Hat’s off to the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, where the catering team is anything but ordinary.
An event at AT&T Stadium in Dallas exceeded expectations and offered lessons.
Can’t be with us in the Big D today? Here’s a recap of our PYM LIVE Event as well as a real-time chat window from our event app Topi.
As the March 19 PYM LIVE Dallas/Irving unfolded, attendees and exhibitors experienced a lot of new things: the LEED-certified (and unconventional) Irving Convention Center, augmented reality, networking-focused conference apps, virtual panels and digital daydreaming. But the focus was — and will continue to be — on taking these new technologies and integrating them in face-to-face events […]
In this issue: @CobbGalleria, @CobbEnergyPac, @westinstfr, @WarwickMelrose, Destination Colorado
This weekend, Southfork Ranch in Dallas, the well-known event venue made famous by the popular TV soap opera, will pay tribute to actor Larry Hagman, who played master manipular J.R. Ewing on the series, which ran from 1978 to 1991 on CBS and recently returned in a new version on TNT. To honor Hagman, who […]
PYM LIVE Dallas 2012 was special for a number of reasons. Jeff Hurt of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting led a fascinating session about how meeting planners can become more innovative. Zentila’s Jamie Murdock shared why hotels sometimes bump your business or won’t budge on your requested concessions. The discussion that followed really helped planners figure out […]
The Dallas CVB has launched an online booking engine for groups needing 25 rooms or less. Users can compare a large inventory of hotels and meeting venues, and secure rooms immediately.
The Dallas Arboretum is a stunning meeting facility. On May 12, we had an interesting conversation about meeting innovations here with @Jeff Hurt. Take a look at the venue: And here’s our story, archived from the social media conversation, courtesy of Storify: [View the story “PYM LIVE Dallas 2011” on Storify]
Every Christmas for the past 10 years, the Hyatt Regency Dallas has given the homeless a special gift: the chance to wake up somewhere safe and warm. In recent years, the hotel has partnered with SoupMobile Inc.’s founder David Timothy, aka “The SoupMan,” to provide a Christmas Eve banquet and housing for as many as 500 local homeless men and women.
It’s not unusual for winter events to be threatened by snow. But in Atlanta and Dallas? That’s just weird. Luckily, word on the street is that we haven’t had any cancellations for today’s PYM LIVE Event in Dallas, and we’re expecting some walk-ups. In case you aren’t able to make it, a transcript of the […]
Carrie Ferenac and her company Convention News Television have done a fabulous job covering the 2010 PCMA Convening Leaders conference in Dallas this week. Check out some of the highlights on this sizzle reel: I’m returning to Atlanta today, bringing all my notes, some video images of the opening session and its behind the scenes […]
The opening night reception for the 2010 PCMA annual convention in Dallas had the theme The Trails of Texas. The organizers aimed to give attendees a taste of north Texas’ many communities, from sophisticated fashion mecca Dallas to the Stockyards of Fort Worth. There were Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, rides from the Texas State Fair and […]
This month, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking to Marla Watson-Werst, CSEP, the president and creative force behind PeaPod Productions & Smashing Success Events (soon to be known as The PeaPod Group).
After graduating from University of North Texas, she began a career as a helicopter traffic reporter, reporting for some of the best stations in Dallas-Fort Worth. As she grew with the company, she made the transition behind the scenes, as a producer. After several years in radio, she made the move to television, working for KXAS Channel 5, the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate, and then went on to become a reporter/producer for AOL/Time Warner.
Claudia, Evan and Lisa have their hands full this week, hosting not one, but two Texas PYM LIVE Events: Houston on Oct. 6 and Dallas on Oct. 8. I wish I were with them, but since I can’t be, here’s a timeline of tweets on what happened. Jeff Rasco’s presentation at the events: Jeff Rasco […]
Webinars, teleconferences, Second Life … meeting planners have a lot of options on incorporating technology to create hybrid or virtual meetings. But when was the last time you heard (or thought) about meeting at the movies? On June 23 and 25, NCM will host Cinema Event Showcases in three cities to show meeting planners how […]
Gil’s Elegant Catering has been a favorite of Texas high-society since 1984. In addition to a variety of menus and cuisines, Gil’s also offers a rental collection of imported linens, silver, French crystal and china.
ISES Dallas is holding a fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Ike at Gilley’s Dallas on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is $20, and all proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.
I was going to write about the new Dallas Convention Center hotel, but I couldn’t figure out what the problem is. (Why can’t they find someone to speak on the pro side?) Maybe you can.
If you have to make a big impression or arrange a very special small meeting for your top CEO, here’s a coast-to-coast list of 10 of the best new restaurants from one of the country’s top food critics, Frank Bruni of The New York Times. Featured restaurants include O Ya in Boston, Ubuntu in Napa […]
Traci Gonzales, Project Manager at Yahoo!, has won a $250 gift card to Luqa Restaurant in Dallas, TX. Congrats, Traci!
NAMES Steven A. Schuldenfrei has been named President of the Trade Show Exhibitors Association; Mary Beth Rebedeau will fill the vacancy he left as Executive Director of the Society of Independent Show Organizers. Alyssa Egger has been named Account Services Representative for Plan Your Meetings (PYM) magazine. Egger will work directly with PYM’s advertising partners […]
Pillow gifts may be left in guest rooms at the beginning or end of the event as an incentive or a memento, or every day of the meeting to reinforce the meeting’s message. Baskets of fruit, cookies or a bottle of wine with a selection of cheeses are common, but always welcome at check-in. Better […]