I am handing my column over to my husband and business partner Jay Sims for a review of the first annual Marquee Conference that took place on July 9th-11th in Chicago. Take it away Jay!
Engaging! That is the one word I would use to describe my experience. I have been to numerous conventions for our industry including all the big ones you are familiar. And a frustration I tend to walk away with is seeing presenters for the 5th or 6th time. Believe me, many times
it is wonderful when it comes to listening to a seminar by our good friend Mike Walter who I always learn something new.
And that same philosophy held true for the Sunday before the show when I attended an all-day Mastermind Workshop hosted by Alan Berg, who I have seen many times throughout the years. Alan’s insights into email communication, sales, websites, marketing and social media is second to none. We had a lot of time for one on one with Alan, and as usual left with pages of notes on all the improvements we could make in our business to grow and succeed.
The conference officially started on Monday at the Westin O’Hare with our host KC KoKoruz welcoming us and letting us know that education was the focus of this conference. The ballroom was set up with great sound and each day we had a DJ mixing on the stage between seminars.
Our MC Jazmine did a great job guiding us through the day and even gave a heartfelt and uplifting seminar of her own focusing on her experience in the industry and how to build a successful team.
Michael Cerbelli presented his Hot List 2018 that is always fast-paced and stimulating as he shared over the top entertainment ideas for events. We then learned more about LGBTQ events, the ultra-luxury market, perfecting your elevator speech and recruiting and building
your staff. Many of these presenters I had never seen and every one kept my attention.
Day 2 had more great education with Bernadette Smith who discussed how to sell and plan to the LGBTQ community, Catherine Johns (a local legend in Chicago radio) helped us perfect our elevator speech and Matt Radicelli taught us the steps on how to build a successful team.
The day 3 highlight for me was John Murphy, former owner of Star DJs, with an inspirational talk on leading a balanced life with his ‘Make 100 Healthy’ concept on how we can all live to 100 years old! There were additional seminars targeted to the Photobooth industry that I did not get a chance to attend, as I wanted to go around to the vendors who came out to support the show.
I walked away with pages of notes and made a great new connection with a business owner who is going to work with me to help take our business to a higher level.
Finally, a big thanks to KC who we all know worked tirelessly to bring this conference to reality. The high-quality seminars and production would not have been possible without him. This inaugural year was a big success, and I know 2019 will be even better. Put this conference on your calendar now for July 8-10, 2019. We would love to see you in our amazing city that is Chicago and share some deep-dish pizza with you!
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