April 11 to 14 saw Cvent, the largest provider of technology for planning and executing meetings and events, host more than 2,000 planner customers at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas for its annual Cvent Connect event. Another 10,000 customers and other meeting-industry members participated virtually. This was the second time Cvent Connect was held in a hybrid format, and just eight months after the first iteration. During a wrap-up series of interviews for the online audience on the last day, various members of the planning staff spoke to virtual-program emcee Courtney Stanley about their work.

David Heizer, team lead, professional services for Cvent, noted that “we learned a lot from last year’s event and since that time, too. For that first hybrid, we didn’t have a playbook, but this time we could take things from last year’s playbook and build on them.”

Specifically, “you have a lot of momentum out of the gate when it’s the second show with the same team. Just knowing the event’s audience and flow, being familiar with how everyone works, having the documentation—all of that was a big help for us coming back after just eight months.” Another big help: A full debriefing of the entire team after the 2021 event. “That’s what you want to do in order to optimize the things that worked, and keep everything getting better.”

To properly serve the virtual audience, Heizer advised planners to “test early and test often. Somebody told me that plan A is always a decoy, and that tends to be true. For most of our streaming stages, we had anywhere from three to seven backup plans so that if a given scenario happened, we knew exactly how to pivot.”

Cvent’s production partner for the event was Encore, and Rob Stout, the firm’s vice president of production operations, said that a hybrid event “boils down to this: It’s one event but two experiences. The people who are in person have the advantage of taking in the whole environment, while those watching on a screen are getting more of a broadcast dynamic, and you have to plan for that difference. There’s a little more staff talent that’s needed—the broadcast requires more of a technical toolkit to really make the experience for remote attendees engaging, like a sporting event. I think that kind of investment is key, and it’s worth it in order to get a high degree of remote-attendee engagement. It’s not the same show for each audience.”

Kayla Sommers, CMP, senior meetings and events planner for Cvent and production lead for Connect, said that the team worked especially hard on making the opening entertainment segment a great hybrid experience. “The focus was not just on the people watching the performance on the stage in front of them; we really tried to choose something that would come across through the camera to all those desktops incredibly well.”

For other planners to do this, Sommers suggested that they “ask more questions of your suppliers than you ever have before. If you don’t know what exists out there, you don’t know what you could potentially do for your event. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.”

CventConnectStanleyGiusti.pngPaulina Giusti (in photo, wearing black), senior meetings and events manager for Cvent who oversaw the planning team with Sommers, added that “now’s the time” to stretch what you do with your events, perhaps even “take some risks. We’re all making our way back into in-person events, and I think this is the opportunity to give something a go that you’ve never done before. We did a lot of that with this year’s programming, including creating a lot more networking opportunities. And we’re ready to take some more chances with some other programs we’ve got coming up,” including Cvent Connect Europe taking place October 4 to 6.

In his keynote on day one, Cvent founder and CEO Reggie Aggarwal emphasized that hybrid events will continue long after the Covid pandemic ends. As for the efforts that corporate, association, and third-party planners made to get up to speed technologically during the pandemic, “I want to thank all of you for your grit and your determination for adapting and embracing digitization so that our industry can move forward,” he said. “Just remember, technology is here to stay. It’s accelerating and it is now pervasive across the entire event lifecycle, and you’ve got to embrace it as a core competency.”

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LE SUEUR, MN – Cambria, the nation’s leading producer of American-made quartz surfaces, and a family-owned company, is excited to announce that it will open four new sales and distribution centers in the U.S. this spring, rounding out the company total to 22.  Upon completion, the new facilities will provide Cambria’s business partners, trade professionals, and consumers within a 150-mile radius immediate access to Cambria’s award-winning quartz surface designs. The front portion of the buildings will feature state-of-the-art showrooms that will be open to the public.  The three new builds are taking place in Houston, TX; Duluth, GA; and Manassas, VA; and a full gut renovation is underway at the purchased facility in Milford, MA.  We are very excited to open our new sales and distribution centers while expanding our footprint across the country,” said Joel Peters, Director of Real Estate for Cambria.  “The cities where these projects are located provide incredible economic opportunities for us and the local communities. Moreover, these buildings are much more than just warehouses—they will also serve as regional resources for the builder and remodeler trades, interior designers, and end-users.” Milford, Massachusetts In Milford, the 32,000-square-foot project sits on 3.7 acres of land at 357 Fortune Blvd., which is right off the bustling Interstate 495 corridor, southwest of Boston.  Nearby entities include several retail centers, as well as healthcare organizations, grocery businesses, automotive dealerships, and more. At the Milford site, Cambria is remodeling an existing building and is transforming it into a world-class sales and distribution facility. Work is expected to be complete this May. Houston, Texas:  In Houston, construction is underway on a 22,750-square-foot facility that sits on 3.7 acres of land at 13939 West Road. The location is about 22 miles northwest of downtown Houston and is located just off U.S. Highway 290. Nearby businesses include steel and electrical distribution companies, a freight-transport business, retailers, and many more corporate enterprises. The facility is expected to open in June of this year.  Duluth, Georgia:  In Duluth, work is underway on a 22,750-square-foot building, which sits on 3.3 acres of land at 2425 Meadowbrook Parkway. The location lies less than 30 miles from downtown Atlanta along Interstate 85. Nearby businesses include a variety of restaurants, hotels, an electrical supply company, a heating supply company, a book printing company, and more. The facility is expected to open this September.  Manassas, Virginia:  In Manassas, the 22,750-square-foot building will sit on 5.3 acres of land at 11975 Lexington Valley Drive, which is about 36 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.  Nearby businesses include manufacturing companies, a logistics company, an advertising agency, a mechanical contracting corporation, a glass company, and  more. Construction is expected to start this June and be complete in April 2023.  Cambria’s industry-leading, iconic quartz surfaces are manufactured at its state-of-the-art one-million-square-foot slab manufacturing facility in Le Sueur, MN.  From there, slabs are sent to sales and distribution centers across the U.S. Cambria is also in the process of adding an additional 50,000 square feet of space to its slab manufacturing facility, representing the fifth time in 15 years the company has expanded its Le Sueur facility.  Cambria’s architectural firm of record for the four sales and distribution centers is Powers Brown Architecture, a renowned industrial, public institutional, and commercial interiors firm with a broad business portfolio. In addition to architecture, the company also specializes in both interior and urban design.  For inquiries regarding Cambria’s real estate and/or capital expansion projects, please contact: Peter Rank, Cambria Development Manager, at 952-873-4800 or Peter.Rank@CambriaUSA.com.  About Cambria:  Cambria is the leading producer of American-made quartz surfaces and is a family-owned company.  Cambria’s innovative designs are stain resistant, nonabsorbent, durable, safe, maintenance free, easy to care for, and backed by a transferable Full Lifetime Warranty. Cambria is sold through an exclusive network of premium, independent specialty retail and trade partners that can be identified at:  www.CambriaUSA.com


Since we began to offer color changes for free, we have helped our clients achieve some spectacular murals using their own choices of colors. We even have the ability to match colors to all of the colors offered by Benjamin-Moore or Sherwin Williams. Shades of blue work for land as long as the ocean water is white or a light shade of another color. In most cases our clients make great decisions in their color choices. But there are colors that will confuse those familiar with NOAA chart colors to the point that it becomes difficult to see what is land and what is water. That is because there is a paradigm of chart colors that need to be understood before choosing custom colors. Generally there are two paradigms of color: Land and water. Land: NOAA has had a variety of colors for land colors, The land colors range from beige, taupe, and yellow. Land that has a significant population area is often colored a deeper version of the land color. For example beige land with a population area has the population area a darker beige or even a burnt orange color. Here is a chart where land is a yellow color. We brightened the blue for a better contrast. Water: NOAA colors shallow water a light blue, and on some charts water that is a little deeper has a lighter shade of blue to contrast with the darker shallow water. Water over 60 feet at low tide often is white. So if a client wants the land to be a shade of blue and the water a beige, taupe or yellow, it will present a confusing picture to those familiar with NOAA charts. Our Advice: Whenever we receive a request to make water a land color or land a water color, we will advise other choices that a align with the land/water paradigms. In short, we hope to have our client’s murals clearly convey what areas are land and what color is water.

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TPG Hotels, Resorts & Marinas, one of the nation’s premier hospitality management firms, announced today it was selected to manage the Kimpton Overland Airport Hotel located at Two Porsche Drive, Atlanta, GA. The 214-room, full-service property boasts 7,000 square feet of meeting space, a full-service restaurant, and a rooftop bar overlooking the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

“After an extensive search and interview process, an Operator candidate stood out among the final group of premier Hospitality Operators ACRON considered,” said Greg Wilson, CEO, ACRON (USA). “We are pleased to have TPG Hotels, Resorts and Marinas as our new Management Company for the Kimpton Overland. We look forward to the direction and resulting success we are confident will take place as a result of our mutual collaboration.”

The Kimpton Overland is a modern, compact, full-service hotel located adjacent to the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), and the North American headquarters of the world-renowned automaker, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA). Developed in conjunction with PCNA’s corporate campus and Experience Center, the hotel enjoys not only the same design aesthetic as the famed car company’s headquarters but also a formal and exclusive business relationship.

“The Kimpton Overland Airport Hotel is an exceptional asset with built-in demand drivers including excellent proximity to the world’s busiest airport,” said Robert Leven, Chief Investment Officer of TPG Hotels, Resorts, and Marinas. “We see tremendous revenue growth opportunity for this asset as business and leisure travel begin to stabilize. The addition of this property to our third-party managed assets is part of our strategy to seek additional growth opportunities throughout the United States.”

ACRON CEO AG Peter Bender commented, “Especially after the recent acquisition of Marshall Hotels & Resorts by TPG, we are convinced we can further expand the successful cooperation with the Porsche Experience Center and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant Group to offer an unforgettable guest experience and to meet the high standards of all partners involved. ACRON is very much looking forward to working with TPG and to continue the success story of the Kimpton Overland Hotel.”

Originally opened in 2017, and then converted to a Kimpton in 2019 following a $1.25 million renovation, the hotel features 214 elegant yet comfortable guestrooms, inclusive of 28 suites, more than 7,000 square feet of meeting space, and two inspiring restaurants, including the one-of-a-kind Rooftop at the Overland, which occupies the Kimpton’s eighth-floor and features unparalleled views overlooking the Porsche Experience Center’s 1.6-mile Driver Development Track and the takeoffs and landings on ATL’s nearby runways.

About TPG Hotels, Resorts & Marinas
TPG Hotels, Resorts & Marinas is an operator of hospitality assets across all chain scales. The firm’s historical resume includes nearly 300 branded, independent, boutique hotels and marinas comprising more than 43,000 guestrooms in 37 states. TPG Hotels, Resorts & Marinas is a vertically integrated organization actively engaged in hotel and marina operations, development, acquisitions, and asset repositionings across the country. For more information, please visit www.tpghotelsandresorts.com.


Columbia Hospitality Management is the name to rely on for expert hotel property management. Above all else, we work hard to achieve better results through personal attention. Backed by decades of experience, our skilled hotel management team can improve your hotel’s bottom line and value. Our team will commit to increasing your hotel’s revenues and reducing its expenses, while keeping it in excellent condition. In addition to successfully managing existing hotels, we are experienced at managing hotel openings, renovations, and repositioning hotels.

Our team of hotel experts will first determine your investment goals. We will then develop detailed plans and budgets, and, when approved, execute them. Our area manager and our headquarters’ staff will ensure you and your hotel receive plenty of attention. We’ll ensure that your hotel’s on-site staff is attentive and attuned to guests’ satisfaction. We are used to satisfying owners, while pleasing guests and meeting franchisor quality standards. And, you will benefit from accurate, timely, and meaningful reports—to keep you well-informed of our work and your hotel’s progress. In short, we are confident in our ability to improve your hotel’s bottom line and value.

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Wood Couture has been appointed to manufacture the Loose FFE of the Raffles in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The scope includes, casegoods, upholstery, Decorative Lighting. Keys including Public Areas.

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Are you looking to take advantage of South Dakota hunting this year? You’re not alone! In fact, 25% of South Dakota residents are hunters and many more annually flock to the Mount Rushmore State during hunting season. Where is the best pheasant hunting in South Dakota? We’ve compiled four unique places you should consider visiting!

South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
Black Hills
There’s a lot to experience when you visit Black Hills, South Dakota. Not only is there a plethora of pheasant hunting, but you can see some of our nation’s most famous attractions, including Mount Rushmore!

Looking for a quirky, cowboy western addition to your trip? We recommend adding in a special stop in Wall Drug. Just trust us.

Pierre, SD
From mid-October through December, Pierre is a must-see spot for pheasant hunting in South Dakota. Add this vibrant town to the list if you’re looking to enjoy a guided experience (although, there’s plenty of opportunity for self-guided excursions, too.) Time to enjoy what the locals refer to as “pheasant fever.”

Watertown, SD
Located in the northeast corner of the state, Watertown boasts thousands of acres of public land for self-guided South Dakota pheasant hunting. Take advantage of goose and duck hunting, and explore the charming downtown that offers excellent dining, museums, and art galleries. This is a great place to bring the whole family!

Huron, SD
Huron “The Heart of Ringeck Nation” South Dakota is a small town situated between Milbank and Sioux Falls. Pheasant hunting is a huge draw for the town (they even have a massive pheasant statue) and it’s a celebrated sport. With their Ringbeck Festival and Bird Dog Challenge coming up in November and a massive pheasant population, this is one of the best places for pheasant hunting with like-minded folks.

Best Airports to Fly Into for South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
Flying into South Dakota for hunting? You’re going to want to fly into either the Sioux Falls Regional Airport or the Rapid City Regional Airport. That’ll give you convenient access to the most exciting pheasant hunting spots this state has to offer.

Don’t Forget the Paperwork
In order to hunt in South Dakota, you’ll need your South Dakota hunting license. You can get yours here on the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks website!

Hotels in South Dakota
Whether you’re driving east from Wyoming, west from Minnesota, or South from North Dakota, you’re going to need a good night’s rest before a big day of hunting. Our hospitable team at GrandStay Hotels has beds waiting for you (and any dogs you plan to bring along!)

Check out our amenities – including a hearty, complimentary GRAND START® Breakfast – and go ahead and book your stay. With locations in Milbank, Rapid City, and Tea-Sioux Falls, we’ve got this year’s South Dakota pheasant hunting trip covered. We can’t wait to see you.

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FontanaShowers® provides contemporary bathroom fixtures such as contemporary showers, hydromassage bathtubs, the LED shower heads, shower systems, commercial sensor faucets and vanities, all with timeless design, modern technology, and the finest quality and workmanship. At FontanaShowers® we are committed to providing exemplary customer service from start to finish, whether that may be in just helping you select the right products for your home or specific project, or just making sure you get your order in time.

Founded in 1991, FontanaShowers® is a USA based business, specializing in designer shower systems, showerheads, shower panels, faucets, hydromassage whirlpools, saunas, steam systems and much more. We offer a variety of designs for anything from residential to commercial, and we are committed to helping you bring your vision to life. Customer service is our number one priority, and our friendly, knowledgeable, US-based experts are available to answer all your technical questions via phone, email, or chat. The FontanaShowers staff is fully trained in both residential and commercial applications and can help you find whatever you may need for your next project. We provide quality contemporary, classic, and traditional designs at lower prices than your local home improvement stores. FontanaShowers® products are available exclusively through this website. Expensive shops, showrooms, advertising, and brochures are all removed from our bottom line so that we can provide you with affordable luxury bathroom products shipped directly from our warehouse to your front door. The price you see is the price you pay, no added taxes or duty. All of our products adhere to United States specifications and regulations. Products are shipped via UPS, FedEx, USPS or DHL from our warehouse located in Fairfax, Virginia. At FontanaShowers® we take great pride in the quality of our customers’ experience, offering secure payments, a no-haggle top quality guarantee, and free delivery on all orders with by-the-minute tracking. If you have any questions or would like to chat with one of our trained staff members, please feel free to contact us.

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We are so excited to be able to create hand-textured Artist prints on canvas making the piece look like the original! The artist hand-texture and sign each piece! Our artist are among the top artist working in the US today and we are lucky enough to have their works for hospitality designs.

Please feel free to contact Douglas Morgano at 858-899-0118 or email info@artinspired.space  www.artinspired.space


BCI Worldwide was one of nine suppliers honored by Sands China at their Seventh Annual Sands Supplier Excellence Awards for their services in the category of Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E).

Thousands of service providers were nominated by Sands China’s business units and employees before being selected by a committee of Sands China’s Executive Management team.

“We’re honored to be selected by Sands China for our hard work on their amazing properties,” said Lino Airosa, Executive Managing Director of BCI Worldwide, “This award further shows their faith in allowing us to handle the furniture that goes into every room, restaurant, and public space on their properties.”

BCI has been working with Sands China’s parent company, Las Vegas Sands, in the USA for many years but did not enter the Macau market until 2011. Since then, BCI has had the privilege to complete some of Sands’ largest and most demanding hotel pre-opening and renovation projects, including the openings of the 4-hotel mega complex, Sands Cotai Central, which makes up nearly 6,000 total rooms, and The Parisian, which houses roughly 3,000 rooms.

To date, BCI Worldwide has completed over 10,000 hotel rooms for Sands in Macau and looks to continue their relationship over their next phase of re-development, including the $2.2 billion renovation of Sands Cotai Central into The Londoner, a London-themed resort complex.

About Sands China Ltd

Sands China Ltd. (Sands China or the Company) is incorporated in the Cayman Islands with limited liability and is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEx: 1928). Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company’s integrated resorts on the Cotai Strip comprise The Venetian®Macao, The Plaza®Macao, Sands® Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao – with Sands Cotai Central to be reintroduced as The Londoner Macao. The Company also owns and operates Sands®Macao on the Macao peninsula. The Company’s portfolio features a diversified mix of leisure and business attractions and transportation operations, including large meeting and convention facilities; a wide range of restaurants; shopping malls; world-class entertainment at the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Theatre, The Parisian Theatre, the Sands Cotai Theatre and the Sands Theatre; and a high-speed Cotai Water Jet ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company’s Cotai Strip portfolio has the goal of contributing to Macao’s transformation into a world centre of tourism and leisure. Sands China is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

About BCI Worldwide

BCI Worldwide specializes in Hospitality Logistics with a focus on hotel & commercial pre-openings and renovations. BCI Worldwide has operated for over 30 years and has handled and installed over 10,000,000 pieces of furniture across 500,000+ rooms with current operations in North America and Asia. Services include: FF&E and OS&E freight forwarding, warehousing, installation, project management, de-installation, and liquidation. Contact BCI Worldwide today to let us assist in your upcoming project.

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