Branson Hilton Convention Center Branson, MO

Sunday, April 14 – Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Full Registration (March 1 – 31) = $345 / additional attendees from same chamber = $295

Full Registration (after March 31) = $395 / additional attendees from same chamber = $345

Non Member Registration (till March 1) = $455

For full registration details, click the REGISTER NOW button


Branson Hilton Convention Center Hotel

200 W. Main St. Branson, MO 65616

To make a reservation by phone – (866) 442-0959

 Room Rates: Queen or King Bed (single & double rate) = $123

Queen or King Bed (triple & quad rate) = $143

If you would like to spend additional days in Branson either before or after MAKO, the group rate is being offered BASED ON AVAILABILITY.  Select “Flexible Dates” to check the availability.  

Group code = MAKO

Group Reservation Cut-Off Date Friday, March 15, 2019 

Reservation guidelines: To secure a guest room reservation, a major credit card will be required. Reservations cancelled within 48 hours of arrival will incur a charge for the first night’s Room & Tax charge.

Check-In/Out Time:  Our check-in time is 4 PM; check-out time is 11 AM.  All guests arriving before 4 PM will be accommodated as rooms become available. Hotel bellmen can arrange to check baggage for those arriving early when rooms are unavailable and for guests attending functions on departure day.

Early Departure Fee:  If a guest checks out prior to the guest’s reserved checkout date, the Hotel will add an early check-out fee to that guest’s individual account (currently, $50).   Guests wishing to avoid an early checkout fee should advise the Hotel at or before check-in of any change in planned length of stay.  


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Hospitality Room Sponsor

Host / Sunday Night Reception Sponsor

Monday Lunch Sponsor

Name Badge Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor

Speaker Sponsor

Exhibitor Passport Sponsor

Technology Sponsor

Chamber Champions

Ardmore (OK) Chamber of Commerce

Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE)

Arkansas (AR) State Chamber

Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri

Conway (AR) Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Kansas City (MO) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Oklahoma City (OK) Chamber

Greater Topeka (KS) Partnership

Little Rock (AR) Regional Chamber

Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives (OCCE)

Springdale (AR) Chamber of Commerce

Tulsa (OK) Regional Chamber


Chamber Partners

Bixby (OK) Metro Chamber of Commerce

Broken Arrow (OK) Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas (CCEKS)

Claremore (OK) Chamber of Commerce

Clinton (OK) Chamber of Commerce

Columbia (MO) Chamber of Commerce

Emporia (KS) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Bentonville (AR) Area Chamber of Commerce

Jenks (OK) Chamber of Commerce

Jonesboro (AR) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Joplin (MO) Area Chamber of Commerce

Manhattan Area (KS) Chamber of Commerce

Monett (MO) Chamber of Commerce

Norman (OK) Chamber of Commerce

Overland Park (KS) Chamber of Commerce

Owasso (OK) Chamber of Commerce

Sapulpa (OK) Chamber of Commerce

Shawnee (KS) Chamber of Commerce

Springfield (MO) Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber at Lawrence Kansas (KS)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Wichita (KS) Regional Chamber of Commerce


Steve Swafford, IOM

Steve Swafford, IOM

Balance Warrior + CEO, Leadership Outfitters

Dr. Steve Swafford, IOM, Balance Warrior + CEO, has worked more than 30 years for and with non-profit and education-focused organizations in areas of strategy, leadership development, communication, membership and executive management. He brings a practical knowledge of strategy and executive leadership with past organizations such as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), and American Subcontractors Association (ASA) where he most recently served as the executive director.

He is active in U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute of Organization Management; California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) and American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) leadership serving on the Board of Directors; past Membership Committee Chair; past Professional Development Committee Chair (aka Purple Cow Posse); Southern California Regional Council; University leadership advisor; and volunteer staff pastor. Steve is also a 15-year faculty member for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute of Management teaching at the Winter, West, and Southeast Institutes.

He also serves on the Curriculum Committee for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A native of Kansas, Steve has a B.S. in journalism from Kansas State University; a M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC; and an Ed.D. from Pepperdine University’s School of Education & Psychology focusing on Strategic Organizational Change. Steve has received the IOM (Institute for Organization Management) designation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is Practitioner Faculty for Pepperdine University’s Executive, Global, and Full-Time MBA Programs.

Steve is a co-founder of Leadership Outfitters, LLC.

Curtis Sneden

Curtis Sneden

Magician From Main Street

Curtis Sneden, is the head of Government Relations with the Greater Topeka Partnership in Topeka, Kansas.  He has also been astonishing audiences across the Midwest with his unique brand of intellegent magic for nearly 20 years.  Over decades of studying and performing the art of magic, Sneden has learned valuable lessons about human nature, psychology and motivation.  Now he combines those lessons into a succinct formula for achieving success in any professional arena.  Sneden will lead us on a fun and astonishing exploration of these ideas.  You won’t need to take notes; his points are easy to remember.  The question only you can answer is whether you will apply them to your own endeavors.

Before entering the chamber world in 2014, Sneden spent 20 years as counsel and head lobbyist for Payless ShoeSource headquartered in Topeka.  He graduated from the Washburn University School of Law and Kansas State  University with a degree in broadcasting.  Curtis is also a graduate of the prestigious McBride School of Magic and Mystery in Las Vegas, where he studied the inner secrets of magic alongside magicians from around the world.  Sneden and his wife, Chris, reside in Topeka.  They have three adult children who have long served as ideal test audiences for their father.  Aside from his own family, Sneden’s favorite audiences are the families for whom he performs periodically at Topeka’s Hope Center, a refuge for parents and children working through the challenge of homelessness.


Adam Legge

Adam Legge

Adam believes in the potential of leaders to make their organizations remarkable and do work that can change their communities and the world.

Adam works with executives, leaders and boards to help them achieve remarkability through organizational renewal and transformation.  Amidst the challenges of disruption, change and complexity, he uses a proven structure that will enable any organization to move from stale or struggling to remarkable.  He brings over twenty years of experience in leadership, governance, strategy, culture and change to help his clients create greater impact, relevance and value as an organization.  He is the author of Making Remarkable: How to Deliver Purpose, Inspire People, and Build a Platform for Exceptional Results.

When not helping clients become remarkable organizations, Adam is a Director at the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.  Prior to current roles, Adam was the 18th President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce where he took a struggling and traditional chamber of commerce and transformed the organization into a dynamic and award-winning entity.  Adam has also held the positions of Vice President and Chief Economist for Calgary Economic Development, and Manager with pwc in its Real Estate Advisory Services practice based in Calgary, Alberta.

Adam believes in bettering the world through volunteerism, serving on multiple boards of associations and community organizations locally and globally.  He has chaired the boards of WordFest, Attainable Homes Calgary, and the Norfolk Housing Association, and has been on the board of the United Way of Calgary and Area.  He recently served as a Vice Chair of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and currently serves as Canada’s representative on the General Council of the World Chamber Federation.

 Adam is a recipient of the Calgary Top 40 Under 40, and in November of 2017 was awarded a Canada Senate 150 Medal by the Senate of Canada to only 1,500 Canadians for their work and dedication in improving the quality of life in their communities.

Steve Iwersen

Steve Iwersen

Aurora Pointe

Steven grew up in the United States Northwest. Born in Seattle, raised in Idaho. He loves the city and understands small town values. His father was a minister and his mother a school teacher. That might explain why he is so comfortable on the stage and devoted to providing content that leads to real life change. He is an entrepreneur, as well as an effective communicator.

Steven’s experience in leadership roles has included non-profits, business news, employee recruitment and founding his speaking and leadership development firm – Aurora Pointe.  

Steven Iwersen is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association.  He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – a recognition earned by only about 900 speakers worldwide.  He was the voice of the association in 2015-16 when he was the Co-Host for Voices of Experience (VOE) the NSA’s audio & video magazine.  He served as the Chairperson of the National Chapter Leadership Committee in 2013.  During that time he was presented the Presidential Award of Distinguished Service.

 When he is not traveling the country delivering his programs, he enjoys being at home in Kansas City with his family. He also enjoys fly fishing, jazz music, writing, early morning walks, bike riding, great coffee and spending time with his closest friends.  He raised three boys and now is a young grandpa – he has six granddaughters and two grandsons to adore!

Eric Melin

Eric Melin

Eric is an award-winning business communicator and senior social media community manager, currently kicking ass for clients at marketing agency Callahan. Perhaps he is best known, however, as the 2013 World Air Guitar Champion, and a tireless ambassador for the sport of competitive air guitar — and its dream of achieving world peace. He speaks about creative inspiration and overcoming mental blocks for marketing professionals, social media influencers, business leaders, education professionals, and audiences of all ages.

He is a multi-headed hydra of creativity, having released 10 albums and toured the world as the drummer for many bands, including Epic Records recording artist Ultimate Fakebook. He is currently the President of the KC Film Critics Circle, founded the movie-review site, is a contributor to, has reviewed movies for The Kansas City Star, the Lawrence Journal-World, Kansas Public Radio, KCTV5, KSNT, KTKA, and is a current columnist for The Pitch. He is also the former social media communications chair for American Advertising Federation – Kansas City.

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