Meeting and Travel Industry Pros to Reveal Top Trends at Industry Xchange

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What better place to talk about trends in meeting, travel, hospitality and events than Chicago, the collective worldwide hub? On July 9 at Navy Pier, 11 leading organizations will co-present Industry Xchange 2014 [#IX2014]: MPI-CAC, PCMA GMC, GBTA, IAEE, ISES, HSMAI, EDPA, SITE, CECA, NACE and GMIC.


Industry Xchange 2014, presented by 11 meeting, travel and hospitality industry organizations, convenes in Chicago on July 9 at Navy Pier.

IX is an interesting, dynamic conversation about today’s meeting trends and their implications to you and your business. IX is the event that taps into our collective efforts to advance our industry. - Katie Callahan-Giobbi, Minding Your Business

Industry Xchange 2014 [#IX2014] will amplify a collective industry voice. With over 500 participants expected, and 11 sponsoring industry organization, IX2014 is one of the largest gatherings of meeting, hospitality, travel and event professionals in the world. For more information, or to register, visit and follow #IX2014 on Facebook and twitter.

Taking place in Navy Pier’s historic Grand Ballroom on July 9, the program will be an engaging conversation around “UnPlugged: a dialogue on today’s meeting trends.” After the program, attendees will gather on Navy Pier’s rooftop for a multi-organization networking reception, followed by fireworks.


Building on last year’s successful event (Industry Trends as well as the prior’s year’s session Inside NATO: A Planner’s Perspective), IX2014 will focus on key industry trends and what they mean to the Chicago meetings and events industry.

”There are so many compelling initiatives happening in our industry, it is important that we speak with one voice,” says Nan Marschand Beauvois, Senior Director, National Council Relations, US Travel Association and IX2014 keynote speaker.

“This year’s IX panel discussion will be an exciting, thought-provoking discussion, not a love fest,” says Chris Perry, Hiltons of Chicago.

“Our focus? Amping up the engagement level for all our attendees. That’s what they want today,” says Julie Larson, McDonald’s Corporation.

“We have our fingers on the pulse of what’s happening with customers and hotelier alike,” says Bill Grusich, ALHI.

“Let’s talk about the next generation of meeting professionals. I am worried that today’s educators and students are not prepped for the real world…because it is changing so fast,” says Sue Tinnish, Kendall College

“Trends facing our industry? There are so many…how to better leverage technology, determining the value of F2F meetings, smarter measurement tools, how to better deliver our content…I can’t wait to talk about these and more at this year’s IX,” says Alec Rosofsky, American College of Healthcare Executives.

Patricia Perez, Director of the Dominican Republic Tourism Board; Deborah Sexton, PCMA and Paul Van Deventer, MPI Global will also participate on the panel.

Katie Callahan-Giobbi, Minding Your Business, Inc., panel moderator says, ““This will be an interesting, dynamic conversation about today’s meeting trends and their implications to you and your business. IX is the Chicago-area event that taps into our collective efforts to advance our industry.”


Attendees will participate in an active exchange of ideas, robust discussion, compelling keynotes and powerful networking – with opportunities to meet leading professionals and gain exposure. Anthony Molino, MPI-CAC Strategic Alliances team leader says, “You’ll learn, you’ll share and you’ll discover new business opportunities. You can visit participating associations and association sponsors displays to better understand all the opportunities available in the Chicago area to grow your career and build your business.”

For more information, visit and follow #IX2014.


Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meeting and event industry’s largest and most vibrant global community, helps its members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces for meeting professionals in the Chicago Area. MPI membership is comprised of more than 23,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide. Over 1,200 members strong, the Chicago Area Chapter is MPI’s largest chapter. In addition to its distinction in terms of membership size, dedication and involvement, the Chicago chapter is also one of MPI’s founding chapters and is rich with industry history. For more information about programs and membership, visit

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