Local Economic Impact Panel Discussion

Meetings and conventions benefit communities. Conventions help create jobs, promote small business and build partnerships. This panel will discuss how meetings drive business growth across the state of Texas, the value of hosting events as well as the long term economic impact from meetings attendees.


  • Bill Keese, Executive Director, The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations
  • Cindy Lo, DMCP, Owner, Red Velvet Events
  • Tom Noonan, President & CEO, Austin CVB
  • Mike Shea, Executive Director, SXSW


Kevin Olsen, Founding Partner at Keyway

Safety and Security – It’s Everyone’s Business

The safety and security of our attendees, members, stakeholders, employees and the general public that attend meetings, conferences, conventions and exhibitions every day around the world. We all recognized the need and potential for greater collaboration and to address this priority. Given the current threat assessments provided by the top security professionals, it became clear that we must establish national guidelines for convention centers and related venues around the US and align ourselves with the Department of Homeland Security and the SAFETY Act office.

Join representatives for various industry organizations who will discuss this new collaborative initiative, and by extension their members, can work together to make our meetings, conventions, and venues safe in light of recent security threats, new gun laws and changing client expectations.


  • Brad Mayne, CFE, President & CEO, International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)
  • David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA , International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE)
  • Larry Arnaudet, Executive Director, Exhibition Services & Contractors Assn (ESCA)
  • Bill Flynn, Former Dir of Homeland Security
  • Mike Shea, Executive Director, SXSW
  • Diane Gallatin, CPP, PSP, ISP, President, Integrated Security Solutions


Kevin Olsen, Founding Partner at Keyway

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the current landscape when planning for the security of your show
  • Learn what questions organizers should ask their partnering venue when planning an event
  • How can organizers and venues better partner to create a safe event
  • What you should pay attention to when planning your event at various venues


1 hour CMP-IS Domain C: Risk Management

Taste of Texas Reception

Immediately following the panel discussion, please stay for the NETWORKING & FUN!  The Taste of Texas Reception, hosted by ILEA Austin Chapter, will feature local food & beverages that will be a foodie's delight!  Live Music Entertainment during the Taste of Texas Reception is provided by the Austin CVB.

Live Music Entertainment during the Taste of Texas Reception is provided By Austin CVB featuring Suzanna Choffel.



Possessing all the vibe in the world (Rolling Stone), Suzanna Choffel feels equally at home singing in a dimly lit, smoky club as she does front and center in front of (literally) millions. Credit the Austin TX natives musical upbringing: with a name inspired by Leonard Cohen's Suzanne, she was steeped in her parents 70s LP collection and grew up cultivating an interest in pop, soul, jazz, reggae and more.Read More...


Taste of Texas Reception Hosted by:

Untitled design 

Contigo Catering

Crave Catering 

Pink Berry - Lone Star Swirls

Primizie Catering

Royal Fig Catering

The County Line / Baribba Cantina / FlyRite

The Cupcake Bar


  • Kevin Olsen

    Kevin Olsen

    Experience Starting on the talent/production side of the industry and growing to strategic communication and

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Economic Panel

  • Bill Keese

    Bill Keese

    Executive Director, The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations Bill Keese has been the executive director

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  • Cindy Lo, DMCP

    Cindy Lo, DMCP

    Owner, Red Velvet Events When Cindy Lo started Red Velvet Events, Inc. (RVE) 14 years

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  • Tom Noonan

    Tom Noonan

    President & CEO, Austin CVB Tom Noonan joined the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau on

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  • Mike Shea

    Mike Shea

    Executive Director, SXSW Mike Shea is Chief Logistics Officer & Partner of Austin-based South by

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Safety and Security

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