MAKO CONFERENCEBranson Hilton Convention Center Branson, MO
Sunday, April 15 – Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Conference registration is now OPEN.
Full Registration (till March 1) $295 / additional attendees from same chamber = $245
Full Registration (March 1 – 31) = $345 / additional attendees from same schamber = $300
Full Registration (after March 31) = $395 / additional attendees from same chamber = $355
For full registration details, click the Register Now button
Hospitality Room Sponsor
Branson Hilton Convention Center Hotel
200 W. Main St. Branson, MO 65616
Hotel Reservations are OPEN
Room Rates: Queen or King Bed (single & double rate) = $119
Queen or King Bed (triple & quad rate) = $139
(Rates are good 3 days prior & past: April 12 – April 20, 2018 depending on availability)
1-800-HILTON / Group = MAKO
Group Reservation Cut-Off Date Friday, March 23, 2018
Hospitality Room Sponsor
Ardmore (OK) Chamber of Commerce
Arkansas Economic Development & Chamber Executives (
Arkansas State Chamber
Arkansas Valley Alliance for Economic Development & Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce
Conway (AR) Area Chamber of Commerce
Fayetteville (AR) Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Kansas City (KS) Chamber of Commerce
Greater Oklahoma City (OK) Chamber
Greater Topeka (KS) Partnership
Little Rock (AR) Regional Chamber of Commerce
Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives (OCCE)
Rogers-Lowell (AR) Chamber of Commerce
Springdale (AR) Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas (
Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri (CCEM)
Columbia (MO) Chamber of Commerce
Edmond (OK) Area Chamber of Commerce
Emporia (KS) 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
Overland Park (KS) Chamber of Commerce
Owasso (OK) Chamber of Commerce
Shawnee (KS) Chamber of Commerce
Tulsa (OK) Regional Chamber of Commerce
Wichita (KS) Regional Chamber of Commerce
SCHEDULE & PROGRAM
Tracy Spears has coached thousands of professionals through conferences, webinars, broadcasts, and videos. Her energetic and interactive approach has helped leaders and aspiring leaders all over the world to improve their leadership skills, their communication, and their understanding of how people and organizations succeed. She is the co-author of best-selling “What Exceptional Leaders Know” and “The Exceptional Leaders Playbook”. Tracy is the Co-Founder of the Exceptional Leaders Lab, a worldwide community of progressive business leaders focused on making a positive difference in their organizations.
She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and an accomplished athlete who was a member of the U.S. National Softball Team. Tracy is a member of the National Speakers Association and one of the highest rated leadership and temperament coaches in America.
Shari Pash is changing the culture and way organizations approach membership recruitment and retention. She provides a customized multi-step recruitment and retention program with proven success in net new member growth. Client outcomes continue to excel through the implementation of foundational tools and reports that have proven success for accountability and growth. In addition to membership work, Shari conducts
Shari is an active conference presenter for many associations including National Home Builder’s Association (NAHB), Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), Institute of Organizational Management (IOM), Pure Michigan’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism, and various state and local associations across the country.
Hospitality and Corporate sales consulting and training is an additional key division of Strategic Solutions for Growth. Shari creates a coaching and training concept that is
Prior to starting Strategic Solutions for Growth in 2010, Shari built her career at Michigan State University, the Kellogg Center, managing and working with the Association market for over 20 years. Success in revenue generation, new market identification, and business development earned her industry awards
Shari is a member of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, National Home Builders Association, Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Society of Association Executives, and Athena WIN. She serves as an industry mentor to Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals
Place Brand Strategist
Steve Chandler is an emerging thought leader and strategist on the topic of place
branding and marketing. His energetic and engaging presenting style creates a personal, and
certainly entertaining, audience experience. Did we mention Steve has a
lot of energy?
Steve is a career marketing man with over two decades of experience in strategic planning and brand
development for local, regional and national brands. His experience emphasis is connected to the
hospitality industry and place marketing where Steve has worked with over 80 communities in 26
Today, Steve applies his classic marketing, place branding and digital savvy backgrounds to
Chandlerthinks, an agent-based strategic marketing and branding firm focused on working with
cities, communities and places. Prior to starting Chandlerthinks,
Steve enjoyed stints at a few of the southern U.S. premiere advertising agencies, and international
branding agency BBDO. This led Steve into the world of consulting as he became President of a
community branding firm. There he helped craft and manage the process of community branding for
numerous destinations, cities and communities. His “digital make-over” occurred in 2008 as Steve
led business development and tourism strategy for an online marketing agency.
Steve frequently speaks on the topics of place branding, online brand building and digital
strategy. He has been designated the industry professor on “Destination Branding” for the Southeast
Tourism Society’s annual Marketing College. Don’t ask him to stand behind a podium unless you are trying to torture him.
Principal & Founder
Kristin Brighton is one of the principals and founders of New Boston Creative Group LLC, an integrated marketing communications firm based in Manhattan, KS.
As a consultant, she partners with businesses and nonprofits to build or revamp their brands using a complete spectrum of tools, from video production to digital marketing. She believes clients need to fully understand their audience for best results, and often conducts market research studies for clients to help identify the best messages and tactics for their marketing efforts.
Ms. Brighton is the past chair of the board for the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and has been a leader in her local business community since joining her chamber’s board of directors in 2009. In 2017, she conducted a national research study exploring how chambers need to evolve to better meet the needs of today’s workforce.
Pamela Green MBA, SPHR, ACC
Business Executive, Leadership Consultant, Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker, Published Author
Pamela J Green, MBA, SPHR, ACC is a business executive, leadership consultant, executive coach,
speaker, and published author with more than 30 years of business leadership experience. As the
former VP/Chief Membership Officer for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (the worlds
strategies to engage and retain more than 260k business professionals and now she is leveraging
that robust experience to support the success of leaders and executives like you.
Since leaving SHRM and launching her consultancy in 2012, and now as President and CEO of The HR
Coaching and Career Institute, she has been serving as a leadership consultant to global
corporations, small businesses, and non-profit organizations and their teams developing strategies
that lead to greater collaboration and productivity through training and conflict coaching.
Clients, who include Walmart, Pepsico, WilmerHale, The Ohio State University, AARP, ICMEC, and the American Society of Association Executives, call Pamela to help them achieve breakthrough
A well-known figure in the HR world, popular keynote speaker, notable business leader and career
coach Pamela has been featured in a multitude of media outlets and radio programs; has 5 books to
her credit; is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), an Associate Certified
Coach (ACC) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Human Resources, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. She spends spare time
serving on a number of community boards and enjoying time with her family.
Pamela is excited about the release of her current book, Think Like a Brand! To connect with
Pam, you can follow her on Twitter @pamelajgreen, Like her Facebook Page:
connect with her
Sheree Anne Kelly
Sheree Anne is the chief executive of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) – and its affiliated organizations – representing more than 10,000 industry professionals. She’s responsible for leading the exceptional team which serves the community via professional development, innovative problem solving, management resources, organizational benefits and industry thought leadership. Her role also includes strategic planning, governance oversight and serving as a spokesperson for the community.
Previously, Sheree Anne was senior vice president of the Public Affairs Council where she served as chief public affairs expert, managed a team of thought leaders, ran organizational strategic planning and oversaw consulting and benchmarking services. In that role, she expanded membership benefits, curated the organization’s certification program and opened the Council’s first international office in Brussels. As executive director of the Foundation for Public Affairs, Sheree Anne directed the research agenda, operations
Prior roles include positions in the government affairs department of the National Association of Home
Delivering presentations and facilitating dialogue are passions for Sheree Anne. She’s keynoted conferences, board retreats, and University lecture series across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Sheree Anne holds an MBA from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Bucknell University. She also studied at l’Université François Rabelais in Tours, France. She is chairman of the board of the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy and a board member of the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems.
US Chamber, VP Small Business Policy
Thomas M. Sullivan is vice president of small business policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Working with chambers of commerce and the U.S. Chamber’s nationwide network, Sullivan harnesses the views of small businesses and translates that grassroots power into federal policies that bolster free enterprise and reward entrepreneurship. He runs the U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Council and the Middle Market Business Council, engaging those members on a regular basis to increase small business input and involvement in Chamber activities.
Previously, Sullivan was an attorney in the government relations practice of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, a law firm with a major East Coast presence from Tallahassee to Boston. Before rejoining Nelson Mullins, he served as general counsel for the Bipartisan Policy Center, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell.
Sullivan represented several firm clients before Congress and federal agencies and built a small business advocacy platform that included the Coalition for Responsible Business Finance, a group of non-bank small business providers, and the Small Business Coalition for Regulatory Relief.
Sullivan served under President George W. Bush as the highest-ranking government official charged with exclusively advocating the views and needs of small business before government agencies and Congress. As chief counsel for advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration, he was directly involved in more than 100 regulatory and legislative matters, testified frequently before congressional committees, and was a spokesman on economic conditions and entrepreneurship.
The hallmark of his tenure at SBA was a national legislative initiative guaranteeing that small business has a voice in state regulatory decisions.
Upon leaving government, Sullivan was named to the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center Advisory Board, and he serves on the board of directors of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a platform of programs and initiatives aimed at creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Sullivan earned his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1993 and a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1989 from Boston College. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two sons.