Shortly after I took the helm of this magazine in 2012, I met Keri Kelp Dinica—then the president of Metro Detroit NACE—for coffee, where she explained a new awards program that the local chapters of ABC, NACE and ILEA had put together. The idea, she said, was to raise the profile of the events industry in metro Detroit and to raise the bar for it.
Each year brings ever stiffer competition for our Best of Michigan Meetings + Events readers’ choice awards. New venues open, suppliers flourish and tastes expand. Maybe that’s why this year’s final vote tallies were record-setting, as nearly 3,000 of you participated. Or maybe it’s because we have an especially passionate readership. Whatever the reason, our winners have earned their kudos. Congratulations to them all!
There’s a reason some venues book years in advance: A great venue is worth the wait.