• Fostering client relationships.

  • Setting a new course to improve sales results.

  • Providing well-deserved recognition

    for an employee’s accomplishments.

Yoga Image

Information about us

How We Do Events

Every event, meeting or incentive program is undertaken with a clear objective in mind. Therefore, the location, agenda, guest speakers, accommodations and amenities chosen must all work together to support that objective. They must also be consistent with the culture, integrity and core values of the host company.

At Creative Meetings & Incentives, we understand this. We provide our clients with imaginative ideas and flawless execution that inspire success. We also ensure the program accomplishes its overall objective while enhancing the client’s reputation and corporate image.

Company Profile

Creative Meetings & Incentives (CM&I) provides turnkey planning and execution of corporate programs, events and incentive programs.

Our primary areas of expertise include:


Corporate meetings, conferences, events and hospitality services


Recognition and incentive-based programs


Corporate gifts and premiums

We offer an extensive array of planning and management services that can be tailored to meet the unique requirements and budget for your event or program. We have a global network of hospitality providers, travel planners, premium suppliers and others that, working with us, will ensure your next event is truly one of a kind.

With offices in Augusta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina, CM&I works with an extensive group of clients that includes Fortune 500 companies, technology firms and start-ups. With more than twenty years of experience, we plan and execute programs for our clients that have proven results – results that include sales growth, improved customer loyalty, inspired employees, and establishing clients as industry “thought leaders.”

Management Team

The CM&I management team leverages the relationships we’ve formed with top hotels and resorts, hospitality industry vendors, premium suppliers and marketing firms to provide our clients with truly unique ideas combined with unsurpassed value. With a collective 60 years of industry experience, we will bring the optimal combination of people and services to your event, ensuring your reputation – and ours – are never jeopardized.


Corinne Connor

Managing Director, Charlotte

Corinne Connor joined CM&I in May, 2006 as the managing director of the firm’s recently opened Charlotte, North Carolina office. She comes to CM&I with 10 years of event management experience. Previously, Corinne was a senior meeting planner with Wachovia Corporation focusing on multi-track investor conferences, sector specific CEO Summits, client incentive travel, golf tournaments and high-end client hospitality. Corinne gained international meeting planning experience with a European engineering firm, planning over 15 trade shows a year as well as client entertainment programs in the US, Canada and Europe.

Corinne holds marketing degree from Clemson University.


Nick Van Stratt

Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer

Nick has been managing conference and event technology for over 12 years. He has expertise in registration development, graphic design, event technology, web programming and registration management.

Nick holds an MBA in Supply Chain Logistics from Penn State University.


Joey Middleton

Global Sales Manager

Joey Middleton has been a part of the CM&I team for more than 10 years. He specializes in client relations and professional person-to-person connections in an effort to maintain the client’s objective is fulfilled. Before CM&I, Joey served the construction industry for nearly a decade as a sales representative.

Joey holds a communications degree from the University of Utah


Pamela Martin

Founder, Director of Operations and Logistics

Pam Martin has 20 years of event management experience. At CM&I, she focuses on program design, development and management. As the firm’s comptroller, Pam also oversees all program operations and staffing components. Prior to establishing CM&I, Pam held numerous positions in the fields of education, journalism and food and beverage marketing.

Pam currently serves on the Board of Directors, and as Vice President of Education, of the WestField Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Jim Martin


With more than 30 years of experience in the corporate market and the hospitality industry. Jim Martin gained experience in event planning, educational seminars, incentive programs and training programs while working at major corporations including American Express and GE Capital. Jim’s primary responsibilities at CM&I include business development, marketing, client relations and vendor negotiations.

Jim holds a Masters Degree in Education and MBA in Marketing.


Q: What is the primary business of Creative Meetings & Incentives (CM&I)?
A: CM&I provides turnkey planning and execution of corporate programs, events and incentive programs. Our primary areas of expertise include:
  • Corporate meetings, conferences and events
  • Corporate hospitality services
  • Recognition and incentive-based programs
  • Corporate gifts and premiums
Q: Where is CM&I located?
A: CM&I serves a national client base through two offices in Augusta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. To contact one of our offices, please call or e-mail us at
Augusta Office
Creative Meetings & Incentives
801 Shackleford Place
Evans, GA
(203) 255-0081
North Carolina Office
Creative Meetings & Incentives
1916 Club Road
Charlotte, NC  28205
(704) 517-0711
Q: How is CM&I different than other event planning and management companies?
A: With a collective 60 years of industry experience, CM&I understands that every meeting or event starts with a clear objective.  Our mission is to help clients determine the optimal location, agenda, guest speakers, accommodations and amenities that, collectively, will best support that objective. Our network of contacts in the hospitality, transportation, foodservice, travel planning, premium supply and other complementary industries is second to none. We work with the best to ensure our clients get the best.
Q: What types of clients does CM&I work with?
A: CM&I plans and executes programs for companies in many different industries including consumer products and services, arts and entertainment, financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and technology. We work with small and large companies alike, although many of our clients are in the Fortune 500.


CM&I offers a comprehensive list of planning and management services for our clients. We have the expertise, capabilities and personnel to manage your entire program for start to finish, or we can work with your in-house meeting personnel to provide very specific services.

Key CM&I services include:

Planning services Management services
  • Budget planning
  • Agenda planning and development
  • Pre-event marketing and registration
  • Theme/concept development
  • Site selection and meeting room coordination
  • Food and beverage planning
  • Guest speaker and entertainment recommendations
  • Hotel and vendor contract negotiation
  • Airline contracts and ticketing
  • Audio visual, webcasting, stage design and production
  • Sourcing of unique welcome gifts and amenities
  • On-site staffing and logistics coordination
  • Design, production and distribution of meeting materials
  • On-site registration
  • Coordination of cultural and recreational activities
  • Ground transportation coordination
  • Budget reconciliation
  • Post-event follow-up materials
  • Post-event client de-brief

How may we help you?
CM&I’s unique “value-added” services help our clients’ meetings, events and incentive programs inspire success—with customers, investors, employees, and industry leaders.

We will help to ensure the success of your next program by

  • Sourcing innovative ideas to create an exciting program, including themes that create interest and set an appropriate tone.
  • Handing all aspects of producing a top-notch meeting, leaving you and your staff free to conduct essential business, or just to relax and enjoy the occasion.
  • Providing you with a team of creative professionals with the insight and hands-on experience required to take your concept and follow it through for a successful event.
  • Locating and recommending speakers to meet your needs for keynotes, seminars, and team building activities.
  • Delivering quick response to unexpected changes, concerns, and questions that may come up during planning or while on site.
  • Developing a realistic budget based on your specifications, monitor expenses to ensure compliance, and ultimately provide a final reconciliation


CM&I has had the pleasure of planning and executing a wide variety of programs for companies of all industries, including many in the Fortune 500. The following is a partial client list.

Arts and Entertainment
Alden Event Production
Diamondback Golf Academy


Consumer Brands
Bell Atlantic

Tula Communication


Financial Services
American Express
CIT Group
Ernst & Young
Financial Freedom
GE Commercial Finance
Kroll Zolfo Cooper
Merrill Lynch
Orion Securities

Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
Boehringer Ingleheim
Ventiv Health


Magazine Direct
Warner Publishing Services

Parametric Technology Corporation


Case Studies

CM&I has helped inspire success for many different companies in a wide variety of industries. We’ve provided several case studies below for your review.

We would be happy to share additional case studies with you, especially those most relevant to your industry or to the specific kind program you are looking to create. To learn more, please contact us at 203-255-0081 or info@cmievent.com.

Ernst & Young – Tax Executives Workshop

Assist in the growth of the Ernst & Young tax practice by creating a unique environment for tax associates conducive to learning, sharing and building relationships.

In conjunction with Ernst & Young, we created a program for the Ernst & Young Tax Executives Workshop, bringing together senior corporate tax officers from Fortune 300 companies and Ernst & Young partners who are Tax Service coordinators. To date, we have planned and executed ten of these workshops, providing services that include venue selection, rate negotiation, registration tracking, travel services, food and beverage planning, guest speaker coordination and arrangements for all recreational activities. Each workshop was placed in a desirable location to attract tax officers to attend.

Ernst & Young has achieved increased customer loyalty as a direct result of the Tax Executives Workshops. The firm has gained a better understanding of the tax services their customers require, and feedback from workshop attendees reported a deeper understanding of the tax services Ernst & Young provides.

FOX TV Affiliates – Advertisers Incentive Trip

Strengthen and foster relationships with advertisers to increase overall advertising revenues for FOX TV affiliated stations through unique incentive programs.

CM&I created incentive trips designed to motivate advertisers to spend incrementally with the stations. Additionally, the program was designed to encourage internal sales personnel to build stronger business relationships with their clients. Based on increasing their advertising spend with the station, advertisers earned special incentive trips to desirable travel destinations including Lisbon, Amsterdam, Las Vegas, Vienna and Montreux. CM&I researched and recommended specific trip destinations, arranged all logistical details including air and ground transportation, activities/tours and created special themed events to complement the ambiance of the selected locale. CM&I also produced promotional pieces (electronic and booklet) of the program to encourage participation as well as track all registration and travel details.  

Feedback from advertisers as well as the stations that hosted the event has been positive and the incentive trips have become an annual event.

GE Commercial Finance – Annual Meeting

Provide the management from GE Commercial Finance with a forum for face-to-face networking among all business units. The forum would also provide the opportunity to review and discuss current business issues, set the tone and direction for the coming year, and recognize top achievers.

CM&I researched and recommended a venue while also planning an agenda conducive to the meeting objectives.  Evaluating many different options, we negotiated contracts for the selected venue and a transportation company to provide the necessary services.  In addition, CM&I created a theme to reflect the division’s mission and sourced an outstanding keynote speaker to help build upon this theme.  The full agenda included a business session (CM&I coordinated all plans and arrangements for production and speakers), assorted activities to enhance networking, and all catered functions including an evening welcome reception, awards dinner and off-site activities.


Based on feedback from the GE Commercial Finance business leader, the division enjoyed one of its most successful annual meetings ever. The keynote speaker was so well received, he was invited back to do additional meetings for other business units.

Various Clients – The Masters Golf Tournament

Foster relationships/increase business with their key clients by providing our clients with an exclusive, upscale event at the annual Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta,Georgia.

CM&I developed a client appreciation program at The Masters, arranging private trips to the Masters Golf Tournament for clients and their key customers. CM&I planned all details and managed the entire program from start to finish including accommodations, catered meals in private homes exclusive to each group, ground transportation in luxury vehicles, a personal round of golf, and daily admission to The Masters Tournament. To ensure quality, CM&I provided all staffing.

We note the success of this program by clients who have participated for over 16 years, and staff who are eager to return each year.


Let's Get Started

How can CM&I help you?

To learn how we can help make your event a success, please contact us at (203) 255-0081 or info@cmievent.com