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    Kurt Colone, Mike Staff Productions.

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    MIM+E summer issue cover.

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    Michael Robertson, Empty Canvas Live.

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    Cobo’s Portisde event room.

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    Centerplate’s party food.

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    Centerplate’s party food.

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    Centerplate’s party food.

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

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

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    Laurie Burger, MIM+E.

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    Sue Jarvis and Keecia Brady Graham, Aristocrat Transportation.

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    Up-and-Coming Meeting Professional honoree Larissa Karimwabo.

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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.

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    Jennifer Berkemeier, Claude Molinari and Greg DeSandy, Cobo Center.

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    Jerome Raska, Blumz by JRDesigns.

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    Terra Brook, Zingerman’s Catering & Events.

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

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    Jennifer Case and Beth Hobbs, Traverse City Tourism.

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    Rebecca Schlussel, Loren Stone and Jen Ajlouny, Star Trax Events.

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    Jillian Manning, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

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    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 iconic Hotel Crescent Court—situated in the heart of Dallas’ vibrant Uptown— recently celebrated the completion of the $33 million overhaul to its lobby, guest rooms, lavish suites, corridors, and spa and fitness center. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Hotel Crescent Court invited VIP guests to a special unveiling. As a Lone Star landmark, Hotel Crescent Court’s 186 rooms and 40 lavish suites reflect gracious Texas hos - pitality including a private bar, custom bath products and thoughtful touches.

 

Over 400 association executives, staff and members of the hospitality community connected at the Associations North Solutions Conference at Mystic Lake Center on June 13-14. The conference consisted of the Annual Meeting & Expo, a Cornholapalooza (bean bag tournament) and a Golf Classic, and an open-concept trade show.

 

The International Live Events Association Denver Chapter held its May meeting at WhirlyBall in Colorado Springs. WhirlyBall combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars into a game that is both skill and chance. Attendees also enjoyed 12 lanes of bowling, craft beer and cocktails, and a chef-driven menu.