• Meet Sarah Ober, 2019 Up-and-Coming Special Events Planner

     
    POSTED April 29, 2019
     

    Minnesota Meetings + Events is proud to introduce our 2019 Hall of Fame, made up of seven top-notch individuals who are positively impacting the meetings and events industry.

UP-AND-COMING SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNER
Sarah Ober

Events Coordinator; Children's Cancer Research Fund

"The ability to plan intentionally is critical. I need to plan in a way that sets our supporters up for generous giving, so every aspect of the event needs to contribute to their experience of our mission. From registration to the way their meal is plated, it all needs to be seamless in a way that won’t distract from the programming and storytelling that highlights our mission.”

Memorable career moment: “I was at CCRF’s annual radiothon at the Mall of America. ... After a day of fundraising we gathered in the rotunda to sing ‘Clouds’ by Zach Sobiech. I remember looking up at the 5,000- plus people singing and I get chills. It was such a beautiful moment to see all the people that came together to support our mission. It was a big moment for me in just realizing how important the work is that we do.”

“My secret weapon is my team. Really, it’s trusting my team that allows me to be successful. I’m lucky to work with people who are not only experts in their field, but are passionate about our mission and knowing I can trust them to fulfill their pieces means I can focus on my role. This honor is as much a reflection of their hard work as it is mine.”

On how she unwinds: “I love coming home and curling up with my dog to watch a show like ‘The Office’ or ‘Friends.’ ... I’m also a judge for the Minnesota State High School League Dance Team and I dance on an adult team. … It’s such a good stress reliever and I’ve become close to the people I dance with, so it’s a great way to see friends and a fun way to unwind.”

Minnesota offers vibrant autumn color and provides a kaleidoscopic backdrop for your event.

New England often gets the most credit for its spectacular fall color, but many rank Minnesota in the top tier for seasonal beauty, making fall an ideal time for meetings anywhere in the state. From the North Shore of Lake Superior to the Twin Cities and Rochester, there are a variety of venues with ideal seasonal settings that can cater to groups of all sizes. 

Duluth

 

Experience Rochester MN appointed Angie Richards to the position of vice president of sales. She previously held the position of area director of sales for Avra Hospitality in Rochester, Minn. 

Richards will lead Experience Rochester MN’s sales team, which is responsible for the booking of meetings, conventions, and other events at Mayo Civic Center as well as group sales for the entire city.

 

Radisson Blu Mall of America promoted Kate Anastasi to director of sales and marketing. Anastasi has been with the Radisson Blu Mall of America team for eight years and has held many support and leadership roles within the sales team. She had most recently served as the assistant director of sales and marketing. Anastasi won the 2021 Radisson Blu Manager of the Year award.