Meetings and events

Meet Elizabeth Anderson

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.

Elizabeth Anderson was recently hired as the sales coordinator for the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis.

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

Meet Julia Hamilton

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.

Julia Hamilton was recently hired as event manager at Conference Chicago.

Meet AC Launches New Websites

Meet AC, Atlantic City, N.J.’s tourism development agency, is shaking things up with three new websites this year and three in the pipeline set to launch within the next six months.

Recently, the organization established the convention website, which holds its convention calendar, a number of meeting planner tools and marketing materials. The convention center website merged with Meet AC. Soon, exhibitors will be able to make purchases directly through the website.

Meet James Rahn, Sommelier Extraordinaire

Originally from Chicago, James Rahn moved to Seattle to attend college at the University of Washington. While putting himself through school waiting tables at Seattle’s iconic Café Campagne, the restaurant’s wine director took him under her wing and taught him all about wine. Rahn was hooked.

“I got bit by it,” recalls Rahn of how his love of wine developed. When he returned to Chicago, he was certified as a sommelier and became wine director at a French restaurant.

Use This Summer Wine Guide to Know Where to Host the Perfect Wine Event

Did you know that Washington is the second-largest premium wine producer in the country? Or that Oregon has more than 600 wineries and more than 950 vine- yards? This summer, celebrate Northwest wine by explor- ing its wine countries with a group tasting tour or stocking your event bar with some of the region’s most acclaimed vintages. Cheers!

Wine Tasting 101

Winter Is in the Air

All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.

A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.

Tee Up Your Group Event at a Golf Resort

Stunning views and rolling fairways make our region a particularly ideal setting for a round of golf or two with your group, postmeeting. Better yet—many courses o er their own meeting spaces, so meeting to fairway is just a short golf cart drive away.

ANCHORAGE GOLF COURSE
Anchorage, Alaska

Rogue Ales & Spirits Brewery Spikes Beer with Spicy Sriracha

The folks at Oregon-based Rogue Ales & Spirits have capitalized on a hot condiment hailed by hipsters and food aficionados alike, introducing the Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout Beer, brewed with that curious condiment that some call “rooster sauce,” thanks to the rooster emblazoned on the bottle. Sriracha is actually just a magic mix of hot sauce, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt.

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.

Help End Forced Sex and Labor Trade

In the world of meetings and events, planners typically judge the success of a program by its high attendance numbers and effective content delivery, while vendors look to revenue numbers and the successful execution of products or services. There is, however, another number that is often associated with large conferences and conventions that both planners and vendors can work toward decreasing: the number of children exploited through sex trafficking.

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