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Tauscheck Named Industry Forty Under 40
Tiffany Tauscheck, Vice President of Marketing and Development for the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission, has been named a “Forty Under 40” honoree by USAE—a national publication for and about the association, destination marketing organization and hospitality communities.
“Tiffany more than demonstrates service and commitment to her community, both in her role at the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and in every aspect of her life,” said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission. “She has brought our city’s destination marketing initiatives to new heights. Her passion for Greater Des Moines, the tourism industry and the nonprofit sector are unmatchable.”
The USAE award is given to 40 individuals of trade or professional associations, association management organizations and charitable or philanthropic entities who are 39 or younger and demonstrate strong leadership skills, leadership potential and a solid commitment to the association/nonprofit industry.
Tauscheck, a Drake University Graduate, serves the community in a variety of ways, including the Governor’s Council on National Service, Drake University National Alumni Board, Des Moines Community Playhouse Board (President-Elect), Hospice of Central Iowa Foundation Board of Trustees, John Stoddard Cancer Center Board of Directors, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Marketing Committee and Maddie’s Circle. She was named a Des Moines Business Record Forty Under 40 honoree in 2008, Juice Magazine Young Professional of the Year in 2011 and the inaugural Des Moines Business Record Emerging Woman of Influence in 2014.
A full list of 2014 USAE “Forty Under 40” honorees is available here.
Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau Hotel Week Program Wins Tourism Award
The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is pleased to announce Hotel Week as the recipient of the Trailblazer award, given recently at the 2014 Wisconsin Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (WACVB) conference in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
The Greater Madison CVB received the award in the marketing and communication budget between $25,000-$50,000 category for the Madison Hotel Week campaign. In partnership with the Greater Madison Hotel & Lodging Association, the CVB created a 10-day promotion designed to drive awareness and visitor volume during a time of year that is traditionally slow. The campaign generated 147 room nights and an estimated $53,000 in visitor spending. The campaign’s Web site had nearly 4200 unique visitors and the earned media value was $16,000 including Midwest Living social media, Chicago Magazine online, and the Travel Girl Web site.
This year, the 10-day long event will run from February 13 to February 23, 2015. Special Hotel Week packages are available at $75 or $100 per night. Hotel Week also has an exclusive website featuring itineraries and additional activity suggestions for guests to enjoy while they are visiting the Madison area. For all the latest information, be sure to visit madisonhotelweek.com.
“We were excited by the idea of creating Hotel Week and by partnering with the GMCVB and others in our hotel industry. We were guided by the principle of creating a great deal on a great experience and in Hotel Week we truly feel we have created something quite special for guests to Madison,” said local hotelier Jason Ilstrup, General Manager of Hotel RED.
Voting Open for Connectors Choice Awards
Eighth-annual awards ceremony honors Northeast Ohio's corporate event-planning industry and business networking community
Voting is underway to determine the five finalists in each of 26 Connectors Choice Awards categories. The ballot is available online to the general public at http://fluidsurveys.com/s/cca2015/.
Now in its eighth year, CCA recognizes Northeast Ohio's top organizations, individuals, and events in each of two sectors - the corporate event-planning industry and the business networking community.
Cleveland Business Connects magazine and parent company Contempo Communications sponsor the annual event, which will next occur on Feb. 25 at the State Theatre at Playhouse Square.
CCA voting, which opened Oct. 1, runs through Dec. 7. There is no limit as to how many times one can access the online ballot and vote. Respondents do not have to vote in every category. All write-in votes are added to the ballot as soon as possible.
The top five vote getters in each category will be recognized in mid-December as CCA finalists. Select judges will then review documentation submitted by those finalists to determine a winner in each category. The 26 winners will be revealed Feb. 25 at the CCA ceremony.
Tickets, VIP tables, and sponsorships for the Feb. 25 event are available at www.cbcmagazine.com/cca2015, (216) 831-9557, and email@example.com.
View the 26 categories and cast your vote here.
Experient’s Joy Womack Recognized By PCMA
Joy Womack, CMP, Director, Event Management for Experient, the source for integrated meeting and event solutions, was named the 2014 Distinguished Member of the Year by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). PCMA honors outstanding members each year for their contributions to PCMA and the meetings industry.
Womack has been an active member and volunteer of PCMA since 2000. This past year, she served as Secretary of the Capital Chapter, and worked to help develop a leadership toolkit as part of the chapter’s efforts in succession planning. She is a member of the Advocacy Task Force and leads a workgroup charged with developing tactics to disseminate information and tools to members.
“I am incredibly grateful and honored to receive this recognition from PCMA,” Womack says. “My involvement at a local and national level is something that I value very much in terms of my professional development, as well as the amazing connections that I have made with great business partners, clients and friends over the years.” Womack continues saying, “Being involved in PCMA has become an important part of my professional life that, along with my position at Experient, gives me a sense of fulfillment in my career.”
Womack was recognized with the award for her contributions to PCMA during this past year and for her committee and board involvement, project leadership, community service, and her contributions to furthering the growth of PCMA through the mentoring of students and emerging professionals.
Dee Blakeney, CMP, Vice President, Event Planning at Experient, says Womack is passionate about her involvement with PCMA. “I am so pleased for Joy and proud of her for this recognition so well deserved,” Blakeney said. “She serves as a leader and model for our Experient team members wishing to contribute to our industry.”
PCMA will recognize Womack, along with rest of the Achievement Award winners, at the 59th PCMA Annual Meeting: Convening Leaders, January 11-14, 2015, in Chicago.
2014 Nebraska Travel Industry Award Winners Announced
Nebraska’s tourism industry professionals honored their peers at the Celebrate Nebraska Awards Gala Thursday evening at the Quality Inn & Suites/Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte, Nebraska. The event capped the annual Nebraska Tourism Conference organized by the Nebraska Tourism Commission and hosted by the North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau.
State Senator Schilz and Nebraska Tourism Commission Chair John Chapo announced the following 2014 Nebraska Travel Industry award winners.
The 2014 Henry Fonda Award – the state’s highest tourism award representing leadership, vision and dedication to the tourism industry – went to John Rosenow. John Rosenow has been a big supporter of the Nebraska Tourism Commission and in recent years has been especially helpful and generous in his support of our national media tours. He’s made the media participants feel welcomed in Nebraska City, while also educating them about the Arbor Day Foundation, the Lied Lodge and Conference Center and Arbor Day Farm. More importantly, he educates the participants on the historical and the environmental importance of the history of Arbor Day and J. Sterling Morton.
Rosenow founded The Arbor Day Foundation in 1972, on the 100th anniversary of Arbor Day, and the Foundation now has nearly a million members. In Nebraska City, the Foundation manages Arbor Day Farm as an educational visitor attraction. John oversaw the construction of Lied Lodge and Conference Center, which is dedicated to meetings focusing on trees and conservation. Today the property is home to the Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure, featuring the Lied Greenhouse, Woodland Pavilion, Tree House Trail; its Nature's Classroom, Exploratory Trail, and the planned Exploratory building are being developed in collaboration with the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.
“Ours is a competitive industry. We compete with mountains and beaches. Yet more people today are discovering the unexpected beauty of our great state. And thanks to visionary leaders like John Rosenow, more and more Americans are stopping and enjoying Nebraska,” commented Kathy McKillip, Executive Director of the Nebraska Tourism Commission.
The Outstanding Tourism Publication Award was won by the North Platte Visitor Guide (North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau). The North Platte Visitor Guide is a 24 page, 4 x 9 brochure that underwent a complete revamp for the 2014 year. Complete with new graphics, photography and editorial, the brochure has proven to be helpful to visitors of North Platte. One very popular feature was retained in this year’s Visitors Guide – the center fold cartoon map of North Platte that is used to direct visitors to North Platte’s most popular points of interest. 50,000 copies of the North Platte Visitors Guide were originally produced for 2014, however due to its popularity; more than 10,000 copies were reprinted in the late summer.
The Outstanding Website Award went to VisitOmaha.com (Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau). The primary goal of the Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau website was to showcase Omaha as a wonderful tourism destination while highlighting specific venues and attractions. With new features such as “Now Serving”, a web-series promoting Omaha’s unique flavor through local restaurants, and the “Omaha Adventure Savings Card,” which has seen a 38% increase of requests online, the site has been able to meet their goal. The user-friendly site has stayed up to date on the latest online trends, while also generating success with a 9% increase of visitors to the site compared to last year. This year alone, the website has had more than 990,000 visits.
Two Brothers Roundhouse Honored with “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” Award
The Illinois Office of Tourism (IOT) and the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau today announced Two Brothers Roundhouse located in Aurora is a recipient of an “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” award, which honors local food establishments around the state that are beloved destinations for visitors and locals alike. Two Brothers Roundhouse is among a select group of Illinois establishments to receive the unique designation from the tourism bureau. All award winners will receive a certificate from the state and a window cling to inform diners of the state designation.
“From family-owned restaurants with long and storied histories to the hottest new cuisines in the world, Illinois has emerged as a premier culinary destination for both domestic and international visitors,” said Jen Hoelzle, Illinois State Travel Director. “The ‘Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination’ award honors those restaurants that are authentically Illinois, making a trip to the state unforgettable.”
Passion for beer, love of food, and appreciation for great architecture flourishes in the walls of this historic 70,000 square foot facility. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Two Brothers Roundhouse is the oldest limestone roundhouse in the United States. As they bring new life to this 155 year old building, enjoy a casual atmosphere in the main dining room gastro-pub, their sports tavern and music venue or their new café and bakery. There is more to do than dinner at the Roundhouse. Enjoy a fine steak or burger. As with the beer and food, the live entertainment has a local flair. Whether it be a wedding, reunion or corporate event, they have a variety of spaces for friends and family to gather. Cheers!
“We are honored to represent such an outstanding establishment as Two Brothers Roundhouse,” says AACVB Interim Director Ellen Mueller. “The Roundhouse is a historic community icon for both local and out-of-town visitors and the dining ambiance lends to an enjoyable dining or banquet experience.”
Many travelers come to Illinois because of the state’s flourishing restaurant scene. According to a 2013 D.K. Shifflet & Associates Study, nearly one third of leisure travelers to Illinois reported participating in a unique “culinary experience” as a key part of their vacation, proving culinary offerings are a key motivator for travel.
To be considered for an award, restaurants must be nominated by a Convention & Visitors Bureau, community member or Enjoy Illinois social media fan. The nominee must be a one-of-a-kind restaurant that is authentic to Illinois and an established part of its community. Only restaurants located in Illinois will be considered for the “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” award, which is chosen by IOT.
For more information about the state’s culinary offerings and “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” awards, visit EnjoyIllinois.com or Facebook.com/EnjoyIllinois.
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.