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Event Snapshots: The 11th Annual Best of Michigan Awards

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MIM+E held its 11th annual Best of Michigan party May 19 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Kurt Colone and Mike Staff Productions provided music and emcee services; event favorite Empty Canvas returned to provide entertainment; Shutterbooth made sure everyone got the chance to take a photo; Holiday Market served up delicious desserts and Top That! Event provided the décor.

Meet Nate Johnson, The Ice Man

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Ice sculptures are coming back to events, says artist Nate Johnson. The co-owner of Johnson Studios, which opened in 2010, sold his first sculpture back in 1989. In his busy season (from Mother’s Day to New Year’s Eve), he can carve up to 150 blocks a week. “For a while it was a cliché thing with many companies giving clients menus to order. But we’re trying to get away from that,” he says. “We encourage every client to give us an idea of who they are and what interests they have so we can design a special piece for every event.”

Take Your Group to a Higher Level with Elevated Meetings

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If meetings and events have fallen into a rut, you may simply need a higher calling. The Rocky Mountains are so stunning and the sunsets so vibrant that reaching a vantage point to enjoy them is a great way to rise above the blasé. Check out these venues to help gain this unique per - spective for upcoming get-togethers.

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How to Delegate Duties to Others and Achieve a Successful Event

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You are getting more and more experience in meeting planning. You’ve booked the venue, the catering, the A/V, and maybe the production company and keynote speakers. You’ve helped set the agenda and timing of events. You’ve written, revised and re-revised the meeting resume and daily operating guide. You’ve got this meeting planning thing down.

Westin Nashville Opens its Doors

The 27-story Westin Nashville has opened in Nashville’s SoBro neighborhood next to Music City Center.

Designed by David Mexico Design Group and Bullock Smith and Partners, the hotel’s 453 guest rooms feature details inspired by the unique culture of Nashville. Additionally, there are three penthouse-style entertainment suites, three hospitality suites and eight executive suites each with individual characteristics.

South Bay Cities Offer Sun, Sand, Surf … and Swank New Meeting & Event Spaces

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The coastal communities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach are as picture-perfect as a beach postcard. Surfers catch waves by the pier while volleyball players compete on the sand courts that dot the shoreline. A 22-mile bike path known as The Strand lures cyclists to pedal along the South Bay’s entire stretch of coastline.

Meet Strongman Eric Moss: The Inspirational Speaker

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Eric Moss was not always a “strongman.” As a kid he battled eczema and turned negative comments from others into a career as a strongman and inspirational speaker. Moss speaks about how a strongman mindset can also be applied to business and life. His main programs include: Steel Forged Self-Esteem, Becoming Strong Enough To Lead From The Front and Witness the Power of Our Potential. The programs focus on self-esteem enhancement, leadership cultivation, overcoming adversity, resilience and perseverance.

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