• By Display Group and Fairway Productions team up to form AVL Creative

     
    POSTED May 9, 2018
     

Formed by President of Detroit’s Display Group Rick Portwood and Owner of Fairway Productions of St. Clair Shores Michael McConnell, Audio Visual Lighting (AVL) Creative is a joint venture designed to fill a void in the meeting industry for all-inclusive event support.

Fairway Productions will be closing and all the staff will be a part of the new AVL Creative team, housed with Display Group in Detroit’s historic Packard Building #22. In addition, Display Group will continue as an event and display company, but will be offering the services of AVL Creative to their clients who are looking for audio, video, and lighting support as part of their meeting mix.

“Display Group has relied on Fairway Productions to executive all of our client’s audio, video, and lighting needs for many years,” said Portwood. “Forming AVL Creative allows us to offer a seamless event experience to our clients.”

McConell adds that “in recent years, our team has been called upon to do more complex shows and events. The marriage of our creative skills with Display Group’s vast rental inventory and custom capabilities is a very rewarding prospect for all of our clients.”

Display Group recently bought all of the wedding décor and lighting from Colonial Party and Event Rental of Troy as part of their growth plan. This key addition will help AVL’s growth moving forward.

Food trucks may be mobile, but they aren’t going anywhere, since their popularity only seems to grow with each season. A New Jersey hotel is getting in on the fun! Along with over 18,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, Embassy Suites by Hilton in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, offers the Grain & Cane “Gastro Truck” as a fun option for a mid-meeting break or post-event dining option.

 

The family-focused, Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge opened its first resort in Wisconsin Dells in 1997. Over the next two decades, it slowly expanded with more properties around the Midwest, moving into the Northeast, South, West and Canada. And this summer, the greater Chicago area will get its first resort from the brand.

 

Here’s some good news for planners. With the list of quality craft breweries gaining a foothold in Michigan expanding every month, we’re discovering that many of them are fun places to host meetings and events. And their award-winning brews provide greater name recognition and a better draw for events business.