Networking Opportunities

What differentiates our event from every other industry conference is the people you will meet, the conversations you will have and the partnerships that will grow out of them.

Join 1,200 industry leaders in Chicago and you will come away smarter, more connected and better able to tackle the toughest partnership challenges.

Who Attends

Every year, more than 1,200 marketers representing the biggest brands, blue-chip properties and leading media and content companies attend. They are the brightest, most creative and most influential people across sports, entertainment, media, nonprofit and other types of partnership marketing.

If you are responsible for developing stronger, more meaningful and more lucrative partnerships, then this conference is for you. If your responsibilities include sponsorship, brand partnerships, social/digital integration, fan/audience engagement, content development or media buying, don’t miss ESP/IEG 2018!

 

Companies that attended last year’s conference include:

  • ABN AMRO
  • Absolut Labs
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Accenture
  • Active International
  • Ad Council
  • Adidas
  • Adobe Systems
  • Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation
  • Adopt-a-Pet.com
  • Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
  • Advantage International
  • AEG Worldwide
  • AELTC, Wimbledon
  • Aetna
  • AFLAC
  • Africa Council of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship
  • AIB
  • AIG
  • Air Canada
  • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • Alabama Bass Trail
  • Alaska Air
  • Alford Group
  • All Def Digital
  • All Things Comedy
  • Alliance for Downtown New York
  • Alliance for the Arts
  • Alltech Inc
  • ALS Association
  • ALSAC / St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • AMC Boxing Promotions
  • Amelia Island CVB
  • America First Credit Union
  • America Wins
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • American Alliance of Museums
  • American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • American Bar Association
  • American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Family Mutual Insurance Company
  • American Film Institute
  • American Gaming Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • American Junior Golf Association (AJGA)
  • American Lung Association
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)
  • American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • American Staffing Association
  • America's Cup World Series Chicago
  • Amica Mutual Insurance Company
  • Amway
  • Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC
  • Angie's List
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Another Planet Entertainment
  • Aon
  • Apollo Theater
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Aquarius Sports and Entertainment
  • Arena Football League
  • Arena Monterrey
  • Arena Partners, LLC
  • Arena Stage
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Arizona Exposition & State Fair
  • Arizona Office of Tourism
  • Arko Sports Media B.V.
  • ArtPrize
  • ArtsQuest
  • ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
  • The Asia Society
  • Asian-Canadian Special Events Association
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
  • Association of Governing Boards of Universities & Colleges
  • The Association of School Business Officials International
  • Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
  • Association of Zoos & Aquariums
  • AT&T
  • Athletico Physical Therapy
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Atlanta Track Club
  • Atomic Design
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Audi AG
  • Audi of America
  • The Audience Awards
  • Audiotree-Lincoln Hall- Schubas Tavern
  • Austin American-Statesman
  • Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
  • Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Austin Film Festival
  • Austin Theatre Alliance
  • Avaya
  • Baird
  • Baltimore Anthem
  • Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
  • Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival
  • Bank of America
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Barilla America
  • Barry University
  • Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial
  • BBDO Atlanta
  • BC Dairy Association
  • Bell Aliant
  • Bellagio
  • Bellin Health
  • Bespoke & Beyond Marketing Consultants
  • BET Networks
  • Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
  • Big City Events
  • Big Sur International Marathon
  • Big Ten Network
  • Bite of Seattle
  • Blendery
  • Blinkfire Analytics
  • Bloomington MN Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Blue Banyan
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • BMO Bank of Montreal
  • BMO Financial Group
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • BMW Group Canada
  • BMW of North America
  • BOK Center
  • Boomer Esiason Foundation
  • Boston Beer Company
  • Boston Celtics
  • Boston Children's Hospital Trust
  • Boston Magazine
  • Boston Properties
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • BP America
  • Brand USA
  • Branded Entertainment Network (BEN)
  • Brazilian Olympic Committee
  • Brewers Association
  • Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts
  • British Council
  • British Library
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment
  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts
  • Bruin Sports Capital
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
  • The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Cal Aggie Alumni Association
  • Cal Farley's Boys Ranch & Affiliates (CFBRA)
  • Calgary Stampede
  • California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO)
  • California Film Institute
  • California Interscholastic Federation
  • California Travel and Tourism Commission
  • Canada Army Run
  • Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
  • Canadian Armed Forces & National Defence
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services
  • Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN)
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
  • Canadian Museum of History
  • Canadian National Exhibition
  • Canadian Olympic Committee
  • Canadian Red Cross Society
  • Canadian Tire Corporation, Ltd.
  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • Capital One
  • Capitol Music Group
  • Caracol TV
  • Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN)
  • Care2.com
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Carhartt, Inc
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Cascade Bicycle Club (CBC)
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Cathedral High School
  • CDW
  • Cedar Fair
  • Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • The Center for the Performing Arts
  • Center for the Digital Future
  • Central Florida Sports Marketing
  • Central Washington University
  • Charleston Food & Wine Festival
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)
  • Chevron
  • Chicago Bears Football Club
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Chicago Event Management
  • Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Chicago Park District
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Chicago White Sox Ltd.
  • Chicago Yacht Club
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba
  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children's Medical Center Foundation
  • The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
  • Choose Chicago
  • Churchill Downs
  • CIBC
  • Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation
  • Cincinnati Marathon
  • Cincinnati Zoo
  • Circuit of The Americas
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Cisco
  • CITGO Petroleum Corporation
  • Citigroup
  • Citizens Equity First Credit Union [CEFCU]
  • City & County of Denver
  • City Football Group
  • City of Atlanta
  • City of Chicago
  • City of Columbus
  • City of Dublin
  • City of Hope
  • City of Houston, Parks & Recreation Department
  • City of Jacksonville
  • City of Lewisville
  • City of Los Angeles
  • City of McAllen
  • City of Miami Beach
  • City of Miramar
  • City of San Diego
  • Clarksville - Montgomery County CVB
  • Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Clevelander South Beach, Clevelander Marlins Park & Essex House
  • Clif Bar & Company
  • Cloudburst Advisory Group
  • Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)
  • CNO Financial Group
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Coliseo de Puerto Rico
  • Comcast
  • Comcast Sportsnet
  • ComEd
  • Community First Credit Union of Florida
  • Competitor Group Inc.
  • ComScore
  • ConAgra Foods
  • CONDÉ NAST
  • Conner Prairie
  • Constellation Brands
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Corpus Christi Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Costa Sunglasses
  • Country Fan Fest
  • Country Music Association (CMA)
  • Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
  • Cox Communications
  • Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
  • Cricket Australia
  • Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
  • The Crusaders
  • CVENT
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Dale Earnhardt
  • Dallas Cowboys Football Club, Ltd.
  • Dallas Stars Hockey Club
  • Dallas Zoo
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Dansk Boldspil Union
  • Danske Capital
  • Daytona International Speedway
  • DC Dept. of Parks and Recreation
  • Dell EMC
  • Deloitte
  • Delta Dental of Washington
  • Deltek
  • Dentsu Inc.
  • Denver Arts & Venues
  • Denver Center for the Performing Arts
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • DePaul University
  • Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI)
  • Detroit Free Press / Talmer Bank International Marathon
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • DFW Airport
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Discover Lancaster
  • Discover Newport, RI
  • Disney Corporate Alliances
  • Disney Theatrical Group
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Don Schumacher Racing
  • Donnell Rodeo Promotions
  • DonorsChoose.org
  • DoSomething.org
  • Dover International Speedway
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
  • Downtown Seattle Association
  • Downtown Tempe Authority
  • DreamHack
  • Drone Racing League
  • DTE Energy
  • Durham Performing Arts Center
  • Dutch Olympic Committee
  • Eastern States Exposition - The Big E
  • eBay
  • Edinburgh International Festival
  • Egg Farmers of Canada
  • Elite Marketing Group
  • EMP Museum
  • The Endocrine Society
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • Epsilon
  • ESL Gaming
  • ESPN
  • ESSENCE Communications
  • Events DC
  • Eventus
  • EverBank
  • EverFi
  • Exploratorium
  • Explore Minnesota Tourism
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • EZLinks Golf, LLC
  • Fair Saint Louis Foundation
  • Fairplex
  • Fanpics
  • FARM AID
  • Farmers Insurance Group
  • FC Barcelona
  • FC Bayern Munich
  • Federal Realty Investment Trust
  • FedEx
  • Feld Entertainment
  • Fenway Sports Management
  • Ferrari of Houston/RISI Competizone
  • Festival De Quebec
  • Festival Foods
  • FIBA, the International Basketball Federation
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Fiesta Bowl
  • FIFA Master Alumni
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • FIJI Water Company, LLC
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  • Finnish National Gallery/Ateneum Art Museum
  • First Bank of Nigeria Plc
  • First Bankcard
  • First Book
  • First Financial Bank
  • FirstBank Nigeria Ltd
  • FISH
  • Fleishman-Hillard
  • The Florida Aquarium
  • Florida Festivals & Events Association
  • Florida Hospital | Winter Park Memorial Hospital
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Food Banks Canada
  • Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival
  • Fortune & Class Weekly Magazine
  • Forty-Nine Productions S.L
  • Foundation for the National Archives
  • FOX Networks Group
  • Fox News Channel
  • Fox Theatre
  • The Franklin Institute Science Museum
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Freeman
  • Friends of the British Council USA
  • Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
  • Garmin International
  • GeekWire
  • GEICO
  • General Council on Finance & Administration
  • General Growth Properties
  • Generate Partnerships Nordic AB
  • Geneva Chamber of Commerce
  • Georgia College & State University
  • Georgia Lottery Corporation
  • Georgia Power
  • German Brazilian Chamber of Industry & Commerce
  • GGP
  • Gilco Sports & Entertainment Marketing, LLC
  • Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
  • Girls on the Run International
  • Global Pet Expo
  • GMR Marketing
  • GoDaddy.com
  • Google Inc.
  • GoPro
  • Grainger Industrial Supply
  • The GRAMMYs
  • Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Greater Columbus Arts Council
  • Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Green Bay Packers
  • GroupM
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Guinness World Records
  • Gulf States Toyota
  • Hamilton Tiger Cats Football Club
  • Hankook Tire America Corporation
  • Harpoon Brewery
  • Hartford Marathon Foundation
  • Havas Media
  • Havas Sports & Entertainment
  • Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
  • Health Sciences Centre Foundation
  • Heineken Mexico
  • Heineken N.V.
  • Helsinki Marketing Ltd
  • Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
  • Herschend Family Entertainment
  • HP
  • Hilton
  • Hines
  • Holland Festival
  • Home Hardware
  • Hookit
  • Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
  • Hotels For Hope
  • Houston Astros Baseball Club
  • Houston First Corporation
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • Houston Marathon
  • Houston Methodist
  • Humana
  • IBM
  • Idaho State University
  • Iditarod Trail Committee
  • iHeartMedia
  • iLAEA (iNSPIRED Lifestyle Arts & Entertainment Alliance)
  • Illinois Restaurant Association
  • Illinois Technology Association
  • IMG Worldwide
  • Indiana State Fair Commission
  • Indiana University
  • Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
  • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Indianapolis Zoological Society
  • Individual Records
  • ING
  • Institute for Nonprofit Excellent
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • Intel Corporation
  • International Association for Exposition Management (IAEM)
  • International Bar Association
  • International Federation of Martial Arts Festival
  • International Gymnastics
  • International Literacy Association
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • International Society of Arboriculture
  • International Speedway Corporation
  • International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)
  • Intrawest Resorts
  • InviteManager
  • iQ media
  • IRONMAN
  • The J. Paul Getty Trust
  • J. Walter Thompson Canada
  • The J.M. Smucker Company
  • Jack Morton Worldwide Inc.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • JetBlue Airways
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • John Hancock Financial Services
  • Johns Hopkins Children's Center
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Joliet Park District
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kansas City Royals
  • Kentucky Derby Festival
  • Ketchum Sports & Entertainment
  • Keurig Green Mountain
  • KeyBank
  • Kiip
  • Kind LLC
  • Kiwanis International
  • Kohl's Corporation
  • Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.
  • L.A. County Fair
  • LA Film/ Startup Prize
  • LA KINGS | AEG Global Partnerships
  • LA Philharmonic
  • LA Pride
  • Ladies Professional Golf Association
  • The Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Las Vegas Events
  • The Latin GRAMMYs / The Latin Recording Academy
  • Learfield Sports
  • Legends
  • LEGOLAND Florida
  • Lesa Ukman Partnerships
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Levitt Pavilions
  • LG Electronics
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Life Time Fitness
  • LIFT, Inc
  • Lisle Park District
  • The Literacy Project Foundation
  • Little League International
  • Litton Entertainment
  • Live Nation
  • Live On The Green Music Festival
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer
  • Long Beach Indie Film, Media, and Music Festival
  • Long Beach Yacht Club
  • Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative
  • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • The Louisiana Marathon
  • Louisiana Marathon Running Festival
  • Lucas Oil Products
  • Lupus Foundation of America
  • M&T Bank
  • Macy's
  • Madison Square Garden
  • The Magnificent Mile Association
  • MailChimp
  • Major League Baseball International
  • Major League Soccer (MLS)
  • Major League Triathlon
  • Major League Ultimate
  • Make-A-Wish International
  • Mall of America
  • Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
  • Manulife Financial Corporation
  • Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
  • March of Dimes
  • Marriott International
  • Mars
  • Maryville University
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • MassMutual Financial Group
  • MasterCard
  • Maui Jim Sunglasses
  • Mayo Clinic
  • MB Financial
  • McDonald's Corporation
  • Mecklenburg County Government
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Methodist Health Foundation
  • MetLife
  • Metro Parks Tacoma
  • Metrolinx
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Miami Heat
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Michael Waltrip Racing
  • Michigan Association of Realtors
  • Michigan International Speedway
  • Michigan State University
  • Microsoft Xbox
  • MillerCoors
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Minnesota Twins Baseball Club
  • Minor League Baseball (MiLB)
  • Mizuno U.S.A.
  • MLB Advanced Media, L.P.
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Momentum Worldwide (London)
  • Montana State University Foundation
  • Monterey Jazz Festival
  • Montreal Alouettes
  • The Morton Arboretum
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • Movember
  • Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
  • Museum of African American History
  • NASCAR
  • Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
  • National 4-H Council
  • National Apartment Association
  • NASCAR
  • National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • NBA
  • National Cattlemen's Beef Association
  • National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
  • NFL
  • National Gallery of Art
  • NHL
  • National Lacrosse League
  • National League of Cities
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • National MS Society
  • National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • National PTA
  • National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)
  • National Senior Games Association (NSGA)
  • National Speedway Directory
  • National Sports Forum
  • National Track & Field Inc.
  • National Vision
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Nature's Bakery
  • NBA Canada
  • NBC
  • NeighborWorks America
  • Nestle Waters North America
  • New Era Cap Co.
  • New Jersey Devils
  • New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show
  • New Orleans CVB
  • New Orleans Film Society
  • New World Symphony
  • New York Giants
  • New York Jets Football Club
  • New York Media
  • New York Mets
  • New York Philharmonic
  • New York Road Runners
  • New York State West Youth Soccer Association
  • New Zealand Rugby Union
  • Newport Beach & Company
  • Newport Harbor Corporation
  • The News Tribune
  • NFL Canada
  • NFL Players Association
  • Nissan Motor Co.
  • Nobel Peace Center
  • Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Northern California Section/PGA of America
  • Northwestern University
  • Norwegian Football Association
  • The NPD Group
  • Oakland Museum of California
  • Oakland Raiders
  • Ochsner Health System
  • Octagon Worldwide Inc.
  • Ogilvy & Mather Brasil
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Old Port of Montréal Corp./Montréal Science Center
  • Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau
  • Omaha Children's Museum
  • Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLGC)
  • Ontario Parks
  • Oregon Zoo Foundation
  • Orlando Health Foundation
  • Orlando Sentinel
  • Osteoporosis Canada
  • Pac-12 Networks
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet
  • Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
  • Pandora
  • Parkwood Entertainment
  • Partnership for a Healthier America
  • Pasadena Tournament of Roses
  • PECO Energy Company
  • Peet's Coffee
  • Pernod Ricard USA
  • Petcurean Pet Nutrition
  • PetSmart Charities
  • PGA TOUR
  • Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center
  • Philadelphia Eagles Football Club
  • Phoenix Comicon
  • Phoenix Fashion Week
  • PIER 39
  • Port of San Diego
  • Port of Vancouver
  • Portland Rose Festival Foundation
  • PREIT Malls
  • Premier Partnerships
  • Premiership Rugby
  • Prince George's County, Maryland CVB
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation
  • Prudential
  • Prudential Center & New Jersey Devils
  • Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association
  • QUALCOMM Incorporated
  • Quebec City Summer Festival
  • QuébéComm
  • Quicken Loans
  • QVC
  • Radio Advertising Bureau
  • Reading Is Fundamental
  • Red Bull Air Race GmbH
  • Red Bull Media House GMBH
  • Red Bull USA
  • Red River Mutual
  • Republic Records
  • Richard Childress Racing
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Riley Children's Foundation
  • Rise Against Hunger
  • Rochester Museum & Science Center
  • Rock in Rio
  • Rockford Park District
  • Rotary International
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Royal Ontario Museum Governors
  • RPMC
  • Running USA
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Sacramento Zoo
  • Saint Louis Art Museum
  • Saint Louis Science Center
  • Salesforce
  • San Diego Bowl Game Association
  • San Diego Chargers
  • San Diego Convention Center Corporation
  • San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
  • San Diego Zoo. Global
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • San Francisco Fire
  • San Francisco Symphony
  • San Francisco Travel Association
  • San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino
  • Santander Bank
  • SAP
  • Save the Children
  • Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM)
  • Science World British Columbia
  • Seafair
  • Seattle Seahawks | Seattle Sounders FC
  • SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
  • SFJAZZ
  • SFX Entertainment
  • Shakespeare Theatre Company
  • Shell Lubricants
  • Siemens Corporation
  • Simon Property Group
  • Six Flags
  • Skate Canada
  • Skateboarding Street League
  • SmithBucklin Corporation
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Soldier Field
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Sony Mobile
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • South Beach Wine & Food Festival
  • South Carolina Aquarium
  • South Florida Symphony
  • Southern California Golf Association
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show
  • Space Center Houston
  • Special Olympics
  • Speedway Motorsports
  • SportBusiness Group, Ltd.
  • St. John's IceCaps
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • St. Louis Association of REALTORS
  • St. Louis Symphony
  • St. Paul's Foundation
  • Standard Bank
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
  • STATS
  • Stragg Records
  • Street League Skateboarding
  • Strider Bikes
  • StubHub
  • Subway Restaurants
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Swedbank AB
  • Taco Bell
  • Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
  • Target Corporation
  • TD Ameritrade
  • TE Connectivity
  • Telluride Ski & Golf Company
  • Tennessee State Soccer Association
  • Texas Association of School Business Officials
  • Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin
  • ThePostGame
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Thuzio
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • Toledo Museum of Art
  • Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
  • Tony Hawk Inc.
  • Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (GTAA)
  • Tourism Vancouver
  • Town of Frisco
  • Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.
  • Traffic Advisory & Communications
  • TransRockies Inc.
  • Travel Tacoma + Pierce County
  • Trenton Thunder / New York Yankees Minor League Baseball
  • Trixstar Productions
  • Turnkey Sports, LLC
  • Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
  • Twin Cities in Motion
  • Twitch
  • Two Circles
  • Tyson Events Center / Orpheum Theatre
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Cellular
  • U.S. Fund for UNICEF
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • U.S. Navy
  • UBS AG
  • UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association
  • UFC
  • UHealth - the University of Miami Health System
  • Umbel
  • Underground Press
  • UNICEF
  • UniCredit
  • United Healthcare Inc.
  • United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
  • United States Polo Association Global Licensing (USPAGL)
  • United States Tennis Association
  • Universal Music Group USA
  • Universal Transport Systems, LLC
  • University Hospitals
  • The University of British Columbia
  • University of Maryland (College Park)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Michigan - Athletic Department
  • University of Quebec in Montreal
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
  • University of Washington Alumni Association
  • Univision/UCI Live
  • Up With People
  • US Lacrosse
  • US Lilly Diabetes, Eli Lilly & Co.
  • USA Climbing
  • USA Hockey
  • USA Track & Field
  • USA Volleyball
  • USC Auxiliary Services
  • USO
  • USS Midway Museum
  • USTA Southern
  • USTA Texas
  • Vail Resorts
  • Valo & Finnish Olympic Committee
  • Valparaiso University
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment, LLC
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Vattenfall AB
  • ViaSat
  • Vineyards Vines
  • VISA Canada
  • VISA Inc.
  • Visit Anaheim
  • VISIT Charlotte
  • VISIT DENVER
  • VISIT FLORIDA
  • Visit Knoxville
  • Visit Laguna Beach
  • VISIT Milwaukee
  • Visit Orlando
  • Visit Philadelphia
  • Visit Phoenix
  • Visit Santa Barbara
  • Visit Seattle
  • Visit St. Petersburg / Clearwater
  • Visit Wichita
  • VisitPittsburgh
  • Visual Sports
  • VML
  • W Partners
  • Walkabout App
  • Walker Marchant Group
  • Walmart
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Walt Disney World
  • Warner Music Nashville
  • Washington Prime Group
  • Washington University
  • Waukegan Township Supervisor's Office
  • Wayfarer Advisory Group
  • WE-CYCLE North American Bikeshare Association
  • Welcome America
  • Wellington Institute of Technology & Whitireia New Zealand
  • Wells Fargo & Company
  • Westfield Insurance
  • Westfield Parks and Recreation
  • Westfield Shoppingtowns Ltd-Westfield Shopping Center Mgmt.
  • WestJet Airlines
  • Westpac
  • WGT Media
  • Wheaton Park District
  • Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash
  • WHOSAY INC.
  • Wichita Festivals
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Wildlife Conservation Society - Bronx Zoo
  • The Wildlife Society
  • Wilson
  • Wings Over Houston Airshow
  • Winmo
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Winterfest
  • Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
  • Women of Tomorrow
  • WOMMA
  • World Games 2017
  • World Vision
  • World Vision Australia
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • WPP Group
  • WPT Enterprises, Inc (World Poker Tour)
  • WWE TV Production
  • Wyoming Office of Tourism
  • Xaxis
  • Xcel Energy
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Xsaga
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Yamaha Motor
  • YMCA of the USA
  • Yorktown Center/Pacific Retail Capital Partners
  • Young Presidents' Organization (YPO)
  • YouTube
  • Zappos.com
  • Zeller Realty Group
  • Zignia Live
  • Zillow
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Attendee Demographics

Global Network

22 countries were represented last year.

22 countries represented: Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Germany,
                Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA

Company Type

Most Represented Brand Types: Banks / Financial Services, Insurance, Computer & Info Systems, Beverages, Food, Auto

Most Represented Property Types: Sports, Causes, Entertainment, Zoos / Museums / Aquariums, Associations, Arts

Company Types: Properties: 56%; Brands: 20%; Agencies: 20%; Industry Suppliers/Other: 4%

Title Breakdown

CEO, CMO, President, EVP, SVP, GM: 35%, VP: 34%, Manager/Director: 16%, Account Executive: 11%, Other: 4%

Attend with a Colleague?

49% attend solo; 51% attende with a colleague

“It was great to network with others within your industry and abroad. Learned some good ideas and shared some good best practices.” Randy Bernabe, Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club

“Great networking opportunity, with chance to gain key insights/learnings that can be applied to your business.” Nick Clark, New York Road Runners

Delegates Attend from around the World

The map below represents the home countries of current and recent delegates to the ESP/IEG Annual Conference and illustrates the international scope of the conference and of the sponsorship industry.

Home countries of ESP/IEG Conference delegates

Is ESP/IEG 2018 Relevant for Professionals outside the U.S.?

If you need to address any of the following challenges, geography doesn’t matter! There is no better place to be than Chicago April 8-11, 2018.

  • How to evaluate return from your company’s or your corporate partners’ sponsorships
  • How to determine fair market value for sponsorship fees
  • How to incorporate social media activation into your partnerships
  • How to negotiate benefits that achieve both short-term goals and long-term strategic objectives
  • Identifying new strategies to make sure your sponsorship revenue meets or exceeds goals

Networking Opportunities

Small-group Round Table Discussions

Small-group Round Table Discussions

Led by industry experts, these sessions are designed to share information in a more collegial setting vs. formal presentations and workshops.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Special Interest Groups

Join a SIG (for entertainment/ festivals/ events, sports, causes, associations, or cultural institutions) to meet and share ideas with your peers. You can start your discussion online before the conference and continue the conversation during the conference at the SIG group meetings.

Event App

Event App

Download the event app giving you the ability to network with all attendees — making it easy to setup meetings during the conference and follow-up afterwards. Plus, instant access to the schedule, session documentation, and much more.

Social Media

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter at @ESPprops for speaker updates and more. If you would like to ask a question or make a comment about the conference on Twitter, please use #IEG2018. Or join our LinkedIn Group.

Topic- and Industry-specific Networking Luncheons

Topic- and Industry-specific Networking Luncheons

On Monday and Tuesday, you have the chance to meet and share experiences with others in your industry or discuss specific topics and types of sponsorship with knowledgeable peers.

Breakfast Networking

Breakfast Networking

An hour each day (Monday through Wednesday) is set aside exclusively for private discussions with your fellow attendees over breakfast. A perfect time to schedule a meeting to build better relationships.

Opening Reception

Opening Reception

Sunday evening’s conference kick-off is the perfect place to see who’s at the conference and begin conversations over drinks and food before the event revs into high gear Monday morning.

Off-site Reception

Off-site Reception

On Monday night, we will take a short trip to a Chicago landmark, where you can mix and mingle with newfound colleagues and friends while enjoying great food and drink.

Cocktail Reception

Cocktail Reception

As we wind down Day Two on Tuesday, socialize with sponsorship’s best and brightest as you relax and recap all that has been shared so far. Discuss new ideas, check out innovations from our exhibitors and solidify your plans for a great night on the town in the Windy City.

Morning Run

Morning Run

On Monday and Tuesday, join us for a two- to five-mile run along Chicago’s incredible lakefront.