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November Education Event

November 16, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Doubletree by Hilton Deerfield Beach-Boca Raton
100 Fairway Drive
Deerfield Beach , FL 33441
Venue Website


"How Sustainability Keeps You Relevant”
Presented by the Sustainable Events Network,
Florida & Caribbean

About the Speakers:
The Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean

Moderator: Ken Samuels

Ken Samuels began his career as a performer. His Broadway credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hair. He even ran away and joined the circus! Ken served as Production Manager for the world’s largest touring show, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Ken earned the designation, Certified Meeting Professional in 1995. He has planned, produced and managed conferences and special events for AT&T, MetLife, Saxon Business Systems, Inter-American Development Bank, Miami Children’s Hospital, Harley Davidson, Integrated Medical Systems, General Medical Corp., Lipton, Zimmer Dental, James River Corp., and The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

Well known for his event creativity, theatrical flair and excellent customer service, Ken was voted “Planner of the Year” two consecutive years by the members of the South Florida Chapter of Meeting Professionals International.

2016 marked Ken’s first year working as Producer for Bobby Rodriguez Productions and F&B Manager for The Florida Renaissance Festival. Ken is the proud producer of Action Trivia! The Gameshow with A Purpose. The teambuilding event that includes “Food Rescue”.


Lisa Pickersgill

After moving from Pittsburgh to Clearwater, Lisa Pickersgill quickly found her passion with the Starlite Cruises Entertainment company, learning how to plan and coordinate group events, weddings and yacht charters.  Looking for more growth, she found the hotel industry! Starting as a Sales Manager at a Homewood Suites by Hilton, then growing into a Catering Manager at the Grand Plaza Hotel on St. Pete Beach. Transitioning from the beach life to corporation heaven, she went to work for a Springhill Suites by Marriott.  Afterward, she prospered as an Operations Manager at a Homewood Suites where she implemented that company’s first GREEN Lodging Program earning a Palm 1 Designation and helped with the company’s Task Force spending time with Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard and Fairfield Inn by Marriott.

Bringing her to the east coast, she was a Dual DOS for a Homewood and Springhill in West Palm Beach. Always gravitating to the Hilton family of brands, she is now Director of Sales at the DoubleTree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in Palm Beach Gardens.  Her introduction to the property’s LEED Certified and IACC approved EMC has renewed her passion for sustainability.  Now, she is focused on educating meeting industry leaders on why they want a sustainable event center – what it can do for their brand and their bottom line.




Courtney Lohmann

For Courtney Lohmann, CMP, a successful event is all about the joy it brings to people. With a background that spans festivals, concerts, athletic events, philanthropic & corporate event production, she brings a wealth of knowledge to Koncept Events. As Director of Culture, she is a company health leader, go-green ambassador, internal cheerleader, continuing education champion, community giveback coordinator, event producer & one of the most successful leaders on staff. For some, that’s a full plate, but for her, it comes with ease thanks to her dedication to seeing things through & ability to be a team player. Her true passion is sustainability. She is a Certified Sustainable Events Professional, serves as a Sustainability Committee Member for the Events Industry Council & is Director of Communications for the Sustainable Events Network, Florida and Caribbean. This passion extends into KE, where she is always challenging the company to be more sustainable both internally & at events.













Kelly Murphy

Kelly Murphy began her career in hospitality at her family's restaurant, then continued in hotel F&B before segueing into the special events rental industry in 1992, when she and husband, Bob DeFriest founded Panache Party Rentals. From humble beginnings, their small mom & pop business grew and was listed as 15th largest in the nation in 2006. Panache was acquired by nationally based Classic Party Rentals when the two merged in 2007.  

After retiring (for 5 minutes) in 2015, Kelly knew she wanted to revisit the industry using her extensive experience in a creative way.  Events on the Loose and Chefs on the Loose were born. Finding elements that can have a new life with a little love is also part of this newest adventure.

Kelly attributes her success to the community she loves, builds, and invests her time in. Because Community is a priority for Kelly, she is involved with industry organizations, along with local agencies supporting children and the mission to eliminate hunger through education, events and food rescue.

Learner Objectives:
1.       Understanding how sustainability can be good for your bottom line.
2.       Understanding how to tell your sustainability story.
3.       Understanding and providing you with the resources and support needed to make your business and/or event sustainable.

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Registration
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm New Member Orientation
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm  Welcome Reception
5:00 pm - 6:30 PM  Education Session
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Networking Reception

About the Venue:
Feel welcome the moment you arrive at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Deerfield Beach – Boca Raton
hotel by enjoying a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. We are conveniently
located between Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches right off the I-95,
just minutes away from either airport.

We also offer 20,000 sq.ft. of newly renovated and versatile meeting space,
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Deerfield Beach – Boca Raton serves as the
ideal venue for meetings and events in Deerfield Beach. Let our professional staff
help plan every detail to ensure truly unforgettable events in Florida's sunshine.

Complimentary self parking.

Thank you to our Sponsors!


If you would like to be a sponsor please contact
Cathy Fox Vice President, Finance at


$35.00 MPI Members (Preferred/Premier level)
$45.00 after 11:00 am November 16

$60.00 Future Members/Essential Members
$70.00 after 11:00 am November 16

$20.00 Student
$25.00 after 11:00 am November 16

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