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International Special Events Society Announces July and August 2014 CSEPs
The International Special Events Society (ISES) proudly recognizes the 17 event professionals below who earned the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation in July and August 2014.
Meet Minneapolis, Spong Named PR News Digital Finalists
Meet Minneapolis and Spong were named finalists at the PR News Digital Awards in New York Oct. 10. The award, in the category of Twitter Communications, reflects a strong understanding of social strategy and campaign management.
During the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Week, Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association, teamed up with PR firm, Spong, and assembled an all-star team to host a social media command center as an expected 160,000 visitors were coming to Minneapolis. For the week surrounding the MLB All-Star Game, visitors used #askMPLS to ask questions and receive responses from Minneapolis tourism experts and Twin Cities social media professionals who recommended nearby places to visit and things to do. Notable guest tweeters including Mayor Betsy Hodges and local television anchor and social-media-extraordinaire Jason DeRusha also took the helm and answered visitors’ questions as @MeetMinneapolis.
“Our goals for the social media command center and #askMPLS were to engage visitors through the entire Minneapolis experience,” said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. “It is an honor to be recognized for being a real-time resource to visitors and residents in our great city.”
Spong’s social engagement team built the command center at its headquarters at the center of All-Star action in downtown Minneapolis just across the street from the All-Star Game at Target Field. Spong worked with Meet Minneapolis in recruiting social media professionals from Twin Cities companies to partner with their own social experts to provide timely answers to the thousands of visitors expected to attend All-Star Week events. Meet Minneapolis has made #askMPLS a valuable resource beyond the All-Star Game as well, continuing to provide expertise to those looking for advice while exploring Minneapolis.
Spong is one of the most decorated public relations firms. The firm was named “Creative Agency of the Year” in 2013 by The Holmes Report and is a four-time recipient of the “PR Agency of the Year” award by national trade journals PRWeek, PR News and The Holmes Report. The firm represents a select portfolio of envied brands with staff in Minneapolis and New York. Spong is a division of Carmichael Lynch Inc., which is owned by the Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (NYSE: IPG), New York. Visit www.SpongPR.com for more information.
When attendees or other visitors attending events in the city have questions about where to go, what to do or just need directions, all they need to do is ask by using the Meet Minneapolis hashtag #askMPLS on social media. Staff members are on the ready to respond to questions and assist to ensure a great visitor experience for all who come to Minneapolis.
Find Meet Minneapolis on Facebook, Twitter and online.
MPI-Wisconsin announces MPI Award Winners for 2014
The Wisconsin Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI-WI) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s awards gala, held on September 11th at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center in Oshkosh, WI.
Planner of the Year - Jennifer Mell, CMP - Gant Meetings
Supplier of the Year - Anna Anderson, CMP - Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton
Meeting Industry Advocate - Carmen Smalley, CMP – Milwaukee Area Technical College
Hall of Fame Inductee - Jodi Goldbeck, CMP - Madison Area Technical College
Rising Star - Kristen Salewski, CMP - Rural Mutual Insurance Company
Industry Partner of the Year - Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau
Team of the Year - 2013 Awards Gala
President’s Award - Deana Birmingham-Heinisch, Waukesha & Pewaukee CVB
Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meeting and event industry’s largest and most vibrant global community helps our members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. MPI membership is comprised of more than 23,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide. For more information, visit mpiweb.org.
The 281+ member Wisconsin Chapter of MPI, established in 1977, is the premier association in the state dedicated to the growth, development and success of event and meeting professionals. The chapter brings professionals together to learn best practices, build relationships, and create business opportunities that enhance the strategic value of meetings. For more information on MPI-Wisconsin, please visit www.mpiwi.org.
For more information about MPI or MPI-Wisconsin, please contact Carmen Smalley, CMP at 608-212-3125 or email.
Detroit Metro CVB Awarded 2014 Travel Weekly Gold Magellan Award
The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) has been awarded a 2014 Gold Magellan Award by Travel Weekly for its Comeback City advertising campaign. The award was in the category United States/Canada - Overall Destinations – City. The DMCVB’s agency of record SMZ designed and submitted the creative campaign.
The campaign, which was integrated across all media, including print, video, trade show, collateral, social and direct mail, features authentic stories from meeting planners and hospitality industry professionals that bring to life the idea that we live in this city and the city lives in us. In the 10 months since the campaign’s launch, bookings for meetings in the Detroit market nearly doubled and hotel room occupancies are up 47 percent from 2013.
With entries from across the U.S. and around the world, the Magellan Award winners represent the best in the travel industry and salute the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.
“We are honored to have received the gold Magellan Award for our advertising campaign,” said Larry Alexander, DMCVB President & CEO. “We take great pride in our comeback city story as it grew organically from what others were saying about our city. We tasked our agency of record SMZ to create a campaign that would reflect the comeback and they delivered.”
The Magellan Awards is the premier awards program honoring a broad range of industry segments including Hotels and Resorts, Travel Destinations, Cruise Lines, Online Travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, Tour Operators and Car Rental Companies.
“People who enter the Magellans know they’re competing against a very talented and very creative group of individuals and agencies,” said Arnie Weissmann, editor in chief of Travel Weekly. “The travel industry marketers and designers who walked away with Magellan awards this year pushed themselves to new heights. When you look at the winning entries, you understand why consumers have been inspired to travel in numbers never seen before.”
The Magellan Awards are judged and overseen by a one-of-a-kind panel of top travel professionals representing the best names and most accomplished leaders from the industry. In determining winners, entries do not compete with one another, instead they are judged against a standard of excellence based on the long experience of Travel Weekly. To uphold this high standard of excellence, a category may have multiple winners, or no winners at all.
South Dakota's Hagen Wins National Tourism Award
South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen has been named State Tourism Director of the Year.
The award is voted upon annually by the U.S. Travel Association's National Council of State Tourism Directors. Hagen was announced as the winner before more than 600 of his peers Monday at the ESTO annual conference of travel professionals, held this year in Louisville, Ky.
"South Dakota understands that travel dollars are an essential contributor to the state economy," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. "The competitive tourism marketplace demands that states invest in effective, efficient promotion, and this award demonstrates that Jim Hagen is running a program that has the highest respect of his peers."
Hagen is the first South Dakotan to receive the award since Susan Edwards in 1994.
"We're extremely fortunate to have Jim leading our Tourism Department," said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. "With a knack for getting to know people and an enthusiasm for South Dakota that is contagious, Jim has led Tourism from one success to another. He is truly exceptional."
"Jim is a tremendous ambassador for the tourism and travel industry," said U.S. Sen. John Thune. "As a tireless advocate for the state of South Dakota, Jim has engaged thousands of tourists from across the country and around the world in sharing South Dakota's world-class national parks, history, memorials, and more. I congratulate Jim on this well-deserved honor and look forward to continuing to partner with him on important travel promotion legislation, such as the extension and improvement of Brand USA."
The STDOTY award is given to the professional whose leadership has led to the measurable improvement of his or her state's travel and tourism profile. Each year, such success is measured in relationship to the budgetary and staff resources that the director has at their disposal.
Read the full release from the U.S. Travel Association here.
DuPage Entrepreneurs Receive 2014 Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
After a thorough selection process, three DuPage County, IL businesses were bestowed Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards (EEA) by the Daily Herald Business Ledger. Lisa Gregor of Church Street Brewing Company, Jill Foucré of Marcel’s Culinary Experience, and Mike Wyrostek of Naperville Bites and Sites will be recognized in their respective categories at a reception in Naperville on September 18 and in a special supplement of the newspaper in the October 13 issue.
A team of representatives from event sponsors, local business associations and the editorial staff of Daily Herald Business Ledger determined the recipients of the publication’s 15th Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards program. Judges’ decisions were based on personal knowledge of the nominees and/or the quality of supporting materials submitted by nominators and the businesses themselves.
Executive Director Beth Marchetti of the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau nominated all three and states that the bureau is “thrilled that these valued members of the bureau will be receiving official recognition for their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit.”
Lisa Gregor was selected for the Early Stage Award. This award recognizes an individual whose company or organization has shown great promise and achievement in its early stages. The company should have been in business five years or less, and it should demonstrate a likely prospect of profitability. Both Jill Foucré and Mike Wyrostek were selected to receive the Innovation Award, which recognizes the best innovation-based products, technologies, systems or practices.
Located in Itasca, Church Street Brewing Company began brewing beer in April of 2012 and continues to create quality brews and lagers. Marcel’s Culinary Experience, located in downtown Glen Ellyn, allows people of all skill levels to try their hand at cooking. Naperville Bites and Sites treats visitors and locals alike to the food and culture of historic Naperville.
For more information about these businesses and the DuPage County hospitality industry, contact the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau at (630) 575-8070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skyline Exhibits Named Finalist for 2014 Minnesota Manufacturer of the Year
Designer and Producer of Trade Show Exhibit Systems Recognized for Overall Excellence In the Manufacturing Industry
In a rare recognition, Minnesota Business magazine has named Skyline Exhibits a finalist for the Minnesota Manufacturer of the Year award for the second consecutive year. Skyline, based in Eagan, is one of three companies to reach the finals in the ‘Best in Class: Large Company’ category. The other two finalists are Turck and Uponor.
Nominated companies were judged on recent accomplishments, new products or services, competitive improvements and successes.
"Skyline is a progressive company and we are committed to ongoing product development," said Bill Dierberger, President, Skyline Exhibits. "The products we design and manufacture help our clients exhibit more efficiently and effectively. Our goal is to help them grow their businesses through trade shows and other marketing events.” Over 29% of current Skyline revenues can be attributed to products that did not exist 5 ½ years ago.
Over the past few years, Skyline launched several new exhibit systems including Envoy®, which has become Skyline’s most popular system, and the revolutionary WindScape®, the world’s first air powered exhibit system. Both systems received awards for product design.
In 2012, Skyline won the coveted Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award, given by the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA). The OCI is an international award that recognizes sustained success in new product development and has been won by some of the world’s largest and most recognizable brands like Apple, BMW, Dow, Harley-Davidson, Merck, PepsiCo and many more.
"Skyline started business in 1980. It consisted of our founder and a K-car," stated Dierberger. "Today, we have a presence in 30 countries. Our growth can be attributed to our passion for design and quality manufacturing. We are honored to be a finalist for this award and to be in the company of exceptional organizations like Turck and Uponor.”
Each finalist for the 2014 Minnesota Manufacturer of the Year Award will be profiled in the October 2014 issue of the Minnesota Business magazine, and the winner of each category will be announced at a September awards event in downtown Minneapolis.