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MNFEA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Minnesota Festivals and Events Association is Minnesota’s premier event industry association. We strive to provide event planners, volunteers and vendors with education, networking opportunities and industry knowledge.
Join MNFEA at the 2017 Annual Conference! Each session is crafted to meet educational needs of the event industry. Sessions are presented by local planners and professionals who are leaders in their field. Not only will you learn event management skills, you will come away with innovative ideas, new connections and applicable practices for your next event.
In addition to a great line-up of sessions, the annual "Soirée" social will be held Thursday night at Cragun's Resort where we will partake in winter activities and a "civilized" warming house.
Join us Wednesday Night - March 8th
This additional networking event at the Brainerd Curling Center, will include curling lessons,
light appetizers and beverages! Dress comfortable! Layered clothes including sweatpants, yoga pants, or any pant that stretches are recommended.
Come early and meet fellow conference attendees! Register here for the Wednesday evening event.
After last year’s success of adding a networking event on Wednesday night, we are continuing the tradition!
Join us for MNFEA’s version of a good ol’ "Bonspeil!" (It’s pronounced Bon-speel. A fun word that basically means “curling tournament.”) Grab some stones and get ready for a unique networking evening with your favorite event professionals.
This additional networking event at the Brainerd Curling Center, will include curling lessons, light
appetizers and beverages!
Complimentary Shuttle from Cragun's Resort. Please meet in the Lobby at 5:30 for a ride or just us there!
After dinner we'll enjoy a fireworks show by RES Specialty Pyrotechnics and head outdoors for more networking and some fun in the snow!
Weather forecasts currently show a high of 34º for Thursday. Warm coat, gloves and footwear suggested. We'll provide fleece headbands and hand warmers!
2017 Conference Schedule
Thursday, March 9, 2017
8:30 - 10 a.m.
9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
10:15 - 11 a.m.
11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Drew Gneiser (Training Manager of The Social Lights) will discuss how to develop and manage a successful social media strategy for an event. This presentation will explore The Social Lights' work with Zombie Pub Crawl—driving ticket sales, content creation, community management, and day-of social media execution—uncovering how a social media strategy can support specific business goals.
12:10 - 1 p.m.
Moderator: Randy Dewitz - Fanfare Attractions
** LUNCH & LEARN **
Event Security: See Something, Say Something
Patty Hellen - Minneapolis Police Department Consultant preparing for the 2017/18 Summer X Games, 2018 Super Bowl LII, and 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four
2:15 - 3 p.m.
3:10 - 3:40 p.m.
3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Moderator: Stephanie Hansen: MyTalk 107.1’s – the “Weekly Dish”
5:30 p.m. **DINNER**
6:45 - 9 p.m.
Friday, March 10, 2017
8:30 - 9 a.m.
9 - 9:40 a.m.
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
10:50 - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 - 11:40 a.m.
** LUNCH **
12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Closing remarks and prize drawings
New in 2017!
Break Out Sessions
9:45 a.m. Friday
Drones: The good, the bad the ugly and the exciting - Randy Dewitz - Fanfare Attractions
Drones can be useful to capture images of your event, but what are the rules and regulations around drones? How can you protect yourself against potential harm and danger to your attendees? Come with questions.
Online Ticketing Options: Steve Madson - SRO Productions
Explore online ticketing options for your next event, negotiating service fees and best practices for admitting guests. Should you try Groupon, Living Social or other deal sites to move tickets?
5K FAQ: Mary Anderson - Anderson Race Management
Have you ever wanted to know what it takes to put on a 5K? Bring your questions that you have always wanted to ask regarding starting a run/walk in your community or for your organization. This is great for attendees who have never organized an event as well as those who have organized different types of runs, walks, biking or triathlon events.
Vetting a Security Company: John Lafferty - Rock Security
So your insurance vendor, the venue, or the local government tells you that your event MUST have security. What do you do now? Will the yellow pages or Google fulfill what you need? Sure, you can call any security company, get a rate and pray that what they send is what you hoped for, but why not get what you want and deserve! Come learn the helpful hints on getting what you want out of a security vendor and what you are really paying for while meeting the all the requirements put on you.
To register for the conference and additional MNFEA events visit: http://mnfea.com/events