International Association of Canine Professionals
Written by: Jordi
WHO: International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP)
WHEN: September 14th, 2018 – September 20th, 2018 at the beautiful Tradewinds Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
WHAT: Every year IACP holds an educational conference that brings together aspiring trainers, dog lovers and canine professionals alike from all over the world. This year, six hundred people gathered together to learn new tips, tricks, reunite with old friends and make new ones. The 2018 IACP conference showcased celebrity dog trainers such as Janine Driver, Drew Lynch and Stella, Ivan Balabanov, Sara Carson, Sarah Karnajs and Aimee Sadler.
The closing Gala finished out our action-packed week leaving guests eagerly anticipating next year’s conference in Colorado Springs. The Gala was filled with different events such an award ceremony, where recognition was given to members of the IACP community, the final paper plate dog race, (which was INTENSE) and a five-star seated dinner which gave guests the chance to relax and mingle. In addition, there was also a photo booth, live music and Utopia Entertainment’s very own DJ Roe.
WHY: In 2018, we helped in pre-event planning with marketing videos to help the IACP connect with more potential conference-goers. Utopia provided high-energy entertainment, professional photography, a fish-eye photo booth and amazing videography, capturing all of the best moments from the conference and helping to create a memory for all those that were a part of it…. And even those that weren’t! This year, IACP’s main agenda was to have our professional team showcase and share their brand & story with the world. Our intentions are to spread IACP’s mission with dog trainers and dog lovers all over the world…. And we hope those that could not attend realize they missed out! IACP’s inclusive environment really has something for everyone in the canine community.
“Utopia knows how to get people on the dance floor and having fun – no matter what age! I’ve hired other DJs in the past for our yearly awards gala and maybe, maybe 5 people get on the dance floor – UTOPIA gets everyone out there having fun! It’s a definite party experience from beginning to end! Thanks to Utopia, our awards gala has become THE event our attendees look forward to all year!”
-Cyndi Graham, Conference Coordinator
We love what we do. Our career allows us to travel across the country and share our talent, engagement and passion with everyone, everywhere. This year at IACP, we made new friends, met the cutest, most well-behaved dogs and celebrated a new chapter in our organization; our farthest traveling event EVER!
Educational seminars, celebrity trainers, incredible entertainment and music, friendship, vendors, sponsors, exhibitors, and being part of the IACP family are just a few of the things you missed out on if you weren’t a part of the 2018 International Association of Canine Professionals Conference….. But don’t worry, there’s always next year. We’re counting down the days until IACP in Colorado Springs in 2019 and we hope to see you there!
Joey is our fearless leader and the President at Utopia. Joey works tirelessly to ensure each of our clients experiences their true vision. He loves bringing people together through music and dance. Joey wears multiple hats and always carries a can-do, positive attitude.
Our Lead DJ, Roe White, has been with Utopia for 14 years. Roe is also an owner of Utopia. The fate of the company lies largely in Roe’s hands as he cultivates and trains new talent. Our talent keeps us alive and we’re thankful Roe has played such an integral role in our company for over a decade.
Matt is our lead cinematographer. With sixteen years of filmmaking and experience, the quality of his work is unmatched. He shoots all video on RED cameras. Matt’s professionalism and creativity helps keep the memory of each and every event alive.
Director of planning and logistics
We are so lucky to have Jordi on our team. Her background in event planning, paired with organizational abilities ensures that our team is always in the right place at the right time to help execute each and every event flawlessly.