Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Interview With Susan Mc Sorley – Director, Convention and Meeting Services, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, located in Rosemont, near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, provides musculoskeletal education to its more than 29,000 domestic and international members. The organization will be celebrating its 75th anniversary next year. Susan McSorley oversees a staff of 14, which is responsible for the AAOS annual meeting including education, logistics, exhibits,…

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Did You Know

Help is on the way. You’ll be defeating conniving keystroke-loggers and making your way through the treacherous land of phishing, all while barricading the queen’s door with steel-like AES encryption codes. Wait, what? No, this isn’t a replay of Dungeons and Dragons. And, really, there is no queen (matter of opinion?)—only your precious domain of…

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Utah Flavors in a Grand Way

Imagine our delight when eight top members of the 60-person culinary team of The Grand America Hotel—Salt Lake City’s only AAA Five-Diamond hotel—visited our Bay Area headquarters to talk about food! On a given day, The Grand’s kitchens can serve up to 5,000 meals. Last year, the grocery bill totaled $6.8 million, some of which…

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Boutique Hotels

Last summer, Chris Ryman, chief operating officer of Booth Creek Ski Holdings herded his staff in for a retreat at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, Calif. Fifteen human resources team members encircled the boardroom table, firing off ideas. And some seemed to be bobbing. Yes, bobbing. Well, wouldn’t you be if you were…

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Show(S) And Tell

Las Vegas is full of wacky shows: a new flock of hypnotists, magicians and comedians seems to appear (and disappear) every week. But no show has done a better job of punching through the noise than Beacher’s Madhouse, a free-for-all, freak-and-variety show that has become one of the most popular shows in town. BEACHER’S MADHOUSE…

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Interview With Eduardo Chaillo, Cmp

On the 14th of this month, the México Tourism Board will open a new marketing office in Washington, D.C., making a total of nine in North America. Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, who until now has directed the MTB’s North American promotional efforts from the board’s regional office in Chicago, will head up this new facility in…

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The Beauties Of Cool Climate Syrahs

Add  to your event-planning arsenal an appreciation of unusual wines that can satisfy the pickiest guests. For most, the old standbys of chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon usually do the trick. But for those looking for more adventure, try syrah. Commonly referred to as a “grower’s varietal” for its natural vigor and versatility, syrah is…

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Dude, It’s A Radical Meeting Destination

When Bill Wulff, CMP and president of Above The Rim Events in New Jersey, was planning a sales meeting for a pharmaceutical company his client wanted a West Coast destination. “They had been to San Diego and L.A., and wanted something different,” he says. The “something different” he planned was Huntington Beach, a mellow coastal…

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Fields Of Dreams

It’s commonly held that environments best suited for grape-growing are also ideal for human well-beings. Though that’s reason enough to plan your meeting in a wine-producing region, it helps that wine country’s relaxing aura evokes focused thinking and fresh ideas. In wine country, enlivened productivity stems in part from breathtaking scenery: endless rows of meticulously…

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Affordable Meetings

Affordable meetings are a state of mind. After all, what’s affordable to a corporate CEO might not be so affordable to a nonprofit organization. Nevertheless, there’s one characteristic all groups likely share: they want to stay within budget. And that’s become an increasingly difficult chore for planners as our economy has shifted from a post-9/11…

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