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September 20, 2018
2018 Carolinas' XCHANGE
Educate. Experience. Entertain.
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Top Performing Chapter Award



2018 Carolinas' Xchange - Educate. Experience. Entertain.



Tentative Agenda (All events take place at the Westin Charlotte)

Thursday, September 20th



10:00am - 12:00pm

Board of Directors Meeting

12:00pm - 6:30pm



Tradeshow Registration Open


Committee Meeting

2:30pm - 3:00pm

New Member / First Timer Mixer

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Education Session: "Inside the Buyer/Seller Studio"
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4:00pm - 6:30pm

Carolinas' Xchange

Educate. Experience. Entertain.

Xchange Break Sponsored by B Resort & Spa - Disney Springs

6:30pm - 8:30pm        

Welcome Reception                            

Friday, September 21st



7:30am - 9:30am                          


8:00am - 9:00am

Sponsored by Daytona Beach Area CVB

Chapter Announcements begin at 8:30

9:00am - 10:15am

Education Session: "Meetings Industry News - Future Trends, Challenges, and YOU!"
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10:15am - 10:30am

Morning Break

10:30am - 12:00pm

Education Session: "Meetings Industry News - Future Trends, Challenges, and YOU!" - Part II
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12:10pm - 12:40pm                   

CMP Exam Information Session


Thursday, September 20th - 3pm - 4pm **Only available to planners and EXHIBITING suppliers***

The Emmy-award winning new show Inside The Buyers/Sellers Studio, produced by MPI-CC, welcomes planners and suppliers to discuss their crafts in a very interactive open format. The show’s host will conduct surprise interviews by sitting down with the most accomplished meeting industry trailblazers for penetrating, fascinating interviews. The host's studious research and enlightened curiosity has inspired his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts and expertise about the world of meetings. This format helps his audiences gather different perspectives for their business strategies in what many consider the definitive craft of our time. Join in on this fun and informative live show that will be conducted at the Westin Charlotte from 3:00pm-4:00pm on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

CMP_PP Program Logo This program has been submitted to the Events Industry Council for CMP Preferred Provider Review.

Friday, September 21st - 9am-12pm

Meetings Industry News - Future Trends, Challenges and YOU!

LISTEN UP MEETING PROFESSIONALS! Last year, the U.S. economy gained momentum and the meetings industry followed suit. But, now there are speed bumps ahead with major changes that will strongly affect the way you do business.

In this fast-pace two-part session, hear from the meeting industry news tracker and 27 year hospitality veteran, Deborah Gardner on how to modernize your business strategies. Find out the up-to-the-minute state of the meetings mega trends, outlook, forecasts and statistics including what meeting threats are on the horizon and why you “need” to know.

Then, join in the “real-time”, “talk-back” interactive format where YOU participate in an open discussion while learning from others. Share the internal and external factors that impact your business, the economic environment, meeting design, content delivery and more.    

No matter how long you have been in the meeting or event profession, if you are serious about your future success, don’t miss this never-heard-before evidence delivered on steroids, red bull and a double espresso. Up for the challenge?    


  • Better understand your role today and participate to greatly enhance your relationships, business and career

  • Learn about the most up-to-the-minute meeting industry news that will blow your mind

  • Realize the state of the industry developments, the government initiatives and best practices to help you communicate the value of meetings

CMP_PP Program Logo This program has been submitted to the Events Industry Council for CMP Preferred Provider Review.


Date: Thursday, September 20th
Time: 4pm - 6:30pm

Charlotte Motor Speedway theme with YOU being the pit stop! No pipe, no drape, no 6 foot table, just you, your popup display or info on a high top table. Prepare a short pitch at your pit stop and then get one-on-one time with planners who want to BUY MPI!

Reserve your “pole position” before August 20th to save.

Includes registration for Chapter meeting and education. All exhibitors are encouraged to donate a stay / package / basket to encourage planner attendance. We will be awarding these packages to planners throughout the XCHANGE.

Don’t be a “back marker” and fall to the back of the pack! Sign up today for exhibitor registration or call Barb Dragan, Committee Chair, at 864-704-6851 with questions.

See you in the winner’s circle!

Exhibitor Registration           Late Rate
(After Aug. 20th)        
Member $500            $600
Non-Member $650 $750
Annual Sponsor $450      $550 

Carolinas' XCHANGE Program Sponsor
 - $1,000
Two Available!

Carolinas' XCHANGE Break Sponsor - PURCHASED
B Resort & Spa - Disney Springs

Carolinas' XCHANGE Bag Sponsor - PURCHASED
Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater CVB 

AV Provided by
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About the Speaker

A swimming champion turned author & competitive performance expert, Deborah Gardner, CMP helps companies and organization (sales and negotiating) professionals advance to new levels of success for maximum winning results. 

With a lifetime of competitive experience, Deborah has a wealth of practice being a Marine Brat, an Olympic Trial swimmer, a ground-breaking leader as one of the first female broadcasters with CBS Sports and WHO-Radio and a 27 year hospitality sales veteran. Today, Deborah is rising to international prominence with an entertaining and humorous sassy presentation approach by proving to help hundreds of people worldwide to discover their competitive spirit.

Deborah is a Certified Meeting Professional recipient. Actually, she is 1 of only 7 CMP speakers globally that has received this prestige credential, a “Meetings Mean Business” advocate, most requested speaker by Meeting Professional International, Meetings & Convention Magazine meeting planners voted Deborah as one of the best speakers heard, Event Industry Council’s Top 30 Influential Meeting Professionals and the Top 50 Smart Women Leaders by Smart Meetings Magazine.

Whether keynoting, facilitating or consulting, Deborah believes in mastering her craft on the platform by doing television commercial work as an actor, conducting voice-overs and runway modeling. Deborah lives in Arizona with her husband, Jerry and her 13 year old lover boy, Chief, the dog. 

Room Block

A room block is being held at The Westin Charlotte with a room rate of $159 a night. Book your room here before August 21, 2018 to receive the group rate! Or, you may call 1-866-837-4148 and mention MPI. 


Late Rate Incurred after September 7th. No refunds given after September 13th.

Full Meeting Registration                         Late Rate                   
 Member $85      $100
 Non-Member $120                   $135 


Education Only Registration                   Late Rate                   
Member $70 $85
Non-Member $90                     $105


Reception Only Registration                   Late Rate                   
Member $60 $75
Non-Member $80                     $95
Other Registration Late Rate                   
Student $55 $70
Spouse / Non-Industry Guest                     $75                     $90

September 20, 2018 - September 21, 2018
3:00 PM - 12:00 PM
The Westin Charlotte
601 S College Street
Charlotte, NC
United States
MPI Carolinas

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