(Photo: Grant Oakes Photography)

Two weeks ago was an amazing celebration of the meetings and events industry in Colorado between the magazine’s seventh annual Readers' Choice Best Of Awards on March 25 and Meetings Industry Council of Colorado’s 13th annual Educational Conference and Trade Show on March 27, both in Denver. Record attendance numbers (more than 500 at our event and in excess of 900 at MIC) and sheer enthusiasm sent a message loud and clear that the industry in our state is thriving and that face-to-face gatherings have a ton of value.

We plan to continue this beneficial partnership with MIC to hold our events the same week, so mark your 2014 calendar for the MIC Conference on March 12 and we’ll shoot for March 10 as the date for Best Of Colorado. Thank you to the sponsors and partners who assisted with our event, making it one of the best on record, and congratulations to the award winners and Hall of Fame inductees. I love seeing families in attendance to support Hall of Famers, such as Lifetime Achievement recipient BT Carpender’s sister and father, who is in his 90s and couldn’t have been prouder.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock helped kick off MIC’s luncheon, recognizing the importance of meetings and events to his city and giving a shout out to his "peeps," VISIT DENVER for their role in making it happen. Keynote speaker Dan Thurmon amazed everyone with his ability to use juggling, unicycle riding and acrobatics to deliver a powerful message, and one of our former editorial advisory board members, Ken Williams of Denver Mart, received the prestigious MIC Leadership Award.

The one big nugget that I came home with is that the configuration and presentation of meeting and event space is undergoing radical reinvention. The opening session of MIC and a breakout session that I attended and the tiered layout of our awards event made this very clear, so expect more on this in our pages. For now, check out our latest issue and the new Mountain Meetings magazine.

Beth Buehler
Colorado Meetings + Events 

The annual gathering is as popular as ever, bringing together people interested in science fiction and related genres.


The Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter hosted its annual golf tournament at Red Rocks Country Club in Morrison on Aug. 20. The “Team Freeman” consisting of DJ Baca, Derek Barnes, Lee Byrd and Bonnie Yordy placed first, and Darnell Brown, Josh Ebaugh, Jeremy Wilson and Alan Wooldridge, who made up “Team Broadmoor,” landed second.


The National Association of Catering & Events Greater Denver Chapter filled two vaults and two conference rooms at Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center on Aug. 14 to find treasure in the form of information about the ins, outs and liabilities intrinsic to keeping events safe and secure. The “On Alert: Is Your Event Plan Ready?” gathering featured speak - ers Pete Hemschoot, Johnson & Wales University, Denver; Adrienne Gardner, The Gardner Effect Event Planning; Ed David, Denver Police Department; and Tony Clapp, Jachimiak Peterson.