The links on the right hand side of each my blog pages will take you to important trade related sports groups. When you click on an organization like Sponsorship.com, you will find great resources and now that we have started a new year, I thought I should pass along some information on 2011 sports conferences and trade shows.
Since every business needs to build in sponsorship, this conference is a must.
Return on Engagement: Sponsorship’s Impact on Business will take places, as always, in my hometown of Chicago from March 13-16,2011.
Their Keynote Speakers for the Conference Include:
- AT&T Senior Vice President, Sponsorships, Gail Torreano
- Kantar CEO, Eric Salama
- Gatorade Chief Marketing Officer, Sarah Robb O’Hagan
- GE President, Olympic Sponsorship and Corporate Sales, Peter Foss
- IBM Vice President, Corporate Marketing, John Kennedy
- Macy’s Executive Vice President, Marketing, Martine Reardon
- NFL Chief Marketing Officer, Mark Waller
Not to be outdone, the IMG World Congress of Sports, held in partnership with the Sports Business Daily and the Sports Business Journal, will take place in Miami March 30 and March 31st. I was surprised that IMD has not yet published their list of speakers for this conference. I have attended the West Coast version in the past and it has been well attended. As the World Congress of Sports finishes, another event begins on March 31st called the Forty Under 40 Awards, held at the same location on March 31st. This is also a well attended networking event.
Florida appears to be a popular destination to hold a conference in 2011 as Co-SIDA or the College Sports Information Directors of America will move their annual conference to Marco Island, Florida from June 26-29, 2011. According to their website, the annual Convention includes workshop sessions and networking opportunities are designed to help you thing and grow as a professional. Our CoSIDA Convention is designed to help athletic communicators “think together”.
Make no mistake. These events help professionals at all levels make new connections, help provide opportunities to learn as well as create a setting to set up and execute new business deals.
Please remember that this is just a sampling of the 2011 Sports Conferences and Trade Shows scheduled to take place. I certainly did not mean to leave out any organization or key event. You can explore many more opportunities by clicking on the links under the Blog Roll to the right on the www.sportsinfo101.com home page.