Schedule 2017-07-15T19:12:14+00:00


Convention Schedule

Please note the schedule is subject to change:

July 28th 2017

9:00am – 9:30am
Registration & Donations

9:30am – 9:45am
Opening Remarks

9:45am – 10:15am
SPEAKER: Kathy Partak: Radio Contests & Intentional Winning
Kathy Partak
BIO: Kathy Partak is a winner. She wins things, lots of things. Kathy won her first prize on the radio when she was 13 years old and she was hooked! For the last 35+ years Kathy has continued to win, mostly on the radio but she has also won raffles, drawings, writing and skill contests, physical challenges, fundraising and photography contests, recipe contests, cooking contests, and you may be surprised to learn she even won her husband…on the radio! Having won everything from a cassette tape, to fast food coupons, to concert tickets, jewelry, unique experiences, trips, and celebrity encounters, Kathy has stories that will amaze you. Just when you think she has to be embellishing to make the story more interesting, she will produce a testimonial from a friend who witnessed her amazing gift to set her intention to win something, or a recording from the radio station proving that when she sets her intention to win something, she will do just that – win!

10:15am – 10:35am

10:35am – 10:50am

10:50am – 11:20am
SPEAKER: Mason Partak: Cooking Competitions
Mason Partak
BIO: Mason Made has been wowing judges and audiences at cooking competitions, recipe contests, and live cooking demonstrations since 2010 when he won his first cash prize for a cookie recipe at a local community festival. Mason has learned how to navigate the differences between a written recipe contest, a recipe contest where the dish and recipe are presented for judging, and a live, timed, elimination competition. Mason is often the youngest contestant in the recipe contests he enters, and it is not uncommon for him to be competing with adults who have 20 or more years of experience baking and cooking. He often places in the top three, even winning first place on season one of Food Network’s Chopped Junior, a win that earned him $10,000 at just eleven years old! You can follow Mason on social media, on Facebook @MasonMadeIt, and on twitter and Instagram @MasonPartak.

11:20am – 11:40am

11:40am – 1:00pm

1:00pm – 1:30pm
SPEAKER: Valerie Mitchell: Blog Contests
Valerie Mitchell
BIO: Valerie is the owner and editor of She has hosted thousands (yes, thousands!) of giveaways, since the blog was founded in 2008. She also likes to enter sweepstakes and has won many prizes, including vacations and a car. You can also find her blogging at and

1:30pm – 1:50pm

1:50pm – 2:05pm

2:05pm – 2:35pm

2:35pm – 2:55pm

2:55pm –

Please see the In The Area page for your meal options and recommended activities in the immediate area.

July 29th 2017

10:00am – 10:10am
Opening Remarks

10:10am – 10:40am
SPEAKER: Gregg Witt: Experimental Entering
Gregg Witt
BIO: Gregg Witt is a youth culture specialist and a senior marketing strategist. Gregg has an uncanny ability to help consumer brands be more relevant with tweens, teens and young adults. He is a proven brand builder, an inspiring speaker, and, in 2016, was named a ” top 5 youth marketer to follow” by Inc Magazine.

10:40am – 11:00am

11:00am – 11:15am

11:15am – 11:45am
SPEAKER: Carolyn Wilman: How to Win on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram
Carolyn Wilman, The Contest Queen
BIO: Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.

11:45am – 12:05am

12:05am – 1:15pm

1:15pm – 1:45pm
SPEAKER: Shannon Tulloss: Vetting of Finalists – What My Clients Look For.
BIO: Shannon Tulloss is an award-winning private investigator who owns and  Ms. Tulloss has been a professional investigator for over 30 years. One of her proprietary work products is sought by the promotions industry. Her investigations focus on highly specialized investigations for the entertainment industry, including vetting and screening potential finalists for the promotions industry.

1:45pm – 2:05pm

2:05pm – 2:20pm

2:20pm – 2:50pm
SPEAKER: Nadia Balkis: Staying Safe While Sweeping
Nadia Balkis
BIO: As a cyber mentor at Irvine Valley College, Nadia teaches her students how to protect their computer against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data along with which specific steps to take to block any nefarious activity.

2:50pm – 3:10pm

3:10pm – 6:00pm
Free Time

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Mix & Mingle

7:00pm – 10:00pm
Banquet Dinner
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Steve Ledoux: The Heyday of Sweeping
Steve LedouxHow to Win Lotteries, Sweepstakes, and Contests in the 21st Century
BIO: Steve Ledoux has won more than 500 sweepstakes and contests and has collected tens of thousands of dollars in winnings. He was been a winning contestant on “Wheel of Fortune,” has won all-expenses paid trips for two to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Jamaica, and Las Vegas, and has won a year’s supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. His knack for winning has led to interviews on the “Howard Stern Show” and “The View,” and he has been featured in “Woman’s Day,” He lives in Studio City, California.

Grand Prize Drawings