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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.

Feb 24, 2014

metroConnections welcomes new marketing and public relations manager

metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, stage production and transportation services firm – has announced Jana Lee Schmid as the new marketing and public relations manager.

With more than eight years of marketing, design and promotional advertising experience, Schmid joins metroConnections to fulfill the marketing and public relations manager duties. 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, Schmid 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 journalism and advertising from the University of Colorado Boulder.

According to Tom McCulloch, Vice President of metroConnections, Schmid was selected for her broad range of industry knowledge and integrated marketing and branding experience. “Jana’s diverse marketing background in publishing, commercial real estate and software led us to select her as the newest addition to our exceptional talent at metroConnections. I believe Jana will make great strides in promoting our ‘one-stop-shop’ integrated services across the landscape of conferences and events.” said McCulloch.

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.

Oct 28, 2013

metroConnections announces strategic promotions and new hires

The following team members have accepted new roles and responsibilities within the firm:

  • Sydney Wolf has been promoted to Event Services Sales Manager. Wolf has been with metroConnections has been with metroConnections as an Event Program Manager and Event Coordinator and brings valuable operational experience to the sales team. Her responsibilities will include proposal development, increased client management and event logistics management. Wolf holds a bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales University.
  • Mary Beth Blom has been promoted to Human Resources Coordinator. Blom joined metroConnections in March 2012 as Program Coordinator, Tours & Transportation Services. In her new role, she will assist with payroll processing and paycheck distribution, managing employee paid time off requests, and managing employee uniform orders. Further, Blom will facilitate certificate of insurance requests for employees.  A graduate of St. Cloud State University, Blom previously served as Marketing Manager for the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres; the Administrative Manager for the Ultimate Pajama Party; Events Coordinator, Expositions & Events for Greenspring Media Group; Sales Marketing Coordinator for WCCO-TV; Account Executive for Nemer Fieger & Associates; and Promotions Associate for Infinity Broadcasting (WXPT-FM / KSGS-AM). She also volunteers as a league official for the Minnesota State High School and the Judges’ Association of Minnesota Dance Teams.

Sydney Wolf

Sales Manager, Event Services

Mary Beth Blom

Human Resources Coordinator

metroConnections has also welcomed four new hires. Joining the metroConnections team this year are Sarah Leathers, Mallory Marshall, and Alexus Magnuson as Attend-eSource® Account Coordinators; and Sam Fortin as Attend-eSource® Technology Solutions Designer.

  • Leathers, Marshall, and Magnuson will be responsible for assisting the Account Management team with client communication, timelines, expectation and delivery for all Attend-eSource® Services sold. In addition, this position entails assisting in all areas of the conference website build process, including collection of content and branding guidelines, quality control/proofing of websites, and assisting both the Account Management & Web Design teams to provide the client with a quality website and/or online registration. Leathers has eight years of industry experience handling internal meetings, conferences and incentive trips, as well as managing critical event planning for large events. She holds an associate degree from the Minnesota School of Business. Marshall has experience planning large events from across the country, handling attendee communications, and several logistics tasks for the Health Enhancement Research Organization. She also has expertise in strategic planning and software programs and direct client service. She holds a Bachelor of Art degree in global communication & commerce, with a minor in Spanish studies from the University of Minnesota. Magnuson has experience in the travel and tourism industry from the Minnesota Travel & Tourism Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in travel and tourism and minor in marketing from St. Cloud State University.

Sarah Leathers

Attend-eSource® Coordinator

Mallory Marshall

Attend-eSource® Coordinator

Alexus Magnuson

Attend-eSource® Coordinator

  • As the new Attend-eSource® Technology Solutions Designer, Fortin will be responsible for building custom branded websites for client conferences and events. In addition, he will specialize in creating attendee registration forms and implementing other Attend-eSource® solutions. Fortin has five years of experience in the industry performing various tasks such as conference communications and marketing, registration and membership database management, and onsite conference support. He holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Sam Fortin

Attend-eSource® Technology
Solutions Designer

According to David Graves, President of metroConnections, they continue to strengthen their team by adding and developing top-notch talent in the industry. “We proudly welcome our new team members and praise our promoted staff members as metroConnections continues to build a strong team of experts,” said Graves. “These efforts allow us to provide excellent services and innovative offerings to our clients.”

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.

Jun 13, 2013

metroConnections announces strategic promotions and new hires

metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, production and transportation services firm – has announced several new personnel changes for the firm.

The following team members have accepted new roles and responsibilities within the firm:

  • Cassandra Fameree has been promoted to Assistant Manager, Attend-eSource® Support Services.  Fameree joined metroConnections as the Attend-eSource® Registration Services Lead in 2011. 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. A 2010 graduate of the University of Minnesota, she was previously employed at the Hyatt, Downtown Minneapolis.
  • Meghan Foulkes has been promoted from Office Assistant to Sales Support Coordinator. In this role, Foulkes works hand-in-hand with providing support services for the metroConnections sales team. She is responsible for all sales support duties ranging from development of service proposals and contracts to research and lead generation, database management, and creation of company sales tools..
  • Amanda Sommers was promoted to Registration Manager, Attend-eSource® Support Services. A member of the team since 2010, Sommers has developed a full understanding of the Attend-eSource® Registration System and its services as she started with metroConnections as a Registration Lead. In her new role, Sommers will oversee various client programs, registration support staff, onsite coordination and other tasks.

metroConnections has also welcomed four new hires. Joining the metroConnections team this year are Heidi Bachler and Courtney Skoog as Registration Leads, Attend-eSource® Support Services; Erika Koeberl as Production Coordinator, Production; and Ryanne Dunning as a Corporate Office Assistant.

  • Bachler and Skoog will be responsible for working with the company’s suite of Attend-eSource® Tools and Services to coordinate client registrations and other client details such as housing management, name badges and onsite services. Bachler has experience with office management and sales. She holds a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University with a major in hospitality and tourism and a business administrative minor. Skoog has experience working with corporate clients, vendor relations, budget management and other aspects of event management. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
  • As the new Production Coordinator, Koeberl will be responsible for assisting with program timelines, researching contract vendors, speakers and entertainment, as well as staffing and travel coordination. She has industry experience coordinating banquets and managing event budgets and timelines, as well as planning and executing career fairs. Koeberl graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Art degree in travel and tourism from St. Cloud State University.
  • In her role as Corporate Office Assistant, Dunning will be responsible for greeting visitors, answering incoming calls and assisting each department with proposals and research. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications & film production from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

According to David Graves, President of metroConnections, they continue to hire and retain the best talent the industry has to offer. “Without the knowledge and experience our team brings, we wouldn’t be able to provide the exceptional services that we do for our clients. As we continue to grow as a firm, our leadership has strengthened with the addition of these exceptional individuals. We look forward to building these new relationships,” said Graves. “We also take pride in the development of our staff. Their determination and loyalty to our brand help us continue provide top-notch talent to our clients.”

Mar 26, 2013

metroConnections Receives Three “Best of the Industry” awards from Minnesota Meetings + Events

metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, 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 19 times, in a variety of categories, since 2002.

David Graves, CEO, metroConnections, noted that it is an honor to be selected by the industry for these awards.  “We take pride the work we provide and continually strive to innovate new and fresh ideas while offering the best level of service and execution to clients. For this to be recognized by our industry peers, is a great honor.”

The awards were presented Marched 21 at the American Swedish Institute at the 11thAnnual Readers’ Choice Best of Awards Party.  For more information, visit http://mn.meetingsmags.com/article/rsvp-11th-annual-best-awards.

Jan 16, 2013

metroConnections Announces Retirement of CEO Sam Thompson

metroConnections’ Founder and CEO Sam Thompson has announced he will retire from metroConnections effective Dec. 31, 2013.  David Graves, President, will assume the role of CEO, effective immediately. Thompson will continue to serve metroConnections in a part-time capacity to assist with the transition through the rest of the 2013 calendar year as well as serve as an ongoing member of the board of directors.  Thompson is leaving metroConnections after 30 years to spend more time with his family and pursue other business endeavors.

“It is time to pass the baton to the next generation of leaders,” Thompson said, “The strategy is in place and the momentum is strong which will carry metroConnections into its next chapter.”

A native of Minnesota with a passion for Twin City Tourism, Thompson has been active in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. He started metroConnections in 1984 in hopes of improving the tourism experience in the Minnesota area. Under Thompson’s ownership and leadership, metroConnections has grown into a $16-million/year leading Conference and Event services company that has received numerous awards including “Best Destination Management Company” and “Best Innovative Event,” as well as being designated a top 25 DMC by Special Events Magazine every year since 2006. In addition, Thompson has been a strong advocate for tourism and has successfully operated the Twin Cities Highlights Tour for more than 27 years. He is a past president of Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADME International), the international voice for the Destination Management Company (DMC) Industry.

“Thompson exemplifies strong leadership characteristics and encourages metroConnections employees to serve on councils, committees, and boards just as he has for numerous years, further supporting the growth of the industry,” said Graves. “We look forward to his ongoing advisory role as a member of our board as we continue to carry on his vision of being the premier conference, event, stage production and transportation services provider in the industry.”

Having joined metroConnections in 1988, Graves led the growth in event management and team building services and quickly became Thompson’s business partner. As president, Graves is currently responsible for ensuring that the company is operating efficiently and he directly leads the award-winning Event Services and Production Services divisions. Prior to joining metroConnections, Graves spent six years with the Marriott Corporation in Conference Management and Sales. In 2006, Graves was named Meetings and Events Magazine “Hall of Fame – Event Planner of The Year.”

Renee Splittgerber, Director of Transportation Services who has served under Sam Thompson for more than 23 years, will oversee the Transportation Services division.

“Renee has been running our transportation operation for the last few years and will continue the exceptional service based on the principals that Sam had put in place years ago,” confirmed Graves.  “She continues to also drive our national offering where she has created great success in transportation movements of 250 attendees or more across the US.”

Jan 09, 2013

metroConnections Announces Anticipated Trends and Themes for 2013

metroConnections has announced key industry trends and predictions for 2013. Based on information gathered from a customer survey in November, metroConnections has identified Return on Investment (ROI), e-commerce and mobile apps, social media, vendor relations and branding as key themes and areas of focus for the meeting/event planning as well as transportation services industry for 2013.

According to David Graves, President of metroConnections, the survey was conducted to identify key challenges in this fast-paced marketplace that is experiencing tremendous change.

”In order to make sure we have a pulse on the industry and key challenges in the marketplace, we polled our customers.  “As expectations and technologies change in the meeting industry, it is essential to understand as well as guide our clients on how to meet these trends,” said Graves. “This survey validated that 2013 will see a huge emphasis on technology, partnering, branding and ROI.”

Return on Investment
With the economy still struggling to rebound in many sectors, event planners are challenged to eliminate discretionary spending as well as prove ROI.  According to Sam Berube, Senior Event Planner for Creative Memories, the current economic uncertainty will continue to be a challenge.

“Event planners will seek more inexpensive technology to help support their events and to fill the gaps of limited resources. Proving the value of an event – for both attendees and the company decision makers — is a continual challenge for meeting planners so they can strategically plan their functions and provide worth for all involved,” she said. “As a result, we are looking more and more to single-source solution providers who provide volume discounts, streamline the planning process as well as help us prove ROI.”

Jolene Bergmann, Manager – Meetings & Events for Eaton Corp., also noted that cost containment and tougher negotiations on attrition and cancellation were key themes for 2013.

“With overall business conditions being more challenging at the end of 2012, we are being asked to limit or eliminate as much of our discretionary spend as possible”, she said.  “We are asking the properties that we work with for more leeway on attrition and cancellation clauses specifically, but also must ensure all event expenditures are appropriate, reasonable and clearly adhere to approved budgets.”

The tight budgets also impact organizations when the economy does rebound. For example, Charmell Davis, CMP, Operations Manager, Learning Solutions, The Institute of Internal Auditors, Global Headquarters, noted that their biggest challenge is related to managing the trending increase of registrations for conferences based on conservative contracts and commitments that were made in a more challenging economic time.
“It’s a great problem to have but at the end of the day, there still lies a challenge for the planner if the venue is struggling to accommodate our growth,” she said.

Going Mobile & Getting Social
Another key theme for 2013 is the push for mobile apps and e-commerce platforms for both the planning and registration functions of an event, as well as the actual event itself.

Erin Howe, Manager, Meetings & Special Events for General Mills, said they have started using mobile apps specific to their larger programs, and they are evaluating how to use Twitter as a means to poll their audience.

Berube noted that her team also is evaluating various ways to integrate the iPad as a means to track and manage sales transactions, create instant invoices and more.  “Our goal is to integrate technology wherever possible in order to create a smooth customer experience while still meeting the needs of our business,” she said. “Social media allows us to easily communicate and promote our events to our customers. We use Facebook and Twitter to hype certain aspects of an upcoming event to build excitement. Facebook also serves as a communication channel for our customers to ask us questions related to the event and receive immediate answers. Finally, social media is a great tool after an event to recap the attendee’s experience by sharing photos, testimonials and videos which also serves as excellent promotion for the next year’s event.”

In addition to technology integration, Howe noted the importance of focusing on younger generations, specifically the Millennium market, as they are the new audience.

Brad Neuman, Director of metroConnection’s Attend-eSource® Technologies, responded to this trend by noting that there are numerous considerations when working with social media and apps in the event and meeting planning industry. Although there are several new and improved technologies such as GPS mapping functionality, community chatter for specific events and personalized agenda options, it is key to understand how to best utilize each platform.

“Too often, technology is implemented simply because of the ‘wow’ factor without really analyzing the benefit to the attendees,” said Neuman.

For example, budget is a key consideration in deciding whether or not to employ a native or a web-based app. In the case of social media, it is essential to know what platforms attendees are already using before implementing a solution for a particular meeting.

Looking Ahead
Although budgets and technology are key themes, survey respondents also noted the importance of keeping events fresh and innovative. Further, with tighter budgets and greater acceptance and expectations related to technology, hybrid events will be key.

McCulloch also noted the heightened role of branding in events, a theme that is already prevalent in events the firm is planning for 2013.

“Integrated branding – the concept of having all aspects of marketing communications for your organization work together in unified force with a consistent message – continues to gain acceptance in the meeting industry,” he said. “As such, it is key that the meeting planning industry find meaningful ways to incorporate these branding experiences into events and conferences to maximize their company’s exposure with attendees during a dedicated time-frame and focused attention-span. Key to success is integrating the brand into the strategic plan from onset and then managing it throughout the process to ensure cohesion with your message.”

As a final thought, McCulloch urged meeting planners to look for partners in 2013 that understand the aforementioned challenges, have technology expertise and branding experience, as well as serve as a partner in proving ROI.

“Challenging times require the industry to work together,” he said. “Look for partners that don’t simply want a contract, rather, they want to be an extension of your team and care about the success of your events as much as you do.”
 

Oct 26, 2012

metroConnections’ Success Featured in Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

metroConnections' President David Graves was recently interviewed by the Minneapolis-St.Paul Business Journal for an article that features the success and growth of the Company.  Graves explains how metroConnections focuses on consistently generating fresh and innovative ideas that keep clients coming back.

 

Oct 25, 2012

metroConnections’ Brad Neuman Talks Mobile Apps in Meetings: MN Hospitality Journal

metroConnections' Director of Attend-eSource® Technologies, Brad Neuman, was recently interviewed and featured in the article, “There’s an App for That,” in Meetings: Minnesota’s Hospitality Journal.  In the article Neuman goes into depth about the benefits and common misconceptions about using mobile apps in the meeting planning industry.

Oct 24, 2012

metroConnections welcomes new National Sales Account Executive.

metroConnections is pleased to announce the addition of Stephanie Montini as National Sales Account Executive. In Montini’s role at metroConnections, she will be responsible for strategically identifying new national business opportunities and customers, along with maintaining healthy relationships with company clients for all four service centers.

Montini has established extensive experience working with corporate and association incentive clients for meetings, conferences, conventions, tradeshows, trips and other meetings. Other experience includes sales and operation account management, and national experience positioning meetings and convention services around the country in her previous roles in both South Florida and San Francisco.

metroConnections has developed a national scale and scope in their stage production services, along with a continuing expansion across the country. According to, Tom McCulloch, Vice President, metroConnection’s stage production services are the fastest growing segment. “We produce general session stage solutions in ballrooms all over the U.S., with more than 40 percent of this client business out-of-state,” said McCulloch.

A graduate of Columbia College, Chicago, Montini is a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and is a volunteer at the kid’s program at the Sojourner Women’s Shelter in Hopkins, Minn.

Aug 24, 2012

Teambuilding: An Effective Tool, as seen in Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine

As recently featured Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine, Stacy Fantauzzi, account manager at metroConnections, shares why teambuilding activities are still recognized as an important method to build morale and teamwork. Fantauzzi explains how these activities, if scoped and chosen appropriately, can be planned and executed successfully while maintaining a particle budget.

Aug 09, 2012

metroConnections Announces Key Promotions

metroConnections is pleased to announce the promotions of the following team members:

  • Rachel Barrett was promoted to Technology Solutions Manager. She has been with the firm since 2008 and previously served as the Mobile Technologies Lead. In her new role, she will be responsible for the management of the team of Attend-eSource® designers, the training process and schedule for expedite clients and designing solutions using Attend-eSource® technologies.

  • Amy Jesse was promoted to Sr. Program Coordinator, Conference & Meetings. An employee since 2008, she has served on the Registration Team and Conference & Meetings team as Program Coordinator.

  • Amanda Sommers was promoted to Assistant Registration Manager. A member of the team since 2010, she started with the Registration Team. In her new role, she will be responsible for assisting the Support Services Team with reports training/efficiency, training team members and various administrative duties.
     

 

Rachel Barrett

Amy Jesse Amanda Sommers
Technology Solutions Manager Sr. Program Coordinator, Conference & Meetings Assistant Registration Manager

 

Jul 24, 2012

As Seen on Conventions.net, Best Practices for Event Registration Websites

As recently featured on Conventions.net, Brad Neuman, Director of Attend-eSource® Technologies, offers industry best practices, including how to incorporate your brand and event theme into every attendee touch point – including your conference website and registration process. Visit Conventions.net to read how you can maximize your attendee experience, starting with your website.

Jul 23, 2012

metroConnections Named Top 25 DMC Worldwide

metroConnections, an award-winning conference, event, production and transportation services firm – is pleased to be named to the 8th Annual Special Edition Events’ Top 25 DMC List; first named to this list in 2006.

As one of the world’s Top 25 DMCs (Destination Management Company), metroConnections was selected by Special Events magazine based on the following criteria: the number of events handled per year, annual revenue from DMC services, capabilities and noteworthy events.

Special Events Magazine recognized metroConnections for several awards for its Syngenta Capital Markets and Demonstration Days event series.

“We’re honored to be a part of the 8th Edition Special Events’ Top 25 DMC List,” says Sam Thompson, Founder and CEO of metroConnections. “When the DMC list first came out, it was almost all US companies. This year’s list has quite a few international names. We are thrilled to remain on this list to represent the US companies and be among these new international names.”

Jun 04, 2012

As Seen in Exhibit City News, “Tips for cost-effective corporate event transportation”

As recently featured in Exhibit City News, Renee Splittgerber, Director of Transportation Services, offers tips for cost-effective corporate event transportation. Visit Exhibit City News to read how you can save money without hampering the quality of your event.

 

May 09, 2012

metroConnections Expands with New Hires

metroConnections is pleased to announce new additions to their team.  

Eric Bryson has joined the team as an Event Services Artist and Fabricator. A graduate of both Oklahoma State University and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, he previously worked in film and television for in Montreal Canada as a production/effects artist. Other experience includes hand-making more than 5,000 masks for Cirque Du Soleil as well as working at Kern Studios in New Orleans fabricating Mardi Gras floats. Bryson also has experience as a print technician making handmade silk screened wallpaper for Flavor Paper.

Taylor Martinson has joined the team as a Production Services Coordinator. With a degree from Winona State University, she previously worked for an association in the green building/sustainability industry in a role that involved event coordination, fundraising, meeting and management. She also has experience in group event sales.

Eric Bryson Taylor Martinson
Event Services Artist and Fabricator Production Services Coordinator

 

May 01, 2012

Unique teambuilding for strengthening the team dynamic, as seen in Midwest Meetings

Looking for unique activities to unite your employees or teams? metroConnections' was recently featured in Midwest Magazine for our creative and interactive team building concepts including Light Art, Playing Picasso and Wheelchair Build.  Read the full article by visiting Midwest Meetings website.

 

 

Apr 30, 2012

metroConnections Expands Transportation Services Group with New Hires

metroConnections announces new additions to their Transportation Services Group.  

  • Alissa Bemis has been hired as a Tours & Marketing Coordinator. In this role, she will work as a coordinator for metroConnections’ public tour division, Award-Winning City Tours. She also serves as Marketing Coordinator for the company.  A graduate of Augsburg College, Bemis had an internship at the Children’s Theatre Company helping to coordinate their annual fundraiser, “The Curtain Call Ball.” Other prior experience includes working at a local church as their scheduling coordinator scheduling hundreds of events and meetings each week.
  • Mary Beth Blom has joined the team as a Transportation Services Coordinator. A graduate of St. Cloud State University, Blom previously served as the Marketing Manager for the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres; the Administrative Manager for the Ultimate Pajama Party; Events Coordinator, Expositions & Events for Greenspring Media Group; Sales Marketing Coordinator for WCCO-TV; Account Executive for Nemer Fieger & Associates; and Promotions Associate for Infinity Broadcasting (WXPT-FM / KSGS-AM). Blom volunteers as a league official for the Minnesota State High School and the Judges’ Association of Minnesota Dance Teams.
Alissa Bemis Mary Beth Blom
Tours & Marketing Coordinator Transportation Services Coordinator

 

Apr 24, 2012

metroConnections Expands Conference Services Group with Several New Hires

metroConnections, Inc. has announced several additions to their Conference Services Group.  

  • Cassandra Fameree has joined as the Attend-eSource® Registration Services Lead.  In this role, she works with the company’s suite of Attende-Source® Tools and Services to coordinate client registrations and other client details such as housing management, name badges, onsite services, etc.  A 2010 graduate of the University of Minnesota, she was previously employed at the Hyatt, Downtown Minneapolis. She volunteers at the Community University Health Care Center in Minneapolis working with the local diabetic Latina population at risk for developing heart disease as well as with pre-school populations teaching them Spanish.

  • As Program Manager for Conference & Meeting Services, Emily Griesser manages client events and programs. A 2006 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, she also has a Mini-MBA in Non-Profit Management from the University of St. Thomas. She began her event planning career at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee. For the past four years, she has provided convention and meeting planning services for the National Scholastic Press Association in Minneapolis, an organization that works with high school and college journalism students.

  • Caitlin Hurley has joined the team as a Attende-Source® Registration Services Lead. A graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she has prior experience working for Red Bull USA, as well as volunteer experience with Youth Vote, Meals on Wheels and the Humane Society for Companion Animals.

  • Emily Thielman has joined the team as Attende-Track Coordinator. In this role, she works with clients using the Attende-Track Lead Retrieval and Session Tracking Services. Operating from a unique ID number and barcode, users of this system scan attendee badges with a hand-held device that instantaneously transfers the information to a website for immediate downloading and analysis, eliminating the need to manually collect such information. She graduated from Bethel University and has prior experience working with another event planning company as well as freelance work as a Production Assistant.
Cassandra Fameree Emily Griesser Caitlin Hurley Emily Thielman
Attend-eSource® Registration Services Lead Program Manager, Conference & Meeting Services Attende-Source® Registration Services Lead Attende-Track Coordinator

 

Apr 04, 2012

metroConnections Announces Key Promotions

metroConnections is pleased to announce the promotions of the following team members:

  • Andera Maus was promoted to Transportation Services Sales & Programs Manager. An employee since 2001, she has previously served as a program coordinator and manager.
  • Latawnie Hernandez was promoted to Program Coordinator, Conference & Meetings. She has been with metroConnections for one year and previously served as the Attend-eSource® Registration Services Lead.
  • Renee Splittgerber was promoted to Director, Transportation Services. A member of the team for 22 years, she started as a Transportation Services Coordinator and moved into sales for the same division before being promoted to her current role.
  • Samantha Stoner was promoted to Event Services Coordinator. An employee for one year, she previously served as Tour & Marketing Coordinator.
Andrea Maus Latawnie Hernandez Renee Splittgerber Samantha Stoner

Sales & Program Manager, Transportation Services

Program Coordinator,
Conference & Meeting Services
Director,
Transportation Services
Event Services
Coordinator