For most meeting planners, the welcome reception is pivotal because it sets the tone and energy for the rest of the conference. After a long day of education sessions, I can tell you that attendees …

Long Spanish moss dripping from old Savannah trees, morning dew gently caressing the blades of grass, stone statues silently guarding the garden gloriously abundant with overgrown ivy and luscious fauna.This is the picture we painted …

My annual trek to Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Conference this year got a bonus. Minnesota is my “home” so I was able to sneak in a pre-conference visit to my parents and family. I …

Planners, let’s face it, not everything goes according to plan. You never know when you might need extra batteries or glue for a quick fix. The mark of a good event planner is one that …

The sun is out and it is HOT; that can only mean one thing… it’s officially summer! Here are a few of our favorite food and beverage ideas to serve at events to keep your …

Last week, I shared my favorite event décor elements and meeting locations in Part 1. In continuing with our outdoor theme, here are some pro tips on designing for outdoor events. Site Plan Depending on …

Summer is here and the weather is beautiful! Al fresco events can be magical (if the weather cooperates, of course). Let’s put on our “the weather will be perfect” goggles and talk about outdoor events. …

When planning conferences or events, meeting planners often focus on the logistics of transporting large groups of people. Sometimes the end destination features all of the interaction and excitement of the event, but the ride …

StatisticsOpened: January 2011Meeting Rooms: Total of 5 spaces (between inside & outside).Sq. Footage: 9,782 of meeting spaceIn-House A/V: RJR (Raymond James Community Room) has a drop-down screen and built-in projector. There’s also a theater room.___________Looking …