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MPI CRV's New England Business Forum, powered by XSITE

The 4th Annual MPI CRV's New England Business Forum, powered by XSITE, is an innovative appointment style, reverse trade show designed to bring meeting and event planners together with industry suppliers. The day also showcases cutting edge education sessions that are pre-approved by the Convention Industry Council.

4/9/2018 – 4/9/2018
11:00 AM – 6:15 PM

Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport
28 Day Hill Road
Windsor, CT06095
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Register Now - 2018 XSITE Planner Registration - Appointments and Education
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Planners at past tradeshows included:
AE Events,
Amazing Celebrations,
Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, 
Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, 
Connecticut Education Association, 
EL Education, 
Inspired Marketing,
Performance Foodservice - Springfield,
Prudential Financial,
US Hereditary Angiodema Association (HAEA),
Voya, and more!


The 4th Annual MPI CRV's New England Business Forum, powered by XSITE, is an innovative appointment style, reverse trade show designed to bring meeting and event planners together with industry suppliers.  The day also showcases cutting edge education sessions that are pre-approved by the Convention Industry Council.

Date: Monday, April 9, 2018

Location: Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport 

28 Day Hill Road, Windsor, CT 06095

Time:  11:00AM - 6:15PM

11:00am – 11:45am   Registration 

11:45am – 1:00pm     Lunch, Welcome & Education Session 

1:00pm – 1:15pm       Break

1:15pm – 2:45pm       Education Session 

2:45pm – 3:00pm       Networking Refreshment Break 

3:00pm – 4:18pm       Appointment Reverse Tradeshow 

4:18pm – 4:50pm       Networking Refreshment Break & Venue Tours 

4:50pm – 5:58pm       Appointment Reverse Tradeshow 

Why Planners Should Attend:

We Bring the Suppliers to You
XSITE is an innovative appointment style, reverse trade show designed to bring meeting and event planners together with industry suppliers. There is no cost for you to participate. In fact, you’ll receive a $50 American Express Gift Card just for participating.  You also get to attend 2.5 hours of CIC pre-approved education sessions. MPI CRV is a CMP Preferred Provider1.  

Why Suppliers Should Attend:

We Qualify Our Planners
XSITE obtains full profiles and reviews all planner applications to ensure you are meeting with planners with real business and the ability to make or influence buying decisions.  Every supplier receives a valuable full profile on every planner regardless of whether you have a scheduled appointment with them. You’ll receive up to 15 eight- minute appointments with planners looking to do business with you.  You may also add a second person to take appointments.  XSITE is a smart investment of your time and marketing dollars. Cost to suppliers: $999.00 for up to 15 qualified appointments.  $25.00 for a second representative, includes lunch, education, and appointment show.

Incredible Education Program Content:

Topic: Cutting Edge Legal issues for Meetings - New Challenges, Updated Solutions

AirBnb; Uber; Political turmoil; Immigration restrictions; Legal Weed; Terrorism; Guns in Meetings -- Continuing change around the world means changes for meetings. The “Sharing Economy” featuring AirBnb and Uber creates havoc for hotel room blocks and transportation providers. Controversy in Washington raises worries about protest and disruptions, discourages international attendees from traveling, and may affect food and labor costs. And societal changes like legal marijuana and increased acceptance of guns in public places affects a meeting host’s potential liability.

More change is certain in the months and years ahead, but without a Crystal Ball it’s tough to plan for it. Yet solid planning is what successful planners and suppliers must do.

This interactive and thought-provoking session will identify the most recent and critical developments to impact meetings in 2017. Mr. Grimes and session participants will consider trends likely to affect future meetings, and then develop creative and innovative legal responses to allow events to go forward successfully with minimal risk. This review includes discussion of contract clauses tailored to address each situation.

Topics to be addressed include:
 Contract provisions to adapt to constantly changing hotel rates in the meetings market.
 Impact of Brexit on meetings in Britain and elsewhere in Europe.
 Washinton’s impact on the climate for meetings, both in the US and abroad.
 Planning for “bathroom bills”, discriminatory laws, and other social and political controversies that affect preferred meeting
 Reacting to global terrorism, health, and other concerns that cannot often be anticipated.
 The sharing economy’s impact on traditional room blocks.

Session attendees should come ready to think about their most important legal issues today, and to brainstorm with colleagues about the best solutions.

Joshua Grimes, Esq.

Keynote Speaker: Joshua Grimes, Esq.

Joshua L. Grimes, of Grimes Law Offices, LLC, is a leading attorney in the world-wide meeting, hospitality and association industries. His clients include meeting and event planners, associations, trade groups, hotels, restaurants, convention and conference facilities, and tour operators.

As a practicing attorney for over 25 years, Mr. Grimes meets the specialized legal needs of hospitality industry professionals. Mr. Grimes' work for meeting planners, hotels and meeting facilities includes contract negotiation, franchise and management agreements, property sales, labor issues, and civil litigation. He was in charge of legal matters for the opening of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Mr. Grimes served as Legal Counsel to the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys.

Mr. Grimes is a highly sought-after author and speaker on meeting law topics. He is known for analyzing complex legal issues for his audiences in a way that makes them understandable to non-lawyers and participants of varying levels of experience.  His common-sense approach makes him the "go-to" legal speaker for dozens of meeting/association industry groups across the US, and in Canada and other countries.

Mr. Grimes is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and The George Washington University Law School. He is admitted to the Bars of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.  Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Grimes is an avid runner, father and die-hard Philadelphia sports fan.

Topic: Workplace Sexual Harassment and What Employers Need To Know

The topic of Sexual Harassment is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. In the Meetings and Events industry, not only are we teaching our employees what to be cognizant of, we are also looking out for our guests and attendees while they are at our meetings and events. Join us as we look at the past, present, and future when it comes to Sexual Harassment through the perspectives of a Lawyer and a Human Resource Counsel. We will discuss “How did we get here?” through the history of Sexual Harassment, “What’s Happening Now?” through current penalties and repercussions, training sessions available, and high-profile cases, and look into “What’s Next?” through continuing training and education, and current cases that may shape the way our policies and laws are written.

 Learning Objectives: 

  • How to handle sexual harassment-related incidents from both the HR and Legal perspective

  • Options that are available for sexual harassment prevention/training for your employees

  • Sexual harassment issues and policies directly related to the Meetings & Events industry

Speaker Information:

Erica E. Flores, Associate
Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

Erica E. Flores joined Skoler, Abbott & Presser in 2013.  Erica has successfully defended employers in single-plaintiff and class action discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation, wage and hour litigation, and breach of contract litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.  She has also defended employers, employee benefit plans and benefit plan fiduciaries against a variety of ERISA breach of fiduciary duty, prohibited transaction and benefits claims.  In addition to her litigation practice, Erica regularly advises clients with respect to day-to-day employment issues, including decisions regarding adverse employment actions and litigation avoidance. She is a regular contributor to the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, and a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Hampden County Bar Association.  Erica is also the Second Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Prior to joining Skoler Abbott, Erica spent seven years working for prominent international law firms in New York City and Philadelphia and served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Russell M. Nigro of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia, where she was the Production Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law, provided volunteer legal services to the Women’s Law Project and Equality Forum, and interned for the Honorable Glynnis D. Hill of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas.  Before attending Penn Law, Erica worked as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Longmont, Colorado. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she was the captain of the women’s rugby team.

Erica lives in Westfield with her wife Elizabeth, their little boy Jackson, and their three pets.  In her free time, she is an amateur photographer, an avid home gardener, and a not very talented softball player.

Mark Soycher 

Attorney Mark Soycher has over 30 years' experience guiding Connecticut employers and employees through the maze of laws and regulations affecting their workplace, providing legal assistance with all workplace problems, from hiring to firing.  From 1983 to 1990 he worked for CBIA providing members with advice on labor and employment issues. For the last 12 years before returning to CBIA in July 2002, he was in private law practice representing both employers and individuals in employment matters as well as counseling companies on all personnel management practices.  Prior to 1983 he worked as general counsel and lobbyist for the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut (a construction industry trade association). He has also been a frequent guest speaker at trade and professional association seminars discussing how national and state employment laws affect individuals and employers in Connecticut's workplaces, and on how best to plan and apply workplace strategies that anticipate and avoid legal disputes.  Additionally, he has conducted training sessions for thousands of Connecticut workers on a wide range of topics, including Sexual Harassment Prevention, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Employment Law for Managers, Workplace Discrimination, and Ethics Compliance. 

Attorney Soycher holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in special education from William Paterson College, and a law degree from New York Law School.  He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, serves on the executive committee of the Connecticut Bar Association's labor and employment law section, is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, currently serving as the Director of Legislative Affairs on the SHRM-CT HR Council, and is a board member of the Connecticut Business Leadership Network (CTBLN), a coalition of CT employers working to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.


Registration Fees and Links:

Appointment Tradeshow

Planners        Complimentary Registration                        
Suppliers                                                    $999.00 (Up To 15 qualified appointments)                                            
Supplier Second Representative             $25.00 (includes lunch, education, and second chair at appointments)  

Education & Lunch ONLY

MPI Member (Preferred & Premier Level)                 $75.00          
Non-Member & Essential-Level MPI Members       $110.00
MPI Student Members                                            $45.00 
MPI CRV Past President                                 $45.00 

Registration Links

Planners: Click here to Register for the Education and Tradeshow Appointments

Suppliers: Click here to Register for the Education and Tradeshow Appointments

Education and Lunch OnlyClick here to Register for the Education and Lunch Only Portion

Sponsorship Opportunities

A range of sponsorship opportunities exist.  Please contact VP of Finance Gillian Palmer at 413-205-5019 or GPalmer@thebige.com.

**MPI Connecticut River Valley Chapter Attendance Policy: All Essential Level members or non-members are limited to no more than two events in one fiscal year and must pay the Essential Level/Non-member rate. MPI Preferred or Premier Level members are welcome to attend all chapter events at the Member Price.**

1Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with the Convention Industry Council or the CMP Program. Applicants may receive CE credit for attending any program that meets eligibility requirements of the CMP Program. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications –selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.


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701 Hebron Avenue - 3rd Floor
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Phone: 860.541.6438

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