October 31, 2017
Incentive suppliers and sports travel planners and suppliers came together on Oct. 31 at the TEAMS Conference & Expo for the first ever Reward and Recognition Roundtable.

The purpose of the Roundtable, which took place at the TEAMS '17 sports travel show on Oct. 31, was to introduce attendees at the the largest sports travel, event, and management industry show to suppliers merchandise, gift card, and incentive travel suppliers who can help them improve sales, recognize employees and volunteers, and hold successful fundraisers.

TEAMS '17 opened on Halloween Tuesday at the Hilton Orlando in Florida for a day of education, to be followed by a two-day trade show that targets every aspect of the sports travel business, from professional leagues and Olympic planners to small non-profit, volunteer-based organizations. TEAMS is organized by SportsTravel, a sister publication of Incentive.

Speaking to a diverse group of nearly a dozen sports travel planners and nearly that many exhibitors, the panel of four experienced suppliers provided by the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) in partnership with Incentive, introduced attendees to the Reward and Recognition industry's offerings. The conversation ranged from finding the right products to to fit any reward budget to the most effective ways to hold recognition ceremonies, as well as the manner in which industry suppliers can help sports travel professionals make their budgets go farther.

Introduced by Leo Jakobson, executive editor of Incentive, the panel was moderated by Richard Low, CPIM, vice president of special markets for Citizen Watch Company of America and a past president of the IMA.

The three panelists were:

• Ken Bott, director of commerce programs and partnerships for Darden Restaurants, Inc., which has eight full-service brands including Olive Garden and The Capital Grille.
• Dean Resnekov, director of Indigo, which represents multiple luxury merchandise brands including Samsonite.
• Marc Matthews, president of Pulse Experiential Travel, who also serves on the IMA board of directors.