The IMTS 2018 Exhibitor Workshop will take place January 22-24, 2018 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center.
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Event Schedule:

Monday, January 22

     4:00 pm – 6:00 pm        Registration
     5:00 pm – 7:00 pm        Welcome Reception

Tuesday, January 23

     7:00 am – 2:00 pm        Registration
     7:30 am – 8:30 am        Breakfast
     9:40 am – 6:00 pm        Tradeshow Hours
     11:30 am – 2:00 pm       Lunch
     4:00 pm – 6:00 pm        Reception

Wednesday, January 24

     8:00 am – 9:00 am        Breakfast / Check-In
     9:00 am – 2:00 pm        Field Trip to McCormick Place


Theater Presentations

Tuesday
Theater 1: Operations
Theater 2: Marketing

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Opening Remarks – State of IMTS
Peter Eelman, VP – Exhibitions & Business Development | AMT

Opening Remarks – State of IMTS
Douglas Woods, President | AMT

9:00 am – 9:30 am

McCormick Square: A New Neighborhood (Facilities, Hotels, Parking, Amenities & Security)
Peter Eelman, VP – Exhibitions & Business Development | AMT

2018 Manufacturing Sectors: Learn What is Growing or Slowing
Patrick McGibbon, VP – Strategic Analytics | AMT

9:40 am – 10:10 am

Learn the Ins & Outs of the e-Kit
Julie Baker, VP of Technology & Customer Relations | Map Your Show

Prepare for IMTS: Marketing 101
Melissa Kline Skavlem, Chief Marketing Officer | Gardner Business Media Inc.

10:20 am – 10:50 am

Prepare for IMTS: Operations 101
Michelle Edmonson, Sr. Director – Exhibitions Operations & Marketing | AMT

Connect with the Media
Panelists: Derek Korn, Executive Editor, Modern Machine Shop | Gardner Business Media Inc.; Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor, Additive Manufacturing | Gardner Business Media Inc.; Tom Beard, Director of Custom Content | Gardner Business Media Inc.
Moderator: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief, Modern Machine Shop & Additive Manufacturing | Gardner Business Media Inc.

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Prepare Your Booth Staff
Steve Miller, President | The Adventure

Exhibitor Passport 2.0: Learn How the Next Version Works
Kim Brown, Director – Business Solutions | AMT

11:40 am – 12:10 pm

Connections Are Crucial: IMTS Electrical Tips
Derrick Munro, Client Solutions Manager | Freeman Electrical

Preparing Your IMTS Booth Display
Ed Zilinskas, Executive Vice President & Principal | LAB Exhibits

12:20 pm – 12:50 pm

Prepare Your IMTS Budget
Dana Super, Consultant & Marketing Manager | GROB Systems, Inc.

Connect with Your Customers
Mark Kennedy, Director – Exhibitions Sales | AMT

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Custom Block: Learn How it Saves Time, Money and Headaches
Bob Ryley, Senior VP Exhibition Sales | GES; Tom Gilmore, IMTS National Freight Manager | GES

Learn About IMTS Sponsorships
Moderator: Bill Herman, Director – International Exhibitions & Sponsorship | AMT
Panelists: Jeff Ducate, President & CEO | CMAC;  John Campos, Regional VP Midwest | Gardner Business Media Inc.

1:40 pm – 2:10 pm

Learn How to Say it Thru AV
Mike Wohlitz, Senior Vice President Event Services | Freeman XP

Learn How IMTS Helps Get You Noticed
Bonnie Gurney, Director – Industry Partnerships | AMT

2:20 pm – 2:50 pm

Prepare Your Booth Staff
Steve Miller, President | The Adventure

Connections are Crucial – IMTS Lead Retrieval Tips
David Lawton, EVP – Sales | Convention Data Services

3:10 pm – 3:40 pm

2018 Manufacturing Sectors : Learn What is Growing or Slowing
Patrick McGibbon, VP – Strategic Analytics | AMT

Why Data Matters: Learn How Analytics Drive Results
Nina Anderson, Data Scientist | AMT

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm

Closing Remarks
Peter Eelman, VP – Exhibitions & Business Development | AMT

Closing Remarks
Douglas Woods, President | AMT

Knowledge Bars

Serving In-depth Information

The Workshop will now feature five knowledge bars covering over 20 different topics. Knowledge bars will provide in-depth information on essential IMTS topics – from booth layout and logistics to targeted marketing and lead retrieval. This intimate set-up will allow you to fully explore a topic in a brief, 20-minute session.

Tuesday
1
Sponsorship
2
Managing Prospects Using IMTS Exhibitor Passport
3
IMTS e-Kit
4
Communications
5
IMTS Essentials

9:40 am – 10:00 am

Parking Structures Sponsorships
Bill Herman, Director – International Exhibitions & Sponsorship | AMT

How to Target Your Prospects
AMT Business Solutions Team

How to Use the GES Expresso Site
Amanda Butler, IMTS Call Center Manager | Global Experience Specialists (GES)

Social Media Overview
Adam Gambrel, Exhibitions Marketing Administrator | AMT

Teach Your Staff to Turn Conversations into Results
Steve Miller, President | The Adventure

10:10 am – 10:30 am

Media Pre-Show Sponsorship
Anthony Pavlik, Regional Vice President/Media Consultant | Gardner Business Media Inc.

How to Contact Your Prospects List
AMT Business Solutions Team

Hanging Sign Changes for 2018
Mark Kennedy, Director – Exhibitions Sales | AMT

How to Write a Press Release that Interests the Media
Cyndi Kustush, Senior Editor, Moldmaking Technology Magazine | Gardner Business Media Inc.

How to Order IMTS Free Marketing Products
Rachelle Muckle, Exhibitions Operations Manager | AMT

10:40 am – 11:00 am

Transportation Sponsorship
Bob Kaplan, Director of Promotional Marketing | CMAC

How to Track Campaign Performance
AMT Business Solutions Team

How to Invite Your Customers
Rachelle Muckle, Exhibitions Operations Manager | AMT

Social Media - Facebook Basics
Adam Gambrel, Exhibitions Marketing Administrator | AMT

How to Choose a Display Company
Ed Zilinskas, Executive Vice President & Principal | LAB Exhibits

11:10 am – 11:30 am

Media At-Show Sponsorship
Kent Luciano, Associate Publisher, Modern Machine Shop | Gardner Business Media Inc.

How to Manage Your Prospect List
AMT Business Solutions Team

How to Update Your Company Profile
Katie Carey, Exhibitions Data Specialist | AMT

Social Media - Twitter Basics
Adam Gambrel, Exhibitions Marketing Administrator | AMT

How to Register Your Booth Staff
Karen Lewis, Senior Registration Manager | Convention Data Services

11:40 am – 12:00 pm

Tabletops, Cups, Napkins, Hotel Keycard Sponsorships
Melissa Kline Skavlem, Chief Marketing Officer | Gardner Business Media Inc.

How to Cultivate Leads & Opportunities
AMT Business Solutions Team

IMTS e-Kit Checklist: Tricks and Tips
Julie Baker, VP of Technology & Customer Relations | Map Your Show

Social Media - LinkedIn Basics
Adam Gambrel, Exhibitions Marketing Administrator | AMT

How to Reserve Meeting Rooms @ IMTS
Rachelle Muckle, Exhibitions Operations Manager | AMT

12:10 pm – 12:30 pm

Parking Structures Sponsorships
Bill Herman, Director – International Exhibitions & Sponsorship | AMT

How to Target Your Prospects
AMT Business Solutions Team

How to Use the GES Expresso Site
Amanda Butler, IMTS Call Center Manager | Global Experience Specialists (GES)

Social Media Overview
Adam Gambrel, Exhibitions Marketing Administrator | AMT

Teach Your Staff to Turn Conversations into Results
Steve Miller, President | The Adventure

12:40 pm – 1:00 pm

Media Pre-Show Sponsorship
Rick Brandt, Regional Vice President – West | Gardner Business Media Inc.

How to Contact Your Prospects List
AMT Business Solutions Team

Hanging Sign Changes for 2018
Mark Kennedy, Director – Exhibitions Sales | AMT

How to Write a Press Release that Interests the Media
Cyndi Kustush, Senior Editor, Moldmaking Technology Magazine | Gardner Business Media Inc.

How to Order IMTS Free Marketing Products
Rachelle Muckle, Exhibitions Operations Manager | AMT

1:10 pm – 1:30 pm

Transportation Sponsorship
Bob Kaplan, Director of Promotional Marketing | CMAC

How to Track Campaign Performance
AMT Business Solutions Team

How to Invite Your Customers
Rachelle Muckle, Exhibitions Operations Manager | AMT

Social Media - Facebook Basics
Adam Gambrel, Exhibitions Marketing Administrator | AMT

How to Choose a Display Company
Ed Zilinskas, Executive Vice President & Principal | LAB Exhibits

1:40 pm – 2:00 pm

Media At-Show Sponsorship
Bryce Ellis, District Manager | Gardner Business Media Inc.

How to Manage Your Prospect List
AMT Business Solutions Team

How to Update Your Company Profile
Katie Carey, Exhibitions Data Specialist | AMT

Social Media - Twitter Basics
Adam Gambrel, Exhibitions Marketing Administrator | AMT

Teach Your Staff to Turn Conversations into Results
Steve Miller, President | The Adventure

2:10 pm – 2:30 pm

Tabletops, Cups, Napkins, Hotel Keycard Sponsorships
Melissa Kline Skavlem, Chief Marketing Officer | Gardner Business Media Inc.

How to Cultivate Leads & Opportunities
AMT Business Solutions Team

IMTS e-Kit Checklist: Tricks and Tips
Julie Baker, VP of Technology & Customer Relations | Map Your Show

Social Media - LinkedIn Basics
Adam Gambrel, Exhibitions Marketing Administrator | AMT

How to Reserve Meeting Rooms @ IMTS
Rachelle Muckle, Exhibitions Operations Manager | AMT

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm

Parking Structures Sponsorships
Bill Herman, Director – International Exhibitions & Sponsorship | AMT

How to Target Your Prospects
AMT Business Solutions Team

How to Use the GES Expresso Site
Amanda Butler, IMTS Call Center Manager | Global Experience Specialists (GES)

Social Media Overview
Adam Gambrel, Exhibitions Marketing Administrator | AMT

How to Register Your Booth Staff
Karen Lewis, Senior Registration Manager | Convention Data Services