Michigan Meetings and Events

The Guardian Building Serves as a Stunning Detroit Venue

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From the exterior alone, the Guardian Building distinguishes itself as an extraordinary place in downtown Detroit. Over 2 million tangerine-colored bricks texture its 40 stories, later to be named “Guardian bricks” by the manufacturer in honor of the project. Although there are more curiosities to be discovered inside, the one-of-a-kind “Aztec Art Deco” style influences the design and materials in the space.

Meet Keith Oliver, Premier Event Technology

Ketih Oliver can thank his teenage dreams of rock stardom for landing him at the top of the event technology business.

Oliver, a Waterford native and bass guitarist, headed to the Musicians Institute in Hollywood in 1986, when he was 18 years old. There he met people who produced live events, primarily for corporations, and he began filling in as an extra hand.

Find Out How Great Lakes Bay Region Rewards as Event Destination

Nestled in the heart of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is an attractive group of destinations known as the Great Lakes Bay region. This diverse area offers plenty to reward both the business traveler and the casual tourist.

Farm Venues Offer Rustic Elegant Settings for Events

For most of our state's history, Michigan barns primarily have hosted horses munching hay or farmers milking cows. Today, however, they can also house all sorts of events, from weddings to team-building corporate retreats.

To plan a barn event, there’s no need to grab your overalls and pitchfork. Today’s barns have all of the amenities you’d expect to find in many banquet halls, along with charming historical touches.

Restaurant Recommendation: It's a Matter of Taste

Michigan may be the Great Lakes state, but we’ve got plenty of inland waters, too. And some of them make fantastic settings for group dining. It’s a Matter of Taste in Commerce Township offers gorgeous views of Union Lake from both its restaurant and its second-story banquet facilities. Restaurant Manager Robin Traynor says though the menu is Italian-based, the food is “eclectic, with a bit of something from everywhere.”

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.

Meet Jessica Brooks, Juggling Expert

Jessica Brooks has lots of updates for her LinkedIn page. Now all she has to do is find the time to make them.

Brooks, vice president of operations for the Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, in Howell, was already overseeing general operations as well as advertising and marketing for five sister banquet centers when, in 2007, she launched a new offpremise catering service for the business. “I actually started that program as part of my master’s program,” says Brooks, who earned a Master of Science degree in general administration from Central Michigan University, also in 2007.

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