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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!

Stephanie Kelly Joins Westin Southfield Sales Team

Stephanie Kelly joined the 388-room Westin Southfield Hotel and Executive Meeting Center as its new senior sales manager overseeing association, family reunion, government, multicultural and religious markets.

She brings 30 years of hospitality experience and earned numerous awards for outstanding sales performance.

2016 Lodging Industry Enjoys Positive Cycle

The hotel industry’s performance during 2016 was solid in most Michigan markets and the year ended on a positive note, reports Charles Skelton of Hospitality Partners in Ann Arbor. The firm has tracked the state’s lodging sector performance for years.

GTR Earns Wine Spectator Honors

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa’s 16th-floor restaurant overlooks gorgeous sunsets and features one of the best aerial views in northern Michigan. Unless, that is, you’re lucky enough to view the Straits of Mackinac from atop the soaring Mackinac Bridge towers … but it’s sans food and beverage there.

 

That’s why GTR’s 16th floor always topped my go-to list of great northern Michigan venues for meetings and small events back in the day when I was planning lots of business-related activities.

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. 

 

Joining Forces

Due to the growth in tourism and group bookings in the Lansing area, the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority have partnered to assign the Lansing Center's future sales responsibilities to the GLCVB.

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

Meet Randi Talmage

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Randi Talmage was recently hired as sales manager at JW Marriott Grand Rapids.

1. How did you get into the industry? 

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