January 11, 2024 Education - Why do Meeting Professionals Need to Know about SAM?

  • January 11, 2024
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District @ 632 Tchoupitoulas Street New Orleans


  • If you are a member of SGMP La or any other SGMP chapter, please register as a member.
  • If you are a member of SGMP La or any other SGMP chapter, please register as a member.


January 11, 2024

Location:  The Cambria hotel new orleans downtown warehouse district @ 632 Tchoupitoulas street, new orleans, 70130

11:30am - 12:00pm Lunch and  Networking, Socializing, Announcements

12:00 - 1:00pm – Educational Training

Presentation by:

Chris McLaughlin, CGMP

Topic:  Why do Meeting Professionals Need to Know about SAM?

 Attend this meeting to learn about why meeting professionals need to know about the System for Award Management (SAM).  Information about best practices related to System for Award Management (SAM) will be shared.  You will also learn about why it is important to be SAM registered and gain a greater understanding about the rules and regulations for SAM.


Chris McLaughlin, CGMP over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and is currently the Global Sales Director for Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. In this role, he leads the government and military vertical by executing systemwide strategies across the enterprise for transient, group, and large contracts. McLaughlin serves as National 2nd Vice President for Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP). In addition, he is a leader on the GPTAC Lodging Industry Council for the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and participates on the FedRooms Hotel Advisory Council.

Approved for for 1 contact hour for Core Competency - Financial and Contract Management

RSVP by January 3, 2024 to avoid late fees!

Accommodations: Tara Dipascal has reserved a courtesy block of rooms at the rate of $99++ for SGMP La Members so book your room!

There is a $25 fee for valet parking at this property. There are additional public parking lots available near the property.

Registration Fees:

First/Second meeting(s) non-member attendees are FREE - but you must register!

If you are a current member of SGMP La Chapter or other SGMP Chapters please register as a member.

Planner Guest Non-Member $35 until January 3, 2024

Planner - Member $25 until January 3, 2024

Supplier Guest Non-Member $45 until January 3, 2024

Supplier - Member $35 until January 3, 2024

First/Second Virtual Meeting(s) Attendee Non-Members are FREE - but you must register!

Virtual Attendee - $15.00

$10 late fee assessed for those that register after January 3, 2024 deadline.

CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS: Once you register to attend the meeting you are added to the catering order for lunch. If you register (paid or unpaid) you will be charged the meeting attendance fee to cover the cost of your ordered meal. Refunds for cancellations must be received five days prior to the meeting to avoid paying the fee if you can no longer attend the meeting. If you need assistance or have questions, please email treasurer@sgmpla.net.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

There is a non-refundable $2 credit card fee included on each transaction.

We can not guarantee lunch availability to those that register after the deadline.

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