2021 SITE Southeast Education Summit - December 12-14, 2021 at JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District

2021 Education Summit

December 12-14, 2020
JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District
Savannah, GA

Join us and our industry partners as we “Champion the Summit” together.

First and foremost, I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your support during the past two years of my presidency. These have been unusual times to say the least. All things must come to an end! I would like to personally invite you to join me and my board for the last event during my Presidency! You will not want to miss this event; Savannah is putting on such a FIRST-CLASS showing of their destination.

From the theme song “Road Less Traveled” in 2020 to the theme song “We Won’t Back Down” in 2021… SITE SE is truly 8 States STRONG!

Remember, we are stronger together! Yes, there will be challenges ahead that we will encounter; however, if you are willing to adapt to the new norm, we can rebuild and “Conquer New Heights.”

Consider this year’s summit our second family reunion; remember Ashville? What a great time!!!

You will enjoy three productive days of education offering CEU credits which will provide you with the knowledge and tools to navigate our industry moving forward. Network with your industry friends and be immersed into all Savannah has to offer.

New this year, a special recognition for all of those who have truly stepped up to keep our chapter moving forward, so get your red-carpet attire ready!

Join us and our industry partners as we “Champion the Summit” together. SITE Southeast, 8 States Strong!

Your President,
Cathy Jones

 Plant Riverside District Riverwalk, Savannah, GA


DON’T DELAY! Register now for this event and reserve your room as you don’t want to miss this great event! Space is limited. Champions always find a way!

Complimentary Member Planner
$50.00 Non-Member Planner Registration
$100.00 Member Supplier Registration
$150.00 Non-Member Supplier Registration
$150.00 Guests

Hotel Reservations

Due to the overwhelming response, we are overjoyed to announce that we now have two co-host hotels in Savannah. The JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District and The Alida.

JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District

Discounted Group Rates are available until November 19, 2021.

To reserve your room at The JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District, click the buttons below or follow the link in your registration confirmation email.

Please book your room early as we expect the rooms to sell out as Savannah is known for it’s festive events during the holiday season.

Planners $99/night The Planner rooms have sold out, please see below our co-host hotel, The Alida.
Suppliers $229/night  

Check In: 4:00 PM.
Check Out: 11:00 AM

For any questions regarding hotel reservations, please call the hotel on 800-319-5354.

The Alida

We have added 20 planner rooms at the $99 rate – don’t miss out!!

The Discounted Group Rates are available until November 19, 2021.

Planners $99/night  
Suppliers $259/night  

Check In: 4:00 PM.
Check Out: 11:00 AM

Phone: 912-715-7000


We are adding speakers and content often - check back frequently.

Marvelless Mark


Ever wonder how legends like The Beatles, The Rollings Stones, Aerosmith, Madonna, and Tina Turner became household names? You may think it was sheer talent or maybe they were just lucky. However, what really made the difference was their solid business sense. Marvelless Mark, author of the acclaimed business book, Opportunity Rocks, was recently featured in the USA Today, Small Business Trendsetters, Business Innovators, and TBN. Mark combines years of entrepreneurial success with his natural abilities as an entertainer, radio personality, and Las Vegas headliner to show how any business can be transformed from garage band to legend using his proven strategies. We will learn how to be business rockstars and we will have a blast doing it!

Sam Richter


Every “YES” Begins With a “KNOW”: Web Search Secrets to Grow Your Meetings Business

Because we’re starting to get back in person and everyone now accepting virtual, there are more events and programs than at any time in history. As a meeting professional, when it comes to sales, relationship building, and even sourcing, you need to differentiate yourself, show your value, and connect with others in ways that are relevant to what they care about. This may be one of the highest take-home-value programs you’ve ever experienced. This high energy, motivating, incredibly high-content program has a huge "WOW" factor – you will be shocked at what you don't know (but soon will). PLUS… every attendee will receive access to a secret resource that will make it easy (and fun) to implement what you learn!

Sam Richter’s website: www.samrichter.com/

Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton


Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton is Founder and Chief Change Agent of Astrapto LLC, which offers courses, coaching, and consulting to advance sustainability in hospitality, events, travel, and other services industries. Her passion is to make sustainability practical and positive for people whose job title is not sustainability, but who have a passion to drive positive impact in and through their organizations and supply chains. Aurora loves helping people realize their potential while discovering a greater purpose for good in business. She has helped over 120 young professionals launch green teams and perform sustainable procurement audits. Her clients include World Wildlife Fund (Hotel-Kitchen), Centerplate, Baltimore Convention Center, Green Seal (hotel eco-certification), the Events Industry Council, and various hotels and restaurant groups. She has been a thought leader and volunteer in industry organizations, including the Events Industry Council and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Aurora has a Doctorate in Business Administration in Social Impact Management.

Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/auroradawnbenton/

Jon Michael Ogletree


Sometimes gaining a fresh perspective is enough to fuel us all the way to reaching our goals. Jon Michael Ogletree certainly offers that, as he has lived his adult life standing only 3′ 8″ tall. Be encouraged as he shares his story of how he championed his summit. Jon Michael’s unique point of view and personal experience on Diversity, Disability, Equity, and Inclusion will give you new insights on the advantages of being different.

Many people are familiar with challenges related to more common disabilities, but there are a vast number of rare conditions that can present unfamiliar challenges. Jon Michael will help you redefine “different” to not equate to better or worse than the norm. Prepare to laugh and learn as Jon Michael teaches how to meaningfully celebrate our differences and guides you through his journey to the Summit.

Jamie MoCrazy


Imagine you are traveling around the world as a professional skier, competing on multiple continents and at events like Dew Tour and X-Games. You are breaking world records by becoming the first woman in the world to flip off a rail as well as land a double backflip at X-Games. Suddenly, in the blink of an eye, your life comes tumbling down. You crash on a trick, paralyzing half of your body and knocking you into a coma. You have to relearn every gross motor skill as you begin to climb an alternative peak. Jamie MoCrazy learned how to climb an alternative peak through her lived experience recovering from the moment her fatality report was written. She was recently featured in Forbes, Glamour, Muscle and Fitness as well as multiple TV interviews as a resiliency expert sharing how everyone can overcome struggles or trauma and climb an alternative peak.

Jamie MoCrazy’s website: www.mocrazystrong.com/

CMP Preferred Provider

This Event is under consideration for CMP credit.


* Please note that this agenda is subject to change.
Sunday, December 12, 2021
2:00 – 5:00 PM Registration & Silent Auction
4:00 - 4:30 PM New Member & Sponsor Reception
4:30 - 5:30 PM Welcome General Session
6:30 - 7:15 PM Reception
7:30 - 9:30 PM Dinner
10:00 PM - 12:00 AM Evening Hospitality
Monday, December 13, 2021
7:00 - 7:30 AM Morning Exercise
7:30 - 8:45 AM Breakfast
9:00 - 11:55 AM Educational Sessions
12:30 PM Sponsored Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 PM Community Social Responsibility Project
5:30 - 8:00 PM Reception & Dinner
10:00 PM - 12:00 AM Evening Hospitality
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
7:00 - 7:30 AM Morning Exercise
7:30 - 8:45 AM Breakfast
9:00 - 11:30 AM Educational Sessions & Closing Remarks
12:00 PM Lunch
  Kindly schedule departures after 1:30 PM

Our Education Summit Charity

Our Charity Partner, Wine To Water is committed to supporting life and dignity for all through the power of clean water all around the world. Now in 48 countries and reaching 1.1 million people and counting, SITE Southeast has been a proud to be a major contributor to the growth of Wine to Water since 2009.

Wine To Water

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

VIP Seating Sponsor


River Street, Savannah, Georgia
Forsyth Park fountain, Savannah, Georgia

JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District

JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District is located in the heart of historic Savannah, with countless activities a short walk away. Explore the downtown Savannah shopping district, browse a nearby art gallery, eat along the riverfront at one of the hotel restaurants, or embark on one of the city’s various walking tours.

Once a power plant, Plant Riverside District represents the beauty of progress. Whether seeking a weekend getaway or a business meeting, our luxury hotel provides a suitable setting with timeless elegance. There are three unique buildings are enriched in history, from chic architecture in the Power Plant, to romantic styling in the Three Muses and, opening this year, contemporary maritime details in the Atlantic. Complete the experience with a relaxing massage at the hotel spa, before you enjoy the vibrant nightlife in the entertainment district. Stay at the JW Marriott and discover the many things to do in downtown Savannah.


  • Originally built in 1912 as a Power Plant, the hotel retains the Power Plant’s architectural character with historic details throughout the property.
  • Unique onsite restaurants
  • ADA Accessibility & Features

Special hotel concessions for SITE Southeast

  • Reduced Valet Parking - $39/day
  • Complimentary Internet in Guest Rooms and Meeting Space
  • Group Hotel Rates will be honored 3 days prior and post based on availability

The Alida

This hotel joins modern life with the timeless charm of Savannah's revitaized riverfront and new entertainment district. The Alida is an introduction to Savannah's distinct culture – a harmonious mix of legacy and enterprise – a new generation of Alidas making, crafting, building, designing and continuing to reclaim and reimagine the Riverfront. It is located across the street from the JW Marriott in the Riverfront District.


  • Alida Bikes
  • Morning Coffee in Rhett
  • Unique onsite restaurants

Special hotel concessions for SITE Southeast

  • Reduced Valet Parking
  • Complimentary Internet in Guest Rooms and Meeting Space
  • Group Hotel Rates will be honored 2 days pre-meeting based on availability

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