When it was constructed in 1926, the Post Dispatch Building was the tallest building in Houston. Home to the namesake newspaper, the building was liquidated, along with the publication, in 1932, and subsequently became the address for the corporate offices of Shell Oil Company. In the early aughts, it reopened as Magnolia Houston

This summer, Magnolia Houston unveiled the rewards of a multiyear renovation, which included enhancements to the meeting spaces, ballroom, rooms and suites, and public spaces. The revival of the Magnolia Houston pays homage to its roots as the once-upon-a-time home to a newspaper conglomerate with details such as typewriter keys outlining columns and a printing press reception desk. Featuring 314 rooms and suites, the hotel also includes a rooftop pool, 24-hour fitness center and more than 16,000 square feet of meeting space on the hotel’s third floor. 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

The 18-story, 303-room Hyatt Regency Frisco-Dallas is now open for business. Located within Frisco’s Stonebriar Centre, the hotel includes a 27,500-square-foot conference center with Regency and Junior ballrooms and additional breakout spaces, most with floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light.