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November Education Day

16 November, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Event Center @ iPA
110 Schanck Road
Freehold, NJ
MPI New Jersey Chapter


Looking for an Extraordinary Education Experience? Here it is!

Join us for a powerful day of education designed to tap into hot topics we'll be facing in 2019!


  • Connecting The Dots: What Does All the Disruption Mean from a Strategic View with Michael Dominguez, MGM Resorts International
  • Game On! Designing a Gamification Strategy for your Event with Brandi Tice, CMP, Play with a Purpose
  • A Comprehensive Look at the RFP Process with Brett Sterenson, Hotel Lobbyists
  • Rapid Fire Sessions Highlighting Industry Trends in Unique Venues, Food & Beverage, Room Set Up and more!
Program Schedule:
8:00am Registration and continental breakfast  
9:00am Welcome & Keynote Speaker, Michael Dominguez
10:50am Gamification Session with Brandi Tice

12:10pm Lunch
1:00pm Rapid Fire Sessions
2:30pm RFP Process Session with Brett Sterenson
3:30pm Closing Remarks

This program is pending approval from EIC 4 CE Credits


Understand the need to move fast in changing organizational structure
Take a look at the impact of global political and economic forecasts
Review industry forecast for the US and Global sectors
Understand new competition and disruptive forces that will move us all
Understand behavior changes in audiences of the future
Review what is MYTH versus REALITY in today’s environment
Understand the key areas of the planner supplier relationship
Learn how to enhance negotiation techniques, increase ROI, handle delicate issues
Understand the external influences which affect the buying process
Learn why gamifying meetings is becoming popular and how game mechanics work
Understand the key ways to use games, and when to incorporate them
Learn tips, tools and resources to include gaming - both with technology and without - in your meetings

Radisson Hotel of Freehold
$99.00 rate for Thursday, November 15th
$134.00 rate for Friday, November 16th 
50 Gibson Place
Freehold, NJ 07728
Use code 1811MP for preferred rates: Click here for reservation

November Education Day 2018 Sponsors 2 

MDominguezKeynote Speaker: Michael Dominguez
Michael Dominguez is Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International providing oversight of sales strategies in the MICE and transient segments, including industry relations, diversity sales and MGM Resorts Events & Production Services. Michael is actively involved in leadership roles in the Meetings and Events Industry and currently serves as a Past Chairman on the International Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International.
Michael's other industry leadership involvement includes board positions with:
ASAE Board of Directors
US Travel Association Board of Directors
GBTA Foundation Board
FICP – Hospitality Professional Advisory Committee
Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees
Meetings Mean Business Coalition

Brett SterensonBrett Sterenson
Brett brings twenty years of supplier side experience both from the hotel side and the last 11 years as a small business owner. Brett worked in government sales for both Millennium Hotels and Resorts out of Boston and Kimpton Hotels out of Washington, DC. His firm, Hotel Lobbyists, was founded in April 2007. He's also a seventeen year member of SGMP with five years on the local National Capital Board, three years on the Gilmer Institute of Learning, and fresh off a four year term on the National Board of Directors. With more time for himself now, Brett speaks at industry chapter and national events as well as CVB sponsored educational days. He is married with a 5yr old son and 3yr old daughter.

Hotel Lobbyists is a third party site selection organization specializing in government meetings. Founded in 2007, the firm has placed nearly 1,900 total meetings with room revenue exceeding $28M. Meetings have been placed in all 50 states, 7 foreign countries, and on 4 continents.

Brandi HeadshotBrandi Tice
Brandi Tice, HeroMaker at Play with a Purpose can show you how to utilize out of the box activities to get your attendees engaged throughout the entire conference. Brandi has over 20 years of hospitality experience planning meetings and events at hotels, theme parks and convention centers. Working with a wide variety of clients through the years she has used her creativity to create flawless meetings and events for thousands of attendees.

Karina Vaguez
Karina has over 20 years of experience in the meetings industry as a business incubator. Her in-depth knowledge of successful Karinabusiness management, accounting and marketing brings a competitive advantage in meeting planning implementation. Karina has executed events in exotic destinations in London, Monaco and Berlin to name a few. Karina holds a Master's in Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from University of Miami, with a specialization degree in Management and she earned her ADME professional meeting certification as well.

Karina’s love for the creative aspect of event planning and in-depth knowledge of trendy venues in Miami, New York, Chicago and European cities have given her a unique spark when creating events.

Lauren Goldberg
Lauren's career in the events industry began in 2001 in VirginiaLauren Goldberg Headshot 2 Beach, VA where she started working with local clubs and restaurants designing and producing events.  In 2010, she relocated to South Florida and served as the Director of Sales for the So Cool Events team.  This eye-opening opportunity in Lauren’s career helped to build lasting industry relationships and inspired her standards of excellence. 

From 2014 to 2015, Lauren traveled the world creating amazing experiences with some of the finest in the corporate planning world, working as a Corporate Sales Manager for Worldwide Destination Management. 

Continuing to follow her passions led her to New York City, where she is currently the Northeast Regional Sales Manager for AFR.  Lauren is on a never-ending quest to bring value to each new engagement with her contagious enthusiasm working with an amazing team!

Katia Ponomareva Katia Ponomareva Headshot

Katia is a Client Coordinator at Joy Wallace Catering and Design.  Katia has earned her Master's Degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University.  Her hospitality experience in Singapore, Germany, Turkey, Italy and US gives her an international levele understanding of both corporate and social events. 

Continuing to follow her passion and satisfying her thirst for knowledge.  Katia is constantly on the lookout for new trends and unique ideas that can be used to wow her clients and guests.

Venue Details


MPI New Jersey 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.

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