Meetings and events

The Value of a Skilled Planner (and more)

I’ve been editing MIME for more than four years, and there is one topic that never gets old: the value of a skilled planner. Over and over I hear frustration from members of our industry over the lack of public education when it comes to planning. The CMP designation, of course, was created partially in response to that general ignorance, providing planners with a way to obtain and demonstrate a set of skills and training.

Meet Elizabeth Anderson

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.

Elizabeth Anderson was recently hired as the sales coordinator for the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as sales coordinator at McNamara Alumni Center?

Meet Julia Hamilton

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.

Julia Hamilton was recently hired as event manager at Conference Chicago.

A Taste of Peterboro

Our upcoming issue features some of the best new bars and restaurants to open in Detroit in the past couple of years. Editing the story, I was reminded of a few places I still needed to check out. Among them was the Peterboro.

Mission Point Resort Offers Cocktails Fresh From the Garden

John Van Etten, Mission Point Resort’s new superintendent of grounds and gardens, has planted a large hillside cocktail garden.

The garden, viewable through the windows of Chianti, the resort’s upscale restaurant, grows flowers, herbs and edible plants slated for use as syrups and garnishes in the resort’s new cocktail menu. Plantings include lavender, rosemary, lemon sage, lemon verbena, lemongrass, fennel, six types of basil and five types of mint.

Cocktail offerings will change with the garden’s flowers and herbs. 

Meet AC Launches New Websites

Meet AC, Atlantic City, N.J.’s tourism development agency, is shaking things up with three new websites this year and three in the pipeline set to launch within the next six months.

Recently, the organization established the convention website, which holds its convention calendar, a number of meeting planner tools and marketing materials. The convention center website merged with Meet AC. Soon, exhibitors will be able to make purchases directly through the website.

Winter Is in the Air

All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.

A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.

How to Use John Medina Brain Rules in Your Next Meeting

Q: I’m planning our association’s upcoming conference. How can I ensure participants actually remember and use what they learn? 

A: According to Brain Rules, by John Medina, people usually forget 90 percent of what they learn within 30 days. However, if you understand how the brain functions, you can greatly improve retention and application of new information. Following are seven of Medina’s original 12 rules, with explanations for how they apply to a meeting planner’s job.

Troy Offers Planners the Full Package

The biggest challenge to planning an event in Troy might be decision fatigue. The city’s abundant venue choices make it hard to go wrong in this upscale city. The Oakland County destination offers high-end shopping, numerous hotels and an easy drive to area attractions, including Cranbrook Educational Community.

New Venue Spotlight: Selden Standard

SELDEN STANDARD IS PACKING THEM IN. The restaurant, a project of Andy Hollyday, former executive chef at Roast, and Evan Hansen, opened in Midtown in November, and the public promptly lost its collective mind. Reviewers raved. Lines of people waiting for seats snaked out the door in the snow.

The tapas-style dining lets diners bond over shared, handcrafted meals and, happily for planners, the restaurant opened ready to host meetings and events.

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