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Summit Presentations

Speakers: Justin Shuler and Mike Bowers


Session: Certified Student Travel Organization (CSTO) Presentation
Friday, February 8, 8:00am – 9:00am

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Speaker: Adam Smiley Poswolsky

Session: Interactive Workshop – The Future of Meaning in the Workplace
Friday, February 8, 9:30am – 12:00pm

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Speaker: Kasie Smith

Session: Understanding Content Marketing
Friday, February 8, 1:45pm – 3:00pm

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Speaker: Jeff Ment

Session: New Legal Issues Impacting Student Travel at the State Level
Friday, February 8, 3:15pm – 4:30pm

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Speaker: Bill Caldwell

Session: Tips for Managing 2019 Tax Code Changes
Saturday, February 9, 7:30am – 8:30am

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Panelists: Ryan Sparzak, Kate Egan, Mike Loitz, and Sharon Majetich


Session: A Conversation with Colorado Educators on Today’s Changing Environment for Student Travel
Saturday, February 9, 8:45am – 10:15am

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“The best part of a SYTA SUMMIT is that it provides the opportunity for travel professionals to meet in a conversable setting without the pressure of a 7 minute meeting or have to deal with the barrage of conference masses. Every tour operator has unique abilities, and since I am a big proponent of partnerships, SUMMIT becomes an ideal network to forge plans for new and exciting joint ventures.”

Dr. Michael A. Mazzarisi, President, Performing Arts Consultants

“To me, SYTA Summit is the most valuable conference that I attend. I always find the educational seminars very useful and because it is a smaller, more intimate conference, you get to build a much deeper relationship with the sponsors. This is also the only conference that I have ever really had the opportunity to get to know other attendees. I absolutely LOVE SYTA Summit!”

Kara Mihalevich, President, Adventure Student Travel, LLC

“SYTA Summit provides an unique opportunity to get up close with my SYTA partners and many of our buyers. The environment lends itself to a causal, natural environment – no pressure just building my network!”

Tara Hippensteel, Director of National Tour & Travel, Hard Rock Café

“SYTA Summit has been an invaluable resource for both personal growth and building partnerships with other tour operators and vendors that has helped strengthen our business.”

Steve Maehl, Vice President, Global Travel Alliance

“The Summit is great. I Love the destinations we have visited and the size of the event itself. There is a real opportunity at Summit to spend quality time with all of the attendees and in a relationship based business, that time is everything.”

Bob Hofmann, Vice President, Broadway Inbound

SYTA Strategic Partners


SYTA Summit 2019