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Wear It Well—And More Than Once

Briggs & Riley, a leading luggage manufacturer, reached out to a group of their customers who travel frequently for events and asked them what packing habits work for them. The responses were based on convenience and comfort—Nobody wants to schlep more weight than necessary, and at the end of the day, it’s the comforts of…

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Powerhouses and Puff Balls

…there’s a $4-billion industry making a comeback more successfully than Britney Spears. Bowling is back. And corporate groups are catching on—big time. Old bowling alleys are being replaced by brightly colored high-tech lounges with thumping music, ultraviolet lighting and an entire catering staff—usually part of a bigger “playground” for adults.  FatCats’ third entertainment center opened…

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Luxury Travel for 2008

Just as your CEO likes to be in-the-know when it comes to what kind of watch or PDA is in style, it is important that you know the latest and greatest in luxury travel when planning your next executive retreat or C-level business meeting. Karen Weiner Escalera, founder of marketing and public relations firm KWE…

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Smart Moves: January 2008

Kathy Van Vechten was appointed vice president, sales and marketing of Terranea Resort,  slated to open mid-2009 in Palos Verdes, Calif. She was director of marketing for the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. The Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica (Calif.) appointed Ellis O’Connor general manager. He was general manager of Gramercy Park Hotel in New…

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Everyone Can Be a Star

but you’re dealing with a few couch potatoes who might not be keen on the idea of a vigorous team-building afternoon.  No sweat—now there’s a solution that involves television.  Or, at least the general themes of today’s most popular reality shows. TeamWorx has been the catalyst of camaraderie for more than 25 years. President Wayne…

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Meeting for a Makeover

But these wardrobe mishaps are not uncommon. The popularity of fashion-based reality shows like What Not to Wear and Extreme Makeover demonstrates just how interested people are in getting trustworthy advice on personal appearance —if not an entire reconstruction! While William Edward Squire isn’t a surgeon or fitness guru who will alter your physical attributes,…

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Mistakes on a Plane?

It’s time for that inevitable single-file march, you know the one—your section has just been called; boarding pass in hand, you schlep your laptop and carry-on down the ramp to the bulky metal tube where you’ll be spending the next five hours relaxing with a magazine and a Diet Coke. “Good afternoon,” chime the polished…

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Never a Dull Day in the Industry

Attendees gobbling more than their fair share of cookies, audiovisual equipment going dead in the middle of a presentation, even curious vagrants wandering into your meeting.      Well, you’re not alone in the surprising and sometimes bizarre world of planning. As numerous corporate and association events transpire nationwide, so, too, do the strange behaviors….

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Give Me a Break!

At last, it’s break time after that intense three-hour meeting. You’re anticipating coffee and snacks—nothing more than a breather, right? Instead, imagine yourself perched at the edge of a shimmering turquoise lagoon. One hand stretches out to touch a friendly Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin; the other holds a cool glass of iced tea. Sounds like a…

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Big Hat, Lots of Cattle

Best-selling author and branding consultant Joe Calloway frames his new book, Work Like You’re Showing Off!, with a startling premise: What the world needs is more showoffs, in work and in life, not fewer. But the Tennessee-based consultant (whose clients include American Express, Volvo, BMW, IBM and the like) is not referring to the pretentious,…

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