Monthly Archives: December 2010

Pefection Rewarded with M&C Gold Key Awards

This year’s winners of the prestigious Meetings & Conventions magazine’s Gold Key Award strive for perfection in hosting your important event or conference. These properties’ efforts deserve industry recognition for their professionalism, and meeting planners have answered the call by voting them Gold Key recipients. See what exciting venues and services they have to offer!

The Hilton Anatole, TX
The Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas is not only a rare gem in the Hilton hotel portfolio, it is an incomparable symbol of progress, inspiration and luxury. An unmistakable legend. Abundant with cultural amenities and boasting 1,606 meticulously appointed rooms and suites, guests are routinely introduced to the type of hospitality that has made it a cultural icon. Meeting hosts and guests alike will delight in a hassle-free event venue that showcases more than 500,000 square feet of event space, including 77 meeting rooms and 128,000 square feet of dedicated exhibit space.

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, MD
Situated on the water’s edge of the Inner Harbor in Baltimore’s premier neighborhood, Harbor East, the hotel not only offers spectacular views but the convenience of easy access to the best of downtown. BWI Airport & the Amtrak stations are just minutes by car. Offering 732 guest rooms for attendees, the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront’s meeting space is as ambitious as your itinerary, with 80,000 total square feet, including 35 meeting rooms, with a maximum space for 41 breakout rooms, plus exhibition space.

Associated Luxury Hotels Presents The “IAC Member of the Year Award” To Kathy Hastings of Anheuser-Busch

WASHINGTON, DC – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) presented Kathy Hastings, CMP, CMM, Manager of Event Services-Sales for Anheuser-Busch, with its “IAC Member of the Year Award” for 2010. Hastings (center) is seen here receiving the prestigious award from David Gabri (left), president and CEO of ALHI, and G.A. Taylor Fernley, president and CEO of Fernley & Fernley, Inc. and the 2010 ALHI Industry Advisory Council Chairman. The award is given annually by ALHI to one extraordinary meeting professional or executive who has distinguished themselves among all of the ALHI clients that year. The award was presented at ALHI’s annual Industry Advisory Council conference, which was conducted at the oceanfront Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

“Kathy Hastings is truly ‘what extraordinary looks like,’” said Gabri. “She stands out among the very best in the meetings marketplace, and epitomizes professional passion and leadership. She is a true professional who has attained the highest level of respect in the industry, and we’re very pleased to recognize her with this award.”

ALHI ( is a prestigious dues-based National Sales organization which provides authorized National Sales services and expertise to the meetings and incentive/recognition marketplaces for its membership of more than 125 Four- and Five-Diamond hotels and resorts worldwide. Established in 1986, ALHI provides over 100,000 rooms and suites, and more than 10 million square feet of meeting space in its extraordinary portfolio of the best venues for meetings. There is no cost to planners’ or executives’ organizations to utilize the National Sales services of ALHI, as its members’ dues fund the National Sales organization to serve planners in their regions.

For more information about ALHI, or to inquire about a future meeting at any of the ALHI member properties, contact your nearest ALHI National Sales Office, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit

Bellevue Washington Conventions Hires Rachelle Raymond

BELLEVUE, WA — Bellevue Washington Conventions, representing Seattle’s Eastside, Bellevue Hotels, and Meydenbauer Convention Center, announced today the hiring of Rachelle Raymond as Convention Sales Manager.

Ms. Raymond focuses her sales efforts on the Regional Government and Associations market and the SMERF market. Ms. Raymond’s experience includes three years at MTR Western where she handled all sales and marketing for the state of Washington as well as playing an integral role in their work at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Rachelle graduated Bellevue’s Newport High School and is happy to be selling her home town as a convention destination. She is also a proud graduate of Washington State University. Ms. Raymond is a member of the Washington Society of Association Executives (WSAE), and Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP).

About Bellevue Washington Conventions
Representing Seattle’s Eastside, Bellevue Hotels, and Meydenbauer Convention Center, the Bellevue Convention Sales Group showcases Bellevue and Meydenbauer Center to meeting planners as a potential convention destination. The convention sales managers work based on market segment to book conventions or groups with 200 or more room nights on peak. They are able to provide meeting planners with a ‘one stop shop’, working with hotels to collect bids, assembling proposals for Meydenbauer Center, and organizing helpful destination information including maps, recreation and airport information.

Sharon Linton, Marketing and Communications Manager
Meydenbauer Center and Visit Bellevue Washington

250,000 Reasons to Book an Atlanta Meeting Now

…Earn 250,000 Marriott Rewards Bonus Points at 11 Participating Hotels During 2011 Value Dates

ATLANTA, GA – Book a meeting into 2011 Value Dates by March 31, 2011 at participating Atlanta-area JW Marriott®, Renaissance® or Marriott® hotels (NYSE:MAR) and earn up to 250,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points. Or, after actualizing room nights, groups have the choice to save up to $3,000 toward their meeting master account*. Visit for details.

Planners select the course, Marriott provides the destination! From the airport, to Stone Mountain Park, to Buckhead and dazzling Downtown, Marriott’s convenient locations place planners and attendees near all of Atlanta’s hottest attractions. An exciting hub for sports and entertainment, Atlanta is home to the 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia World Congress Center, The World of Coca-Cola, CNN Atlanta, Philips Arena, Georgia Dome and the $200 million Georgia Aquarium to name only a few.

In addition, three distinctive Marriott brands team up to provide luxurious amenities, Marriott service that is second to none and 250,000 reasons to book a memorable Atlanta meeting now. And remember, the more room nights booked, the better the deal! So get on board and experience one of the participating distinguished properties:

Atlanta Airport Marriott, Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta, Atlanta
Marriott Marquis, Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown, Atlanta Marriott Century Center, Atlanta
Marriott Perimeter Center, JW Marriott Buckhead, Evergreen Conference Resort, Renaissance
Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel and the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly.

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit or call 800-372-7530.

Click here for Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) company information.

* Meeting must be booked during 2011 Value Dates and contract signed by 3/31/11. Meeting must be held between 1/1/11-12/30/11. Offer not valid with any other offer/promotion or for previously booked business. Limit of one point award or cash applied per booking. Space is subject to availability. Not all dates apply. Choice of Marriott Rewards bonus points or cash toward he group master account, paid on actualized paid room nights. Must ask for promotion prior to final contract negotiations and signing contract. Bonus points will be awarded within 30 days of event actualizing.

SpringFest 2011 is a Vibrant, Full-Bodied Showcase of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

TEMECULA VALLEY Southern California Wine Country – “Fresh, brilliant, vibrant, fun! The uniquely scenic, SpringFest destinations of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country come to life with wine adventures, music and song, classic autos, western festivities, and more!” Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO makes it clear, “It’s a gloriously full-bodied showcase. Natural beauty and premium excitement are set amidst three amazing backdrops: dynamic, Downtown Old Town Temecula with surrounding, untouched hillsides blooming with lilac; exciting, Pechanga Resort & Casino where faces of the mountains’ granite boulders glisten after spring rains; and fascinating, Temecula Valley Wine Country where vineyards’ plump, green buds thrive in air, refreshing and still.” Celebrating SpringFest daily March 1 through May 31, the casual, picturesque valley is located an hour southeast of Orange County and southwest of Palm Desert; and 1½ hours southeast of Los Angeles.

Temecula Valley Wine Country heralds SpringFest with World of Wine Weekend, March 5 and 6 (10am-4:30pm both days). Guests will enjoy a self-guided wine country tour to 30+ wineries. At each: exclusive barrel, tank, and/or bottle, wine samplings of worldwide grape varietals made in unique, Temecula style. Plus: perfect food pairings. Event is a sure, sell-out; order tickets early.

Old Town Temecula sports the Temecula Rod Run, March 11 and 12 with hundreds of the West Coast’s finest, classic, pre-1974 vehicles. For ‘Friday Night Cruise’ (5pm0in), autos roam, rev, honk, and show their stuff. Then it’s ‘Saturday Show and Shine’ (8am0in); get a look under the hoods of freshly detailed and polished beauties.

Not-to-be-missed! Chocolate Decadence (March 18, 7pm0in) and the Pechanga Wine Festival (March 19, 1pm0in) at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Friday’s event pairs acclaimed red, sparkling, late harvest, and dessert wines with the decadent chocolate treats of Pechanga’s world-renowned chocolatier, Jean-Marie Verhoeven. Saturday, premium wines of Temecula Valley, Napa, Sonoma, New Zealand, Italy, Chile, and Argentina are companion to live culinary demonstrations by Pechanga’s premier restaurants’ talented chefs.

Dovetailing the weekend: the jubilant Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival, March 19 (11am0in) and 20 (11am0in). Among 12 bluegrass bands highlighting the West Coast’s finest such event: Byron Berline, the Grascals, Bluegrass Etc. Old Town street scene, daytime concerts are FREE; every-seat-is-a-great-seat Old Town Temecula Community Theater, evening concerts, paid ticketed events. Both days: jam sessions; plenty of robust picking/grinning.

The Temecula Wine & Music Festival brings a rich mix of pop, jazz, rhythm-n-blues, and unique wine tasting experience to Vail Lake Resort, April 30 (12noon-7pm). The relaxed, oak-studded setting is an enthusiastic escape for enjoying two dozen musical acts, and masterful creations from a dozen local wineries. This annual celebration is one of California’s largest wine and music events.

Old Town Temecula features popular Western Days, May 21 and 22 (11am-5 pm both days): Temecula Gunfighters; visiting gun-fighting clubs; Old West characters; western music, exhibits; trick ropers; humorous skits; high-noon robbery of The Bank. Sunday also has: International Chili Society cook-off/people’s choice event. Cooking begins 9am; people’s choice chili, available for tasting, 1pm.

Fully emerged for SpringFest is Old Town Temecula’s newest, fashionable landmark: Mission Revival-style Civic Center, Town Square, courtyard, and remarkable fountain inspired by Luiseño basket artistry. Charming Old Town invites strolling; admire pleasing, rustic Western, Chateauesque, Classic Revival, historic Bungalow and Cottage architecture.

The dozen-block district is a favored shopping/dining/entertainment destination. Sixty+ unique, specialty stores feature a lush mix of merchandise: fashions, food, wine, art, furnishings, home/garden décor, antiques/collectibles, craft/hobby items, and more. Nineteen, excellent restaurants and cafés serve stylish and authentic cuisine: California, Continental, Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, steaks, burgers, barbecue, and American fare. Adjacent to Old Town Temecula Community Theater is The MERC with live entertainment: jazz, popular bands, country, classical. Pennypickle’s Workshop Children’s Museum features fun, learning sessions; experience Old Town’s reverence for the past at Temecula Valley History Museum; Saturday mornings’ Farmers Markets are the best in the valley!

With majestic mountains to the west, the casually elegant, Pechanga Resort & Casino’s stylish structures are reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright and infused with Native American art and culture. The gaming excitement is 24/7, and 130+ table games complement 3,700 Vegas-style slot machines.

Pechanga is recognized for superlative entertainment: Pechanga Showroom Theater, great, touring headliners; Comedy Club, great laughs; Silk, Southern California’s largest mega-nightclub; Cabaret Lounge, entertainment nightly; plus Eagle’s Nest atop it all. Pechanga is renowned for extraordinary dining: exceptional restaurants; acclaimed wine list; bountiful buffet; Caffé Cocoa’s outstanding desserts.

Pechanga’s widely touted, world-class Journey golf course meanders the Pechanga River and over impressive, rustic wooden bridges, taking full advantage of awe-inspiring terrain. Morning play is sublime. Also magnificent: Spa Pechanga’s hot stone massages, serenity baths.

With 5,000 protected acres of rolling hills and a big, beautiful sky overhead, Temecula Valley Wine Country is welcoming, relaxed, gracious. Local winemaking families ensure wine experiences are accessible and enjoyable for the novice; enriching and pleasing for the aficionado.

Taste and savor award-winning, premium wines at 30+ wineries. Experience specialty tastings and inquire about behind-the-scenes vineyard/winery tours. Dine: nine, terrific restaurants and bistros; or picnic with casual fare. Also: cooking and wine appreciation classes; happy hours at sunset; craft fairs; live music.

To learn more, please go to or call 888/363-2852.

***PLEASE NOTE: Information is believed to be accurate but is subject to change. Please call ahead for the latest details.

Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau: is the official website of the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, a 501(c)6 non-profit organization that is the region’s official resource for visitors, and that stimulates tourism and economic development by promoting Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.

Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Achieves Destination Marketing Accreditation

Colorado Springs, CO – Experience Colorado Springs, the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), announced today that it has been awarded accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). DMAP is an international accreditation program developed by the Washington, DC based Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). In earning the DMAP accreditation, destination marketing organizations (DMOs) communicate to their community, buyers and potential visitors that their DMO has attained a significant measure of excellence.

“The Colorado Springs CVB is honored to receive the Destination Marketing Accreditation from DMAP,” said Terry Sullivan, President and CEO of the CVB. “We are very pleased to be recognized in the destination marketing community for providing outstanding services in accordance with international standards and benchmarks in this field.”

“By applying for and receiving DMAP accreditation, the Colorado Springs CVB has demonstrated a commitment to quality programs and services”, said Diana Lawson, FCDME, DMAP Board Chair. “We are proud to recognize these organizations for their achievement. These DMOs’ operations and business practices have conformed to 16 domains ranging from governance to sales to innovation. Their accreditation underscores their dedication to providing exceptional leadership and commitment to the professionalism of DMOs across the globe.”

Experience Colorado Springs is the leading marketing organization for group travel and tourism to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. We are dedicated to a strong national and international presence so that tourism is a primary contributor to a thriving local economy. We maintain a visible presence as a community leader so that our industry members grow and prosper.

DMAP accreditation standards cover a wide variety of topics including governance, finance, management, human resources, technology, visitor services, group services, sales, communications, membership, brand management, destination development, research/market intelligence, innovation and stakeholder relationships.

DMAP is an independent international accreditation body and a leader in defining quality and performance issues in destination marketing. 121 DMOs are now accredited. For additional information on DMAP visit

Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center Receives Awards

Anchorage, Alaska – Anchorage’s Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center has earned two awards from state and national architectural and design organizations. They recognize the center’s architects and builders for the design itself and the innovative planning and execution methods used on the project.

The Alaska chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) issued an award of merit for the Dena’ina Center to RIM Architects and LMN Architects for the Alaska Center for Convention and Trade LLC. Since 1965, AIA Alaska has recognized good design work in Alaska through its awards program. The entries are judged by AIA representatives from another state.

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) selected the Dena’ina Center for its Merit Award at their 2010 conference and expo in October. The DBIA is an association of leaders in the design and construction industry focused on integrated building design and construction methods. The DBIA award website says of the center and contractor Neeser Construction: “An innovative collaboration of private development and government orchestrated by Jerry Neeser, his partners and the municipal government made the project possible. Fast-tracking the design allowed for a timely construction start.”

Since its construction and opening in 2008, the Dena’ina Center has turned heads. Massive windows fill the 200,000-square-foot interior with natural light and bring mountain views inside the building, flexible spaces allow the center to accommodate groups and functions with multiple configurations, and elements relating to the native Dena’ina Athabascans of the region are worked into the design and the artwork in the building. The designers also drew inspiration from the spectacular natural environment encircling Anchorage, and the urban landscape of which the new center is the core.

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage as a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). ACVB’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging associations. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. 2010 marks ACVB’s 35th year of bringing business to Anchorage. Explore for more information.

Foxwoods Resort and Casino and Madison Square Garden Extend and Expand Marketing Partnership

Innovative “Foxwoods Final Five” Platform Provides Foxwoods Exclusive Advertising Presence During Final Five Minutes of Team Telecasts and In-Arena

MASHANTUCKET, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino, the premier resort casino destination on the East Coast, and Madison Square Garden announced today that they have extended and expanded their marketing partnership. The new agreement is highlighted by the innovative new “Foxwoods Final Five” platform that provides Foxwoods with exclusive advertising rights to the final five minutes of New York Knicks (NBA), New York Rangers (NHL), New York Islanders (NHL), and New Jersey Devils (NHL) home game telecasts on MSG and MSG Plus. The platform also extends in-arena at Madison Square Garden for Knicks and Rangers games. The multi-year partnership, which is part of a fully integrated marketing deal with MSG, marks the first time a sponsor has acquired exclusive in-game promotions during the last five minutes of a game telecast.

“The last five minutes of any sporting event are the most exciting and widely viewed part of the game, so the ‘Foxwoods Final Five’ presents a signature opportunity for Foxwoods to engage a captive audience in the world’s largest media market while they are intently watching the teams they love,” said Chief Marketing Officer for Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprises Robert Victoria. “Sports are a way of life in the tri-state area, and our partnership with MSG helps Foxwoods promote everything our award-winning property has to offer to an incredibly passionate sports fan base.”

In addition to the broadcast component, “Foxwoods Final Five” extends into the legendary MSG venue where Foxwoods will become the exclusive in-arena advertiser during the last five minutes of every Knicks and Rangers home game. The multi-year agreement designates Foxwoods as an Official Partner of the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty and MSG Networks. The partnership increases Foxwoods’ visibility in the New York area and beyond, giving North America’s largest resort casino brand integration across many of MSG’s promotional and marketing platforms, including arena signage, in-game promotions and features, and outdoor visibility on the Garden’s 7th and 8th Avenue Marquees.

“Foxwoods has been an MSG partner for nearly two years and we continue to expand the relationship to include innovative and exciting opportunities for them to showcase their brand to tri-state area consumers,” said Greg Elliott, senior vice president, marketing partnerships, MSG Sports. “The ‘Foxwoods Final Five’ represents another way that MSG is able to offer marketing partners unique integration opportunities with our teams, venues and networks that no other company in New York can provide.”

Art Ventura, senior vice president, sales, MSG Media added: “This partnership represents a brand new way to integrate partners into an exciting part of the game telecast. MSG Media is one of the few television outlets in the country that can provide this collection of assets – five professional teams – in which a partner could own the last five minutes of a telecast, and we are proud to partner with Foxwoods on this unique program.”

With this new agreement, Foxwoods adds another program to its industry leading sponsorship portfolio and continues to expand its brand beyond gaming to connect with customers across markets and generations. Foxwoods’ sponsorship of the New York Liberty announced earlier this year is a first-of-its-kind partnership for an Eastern Conference WNBA team, netting the resort casino prominent logo placement on the Liberty’s team jerseys and on-court logo presence.

Foxwoods has significantly increased its presence in the New York metro area over the past year by securing other high-profile marketing sponsorships including: naming rights to the Foxwoods Theatre in Times Square, formerly the Hilton Theater and home of the highly-anticipated Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Broadway production; a partnership with the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) that features naming rights to three major graded stakes races; and an agreement to become the New Jersey Nets’ official resort casino, providing Foxwoods with significant exposure in Atlantic City’s backyard.

About Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods
North America’s largest casino, Foxwoods Resort Casino® is located at the Mashantucket Pequot Indian reservation in the midst of the rolling hills of southeastern Connecticut, easily accessible from Boston, New York, Hartford, and Providence. Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Foxwoods has something for everyone as the East Coast’s premier entertainment destination. Four award-winning hotels offer accommodations to suit every budget, along with luxury butler-serviced villas, extensive retail offerings, and more than 30 dining establishments featuring everything from world-class gourmet cuisine to casual fare. Six casinos offer non-stop gaming excitement with more than 6,600 slots and 360 table games; 97 poker tables in the only WPT World Poker Room™ on the East Coast; a High Stakes Bingo hall; and Ultimate Race Book. The renowned Norwich Spa at Foxwoods and the tranquil oasis of G-Spa provide the perfect escape to recharge the mind, body, and soul. Meetings and convention goers will find more than 115,000 square feet of meeting space, including the largest column-free ballroom in the northeast, MGM’s 50,000 square foot Premiere Ballroom. Two acoustically-perfected theaters offer weekly entertainment for all ages. The original state-of-the-art Fox Theater, seating 1,400, was opened in 1993 by the legendary Frank Sinatra. The majestic 4,000-seat MGM Grand Theater hosts an impressive variety of weekly headline entertainment. Conveniently located adjacent to Foxwoods is Lake of Isles™, featuring two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Rees Jones and a state-of-the-art Golf Academy. Foxwoods supports responsible gaming, and plays a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Problem Gambling, of which it was a founding entity. For more information, call 800-FOXWOODS or visit

About the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
The Mashantucket Pequots are a native Algonquin people in southeastern Connecticut, having endured centuries of conflict, survival, and continuity on and around one of America’s oldest Indian reservations, established in 1666. As the first native people within the borders of the continental United States to suffer attempted genocidal massacre by Puritan Colonists in 1637, the Pequots and their repatriation is an unprecedented story of restoration exhibited in detail at the Tribe’s world-class Museum and Research Center ( Today the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation owns the largest resort casino in the world, Foxwoods Resort Casino (, along with several other economic ventures including the Lake of Isles Golf Course (, a joint-venture partnership establishing the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, and Foxwoods Development Company dedicated to world-class resort development throughout the United States and Caribbean. All together, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation remains one of the State of Connecticut’s highest tax payers and largest employers. Likewise, the Tribe provides significant financial contributions to state and local nonprofit organizations that support neighboring communities.

About Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden (NASDAQ: MSG) is a fully-integrated sports, entertainment and media business. The company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Entertainment and MSG Media, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive MSG’s overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that MSG creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports consists of owning and operating sports franchises, including the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). MSG Sports also features other sports properties, including the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis. MSG Entertainment is one of the country’s leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes, throughout the country. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in MSG’s diverse collection of venues. These venues include Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre and the Wang Theatre. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from MSG’s venues. MSG Media consists of the MSG Networks (MSG network, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD) regional sports networks and the Fuse Networks (Fuse and Fuse HD) a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Media is also responsible for managing interactive initiatives across all business segments. More information is available at

SOCAP International Brings Mingle360’s Attendee Networking Solution to Annual Conference

San Francisco, CA -SOCAP International provided its global community of customer relationship experts with Mingle360’s peer-to-peer networking solution for its 2010 Annual Conference held October 17-20 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, California. All attendees received a MingleStick for the purpose of facilitating conversations and enhancing networking at the event. Akin to an electronic business card, the MingleStick is a small, keychain size device that enables people to exchange contact information, social media profiles, and profile pictures with a simple click of the button. Attendees login to an online account to view their mingle connections made at the annual conference.

“SOCAP’s Annual Conference focused on customer engagement and social media was a major part of this discussion,” says Dan Coffing, CEO of Mingle360. “The MingleStick was a perfect solution for this objective. SOCAP is an innovative leader because they envisioned bringing the mingle networking solution to their attendees as a way to incorporate social media into their live business event. Our successful implementation generated measurable business results for SOCAP and proved to be a valuable networking tool for all conference attendees.”

“SOCAP was pleased to partner with Mingle360 for our 2010 Annual Conference,” says Matthew R. D’Uva, SOCAP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Mingle360 technology was very easy and accessible for all of our attendees, which made it a pleasure to implement in all areas of our programming and greatly enhanced the overall networking at our Annual Conference.”

About SOCAP International

Founded in 1973, SOCAP International represents a thriving global profession of best-in-class customer care experts across all industries. SOCAP is a member-driven organization committed to promoting customer care and customer engagement as a competitive advantage in business. The Association’s members include vice presidents, directors, managers and supervisors of customer care and consumer affairs from top Fortune/Forbes 1000 companies as well as hundreds of business partner organizations. SOCAP provides the educational tools and professional resources to help its members to drive business transformation within their companies. Additionally, SOCAP’s exclusive network gives members access to thousands of customer relationship experts across the globe. Visit for more information on SOCAP International.

About Mingle360

Offered as a service to event organizers, the Mingle360 solution greatly enhances attendee networking at the event, surpassing business cards with up to date contact information and facial recognition. The company’s MingleStick product is akin to an electronic business card and provides peer-to-peer attendee networking. The company’s MingleStation product is akin to a passive lead retrieval system and online document sharing solution for exhibitors. The mingle networking solution creates ‘buzz’ and excitement at the event and helps differentiate an organization from the competition. For more information, please contact Mingle360 at 703-425-0402 x111.

Site and IMEX America Planning Ahead for October 2011 in Las Vegas

During this year’s Site International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, hundreds of delegates heard more details about the co-location of the 2011 Site Conference with IMEX America in Las Vegas – America’s new worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events.

Next year’s Site International Conference will take place immediately after the inaugural IMEX America (October 11 – 13, 2011) on October 13-15. In addition, Site Nite North America is also scheduled to take place just before the opening of IMEX America on Monday October 10, 2011.

The business relationship between Site and the IMEX Group dates back many years as both organizations have worked together with great success on a series of initiatives and events at the Group’s award-winning trade show, IMEX in Frankfurt.

As a result, Site was one of the first international association partners to officially endorse IMEX America when it was announced.

A team of IMEX delegates, including Chairman Ray Bloom, are in South Africa to answer Site member questions and to deliver a presentation about the new show.

As Mary MacGregor, 2011 Site President and Vice President, Account Development for BCD Meetings & Incentives explains: “Site has a long-term, high level partnership with IMEX. Our vision in these challenging times is to hold our events where attendees can minimize their costs and maximize their education, networking and ROI. It is perfect synergy to hold our event at the conclusion of this exciting new industry-wide gathering.”

Each year Site’s delegates travel from 35 countries around the world to enjoy the association’s rich seminar and networking program at the international conference which takes place over three days.

The annual Site Nite North America regularly attracts around 700 site members. It is one of the association’s key networking events in North America and also a fundraiser for the Site International Foundation of which Ray Bloom was appointed Treasurer earlier this year. Site Nite Europe takes place around the IMEX in Frankfurt exhibition in May.

Talking about the power of the partnership between Site and IMEX America, Bloom explains: “As Site knows all too well, ‘creative thinking drives business growth’. As this is very much part of the IMEX philosophy, our two organizations make an excellent fit. Co-locating the Site International Conference in Las Vegas next year means that our exhibitors will be able to meet and make appointments with highly qualified and motivated Site member buyers from North America and other world countries.”