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Chicago Means Business.

Enhance your skills, network with industry leaders and drive more business at Connect Chicago—the event for planners and suppliers focused on national association, corporate and international meetings and events in Chicago. Experience a quality packed day of general sessions, roundtables, preset appointments and networking.







Connect Chicago is the business marketplace where RFPs are placed, dates are secured and relationships are developed for future business.






2019 Agenda

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Saturday, Feb. 23-Sunday, Feb. 24
Sat.-Sun.Pre-Conference FAM—Click here for more information.
Monday, Feb. 25
3-4 p.m.Registration
3:30-4:45 p.m.Welcome and Education
5-6 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
6-7:30 p.m.Welcome Reception
Tuesday, Feb. 26
9-11 a.m.Marketplace Appointments
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.General Session
12:15-1:15 p.m.Networking Lunch
1:30-3 p.m.Marketplace Appointments




2019 Speakers

Christy Lamagna
Strategic Meetings & Events
Tom Pasha
CONTACT Planning Inc.
When Christy joined the meetings industry 27 years ago, event planning was a concept more than a recognized profession. In the ensuing two and a half decades, she has proudly participated in its evolution. In 2001 she founded Strategic Meetings & Events, which produces mid to large scale corporate events worldwide. Christy is a nationally recognized, award-winning strategic planner, entrepreneur, author, speaker, coach and intellectual philanthropist. Tom Pasha has been recognized as one of the top event planners in the planning industry. Starting in Hyatt Hotels, Tom won Sales Manager of the Year, Sales Director of the Year and the Donald M. Pritzker Award for Sales Excellence.

Tom went on to found CONTACT Planning, Inc., a national meeting planning company headquartered in Orlando, Florida. His company books over 100,000 room nights annually and Tom provides CMP-level training for meeting planners and hotel sales teams nationwide.

2019 Education

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Monday, Feb. 25
3:30-4:45 p.m. | Welcome Education

Presented by Christy Lamagna

Make 2019 the year you become indispensable. Earn executive status, benefits and compensation. By shifting your thinking from a logistic to a strategic perspective, you’ll turn your programs into the most powerful sales and marketing tool at your company’s disposal, bringing quantifiable ROI and contributing to the bottom line.

Objective: Learn how to plan strategically, measure ROI and create effective content

Tuesday, Feb. 26
10:45-11:45 a.m. | General Session

Presented by Tom Pasha

More than a traditional Negotiations Seminar, this session trains meeting planners on how hotels really work, "From the Hotel Side." The topics include seeing a real hotel P&L to view how hotels generate revenue and how they evaluate group business. Be prepared to learn advanced negotiation tips and techniques to maximize bookings and stretch planning budgets.

• Planners learn how a hotel generates revenue and sees actual profit percentages
• Planners learn how to make hotels compete for their business
• Planners learn advanced negotiation tips

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