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Feb 18, 2016

metroConnections announces new hires, promotions

(MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.) – February 18, 2016 – metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, stage production and transportation services firm – recently  announced a number of new additions, position changes and promotions.

Brianna Allen began her time at metro with an internship and temporary event support position in May 2015. She has recently been hired full-time to continue her support role for the Event Services division. Prior to working at metro, Allen graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a minor in Business Administration. She has previous experience working with Ramada Plaza & Suites in Fargo, ND, and has completed volunteer work in Guatemala.

Lindsey Baker has joined the metro team as a production coordinator with the Production Services team. In her position, Baker will be responsible for supporting producers, program management needs, travel coordination and serving as on-site program support. Baker earned an A.D. at Century Community College and a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Apparel Design and Development at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Mathew Foster has been hired as a shop production assistant to assist the hands-on team of artists and fellow production assistants in the metroConnections shop. Foster studied theatre at Normandale, MCTC and Century College with a focus on arts and design, ranging from welding to costume design, skills that he will no doubt put to use in his new role with metro.

Sara Czech, former registration lead at metroConnections, is now serving as a technology solutions coordinator. A valuable member of the Registration Team since June 2014, Czech’s new responsibilities will include building and supporting Attend-eSource® technology solutions, such as websites, graphical emails, mobile apps and surveys, as well as performing Attend-eTrack lead retrieval and session scanning. A graduate of St. Cloud State University with a double major in Photojournalism and Spanish.

Meghan Foulkes has been with the metro team since June 2012, and has accepted the position of event coordinator with the Event Services team. In this position, she will manage and communicate event details with internal team members, clients, venues and vendors; plan event layouts; contribute to the creative development of events; manage crews, venues and vendors on-site during events; and serve as a lead contact for clients at their events.

Samantha Phillippe has recently been promoted to the role of account manager, Attend-eSource® Services. In her new position, Phillippe will guide clients through the Attend-eSource® services process, collect website content and branding, perform invoicing and database management, and coordinate conference logistics. Prior to joining metro, Phillippe earned her B.A. in Communication Studies and Sociology from Concordia College.

Andrea Maus has recently accepted a promotion from program manager to senior program manager of Transportation Services. In her role, Maus will continue to plan airport meet-and-greets, shuttle programs, hotel transfers, scheduling and onsite coordination, as well as manage permits, routing and security, insurance and other logistics for clients large and small. Additionally, she will plan activities and events, design programs for out-of-town visitors and provide her local knowledge for companion and group tours.

About metroConnections
Since 1984, metroConnections has provided complete conference, event, stage production and transportation services for meeting and event planners nationwide. The company operates from its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. and produces more than 1,400 programs per year. The metroConnections team uses its expertise and resources to specialize in the design and implementation of themed events, stage productions, transportation, tours and conference program logistics and meetings. metroConnections also offers audio/visual and production services and is the creator of Attend-eSource®, a web-based solution that includes elements such as online registration and custom-built event websites. For information on planning conferences, events, stage productions, transportation logistics or group/companion tours, contact metroConnections at 612-333-8687 or visit www.metroconnections.com.

Feb 09, 2016

metroConnections published in Midwest Meetings magazine, Winter 2015 Issue

metroConnections' producer Haley Wakefield covers how to create a stellar award show experience in the Winter 2015 Issue of Midwest Meetings magazine.

See the full story Here!

Jan 19, 2016

metroConnections director of tour guide services raises money for charity

(MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.) – January 19, 2016 – metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, stage production and transportation services firm – wishes to congratulate Tracy DeJong, director of Tour Guide Services and board member of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Concierge Association (NCA), for helping raise more than $2,300 for the Ronald McDonald House at the NCA annual gala and fundraising event in December.

“It was a joy to represent metro on this board,” DeJong said of the experience. In addition to her roles at metroConnections and the Minnesota NCA board, DeJong is very involved in the Twin Cities community, serving as a spokesperson for various business gatherings and site selection presentations, providing recruiting tours for numerous local corporations that are hiring new employees, and promoting the cities’ histories and attractions to tourists and residents alike.

A member of the metro team for more than 20 years, DeJong’s passion for volunteering and assisting others has not gone unnoticed; company owners recently presented her with their Service Excellence Award.

About metroConnections
Since 1984, metroConnections has provided complete conference, event, stage production and transportation services for meeting and event planners nationwide. The company operates from its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. and produces more than 1,400 programs per year. The metroConnections team uses its expertise and resources to specialize in the design and implementation of themed events, stage productions, transportation, tours and conference program logistics and meetings. metroConnections also offers audio/visual and production services and is the creator of Attend-eSource®, a web-based solution that includes elements such as online registration and custom-built event websites. For information on planning conferences, events, stage productions, transportation logistics or group/companion tours, contact metroConnections at 612-333-8687 or visit www.metroconnections.com.

Oct 28, 2015

metroConnections announces new hires, promotions

(MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.) – September 30, 2015 – metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, stage production and transportation services firm – has announced a number of promotions and new additions to Attend-eSource® Support Services, Conference & Meeting Management Services, Event Services and Production Services.

Cassie Fameree has been promoted to manager of Attend-eSource® Support Services. Fameree joined metroConnections as an Attend-eSource® registration services lead in 2011 and excelled in her position. Most recently Fameree held the positions of assistant manager and account coordinator of the Attend-eSource® Services team. In her new role, Fameree will oversee various client programs, registration support staff, onsite coordination and other tasks. A 2010 graduate of the University of Minnesota, she was previously employed at the Hyatt, Downtown Minneapolis.

Heidi Bachler has been promoted to assistant manager of Attend-eSource® Support Services. Bachler has been with the Registration Team since April of 2013 and has contributed significantly not only to her immediate team, but to the Conference Services division as well. In her new role, she will be responsible for assisting the Support Services Team with onsite registration coordination, report training/efficiency, training team members and overseeing various administrative duties. Bachler holds a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University with a major in hospitality and tourism and a business administrative minor.

Makenzie Cunningham has been promoted to senior coordinator, Conferences & Meetings from her role as coordinator for the previous year. Cunningham holds a degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato and was previously employed as a Communications Specialist II at OATI.

In their former roles with the company, Fameree, Bachler and Cunningham were incredible assets to their teams. Their hard work and can-do attitudes will help them excel in their new positions, and metroConnections couldn’t be more thrilled about their futures with the company.

In addition to the above promotions, several new employees and one familiar face have recently joined the metroConnections team.

metroConnections welcomes back Katie Goodmanson after a short hiatus from the industry to care for her children. Goodmanson has been hired to fill her position as account manager of Attend-eSource® Services. Her responsibilities include managing client relationships, communications, timelines and expectations for all Attend-eSource® Services; serving as a liaison throughout the conference registration, website and form-building process; and guiding clients through usage of Attend-eSource® Services. Goodmanson has a substantial amount of experience in the planning field and prior to working at metro from 2006 to 2011 served as an account coordinator at MotivAction.

Meredith Olson has been hired to be program manager of Conferences & Meetings. In her new position, Olson will be responsible for managing accounts with both current and future clients; planning and developing program agendas, budgets and services; managing contracts and vendor negotiations; providing onsite program management; and supervising multiple members of the conference services team in their duties. Olson holds a degree from St. Olaf College and has previous experience at her alma mater and Target.

Phil Karatz has been hired as technical director of metroConnections. In his role, he will manage all technical aspects for his event and production programs as well as assist in creative stage design, room layouts and content execution. Karatz graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has spent years in the industry touring as a lighting technician, designer and director for artists such as Rush, Ani DiFranco, Bob Dylan, The Doors and others. Most recently Karatz spent the last eight years as a senior account executive at Heroic Productions.

Corbin Holmberg has been added to the metroConnections team in a dual role between Events and Production Services as an events and production assistant. Holmberg’s main duties include managing AV inventory, assisting with warehouse functions and executing event staff setups and teardowns.

The new hires to the metro team come with years of experience as well as an innate understanding of the planning industry. Goodmanson, Olson, Karatz and Holmberg make excellent additions to the company as it continues to grow and expand its reach in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region.

“I’m excited to announce the latest metroConnections promotions and new hires,” says David Graves, president and CEO. “We’ve added notable growth in new customer partnerships and have seen increased business in all four of our service centers, which puts us in a fantastic position to expand our team. We enjoy seeing our current team members push to succeed and grow in their careers. Cassie, Heidi and Makenzie definitely know how to deliver and they do it with a great attitude! Our newest team members have a great feel for our company culture and they bring a new perspective and energy to our team. They will certainly help us continue the growth and ensure the success of metroConnections!” 


About metroConnections
Since 1984, metroConnections has provided complete conference, event, stage production and transportation services for meeting and event planners nationwide. The company operates from its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. and produces more than 1,400 programs per year. The metroConnections team uses its expertise and resources to specialize in the design and implementation of themed events, stage productions, transportation, tours and conference program logistics and meetings. metroConnections also offers audio/visual and production services and is the creator of Attend-eSource®, a web-based solution that includes elements such as online registration and custom-built event websites. For information on planning conferences, events, stage productions, transportation logistics or group/companion tours, contact metroConnections at 612-333-8687 or visit www.metroconnections.com.

Sep 08, 2015

metroConnections welcomes new Registration Lead, Attend-eSource® Support Services

metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, stage production and transportation services firm – has announced the hiring of Nikki Rytkonen as registration lead for Attend-eSource® Support Services.

In her new position, Rytkonen will serve as a liaison between clients and Attend-eSource® Support Services, managing hotels and housing for events, monitoring online conference registrations, preparing on-site materials and registration packets, and providing support for clients before and during event registration.

A graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Rytkonen has a degree in Communication Arts with certificates in Business and Digital Studies. Prior to joining the metro team, she worked for the University of Wisconsin in their Housing and Alumni Research Foundation departments.

“The Attend-eSource® Registration Services Support team is delighted to welcome Nikki Rytkonen as its newest Registration Lead,” says Cassie Fameree, Manager of Attend-e Source® Support Services. “She possesses a great deal of customer service experience and a passion for assisting others. The addition of Nikki to the team will bring our services to the next level, and we are extremely excited to have her.”

Sep 08, 2015

VP Tom McCulloch published by Midwest Meetings Magazine

Vice President Tom McCulloch shares how to go beyond your logo via Midwest Meetings Magazine. 

Learn how to best display and integrate your brand! To read the full article, click here: Going Beyond the Logo

Sep 08, 2015

metroConnections featured in July issue of Corporate & Incentive Travel

Director Rachel Portela shares her knowledge in the article "Creativing the Wow Factor."  Custom builds and productions are the next frontier!

Read the full article here in Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine's July 2015 issue.

Jul 30, 2015

metroConnections Named One of the 25 Top DMCs for 2015

Special Events Magazine has selected metroConnections for its eleventh annual list of 25 Top DMCs, a list that recognizes the biggest destination management companies throughout the world that excel at providing entertainment, dining and cultural opportunities for visitors in their community.

An annual recipient of the award since its inception, metroConnections was profiled this year for the work its four service centers – conferences, events, production and transportation – provided to clients such as Toro, Family Career and Community Leaders of America and MPI’s World Education Congress.

This isn’t the first time that metroConnections’ work on the MPI WEC Conference has been recognized by the industry; earlier this year, the company was also the recipient of a Minnesota Meetings + Events Best Of Award and two ISES Star Awards for their work on the event. Event organizers for Meet Minneapolis selected metro's Event Services and Transportation Services to create memorable experiences for 2,000 meeting industry professionals that attended the event. The Transportation Services team’s shuttle service performed flawlessly and transported the attendees to various locations throughout the event. The “Minneapolis” theme of the closing reception was designed by the metroConnections Events Services team and featured a condensed version of the city complete with local foods and beverages, music and art that celebrate the city’s history and heritage, and appearances by Minnie and Paul, the Minnesota Twins’ beloved mascots.

Additionally, Special Events highlighted the industry trends that metroConnections has forecast for 2015, including conferences and event programs moving towards fully branded experiences, the necessity of mobile apps for large meetings and events, and the incorporation of interactive philanthropic team-building activities into your meeting, conference or event.

“Winning this award is always an honor, especially given the caliber of our fellow DMCs who’ve also been named as winners,” says Renee Splittgerber, director of Transportation Services at metroConnections. “Our focus has always been to provide a well thought out program with a flawless execution in order to make our clients shine. This win makes my team even more committed to providing the excellent service our clients deserve.”

The 25 Top DMCs list will be published in the July/August 2015 edition of Special Events Magazine and can be found on their website at www.specialevents.com.

Jun 17, 2015

metroConnections Promotes New Director of Sales

metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, stage production and transportation services firm – has announced Jason Rudoy as their director of sales.

Rudoy joined the metroConnections team in 2005, working as a sales account manager. In that role, he surpassed quota and assisted with public relations and marketing activities for the sales and operational teams. Rudoy has over 15 years of experience in the industry, holding previous positions in event and meeting management with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Target Corp.

In his new role, Rudoy will be responsible for sales reporting, teaming with marketing to assist in lead generation for all four service centers, implementing client strategy and overseeing ongoing day-to-day sales training and support. He will also work closely with each service director to maintain consistent, streamlined sales across all teams.

“Jason has been managing some of our largest accounts, he’s exceeded sales goals, and has made customer satisfaction his foremost priority,” said Tom McCulloch, metroConnections vice president. “In his new position, he’ll work to develop and support our sales team across events, conferences, production and transportation services, and I’m positive he’ll be very successful. This is a great step for Jason and metroConnections.”

Apr 30, 2015

metroConnections Welcomes New Manager of Attend-eTrack Services

(MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.) – April 30, 2015 – metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, stage production and transportation services firm – has announced Miranda Ruzich as their new manager of Attend-eTrack services.

With almost a decade of event and conference management experience, Ruzich brings expertise in trade show management and years of experience in client management to this new role. Miranda will be responsible for managing the company’s Attend-eTrack solution, which includes facilitating client needs ahead of an event and executing the Attend-eTrack solution on-site for her clients.

Ruzich holds a bachelor degree in Mass Communication and Advertising, including a minor in Training and Development from the Winona State University.

“Miranda’s background in trade show, conference and event management led us to select her as the newest member of the Attend-eTrack team,” said Tom McCulloch, metroConnections vice president, “In this position, Miranda will provide our clients with exceptional service when using our attendee scanning software and support them throughout their conference lifecycle.”

Apr 30, 2015

metroConnections Welcomes Bruce Samuel as Director of Finance and Human Resources

(MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.) – April 16, 2015 – metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, stage production and transportation services firm – has announced Bruce Samuel as their Director of Finance & Human Resources.

Samuel comes to metro with more than 20 years of experience in accounting, finance, HR, operations, payroll administration and office management. In his new position, he is responsible for overseeing the Accounting Department and Human Resources Department as well as general office administrative-related functions. He holds a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in accounting from Marquette University, an MBA in Finance from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and he earned his CPA certification from the state of Wisconsin.

Samuel began his career in the Twin Cities with Republic Airlines and then Northwest Airlines, then moved into the CFO position at MilePoint and The Lacek Group in Minneapolis. Prior to joining the metro team, Samuel was the Financial Manager at BI Worldwide and Controller at Martin Bastian Productions. He has also been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity since 2001, where he leads a work crew one week every summer.

“Bruce is an incredible asset to our organization,” said Mike Graves, metro Senior Vice President at metroConnections. “Not only is he a great fit based on our company culture, he comes to us with an impressive background and professional experience in our industry. We’re growing and the timing couldn’t be better for Bruce to join our team.”

Apr 22, 2015

metroConnections Recipient of Two ISES Star Awards and Best Of Award

With awards season underway, Minnesota’s event professionals are submitting their best work with the hopes of gaining recognition among the industry. So far this year, metroConnections, Inc. has received multiple awards: two Star Awards from the International Special Events Society, an independent win at the MN Meetings + Events Best of Awards and a joint win in the Best Event category.

“The metroConnections Event Services team is thrilled to have been finalists in a number of categories for both the ISES Star Awards and the MN Meetings + Events Best of Awards this past week,” said Andrea Hanson, Director of Event Services. “It has given us the chance to reflect on an awesome year of events and celebrate our successful collaborations together as a team.”

Presented on March 27, 2015, the Star Awards were created by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of ISES to recognize outstanding professionals in the special events industry. metro was awarded Best Team Effort for transportation services provided for the MPI WEC Opening Reception as well as Best Event Décor & Design Over $25,000 for the MPI WEC Closing Reception.

The MPI WEC Conference, orchestrated by Meet Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Association, took place in August 2014. Event organizers selected metro's Event Services and Transportation Services to create memorable experiences for the more than 2,000 meeting industry professionals that attended the event. The shuttle transportation provided by metro flowed seamlessly behind the scenes to move attendees to various locations, and the closing reception, with the theme “Minneapolis!,” was a resounding success. Within Orchestra Hall and Peavey Plaza, the metro Event Services team created a condensed version of Minneapolis, highlighting the unique features the city has to offer. Attendees enjoyed beers from ten local breweries, snacked on desserts from Spoon Bridge & Cherry, met Minnesota Twins’ icons Minnie and Paul and enjoyed music and art that celebrate the city’s history and heritage.

Minnesota Meeting + Events celebrated its 13th annual Best of Awards on April 2, 2015, in which the magazine’s readers vote for their favorite event industry professionals and businesses. metro was awarded Best Team-Building Activity/Facilitator/Organizer for its creative team-building activities, and recognized for their role in MPI WEC 2014, winner of the Best Event award.

“Our team is very proud to once again be voted the Best Teambuilding Activity/Facilitator/Organizer by the readers of MN Meetings & Events Magazine,” said Hansen. “We strive to provide our clients with unique and innovative – not to mention fun – activities that lead to engaging experiences for their attendees.” Some of the voters’ favorite interactive opportunities include a localized version of The Amazing Race, culinary competitions and Playing Picasso.

Not only was metro an honoree during the Best of Awards ceremony, they were also an Event Partner that sponsored furniture for the evening. White leather lounge chairs were arranged to create a large seating area in the middle of the room, and mirrored side tables, high top tables, and stools with classic white finishing made for elegant additional seating.

metroConnections is honored to have their hard work and creativity recognized by those in the industry and looks forward to provide more award-winning event services in the future.

Release published by Midwest Meetings. 

Apr 07, 2015

Stephanie Montini, CMP honored with guest blog spot

Asked to be their guest blogger, our very own Stephanie Montini explains the true benefits and growing trend of CARING in the workplace.  See her in this month's MPI SEC 2015 blog!

Mar 20, 2015

metroConnections Welcomes Business Development Manager

(MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.) – Mar. 05, 2015 – metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, stage production and transportation services firm – has announced Heather Morris as their Business Development Manager.

Morris joined metroConnections as a senior account manager, Attend-eSource® services in 2011, and was most recently in the role of account executive. In this new position, she will be responsible for building relationships with current clients, overseeing assigned accounts and partnering with marketing communications to build channel partnerships and marketing opportunities. She holds a bachelor degree in communication from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

According to Tom McCulloch, vice president of metroConnections, Morris was selected for her broad range of industry knowledge, client management skills and marketing and branding experience.

“Heather’s diverse background in client management, marketing and conferences and events led us to put her in a unique position to maximize her skill set,” said McCulloch. “In this position, Heather will use her broad range of industry knowledge and experience to allow our company to best serve our clients, while maximizing metro’s business opportunities.”

Mar 02, 2015

metro makes an appearance in Midwest Meetings magazine, Spring 2015 Issue!

metroConnections teaches the ins-and-outs of using a teleprompter in the Spring 2015 Issue of Midwest Meetings magazine.

See the full story Here!

Jan 15, 2015

metroConnections gains recognition for CSR Central

metro makes the winter edition of Minnesota Meetings + Events Magazine! Check out the link for the full story here.  See our mention in the Editor's letter here!

Dec 19, 2014

metroConnections Welcomes New Marketing, Public Relations Manager

metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, stage production and transportation services firm – has announced Kimberly Walters as their new marketing and public relations manager.

With almost a decade of marketing and account management experience, Walters brings expertise in digital media solutions, branding, corporate communications, event planning and marketing communications. In her new role, she will be responsible for executing and managing budgets for marketing plan projects, as well as maintaining and supervising marketing and sales databases. Further, Walters will oversee marketing collateral inventory and participate in all aspects of each of the four metroConnections business unit services.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations, including a minor in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. 

According to Tom McCulloch, Vice President of metroConnections, Walters was selected for her broad range of industry knowledge and integrated marketing and branding experience.

“Kimberly’s diverse marketing background and proven digital media experience led us to select her as the newest addition to our exceptional talent at metroConnections. I believe Kimberly will make great strides in promoting our ‘one-stop-shop’ integrated services across the landscape of conferences and events,” said McCulloch.

 

 

 

 

 

May 22, 2014

metroConnections announces promotion for Cassandra Fameree

metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conferenceevent, stage production and transportation services firm – has announced that Cassandra Fameree has been promoted to Account Coordinator for the firm’s Attend-eSource® Services team.

Fameree joined metroConnections as a Registration Lead in 2011, and was most recently the Assistant Manager of Registration Support Services. In her new role, she will be responsible for website/online registration coordination with clients, hotel block management and overseeing various administrative duties. A 2010 graduate of the University of Minnesota, she was previously employed at the Hyatt, Downtown Minneapolis.

According to Tom McCulloch, Vice President of metroConnections, Fameree’s dedication, attention to detail and positive attitude have earned her many accolades from clients and co-workers, which makes her the ideal candidate to work with clients on building websites, mobile apps and other technology solutions. 

About metroConnections
Since 1984, metroConnections has provided complete conference, event, stage production and transportation services for meeting and event planners nationwide. With annual revenue of $15 million, the company operates from its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. and produces more than 1,400 programs per year. The metroConnections team uses its expertise and resources to specialize in the design and implementation of themed events, stage productions, transportation, tours and conference program logistics and meetings. metroConnections also offers audio/visual and production services and is the creator of Attend-eSource®, a web-based solution that includes elements such as online registration and custom-built event websites. For information on planning conferences, events, stage productions, transportation logistics or group/companion tours, contact metroConnections at 612-333-8687 or visit www.metroconnections.com.

Mar 21, 2014

metroConnections Recognized with Three “Best of the Industry” Awards from Minnesota Meetings + Event

metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, stage production and transportation services firm – recently received three “Best of the Industry” awards  from Minnesota Meetings + Events magazine.

metroConnections was selected for their work in the Best Teambuilding, Best Transportation and Best Event Décor categories. The winners are selected based on a poll of readers conducted by the magazine. A recipient of the awards program in the past, metroConnections has been selected as a favorite 22 times, in a variety of categories, since 2002.

David Graves, CEO, metroConnections, noted that it is humbling to be selected again by the industry for these awards. “Winning these awards is great recognition for our employees. They work hard to provide the quality of service we offer in our creative team building and themed events, modern décor and furniture, and outstanding transportation services. Being recognized by meeting professionals for our continued effort is a great honor,” said Graves.

The awards were presented March 21 at the Minneapolis Event Center at the 12thAnnual Readers’ Choice Best of Awards Party.  For more information, visit Minnesota Meetings and Events Readers' Choice Best of Winners.


About metroConnections
Since 1984, metroConnections has provided complete conference, event, stage production and transportation services for meeting and event planners nationwide. With annual revenue of $15 million, the company operates from its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. and produces more than 1,400 programs per year. The metroConnections team uses its expertise and resources to specialize in the design and implementation of themed events, stage productions, transportation, tours and conference program logistics and meetings. metroConnections also offers audio/visual and production services and is the creator of Attend-eSource®, a web-based solution that includes elements such as online registration and custom-built event websites. For information on planning conferences, events, stage productions, transportation logistics or group/companion tours, contact metroConnections at 612-333-8687 or email info@metroconnections.com.

Mar 05, 2014

metroConnections’ Stephanie Montini earns CMP certification

metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, stage production and transportation services firm – has announced that Stephanie Montini, National Sales Account Executive, received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification.

Established in 1985, the CMP certification program recognizes individuals who have achieved the industry's highest standard of professionalism. To earn the CMP designation, meeting professionals must demonstrate their experience and education in this field and pass a rigorous exam. Montini is among more than 14,000 individuals in 51 countries and territories that have earned the CMP designation since its inception.

According to Tom McCulloch, Vice President of metroConnections, Montini is now considered a leading expert in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. “Stephanie understands the art behind meeting management. This certification further accredits her knowledge and skills to represent metroConnections’ standard of excellence for our clients.” said McCulloch.

Montini has established extensive experience working with corporate and association clients for meetings, conferences, conventions, tradeshows, incentive trips and other meetings. Previous experience includes sales and operation account management in both South Florida and San Francisco. She currently sells all four of metroConnections’ services centers nationally including: Conferences, Events, Production & Transportation. A graduate of Columbia College, Chicago, Montini is a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP).

To learn more about the CMP certification program, visit Convention Industry Council.

About metroConnections
Since 1984, metroConnections has provided complete conference, event, stage production and transportation services for meeting and event planners nationwide. With annual revenue of $15 million, the company operates from its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. and produces more than 1,400 programs per year. The metroConnections team uses its expertise and resources to specialize in the design and implementation of themed events, stage productions, transportation, tours and conference program logistics and meetings. metroConnections also offers audio/visual and production services and is the creator of Attend-eSource®, a web-based solution that includes elements such as online registration and custom-built event websites. For information on planning conferences, events, stage productions, transportation logistics or group/companion tours, contact metroConnections at 612-333-8687 or visit www.metroconnections.com.