Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Food & Beverage

A grape is a grape is a grape, right? That’s just the kind of thinking that Ian Blackburn, founder of LearnAboutWine in Los Angeles, has focused on eradicating since 1995. Shortly afterward, Blackburn founded the first Web site dedicated to the education, service and enjoyment of wine, thus casting his net—you should pardon the pun—out…

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Interview with Steve Bova, CAE Executive Director, Financial & Insurance Conference Planners

Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) is a Chicago-headquartered association whose members are meeting, conference and convention planners who work for insurance or financial services companies. Founded in 1957, the 50-year-old organization passed the 500 mark for membership last December. Steve Bova has headed FICP since the organization's headquarters moved from Vancouver to Chicago in…

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Giving Back With Grace

If you haven’t been giving, you’ll find no guilt trips here. Instead, consider this moment the chance to open up a little window into your heart. You may not feel you have much to give, and it’s true that, other than interns on emergency room shifts and air traffic controllers at O’Hare, all of us…

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Headlines: August 2007

HOTEL MATRIMONY In an effort to take the hotel industry to a new level—yet again—Ian Schrager has partnered with Marriott International to create a new hotel brand with a different set of standards. Instead of providing “merely a place to sleep,” the (so-far-unnamed) brand-with-a-soul will offer personalized, down-to-earth service, while maintaining a luxurious edge. Set…

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Tackling Tech Woes

high-speed communication, global access and mobile offices are just a few of the vast benefits of being part of a BlackBerry, cell phone and tech-happy society. But there is a bit of a backlash, particularly when it comes to our bodies. Sore hands from rapid-fire text messaging, kinked necks from hours in front of the…

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Smart Moves: August 2007

Meeting Professionals International appointed Cary Broussard vice president, marketing and brand strategy. She was the leading diversity officer and senior vice president of marketing for Wyndham International, also in Dallas. Broussard is the author of From Cinderella to CEO. Patrick Blanch was named general manager of Aerie Resort, a member of the Relais & Chateaux…

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Smart Scene: Hilton Waikoloa Village & HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings West

On Hawaii Forest & Trail’s Pinztrek Adventure: Michelle Martinez, HWV; Ken Minn, guest of Colleen Crane (seated next to him), Nike; Jana Atlas and Tony Atlas, Atlas International Meetings & Events, Inc.; Margaret Launzel-Pennes, Herbalife; Terra Montero, HWV; Carla Howard, Smart Meetings; Tina and Timothy Crawford, Stimulys.   At the Great Waikoloa Food, Wine &…

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Smart Spaces

Somewhere out there in paradise, brunch perfection awaits your group. Just-picked tropical fruits and juices start the menu. There’s fresh-roasted Kona coffee, picked from neighboring hillside trees, to accompany a selection of hot-from-the-oven breads. But then there’s the setting on Hilton Waikoloa Village’s four-acre lagoon, open to the turquoise ocean that flows along the Big…

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View From Vegas

Vegas From On HighThe bird’s-eye perspective of the Las Vegas Strip is one of the most famous in the world, thanks to exposure in countless movies and television shows. But if visitors are not lucky enough to catch a glimpse from their airplane window, many never get a chance to appreciate the classic high-level view…

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View From Vegas: Flying High

PLANET HOLLYWOOD Most recent developments along the Las Vegas Strip have entailed demolishing an existing (if timeworn) property to make way for The Next Big Thing. But the latest new hotel has sprung up out of the old without ever closing for business. As of this September, the old Aladdin will have officially completed its…

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