MNM+E’s annual readers’ choice awards brought 305 meeting and event professionals to the Minneapolis Institute of Art on April 5 to honor the Best of 2018 award winners and Hall of Famers. Back by popular demand, Discover St. Louis Park sponsored puppies from Secondhand Hounds, which greeted guests at registration. Mall of America and Bloomington CVB were the Gift Bag Sponsors, Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge was the Valet Sponsor and Roseville Visitors Association was the Entertainment Sponsor. Northstar, a variety band from Élan Artists, provided live music, and a s’more station featured decadent dessert with gourmet marshmallows from North Mallow. Other event partners included 612Brew, AV For You, The Bird, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Paul Downtown, Event Lab, Fabulous Catering, Girl Friday, metroConnections and Time into Pixels.
Carly Van Veldhuizen, the mastermind behind Girl Friday’s mesmerizing creative custom installations, talks inspiration, materials and the value of a solid team.