SGMP Education Day 2018

Date:   Thursday, July 19, 2018

Place:  Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville

            1714 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32607

Time:   8:30am– 4:00pm (7:45 am Suppliers can set up tables for Expo)

What:  Annual education featuring top notch speakers!


Who Should Attend?

Meeting professionals who organize meetings for the government, independent contract meeting planners, and industry suppliers. You do not have to be a member of SGMP to attend. Non-Member Planners can pay $55 for Registration to Education Day AND a one year membership to SGMP. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with SGMP members.

Education Day Features

  • Well-known and engaging speakers and topics
  • 4 Contact Hours of continuing education
  • Time for planners and suppliers to network  
  • Fun & giveaways at the Expo scavenger hunt 



  • Captain Jeffrey Holcomb, UFPD
  • Joan Eisenstodt, Eisenstodt Associates, LLC
  • Brett Sterenson, Hotel Lobbyists


8:30a-9a                Check-In/Continental Breakfast
9a-9:15a                Welcome
9:15a-10:15a         Community Preparedness for the Active Shooter
10:15a-10:30a       Break
10:30a-11:30a       Court Case: To Sue or Not to Sue
11:30a-12:30p       Lunch
12:30p-1:30p         Supplier Expo 
1:30p-2:30p           Beyond the ADA - Making Meetings and Facilities More Accessible and Inclusive 
2:30p-2:45p           Break
2:45p-3:45p           Why Hotels Don't Want Your Business
3:45p-4p                Closing Remarks

Additional Details

There is a room block set up at the Hilton for all guests needing guest room reservations. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Please call 1-800-HILTONS and reference the room block of "Society of Government Meeting Professionals." or book online HERE.

If you have any questions regarding Education Day, please contact Kelly Aleman at Visit Gainesville Alachua County FL - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 352-374-5260.

 *Planners-Bring your business cards to enter to win raffle items!*


Please email Colleen Flage (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your interest to participate in the Beyond the ADA: Making Meetings and Facilities More Accessible and Inclusive (1:30p-2:30p) session.  

Experience the first half of Education Day to understand more how someone with a disability might experience your venue, city, or meeting.  On arrival at Registration, you will be given an opportunity to volunteer to use tools to gain a more thorough understanding before the afternoon's session on Making Meetings and Facilities More Accessible and Inclusive. Join Joan Eisenstodt at Registration and in this invaluable session.


Joan Eisenstodt founded Eisenstodt Associates, a Washington, DC-based company that provides meetings and hospitality consulting, training and facilitation in 1981. She brings many years of experience to her work with associations, corporations, hotel companies and DMOs to facilitate and design meetings, conduct training, perform departmental audits, and negotiate contracts. Joan is retained as a hospitality industry expert witness and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Convention and Event Tourism. Her hospitality industry activities include involvement in ASAE, HSMAI, MPI, PCMA, and SGMP. Her passions for life-long learning, meeting preparation, risk anticipation, contingency planning, ethical and inclusivity practices, and meeting excellence have been well-recognized by MPI, HSMAI, and NSA (speakers not spies!). She is an inductee into the Event Industry Council Hall of Leaders, has been recognized by the PCMA Foundation for Lifetime Achievement as an Educator, noted by IACC with the Pyramid Award, and received the Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service in education. Joan has a strong desire to make all meetings and facilities more inclusive and accessible and thus her work, since the passage of the ADA, has focused on helping meeting planners and those who supply the meetings and tourism industry understand how to better do so.


Special Note:

When registering, please do not forget to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or what you need to fully participate in Education Day.