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Meeting Planner Education Day | Portland MaineMembers Visit Portland Events
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Meeting Planner Education Day

Each event planning topic is crafted to fall within the guidelines of the Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits should you be on the path to earning your Certified Meeting Planner designation. Clocked credit hour sheets will be provided.



Halo at the Point
Thompson's Point
10 Thomspon's Point Road
Portland, Maine 04102


Tuesday, August 27, 2019
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM


9:30 AM – 9:45 AM



9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Event Management Essentials: budgeting, negotiating and staying sane!

Stefa Normantas, Co-Owner | Green Tree Event Consultants

There are few things as satisfying as pulling off a fantastic event (aside from maybe putting your feet up afterwards!). It takes smart strategies, a bullet-proof budget, and top shelf skills to stay on task when things get rocky. We’ll cover each of these areas with best practices to make your next event stress free.

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Snack Break | Stonewall Kitchen


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Green Events: Demonstrating Environmental Responsibility!

Rauni Kew, PR & Green Program Manager | Inn by the Sea

Meeting planners have an opportunity to incorporate sustainable practices in every facet of an event - all while making the event better, more fun and PR worthy. We will briefly look at the history of hospitality’s green movement, how venues can tailor green meetings or social events to add value and help market their own business while supporting the community that allows them to be profitable.


12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Lunch | Moe’s Original Barb B Que


12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Event Collaboration and Vendor Relationships

Laurie Andrews, Owner | Laurie Andrews Design Co.

Fausto Pifferrer, Co-Owner | Blue Elephant Events & Catering

Just because you are an Event Planner, does that automatically make you an Event Designer? What are your biggest obstacles when it comes to design and the execution of the event? Are the expectations realistic? Learn how to create buzz worthy events by planning, designing, and executing your event like a pro. Together, Laurie and Fausto have over 60 years of experience. Come see how decades of experience can help your career.


1:30 PM- 2:15 PM

Destination & Venue Selection in an Experience Economy

Rachel Sagiroglu, CMP | Experience Maine

In this experience economy we now live in, meeting planners are looking for new and unique ways to engage attendees and provide a memorable experience. They are being challenged to look for destinations and locations that are creative and adventurous, allowing attendees to move beyond the traditional meeting space or conference room. Attendees are demanding destinations that offer a unique experience and local flair. Learn how to choose the right destination and venue for your next meeting that will improve collaboration, boost retention and leave a lasting impression.


2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Tasting and Tour of Thompson’s Points’ Event Space

Cellardoor Winery | Halo | Brick South


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