This past May, the Emerging Sales Professionals Association (ESPA)—a Washington state nonprofit corporation that provides professional development training for sales staff from publicly owned convention and meeting venues—held its sixth Emerging Sales Professionals Symposium, ESP6, at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. ESPA members include sales professionals at all levels from convention and meeting venues in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. The association organizes educational programs each fall and spring.
If your company holiday festivities' guest list includes spouses, partners and children, the Northwest has numerous family-friendly venues that will make everyone feel welcome. Here are just a few:
Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle
Emerging Sales Professionals—a professional development offering of the International Association of Venue Managers—will host its fifth professional development seminar for staff selling publicly owned or operated convention and meeting venues. The event, called ESP5, will co-locate with the 2016 PCMA / MPIWSC Meetings Industry Summit, which is presented by the Professional Convention Management Association Pacific Northwest Chapter and Meeting Professionals International Washington State Chapter. Both of these powerful educational events will be held on Sept.
When Stacy Graven, executive director of Visit Bellevue Washington, first moved to Bellevue in 1972, the city fell squarely into the “bedroom community” category. Much has changed since then, however. “The community has continued to evolve from suburban to much more urban city,” says Graven, “but it still manages to be a great place to live, work and play.”
When Visit Tri-Cities President and CEO Kris Watkins first came to the Tri-Cities from Bellevue, Washington, to open a branch office for her then employer, she had only planned to stay six months. The lure of the Columbia River, abundant golf and romance (she met her now husband Clark during her initial visit) kept her put. Here are three reasons why meeting planners are also drawn to this southeast Washington hub:
With old-school gaming systems, a dance floor and slider versions of the adjoining Lunchbox Laboratory’s burgers available, it’s no wonder The Event Lab is a popular choice for corporate events or private parties.