Conference Committee

CLICK HERE to meet the 2014 conference committee, a collaborative group of the 5 regional chapters.

2014 PIE Conference

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Region V Partners in Education Conference

The mission of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) is to enhance the knowledge and expertise of government meeting professionals.  Our objectives are to improve the quality of, and promote the cost effectiveness of government meetings.

The Region V Partners in Education Conference (PIE) mission is to provide a forum for government meeting professionals to advance our members' knowledge on meeting planning topics and trends in order to stay relevant in an ever-changing industry. 

This year's conference was special since the conference has not been held in Houston for over a decade.  The conference attracted primarily government planners with a mix of supplier members, to round out a crowd around 80 attendees.  Attendees woke up to an opening session featuring Jeff Butcher's presentation of "How to Build and Lead a Dynamic Team" and enjoyed lunch during the "Industry Best Practices Panel" moderated by Texas Lone Star Capital Chapter member Joe Bedsole.  

Throughout Saturday afternoon, attendees made tough decisions between which educational breakout sessions to attend.  Presenters included SGMP national board members, a trustee from the Gilmer Institute of Learning, and specialists on meeting technology and government purchasing card usage.  Professional speaker Crag Price presented a breakout on Saturday afternoon and also closed the conference on Sunday morning with his animated and comedic rendition of "Getting a Grip on Negativity."  Overall, attendees were treated to an education and networking that will not soon be forgotten.

Save the date: March 6-8, 2015, san antonio!


Thank you to all sponsors, exhibitors, auction and raffle donors, and attendees.  You made this year's conference a success.

silent auction AND GIFT CARD TREE RAISES OVER $4,000

On Saturday from 7:30AM to 5:00PM, the conference host a silent auction featuring hotel stays from all regional chapter areas, gift baskets, jewelry, photography, and other specialty items. The annual silent auction and raffle are an important part of the PIE Conference, as all money raised goes back to the chapters to support operations and scholarships for members like you. 

This year, there was also a special raffle of a "gift card tree," featuring gift cards from Marriott, Goode Company, Amazon, AMC Theaters, Chick-fil-A, Alamo Draft House, Hilton Houston Westchase Rio Ranch Restaurant, Starbucks and more. Attendees were encouraged to donate a gift card of value of $5 or more for the tree.  All gift cards were collected at registration and added to the "tree." The entire "tree" was  raffled off after the closing speaker on Sunday morning.  The value of the gift card tree totaled over $600, and each ticket cost $5.  The lucky winner of the gift card tree on Sunday morning was Houston Gulf Coast Chapter member Christal Swagerty.

Between the silent auction and special raffle, over $4,000 was raised for conference operations and scholarships.


Saturday night networking

Conference registration included transportation and dinner at our Saturday evening networking event offsite at the Armadillo Palace, a western-themed restaurant and bar.  Attendees jumped on the shuttle service provided and joined the fun with a BBQ dinner, cash bar and networking.  The dress code was "Western Casual," so attendees armored up with their boots and cowboy hats.  All attendees had a good ol' time!


conference charity

barcThis year's conference charity was BARC!  

BARC is the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility. BARC is the only city shelter in Houston required by law to accept every animal that comes through our doors regardless of breed, temperament, health conditions, and circumstance (from owner surrender, stray pickup, rescued or confiscated animals).  We have built a best-in-class team that stewards our mission of professionalism, responsibility, compassion, commitment, integrity, and accountability

BARC is dedicated to pet adoption and a live release initiative. In addition to sheltering and providing veterinary care to all animals brought to the shelter, we work diligently to place these animals in new homes. We collaborate and coordinate with our Houston Pet Rescue groups and through social media networks to cast the widest possible adoption net. We also provide intensive neo-natal and adult pet fostering programs, along with hands-on volunteer training classes and continuous workshops.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership through spaying/neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, and training class services. Campaigns and programs to educate and raise community awareness about these services are ongoing.

Houston has the largest urban land area in the U.S. Its size and unique characteristics create challenging circumstances in regards to animal population and control. In addition to a year-long breeding season that steadily increases the area’s animal population, our semi-tropical climate serves as an incubator for fleas, ticks and other parasites harmful to animals. Houston is an urban metropolis, but it is also home to various species of wild animals and reptiles including coyotes, bobcats, bats, raccoons, opossums, skunks, foxes, snakes and even alligators. Because of this, rabies outbreaks are a special concern. A rabies vaccination is required to license your pet, and a pet license is mandatory in Houston. BARC serves as the licensing facility. We work hard to educate the public about rabies prevention and about co-existing with our extensive wildlife population.

PIE conference attendees showed their support of BARC by purchasing raffle tickets and by donating items such as newspaper, peanut butter and dog toys for the supply drive.  The conference made a donation of $750 to BARC, which will be used to support operations and adoptions.


 For the first time ever, the Region V PIE Conference hosted a mobile app!  Attendees were able to download the Guidebook App on their smartphone and either search "SGMP 2014 PIE" to download the conference schedule or scan the QR code found HERE.

Attendees were able to create their own custom conference agenda, read breakout session descriptions, learn about exhibitors, and share their contact card with others.