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2020 Conference Speaker Presentations

Day 1 - Thursday, March 12th

Keynote: You Don't Need to Advertise a Good Party
Speaker: Bill Svoboda
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"It's Not What You Know, It's Who"
Speaker: Brad Ballinger, Co-owner at Cincinnatus
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Cutting Edge Strategies for Engaging Volunteers to Meet Mission
Speaker: Terry Straub, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
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It's Rock 'n Roll, And I Like It!
Speaker: Kimberly Gottschalk, President of Sue McLean & Associates and Meghan Gustafson, Director of Events and Programs, mpls downtown council
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The Forecast for Your Event: Better, If You Hire A Human
Speaker: Mike Augustyniak, WCCO-TV
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Whack-a-mole Management
Speaker: Scott Graden, Owner of the New Scenic Café
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The Do's and Don'ts of Creating a Site Plan
Speakers: Steve Madson, SRO Productions, Jon Ionazzo, Atmosphere Events, Mark Rausch, mpls downtown council
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Building Event Content that Attracts Sponsors, Attendees and the Media
Speakers: Sara Collins, Stone Arch Bridge Festival and Cindy Lerick CFEE, The Art of Events
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Fireworks: Are they the right fit for your event?
Speaker: Erv Hamen and Tracey Vanasek, RES Pyro
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From State Fairs to Rodeos, Discover Food and Beverage Trends that Impress in 2020
Speaker: Stephanie Hansen, Mytalk1071 .1 @WeeklyDish Radio Show Host, @StephaniesDish.com Producer & Social Media Influencer, Curator Culinary market Stone Arch Bridge Festival and Art In Bayfront Park
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Day 2 - Friday, March 13th

Partnering with your City – What’s Better Than FREE?
Speakers: Anna Tanski, President of Visit Duluth
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Fundraising For Your Festival and the All Important Sponsorship Deliverable's
Speakers: Jean Ryan, JRI Marketing and Jim Leighton, RAIN
Moderator: Meghan Gustafson, mpls downtown council
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Your Events, Our Parks!
Speakers: Aimee Peterson, Superintendent of Recreation - Maple Grove and Nate Rosa, Recreation Supervisor - City of St. Louis Park
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"Stop the Scroll:" Get their attention and maximize social media for your event
Speakers: Stacey Robertson and Karen Ybarra, Belay Creative
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Active Shooter Preparedness
Speaker: Glenn Sanders, Department of Homeland Security
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