Phil Keoghan

Host of the Emmy Award-winning series The Amazing Race

  • Wednesday, October 26
  • 8:00 - 9:30 AM

NOWYou might recognize him as the host of the Emmy-Award-winning series The Amazing Race – he’s worked in over 100 countries around the world.  At Lanyon Live, Phil discussed his experiences both on The Amazing Race, and in life.

Brian King

Marriott’s Chief Digital, Distribution, Revenue Solutions and Global Sales Officer

Brian King leads the Marriott team that optimizes demand, drives revenue, and delivers a seamless experience for customers across all of the company’s sales channels, whether in-person or online.

Noelle LeVeaux

CMO of Dallas CVB

Noelle is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. She launched the BIG Campaign, which has already won several awards including the DFW AMA’s “Marketer of the Year” in Branding and a regional Addy for Integrated Campaigns. In 2013, Noelle was honored by as one of the 50 top travel marketers in the world.

Michael Dominguez, CHSE

Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer - MGM Resorts International

Michael Dominguez, CHSE is Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International.  In this role, he provides executive oversight for Company sales strategies for the Convention, Leisure, and Transient segments. This also includes Industry Relations, Regional Sales and MGM Resorts Event Productions.

Prior to joining MGM Resorts in 2012, Dominguez was Vice President of Global Sales for Loews Hotels & Resorts, since 2008, where he oversaw sales efforts for 18 luxury hotels in the U.S. and Canada.  Other positions during his more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry included Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Palm Springs Desert Resorts CVA and Director of Sales for the following: Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif., Sunburst Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Austin, Texas, and Riviera Palm Springs in Calif.  In 1984, he began his hospitality career working with Hyatt, serving in various food and beverage positions, from waiter to restaurant manager to banquet manager, during his seven years with the hotel group.

A Certified Hospitality Sales Executive (CHSE) from Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), Dominguez serves on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Travel Association, the International Board of Directors for Meeting Professional International (MPI), Industry Issues and Trends Task Force for Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA), The Industry Partner Alliance for American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Advisory Board for Starcite, Past President for MPI – Southern California Chapter, and is a member of the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Industry Council.

Dominguez was elected Chairman for MPI’s International Board of Directors and served in this role from July 2013 through June 2014. For the following term, 2014-2015, he serves as Immediate Past Chairman.

Dominguez most recently has been named co-chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition alongside David Peckinpaugh, president of Maritz Travel. In this role, he leads the MBCC’s advocacy efforts to showcase the value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy by continuing to engage with business leaders and the media. He also will help host the first annual North American Meetings Industry Day, which is scheduled for April 16, 2015.

Among his other achievements, Dominguez was named one of Meetings Focus’ 2014 Meetings Trendsetters, MeetingsNet’s 2014 Changemakers, HSMAI’s 2014 “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing,” among the “50 Influentials” in the 2013’s annual list, one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in Business in North America by Hispanic Business Magazine, one of the “25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry” by Successful Meetings Magazine, “Chapter Leader of the Year” by MPI – Southern California Chapter, “Industry Partner of the Year” by Meeting Sites Resource and Loews Hotels’ “Joint Marketer of the Year.”

Paul Van Deventer

President & Chief Executive Officer - Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

Paul Van Deventer joined MPI in April 2013 as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this role, he leads the strategic direction of the association and is responsible for managing its global staff, operating budget, and membership programs and services. In addition, Paul works closely with MPI’s Board of Directors and serves as a liaison to the MPI Foundation.

He has held a variety of leadership positions throughout his career and has a proven track record for driving business growth and creating brand value. Paul most recently served as divisional vice president of the Health & Wellness Division at Walgreens, the largest drug store chain in the United States. Prior to Walgreens, he was the senior vice president of Sales and Field Services at Mitchell International, Inc., a leading provider of information, software and business solutions for the automotive insurance and collision repair markets.

Earlier in his career, Paul spent 22 years with American Express where he gained experience with the business travel and meeting and event industries. He held positions as director of Multinational Sales and Operations, managing a global business unit with responsibility for more than 50 business travel customer service centers, 500 employees and a meetings/events group focused on the automotive industry. He also served as vice president and head of Corporate Services Sales – Australia and New Zealand, with responsibility for corporate card and business travel services, and later as vice president and general manager of Corporate Services, Western United States and vice president and general manager of the Multinational Client Group.

Paul currently serves as a board member for the U.S. Travel Association and Convention Industry Council. He is also an advisory board member for Women In Travel (WINit). Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Villanova University and an MBA with a finance concentration from Columbia University.


Sherrif Karamat, CAE

Chief Operating Officer - Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

Sherrif Karamat, CAE, BAS, MBA, joined Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) in 2003 as Vice President of Sales and Sponsorship and was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) in April 2008. 

A 20+ year veteran of the meetings and convention industry, Karamat served as the Vice President of Business Sales and Services for Toronto Convention and Visitors Association (Tourism Toronto) and under his leadership, Tourism Toronto recorded its highest sales production in its history and significantly improved client and member services.  Prior to joining Tourism Toronto, Karamat held several senior sales and marketing positions in the Hotel industry where he won numerous sales performance awards.

In his role as COO, Karamat is a key member of the executive team of PCMA and oversees all of PCMA’s major revenue streams including strategic partnerships, Convene and PCMA’s print and digital media products.  Karamat also oversees PCMA’s global business development and is an integral part of PCMA’s strategic planning, financial reporting and education development and delivery.  

Karamat wrote the chapter on Sponsorships and Strategic Partnerships: A New Approach in Professional Meeting Management – Fifth Edition, Comprehensive Strategies for Meetings, Conventions and Events.  In addition to Karamat’s many industry volunteer roles, he is currently serving on the AIBTM and EIBTM Advisory Board; he has served on the TravelCom Board of Advisors; he served two years on Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Business Partner Advisory Council; he served on Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) steering committee in 2009 and recently on the Meetings and Convention Industry roundtable.  Karamat also supports the development of our industry by frequent guest lectures at various universities and colleges in North America and is an active member of ACTE, Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Michael McCormick

Executive Director and COO - Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)

Michael W. McCormick has been the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) since August of 2009. Over the past six years, with the support of a progressive Board of Directors and highly dedicated staff, he has led a rapid globalization of this leading travel association. GBTA is now the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization with over 6,000 members representing US$340B in annual travel spending.

McCormick comes to GBTA with more than 20 years of travel industry experience, having most recently served as Managing Partner of Hudson Crossing, LLC, a successful travel industry advisory business. Prior to launching Hudson Crossing, McCormick served as Executive Vice President of the Cendant Hospitality & Leisure Group, where as business unit leader, he was responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the global hospitality brands such as Travelport and Orbitz.

McCormick has also served as the Chief Operating Officer of PhoCusWright, President of, and Vice President of Global Supplier Relations for Rosenbluth International where he began his career in travel.

McCormick received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. He has been recognized as one of the “The 25 Most Influential Executives Of The Business Travel Industry” by Business Travel News and is a regular on air contributor to CNBC and Bloomberg.

Speaker Lineup

Top minds in the meeting, event and travel industries get together to discuss the current and future trends in business. This panel includes leaders from MMBC, MPI, PCMA and GBTA.

  • Kimberly Meyer

    Co-Founder - Meetings Analytics

  • Michael Dominguez, CHSE

    Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer - MGM Resorts International

  • Paul Van Deventer

    President & Chief Executive Officer - Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

  • Trista Hannan

    SVP of Client Solutions - Eved

  • Sherrif Karamat, CAE

    Chief Operating Officer - Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

  • Michael McCormick

    Executive Director and COO - Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)

  • Ebony Venters

    Director of Marketing Operations - Lanyon

  • Joel Martin

    VP of Brands and Experiential - Brightbox Inc.

  • Gary Schirmacher, CMP

    SVP, Industry Presence & Strategic Development - Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company

  • David Clark

    Manager of Travel and Meeting Services for Eli Lilly and Company

  • Chris Avery, CMP, CHME

    Senior Account and Sales Training Executive - Lanyon

  • Julie Lindsey

    Director, Global Events at Gap Inc.

Stay tuned for the full speaker line-up release!

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