Letter From the Publisher

September 1, 2007


Joe Clote

What do you call a person who flawlessly executes a board retreat for 50 people or selects a hilarious comedian and finishes off the event with a laugh? You call them magical. And where would you find such people? You’ll find them at the Magical Meetings & Enchanted Events Expo coming to the Kansas City region October 8-9, 2007, in the Overland Park Marriott. On page 34 you will find a show planner with a list of sponsors and suppliers who will be waiting to help you become the talk of your organization as the “go-to person” for small meetings or large events.

If you are looking for a speaker or presenter to enlighten your next meeting, attend the opening reception Monday night (7pm to 9pm), October 8, 2007, at the Overland Park Marriott. Come see Ricky Kalmon in action as he enlightens and entertains you with his HYPNOSIS SHOW that will “Unlock the Power Within™.” On Tuesday, October 9 a vast array of suppliers and presenters will dazzle you with ways to improve your meetings and events. If your an exhibitor, don’t miss Trade Show Basics by Stan Fine on page 33.

Speaking of magic, MM&E is doing it again! When you see a purple video camera at the end of an article, that means that we have correlating VIDEO on our Web site. Be sure to check out our new columnist, Rob Schaefer, on page 10. Rob’s advice will help you avoid common attire mistakes and help you dress for success. Since there might be a few terms that not everyone is familiar with, you can WATCH Rob illustrate some of his recommendations. Send Rob an e-mail at [email protected] and let him know what you think.

Our cover story on Hilton at the Ballpark by Michael Humphrey, page 30, has a little magic of its own to share. This is a property and management company that’s able to hit in a clutch situation and deliver meeting and event planners the very best in service and experience. If you have hosted your meetings at this property in the past, you definitely need to see the new space its staff has planned for you.

Sometimes planning every detail of an enchanted event can overwhelm the expert and the novice, and making sure you have additional help is crucial. We have two articles that explore these areas. Patti Curran, Associate Editor/Graphic Designer at MM&E, will take you on a whimsical tour of planning her own wedding in her article on page 22. She shares why additional help is so critical. The second article is one in which MM&E writer Tony Carosella (page 44) shows how even well organized companies need the help of planners like Jennifer Schubert and Michele Hoog at Chaumette Vineyards & Winery. These on-site planners help clients like American Express ease into the day’s agenda or plan a relaxing but productive business retreat.

As you make your way through this fall issue full of great suppliers and ideas, don’t forget to take some time to plan for your own self-improvement. Register today for the Missouri Meeting & Events Expo October 8-9, 2007, at the Overland Park Marriott. We’re encouraged by your solid support of our programs and products and look forward to introducing you to even more magical ideas through video.

We’re committed to offering ways for you to impress upon your attendees – and boss – that you know how to plan and execute a meeting or event. Because there are tens of thousands of suppliers in this industry, you need a resource to help cut through the clutter. Our editors have been busy making improvements to the MM&E Annual Resource Directory (page 50). Be sure to look for new and improved features next spring.

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