SITE at IMEX America

10-12 October 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada USA

IMEX America sets the pace for doing business on an international scale. Increasing in size and scope annually, this event features the largest Hosted Buyer Program in North America and attracts thousands of buyers and exhibitors from the U.S. and around the world. The energy at IMEX America is everywhere, connecting everyone with key players, generating innovative ideas and driving business with the force of global opportunities. Plug into the power source at IMEX America: the pulse of the meetings industry.

Visit the SITE Booth at #A3606!

Stop by to learn more about SITE membership and events and receive a discount on your SITE + MPI Global Forum registration. 


Become a Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS)

The two-day CIS workshop will be offered in conjunction with IMEX. Learn the fundamentals of the incentive travel profession, as well as the tools and platforms needed for success. Learn more and register.

SITE Index: The Incentive Travel Industry Annual Forecast

9 October, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Marco Polo 707, Level 1, The Venetian® l The Palazzo® Congress Center

The SITE Foundation partners with J.D. Power and the IMEX Group to conduct its annual SITE Index survey. Join us to learn about the latest trends and observations in the incentive travel industry. We will examine internal and external challenges to the industry and how they will impact our work.

Presenters: Rhea Stagner and Pádraic Gilligan

Rhea Stagner, Vice President of Supplier Relations and Sourcing at Maritz Travel, rhea.jpghas worked in the meetings, events and incentive travel industry for 17 years. In her current role, Stagner focuses on building strategic relationships with destination management companies, hotels and supplier partners. She also leads our business intelligence team in charge of data intelligence and industry insights. During her tenure, Stagner has served in a variety of roles with responsibility for ensuring innovation and quality control for Maritz Travel and its clients. Stagner has managed and designed more than 70 incentive travel programs, led several corporate-wide customer events, implemented new standards for buyer performance, and developed new metrics and standards to foster more strategic supplier relationships.

Pádraic Gilligan is Managing Partner at SoolNua, a marketing agency working with P. Gilligan.jpgdestinations, venues and hotels. Prior to founding SoolNua, Gilligan was Vice President of Ovation, MCI’s global DMC network and Vice President of Industry Relations at MCI.Padraic holds BA and MA degrees in Italian and English literature from University College Dublin and a post graduate diploma in Marketing from Boston College. Following a 13 year career in education, he started Delaney Marketing Consultants in 1994 with Patrick Delaney. In 2002 Delaney Marketing acquired Ovation and re-branded as Ovation Group. In June 2007 Ovation was acquired by MCI Group and commenced a robust global expansion programme establishing offices at 100 global destinations under the Ovation Global DMC brand. In 2004 he was elected to the International Board of the SITE and served as international President of this global organisation in 2008. He currently serves on the Hospitality Partners Advisory Council at FICP, on the Advisory Board of the Special Event and on the Board of the SITE Foundation. Pádraic is a passionate supporter of Arsenal Football Club, a performing singer-songwriter and loves riding his bicycle. He blogs at

Incentive Travel Planning and Logistics

10 October, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Casanova 503, Level 1, The Venetian® l The Palazzo® Congress Center

Discuss the planning phases of incentive travel program management and resolutions that mitigate common incentive travel risks. Learn project management strategies to help you manage programs more efficiently and effectively.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Plan an incentive travel program from definition through final evaluation.
  2. Identify the key logistical details involved in managing an incentive travel program.
  3. Review proven resolutions that mitigate common risks inherent in incentive travel.

Presenter: Ann Gravette 

Incentive Travel Budgeting and Marketing

11 October, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Casanova 503, Level 1, The Venetian® l The Palazzo® Congress Center

Incentive travel managers wear many hats. We often think of the travel planning responsibility, yet managing fiscal requirements and marketing needs are just as crucial. Explore the fiscal and marketing challenges that managers face and learn practical solutions.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the financial elements of an incentive travel program.
  2. Design an incentive travel marketing campaign and branding to achieve a desired impression.
  3. Apply practical budgeting solutions to incentive travel program planning.

Presenter: Ann Gravette 

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Ann Gravette, CMP - Director of Learning and Development, Maritz Travel– Ann graduated from Webster University with a BA in Communications. She has enjoyed a long career at Maritz Travel in Fenton, MO.  In her early years at Maritz Travel, she exceled as an Event Manager, handling large-scale corporate meetings and incentive programs.  She then moved into the training team to share her knowledge and expertise with others. Ann is now the Director of Learning and Development for Maritz Travel’s Event Management Team.  In addition to serving the learning needs of Event Managers, her responsibilities include process/system definition and improvement.  Ann earned her Six Sigma and Lean Black Belt in 2012.  She has also earned the designation of being an Experience Economy Certified Expert through Pine and Gilmore, and enjoys teaching principles of Experience Design.  Ann has been a CMP for as long as she can remember, and serves as a CMP Study Group leader.  She co-authored a chapter on Project Management for the latest edition of the CIC Manual.  Ann teaches Event Management at local colleges and is passionate about investing in the future generation of Event Management professionals. She enjoys photography, outdoors & volunteering.  Ann resides in St. Louis with her husband, Brian, and their three children: Olivia, Emily and Max.

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SITE Member Reception

Join us for our members-only cocktail reception and visit with our Hard Rock All Inclusive Collection partners.

Tuesday, 10 October 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Hard Rock Booth #F3152

Chapter Leaders Meeting

If you are a current member of a SITE Chapter Board of Directors please join us for our in-person meeting with SITE leadership and fellow chapter leaders to get the lates updates and share best practices. By invite only, please contact

Wednesday, 11 October 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Palazzo Congress Center at The Venetian, Sands 309/310

SITE Nite North America

SITE Nite North America brings together over 1200 of the industry's most influential leaders and continues to be the most sought-after event ticket at IMEX America. Click here to learn more.

Young Leaders Conference

If you are under 35 years old or in the first 5 years of your incentive travel career join other smart, talented young professionals at the Young Leaders Conference. Click here to learn more.