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Paul Creighton left and Mark Wells welcome attendees to The Special Event 2016 in Orlando Fla

Paul Creighton (left) and Mark Wells welcome attendees to The Special Event 2016 in Orlando, Fla.

The Special Event 2016 to Shine in Orlando

The Special Event 2016, the premier trade show and conference for special event professionals, comes to Orlando, Fla., Jan. 11-14.

It may be winter just about everywhere in January, but The Special Event will heat things up in Orlando, Fla. The conference runs Jan. 12-14 while the exhibit floor is open Jan. 13-14. The venue is the Orange County Convention Center. Welcoming you to Orlando will be the TSE Ambassadors: Paul Creighton, CSEP, executive vice president with T. Skorman Productions, and Mark Wells, vice president of creative services for Florida at Hello! Destination Management.

GET EDUCATED The extensive conference schedule will feature more than 100 sessions in seven tracks: Business and Professional Development; Catering; C-Level Executives; Design; Event Management; Sales and Marketing; and Weddings. Attendees can pick from a menu of education options, including the full education package, an education "day pass," and the "single session" option.

The Academic Event Professional conference will take place Jan. 10-11. The NACE CPCE Fast Track Study Review Seminar takes place Jan. 12-13, with the exam slated for Jan. 14.

SHOWCASE SOLUTIONS Learn firsthand what exciting new features you can bring to your next event with The Special Event's legendary showcasing events.

Jan. 11 will bring the TSE 2016 Giveback Hunger Project, where attendees will have the chance to join in a one-hour shift to package healthy meals that will be donated to needy children. Also that day, attendees can visit TSE Connects—a lively "mingle" event at Club 39 at the Rosen Plaza.

Jan. 12 brings the Opening Night Party at Pointe Orlando and Cuba Libre Restaurant and RA Sushi. This signature event boasts an open bar and tasty treats from 11 participating restaurants.

Jan. 13 will kick off with the Opening General Session, featuring dynamic speaker Sally Hogshead. In her acclaimed book "Fascinate," Hogshead brings a strategic marketing approach to the art of influence. Attendees can also visit the stunning new Design Galleries on the show floor, along with the highly popular Wedding Event and SEARCH event, where our industry supports colleagues in need.

Jan. 14 is our grand finale, with the ever-exciting Michael Cerbelli's Hot List 2016, the Leadership Lunch, and Gala Awards Ceremony, honoring outstanding event work from throughout the world. The good news: the event is free to all attendees. And don't miss the Closing Night Celebration

"Our showcasing events are guaranteed to excite your passion for special events," says Kim Romano, head of showcasing events and sponsorships. For more information on showcasing events sponsorships, contact her at 203/358-4257 or [email protected].

ENTICING EXHIBITS A mainstay of The Special Event has always been the show floor, which will give attendees the opportunity to meet face-to-face with some 250 to 300 potential vendor partners who can help make events even more effective. The exhibits will be open Jan. 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to offer a one-of-a-kind display of products and services to keep events on the cutting edge.

"No other event exhibit hall offers the thousands of event products and ideas for attendees to review that The Special Event does," says exhibit sales manager Wanda McKnight. For information on exhibiting, contact her at 913/981-6143 or [email protected]

FAVORITES RETURN Other longtime favorites returning to The Special Event 2016 show floor are the Gala Boards, an insider's look at this year's Gala Award nominees, and the popular Hands-on Hundred program, enabling volunteers to work side-by-side with event producers on the show's major events. For more information, contact HOH manager Kari Strolberg at [email protected] or 317/423-3590.

To register or for more information, visit thespecialeventshow.com or call 708/486-0731 or 866/486-0731 (toll-free).

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