• Michigan M+E Best of 2020 Finalists

     
    POSTED February 20, 2020
     

Congratulations to the finalists for Michigan Meetings + Events Best of 2020 readers’ choice awards. We look forward to celebrating with each of you at the awards celebration on Thursday, May 28, at the Gem Theatre in Detroit.

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Best A.V Provider

AVL Creative
Bluewater
KLA Laboratories

Best Brewery/Distillery/Winery

Atwater Brewery
Bell’s Brewery
Founders Brewing Co.

Best Casino

MGM Grand Detroit
MotorCity Casino Hotel
Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel

Best Caterer (On- or Off-Site)

Andiamo Catering
Forte Belanger
Zingerman’s Catering

Best Convention Center

DeVos Place Convention Center
TCF Center
The Inn at St. Johns

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau (in town/Area More than 50,000 Population)

Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Experience Grand Rapids
Traverse City Tourism

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau (in town/Area Less than 50,000 Population)

Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau
Petoskey Area Visitor Bureau

Best Entertainment (Performer or Talent Agency)

Mike Staff Productions
Star Trax Events
The Elysium Experience

Best Event Rental Company

Art Craft Display
Display Group
Emerald City Designs

Best Florist

Blumz by JRDesigns
Emerald City Designs
Viviano Flower Shop

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (200 or More Guest Rooms)

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Hotel
The Dearborn Inn

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (200 or Less Guest Rooms)

Detroit Foundation Hotel
Park Place Hotel
The Inn at St. John’s

Best Meeting/Event Venue (No Accommodations)

Detroit Athletic Club
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
The Henry Ford

Best Meeting/Event Planning Company

Emerald City Designs

Special D Events 

Top That! Event

Best Resort Lodge

Crystal Mountain Resort
Grand Hotel
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Best Speaker/Presenter (Individual or Agency)

Dave Serino, TwoSix Digital

Mimi Brown

Ryan Buck, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Best Team-Building Activity

Great Lakes Escape Game
Punch Bowl Social
Topgolf

Best Transportation Company

Blue Lakes Charters Bus Rental
Indian Trails
Metro Cars

The International Floral Distributors each year teams up with Produce Marketing Association and a designer to create the “Flower Trends Forecast.” For 2020, the organization enlisted Helen Miller, AIFD, CAFA, CF, and Derek Woodruff, AIFD, CFD, CF, PFCI, AAF. Miller owns Flowers & Such in Adrian, Michigan. Her work has been showcased in publications such as Floral Management, Florists Review, and The Knot.

 

Whether dabbling with an augmented reality app, getting up to speed on the complexities of 5G service or employing cocktail-mixing robots, planners are no strangers to emerging technology. As meetings and events become increasingly tech-driven affairs, we’ve checked in with top event production pros for their takes on the latest event tech trends and what’s to come in the year ahead. 

 

The times they are a-changing, and that has never been truer than when it comes to selecting an A/V partner and deciding whether the in- house A/V vendor or an outside third-party provider is the right partner for you. Due to advancements in technology, lighting and other A/V equipment that has come down in price, planners are now finding op- portunities to use previously out of budget technology with a much more palatable price tag.