January 8 – 10, 2019
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California

Diamond Sponsors



The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is the home for more than 5,000 special events industry professionals working in 50-plus individual disciplines within the meetings and events community. From event designers to event producers to every imaginable type of event supplier, ILEA serves as the key continuing education provider and business networking link for all parts of the special events industry. ILEA counts membership on five continents and operates more than 50 local chapters throughout the world. ILEA developed and administers the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) certification – the recognized standard of excellence in special events. We deliver special event continuing education through live, virtual and hybrid seminars and workshops in addition to two annual conferences that attract a global attendee base. Visit ileahub.com to learn more about the benefits and services we offer to all special events professionals.


The National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) is the first non-profit, national association for caterers, event planners and event professionals dedicated to providing education, certification and a network of resources for members in all segments of the hospitality industry. For more info, visit nace.net.



For more than 10 years, the Academic Event Professional (AEP) conference has offered a forum for sharing best practices and exchanging ideas to help develop and hone professional event skills in an educational environment. With a program designed by academic event planners for academic event planners, AEP provides an invaluable experience where both seasoned planners and newcomers alike can learn from their academic peers. For more info, visit aep-edu.com


AfWPi is an international community of wedding and special event professionals, providing marketing resources and exposure to members, education opportunities, and support for the wedding industry. More info, visit afwpi.com

MPI Southern California

The Southern California Chapter of Meeting Professionals International brings over 600 members to the MPI global community. It is the premiere resource for education and networking opportunities Southern California. Our chapter membership includes some of the most influential meeting planners and meeting and event suppliers in the Greater Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Las Vegas areas. For more information, visit mpiscc.org.

MPI San Diego

MPISD is the go-to meetings industry association dedicated to offering quality education, business opportunities and professional development. The organization also acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the meetings and events industry. For more information, visit mpisd.org.


The SEARCH Foundation supports event professionals confronted with a catastrophic occurrence and fosters, develops and promotes educational initiatives for the advancement of the industry. Learn more at searchfoundation.org.


The Student Event Planners Association (SEPA) is a national, professional organization that caters to millennials in the event planning and hospitality industry. Our mission is to develop student event planners into professionals by providing an outlet for members to gain knowledge and experience, develop skills, and network. Learn more at studenteventplannersassociation.com.


SPIN is the only network of senior-level meeting and event planners and industry suppliers. We average around 20 years of experience and our dialogs are different. SPIN members impact personal success through an authentic community that is rich in meeting & event expertise by providing Support, Education, Rejuvenation and Fun. For each other. Whenever they need it. Visit spinplanners.com.


WIPA - The Wedding Industry Professionals Association was launched in 2008 as a non-profit association that brings together talented wedding professionals from all over the country. Our goal is to advance our members professional education and lead the country as the primary source of expertise in the wedding industry. Visit wipa.org.