• Destination Colorado Recognized Industry Leaders with Peak Performer of the Year Awards

     
    POSTED January 23, 2017
     

The 2016 Peak Performer of the Year award winners have finally been announced. The honors were given at Destination Colorado’s Annual Meeting in the beginning of December at EXDO Event Center in Denver.

The awards recognize members for their outstanding leadership and commitment to promoting the meetings and events industry in Colorado.

The Individual of the Year award was given to Ellen Collins, senior manager of Global Group Sales for Vail Resorts Meetings & Events. Collins has been involved with membership meetings, road shows, the Customer Appreciation Event and Front Range Trade Show, and a number of other Destination Colorado events. Serving as a board member since 2011, Collins has been a major part of the growth of the group and its members.

“Ellen is inquisitive, highly creative and very attentive,” says Janie McCullough executive director, Destination Colorado. “She is an outstanding professional role model for both Destination Colorado and the entire meetings industry.”

The Company of the Year award was given to Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. The company has been an active member of Destination Colorado for years, and participates in initiatives like the Front Range Trade Show, membership meetings and various road shows. They even hosted Destination Colorado’s Customer Appreciation Event in September 2016.

“What makes Devil's Thumb special goes far beyond location and venue,” says McCullough. “The property’s team members and staff are exceptional. They are professional and responsive, and they demonstrate teamwork with positive attitudes and smiling faces.”

According to a survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), frequent travelers feel safer when hotels adhere to AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, which detail cleaning protocols for hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

As working from home has become the norm since March, so has connecting with coworkers using webcams and Skype. Button downs and sweatpants have become a work-friendly outfit, and Zoom happy hours were the only way to grab a drink with friends. Especially for teams that used to meet in the office every day, a chance to shake up the (new) same old and safely reconnect in person is much needed after months apart. An out-of-state trip could be a memorable way to sync up with coworkers again, as well as do wonders for motivation and productivity upon return.

 

So far, webcams and Zoom meetings have been an essential part of 2020. While digital options are functional placeholders for meetings, chatting with a coworker over Skype doesn’t always set up a team for success. Human connection is vital to team building, and hosting safe, small meetings is a great way to revitalize teams after months of working from home.