• Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     

The meetings and events industry’s best, as voted by the readers of Minnesota Meetings + Events magazine, socialized, nibbled on passed appetizers, watched sushi boats ride the luge and sipped signature drinks on April 2 at WINDOWS on Minnesota at the Marquette Hotel. Twenty-two winners and seven Hall of Fame inductees received their awards in front of a crowd of 283 people. Winners ranged from veteran to firsttimers and included: Grand View Lodge, Hilton Minneapolis, Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center, Aria, CRAVE West End, Meet Minneapolis, Visit Brainerd, A Touch of Magic, Graddy Photography, metroConnections, AV for You, Minnesota State Fair, Paradise Charter Cruises and Minneapolis Queen, CRAVE Catering, MPI WEC 2014, Festivities, Luna Vinca, Madden’s on Gull Lake and Premier Transportation.

Take note of these seven pros who are making their mark in the meetings and events industry. 

Jolene Ihle, Founder
IdeationMKT
Lifetime Achievement 

“I was 10 years old when I received my Muscular Dystrophy Carnival Kit in the mail. The box was filled with cool ideas and colorful materials to  support fundraising efforts. I was completely enthralled with the event planning process. … This experience was my jumpstart into events and I was hooked.”

 

On May 31 at International Market Square, the National Speakers Association – Minnesota Chapter (NSAMN) held its annual gala to celebrate the past year and recognize outstanding members, from those who earned their CSP to those who offered advice and knowledge throughout the year. Awards were presented for Newcomer IMPACT, Chapter Member of the Year, Next Level, Volunteer of the Year, the Mark Leblanc Award, Minnesota Speaker Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award. The incoming board was also introduced.

 

Grand View Lodge’s newly opened boutique hotel is now welcoming guests to its cozy abode.