Our team has been busy working to blend past tradition with some new surprises for The Special Event 2016 Conference and Tradeshow Opening General Session.

Event Co-chairs, T. Skorman Productions Vice President Connie Riley, CMP, CSEP, T. Skorman Account Executive Gabrielle Mourino and Heidi Brumbach, CMP, CTA of Technisch Creative have gathered Central Florida industry professionals to create a unique experience kicking off The Special Event 2016 Conference and Tradeshow at the Orange County Convention Center.

The Opening General Session will precede the exhibition portion of The Special Event 2016 on January 13, 2016 at 9am. More than 5,000 event professionals attend each year to network, develop, and discover the latest trends and innovation in their industry. The opening session is the first impression of what is in store for attendees throughout the event. The program includes an appearance by author Sally Hogshead sharing “How to Communicate Value in Just 9 Seconds”. This year the team will also revive a tradition from early years of The Special Event©. At the close of the general session performers and attendees will participate in an energetic parade experience leading to the opening of the Tradeshow.

Event co-chair Connie Riley, CMP, CSEP, Vice-President of T. Skorman Productions is returning for her ninth Opening General Session to present the talent and program content. The International Special Event Society (ISES) Hall of Famer has been involved with The Special Event© throughout her career and is pleased to showcase Orlando’s event resources this year.

Attendees can look forward to an hour session packed with exciting content, new entertainment and a few surprises

Connie Riley, CMP, CSEP

T. Skorman’s Account Executive, Gabrielle Mourino has also worked on previous general sessions for The Special Event© and is taking on a larger role as an event co-chair this year.

Coordinating the event from the beginning stages has been a huge learning experience and it will be great to see it all come together

Gabrielle Mourino, Account Executive

In addition to the Opening General Session, Connie Riley, CMP, CSEP and Gabrielle Mourino are both co-chairs for the closing night Gala Awards and Ms. Riley is a co-chair of the Closing Night Celebration following the Gala Awards. Another element the team is bringing back this year is the exclusive reception held before the Gala Awards to provide further recognition for the Gala Award nominees. Visit the Special Event 2016 website for registration details and the full schedule of events: http://www.TheSpecialEventShow.com.

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