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Call Sheet #64: M.P.I. W.E.C. Highlights, First New York Gay Weddings, Teleconferencing as Theater

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #64 — Monday, 07.25.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo in New York
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1. HIGHLIGHTS FROM M.P.I. WORLD EDUCATION CONGRESS: From BizBash Orlando bureau chief Mitra Sorrells, some highlights of the conference, which kicked off there Saturday and runs through tomorrow:
From keynote speaker Simon Sinek:
* On why face-to-face meetings remain important: "Nothing replaces human connection. It is the root of inspiration and innovation when people come together."
* On what it takes to be a leader: "Martin Luther King gave the 'I have a dream' speech, not the 'I have a plan' speech. No one was ever inspired by a plan."
* On the value of trust and shared beliefs in business relationships: "The goal is not to do business with everyone who needs what you have. The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe."
From Angela Smith, vice president of client services, INXPO: "Hybrid events are always more valuable than 100% virtual."
From Bill Voegeli, president, Association Insights: "Unless your meetings and events are aligned with your priorities and strategies, your meetings will always be less successful than they could be. If you don't know where you want to end up, then getting there is just pure luck."
From Mike Pusateri, president, Vantage Strategy: Everyone should be doing "buzz monitoring in social media. I can find out today what people are thinking. Why is sentiment important? Because it leads to customer satisfaction."
M.P.I. announced future locations for its World Education Conference: Minneapolis (2014), San Francisco (2015), Philadelphia (2016). The event is already slated for St. Louis in 2012 and Las Vegas in 2013.

2. NEW YORK’S FIRST GAY WEDDINGS: As the state’s new same-sex marriage law took effect yesterday, The New York Times explored at the impact on several fronts.

A look at the planners and designers getting business focused on Susan Holland, “the go-to designer for a new generation of same-sex partners.” Planner Harriette Rose Katz: "The calls keep coming."

But some industry businesses are still waiting to see the economic impact: “We expected the flood gates to open up, but I guess people need more time,” said Ed Hassel, banquet manager at Dante Caterers in East Elmhurst, New York. “It can take six to eight months to plan a wedding.”

On the honeymoon market: "Hotels have been courting gay and lesbian travelers for years, but many see New York’s move to legalize gay marriage as an opportunity to boost bookings for honeymoons, when clientele are particularly amenable to big spending. Gay men and lesbians already spend about $70 billion a year on domestic leisure travel, according to data from Community Marketing Inc., a research firm specializing in the gay travel market."

3. TELECONFERENCING AS THEATER: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is bringing one of its productions to a different venue this year—Skype. The show "You Won't Know Him—He Lives in Texas" follows the story of a couple in a long-distance relationship. Edinburgh News: "Audiences in Edinburgh will attend a New Town house party hosted by the main female character…while a separate audience attends the show in Austin, Texas, where her American partner…hosts his own house party. The two characters—and their party guests—then communicate through Skype, with the show being performed in both cities."


The Event Leadership Institute will host "Exit Strategy: Merging or Selling Your Event Business" August 10. Topics will include how to value your business and how to position your company for acquisition or merger. The webinar will be moderated by E.L.I. executive director Howard Givner, with speakers Gai Klass of Gai Klass Event Production, Debra Roth of Moss, Maureen Ryan-Fable of First Protocol, and Greg Zalkin of Room Service/AFR.


The I.S.E.S. greater Los Angeles chapter will install its 2011/2012 board of directors and announce the winners of its awards Wednesday at Pasadena's Pandora on Green. Here’s the new board:

President: Ron Hobbs, My Event Book
President Elect: Carol Roleder, Craig's Crew
Immediate Past President: Jen Poyer, Catalina Island Conservancy
Vice President of Programs and Education: Jennifer Minzey, Simply Mumtaz Events
Vice President of Marketing and Communications: Kelly Wynn, Pitzer College
Vice President of Membership: Gerry Rothschild, the Gerry Rothschild Band
Director of Programs and Education: Melissa Navarro, Lawry's Catering
Director of Programs and Education: Stacy Ober, Centerplate/Pasadena Convention Center
Director of Marketing: Danny Bergold, About Entertainment L.L.C.
Director of Marketing: David Esqueda, Dazian Fabrics
Director of Marketing: Craig Tolliver, Craig's Crew
Director of Membership: Nachey Storer, Dash Entertainment
Director of Special Assignments: Sue Cook, SoozEvents!


COAST TO COAST: IMG Worldwide has chosen Karl's Event Services as its preferred portable structures supplier for North America. Karl's has provided clear span and traditional tent solutions and services for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York and Miami for eight years..

BOSTON: The castle-like Sheraton hotel in Braintree will be transformed into a 204-room Hyatt by March. The Boston Globe:

On Saturday, a fund-raiser for the Special Olympics saw dozens of participants rappelling off the roof of the downtown Hyatt Hotel. My Fox Boston:

CHICAGO: Children's Oncology Services Inc. will host the sixth annual “Toque: An Evening With Chicago's Culinary Masters” September 8 at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. Dr. Sandy Goldberg, health contributor at NBC 5, will host the event and Michael Kornick of MK, DMK Burger Bar, Fish, and N9ne Group, will serve as executive chef.

McCormick Place plans to add 461 rooms by mid-2013 to the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, which currently has 800 rooms. The Chicago Tribune:

The Associate Board of Ambassadors of the American Cancer Society will host its third annual Skyline Soiree at the River East Art Center Friday. The evening will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, raffle, and live entertainment.

LAS VEGAS: Wanderlust Festival has announced its first Las Vegas event. The two-day celebration of yoga and music will take to the Cosmopolitan September 10-11.

LOS ANGELES: Elite Productions International produced the "Elite Women of Orange County's Summer Soiree" for women involved with the local community at the Hyatt Regency Irvine July 14.

MIAMI: The Americas Food & Beverage Show & Conference will take place November 14-15 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This year, the show will have a new products showcase on the show floor for attendees to see the latest product releases.

NEW YORK: To help promote the new movie “Smurfs” this week, NYC & Company has teamed up with Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures to host Smurfs Week NYC. Starting today with a three-dimensional Smurf village at Merchant's Gate in Central Park and including tours of locations seen in the film, a themed scavenger hunt at the New York Botanical Garden, and kid-friendly activities at various museums, the event series leads up to the release of the animated feature July 29.

Page Six: “Daniel and Derek Koch of the wild Day & Night parties are firing back at Oak Room owner Eli Gindi in a lawsuit for $1 million.”

Nike’s new pop-up shop in Harlem, open through September, sells limited edition shoes, customized apparel, and treats from Benfaremo, the Lemon Ice King of Corona. FN/WWD:

Hospitality, lifestyle, and consumer public relations agency Bullfrog & Baum has expanded to Birmingham, Alabama, with a new office. The agency has also signed own three new Southern clients: Brookville Restaurant, the Catbird Seat, and Birmingham Originals.

ORLANDO: Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida will open its new Cypress Canopy Cycle Friday. The attraction will allow guests to pedal reclining bicycles suspended from steel cables up to 25 feet above ground.

SAN DIEGO: Entertainment Lighting Services produced the “Cowboys & Aliens” premiere for Universal Pictures at Comic-Con. E! did a live Webcast of the arrivals for the event, Saturday at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

TORONTO: CBC will be the exclusive English broadcaster of the semifinal and final of men's and women's Rogers Cup. The new five-year agreement between CBC and Tennis Canada was announced on Thursday. The tennis championship takes place in Toronto and Montreal August 5-14.

WASHINGTON: The long-awaited Fillmore Silver Spring will open September 15. Mary J. Blige will be the first artist to perform at the 2,000-capacity venue, owned by Live Nation. The Washington Post:

YOUR NEWS: What are you doing? Tell us: [email protected].

With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, Carla Warrilow in Toronto, and Erica Petri, Jana Schiowitz, Anna Sekula, and Courtney Thompson in New York.

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