5th Annual OBX Tourism Summit
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Jennette's Pier
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BRIAN MATSON has been a part of the travel and tourism industry since 2003 and was the long-time Marketing Director at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau where he pioneered several digital and social media promotional programs that included various form of content development and distribution. One of his most well known projects was bringing “The Woodchipper” back to Fargo. He located the real movie prop, along with designing a replica, that was represented the famous scene in the movie “Fargo”. The original Woodchipper is now located in the visitors center with additional movie props and allows visitors the opportunity to take and share photos with the famous movie prop. It generated such a positive response from visitors and media that a festival to celebrate the movie was created. Brian received the Explore Minnesota Travel Marketing Excellence Award and the North Dakota’s Governor’s Award for Tourism Marketing for his efforts.
JIM SPELLOS is the President of Meeting U., whose mission is to help people become more productive and comfortable with technology. Jim delivers over 150 seminars annually on how to use technology more efficiently. In 2015, Jim was named one of the Meeting Industry’s trendsetters by Meetings Focus magazine. He is a faculty member at New York University, teaching in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies since 1990. He has been honored with both their Award for Teaching Excellence and their Outstanding Service Award. In 2014, Jim joined the Board of Directors for Rock and Wrap It Up, an anti-poverty/hunger think tank, which supports over 43,000 agencies in North America. Jim co-created for them the Whole Earth Calculator app, which helps organizations to identify the quantity of food donated and carbon footprint reduced from food recovered at meetings and events. He also speaks about food recovery and sustainability. Jim is an accomplished musician and songwriter, playing guitar, keyboards and singing for the New York City rock band Contraband.