• Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Kurt Colone, Mike Staff Productions.

    Kurt Colone, Mike Staff Productions.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    MIM+E summer issue cover.

    MIM+E summer issue cover.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Michael Robertson, Empty Canvas Live.

    Michael Robertson, Empty Canvas Live.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Cobo’s Portisde event room.

    Cobo’s Portisde event room.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Centerplate’s party food.

    Centerplate’s party food.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Centerplate’s party food.

    Centerplate’s party food.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Centerplate’s party food.

    Centerplate’s party food.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Up-and-Coming Special Events Planner honoree Miriam Owsley.

    Up-and-Coming Special Events Planner honoree Miriam Owsley.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Kristy Poore, Destination Ann Arbor, and Mike McMath, Empty Canvas.

    Kristy Poore, Destination Ann Arbor, and Mike McMath, Empty Canvas.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Laurie Burger, MIM+E.

    Laurie Burger, MIM+E.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Sue Jarvis and Keecia Brady Graham, Aristocrat Transportation.

    Sue Jarvis and Keecia Brady Graham, Aristocrat Transportation.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Up-and-Coming Meeting Professional honoree Larissa Karimwabo.

    Up-and-Coming Meeting Professional honoree Larissa Karimwabo.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    MIM+E’s Ron Garbinski and Laurie Burger with MIM+E Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame honoree Jack Schripsema (middle), Greater Lansing CVB.

    MIM+E’s Ron Garbinski and Laurie Burger with MIM+E Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame honoree Jack Schripsema (middle), Greater Lansing CVB.
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    Jennifer Berkemeier, Claude Molinari and Greg DeSandy, Cobo Center.

    Jennifer Berkemeier, Claude Molinari and Greg DeSandy, Cobo Center.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Jerome Raska, Blumz by JRDesigns.

    Jerome Raska, Blumz by JRDesigns.
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    Terra Brook, Zingerman’s Catering & Events.

    Terra Brook, Zingerman’s Catering & Events.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Event drink sponsor Richard Anderson, Iron Fish, and Ron Garbinski, MIM+E.

    Event drink sponsor Richard Anderson, Iron Fish, and Ron Garbinski, MIM+E.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Jennifer Case and Beth Hobbs, Traverse City Tourism.

    Jennifer Case and Beth Hobbs, Traverse City Tourism.
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    Rebecca Schlussel, Loren Stone and Jen Ajlouny, Star Trax Events.

    Rebecca Schlussel, Loren Stone and Jen Ajlouny, Star Trax Events.
  • Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Honors Industry’s Finest

     
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    Jillian Manning, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

    Jillian Manning, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.
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    Jackie Kloska and Dorothy DeBiasio, Black Star Farms.

    Jackie Kloska and Dorothy DeBiasio, Black Star Farms.

Sun-drenched views of the Detroit River, fun entertainment and great camaraderie contributed to an exciting event packed with award presentations during the Michigan Meetings + Events magazine Best of 2018 readers’ choice awards.

Held May 23 at Cobo Center’s Portside Ballroom in downtown Detroit, the extrava - ganza saluted everyone from caterers and florists to meeting planners and host cities. A special thanks goes out to our event partners Cobo Center, Emerald City Designs, Empty Canvas, Iron Fish Distillery, Shutter Booth and Mike Staff Productions with its Kurt Colone handling emcee duties again this year.

Thanks also to Experience Grand Rapids, the presenting sponsor, and event sponsors Frankenmuth Convention and Visitors Bureau, Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, Viviano Flower Shop, Blue Water Area Convention & Visitor Bureau and Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Awards were presented in 33 categories, plus seven meetings and events superstars were recognized in the 2018 Hall of Fame. We hope to see you at next year’s event on May 22, 2019 at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

For more on this year’s winners, visit mi.meetingsmags.com and click on the cover of the Summer 2018 issue.

The Greater Detroit Chapter of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) celebrated its annual holiday party at The Whiskey Factory in Detroit with a strolling dinner, music, gift card balloon pop and membership awards. More than 125 members enjoyed the event sponsored by AVL Creative, Chair Covers & Linens, Creative Specialties, The Display Group, Rock Out Entertainment, ShutterBooth, Viviano Flower Shop, BTW Photography and The Whiskey Factory.

 

It was a night to shine at The Reserve in Birmingham as honorees and guests from around the state gathered for the 2018 Event Professional Industry Class (EPIC) Awards. The program recognized the best in the industry and highlighted the previous year of events.