Interact Digital Event Series

The Northstar Meetings Group Interact Digital Event series brings together buyers and sellers of meetings and events interactively and dynamically. Northstar's Interact series lineup focuses on locations and specific event types, facilitating connecting, networking, and learning, supporting the industry’s recovery.

    February 23, 2021

    interact back to booking



    Please note that all events will follow a half-day afternoon schedule based on US Eastern time zone (except the international event, which will be an AM EDT event). 

    12:30 1:00pm
    Networking Time (get comfortable with the platform)
    1:00 1:40pm
    Welcome and Intro Presentation: Risk Management Today: Basic Training for Meeting and Event Managers

    Presented by Mark Herrera, Director of Education and Life-Safety, International Association of Venue Managers

    More Detail

    Political tension and other factors have raised security concerns for meetings and events. What can you do to ensure the safety of your gathering? Are you skilled at observing and identifying suspicious behavior? How would you handle a threat on-site? Venue security expert Mark Herrera will address these concerns and answer participants’ questions in this timely and important session.

    The discussion will cover:

    • The current threat level facing meeting venues
    • How to increase your observational skills and identify concerning behavior
    • How to mentally prepare, mitigate and respond to possible threats

    1:40 1:50pm
    1:50 2:40pm
    Appointments (5 nine minute appointments with a minute to switch)
    2:40 2:50pm
    2:50 3:30pm
    Sponsored by Visit Scotland/Alba Business Events
    3:30 3:40pm
    3:40 4:30pm
    Appointments (5 nine minute appointments with a minute to switch)
    4:30 4:45pm
    Closing Presentation
    4:45 5:30pm
    Open Networking on the Ballroom Floor

    Mark Herrera

    Mark Herrera

    Director of Education and Life-Safety, International Association of Venue Managers

    Mark Herrera is the director of education and life-safety for the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). As part of his duties, he teaches Situational Awareness-Mindset training, which includes how to mitigate risks and control extreme situations. In his role at IAVM, Herrera works in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security to identify capability gaps across soft target community, counter threats to the pattern of life, research technology to mitigate risk, and provide information to protect our Public Facility Assemblies and all critical infrastructures.

    Herrera is a seasoned law enforcement officer and trainer, having spent 20 years with the Hobbs, N.M., Police Department in numerous roles, including Supervisor of the Crime Prevention Division and Tactical Sergeant for a Special Operations Unit known as S.W.A.T. Upon retiring from the police department, he implemented security policies, procedures and training programs for the oil and gas industry. He later worked as an instructor for the Department Homeland Security, training 3,000 armed pilots to defend against acts of terrorism involving criminal violence or air piracy.

    Network with Buyers 

    Bringing Buyers and Sellers Together Again

    Participation includes:

    • One-on-one meetings with qualified planners
    • Networking
    • Timely, topical education sessions
    • Contact list of all planner attendees 

    Sponsorship Opportunities:

    • Destination experience breaks
    • Education sponsorships (15 minute presentation)
    • Registration sponsor
    • Lounge area where partners’ videos could be viewed
    • Happy hour/cooking demo sponsorshi
    • Gifting in coordination with the event, or after it, customized to your unique value proposition.

    Please contact the appropriate sales associate based on the following territories:

    AL, AR, GA, FL, KS, LA, MO, MS, NE, ND, OK, SD
    Shalise DeMott
    Vice President, Sales 
    561-251-9846 |
    AK, AZ, CA, ID, MT, NM, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY
    James Antaky
    Business Development Director
    310-214-7702 |

    DC, DE, IA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MN, NC, NJ, OH, SC, TN, PA, VA, WI, WV 
    Alison Best
    Business Development Director
    510-610-2944 |
    Caribbean, Latin America, Spain, Portugal
    Business Development Director
    305-794-7675 |
    CT, MA, ME, NY, RI, NH, VT, Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East

    Diane DiMaggio
    Business Development Director
    914-299-4394 |
    CA, CO, HI, NV

    Sharon Freeark
    Business Development Director
    626-578-0700 |

    Buyers Contact:

    Dana Kallman

    Manager, Buyer Development

    Suppliers Contact:

    Shalise DeMott

    Vice President, Sales

    Event Logistics Contact:

    Rita Bergman

    Events Manager

    "Kudos to you and your team for a wonderful event! Thank you for continuing to keep our industry moving forward during these historic times."

    - Wayne Palbaum, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore

    "THANK YOU. Each time I have attended a Northstar event, I have learned something that I wasn’t expecting to. Thank you for continuing to provide such robust events that benefit the planners in ways we aren’t expecting! What a GREAT event!"

    - Jennifer Johnson, Johnson Meetings

    "This was my first Northstar Meeting (virtual or non-virtual) and I am absolutely impressed by the event and the quality of speakers. The meeting was so informative and insightful, I am so grateful that I could take part in it. Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this and for letting me join!"

    - Annika Clutch, Storck USA, L.P.

    "Went by so quickly!! Love the format! Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this event :)"

    - Inge Campbell, Maui Jim

    "Congratulations Northstar! As always meetings with you are extraordinary! What a great group of women gathering to create opportunities, move the industry forward, learn and support each other!"

    - Maria Abuabara Brulhart, ProColombia