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Creativity, Communication, Collaboration: The Key to Great Events

Jeff Ware (Director of Operations, Catering by Michaels)

Barb Harris, CSEP, DMCP (Vice President, CTC Destination Management)

Callie Stringer, CMP (Catering Manager, Mandalay Bay Resort)

Arona Martin (President, Oh, Arona! Experiences)

Location: I-E Islander Bridge

Date: Thursday, March 12

Time: 1:15pm - 2:15pm

Pass Type: CS Conference Pass, CS Premium Pass, Combined CS/TSE Education Pass, TSE Conference Pass - Get your pass now!

Track: Bridge (speaks solidly to both caterers & event professionals), Events

Vault Recording: TBD

Great events do not happen by accident. Success requires organizational skills, personal discipline, industry knowledge, and a good support team to produce memorable events consistently. These skills are paramount when planning high profile conventions where the guest experience is critical and each year must surpass the last in creativity, innovation and luxury food and beverage in a new city.
In June 2019 the teams from One10, Oh, Arona! Experiences, and Mandalay Bay produced the three-day Subaru National Business Conference for 2,500 attendees in this very same event space where we are now—with zero landfill waste.
In this panel session the teams will discuss the planning process, using traditional event spaces in non-traditional ways, engaging attendees, collaboration between vendors, and striking the balance with entertainment and food and beverage.
This session promises not to be a ‘show and tell’ but rather a wide ranging look at how to create better events with communication, collaboration, and being hyper focused on the guest experience.
Panelists include:
• Barb Harris, CSEP, DMCP, Vice President at CTC Destination Management – Moderator
• Arona Martin, President at Oh, Arona! Experiences
• Jeff Ware, Production Manager at Oh, Arona! Experiences
• Callie Tommerup, CMP, Catering Manager at Mandalay Bay Resort
• Leslie Cole, Event Manager at One10