kevin Snyder has spoken and created dynamic audience experiences for over one million people through 1,150 audiences in all 50 states and numerous countries. His motivational keynote programs and training workshops inspire audiences to think bigger than ever before and equip them with actionable takeaways.

Kevin holds a Doctorate degree in Leadership and is the author of several books, his first and best-selling book titled, "Think Differently to Achieve Success!" Before launching full-time into his speaking and writing career, Kevin held a careeer in Student Affairs and most recently served as the Dean of Students for High Point University.

During SITE Southeast’s "ICE" event, Kevin will be presenting a customized keynote that will inspire you like never before to live and experience your dream. Kevin is living proof that living a dream is possible – he's lived several. From earning a doctorate degree to publishing several books; to presenting a TEDx talk to living on a sailboat; from being a game show dreamer to meeting Bob Barker and winning BIG on The Price is Right!

Ben Sauvage, CEO of Connect DMC

Ben Sauvage, CEO of Connect DMC

Making The Case – The Power of Sustainable Events!

During this session, attendees will:

  • Learn why sustainability is so important to the future of our industry,
  • Learn about the importance of the United Nations’ 17 SDGs and how to start applying them today in your organization and personal life,
  • Leave with concrete illustrations and applications of sustainable events through impactful case studies.

Ben Sauvage is the founder and CEO of Connect DMC, winner of an IMEX Green Award “Commitment to Community”; President Elect of the SITE Florida & Caribbean Chapter and proud member of the Site Sustainability Committee from its very first day.

Joe Lipichok, Logistics Coordinator C2Eventz

Joe Lipichok, Logistics Coordinator C2Eventz

Joe Lipichok, an expert in Event Planning and Transportation, is the Logistics Event Coordinator at C2Eventz. Joe is very passionate about Landscape and Aerial Photography by using professional DSLR cameras and drones. His determination paves the way for young professionals by speaking and presenting his experience at multiple events around the country. His confidence and attitude have helped his Emcee career take off by insuring a smooth and exciting event.

Prior to working at C2Eventz, Joe worked in the restaurant industry where he developed his friendly charismatic skills. He was born in Southern California and raised in Des Moines, IA where he earned his Associates Degree from Des Moines Area Community College in Business Administration.

His list of accomplishments range from being a top salesman regularly, to being featured in September’s 2015 issue of Jezebel Magazine. Joe steadily built his clientele through networking with everyone he came into contact with. He continues to build his web of contacts by being a part of GAMPI, Bizzbash, Jeckil Promotions, SITE, and IMEX America.

Joe continues to strive for success by always giving back to his community. He enjoys helping his family in Iowa by volunteering and planning the Beaverdale Fall Festival in Iowa. Joe and his family have run the event for their church since 2004 and continue to make a truly great experience for their people in the community.

Joe’s hobbies consist of camping, hiking, kayaking, planning events, cooking, and making people smile. He loves to meet new people and build relationships that last a lifetime, whether it is a business or personal relation.

Marty MacKay, DMCP - President, Global Alliance

Marty MacKay, DMCP - President, Global Alliance

Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management – Are You Ready?

Marty has spent her entire career mastering the event world. Her professional background began on the client side, where she learned the event business from the ground up while working at a leading fortune 500 company. From there, she took her experience as a client and transitioned to running multiple DMC locations in the mid-Atlantic. In 2013 she joined Hosts Global, where she has more than doubled the size of the global alliance of DMCs and introduced best practices and standards across the membership. Marty is the 2018-2019 president of ADMEI and leader in the hospitality industry’s focus to drive emergency preparedness and GDPR preparation.

Outside of the office, Marty spends her time with her two girls and two dogs, and occasional foster dogs as well. She loves to cook and entertain friends and family in her home.

Colleen McQuone, HMCC - President, McQ1 Meetings

Colleen McQuone, HMCC - President, McQ1 Meetings

Relationship Marketing: The planner and the supplier

Colleen McQuone, HMCC has spent 18+ years as a medical meeting planner. She started her career working for agencies out of Tampa / New York / New Jersey learning the fast paced world of healthcare communications which combine meeting planning, strategy, marketing and new business development, budgeting and reconciliation. The agency she worked for was the Agency of record for Pfizer and Colleen helped to grow the account from $1mil in 2001 to $11mil in 2010. One of her strengths was working well with all of the vendors that Pfizer and other Pharma Agencies brought in on large projects. While others saw this as a threat, Colleen saw this as an opportunity. In 2014, Colleen started McQ1 Meeting and Events and has worked on many exciting projects, including one for the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, and Minister President of Flanders. She travels internationally and is well versed on the demands of the entrepreneur. In 2016, she co-founded H&C Group with Heather Herrig launching the Business Bootcamp for Independent Planners (and other industries). She is an active member of MPI GA, SITE SE and the Junior League of Atlanta.

Doc Hendley, President of Wine To Water

Wine To Water: Ordinary People can do Extraordinary Things

Doc Hendley, Founder & President of Wine To WaterOn a journey from singing in bars to working in Darfur, Sudan, one of the most dangerous places in the world, and then leading Wine To Water from a dream to a reality, Doc realized that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

Doc Hendley is the Founder and President of Wine To Water, a non-profit organization that serves in community to provide clean water for people in need around the world. Doc first envisioned the concept of Wine To Water while bartending and playing music in nightclubs in Raleigh, North Carolina. With the money raised, Hendley traveled to Darfur, Sudan in 2004 and began installing water systems for victims of government-supported genocide.

Doc was selected as one of the Top Ten CNN Hero in 2009 chosen by a panel of judges including Gen. Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner and Sir Elton John.

In 2012 he published “Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World,” (Avery: Penguin, Jan 2012). It is a captivating story of an ordinary bartender who’s changing the world through clean water and the book is a foundation of college courses at several universities across the country.

Thousands have been inspired by Doc’s story and Wine To Water has grown from one man's mission into a global movement for clean water. Wine To Water was reached more than 600,000 people and worked in 25+ countries.

Doc's work has saved thousands of lives by providing humanity's most basic need, clean water. His secondary mission is to log as many Harley miles in support of the mission. Unfortunately for him, planes cross the oceans a bit easier.

Wine to Water

Wine to Water CSR event

offered to the first 30 attendees who sign up

On August 28, 30 conference attendees will have the unique opportunity to travel to a nearby village in the Dominican Republic to assist in building clay water purification devices for the local community. This is an up-close, hands-on interactive experience that you are not going to want to miss. The cost of this experience is included in your conference registration but space is limited to the first 30 guests who sign up – so register today! Learn more about the Wine to Water initiative.

Special Sponsorship Category

Interested in sponsoring this life changing event? We have a special $2,500 sponsorship category that's just for you. Contact Cathy Jones for more information.


Sunday, August 26
  Scattered Arrival – Conference Attendees
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM Hospitality Suite
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CIS Training day 2 (½ day)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Silent Auction
12:00 – 3:00 PM Lunch on own
4:00 – 4:30 PM Opening General Session
Welcome to the SITE SE Incentive Conference Experience!
4:30 – 5:30 PM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kevin Snyder
Lead with A Purpose
7:00 – 10:00 PM Opening Reception at Secrets Cap Cana
Monday, August 27
8:30 AM Breakfast and Sessions
8:45 – 9:30 AM Ben Sauvage, CEO Connect DMC
Making the Case – The Power of Sustainable Events!
9:30 10:00 AM Joe Lipichok, Logistics Coordinator C2Eventz
Green Manifests
9:00 AM 9:00 PM Hospitality Suite
9:00 AM 6:00 PM Hospitality Desk
9:00 AM 6:00 PM Silent Auction
10:15 11:00 AM Marty Mackay, DMCP – President, Global Alliance
Emergency Perparedness and Risk Management – Are you Ready?
11:00 11:30 AM Colleen McQuone – President, MCQ1Meeting & Events, LLC
Relationship Marketing: The planner and supplier
12:00 3:30 PM Lunch on own
1:30 3:00 PM CSR Event – Local Domincan Republic School Visit
1:00 5:00 PM Sponsored Excursions
7:00 10:00 PM Off Site Dinner at The Paradisus Palma Real
Tuesday, August 28
8:30 AM Breakfast and Sessions
8:45 – 9:45 AM Joe Lipochok, Logistics Coordinator C2Eventz
Drones – How to use them effectively
10:00 – 10:30 AM Doc Hendley, Founder and President, Wine to Water
Wine to Water: Ordinary People can do Extraordinary Things!
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Hospitality Suite
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Hospitality Desk
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Silent Auction
12:00 to 3:30 PM Lunch on Own
12:00 to 4:00 PM

CSR Event – Wine to Water On Site Filter Build with local Community
* First 30 to register

1:00 to 5:00 PM Sponsored Excusions
7:00 to 10:00 PM

Final Night ICE Celebration Event at Secrets Cap Cana

Conference Registration

* Suppliers who are not current members of SITE Southeast Chapter must register a Planner in order to attend

  • SITE Member Supplier or Planner – $175
  • Non-Member Planners – $250
  • * Non Member Supplier – $250 + planner guest $100 = $350
  • Guests – $100 (Attending Spouse, Significant Other, Friend)

Event Contacts

Kim Savransky: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / 678-525-8727

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa

Secrets Cap Cana Accomodations

Distinct. Luxe. Haven.

Escape into luxury at this sophisticated, adults-only hideaway located in the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana. Facing the clear Caribbean Sea along the white sand of the exclusive Juanillo Beach, you'll experience Unlimited-Luxury® —where everything is included.

Special Conference Rates:

* Prices are USD per person per night
$159 Jr Suite ROH DBL
$214 Jr Suite ROH SGL
*NOTE - Upgrades to Preferred Club Level available upon request
$190 Preferred Club Level (Double Occupancy)
$257 Preferred Club Level (Single Occupancy)

Travel Dates: August 22 to September 1, 2018
Booking Window: Now until July 26, 2018

View/download step-by-step pdfRoom Booking Instructions(1.36 MB)

Airline Discount

Special Partnership Discount offered by Delta Airlines –

Reservations and ticketing are available via or by calling our Delta Meeting Network at 800-328-1111.

When booking online, select “Book a Trip” and enter the Meeting Code in the box provided.

Meeting Code: NMS7A

SkyMiles may be earned. Fare rules apply. SkyMiles travel award redemptions are not permitted.

Delta Airlines special partner discount

Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS)

CIS certification program - August 25-26, 2018

Optional Pre-Conference Workshop, August 25-26

This one and ½ day, in-person workshop provides up-and-coming professionals with the understanding of how incentive programs are designed, what motivates people to achieve greater levels of performance, and the positive impact of incentive travel and business results.

CIS Registration


SITE Member




2018 ICE Conference Sponsors

Platinum Title Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

Meet LA
Ministry of Tourism - Dominican Republic has it all
Salamander Hotels & Resorts - Luxury Hotel Management Company

Silver Sponsors

Sandals - the Luxury Included Vacation
C2Eventz Destination Management
Mango’s Tropical Cafe - Orlando, FL Night Club & Venue

Hotel Sponsors

Mandarin Oriental - Luxury Hotel Event Venues
Eden Roc at Cap Cana: Relais & Chateaux Luxury Boutique Hotel in Punta Cana
KSL Resorts - Luxury Spa Golf and Ski Destination Resorts

In-Kind Sponsors

AM Resorts - Secrets Cap Cana
Paradisus Palma Real - luxury all inclusive resort in Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Professional Marketing Services, Inc.
Amstar DMC
Delta Skyteam

Strategic Partner Sponsor

Aventri Event Management Software


Secrets Cap Cana

Punta Cana 51101
Dominican Republic
(866) 467-3273



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