30th Annual Conference 

The Society of Talent and Entertainment Professionals

Regional Meetings

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March 3, 4 2019
2018 STEP Conference and Talent Showcase
Sheraton Arlington and Texas Live!
Conference information below

Summer 2019  
Houston/Gulf Coast Area

December 2019
Dallas/Fort Worth Area


January 2020
Austin/San Antonio Area Conference Preview


Annual Conference & Showcase
Thank you everyone who attended the 2018 STEP Conference and Talent Showcase! 
The Dallas Chapter is puttting on an amazing educational and networking experience! SEE YOU THIS YEAR IN ARLINGTON​​

              


Make your reservations by February 22, 2019 and take advantage of the special hotel rate. Click Here to reserve room.
 
The 2019 Conference will feature...

Educational Seminars: 
Featuring discussions on Marketing, Legislative Issues, Entertainment Technology, Booking Celebrity Talent and The State of The Texas Entertainment Industry. 

Network with Industry Peers: 
Gather with entertainment agents and entertainers from across Texas. 

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! 


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Location:
Conference and Meetings
Sheraton Arlington Hotel in Arlington, TX.

Reception, Dinner and Entertainment Showcase
Texas Live! Arlington, TX.

Dates:  
Sunday March 3, 2019 – The Opening GENERAL SESSION LUNCH will start promptly at noon followed by education, dinner and the legendary STEP Talent Showcase Event. 

Monday, March 4, 2019 – Educational sessions begin with breakfast at 9:00am We will wrap up by 3pm Monday afternoon. 

Full Schedule Below

Attire:
Casual – It may be chilly during the showcase so bring a coat Sunday evening.

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/Dinner/Pub Crawl, 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.

$125.00 for President’s Reception, Dinner and the Showcase, which also covers Showcase transportation fees.   
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$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. 
  
30TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019                                  

10:30 - 12pm                  
REGISTRATION OPENS 

12 - 1pm                         
OPENING GENERAL SESSION AND LUNCH

1pm                      
OPENING SPEAKER






  









A Luxurious Way to Plan - Johnell Huebner

A philosophy of partnership between vendors and planners.  This partnership encourages growth of creativity, business and overall success. Johnell will explain the philosophy, go through steps on how the partners and the planners can easily implement these key elements and tie back the education to memberships in professional organizations such as STEP, ILEA, and NACE. This topic can be useful to all planners, wedding or corporate and all suppliers that work with planners.
  
2:15 pm‐2:30pm
BREAK
  
2:30pm                
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

















  
Linda Swindling - Negotiating Change 
STEP Up Your Collaboration and Innovation to Meet the New Way of Doing Business

Constant complainers take up resources, time, and mental bandwidth in the workplace. When you change a culture of complainers to one of contributors, you boost morale, increase productivity, and promote effective communication. In short, you get more done with less drama. In this presentation, workplace communication expert Linda Swindling shares her expertise in negotiating tough situations at work and in life. Discover how to positively influence others to accomplish your purpose. Understand the reasons why people are creating drama so that you can diffuse conflicts and address problems productively. Linda uses scenarios, engaging questions, and original research to provide strategies that can be implemented immediately.

After attending, participants leave with strategies to:
Identify and negotiate with specific types of energy drainers and complainers; 
Implement the #1 way to stop a Whiner;
Maintain control of destructive conversations; 
Communicate powerfully with difficult people, including the Toxics;
Self-assess to determine when you can be a Complainer and how to stop it;
Learn concrete phrases to turn constant Complainers into productive Contributors;
and Address disagreements 

3:30 pm 
EDUCATION










                 

  

DMC Proposal Writers Panel
Whitney Rodgers – 360 Destination Group
Lindsey Wolf – Ultimate Ventures
Christina Cavasos – CSI Texas
Moderator – Sparky Sparks – The Sparks Agency

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.
  
5 - 5:45pm                      
PRESIDENT'S RECEPTION                

5 - 5:20pm                      
Featured Talent

5:20 - 5:45pm                
Featured Talent                                           

6 - 7pm                        
DINNER 

6 - 6:20pm                      
Featured Talent

6:20 - 6:50pm                
Featured Talent

6:50 - 7:05pm
Featured Talent

PRESENTED  A "LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM STEP

7 - 10:30pm
SHOWCASE 

7:10 - 7:30pm
Featured Talent

7:30 - 7:50pm
Featured Talent

8 - 8:20pm 
Featured Talent

8:25 - 8:45pm
Featured Talent

8:50 - 9:10pm
Featured Talent

9:15 - 9:35pm
Featured Talent

9:40 - 10pm
Featured Talent

10 - 10:25pm
Featured Talent

10:30 - 11:30pm            
PRESIDENT'S SUITE 

MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2019

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









  
Brendon Anthony - State of the Texas Music Industry 
As director of the Texas Music Office, Bredan Anthony set the agenda for business development, helping music industry professionals navigate their entry in the Texas Market, as well as moving their businesses to Texas. Appointed to the Governor’s Office in 2015, Brendan makes his annual trip to the STEP Conference to keep us appraised of the State of Texas Music Industry.
  
12:30 - 1:00pm
LUNCH 
  
12:35pm – 12:45pm
Swift Sparks – Texas for Arts Advocacy Day
Report from the Capitol.

12:50pm – 1:45pm 
EDUCATION











American Music Federation – Stewart Williams
80,000 musicians comprise the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada making AFM the largest union of musicians in the world. Stewart Williams is the President of the Dallas – Ft. Worth Professional Musicians’ Association, Local 72-147

1:45 - 2:30pm
UNFINISHED BUSINESS AND ADJORNMENT      







A special room rate of $129.00 (plus applicable taxes & fees) is being offered for the Conference. Click Here for the customized registration form to make your reservations by February 18, 2019 and take advantage of the special rate.  

Complimentary self-parking, Shuttle, Trolley and internet access.
  
Contemporary guest rooms at Sheraton Arlington Hotel, located in the Arlington Entertainment District. Only a short distance to Six Flags, Texas Live! and adjacent to the Arlington Convention Center and eSports Stadium. We are also within moments of Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers and AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Luxurious rooms and suites boasting plush Sheraton Signature Beds, spacious bathrooms and ergonomic work spaces.  Fully-equipped gym and spectacular jogging trails. Newly renovated indoor and outdoor event spaces surrounded by waterfalls and lush landscapes. 
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