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MPIKC 2020 Professional Education Conference: The Power of NOW


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Jeff Arthur
The Values Conversation
Jeff Arthur is the founder of The Values Conversation. A coaching and consulting company that specializes in facilitating values based growth for both individuals and businesses. Jeff is also a sought after keynote speaker and is seen as one of the nation's preeminent authorities on leadership, team building and executive coaching. He has been identified by Small Business Monthly Magazine as one of the "Top 100 People to Know in Business in St. Louis," and he is one of the former co-hosts of "The Smart Biz Show," a nationally syndicated radio show.

Jeff works with CEO's, executives and their leadership personnel to help team members thrive though a better understanding of their personal, team and organizational values while helping to develop the strategies that come from those values.

Jeff works with executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies as well as CEO's, presidents and owners of medium to small businesses. Organizations that engage with Jeff thrive and see dramatic improvements in productivity, revenue, associate retention and internal morale.
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Joseph Clote
Publishing Concepts, LLC

Joseph W. Clote, HMCC, is the owner of Publishing Concepts, LLC a communications, marketing, and event planning firm based in Saint Louis, Missouri. He is group publisher of MeetMedTM , Meet Kansas, and Missouri Meetings & EventsTM magazines, and producer of two conferences and trade shows. Mr. Clote has extensive sales, marketing, and trade show expertise in the travel/tourism, fine art, and insurance industries. He has worked successfully with convention and visitor bureaus, destination marketing organizations, attractions, retailers and accommodations throughout the United States and Canada.

He is board president of Haskell Foundation supporting Haskell Indian Nations University and a board member of St. Louis Area Hotel Association. He is also a member of the International Live Events Association and the publisher of Meeting Professionals International CMP – Healthcare Training Manual. Additionally, he is a member of more than a dozen hospitality associations, lodging, attraction, and chamber organizations throughout the United States.

Publishing Concepts, LLC. 6590 Scanlan Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139, 314-781-8880, Ext 101 •

Michael Dominguez
President & CEO
Associated Luxury Hotels International

Michael Dominguez has been advocating for the events industry for over 30 years. He has held c-level positions – currently the President and CEO of ALHI – and prior to this, the Senior Vice President and CSO for MGM Resorts International, one of the premier global hospitality companies. In addition, he takes an active role in dedicating his time to serve on several industry boards, lead keynote speaking sessions and contribute to numerous articles that provide thoughtful insight, tips and tools for the MICE industry.

Innovation is constantly at the forefront for Dominguez. One of his most notable achievements was extending wellness beyond rooms and spas by bringing it to the meetings landscape. Using scientific data of how wellness elements like lighting and air quality can affect productivity, Dominguez spearheaded the first and only Stay Well Meetings.

His most recent appointment is to the Board of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). Among his other achievements, Dominguez was named to the inaugural #BizBash500 List in 2018, 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.”

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Matt Judge
Results Manager
TJC Solutions

Matt Judge is Results Manager at TJC Event Solutions in Indianapolis and is a frequent speaker to professional organizations. Matt is a graduate of Indiana University and the Advertising Arts College. His career includes being a professional comedy writer and morning show personality in San Diego, owning an import-export business, and ultimately ending up where he belongs, providing online services to well-run organizations. His work has taken him to more than 25 countries. He is fluent in German, speaks passable French, and knows just enough of other languages to start an international incident. 

His clients include corporations of all sizes, meetings and conferences, marathons, music festivals, amateur and professional golf events, sixteen Final Four basketball tournaments, five Super Bowls and much more, including both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. He has learned a couple of things about business and really likes to help others get better at their jobs.

Mark Ligda
Director of Solutions
Mark Ligda is the Director of Digital Solutions for PSAV. In his 16 year tenure with PSAV, Mark has had a front-row seat to ever-changing Digital Event Solutions field. With an appetite for technologies that connect and enhance meetings and events, Mark continues to look for unique and innovative ways to improve events for presenters and participants worldwide. Mark and his team provide ongoing support to solutions such as Content/Presentation Management & Delivery, Digital Signage, Virtual Events, Audience Engagement & Mobile Apps.

Mark has executed events for a wide range of groups and dignitaries, including the U.S. Olympic Committee, Ben Bernanke of the Federal Reserve, Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell, Singer/Songwriter Pete Yorn, Secretary of State Madeline Albright, and President Bill Clinton.

Jennifer Montgomery
Public Affairs Director, Director Human Trafficking Education and Outreach
Office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

Jennifer Montgomery began working on human trafficking issues in the office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2013. She currently leads the attorney general’s anti-human trafficking efforts as Director of Human Trafficking Education and Outreach. She is an author and has provided presentations and trainings on human trafficking to health care professionals, law enforcement officers, school administrators, members of the business community, students, faith community and non-profit leaders and members of the public. Additionally, she has served as a guest instructor for undergraduate and graduate level courses on social justice and human trafficking at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth and the University of Kansas in Lawrence. 

Through her life experience and professional work, Jennifer is a passionate advocate for women and youth who have experienced sexual abuse and exploitation. Jennifer also serves as the public affairs director for the attorney general’s office. A fifth generation Kansan and KU graduate, she returned to Kansas after working in Washington, D.C., as a congressional staffer for the Kansas delegation and holding various positions in government affairs and public relations in the U.S. and Europe. 

Jennifer volunteers as a Shawnee County CASA Citizen’s Review Board member and as a mentor with the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute at the University of Kansas. She is currently president of the board of directors of Freedom Now USA, an anti-human trafficking non-profit organization affiliated with the Topeka Rescue Mission. 

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Denise Naughton
Brand YOU Media
Denise Naughton, is an Emmy Award winning and
multiple Emmy nominated producer with 20+ years
multimedia experience. She has produced thousands of
hours of local and national shows for top television
networks and cable channels.

Throughout her career, Denise has been a sought after
producer to help create and launch new television shows
for political, feature, entertainment and news audiences.
Through her company, Brand You Media, Denise now
uses her expertise to train businesses how to use video to
connect to customers.

When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking, traveling,
exploring and working on her video storytelling series STL
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Rob Schaefer
Chief Sales Officer
bleu Events

Celebrity Event Planner Rob Schaefer has worked with Presidents, Celebrities and Royalty.  Clients include President Barack Obama, Senator Hillary Clinton, Harrison Ford, Tim Tebow, Joan Rivers, Glen Campbell, John Waters, Paul Reiser, Nelly, and Queen Elizabeth’s Nephew, David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley.  He has been featured on television and radio as well as the Discovery Channel.

Schaefer has conducted seminars on wedding planning and entertaining for gatherings of 2 to 2,000 and is the featured hospitality columnist for Missouri Meetings and Events Magazine with design editorial in over 18 publications.  He was the inaugural inductee into the St. Louis Wedding Hall of Fame with over 2,000 weddings in his career and had held positions as Creative Director, Vice President and Chief Sales Officer. Schaefer is a NACE and ILEA award winner.

Schaefer enjoys being involved in the local community and is available for seminars and group presentations on entertaining and style.  He is the Chief Sales Officer of bleu Events and Adjunct Professor of event planning and hospitality.