31st Annual Conference 

The Society of Talent and Entertainment Professionals

Registration Form
March 1-2, 2020
Annual STEP Conference

​Austin, TX
Make your reservations by February 24, 2020 for special hotel rate.
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The 2020 Conference will feature...

Educational Seminars: 
Featuring discussions on Creativity, Innovations, Legislative Issues, Entertainment Booking, Proposals and The State of The Texas Entertainment Industry. 

Network with Industry Peers: 
Gather with entertainment agents and entertainers and planners 

Entertainment Showcase:
In the great tradition of STEP Confabs a showcase of talent has been planned to showcase acts, both new and familiar, traditional and not-so-traditional all for you to use and enrich the variety of talent you can offer your clients. See some great venues and enjoy an evening of food, fun and discovery! 

Location:
Conference, Meetings and Reception
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown

Dinner and Entertainment Showcase
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Grand Ballroom

Dates:  
Sunday March 1, 2020 – The Opening GENERAL SESSION LUNCH will start promptly at noon followed by education, dinner and the legendary STEP Talent Showcase Event. 

Monday, March 2, 2020 – Educational sessions begin with breakfast at 9:00am We will wrap up by 3pm Monday afternoon. 

Full Schedule Below

Attire:
Casual 

Registration Form
REGISTRATION INFORMATION 

Convention Registration 
$250 per STEP Member attendee or $350 for non-members for full event access and privileges.

This will include admission to Sunday Brunch, all of Sunday’s sessions, the President’s reception, our Entertainment Showcase and Dinner, all of Monday’s sessions and break out snacks on both dates.  Each person is responsible for paying for his or her own alcoholic beverages. 

Guest Tickets 
Guests DO NOT include entertainment professionals or associates of an entertainment agency or production company.  Employees of member companies and individuals in the business of booking entertainment are required to pay full member registration. 

These tickets are for spouses, significant others, and non-entertainment-professionals that are invited guests of full registrant attendees and who wish to attend the Sunday evening Dinner/showcase/pub crawl, they may do so at 2 levels.

$100.00 for President’s Reception, Dinner and the Showcase, which also covers Showcase transportation fees.   
-or- 
$50.00 for the showcase only 

Again, each person is responsible for his or her own alcoholic beverage expenditures.  

If you are not a member you may join now to take advantage of the member conference rate: 

Membership Dues - If you have not joined STEP or paid your membership dues please do so prior to registering or when registering you need to pay the Non-Member Confab Registration Rate. 

2020 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 
SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020 - All Sessions and Meals in the Elm Room                                 

10:30 - 12pm                  
REGISTRATION OPENS - 
Outside Elm Room

12 - 1pm                         
OPENING GENERAL SESSION 

AND LUNCH - Featuring a disscussion on Worker Classification

1pm                      
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Making good people great at what they do - Lovdy Hamm Grossman
Lovdy is the Director of the Office of Conferences and Training at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin. Her responsibilities include providing conference development and support services for LBJ faculty and student-sponsored conferences on a myriad of topics.

She is also involved in a variety of professional development programs to serve the training needs of elected and appointed officials. Among these are the Pre­‐Session Legislative Conference, co­‐sponsored with the Texas Speaker of the House, as an orientation for newly elected members of the Legislature, and the Seminar for Newly Elected County Judges and County Commissioners. In addition, her office provides training in the areas of Governmental Accounting and Public Purchasing to enhance the professional development of public servants.

Lovdy has over 12 years of experience developing, managing and executing educational meetings and conferences and long­‐term training and educational programs for non­‐profits, medical societies, local and state health departments, technology consortiums and for­‐profit companies. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Public Leadership from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin. Her interests include strategic programmatic development, utilizing effective distance learning technology and using technology to increase training impact.

2:00 pm‐2:30pm
BREAK
  
2:30pm                
EXPERT PANEL - Destination Management Companies













This is a workshop to talk with the very folks that actually present your attractions to the numerous groups that come to Texas.  These talented ladies all work for Destination Management Companies that present our entertainment to hundreds of conventions and groups holding special events in Texas. We want to learn what we can do to increase our odds to have our entertainment on their short list.  At the same time, it is our hope that we can share some of our ideas for best presentation, conditions to assist in maximum successes for our entertainment along with any other ideas we might have to maximize each of our profits.  In our daily dealings with DMC’s, these ladies are where the rubber meets the road.  These are the women who present us to our future clients, and help us make our daily bread.
Cristin Meehan, DMCP
Director of Operations for Hosts Texas (Austin and San Antonio)

As a long-time industry professional and planner extraordinaire, Cristin brings a ton of value to the Hosts Texas team. You can find her anywhere and everywhere around town from grabbing a bite at the Grove to enjoying a new local artist at 3Ten. She has over 18 years’ experience working with resort properties, hotels, venues, and delivering full-service planning and destination management services. Cristin is passionate about production schedules, vendor relationships, and all about the details which makes her able to juggle whatever comes her way on any program.
She's active in the Association of Destination Management Executives (ADMEI) and current VP of the Austin DMC Round Table. She encourages her team mates to attend local networking events and provides company leadership when it comes to training on policies and procedures.
 
Johnell Huebner
Owner/Event Coordinator - Clearly Classy Events

Texas’ premier award winning event planning company on your side! With more than 20 years of event planning expertise, we know how to handle all of the details, so you don’t have to. Your planning team will do the leg work for you, so you can have fun, relax and enjoy your special event, during the process and the day of.

Melanie Vasquez
Creative Services Manager for Hosts Texas (Austin and San Antonio)

Melanie, a native San Antonian, has been in the event planning industry for the last 9+ years. Through the years she has gained experience in hospitality, catering, venue management, wedding, social and corporate events. Her expertise in design, love for décor, and attention to detail make her a prime asset to the DMC world.
In 2018 Melanie received her Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP) designation which demonstrates the highest level of knowledge and commitment to the destination management profession. She is also an advocate for tourism and hospitality in San Antonio and proudly holds the Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) designation. Melanie is passionate about crafting, designing, and connecting clients with the best and newest experiences San Antonio has to offer.

  
Chelsea Mansfield
Venue Manager for FBR Management - Brazos Hall and Trinity Hall 

Chelsea Mansfield has been in the Austin special events scene since 2013. As the Venue Manager of two of the city’s premier event venues, Brazos Hall and Trinity Hall, Chelsea understands the challenges of large-scale event execution and brand activation strategy.  She’s managed hundreds of concerts and special events for some of the largest tech, entertainment and car companies in the world in addition to some of the most extravagant weddings and celebrations. Being able to be a part of events for her clients on the happiest and most momentous days of their lives is something that she finds immensely rewarding.
She always knew she belonged in a creative field, so it’s only fitting that she chose Austin, a city full of creativity and inspiration, to lay her roots and establish her career. When she’s not creating memorable moments for her clients, you can find her on a plane, seeking her next adventure or hiking with her dog on the Greenbelt.
    
3:30 pm
EXPERT PANEL - Networking

Sara Champagne
Senior Account Executive – MyEventstheBomb
Director Of Business Development - Simple Booth

Sara Champagne is a Louisiana girl by birth, but a Texan at heart. Raised in Southeast Texas for most of her life, Sara made the move to Austin in 2012. After graduating from Lamar University, she worked in non-profit and business management roles. Being involved in the planning processes of company events in her previous roles was something that Sara always enjoyed, and she made the decision to transition full time into the world of events in 2014. Sara has been working as the Sr Event Producer for MYEVENTISTHEBOMB since that time.

MYEVENTISTHEBOMB specializes in connecting attendees with brands at live events. We service brand activations, corporate events, as well as private and social events.
We service events nationwide, and have team in Austin, Houston, Dallas and Denver providing Event Sales, Event Coordination and Management, Outbound Sales, New Client Acquisition, Marketing, Staff and Brand Ambassador Management, Logistical Coordination, Identifying and Establishing New Territories

Simple Booth is the leader in digital photo experiences. Our unique iPad-based photo booth software and hardware solutions help people, brands, businesses, and retailers capture and share events.
Key Accounts Management, Business Development, Account Management, Event Sales, Event Coordination and Management, Outbound Sales, SaaS Sales, Hardware Sales, Software Sales.

Alex Ramirez
Owner/Founder - Wedding Network Texas & Mariachi Amor

Native Austinite, Alex M. Ramirez, has been performing Mexican music and propelling the Mariachi movement in Austin. From 1994-1998, Alex produced Mariachi Espectacular which sold out the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas.
Alex has many films, television, concert, video, CD, DVD and radio appearance credits and is an ASCAP member.

Alex has played over hundreds of hours for cocktail hours, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, engagement parties and wedding rehearsal dinners to name a few.
Mr. Ramirez founded Wedding Network Texas, a wedding professionals association, and is  Historian Director for Internationl Live Events Asssociation. 

Josh Hampson
Account Manager – MyEventstheBomb and Simple Booth

MYEVENTISTHEBOMB specializes in connecting attendees with brands at live events. We service brand activations, corporate events, as well as private and social events.
We service events nationwide, and have team in Austin, Houston, Dallas and Denver providing Event Sales, Event Coordination and Management, Outbound Sales, New Client Acquisition, Marketing, Staff and Brand Ambassador Management, Logistical Coordination, Identifying and Establishing New Territories

Simple Booth is the leader in digital photo experiences. Our unique iPad-based photo booth software and hardware solutions help people, brands, businesses, and retailers capture and share events.
Key Accounts Management, Business Development, Account Management, Event Sales, Event Coordination and Management, Outbound Sales, SaaS Sales, Hardware Sales, Software Sales
  

 ​​PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION
 
5:00 -5:45 pm   
NEIL DOVER
Presented By: Russell Merck
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Bar outside of Elm Room
 
DINNER - Elm Room
 
6:00-6:30 pm    
JAMES MAHLER
Presented By:  Ken-Ran Productions  
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Elm Room
 
6:30-6:45 pm    
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT PRESENTATION             
Presented for an exceptional lifetime in the music industry, and an   Instrumental member of the Society of Talent & Entertainment Professionals 
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Hill Country Ballroom
 
SHOWCASE - Hill Country A/B
Emcee - Kat Barry of TaDa Delivery

6:50-7:00pm
SPACE CITY BOTS 
Presented By: Show Business Entertainment

7:00-7:20 pm    
WILLOW CITY
Presented by: AustinMusicWorks        
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Hill Country Ballroom
 
7:20-7:40 pm    
AARON McDONNELL BAND
Presented by:   Ken-Ran Productions 
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Hill Country Ballroom
 
7:40-8:00 pm    
ROYAL VELVATEE
Presented by:  AustinMusicWorks 
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Hill Country Ballroom
 
8:00-8:20 pm    
TEXAS BLUESMAN
Presented by: B3 Entertainment
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Hill Country Ballroom
 
8:20-8:40 pm    
CHRIS BEALL BAND
Presented by: Sparks Agency
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Hill Country Ballroom
 
8:40-9:00 pm
THE PETERSON BROTHERS
Presented by: AustinMusicWorks 
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Hill Country Ballroom

 
9:00-9:20 pm    
THE DAMN TORPEDOES - A  Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Presented by:  AustinMusicWorks 
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Hill Country Ballroom
 
9:20-9:40 pm
JENNIFER B AND THE GROOVE
Presented by:  Lucas Artists
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Hill Country Ballroom

 
9:40-10:00 pm
TYPE A
Presented by: AustinMusicWorks 
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Hill Country Ballroom
 
10:00-10:20 pm
SISTER GOLDEN HAIR
Presented by: AustinMusicWorks 
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Hill Country Ballroom
 
10:20-10:40 pm
ZACH PERSON
Presented by: Show Business Entertainment          
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Hill Country Ballroom
 
10:40-11:00 pm
MEMPHIS TRAIN REVUE
Presented by: AustinMusicWorks   
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Hill Country Ballroom
  
For more information about bands click here

Special Thanks to Roadway Events, Moontower Entertainment, 
Memphis Train Revue, RocknRoll Rentals and Austin MusicWorks
for all their help with the Showcase

MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020 - All Sessions and Meals in the Elm Room

9 - 9:30am                      
STEP BUSINESS MEETING & BOARD ELECTIONS

9:30 - 11am
GOOD AND WELFARE

11 - 11:30am
BREAK - HOTEL CHECK OUT

11:30am - 12:30pm
STATE OF THE TEXAS MUSIC INDUSTRY

​TMO makes their annual trip to the STEP Conference to keep us appraised of the State of Texas Music Industry.
 Steve Ray
Program Manager - Texas Music Office
 
Steve Ray administers Texas Music Office's programs like the Texas Music Office License Plate Grant program, the TMO internship program, and the day-to-day office travel schedule that allows the small 3 person team to be in multiple places at once, covering more than 50K miles of work travel in just one year. Additionally Steve heads up the TMO's music history program, including developing a Texas Music Trails program that promotes music history tourism around the state. 
TMO has a set agenda for business development, helping music industry professionals navigate their entry in the Texas Market, as well as moving their businesses to Texas.














Chip Adams
Community Relations & Outreach Specialist - Texas Music Office

Chip Adams co-founded the Austin-based independent record label and artist management company Modern Outsider in October 2010.
Prior to the launch of Modern Outsider, Chip began his career promoting music as a radio DJ, hosting weeknights on the now defunct commercial AAA station KKMR Merge Radio 93.3fm in Dallas. 

With a desire to work directly with artists to help their careers, his next stop was a move to NYC to work for the Cornerstone Agency, handling radio promotion and editing the tastemaker website TheTripwire.com. Chip worked with emerging artists including Frightened Rabbit, Arctic Monkeys, and Gorillaz, successfully launching them to the commercial alternative specialty radio format. While editing The Tripwire, he coordinated features with Henry Rollins, Saul Williams, Brett Anderson and music industry icon Tony Wilson. 

After returning to Texas, Chip handled radio and marketing for the Los Angeles independent label Dangerbird Records. During that time he worked the Grammy nominated album "Swoon" from Silversun Pickups, as well as artists including Minus The Bear, Sea Wolf, and Fitz & The Tantrums. 

He then co-founded Modern Outsider (ModOut), an internationally distributed independent record label and artist management company, working with a variety of acts from Texas and around the globe. ModOut’s roster included the Texas-based acts The Bright Light Social Hour, Hard Proof, Walker Lukens, Moving Panoramas, Ume, and many more. Modern Outsider was voted Austin's Best Record Label in the 2016 & 2017 Austin Chronicle Music Awards.

Additionally, Chip has served as a Governor on the Board of the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy since 2014.
  
12:30 - 1:00pm
LUNCH 

1:00pm – 1:30pm 
STATE OF THE ARTS IN TEXAS

Chris Kiley
Associate Director - Texans for the Arts
 
Chris Kiley is involved with many different aspects TFA and TFAF, serving as Associate Director. Chris joined TFA five years ago and has been an employee since 2017.
 
Chris moved to Texas over five years ago to complete his graduate work at Texas Tech University from the New York, New York and moved to the Austin area to pursue working with TFA in 2016. He considers Texas one of the best places on Earth and loves working on behalf of the people in his new home state. Chris has been involved in Texas politics for years and spent time while studying at Texas Tech interning for Congressman Gene Green from Houston in Washington D.C. immersing himself in arts policy and funding issues. 
 
When Chris is not working on behalf of TFA, Chris is dedicated to arts education. Chris works for Austin non-profit Creative Action as a SPARK School Arts Integration Teaching Artist. In partnership with Austin ISD, Chris collaborates with classroom teachers to explore non-arts subjects and develop curriculum through a creative lens. Chris loves his work bringing the arts into the classroom and ensuring students receive a robust arts education.
 
Chris also has a background in Acting and Directing for the stage. Chris recently left his position at the Derryfield School in NH, where he served as Executive Director of the Derryfield Repertory Theater Program, a summer initiative dedicated to introducing young people to theater and producing professional musical theater productions.
 
Program takes a look at Texans for the Arts work at local, state, and national levels. Also discussion on the new survey of Public Participation in the Arts conducted by National Endowment for the Arts including results and impact especially of Live music, musicians and bands which seemed to have substantial participation and importance.
  

1:30 - 2:15pm
SEO & MARKETING WORKSHOP
Kyle Bailey
Managing Director -  Frontburner Marketing

Frontburner Marketing helps owners of small businesses increase sales with online marketing tools. If you're looking for more sales, more leads or better quality leads, that's where we excel. We're able to consult with you or your team to discover opportunities in your current systems or marketing that will grow your incoming leads and sales.

-Small Business Sales Coach
-Online Marketing Expert (SEO, Wordpress, Content Strategy, Social)
-Brand awareness and promotion
-Building out and optimizing strategic online assets
-Untangling and simplifying web strategies" 


2:15 - 2:30pm
UNFINISHED BUSINESS AND ADJORNMENT 


Special Thanks to Roadway EventsMoontower Entertainment
Memphis Train RevueRocknRoll Rentals and Austin MusicWorks
for all their help with the Showcase!



    
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