Last night about 130 hospitality professionals gathered at 514 Studios in Minneapolis to celebrate the fourth annual Vision Awards. It was a beautiful evening, which made for a perfect opportunity for the venue to throw open its doors and let attendees mingle outside, and grab delicious bites from two favorite food trucks: Gastrotruck (yummy black bean burger) and Harvest Grill (flank steak, salmon mousse and brie on toast). Prom Catering butler passed some other yummy bites as well as hosted champagne. Festivities once again did a lovely job with the decor, including using inflatable furniture (a 2013 trend you'll find listed in our Fall cover story!). It was fun to watch people as they discovered the couches were filled with air.
Stewardship: Larry LaMont, general manager, Holiday Inn Minneapolis Metrodome
Event of the Year: Erin Brown, conference and event director, Type A Events
Leadership: Terry Mattson, president and CEO, Visit Duluth
Planner's Choice - My Favorite Vendor: Nara Berson, sales manager, and staff, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis North
Inspiration: Garth Peterson, regional director of sales, IDeaS Revenue Solutions
Innovation: Steph Pfeilsticker, virtual strategy manager, Thrivent Financial
Customer Service: Nicole Cardamone, sales manager, metroConnections
We offer a hearty congrats to all the winners and nominees of the 2012 Vision Awards. It's been an honor to hear your stories. You can learn more about the winners in our fall issue, out soon!
Also, thank you to our sponsors, all of you who nominated people this year, our fellow Greenspring Media staff for pulling off a great event and everyone who attended. See you next year!
-- The Editors