• Get to Know: New Certifications in the Pandemic Era

     
    POSTED November 27, 2020
     

Unprecedented times call for strategic measures. With so many planners wondering how best to plan for the event-specific challenges posed by COVID- 19, industry leaders and top associations have stepped up to offer a road map with trainings on everything from cleaning protocols to new contract clauses.

GBAC Star Accreditation 
Designed to help facilities implement the industry’s highest standards for cleaning and disinfection of infectious agents like the novel coronavirus, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Accreditation Program lays out the proper protocols and best cleaning methods facilities and their key staff can put into action. The stadiums, convention centers, restaurants and hotels completing the program can provide planners with trust in facility staff, increased comfort and peace of mind on-site and assurance that facilities have been properly disinfected. 

MPI Pandemic Meeting & Event Certificate 
Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) timely training was curated to help planners navigate and rethink their event strategies for sustainability in a postpandemic world. In partnership with the Event Leadership Institute (ELI), the certificate helps planners learn to strategize for maximum adaptability, develop checklists for safer event design and establish event tactics to reduce COVID-based risks over the course of 20 CMP hours, live calls, on-demand courses and live Q&A meetings.

Digital Event Strategist Certification
Designed by event professionals for event professionals, the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) digital event certification helps planners learn to lead the design, delivery, monetization and measurement of effective online gatherings over the course of 12 combined classroom hours and self-paced study time that allows for interaction with top digital event experts.

2020 was on track to be a record year. For some catering companies across the state, continuous growth year-over-year had set them up for success, and they thought it would be their best 365 days yet.

And a record year it was—but not for good reasons. Layoffs and furloughs, major losses in sales, and too many cancellations and postponed events to count made 2020 a year that catering companies will never forget.

 

The fare and flare of Spain has arrived in downtown Grand Rapids with the opening of the new MDRD, pronounced Madrid, on the 27th floor of the tower at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (previously Cygnus27 restaurant). While the feel and flavors have changed, the unparalleled views of downtown and the Grand River means that this space still provides the best skyline dining in the city. Here, every seat is the “best seat in the house.”

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com.

Raul Moronta was recently named the chief commercial officer for Remington Hotels

1. What are you looking forward to most in your new role?