All posts in "Spring 2016"
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Unconventional!

March 11, 2016

The Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel confers new meeting options on the downtown area. by Julia M. Johnson Earlier this year, when the former Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel was reflagging as a Marriott, some stakeholders said a typical Marriott title would fit best as its new moniker.  But there were those who felt so […]

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Hackett Hot Wings:

March 11, 2016

 Satisfying Joplin since 2003 By Solana Shellner Living in Memphis, Jacqueline Hackett and her husband, Floyd, saw hot wing restaurants all over town. Like Starbucks in Seattle, it seemed as if there was one on every corner. But during a trip to Joplin, Mo., for a family reunion, Floyd noticed there were no hot wings […]

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Jason Jaggard:

March 11, 2016

A window into the world of a professional speaker and coach by Julia M. Johnson   As a meeting professional, you know choosing the right presenter can mean the difference between life and death for an important event.  A keynote speaker can spark your guests’ emotions and fire their imaginations, or have them scanning the […]

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Meet-up near aisle six!

March 11, 2016

Put supermarkets on your shopping list of unusual small-group venues. by Julia M. Johnson  Events that put a guest’s creativity to work are often the most stimulating and memorable.  They allow your attendees to relax and learn something new, hands-on, while networking in an enjoyable environment. You might not think of a grocery store as […]

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From Every Angle

March 11, 2016

Andre’s takes the complexity out of your most detailed events. By Julia M. Johnson It may sound cliché to say that an event venue is a “one-stop shop” for all the services and equipment you need to stage a gathering.  But that is actually, uniquely the case with Andre’s Banquet Facilities and Catering in St. […]

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“Smarter” meal portion sizes: When is less really more?

March 11, 2016

Q & A with Chef Martin Lopez   Experts in the hospitality industry know that banquets and catered events require careful management to keep food waste to a minimum, and it takes a team effort to attain that goal.  Meeting and event professionals can assist in this effort by turning a closer eye to menu […]

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Top Golf:  Not Your Ordinary Course

March 11, 2016

By Solana Shellner Golf has always been a sport of leisure and relaxation. Many golf courses have country clubs attached to them, with restaurants, locker rooms, even spaces to hold small events. Topgolf, a new Overland Park entertainment venue that’s part of a national chain, has revamped the concept of the traditional course and eliminated […]

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Off the well traveled path

March 11, 2016

Gather outside the norm at this entrepreneur’s event hideaways. By Julia M. Johnson Jonah White is far from business as usual.  He suits up for many important roles – husband, dad, company owner, manufacturer, lodge operator, motivational speaker, conservationist, survivalist, mentor, descendant of Native Americans… but he’s none of those things in a conventional way. […]

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“Dissecting a Force Majeure Provision”

March 11, 2016

By Barbara F. Dunn, Esq. Barnes & Thornburg LLP One of my strangest school memories comes from my junior high life science class.  We were required to dissect a frog.  My friends and I decided that the smell of the preserved frog smell was so bad, we would spray the inside of the frog with […]

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A Shout out to “Green” Volunteer

March 11, 2016

By Laura Allers-Lowry This article is dedicated to the gracious people who show up, work hard, do whatever is asked of them, and make a huge difference at events everywhere. They are the saviors and wind beneath the wings of all event planners, and are positively angels on earth! I am talking about the backbone […]

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