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Oliver Yarbrough Will be Speaking at the 2013 Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC)

Atlanta, GA, April 16, 2013 --( The Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (GaMPI) will host its annual Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC) April 24 to 26, 2013, at the Georgia International Convention Center. This event will feature Managing Partner and Chief Rainmaker of Rainmaker Growth Partners, Oliver Yarbrough. He will speak at a session focused on helping attendees keep up with their career and enhance partnerships on LinkedIn.

This year’s event will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, GA. The conference theme “Re:Imagine”, focuses on new ideas and concepts and encourages attendees to examine the roles they play as planners and suppliers, as well as the people, products and elements involved with meetings and events, and how they are all intertwined. With over 22,000 members globally, MPI serves both meeting planners and suppliers to the industry, carefully maintaining an equal balance of both in the membership. The Georgia Chapter of MPI (GaMPI) currently has over 800 members.

Oliver Yarbrough will lead an interactive, hands-on training clinic to introduce the ways LinkedIn can be used by business owners, corporate executives, and professionals to increase revenue, build brand recognition, and formulate strategic relationships. He will also share his personal best practices, as well as experiences using LinkedIn.

“LinkedIn is to sales as a cocktail party is to networking; focus on building relationships first rather than selling,” said Oliver Yarbrough. “It is essential that Meeting Professionals International (MPI) members incorporate this valuable tool into their marketing portfolio. I am excited to be a featured speaker at this event and I look forward to advancing the profession and sharing many of the business relationship building strategies I’ve used to grow my network.”

About Oliver Yarbrough:

Oliver Yarbrough is Managing Partner at Rainmaker Growth Partners and an entrepreneur highly adept at guiding clients to their optimal marketing and sales strategy. As a speaker, author, trainer, and coach, Mr. Yarbrough offers fresh insights and encourages his audiences and clients to take action with a captivating, entertaining, and down-to-earth style. He shares with them his hands-on experience building and managing professional relationships for some of the largest companies in the world, including Lucent Technologies, Staples, and Sprint, along with his own successful business ventures. Oliver has spoken to numerous organizations including the Small Business Administration (SBA), National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), eWomenNetwork and the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) just to name a few.

About Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC):

The Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC) is the largest southeast regional educational conference designed specifically for meeting professionals. Meeting Professionals International Georgia Chapter (GaMPI) hosts the three-day event consisting of quality educational sessions, a valuable trade show, a fun reception, and lots of great networking. MEC’s mission is to connect meeting professionals with their peers to create a dynamic, engaging, learning and networking environment. For 2013, attendees will find ample time to explore the Georgia International Convention Center, as well as Atlanta’s richly diverse culture of food, music and entertainment. Hundreds of the most prestigious and respected meeting professionals – many representing Fortune 1000 companies – will converge during this unique multi-day conference and exposition.

About Meeting Professionals International Georgia Chapter (GaMPI):

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the premiere organization devoted to the educational and professional needs of people in the meetings industry. With over 22,000 members globally, MPI serves both meeting planners and suppliers to the industry, carefully maintaining an equal balance of both in the membership. The Georgia Chapter of MPI (GaMPI) currently has over 800 members.
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