Michigan Meetings + Events Magazine

Tips & Tricks to Keep Feelings in Check and Everything Under Control

Are you an event planner who can be both calm and kind under pressure? If not, choose another profession. 

Your clients, however, may not possess those same traits and unfortunately you cannot suggest they move on. We must work as a team to achieve event goals, despite the heat of the moment, occasional personality conflicts, tight deadlines and sometimes even tighter budgets.

And that’s just during the pre-planning!

Meet Mike Guswiler, A Sporting Man

Mike Guswiler made what sounds like a giant career change, moving from hospitality to sports management—but he says the two fields have plenty in common.

The president of the West Michigan Sports Commission attended business school at Central Michigan University, then cut his teeth on hotel management. As he worked in hotels, he discovered the job was about representing an overall destination experience rather than one individual property. That insight led him to the Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau, where he served for seven years. 

Event Snapshots: Michigan EPIC Awards

Metro Detroit industry professionals came together March 30 at Silver Gardens Events Center for the annual EPIC Awards, presented by the Michigan chapters of ABC, NACE and ILEA. Sponsors included E3 Detroit, Blumz by JRDesigns, Floral and Event Professionals, Country Lane Flowers, Colonial Events, Fred Ferris Photography, Emerald City Designs, Fabulous Events, Inc., TapSnap Detroit, Lyndsey’s Linen & Chair Covers, Silver Garden Events Center and Lepenn Designs - Couture Invitations & Stationery. 

 

Enjoy Waterfront History and Recreation in Sault Ste. Marie

Rushing waterfalls, majestic forests, rocky coastlines and picturesque lighthouses help make Sault Ste. Marie a magical place. The 130-year-old city, which sits on the northeastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is an idyllic setting for meetings and events. Here are some of the city’s top spots to explore. 

Hotels/Event Spaces

A Youthful Party Brings Colorful Sophistication to a Tablescape

Girlie elegance and sophistication were the theme of a recent bat mitzvah planned by Elm Events. Bat mitzvahs, the coming-of-age celebrations for 13-year-old Jewish girls, walk a tightrope—they must celebrate a teen girl in a way that pleases her friends and adult family alike. Hundreds often attend the parties, which follow a religious ceremony and often raise the bar for personalization and opulence.

Satisfy Meeting Cravings With Snacks from Suttons Bay

Suttons Bay’s Black Star Farms has launched its own line of branded food products.

The small-batch foods are made at the farm and without preservatives. 

The farm used its tasting rooms for a soft launch of the line during the holiday season, then decided to roll it out statewide. Products include Hard Apple Cider Granola, Leelanau Coffee Granola, Sweet Potato Cashew Crackers and Lentil Sea Salt Crackers.

Detroit Bus Co. Offers Photo Tours of Motor City

Distinctive excursions can set a meeting apart. So consider offering your group a photography tour of Detroit. 

The Detroit Bus Co. offers three tours for budding photographers with an eye for the city’s beauty. The four-hour tours focus on street art, architecture and Belle Isle, respectively.

Each tour can accommodate up to 42 people and has a professional photographer on board to help participants make the most of their experience and take the best photographs. 

Take a Stand for Vendor Ethics

In matters of pricing, patron relations and vendor-to-vendor interactions, our industry’s ethics in metro Detroit are evolving. Vendor ethics aren’t often discussed, but they’re there in every question we answer and every decision we make. It is up to us to hold each other, our clients and the perception of our industry to a higher level and to look out for one another.

Adhering to a handful of key ethical pillars can help ensure we serve our customers and our industry to the extent that they deserve. 

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