GMID 2018 v2

April 12, 2018
Brazos Hall
Austin, TX
3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Registration
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.   Moderated Panel Discussion
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Q & A
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.   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 Musical Entertainment during the Taste of Texas Reception is provided By Visit Austin featuring Jeremy McBee.

Impact of Meetings and Industry Trends 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 globally and in the state of Texas, the value of hosting events as well as the long-term economic impact from meetings attendees.


  • Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE ,EVP, Chief Operating Officer at International Association of Exhibitions and Events
  • Gus Vonderheide, Vice President Global Sales at Hyatt Hotels
  • Steve Genovesi, Executive Vice President at Visit Austin
  • Darel Cook, Director of Expositions at Promotional Products Assn Int’l


Kevin Olsen, Founding Partner at Keyway

Networking Reception


Immediately following the panel discussion, please stay for the NETWORKING & FUN!  Connect with your industry colleagues and enjoy Live Music Entertainment provided by the Austin CVB.

Providing services on piano and vocals, Jeremy McBee offers a repertoire that will satisfy diverse audiences, professionalism that you can depend on, and a passion for making your memories last a lifetime.

After 4 years of living in Austin, TX, Jeremy has been fortunate enough to find a place that he can call "home" in the music industry. Performing for venues and events all over Texas, Jeremy has developed a reputation of professionalism, passion, and proficiency. Through his diverse setlist, Jeremy encompasses a wide range of quality music from many genres that make his performances all the more entertaining. Combining jazz, country, classic rock, and modern music, Jeremy's performances are so entertaining because they keep audiences guessing who originally performed each song and pondering what the next song will be that he'll play.


  • Kevin Olsen

    Kevin Olsen

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

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