The leading conference produced exclusively for independent planners not associated with third-party organizations.


The IPEC program for independent planners provides the perfect mix of education, networking and meetings with suppliers, with options for hosted and nonhosted buyers. Those booking new business will meet with myriad suppliers who are eager to host the buyers’ future events. Sessions and guided discussions will focus on current topics of importance.

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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

 To learn more, please contact Dana Kallman.

Hyatt Regency Greenville
220 North Main Street
Greenville, S.C.



Individual Package

Registration Includes

  • 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 sdemott@ntmllc.com

Past Exhibitors

  • Awesome Alpharetta
  • Boise Centre
  • Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
  • Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Chattanooga Tourism Co.
  • City of Rock Hill
  • Club Med
  • Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Destination El Paso
  • Discover Denton
  • Discover Durham
  • Discover Flagstaff
  • Discover Newport (R.I.)
  • Discover Puerto Rico
  • Embassy Suites St. Augustine
  • Experience Columbia, S.C.
  • Experience Grand Rapids
  • Explore Asheville
  • Explore Branson
  • Florida's Historic Coast: St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra
  • Florida Keys & Key West
  • Fort Smith
  • Fredericksburg CVB
  • Guest House at Graceland
  • Guy Harvey Resort St. Augustine
  • Hammock Beach and Golf Resort
  • Hilton Head Chamber
  • Hoteles Xcaret
  • Huntsville - Madison
  • Iberostar
  • IHG - Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resorts
  • IP Casino Resort Spa - Biloxi
  • Jekyll Island Club Resort
  • Kalahari Resorts
  • Karisma Hotels & Resorts (Premier Worldwide Marketing)
  • L'Auberge de Sedona
  • Louisville Tourism
  • Margaritaville, Hollywood Beach
  • Memphis Travel
  • Naples/Marco Island/Everglades
  • Ocean Center
  • Ocean Properties, Hotels & Resorts
  • Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa
  • Palace Resorts
  • Park City Chamber/Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Peabody Memphis
  • Plaza Hotel and Casino
  • Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Rentyl Resorts
  • Romeo Entertainment Group
  • Sahara Las Vegas
  • Salem Convention Center
  • San Diego Travel Authority
  • Sedona Chamber of Commerce
  • Sheraton Sandkey
  • Sonoma County Tourism
  • South Point Casino
  • The San Francisco Peninsula
  • Travel Butler County, OH
  • Travel Cobb
  • Travel Costa Mesa
  • Travel Portland
  • Travel Salem/Salem Convention Center
  • Travel Santa Ana
  • Tropicana Las Vegas
  • Visit Santa Ana
  • Visit Anchorage
  • Visit Chandler
  • Visit Charlotte
  • Visit Denver
  • Visit Fairfax
  • Visit Greenville SC
  • Visit Jacksonville
  • Visit Las Cruces
  • Visit Lubbock
  • Visit Madison
  • Visit Marina Del Rey
  • Visit Myrtle Beach
  • Visit Orlando
  • Visit Plano
  • Visit Richardson
  • Visit South Walton
  • Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
  • Visit Virginia Beach
  • Visit Walnut Creek
  • Westgate Las Vegas

MJ Impastato

MJ Impastato

Founder, Mojo Coaching & Consulting

MJ Impastato, CPCC, PCC, is the founder of Mojo Coaching & Consulting, a firm dedicated to helping individuals and organizations reclaim their mojo and reach their full potential. With a unique background as a senior executive assistant and a focus on heart-centered leadership, MJ brings a compassionate and authentic approach to coaching that empowers clients to overcome limiting beliefs and patterns to achieve their goals. Through her individual coaching sessions and leadership development trainings, MJ has helped countless clients find more balance and fulfillment in their lives and to become more effective and fulfilled business leaders.

Christina Pannos

Christina Pannos

Partner, Howe & Hutton, Ltd.

Christina Pannos is a partner with Howe & Hutton, Ltd., a law firm that specializes in representing nonprofit organizations and meeting planners. The firm has carved a niche in the highly specialized yet diverse practice areas of not-for-profit and hospitality law, representing trade associations, professional societies, charitable foundations, meeting and event planners, and other related entities. Pannos has advised and represented clients in contract negotiation, corporate and not-for-profit structure, intellectual property protection and registration, commercial real estate leasing, employment, antitrust, and data privacy. 

Sunday, Jan. 21

3:00pm – 5:30pm
3:00pm – 6:30pm
Supplier Set-Up (Optional)
Regency Ballroom
4:00pm 5:30pm
Local Activity
Meet in Atrium
5:45pm 6:30pm
Planner Tour, Hyatt Regency
Meet in Atrium
6:30pm 9:00pm
Welcome Reception
Studio 220 @ NOMA

Monday, Jan. 22

7:30am – 8:30am
Regency Ballroom
8:30am 9:00am
Hot Topics in Meeting Contracts

Presented by Christina M. Pannos, Esq.

More Detail

What risks are you taking if you sign contracts on behalf of your clients? Are you adding sustainability requirements or reworking risk-management clauses? Do legislative concerns come into play? These are just some of the issues being addressed in meeting contracts today. Industry attorney Christina M. Pannos, Esq., will share the latest hot-button issues and answer questions from participants.

Among topics to be addressed:

  • Liability concerns for independent planners working on behalf of clients
  • Common contract mistakes — and how to avoid them
  • How current events play into group contracts today
Regency Ballroom
9:30am – 10:00am
Unleashing Your Mojo to Attract Fantastic Clients

Presented by MJ Impastato

More Detail

In this captivating and empowering talk, MJ Impastato will guide participants through the intricate world of client relationships in the realm of independent meeting planning. With a focus on understanding the attributes of both exceptional and challenging clients, this session delves into the crucial differences that go beyond the obvious. Join us as we explore the values and attributes that differentiate the clients who ignite our passion and creativity from those who drain our energy — and how to attract and retain those you love to work with. Note: Suppliers can apply the same strategies to their relationships with meeting planner clients.

Participants will learn to:

  • Cultivate a mindset that attracts inspiring clients
  • Set clear boundaries and embrace your authentic self
  • Exude confidence and energy when meeting a potential new client
  • Unleash your mojo to grow a successful and fulfilling business
Regency Ballroom
10:00am – 10:30am
Sourcing Tools and Time Savers

Presented by Christy Froehlich and Brett Sterenson

Regency Ballroom
10:30am – 11:00am
Putting AI to Work for You

Regency Ballroom
11:00am – 11:45am
Break/Experts' Office Hours
Regency Foyer
11:45am 12:45pm
One-on-One Appointments (4)
Regency Ballroom
12:45pm 2:00pm
Lunch/Table Topic Conversation
Regency Ballroom
2:15pm – 3:45pm
One-on-One Appointments (6)
Regency Ballroom
3:45pm – 6:15pm
Free Time/Activities
Depart for Offsite Dinner
Meet in Main Lobby

Tuesday, Jan. 23

7:30am – 9:15am
Regency Ballroom
7:45am – 9:15am
Pricing Workshop
Regency Ballroom
9:30am 11:00am
One-on-One Appointments (6)
Regency Ballroom
11:00am 11:30am
Regency Foyer
11:30am 12:30pm
One-on-One Appointments (4)
Regency Ballroom
12:45pm 1:45pm
Closing Lunch
Regency Ballroom


Buyers Contact:

Dana Kallman


Suppliers Contact:

Shalise DeMott



Event Logistics Contact:

Christy Froehlich