New York Means Business.

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







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



2019 Agenda

Subject to Change

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
8-9 a.m.Registration and Networking Breakfast
9-9:45 a.m.Education Session 1
10-10:45 a.m.Education Session 2
11 a.m.-noonMarketplace Appointments
Noon-1:30 p.m.Lunch and Keynote Session: Uncensored—The Truth Behind Fyre Festival Q&A With Marc Weinstein and Andy King
2-4:30 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
4:30-5:30 p.m.Closing Cocktails



Andy King
Marc Weinstein
Andy catered his first event at age 16 and went on to become a top event producer in New York City. He has spent the past 25 years helping top brands, foundations and individuals market themselves through live events and experiences. Currently, his greatest passion is to inspire a new vision for the event industry: one focused on sustainability, zero waste and integrating environmental and social impact at every brand touchpoint.  Marc Weinstein is a serial entrepreneur, having founded multiple start-ups in the finance and media industries. He is currently a Principal at Wave Financial, where he leads Wave's venture investments into the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Marc's second company, 90sFest, was featured in the New York Times and sold to Scopus Media in 2017. He is an angel investor and advisor to a number of projects spanning many industries, including tech, entertainment and consumer. He graduated with a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

2019 Keynote

Fyre Festival promised hundreds of attendees the experience of a lifetime in the Bahamas. Instead, they arrived and found chaos. The infamous debacle made headlines and spawned two popular documentaries.


At Connect NYC, Andy King and Marc Weinstein—key figures behind Fyre Festival—will take you behind the failed event, which continues to teach us lessons about event planning, social media marketing and influencer culture.

2019 Education

Subject to Change

Tuesday, May 7
9-9:45 a.m. | Education Session 1

Presented by Simone Morris

No question about it. Diversity and inclusion is the hot topic trending these days. We see and hear about progress or lack thereof in the corporate, political, and entertainment spaces. Wondering how it factors into the meeting planning space? And how you can go about incorporating diversity and inclusion strategies into planning your upcoming meeting and events? Look no further. This is a must-attend session for meeting planners and suppliers who want to intentionally create an inclusive space for every demographic within your target audience.

Key Objectives:

  • 1. Explore opportunities to update your planning cycle to intentionally incorporate diversity and inclusion.
  • 2. Gain tips for building inclusive partnerships to support your meeting/event agenda.
  • 3. Learn best practices for creating inclusive meetings.

10-10:45 a.m. | Education Session 2

Presented by Joshua Grimes

Constant change in society means changes for meetings. Successful planners and suppliers must adapt to these developments. This interactive session will identify the most critical developments to impact meetings. Participants will consider trends affecting future meetings, and then develop creative and innovative legal responses to allow events to go forward successfully with minimal risk.

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