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Holiday Greetings from Great Places!

Saturday, December 24, 2011
On behalf of Great Places, we wish you and your family a Happy Holiday and a safe and fulfilling New Year.  This year has been quite eventful for Great Places, and that's a good thing!  Ou...   read more

The Top Traits of Rock Star Event Professionals

Friday, December 23, 2011
Rock stars!Just those two words create images in our minds of fun, money and pleasure.Rock stars get paid to bang on drums, strum guitars and scream into microphones. They get to do what they love d...   read more

Simple Flower Arrangements for a Holiday Centerpiece

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Don’t have much time but still want an elegant holiday centerpiece for your special events this December? Simple flower arrangements such as submerged flowers are easy to make and will dress u...   read more

Fearless Forecasts for 2012

Friday, December 09, 2011
Listen to these old industry trends I dug up looking through magazines in the attic: shorter and smaller meetings, meeting closer to home, more focus on content, shift away from luxury venues, evalu...   read more

Six Disruptive Forces Poised to Revolutionize Nonprofit Associations

Sunday, December 04, 2011
It takes courage to move out of the comfort zone!So many nonprofit associations and their boards have adopted a risk averse environment. They see little incentive to change or experiment.In the comi...   read more

The "Science" Of Spotting Industry Trends

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Jim Alkon our newest MPI Contributor Discusses Industry Trends What are the top five trends affecting the meetings industry in the year ahead? Attending the MPI Greater New York Chapter’s rec...   read more

Are "Muffin Gates" our Industry's Future?

Monday, November 28, 2011
By now you have more than likely heard about the dreaded ‘Muffin-Gate’ which occurred following a meeting held in Washington, D.C., last year. If you haven’t, here is a brief summa...   read more

The '21' Club Raises the Bar

Friday, November 18, 2011
This fall, the ‘21’ Club unveiled Bar ‘21’ a renovated 10-seat bar and lounge on the ground floor of the historic Prohibition-era speakeasy. The new bar space exudes a warm s...   read more

Dinner Party Menu Ideas from a Los Angeles Event Planner

Thursday, November 17, 2011
This time of year can be the most fun to host a party but for some people it can be very stressful. Deciding upon a menu alone is reason enough for some people to just pack it in, eat out and forget...   read more

Event Professionals Gather at The Fulton

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Yesterday, event planners gathered at The Fulton for the Event Profs Pre-Holiday Soiree. The ‘soiree’, which was organized by Liz King, can be best described as a coalescence of talent f...   read more
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