Host Sponsor

Missouri Means Business.

Connect Missouri is an education conference and appointment-only trade show. The event brings together the most active planners, suppliers and experts in Missouri association, corporate, specialty, and sports meetings and events for two days of career-boosting education, preset appointments and quality networking.







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


REGISTER TodaySupplier Appointment TakerSupplier AdditionalPlanner End UserThird Party Planner



2018 Agenda

Subject to Change

Tuesday, Nov. 27
2-5 p.m.Registration
3:30-4:45 p.m.Orientation and Welcome Education
5-6 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
7-9 p.m.Opening Reception
Wear your tackiest holiday finery to the "Ugly Christmas Sweater" reception at Branson Convention Center. The 40-foot tall tree in the convention center lobby sets the tone for the festivities, including hosted cocktails, awesome food and live entertainment. After hours, keep the celebration going at Hilton of Branson.
Wednesday, Nov. 28
9-10 a.m.Breakfast in Branson
10-11:15 a.m.General Session
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
12:45-1:45 p.m.Networking Lunch
2-3:15 p.m.Education Session
3:30-4:30 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
6-8 p.m.Closing Reception
Andy B's with after hours at Hilton of Branson




2018 Education

Subject to Change

Tuesday, Nov. 27
3:30-4:45 p.m. | Welcome Education

Presented by Kristen Brown

Working a room can be overwhelming and frustrating. Without a purpose and a plan, even extroverts can face difficulties—while introverts can struggle even more. When you know your goals, how to position yourself, and what to say, you can go into networking situations more confidently, leave a lasting impression, and create deeper connections to grow your business and circles of influence.

Wednesday, Nov. 28
10-11:15 a.m. | General Session

Presented by Bob Pederson

On-site risk management: What happens when an airline mechanical problem forces 300 attendees to return to foreign country without accommodations? Or a hotel employee accuses one of your travelers of child abuse? Or you need to medivac an executive home? Come hear real-life stories and discuss how your best-laid risk management plans can fall apart right before your very eyes.

2-3:15 p.m. | Education Session

Presented by Kristen Brown

When you help your clients minimize decision paralysis, you make it easier for them to say yes to what you're selling. But what does it take to step away from your own self-focused sales goals and step into your buyer's shoes? To be a top-earning salesperson who drives growth, you must let go of the me-first mentality and focus on easing your customers’ stresses across the selling process. When you embrace this paradigm shift it’s a win-win-win for your client, your own bottom-line, and your company.

Host Sponsor


© 2018 Connect. All Rights Reserved.