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Fall 2017 Schedule

Missouri Meetings and Events Kansas City Regional Expo

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Exhibitor Setup: Elements Ballroom Salon B & C

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Registration Table Open

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Educational Session: Main Stage Elements Ballroom Salon C
Crisis Management Panel

Christian M. Van Alstyne

Chris Van Alstyne serves as the Region VII, Community Relations Service (CRS), Regional Director working with the States and Tribal Nations in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. Read More



Anne Churchill, CMP

Anne Churchill is the owner AnnaBelle Events  a full-service event and wedding planning company based in Columbia, Missouri. We are known for coordinating flawless events and designing unique celebrations throughout the Midwest. Read More



Cheryl Dozier

Cheryl Dozier brings expertise from numerous industries – governmental affairs, public relations, film and entertainment, public and private sector. She represents a wealth of knowledge in the operations of state government. She was the CEO of the Dozier Group International, a film and entertainment consulting firm, and is Executive Director of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus.  She is known for her expertise in working with diverse groups and populations. She is currently at Flotron & McIntosh, a top Missouri lobbying firm. Read More


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Missouri Meetings and Events Opening Reception: Elements Ballroom Salon C

Emcee/Facilitator Terri Williams

Terri Williams is the former mayor of Webster Groves, MO. She served as the Executive Director of the Webster Groves/Shrewsbury Area Chamber of Commerce. She also was appointed Citizens Advocate for St. Louis County Government. Read More

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
A night of fun and games at Main Event Entertainment for all attendees

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Young Professionals Meet and Greet- There will be food, games, drinks, networking and more at Main Event Entertainment


Thursday, October 5, 2017

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast; Registration; Exhibitor Setup

8:30 am – 10:00 am
Exhibit Hall Open: Elements Ballroom Salon B & C

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Three Concurrent Educational Sessions
Wood Room: Learn How Professional Speakers Can Add Value to Your Meeting Experience Panel

Our panelists will address a variety of topics including: What is the National Speakers Association? What do the designations CSP and CPAE signify? How Speakers Bureaus select and work with speakers. Creative ways to leverage your speakers to market your event. Maximizing speakers while they are on site. The differences between Keynote and Breakout Speakers. What speakers expect from Meeting and Event Planners. What Meeting and Event Planners can expect from speakers. Dealing with Professional Agreements. Selling Products and the use of Trade Show Booths in agreements.

Richard Avdoian, CSP

Richard is the founder and chief executive officer of Midwest Business Institute, Inc., a business consulting and coaching firm in metropolitan St. Louis. Richard has worked with businesses and corporations in more than 40 industries, providing programs and services in the areas of teamwork, leadership and employee development. Read More


Marquita Miller

Marquita is the founder and CEO of Five Star Tax and Business Solutions. A small business expert contributor on local television morning shows and a national magazine publication. She has been selected as an Empowerment Speaker for several Bishop T.D. Jake’s Pastors and Leadership Conferences and is also a published author, business strategist, and passionate advocate for entrepreneurship. Read More


Mary Redmond

Mary is a speaker, author, negotiator, and body language expert. For more than 21 years, Mary negotiated contracts for some of the largest financial institutions in the world. She now works with large and small companies and municipalities to help their senior managers, directors, employees, and team members with negotiation and communicating. Read More


Earth Room: The Future of Culinary In Kansas City Panel

Chef Martin Lopez

Chef Martin will be hosting an educational session consisting of a panel discussion. This panel will cover topics such as culinary trends, dietary restrictions, career options for recent graduates, and the distinction between chefs from various regions and venues. Chef Martin is a professional chef and in 2009 Chef Martin was the founder of ChefMartin.Net developing this nonprofit site to share his feelings and passion about his cooking and the community. Read More

Chef Alejandra Kauachi

Chef Alejandra is passionate about Mexico, its culture, food, fiestas, holidays and celebration. Her decision to become a chef was a natural decision, that was backed by her two grandmothers who taught her a lot about Mexican traditions. Through working with them she grew up enjoying the spices,scents and amazing flavors.


Chef Andrew Parkhurst

I received my college education at Truman State University, which is where I got my start with cooking working in a fine dining establishment to help pay for my undergraduate degrees. I decided to pursue the culinary arts after I graduated, and I enrolled in a chefs apprenticeship at Johnson County Community College. During my apprenticeship, I gained experience from Hallbrook Country Club and The Intercontinental Hotel on the Plaza while specializing in baking and pastry. Read More


Chef Todd Walline

Todd Walline will be celebrating his 19th year as the Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage at Blue Hills Country Club in November of 2017. Blue Hills Country Club is the premier family club of Kansas City with 680 members and $2.1 million in food and beverage sales and a combined staff of 60 kitchen and service employees. Read More


Metal Room: Meetings and Events Planning 101

Anne Churchill, CMP

You know the basics of planning events, that’s why we are all here! Now let’s dive deeper into making your planning process more efficient. resulting in better results for your client and future business for you as a planner. In this interactive and high-energy session, learn the step-by-step process to put in place. Along with tips and tools that will improve the fundamentals of your planning process. Plus extras to take your planning and events to the next level! Read More


11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pick ‘n Pack Lunch: Elements Ballroom Salon C
General Session: Main Stage Elements Ballroom Salon C
The Values Conversation

Jeff Arthur

Have you ever thought about why we make the decisions we make? Or why we react the way we react in different situations or people? Have you ever noticed that there are some people you instantly can’t stand to be around or other people you feel like you have known forever right after meeting them? Every organization can benefit from a reminder (or discovery) of their vision, mission and values. When ALL the team members embrace them, wonderful things happen. Jeff Arthur, the founder of The Values Conversation, is a sought-after keynote speaker and one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on leadership and executive coaching. He has been identified by Small Business Monthly Magazine as one of the “Top 100 People to Know in Business in St. Louis.” Read More


12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Elements Ballroom Salon C
Closing remarks and grand prize drawing for the trip to Mexico Lindo Cooking School!