Daystar Van Wagner is the director of exhibit and meeting services for the U.S. Travel Association. She is a meeting and event planner with more than 15 years of experience in association and nonprofit meeting planning.

In her position as a director she focuses on logistics, project management, meeting planning and execution. In her current role, Van Wagner oversees the exhibits for IPW, the premier international inbound trade show for the United States, formerly known as International Pow Wow. 

Additionally, she manages many facets of meeting and events including site selection, contract negotiation, budget management, creative aspects, registration, housing management, entertainment bookings, vendor arrangements and tradeshow set up.

Before joining U.S. Travel, Van Wagner spent five years with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children overseeing catering for nonprofit fundraising events, coordinating food and beverage purchasing and menu planning along with supporting patient nutrition and wellness initiatives.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and food administration from Texas Woman’s University. She enjoys traveling and exploring the great outdoors.