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Education & Healthcare Security Forum Call For Speakers

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October 19 - 20, 2015
Dallas, TX 

The Education & Healthcare Security Forum is now open for speaking opportunities!

Are you an expert in the security industry specializing in education & healthcare facilities?

Do you want to share your solutions & procedures with an audience of Directors & C-Suite Executives?

Are you ready to share your knowledge with leading professionals in the industry?

Join the Education & Healthcare Security Forum as a Speaker!

For more information or to apply for a speaking position, contact Director of Communications Yasmin Parsloe at

Meet the Speaker: Patrick Hayes (SCF, QSA)

patrick hayes.jpgPatrick Hayes (SCF, QSA) is a confirmed speaker at the Total Security Summit taking place in Houston, Texas on June 1 & 2, 2015. Hayes will host the “Trust Modeling for Cloud Outsourcing” seminar which will give insight into current and relevant issues impacting organizations and threatening the security landscape.

Hayes is a certified Enterprise Security Architect and PCI-DSS QSA. He is also a seasoned business leader with over 20 years of experience in Information Technology strategy. During the course of his career, Hayes has operated in several key senior technology and operation roles accountable for strategic direction, organizational alignment, and execution. He recently served as Chief Information Officer for IC Group LP, and Managing Director for AT&T Canada’s Consulting Services. Currently, he is responsible for the US operations of Seccuris, a leading information security consulting and managed services firm.

Hayes is focused on preventing the level of potential attacks, breaches and dangers an organization’s vital information is faced with. It’s imperative to have an effective security program in place, especially where cloud applications are involved. Hayes will give insight into how to create protection and compliance solutions capable of reacting to any real or perceived threat at any point in time.

To register for Patrick Hayes’ seminar, join the Total Security Summit in Houston, Texas. Complimentary registration is available here.

Total Security Summit Unveils Seminar Program - Houston, TX

The Total Security Summit, taking place on June 1 & 2, 2015 in Houston, Texas, is rolling out key seminars for security executives. With topics including “Surviving an Active Shooter,” and strengthening physical barriers using access control, these informative 45-minute sessions allow executives to share their security knowledge in an open discussion format.

Senior Community Liaison of the Houston Police Department Stephen Daniel will host an active shooter seminar at the summit. During his presentation, he will provide a historic overview of active shooting in America, unveil the profile of an active shooter, cover response practices for an active shooter situation and use case studies to develop the best strategy for responding security officers.

Also unveiling a new seminar, Steve Surfaro, Industry Liaison, Axis Communications Chairman and ASIS International Vice Chair, will give insight into the power of social media and security technologies. Social media conversations have implications for a range of organizational functions including security operations. Understanding and reacting to those conversations can improve intelligence and provide security personnel with valuable information to assist in securing persons, property and assets. This session provides case studies of security successes through the use of trending security technologies, mobility and the Internet of Things.

Terry Gold will host two seminars on access control and card technology. Gold is a subject matter expert in digital identity management, authentication, and access control in both physical and information-based environments. He is the founder of IDanalyst, a vendor-neutral research and advisory firm specializing in identity management, credentialing and privacy. His firm provides guidance to end users on vendor and market capabilities, best practice for selection and methodology for deployment.

With data breaches at an all-time high, Patrick Hayes, certified Enterprise Security Architect and PCI-DSS QSA, will discuss how to recognize a security incident, evaluate the associated risks, and determine the most effective approach before, during and after an attack in his seminar, “Why Security Incidents are Different from IT Incidents.”

Attendance in the Total Security Summit Seminar Program is included for qualifying security executives for free. To participate in the summit and these seminars, register here. Your complimentary registration includes attendance at the summit, a personalized itinerary of meetings and seminars, accommodation at the JW Marriott Houston, and all meals and refreshments.

For more information, contact Event Manager Cherissa Irvin at, or by phone at (941)925-7585 ext. 107.

Attendees Speak Out Following Nashville Event

Executives met for 1,257 combined meetings in Nashville, TN on April 20 & 21, 2015 for the Contact Center Summit, Education Facilities Management Summit, Education & Healthcare Security Summit and Healthcare Facilities Management Forum. Pre-scheduled meetings with solution providers took off promptly on Monday morning in the main ballroom of the grand Gaylord Opryland leading into a day-and-a-half of business meetings, seminars and networking activities – including a lively gala dinner and casino night.

Attendees travelled from across the United States, and some even internationally from India, to experience the appointment-based events. Reviews have been more than stellar, see below:

Delegate Testimonials:

“I found this to be a much better avenue to connect and meet with vendors/providers. You are matched to vendors that are providing services and or products you are looking for. There is absolutely no high pressure sales taking place. It truly is about trying to meet the needs of the end user.” – Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

“You’ve provided: a relaxed forum to engage myself with knowledgeable vendors, learn more, and find business solutions for both of us…. And the price (free) was perfect!” – Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

“From the time I became a delegate to the end of the conference, Forum Events made the event seamless. This approach is far more conducive to building long term business relationships than the average conference. I will be sure to attend future events.” – Purchase College

“Overall an excellent concept. My travel from India was worth the time.” – ITCube

“The venue was fantastic and the sessions were very informative and eye-opening.  But most importantly, the format – which was new to me – really jumped out at me and made me realize that it is THE way to go! I know at traditional trade shows it would seem that there are more opportunities for networking as you “control your own schedule” to a degree, but I found it to be just the opposite.  Having the paired appointments made the introductions easy and the networking fell right into place at a more casual pace.” – VP of IT, Payment Alliance

 “Very useful – no pressure sales! Great location, staff super and Forum Events did a superb job of making everything smooth! Very professional staff!” –MUS

“The Summit was great! I think I share the same sentiment as most of the folks I spoke with that this was a great venue to really spend some quality time with vendors and make some new connections within the industry. The event exceeded my expectations. Outstanding job!” – Union First Market Bank

“Very well organized. Felt relaxed, not pressured about events or vendors.” – St. Thomas Hospital Rutherford

“Great networking tool and a great way to get familiar with new offerings on the market.” – Loyola University

 “Great format, very good use of time and well organized. Staff professional, available to help and get answers.” – Brookhaven Memorial Hospital

“Forum Events offers an excellent forum to meet top representatives of building component manufacturers and to learn about innovative products.” – JRA Architects

 “A very professional event for learning and networking.” – Marshal Medical Center

“I had a wonderful time and it was well worth it.  This is my second venue and I will absolutely come back.” – Riverview Estates

“The conference was very business-like and worth the time of attendance.” – Marshall Medical Center

“The seminars were very good. I have a lot of cool products and tools to take back and share with the team for possible future use.” – Asurion

“I am thankful to have been part of such a productive and innovative event. Very organized!” – MGO

“It was a great event.” – Aramark

“I enjoyed the Summit and the format and will look to take advantage of future ones.” – Fifth Third Bank

“It was really a great experience – thank you for including Archway! The contacts I made will be very helpful as we continue building out our call center technology.” – Archway

“I enjoyed my time there and many of the fruitful discussions…wonderful event!” – Cognosante

“It was a great event. Ample opportunity to network. Very good workshops and the support staff was exceptional!” – IMTAS

"Liked the seminars and one-on-one format. Was able to glean best practices from industry leaders." - CVS/Caremark

"This was a great event and experience." - NTI

"Very productive. Much better than visiting booths at a trade show." - PRICOR

“The event was a success for me personally.  I was able to gain new contacts and learn more information in support of my initiatives.” – AT&T

“We were able to make great contacts.” –ComData

Vendor Testimonials:

“I will take advantage of this one-on-one conference going forward. I can have a couple weeks of quality appointments in two days! Nothing in the market gives us more bang for the buck!” – Video Insight

“Forum Events gives you the opportunity of being in front of the buyer. The networking events open up additional opportunities to meet buyers that you may not have met during the scheduled appointments.” - Hotel Systems Pro

“First class all the way! 90% of the people I met had a true interest!” –Axis Communications

 “More appointments in two days than I could have made in 12 months!” –ISA Fire & Security

 “Great event will attend more!” – School Dude

“Great event and loved the concept!” – Video Insight

“Had a great time. Good event!” – CTI Group

“Really good event and the appointments were with key decision makers.” –Detex

“Good to get quality leads in one building.” – Detex

“First time experience is great. Formal face-to-face meetings are extremely productive. Great program; plenty of support!” - Intelepeer

“The pre-set meetings were excellent and made this show very worthwhile.” – TSI

“Excellent event. Well screened/matured attendees.” – Acuity

 To join the Forum Experience at upcoming events, click here and select an event that matches your industry.


Confirmed Speaker - Ethan Edwards Joins the Training & Development Summit, New Orleans

The Training & Development Summit is welcoming Chief Instructional Strategist of Allen Interactions, Ethan Edwards, to the speaker spot light. Edwards will host a seminar at the next summit taking place at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans in September.

Ethan250.pngEdwards joins a seminar line-up of training professionals who will host 45-minute sessions throughout the summit. Edwards draws more than 30 years of industry experience as an e-learning instructional designer and developer. He is responsible for the delivery of the internal and external training and communications that reflect Allen Interactions’ unique perspective on designing and developing meaningful and memorable e-learning programs. Edwards is the primary instructor for ATD’s e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program. In addition, he is an internationally recognized presenter on instructional design and e-learning, has written several white papers on creating effective e-learning, and regularly blogs for Allen Interactions’ e-Learning Leadership Blog. Ethan holds a master’s degree and significant doctoral work in educational psychology from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

Allen Interactions is dedicated to building Meaningful, Memorable, and Motivational custom learning solutions for learners. Their focus is developing performance-driven training events backed by the best instructional design.

Allen Interactions targets what learners need to do and not just what they need to know. For more than 20 years, they have been devoted to delivering custom learning services and instructional products that assist hundreds of leading organizations and thousands of learning professionals achieve this outcome.

Allen Interactions is also a confirmed solution provider attending the Training & Development Summit. For more information on the summit and to reserve your space, click here.


HR Employee Benefits Summit Partners with The Gift Card Network

gc-network-logo.pngThe HR & Employee Benefits Summit is proudly partnering with the Gift Card Network for upcoming events.

The Gift Card Network is a community of gift card industry stakeholders who are building the destination for Everything Gift Card. The network acts as a catalyst for members to connect, collaborate, and contribute their expertise, product and service information, and ideas in order to promote themselves and generate value for the membership and the industry as a whole.

By partnering with the Gift Card Network, the HR & Employee Benefits Summit is able to extend a complimentary invitation to members of the network to the upcoming September 2015 event in New Orleans. The Summit acts as an exclusive, fast-track method for qualifying executives to meet with solution providers they are matched with based on their upcoming projects. The event also features key speakers hosting seminars on industry hot topics and networking opportunities including breakfast, lunch, gala dinner and casino evening.

The Gift Card Network is a leader in employee benefits news and B2B research with members including Adidas, AMC,, Applebee’s Grill & Bar, Barnes and Noble

For more information on the Gift Card Network, click here.

Confirmed Speaker - Lisa Reuth Joins the HR & Employee Benefits Summit, New Orleans

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The HR & Employee Benefits Summit welcomes speaker, author and coach, Lisa Reuth, back to the upcoming Summit in New Orleans, LA. Lisa, a leadership and organizational development consultant, will speak during the event taking place on September 14 – 15, 2015.

Lisa works worldwide with leaders to assist them in implementing their visions. Professionally, Lisa speaks on a variety of leadership topics such as Performance Management, Leading through Change, Engaging people in Uncertainty, Wellness and Productivity, Women in Leadership, Taking the leap from Manager to Leader and Coaching the Coach: The Keys to Strategic People Development. Lisa is a captivating key note speaker and storyteller, often engaged when people want to create a lasting change and need just the right kick-off to get them started.

Personally, Lisa is an author, a life coach and holistic nutrition advocate. She teaches yoga and belongs to many passionate communities working on issues that create change in the world.  

Lisa’s seminars are interactive and engaging covering topics including Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Organizational Development, Key Note Speaker, Facilitator (Workshop, Strategic Planning, World Café, Open Space, Team Building, Change Projects, Mediation, Moderation) Executive Coaching, Wellness Coaching, Leadership Development, Training, Strategic Planning, Executive Retreats and Strategy/LEAN Kaizen facilitation.

It is complimentary for HR & Employee Benefits executives to attend the HR & Employee Benefits Summit taking place on September 14 – 15, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. The Summit is an opportunity for executives to meet one-on-one with solution providers who suit their needs, network with their peers and attend seminars on industry hot topics. To take part in this complimentary event, register here.

For more information on the Summit – contact Event Manager & VP of Business Development Shane Doherty at, or by telephone at (941)925-7585, ext. 106.

Continuing Partnership with the Incentive Marketing Association

The HR & Employee Benefits Summit is proudly continuing partnership with the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) through 2015-2016.  Working with Executive Director Donna Chrobak, Forum Events is able to continue offering IMA members a discounted rate for all upcoming HR & Employee Benefits Summits.

The partnership between the HR & Employee Benefits Summit and the IMA first originated in 2014. The association is comprised of companies who are leaders in the $76.9 billion incentive industry. The IMA is the only organization in the field representing every segment of the marketplace including: Advertising/Sales Promotion Agencies; Consultants, Distributors;  Gift Card/Certificate Suppliers; Fulfillment Companies; Incentive Houses; Manufacturers; National Marketing Companies; Performance Improvement Companies; Representatives; Recognition Companies, Travel Specialists and the industry’s major trade publications and trade show managers.

Studies conducted by IMA groups have concluded that incentives can increase productivity, boost morale, enhance quality, foster teamwork, decrease absenteeism, improve work habits, ensure safety, reward loyalty and attract and retain quality employees – all practices that the Summit focuses on.

The HR & Employee Benefits Summit brings Senior-level HR & Employee Benefit Professionals together with Solution Providers for a series of one-on-one business meetings along with many networking opportunities. By creating a personalized itinerary for the delegates and vendors that attend, this event is unlike a normal exhibition/trade show. The event also includes interactive discussion workshops with key note speakers focusing on important industry topics, networking breakfasts, lunches, as well as a gala dinner and casino night.

The HR & Employee Benefits Summit will take place on September 12th – 15th,  2015 at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.  For more information on the summit, contact Event Manager & VP of Business Development Shane Doherty at or by telephone at (941)925-7585, ext. 106.

So You're Attending Your First Forum...

Think of the last trade show you attended. Now subtract the huge exhibition hall, the miles of walking, the petty expenses, the numerous, useless introductions and the free pens. At an appointment-based forum, we cut through the you-know-what and give executives the most productive and efficient format for connecting and learning about solutions they are currently sourcing.

Attendees of an appointment-based forum are stationed comfortably at their own table. They are given a personal itinerary of meetings with solution providers they have chosen in advance and seminars they have opted for. Throw in a high quality pool of personally-invited executives and luxury networking opportunities, and you’ve got the most productive day-and-a-half of the year.

Sounds interesting, right? Here are some tips to optimize on your first appointment-based experience:

Attend Your Meetings!

Scheduling is the foundation of any appointment-based event. Should one attendee fail to show, major behind-the-scenes matchmaking has to take place. This is why we value our attendees highly and do everything possible to ensure the day runs smoothly. Attending your meetings is key to a successful event and leverages your networking opportunity. We understand that life happens – which is why we can work with you to build a flexible schedule around your professional needs (conference calls, late arrivals etc.).

Ditch the Sales Pitch

Appointment-based events are a ‘no hard sell’ zone. Networking at these events is primarily about building relationships rather than immediate sales. People do business with people they like – get to know the person you would potentially work with and their company, then pursue a working relationship.

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. In an appointment-based setting you are allotted a 30-minute meeting with solution providers on your schedule. For high quality meetings, we advise you to ask questions about available solutions. Should you need more time to discuss the product or service, you may connect with the solution provider during free time.

Listen! Listen! Listen!

Listening on both sides of the table is effective for identifying needs and finding solutions. As Megan Duckett of Sew What, Inc.? said, “Not every communication is an opportunity to blow your own business trumpet. Sometimes you may find yourself sharing information about another company or service that you have heard of.” There are numerous opportunities to share your knowledge and to learn from others at a forum – including seminars. These are conducted in an open-discussion format, where attending executives are able to share what they know to innovate and find solutions to common industry problems.

Relax & Enjoy the Experience

An appointment-based event is a less stressful experience for networking. There are no overwhelming booths or hounding representatives – just intimate, one-on-one meetings for executives seeking new solutions. Taking place in an intimate and luxurious setting, these events are packed with networking activities including meetings, seminars, after-hour activities, meals and receptions.

Do Your Research

In any networking environment, it always helps to research beforehand. Whether this means skimming through the LinkedIn group to see who’s attending, or reading up on some industry news – you will definitely reap the benefits. The best way to make a great first impression is to know your stuff and break the ice by acknowledging your peer’s successes (we advise looking over press releases or following a company on social media).

The Art of the Follow Up

After making connections at the Forum – it does no harm to follow up. Stay true to your word, should you have asked a provider to give you a call, take that call when they make it! Remember that this event’s main purpose is to develop lasting business relationships and follow up is key. In your event program, you will receive the contact information of every attendee and solution provider– it does no harm to reach out to the connections you feel are beneficial.


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