I spent 10 years working for an online university that put on monthly academic conferences for doctoral students. Because these conferences are required as part of students’ degree programs, it’s essential that there’s consistency in programming and experience, regardless of where in the country or world the conference takes place. A robust planning system involving templates with details for hotel specifications, audio-visual orders, speaker preparation materials and other documents promises success month after month.
Minnesota Meetings + Events
Looking for a fun keepsake to feature at your next event? Look no further than Flipbook Fun, or as owner Jon Cermin likes to call it, “60 seconds of animated fun.” Guests are recorded dancing in front of a screen for seven seconds and then the video is converted into a 60-page flipbook. A team of three can crank out one flipbook per minute. All that’s needed to accommodate the photo area and printing station is a 10-foot-by-10-foot space, and access to electricity and lighting.
From the Minnesota Transportation Museum, The Jackson Street Roundhouse—built in 1907 by Jim Hills Great Northern Railroad—offers meeting and event planners a unique way to host an event. There is a $150 nonrefundable deposit to rent the classic bus; the price is $425 for the first three hours and $60 per hour beyond that point. While the Minnesota Transportation Museum does not offer catering or alcohol, groups are able to hire independent caterers and a licensed beverage server for their event.
On the third floor of Mall of America is Kaskaid Hospitality’s newest culinary venture, Zio Modern Italian, which opened December 2015. “Zio Italian has a welcoming atmosphere and is a space where families and friends can enjoy the authenticity of Italian food, wines and hospitality,” says Vittorio Renda, Zio Italian Brand Ambassador.
McNamara’s parent company, Cushman & Wakefield/North Marq, encourages employees to take a day out of their busy schedules to volunteer. McNamara’s seven-person event staff recently took advantage of this opportunity and spent a day in January working with the Give Us Wings team on its upcoming annual gala, which was held for the sixth time at McNamara Alumni Center in April.
It is sad that there is an association for everything—every industry, profession, charity, social group and sports organization! Did you know there is an “association for associations?” Well there is, and here in the Midwest it is the Midwest Society of Association Executives (MSAE). MSAE’s mission is simple: to advance and serve associations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Radisson Blu Hotels have come up with a solution to that 3 p.m. sugar crash we’ve all experienced in day-long conferences and meetings: Brain Food, which covers a broad range of foods that are low in fat and refined sugars, and improve concentration levels. From fish and whole grains to fruits and vegetables, teams of nutritionists and hotel chefs have worked together to create the flavorful and healthy menu.
There’s a new premium vodka in the Twin Cities, and it’s distilled entirely from sugar beets. Local founders Jerad Poling and Ben Brueshoff worked with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to craft the first-of-its-kind BĒT Vodka. “BĒT’s ingredient is not from the deep-red vegetable that grows locally in garden plots; rather, it’s the white-tan sugar beets grown on 430,000 acres throughout Minnesota,” says Poling. “Working with the farm cooperative has given us an appreciation for sugar beet history in Minnesota as the No.
Craig Oliver’s success comes from the people he works with and for.
The Midwest Society of Association Executives (MSAE) celebrated the holidays in Western style with its themed Holiday Hoedown on Dec. 4, 2015 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. A silent auction, Wall of Wine benefiting MSAE’s charity of the year, Matter, a Heads or Tails game for cash, holiday photos, and themed food and drinks had guests in good spirits. To make the night even better, Roger Radley made sure the group was in stitches during his comedy set.