The leading conference produced exclusively for independent planners not associated with third-party organizations expands its program in 2022. IPEC is now taking applications for hosted buyers and registrations for an all-new Business Accelerator Bootcamp program focused on the critical needs of independent planners seeking to repurpose their businesses in a post-Covid business environment.

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IPEC provides a conference program for independent planners that provides the perfect mix of education, networking and meetings, with options to participate for hosted and non-hosted buyers alike. Buyers with new business-to-book will meet with myriad suppliers eager to host their future events, while participating in sessions and guided discussions focused on current topics of importance. In addition, participants will experience and tour the new Resorts World Las Vegas, the most expensive resort, mall and casino ever developed in Las Vegas. Non-hosted buyers will take advantage of a focused workshop and education program -- in addition to mentored networking -- for a minimal registration fee.

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Learn from, and be inspired by, our guest speakers who will provide targeted education specific to independent planners.



Connect during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.



Network during the exclusive activities.

All qualified buyers will be fully hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, including airfare, accommodations, meals and planned activities. Hosted buyers must submit an application and those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled meetings with key suppliers from across the United States
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Opening reception, great meals, and numerous networking opportunities with other independent planners
  • Business Accelerator Bootcamp at a reduced rate of $95. (Optional)

 To learn more, please contact Dana Kallman.


Resorts World Las Vegas
3000 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV  89109

As the first integrated resort to be built on the Las Vegas Strip in over a decade, Resorts World Las Vegas seamlessly blends the technology and luxury appeal of an urban contemporary resort with the traditions and time-honored details of the international Resorts World brand. The sleek yet simple elegance of this new property was developed with the intention of bringing the elevated experience for which the Resorts World brand is known to the modern Las Vegas traveler seeking luxury, value and variety.

Suppliers: Please head here to make your hotel reservation by February 11, 2022. The room rate for suppliers is $218 per night plus applicable taxes at time of occupancy.

Hosted buyers: You will receive details on how to make your hotel reservation after your application has been approved.

Please be advised that numerous companies have been emailing and calling our attendees attempting to book them into hotels for Northstar events.

Here are the companies and their representatives that we have been made aware of:

  • CBS International
  • Corporate Booking Services
  • EHRS
  • Exhibition Housing Services
  • Global Housing Corporation
  • World Wide Travel

Be advised that these companies and individuals have no relationship with our events. Our attendees are encouraged to disregard any communication received from these companies or any others that are not affiliated with Northstar Meetings Group.


Individual Package

Event Only Package

  • Display table & appointments
  • All event activities
  • Buyer profiles via event app
Individual Package

Gold Package

  • Half-page ad
  • Display table & appointments
  • All event activities
  • Buyer profiles via event app
Platinum Package

Platinum Package

  • Full-page ad
  • Display table & appointments
  • All event activities
  • Buyer profiles via event app

Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or: Shalise DeMott at 561-251-9846 or [email protected]


  • Amelia Island
  • Boise Centre
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Chattanooga Tourism Co.
  • Club Med
  • Daytona Beach
  • Destination El Paso
  • Discover Denton
  • Experience Columbus
  • Experience Kissimmee
  • Experience Rochester MN
  • Explore Branson
  • Explore Charleston
  • Fredericksburg CVB
  • Grand Sierra
  • Guy Harvey Resort St. Augustine
  • Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
  • Hilton Embassy Suites
  • Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Louisville
  • Memphis Travel
  • Monterey County CVB
  • Ocean Center
  • Ocean Properties
  • Omni Louisville Hotel
  • Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Board
  • South Point Hotel Casino & Spa
  • St. Augustine/Ponte Vedra
  • The Broadmoor
  • Visit Albuquerque
  • Visit Central Florida
  • Visit Corpus Christi
  • Visit Dunwoody
  • Visit Fairfax
  • Visit Lubbock
  • Visit Oxnard
  • Visit Park City
  • Visit South Walton
  • Visit St. Pete Clearwater
  • Visit Virginia Beach
  • Volan Technology

Education Produced in Partnership With:
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Tuesday, March 1

11:00am 5:30pm
1:00pm – 5:00pm
1. Introductions & Overview

2. Business Strategy

  • Articulating your vision
  • Honing your value proposition
  • Defining your brand; identifying gaps between your view & your clients’ views

3. Pricing & Rates

  • Pricing models: pros & cons
  • Commissions: the good, the bad, and the ugly
  • Calculating how much to charge

4. Client Acquisition

  • Managing workflow & keeping a steady pipeline
  • Prospecting strategies (even for introverts)
  • Vetting RFPs
  • Proposals & pitch meetings

5. Client Retention

  • Designing post-event reports & debriefings for maximum client retention
  • Dealing with difficult clients
3:00pm 6:00pm
Supplier tabletop set-up (Optional)
Planners: Property Tour
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Welcome Reception

Hosted by Resorts World Las Vegas

Wednesday, March 2

8:00am – 8:30am
8:30am – 9:45am
Education: Time Management Tips for Business Owners: Multi-Tasking Made Easy
10:00am – 1:00pm
One-on-One Appointments (11 appointments)
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Lunch: Wednesday Lunch Table Top Discussions

Planners will be assigned tables based on their interest in discussing the following topics:

  • Client Engagement Contracts
  • Liability Protection for Planners and their Companies
  • Effective Marketing in the Age of Digital and Social Media
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Free Time or Activity
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Evening Reception

Thursday, March 3

8:00am – 8:30am
8:30am – 9:45 am
Education: Keynote Speaker
10:00am – 1:00pm
One-on-One Appointments (11 appointments)
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Lunch: Planner Presentations/Case Studies:

Select planners will each present a 10-12 minute “how-to” and take questions based on some of the key topics that our IPEC Advisory Board has determined are currently important to them.



Buyers Contact:

Dana Kallman

[email protected]

Suppliers Contact:

Shalise DeMott


[email protected]

Event Logistics Contact:

Beth Dean


[email protected]