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    1. Jessica Miller, Jacki Brickman - Consulting, and Jaimie Mattes, HelmsBriscoe. 

    <p>1. Jessica Miller, Jacki Brickman - Consulting, and Jaimie Mattes, HelmsBriscoe.&nbsp;</p>
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    2. John Byrne emceed the event. 

    <p>2. John Byrne emceed the event.&nbsp;</p>
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    3. Puppies posed with guests. 

    <p>3. Puppies posed with guests.&nbsp;</p>
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    4. Andrea Albers, Culinaire International and Sherri Beier, Walker Art Center. 

    <p>4. Andrea Albers, Culinaire International and Sherri Beier, Walker Art Center.&nbsp;</p>
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    5. Northstar performed live. 

    <p>5. Northstar performed live.&nbsp;</p>
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    6. Debbie Van Ravenhorst, this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree. 

    <p>6. Debbie Van Ravenhorst, this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree.&nbsp;</p>
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    7. Allied Productions & Sales wins for Best AudioVisual Provider. 

    <p>7. Allied Productions &amp; Sales wins for Best AudioVisual Provider.&nbsp;</p>
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    8. Kristen Babcock, Radisson Blue Mall of America, and Heidi Keyho, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. 

    <p>8. Kristen Babcock, Radisson Blue Mall of America, and Heidi Keyho, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.&nbsp;</p>
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    9. Jendayi Berry’s completed artwork. 

    <p>9. Jendayi Berry’s completed artwork.&nbsp;</p>

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.

 

The 2018 Meeting Planners Symposium held at The Graduate Minneapolis and McNamara Alumni Center was all about unique venues and experiences. From a Scrabble team challenge to a mini hackathon, meeting with no walls and a surprise session on a coach bus, this learning opportunity was anything but ordinary. Teams worked together to solve a complex problem and pitch their idea for $500 cash. Through beautiful chaos, attendees discovered fresh, unconventional approaches to do their jobs better.

 

This three-city area offers lodging, event space—and plenty of free parking.