Wednesday, December 20, 2017
11:00am - 1:30pm

Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington
3900 American Boulevard W
Bloomington , MN 55437

11:00AM - Registration, Networking, Lunch

12:00PM -  Program and MPILive! begins

1:30PM -  Adjourn



CMP-IS Domain: C. Risk Management

1.00 CE credit

Early Bird Registration Rates

(Closes at 11:59pm CST on Sunday, December 10, 2017)

$40 MPI Premier and Preferred Members
$60 MPI Essential Members
$30 Students
$0 Past Presidents
$60 Nonmembers

Regular Registration Rates

(Begins at 12:00am CST on Monday, December 11, 2017 & Closes at 11:59pm CST on Sunday, December 17, 2017)


$50 MPI Premier and Preferred Members
$70 MPI Essential Members
$40 Students
$0 Past Presidents
$70 Nonmembers


Onsite Registration Rates

(Wednesday, December 20, 2017)

$60 MPI Premier and Preferred Members
$80 MPI Essential Members
$50 students
$20 Past Presidents
$80 Nonmembers

AirBnb; Uber; Political turmoil; Immigration restrictions; Legal Weed; Terrorism; Guns in Meetings --  Continuing change around the world means changes for meetings.  The “Sharing Economy” featuring AirBnb and Uber creates havoc for hotel room blocks and transportation providers.  Controversy in Washington raises worries about protest and disruptions, discourages international attendees from traveling, and may affect food and labor costs. And societal changes like legal marijuana and increased acceptance of guns in public places affects a meeting host’s potential liability.


 More change is certain in the months and years ahead, but without a Crystal Ball it’s tough to plan for it.  Yet solid planning is what successful planners and suppliers must do.


This interactive and thought-provoking session will identify the most recent and critical developments to impact meetings in 2017.  Mr. Grimes and session participants will consider trends likely to affect future meetings, and then develop creative and innovative legal responses to allow events to go forward successfully with minimal risk.  This review includes discussion of contract clauses tailored to address each situation.


Topics to be addressed include:

  • Contract provisions to adapt to constantly changing hotel rates in the meetings market.
  • Impact of Brexit on meetings in Britain and elsewhere in Europe.
  • Washington’s impact on the climate for meetings, both in the US and abroad.
  • Planning for “bathroom bills”, discriminatory laws, and other social and political controversies that affect preferred meeting locations.
  • Reacting to global terrorism, health, and other concerns that cannot often be anticipated.
  • The sharing economy’s impact on traditional room blocks.


Session attendees should come ready to think about their most important legal issues today, and to brainstorm with colleagues about the best solutions.


This is truly flexible educational session: topics to be covered will include the most recent developments at the time of the program.  While the topics above are those that would be included at the time of this submission, the presenter may add new critical issues that arise before the program date.  This ensures a presentation that is both fresh and highly relevant.


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Joshua Grimes is an Attorney, Business Advisor, & frequent speaker on legal issues relating to Meetings & Conventions & Hotel Groups Sales. he is also a Corporate Trainer on legal issues relating to Group Meeting Contracts.

Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington offers Guests unparalleled service in a welcoming environment and contemporary feel with a central location in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. This full-service hotel provides a host of amenities and serves as the perfect destination for both business and leisure travelers to Minnesota’s largest metro area. We offer complimentary shuttle service which includes service to and from the Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport and Mall of America. The hotel continues to rank as one of the top Hilton hotels in the United States and Canada.


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