Your Trusted Adviser in the Hospitality Industry
During these trying times, we are open for business and here to help our customers and hotel partners navigate their way. We are committed to the recovery of the meetings industry and the global economy.
Please postpone, don't cancel your events.
If you would like to speak with me about the options available to your organization, even if I did not assist you with booking your event, do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Whether you are looking to host a retreat for 10, a sales incentive cruise for 200 or a Virtual Conference for 1,000; We can help! ConferenceDirect is global; we can help you secure any hotel, in any city, anywhere in the world.
How can we help you?
About Lauralee Shapiro, CMP
Lauralee has worked with leading hotel sales teams in the United States and Puerto Rico since 1999. She was an associate with ConferenceDirect 2007 – 2011 and returned in April 2014 after three years with an Orlando, Florida convention hotel.
Lauralee’s strength lies in her ability to help her customers find the best location to meet their needs and negotiate a contract that will offer meaningful concessions and at the same time reduce their liability.
Lauralee attended Seneca College in Toronto Canada where she studied Tourism Industry Administration. In 2010 she received a certificate in Meeting & Event Planning from the University of South Florida. In 2011, Lauralee became a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) through the Events Industry Council.
She is an active member of the Greater Orlando Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and co-chairs the education committee for the Florida MPI SES Conference. Lauralee is a proud Rotarian and has held leadership roles both at the club level and in her District. After leaving Canada in 1995, she spent 8 years living in San Juan, Puerto Rico prior to relocating with Starwood Hotels and Resorts to Orlando Florida in 2002.
Now Offering Virtual Conference Technology
ConferenceDirect’s cross-device desktop web and mobile experience platform combines cutting edge design, community features, integrated webinars and live video to deliver the unique value of events in an on-line only or hybrid event environment.
Your Trusted Adviser for Conference Planning
Our site search services range from destination research and site visits to negotiating contracts and everything in between. At no cost to you, ConferenceDirect will find all available best-fit venues for your event, facilitate the bidding process, and help negotiate contracts, taking into account both hard dollar costs and hidden risks.
Understand your goals
Search all available options
Find the best-fit venue
Utilize data driven insights
Leverage our buying power
Negotiate best terms and rates
We negotiate more than 14,000 contracts every year, which gives us tremendous insight into the economics of the meetings industry. Insight and experience we put to work for our clients.
Single Point of Contact
With over 90+ Conference Managers globally, we can assist with your events anywhere in the world.
We fully recognize that every event is unique. With each event we produce and manage, there are characteristics requiring a customized set of services that directly align with each client’s objectives.
Our extensive suite of professional management services give our clients peace of mind knowing that ConferenceDirect is well positioned to effectively manage the most simplistic of programs as well as the most complex city-wide conventions.
ConferenceDirect is a full service meetings solution company. We work with a variety of state and national associations, corporate clients and non-profit service organizations. Whether you are planning a board meeting, a customer appreciation trip or an incentive for your top performers, we can help.
In addition to the above noted services, we also offer housing, registration, cruise travel for groups, and mobile apps. We also have the ability to secure a multitude of additional services such as Audio Visual, ground transportation, linen rental, speakers and much, much more!
Get in Touch
Lauralee Shapiro is committed to exceeding your needs. Questions, comments or special requests? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to reach out today.