• Emerging Sales Professionals’ Sixth Symposium Scheduled in Bellevue in May

     
    POSTED March 16, 2017
     

Mark your calendars: The Emerging Sales Professionals Association will host its sixth professional development symposium for sales professionals of publicly owned or operated convention and meeting venues on May 3, 2017, at the Meydenbauer Convention Center in Bellevue, Wash. The symposium, called ESP6, will co-locate with the International Association of Venue Managers Region IV Conference. Northwest Meetings + Events magazine is a presenting sponsor for ESP6; other event sponsors include GES, Smart City Networks, Edlen Electrical, Travel Portland, Tacoma Convention Center, Visit Bellevue and Visit Seattle.

The ESP6 symposium will feature Joan Eisenstodt who is the founder of Washington, D.C.-based Eisenstodt Associates, a meetings and hospitality consulting, training and facilitation company. She will be presenting on:

Meetings Beyond Logistics: Becoming Consultative Sales & Marketing Professionals

All the buzz is that meetings should be experiential and interactive. Attracting those meetings to your facilities means learning how meetings can create new and different learning environments, experiences and outcomes.

What’s Ethics Got to Do with It? Selling and Marketing With Reputations in Mind

Business ethics, which are generally under scrutiny, are a greater issue for everyone in today’s business climate. Issues concerning, for example, payment of commissions, relationships with vendors, meeting points or rewards, and other types of non-monetary gifts or items of value, have raised and continue to raise concerns. In this interactive session, we will, using scenarios, discuss the issues and topics that can result in gray areas as they relate to industry professionalism and ethics and determine what steps marketing and sales professionals and their employers, and clients need to take.

To learn more about the ESP6 symposium or about the Emerging Sales Professionals Association, contact Michael McQuade at michael.mcquade@wscc.com or 206.694.5105. You also can check out their LinkedIn or Facebook.

Portland International Airport (PDX) was famously known for its teal, geometrically patterned carpet, which was sadly removed back in 2015. But now, PDX will be known for its recently completed, unique timber ceiling. ZGF Architects worked closely with PDX for 50 years and designed this transformation to last another half century. The Portland airport is becoming one of the first to be seismic-resilient and produce low carbon emissions, thanks to the 9 acres of native Pacific Northwest hardwood used in building the terminal’s ceiling.

 

The average event-goer spends long days sitting in meetings or professional development sessions, followed by an hour or two of standing and sipping cocktails. But holding your next big event at a spa resort opens a realm of possibilities for wellness breaks. Moving the action from the boardroom to the steam room can improve morale by combining business with pleasure—while also boosting attendees’ health. 

 

 Seattle is young and ever evolving, a dynamic city where newness is an integral part of the culture. And it has a long, proud history of hospitality.

In the early 1850s, Chief Seattle welcomed strangers to the banks of Puget Sound. Because of his kindness, they named their new settlement on Elliott Bay after him. “Seattle is a new city with an ancient culture,” notes Ken Workman, Chief Seattle’s great, great, great, great grandson. “It’s less than two grandmas old, as we like to say.”