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Speakers Bureau


ACOM has developed a Speaker’s Bureau, a panel of ACOM members that possess a wide array of industry-specific expertise who are available as professional speakers. Below is a listing of these industry leaders and their topics. For more information or to schedule a speaker please contact ACOM Headquarters.

Eric Blanc, CMP
Sales Manager
The Freeman Companies
• Tradeshows 101

Norman Ford
Assistant Vice President, Administration
Green Brothers Gravel Company
• Corporate Transitions (i.e personnel changes, job descriptions changes and corporate goal changes)
• Teambuilding
• Maximizing a small staff or small facility
• Private management / government entity relationships
• Community Service responsibility

Mary German, CMP
Director of Convention Services
Arlington CVB
• Transportation/Setting up Convention Shuttles for Groups
• Developing Internship Programs for Students in Convention Services
• Operating on a Shoe-String Budget

David Raymond, CMP
Senior Convention Services Manager
The Westin Charlotte
• Servicing Sports Teams
• Selling During Construction
• How to be a Good CSM

Keith Sexton-Patrick
Director of Convention Services
The Mohegan Sun
• Trends in Servicing Meetings
• Career Paths

Tina Stark
Director of Housing Sales
Salt Lake CVB
• Housing: General Information and Contracts
• Best Practices for Registration and Housing
• Housing and Registration as a Revenue Stream

Janice Telstar, CMP
Assistant Director of Convention Services
Philadelphia CVB
• Sales to Service Turnover
• Services as a Marketing Tool
• Teaming with your Community to Provide Service

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