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International Women’s Day Spotlight: Tami Maynard

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, an annual celebration of women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. (It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.) As part of this celebration, the team at ConventionSouth Media Group wishes to honor all women in the meetings and events profession. Thank you all for… Read more »

Planner Profile: Terry Schmidt

Having served in the U.S. Navy, Terry Schmidt liked to connect with his former shipmates. However, his civilian job, selling information technology to the U.S. Marine Corps, kept him too busy to attend gatherings of the Naval Reserve Recruiter Association (NRRA), until he retired in 2012. He had attended the NRRA reunions for three years… Read more »

Renovations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

Renovations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld were receiving the finishing touches during my early February visit to the 28-acre property. As I toured the tropically landscaped resort with Director of Sales and Marketing Steven Green, beautiful chandeliers were being hung in the Majestic Ballroom of the new Palms Conference Center and final… Read more »

A Hive of Activity

With the Florida state legislature in session just two blocks away, the lobby of the Doubletree by Hilton Tallahassee was buzzing with activity in early Feb. Jonathan LeBarre, the hotel’s director of sales, told me that many associations and corporate groups enjoy the close proximity to the Capitol, but sports groups also stay at the… Read more »

Amara Cay Is Back In Business

The first meeting resort property to reopen on Islamorada following Hurricane Irma’s visit last September, Amara Cay has been up and running since Dec. 15 and offers a gorgeous spot for small meetings, special events, corporate retreats and incentive travel. A private beach, event lawn, meeting room and various other areas are used for functions. General… Read more »

Exploring A Grand and Glamorous Meeting Hotel

A February visit to the city of Coral Gables, Fla., aka “The City Beautiful,” lived up to its favorable reviews. Driving down the wide streets, some with palm trees filling the center boulevards, I was impressed by attractive architecture of the castle-like buildings, most in soft pastel colors that painted a pretty picture against a… Read more »

Super Spots for Summer Events

A variety of research indicates that many benefits can be derived from spending time outdoors. Whether engaging in vigorous outdoor activities or just taking a stroll, most people find that their stress levels are reduced, while their creative skills are enhanced. Adding an outdoor element to group gatherings is especially enticing for meetings held during… Read more »

Hurricane Relief Efforts Continue

  The 2017 hurricane season may be over for the southern U.S., but many people are still reeling from the impact of this year’s major storms. As those who were affected by one of the worst Atlantic hurricane seasons on record continue to deal with the loss of lives, homes, jobs and related stress, a… Read more »

Top 5 Tips for Golf Tournament Planners

It’s official: more and more planners are seeing the value in having a tournament as part of their event. Golf pros and meeting professionals at prestigious golf venues across the South have some advice for planners who are curious about adding a tournament to their events. Here are some of the top pieces of advice… Read more »

Using Music to Energize Corporate Presentations

Executives, by and large, expect your presentation to be boring. It’s why they ask for the exec summaries up front––so if they have to zone off, they’re still covered. So how do you signal to them, right away, that yours is different? One of the easiest ways is also stunningly effective: play music. Whenever I… Read more »