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April 12, 2018: Global Meeting Industry Day Celebration

Global Meetings Industry Day Celebration

Thursday, April 12, 2018
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Hilton Los Angeles Universal City
Universal City, CA

Local Impact Leaders from across the meetings and events industry are coming together to support Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on April 12, 2018. Join MPI Southern California, PCMA Southwest & Pacific Chapter and SITE SoCal to celebrate!

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The meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions industries will unite to showcase the real impact meetings and events have on businesses, economies and communities.

One Industry, One Voice, One Celebration

2018 Global Meeting Industry Day CelebrationBusiness meetings and events play a critical role in connecting people and driving positive business results throughout the continent. Often the industry’s impact goes unnoticed but the value is unmistakable.

Great things happen when people come together. Face-to-face interaction is the platform where deals are struck, relationships are forged and ideas are generated. That’s what Meetings Mean Business is all about: showing the real power of what business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions collectively do for people, businesses and communities.

Creating Personal Connections – Personal relationships are at the core of every business decision and face-to-face meetings provide professionals with that personal interaction, which leads to deeper relationships.

Driving Positive Business Outcomes – Meetings and events deliver profits, help win new accounts, serve as education platforms and allow colleagues and partners to come together to innovate and achieve results.

Building Strong Communities – Outside of the results driven by business meetings, the events and meetings industry creates hundreds of thousands of jobs, generates billions of dollars of revenue and supports communities across the North America.


11:00 AM Networking Reception, Tabletop Exhibits and Hotel Site Tours
Sierra Foyer Hilton Los Angeles Universal City
12:00 PM Educational Luncheon
Sierra Ballroom Hilton Los Angeles Universal City
(Studio tram will transport guests to the park)
2:00 PM Group Photo & Celebratory Reception
Globe Theatre Universal Studios Hollywood
3:30 PM Free Time in Theme Park
Universal Studios Hollywood


Stephanie Waties, Senior Associate Director, APCO WorldwideStephanie Waties, Senior Associate Director, APCO WorldwideDue to unforeseen circumstances, Nan Marchand Beauvois has cancelled her travel for the week.

U.S. Travel Association is proud to welcome Stephanie Waties, a senior associate director in APCO Worldwide's Washington, D.C. office. She works with Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and coalitions to address issues at the intersection of corporate reputation, issues management and public affairs. In this role, she works closely with the U.S. Travel Association and a coalition of 60 industry partners - the Meetings Mean Business Coalition - to promote the value of conferences, conventions and business travel to the economy.

Special Appearances By

  • Amanda Armstrong, CMP - International Board Chair of MPI Global
  • Annamaria Ruffini, CIS, CMP - President, SITE International Board of Directors
  • Kevin Boland - PCMA Pacific & Southwest Chapter President
  • Mandy Brown - SITE SoCal President
  • Joe Marcy, CMP - MPISCC President
  • Leonard Hoops - President & CEO Visit Indy
  • Mark D Davis - President & Chief Executive Officer Sun Hill Properties Inc. & Hillcrest Real Estate LLC / General Manager, Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
  • Kim Weedmark - Vice President, Special Event and Group Sales Universal Studios Hollywood

Charity Raffle

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Dream Builders Project - A non-profit organization determined to raise awareness about human trafficking in Los Angeles and provide supplies and support for those affected by human trafficking.

Raffle Ticket Sales

Networking Reception 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Celebratory Reception 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Winners will be announced at 3:30PM
Must be present to win.


Photographers will be onsite. By registering and/or attending this event, you give your consent for footage to be used for promotional purposes. Luncheon education will be broadcast live by MPI.

Social Media

Use hashtag #GMID18 throughout the day.


Hilton Los Angeles Universal CityLocated a block from the main entrance of Universal Studios Hollywood, this upscale 24-story hotel is 3 miles from Pantages Theatre in downtown Hollywood.

Amenities include an informal restaurant, a lobby lounge and a coffee shop, plus a fitness center, and an outdoor pool with a seasonal bar and a hot tub. There's also a business center and 35,000 sq ft of meeting space, as well as a free shuttle to Universal Studios.

The Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City proudly announces the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation including guestrooms, elevator modernization, lobby, restaurant, lobby bar and meeting space. We look forward to hosting the Global Meeting Industry Day and showing you our new look in person!

Hilton Los Angeles Universal City

Overnight accommodations are available for GMID attendees. The Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is offering a discounted rate of $209 April 11-13, 2018. Call 818-506-2500 and mention “Global Meetings Industry Day”

To receive the special group rate, attendees must make a reservation no later than March 15, 2018.

Parking: The Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is offering complimentary self-parking for all GMID attendees. Valet is available at a discounted rate of $10 per car.

Cost Regular - $65.00
Onsite - $85.00
When Thursday, April 12, 2018
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where Hilton Los Angeles Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Dr.
Universal City, CA 91608
Directions Located adjacent to the Hollywood Freeway (101), exit on Lankershim Blvd, then follow signs to hotel.
Dress Code Business/Business Casual Attire Suggested
For more information Jessica Rojas
MPISCC Chapter Administrator


Thank You to our Sponsors!

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
Universal Studios Hollywood
AV Masters
Art of the Table
Los Angeles Party Designs
Visit Indy
Champagne Creative Group
Innovative Entertainment
Talent Plan
The Amani Experience
John Wolfsohn Photography & Video

Thank You to our Exhibitors!

BASE Entertainment
Belasco Theater
Continental Interpreting Services, Inc.
Fogo de Chao
Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa
Hilton Anatole
Invested Traveler
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Marriott International
Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau
NYC & Company
Rancho Bernardo Inn
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism