• Operating Real Construction Equipment is Team-Building at its Biggest

    FROM THE Spring 2016 ISSUE

Extreme Sandbox, the newest attraction at Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center in Pottsboro provides guests the opportunity to operate real construction equipment such as excavators, bulldozers and skid steers in a 10-acre “sandbox” with the help of trained instructors. It’s teambuilding at its biggest.

“The idea actually came from my kids,” says Randy Stenger, founder and CEO of Extreme Sandbox. “I was a corporate guy with no background in construction equipment, but we were driving by a construction site and one of my kids was like, ‘Dad, wouldn’t it be fun to play on one of those trucks,’ and from there an idea was born.”

Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center is on the shore of Lake Texoma and accommodates groups up to 500 people in its 6,000 square feet of event space.

“Lake Texoma is an absolutely beautiful area and we are excited about bringing this new type of activity to that market,” says Stenger, who expects the Extreme Sandbox activities with team-building appeal to attract additional groups to the venue.

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. 


Every planner wants to create experiences that make meeting attendees feel they’re on top of the world. If you’re planning a meeting in northwest North Carolina, you can achieve that with a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Soaring 5,946 feet and estimated to be 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years, the peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is accessible by vehicle and by a paved road.


Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.