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Meet Alison Berg

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Alison Berg was recently hired as director of sales and marketing at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas.

SocialPoint Audience Engagement Platform Brings Trivia to the Table

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned trivia game, and SocialPoint is putting a twist on a classic activity and making it a great fit for meeting and event planners. SocialPoint Audience Engagement is a software platform that allows guests to interact using trivia games, photo sharing, polls, Twitter voting and much more. Recognized by IBTM World in Europe as one of the top 10 new innovations in the global events industry, the software keeps guests engaged and having fun.

Hop21 Serves up a Stellar Team-Building Activity

The first of its kind in the Twin Cities, Hop21 is a table tennis club and bar that doubles as an ace team-building outing. The 4,500-squarefoot space is fit for 20-125 guests. “Anybody can play; you don’t have to be a super athlete … that’s what’s great about pingpong,” says CEO and Chief Manager Max Vinogradov, a self-deemed pingpong amateur who grew up playing in Russia.

Signature Drink: Morning ‘Rita

Breakfast cocktails. Need we say more? Yes, of course. Downtown Minneapolis’ Marin Restaurant & Bar—known for its upscale healthy plates from chef Mike Rakun—rolled out its Cheat Day Brunch menu in March, featuring decadent dishes and innovative drinks (because: weekend). The Morning ‘Rita is just one of the choice cocktails to complete your meal. The smokiness of the mezcal adds depth to the drink, differentiating it from your standard margarita, and the Sriracha salt rim adds a little heat that counters the sweet agave syrup.

Beyond the Border: Nashville, Tennessee

Music City hosted the 2016 IBTM America in June and showed attendees a grand ole time

Learn How to Make a Sweet Treat with Bucket & Bay Gelato Co.

Bucket & Bay Gelato Co. is in the business of providing treats for everyone. Its team of Scoopistas explains how the gelato is made and offers samples so each customer is able to have the best and most delicious gelato experience. But this shop is more than just an afternoon trip to treat yourself. “Our open space changes and you can always see what’s going on. Each visit can be different,” says Boris Kavlakov, who owns the company with his wife, Jen.

Cannon River Winery Has New Owner

Minnesota-based winery and event venue, Cannon River Winery, has announced its acquisition by entrepreneur, Ron Stowell; co-founders, John and Maureen Maloney will be minority owners of the company.

“Cannon River Winery represents the best part of a growing preference among Minnesotans for high quality, homegrown products,” says Stowell, now the president and CEO “By increasing production, distribution and brand recognition, we plan to take John and Maureen’s original vision to the next level.”

Meet Kristin Cox

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Kristin Cox was recently hired as sales association at Conference Chicago.  

1. What are you most looking forward to as the new sales associate for Conference Chicago? I’m most looking forward to cultivating new relationships within the hospitality industry and learning more about sales techniques in the meeting industry.

ILEA Member Inducted to CIC Hall of Leaders at IMEX America

Richard Aaron, CSEP Emeritus, MFA,  and member of the International Live Events AssociationI will be inducted into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders at IMEX America, Oct. 18–20, in Las Vegas.

“Richard, for more than 40 years, has never once stopped offering up inspiration to every segment of our industry,” says Jodi Collen, CSEP, immediate past president, ILEA. “He is very deserving of the CIC Hall of Leaders Award, and we are proud to have him affiliated with ILEA.”

AC Hotel to Open in Downtown Minneapolis

AC Hotel Minneapolis, a Marriott brand hotel, will open to guests in October of this year. The nine-story-hotel will have 245 guest rooms, more than 1,500 square feet of event space and AC Hotel’s signature lounge and bar, library and store.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Marriott to bring a modern lifestyle hotel to Minneapolis,” says Nate Gundrum, director, real estate development at Mortenson. “The new hotel is primed to become a preferred destination and meeting space for the next generation of travelers.”

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