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July 17, 2018: Educational Luncheon featuring an exploration of trust

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
Santa Monica, CA

Join SITE SoCal for an exploration of TRUST with multiple presenters.

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TRUST is a multi-faceted topic that affects us on many levels. In order to tackle this very important virtue, we will approach it with a deeper conversation structured on three levels with three leaders in our industry. Our three speakers will lead us each for 20 minutes and at the end of the talks there will be a Q&A session for 20 minutes.

TRUST as it relates to us on three levels:

  • GLOBALLY: by Peter Tarlow, Ph.D, Owner Tourism & More
  • OUR INDUSTRY: by Gary Schirmacher, CMP, Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company
  • PERSONALLY: by Deb Gee, Experience Designer for lululemon

The SITE Foundation President, John Iannini, will be our esteemed master of ceremonies for the program; bridging the gap between speakers and sharing with us about trust within SITE.

About our Presenters

Dr. Peter TarlowDr. Peter E. Tarlow is a world-renowned speaker and expert specializing in the impact of crime and terrorism on the tourism industry, event and tourism risk management, and tourism and economic development. Since 1990, Tarlow has been teaching courses on tourism, crime & terrorism to police forces and security and tourism professionals throughout the world.

Gary SchirmacherWith 32 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Gary Schirmacher leads Experient's strategic plan development and implementation, as well as industry presence for Maritz Global Events. He was awarded the company's highest honor, the Pinnacle Award, in 2005, and was inducted into the Colorado Meetings Hall of Fame in 2011 with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Deborah GeeIn her 20+ years of work in the Events & Hospitality Industry, Deborah Gee has worked with a number of diverse companies from Walt Disney World, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, to the private sector of events in Toronto with The Spoke Club, Toronto Film Festival and Oliver & Bonacini Events. Her recent transition into the retail and wellness world of Lululemon was a perfect way to combine her love of intentional events, fitness, yoga and a healthy lifestyle.

John IanniniJohn Iannini's 30-year career in the incentive travel industry includes leading his own third party incentive travel company before joining Wyndham Hotel Group’s global sales team as a subject matter expert for the incentive market. John also serves as president of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Foundation, a not-for-profit organization under the direction of a Board of Trustees, whose fund-raising initiatives facilitate vital industry research, trend analysis, content and educational programming for incentive travel professionals worldwide.

This Event Sponsored by:

Santa Monica Travel & Tourism

SITE SoCal Young Leaders July Program

Yoga & Bikes with Deborah Gee

Presented by SITE SoCal Young Leaders & Sponsored by Santa Monica Travel & Tourism

*This session is limited to 50 guests and open to all Young Leaders and SITE SoCal Members. Young Leaders are developing professionals who have 2 or less years of experience in incentive travel and/or are 35 years of age or younger. Young leaders do not have to be SITE SoCal Members to attend this session, and all current SITE SoCal Members of any age or level of experience are welcome to join this session as capacity allows.

Join us on the morning of July 17th for a gentle yoga sweat on the beach with lululemon guest speaker Deb Gee. She will lead us in a discussion on how trust renovates with us personally and professionally as we connect with our beautiful surroundings. Starting with a bike ride from the Fairmont, down the California Incline to the beach. Please arrive early as to not miss the departure; however, if you arrive late, feel free to jump on a Bird or Lime scooter (not hosted) to join us. Sneakers and comfy, stretchy clothes are best for this activity!

Yoga mats are provided. Come connect with us on trust and get invigorated. Start your day feeling beachy!

Sponsored by

IMEX America 2018
Santa Monica Free Ride


9:15 - 10:45 AM Young Leaders Bike & Yoga
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration & Networking Reception
12:00 - 2:00 PM Networking Luncheon Presentation

Planners - Would You Like to be Hosted?

Qualified planners may have the opportunity to be hosted by a supplier, as space allows. CLICK HERE to sign-up on our match-me list to let suppliers know you are interested in attending. If you would like to attend on your own, please proceed with registration.

Venue Information

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalow, Santa Monica

The moment you arrive at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows you will notice the magical transformation that has taken place. From the exquisitely manicured grounds to the casual elegance of our guest rooms and suites, our luxury Santa Monica oceanfront hotel will challenge your senses and provide you with an unforgettable experience.

Hotel Reservations: No special rate for this meeting. Reservations can be made via the hotel website.

Parking: Valet parking will be hosted for Planners and will be $15 for Suppliers.

Spotlight Charity

SITE Southern California will be presenting a donation to benefit the SITE Foundation during the July luncheon on behalf of our Membership.

SITE Foundation

Mission: To create compelling content to inform business professionals of the bold results incentive travel produces, and to provide industry insights to further careers of current incentive professionals.

Vision: To ignite passion for incentive travel through knowledge sharing.

The SITE Foundation has invested over $250,000 to support research, education and advocacy projects on behalf of the incentive travel industry. Monies raised by the SITE Foundation help us make the business case for incentive travel and highlight the transformational potential of travel experiences on individuals, enterprises and communities.

As with all industries in this day and age, time is of the essence. The incentive travel marketplace is no different, and SITE Foundation has altered its approach slightly to meet the demands of its members and the industry with this in mind. While research continues to be an important component for building understanding of the business case for incentive travel, research is now just one of many types of content the SITE Foundation produces and shares out regularly in-line with its updated mission and vision.

SITE Foundation amped up investment since July of 2016 to provide a regular cadence of valued industry content. Additionally, access to and organization of this content for continued learning has been enhanced. We are excited to unveil the Motivate online content hub. Motivate is where professionals can easily navigate through resources across areas of Innovation, Inspiration, Impact and Intelligence.

Check out our content offerings on Motivate.

SITE Foundation Grants

SITE Foundation Grants provide funding to organizations that support our mission of advancing the incentive travel industry. Learn more...

When Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
101 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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