"Attending the SMU event was a wonderful experience. I have made a
number of very valuable contacts with representatives of international
venues. The information gained will be very useful to us as we plan
and place our conferences…I very much enjoyed attending this well
organized event. The venue was convenient and very comfortable, the
receptions and meals were memorable…the presentations were meaningful
and applicable as well."
- Lynn Louise Kindle
Gordon Research Conferences
"A big thank you for the fantastic event you put together for us.
The food, the hotel, the presentations,... it was a fabulous experience
for me as a newcomer in the Meetings industry!. We managed to get 3
RFP's out of it and 30 new contacts for our database…the quality of the
buyers were high."
- Virginie Baeriswyl
Account Manager Meetings,
Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau
"I wanted to thank you again for the great event…I really enjoyed it
and found it very useful, really had mostly great meetings! I
definitely will participate again next year."
- May Sollinger-Soucek, CMP
Marketing Manager USA & Canada,
Vienna Convention Bureau/Vienna Tourist Board
"Thank you so much for inviting me to the SMU event… I had a great
and very productive time. I met many people that I can work with on
programs for many years to come and found the sessions excellent."
- David N. Bruce, MMP, HTS
Managing Director, CMP Meeting Services - Simplifying the Business of Meetings
"I just wanted to thank you for coordinating a fantastic
event in St. Martin! I met a lot of wonderful people and have 6-8
leads from it!"
- Pamela Shepherd
Regional Director of Sales,
Aruba Convention Bureau
"The Successful Meetings University was the most productive group
business centric session I have attended in years. The planners were
well selected and genuinely interested in bringing business to the
Caribbean Region. The buyer to supplier ratio was perfect and the
opportunities were tangible - I am confident that we will secure at
least two quality group programs within the next 3 months."
- Sharlene Brenkus
Director of Sales & Marketing,
Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa
"Thank you for including me in the Caribbean Successful Meetings
Program. It was a great opportunity to learn more about St. Martin, and
to meet with other destination specialists. I will hope to be able to
utilize one or many of the vendors for future programs. I liked the
intimacy of the program and found it to be a great networking tool. I
look forward to future events."
- Evelyn Pettit
Meeting Planner, event-logix
"Thank you to all the many Planners that I met, shared ideas and
developed new friendships with. I look forward to staying in contact
with all of you…May all of us continue to Weather the Storm and may
continued success and prosperity be your road ahead."
- Gene Harley
Managing Director, Advantage International, LLC
"SMU is my best show of the year, quality planners and one on one
appointments with great networking and education sessions make this show
a win-win for planners, suppliers and sponsors! You do it right SM."
- Debi DeBenedetto
CHA, Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB
"There are other appointment shows that I attend throughout the
year and I think the smaller size of your show actually makes the time
spent with the planners more beneficial. Some of the larger shows are
overwhelming to the planners and the suppliers, by the last day the
planners are deliberately missing appointments due to exhaustion. Not to
mention they are handing the same RFP to that many more suppliers. I
also thought the educational sessions were a highlight and the off site
venues were a nice change. I actually came back to the office today and
stated that I would gladly attend any of your events with the knowledge
of how well they are planned and executed. Thank you for making my first
Successful Meetings event, a true success!"
- Anna Pernia
Southeast Sales Manager, Biltmore Hotel
"This year's SMU provided quality customers who were truly
interested in learning and knowing more about Florida and the wide
variety of properties and destinations we have to offer. I think the
Florida Successful Meetings University is one of the best organized
programs for a client/supplier forum. The number of new clients I was
able to meet along with the supplier to client ratio is exceptional.
Having a more intimate group of people also gave you the opportunity to
really be able to get to know these clients and the other suppliers."
- David Irwin
National Sales Manager, Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa
"SMU provides everything a planner could want! Educational topics
that matter from speakers that you can refer to associates; Amazing
venues that you would definitely want to book for future meetings; Ample
networking with the top suppliers - much more than a 30 second business
card exchange. It was definitely worth my time."
- Vicki Penchosky
"This was a very educational experience with a good amount of free
time to explore the surrounding area. The meeting was extremely well
organized and you did not leave feel overwhelmed with information
because of the way the meeting was structured. I would highly recommend
this to anyone that is serious about obtaining a high quality of
information in a short period of time ."
- Alan Mazzola
Director, Travel Services SYKES Enterprises
"The best event yet! As a corporate planner, it exceeded my
expectations and I made many networking contacts for future events. The
Sand Pearl was an exceptional property and the staff went above and
beyond. Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this successful
- Gigi DeLuca
Director of Marketing and Events, Fortriss, LLC
"Time is my most valuable commodity and the SMU agenda respected
that. The program was exceptionally well thought out and executed. It
delivered valuable content in the general session portion while
providing an opportunity to meet 20+ suppliers (the majority of which I
hadn't known prior to my arrival) in a compressed (but comfortable)
amount of time. To garner this sort of input, from this diverse
cross-section of suppliers, would have taken months versus days. As a
result of attending the University, I have broadened my awareness of an
important region of the country-- the benefits it could offer our future
programs--that I wasn't aware of prior to my arrival. Lastly, and maybe
most importantly, I met planners and suppliers who I learned a lot from
and who are now part of my resource network going forward."
- Katie Smith CMP
Corporate Conference Director, M2Media360
"Thank you so very much for arranging the Successful Meetings
University at the Sandpearl Resort. I made some terrific connections and
learned quite a lot about all of the Hotels and CVBs that I was able to
meet. The networking opportunities were invaluable! I look forward to
working with many of the vendors I met."
- Cindy Pierson
Manager Global Accounts, HELMSBRISCOE