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 Meetings Quest offers uniquely Oakland experience

Meetings Quest will be held July 22–23 at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California. Hosted by Visit Oakland and presented by Association News magazine, Meetings Quest will offer a programming lineup featuring a distinguished sports executive with the rare distinction of having held front-office positions in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL; a standout member of the Silicon Valley tech innovators circle; and a leading attorney in the events and trade-show industry.

On Wednesday, July 22, Meetings Quest attendees will have the opportunity to earn credits toward IAEE’s professional certification program. The Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) Learning Program—which leads to the CEM designation—emphasizes real-world learning to confront daily challenges. The day-long program, which will focus on trade-show floor-plan development, will be administered by IAEE and taught by CEM commission–approved faculty. The Meetings Quest Opening Celebration at Plank, located on Oakland’s flourishing waterfront, will include a greeting by the Golden State Warriors Aftershock drum line.

The following morning, the welcoming keynote address will feature Andy Dolich, the former president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors. Dolich is the only Bay Area executive who has worked for Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s, the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Dolich will provide insights on how attendees can connect their professional lives to their passions in ways that will leave them whistling while they work.

Meetings Quest will also offer two Learning Lab Sessions on legal issues facing meeting professionals and cutting-edge technology trends. The first Learning Lab Session will feature John Foster, one of the nation’s preeminent experts on meetings-industry law. Foster will provide clear explanations of the legal issues confronting planners and suppliers in today’s meetings industry. In the second Learning Lab Session, Larry Chao, vice-president of marketing at OneTraction, will examine how innovative social media and technology startups can help events and trade shows increase attendee and exhibitor engagement, while also increasing revenues. 

Meetings Quest is organized by Los Angeles–based Schneider Publishing, publishers of SportsTravel and Association News magazines and organizers of the TEAMS Conference & Expo. The group travel markets served by Schneider Publishing generate 106 million hotel room nights annually. Meetings Quest has been held in Mesa, Arizona; Cabarrus County, North Carolina; and Providence, Rhode Island. Upcoming Meetings Quest shows will be held in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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