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    Kurt Colone, Mike Staff Productions.

    Kurt Colone, Mike Staff Productions.
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    MIM+E summer issue cover.

    MIM+E summer issue cover.
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    Michael Robertson, Empty Canvas Live.

    Michael Robertson, Empty Canvas Live.
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    Cobo’s Portisde event room.

    Cobo’s Portisde event room.
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    Centerplate’s party food.

    Centerplate’s party food.
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    Centerplate’s party food.

    Centerplate’s party food.
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    Centerplate’s party food.

    Centerplate’s party food.
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    Up-and-Coming Special Events Planner honoree Miriam Owsley.

    Up-and-Coming Special Events Planner honoree Miriam Owsley.
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    Kristy Poore, Destination Ann Arbor, and Mike McMath, Empty Canvas.

    Kristy Poore, Destination Ann Arbor, and Mike McMath, Empty Canvas.
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    Laurie Burger, MIM+E.

    Laurie Burger, MIM+E.
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    Sue Jarvis and Keecia Brady Graham, Aristocrat Transportation.

    Sue Jarvis and Keecia Brady Graham, Aristocrat Transportation.
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    Up-and-Coming Meeting Professional honoree Larissa Karimwabo.

    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.

    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.

    Jennifer Berkemeier, Claude Molinari and Greg DeSandy, Cobo Center.
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    Jerome Raska, Blumz by JRDesigns.

    Jerome Raska, Blumz by JRDesigns.
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    Terra Brook, Zingerman’s Catering & Events.

    Terra Brook, Zingerman’s Catering & Events.
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    Event drink sponsor Richard Anderson, Iron Fish, and Ron Garbinski, MIM+E.

    Event drink sponsor Richard Anderson, Iron Fish, and Ron Garbinski, MIM+E.
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    Jennifer Case and Beth Hobbs, Traverse City Tourism.

    Jennifer Case and Beth Hobbs, Traverse City Tourism.
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    Rebecca Schlussel, Loren Stone and Jen Ajlouny, Star Trax Events.

    Rebecca Schlussel, Loren Stone and Jen Ajlouny, Star Trax Events.
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    Jillian Manning, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

    Jillian Manning, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.
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    Jackie Kloska and Dorothy DeBiasio, Black Star Farms.

    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.

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Houston Area Chapter hosted the third annual “A Night Among the Stars” awards gala at the newly opened Marriott Marquis Houston. The 2018 honoree was Luther Villagomez, CEO of Houston First Corporation and manager of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

 

On October 17, 2018, Northwest Meetings + Events celebrated its Best of 2018 readers’ choice awards at the world-class King Street Ballroom & Perch. The event included the magazine’s first inductees to our new Hall of Influencers: Niki McKay, Julie Dodds, Maria Corvallis and Rhonda Pedersen.

 

The Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter hosted its annual golf tournament at Red Rocks Country Club in Morrison on Aug. 20. The “Team Freeman” consisting of DJ Baca, Derek Barnes, Lee Byrd and Bonnie Yordy placed first, and Darnell Brown, Josh Ebaugh, Jeremy Wilson and Alan Wooldridge, who made up “Team Broadmoor,” landed second.