• People News from Minneapolis

     
    POSTED March 3, 2022
     
  • People News from Minneapolis

     
    POSTED March 3, 2022
     
  • People News from Minneapolis

     
    POSTED March 3, 2022
     
  • People News from Minneapolis

     
    POSTED March 3, 2022
     

Allison Fraser has been named general manager of the 826-room Hilton Minneapolis, the largest hotel in Minnesota featuring 90,000 square feet of meeting space. Mostly recently, she served as GM of Hilton Toronto Airport, leading the hotel through a multi-million-dollar renovation while also overseeing the hotel’s sister property, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport. A hospitality industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience, Fraser’s work has taken her to seven countries with employment in business hotels, luxury island resorts and prestigious historic mountain lodges. 

McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus has announced one promotion and two new hires. 

  • Sari Brouwer, McNamara’s sales manager for the last seven years, has been promoted to team leader. Her new title is director of sales and events. Her predecessor, Amy Leyden, spent the last 22 years in the role of team leader and is shifting to part-time but continues to market the venue. 
  • Wil McMillen has been hired as McNamara's A/V technician. He worked on campus at the Humphrey School and brings experience in the areas of video, audio, virtual streaming and lighting. 
  • Maddy Mowrey was hired last fall as event coordinator and has an event operations background from previously working for Feed My Starving Children and facilitating their MobilePack events across the U.S. In her new role, Mowrey helps clients coordinate dinners, conferences, galas and other special events.

 

The 2022 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, held on March 1 at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, featured both in-person and virtual learning for representatives of tourism organizations, attractions, lodging properties and other entities. The gathering kicked off with remarks by Gov. Tim Walz and Explore Minnesota Director Lauren Bennett McGinty. 

 

D’Amico Catering has returned to Walker Art Center as the exclusive culinary and planning service for all private events taking place at the museum. The Minneapolis-based catering company managed the Walker Art Center’s special events and food service from 2011-2016. 

 

The first time I tried axe throwing was at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming at a memorable outdoor dinner along the river. It was a fun way to get to know other guests at the ranch, with no one being much of an expert at hurling an axe but most being willing to give it a try. However, there is no need to go to a ranch or Wyoming to try this fun team-building activity when FlannelJax’s and Bad Axe Throwing both provide options in Minnesota and beyond.