• Get to know our Chattanooga DMC!

The pathway to becoming Chattanooga’s favorite DMC.

If you want to know where we came from, we’re going to have to go all the way back to the year 2000 (yep, we’ve been around for a while!). That’s when our company was founded in Tennessee, but back then we were known as Specialty Planners International (SPI). Our primary focus was on meeting and corporate incentive travel planning. It wasn’t long before we moved our headquarters to the glittering lights of Las Vegas, where we worked with corporate clients traveling all over the globe – everywhere from El Salvador to San Francisco.

We loved our time under Vegas’ bright neon colors, but in 2014 the hills of Tennessee called us home. After moving our corporate headquarters back to Middle Tennessee, we expanded our offerings to include all DMC services. We found that having our trifecta of offerings made us truly unstoppable – DMC services, meeting planning, and incentive travel all under one umbrella. Our clients were thrilled!

We like to keep things fresh, so we soon decided it was time for another change. That’s when we rebranded into Connect Event Group. We felt our new name really encompassed exactly what we do. We connect groups of people through strategic events, meetings, and trips. Along with the new brand, we also moved our company headquarters to beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee. And the rest, as they say, is history. And that’s how we became the leading Chattanooga DMC!

Path in Rock City on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga

The Heart and Soul of Our Chattanooga DMC


To connect corporate clients with experiences that enrich their teams and achieve their meeting and event goals, while boosting Chattanooga’s economy, promoting tourism to Tennessee, and providing jobs for locals.


As our company grows to service all of Tennessee and beyond, we aspire to advance the three pillars of our business – Event Planning, Meeting Planning, and Incentive Travel – and maintain our place as an industry leader.

Our Values


Building relationships by sharing experiences, needs, and connecting with others in an impactful way.


We strongly believe in transparency, integrity, and doing the right thing, even when it doesn’t benefit us.


We live our life outside of the box, not inside. That’s why we deliver a unique experience for every client.


Listen and evolve together as a team; encouraging one another to be the very best that we can be.

Meet the Dream Team

Pat Owings, DMCP, CMP

Executive Partner

Cory Brooks, CMP

Managing Partner

Paige Hamilton

Director of Finance

Bruce Quinn

Director of Operations

Natalie Norris, CMP, CMM

Operations Manager

We believe in giving back to our community.

Chattanooga Area Food Bank

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank provides 14 million pounds of food annually to those in need. Their mission of uniting the community to eliminate hunger by feeding, nourishing, and empowering the community is something that we wholeheartedly support. So many people would go hungry without this resource. Because of this, we do everything that we can to give back to the community through our support of the food bank.

Rotary Club of Chattanooga

Working with the Rotary Club of Chattanooga is something that is very near and dear to our hearts. As long time Rotarians, we demonstrate “service above self” in everything that we do. We share the same commitment to building up the Chattanooga area and promoting good fellowship to the community. As members, we fill our cup by providing service and support to others in an effort to create a more unified and supported community.

Wondering what else our DMC can do?

The short answer is: Just about anything our clients need under the meeting and event planning umbrella. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out our list of Chattanooga DMC services to see how we can help you with your next corporate event.

Contact us

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(423) 445-3009

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100 W. MLK Blvd., Suite 705
Chattanooga, TN 37402

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