event planning

Best of the Northwest: Vote Now! Vote Often!

Voting for the 7th Annual Northwest Meetings + Events Best of Awards is now live! It’s time to let your favorite vendors know just how much you appreciate them.

This year, voting is limited to one ballot per email address and voters must vote in at least 10 categories. The ballot has been prepopulated with past winners and nominees, as well as regional favorites, but feel free to write in your own! The ballot will be updated as new names are added. Voting ends May 19.

Here are a few categories you can vote for:

Seattle Hotel Association’s 20th Annual “Evening of Hope” Gala

Grab your ripped jeans and tuxedo jackets—Seattle Hotel Association’s 20th Annual “Evening of Hope” presented by Delta Air Lines is taking place on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. This year’s Beverly Hillbillies-inspired theme is “Denim to Diamonds,” featuring a blend of high society and hoedown.

Meet Alexandra Vekich

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Alexandra Vekich was recently hired as an event coordinator at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as event coordinator at McNamara Alumni Center?

Elevate Your Event With Eleventes

Sparkloft Media, a Portland, Oregon-based social media marketing company, has introduced a way to increase the social media buzz surrounding your upcoming meeting, event, conference or trade show. Eleventes is a suite of social media services designed to boost attendance, engage attendees, maximize membership and enhance sponsorship.

Instagram Inspiration

Just as writers experience the dreaded writer’s block, event planners, too, can get stuck in a rut. The Internet is a great place for sparking ideas, but options are limitless. How does one find inspiration with so many different things to search? Pinterest is a classic go-to, but Instagram might be the stronger choice. Instead of scrolling through an endless amount of pictures—some relevant and others completely useless—following someone you admire will give you more successful ideas you can incorporate into your events. We’ve listed a few accounts that boast exceptional ideas.

Expert Tips & Tricks for Planning Fun Runs and Walks

Nothing could be more fun on a gloriously sunny day than participating in a run or walk-especially in support of a good cause. Friends and family can feel virtuous while getting some fresh air, exercising those muscles and bonding over the experience. Whether it’s a community run celebrating good health, a charity fundraiser or a challenging road race, there are a multitude of resources out there to help you plan one. Here are some expert tips to get you started.

First Things First: Set Goals

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