Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Interview With Leslie Zeck, Cmp, Manager, Events And Conferences, American Red Cross National Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

The last year has been very demanding on the Red Cross. What are you planning for the annual meeting this month? This is our 125th anniversary. We’ll be meeting here in Washington, D.C., where we were founded. We are pretty big; we take up a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall. About 5,000 come to the national convention….

Read more

Personal Treats

The associate who stayed until 2 a.m. to help you rework the PowerPoint; the hotel event coordinator who found an extra 100 chairs three hours before the event; the assistant who raced to your office to pick up the forgotten briefcase. Chose one of the goodies below, and also, how about a little something for…

Read more

Star Quality: Celebrity Chefs As Speakers And Caterers

According to Kitchen Confidential author Anthony Bourdain, it used to be that those relegated to the confines of the kitchen were treated as though they were invisible. Kitchen workers and chefs were a breed unto themselves, with the world split decidedly between “front of the house” and “back of the house.” Then came Julia Child….

Read more

Omni Hotels

As far as your meeting attendees are concerned, career-wise you can go to the bank by selecting an Omni hotel for your next meeting. You’re secure in your job because last year the international customer-satisfaction research leader J.D. Power and Associates did theirs. In preparation for the 2005 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study, the…

Read more

Keep Accounts, Or Be Held Accountable

If you’ve made a new year’s resolution to get rid of the clutter on your desk, be careful. Thanks to the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, planners who throw away the notes, files, expense accounts and even e-mails related to the events they organize could be throwing their careers away as well. The Sarbanes-Oxley Corporate…

Read more

Five Principles

The secret to living a rich, satisfying and happy life is to be found in five simple principles. We’ve all known about these principles for over 5,000 years. Every religious tradition in the world teaches them, as do parents in every country. Without them, civilization would be impossible because there would be nothing but chaos…

Read more

Smoke Gets in Their ROIs

There was only one catch: the group insisted that every room in the hotel be a non-smoking room. “At the time, about 80 percent of our rooms were non-smoking,” Burger recalls. “We were able to convert the top floor into non-smoking, and then have it go back to smoking rooms after they left.” It was…

Read more

Washington Wines Northern Stars

Don't scoff; prepare for a surprise: The reds as well as whites from Washington's vineyards, especially the small vineyards of eastern Washington, rank right along with the world's finest—and often much more expensive—wines. In May The Economist, the international news magazine, referred to Washington's "dense and complex" yet "elegant" wines.  Harvey Steiman, editor-at-large for The…

Read more

The Eye Pleasing Plate

Presentation is everything when it comes to food. Top restaurants know this better than anyone. A menu can proclaim that the restaurant offers the best produce, the finest meats flavored with the most exquisite spices, but if the end result looks like it’s been doled out with an ice cream scoop onto a cafeteria tray,…

Read more