Founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota by a small group of event industry professionals, National Events Partnerships -NEP- aims to overcome the frustration felt by meeting planners attending large planner and supplier conferences by offering a more intimate and focused setting.
“NEP was created out of an observed frustration, a lack of gained value, felt by meeting and event professionals leaving industry events,” said Lamar Roberts, NEP, Director of Marketing. “Larger events may offer many networking opportunities; planners and suppliers however tend to be overwhelmed and do not get the anticipated benefit out of these event,” Roberts said.
For NEP, the goal is to host high-quality industry showcases nationwide, offering personalized networking experiences for both the planners and the suppliers, or partners. The showcases are not one-sided but offer a well-thought out program benefiting all participants.
Instead of large, oversaturated events, NEP makes their showcases personal. Every showcase will have around 60 participants and no more than 20 partners. Planners are asked what they are looking for, then matched with partners. This allows the planners to meet with qualified vendors, and partners to meet with interested meeting and event planners.
Showcase events start at 8:00 a.m. and run through about 1:00 p.m. The events include a speed dating activity, connecting planners with partners. This is followed by an educational session for which attendees receive CEU credits. Educational sessions vary and can include topics such as contract negotiations, risk mitigation, and others. Here also, NEP asks planners for feedback in order to invite the appropriate speakers. Partners participate in educational workshops as well. They have an opportunity to learn about what planners are looking for, and how they can best support the event and meeting planner community.
The first National Events Partnership Showcase will be held on May 11, 2107 in Minneapolis, MN at Pinstripes in Edina. The following showcase is hosted on May 18 in Milwaukee. Planner registration is free. More information and registration for the May 11 showcase here. The May 18 showcase information can be found here. There are 14 showcases planned around the country this year.
The organization also support the community by donating to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. For each planner attendee joining a showcase, NEP donates to the organization.
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