Press Release


Inagural “New Trends and Solutions” Expo
to Rally Michigan Hospitality Industry

Governor Jennifer Granholm to receive highest honor and Democratic strategist
Laura Schwartz to deliver keynote


PLYMOUTH, Michigan – September X, 2009 - Michigan Meetings and Events Network announced today that Governor Jennifer Granholm will receive their highest honor at the “New Trends and Solutions Expo” luncheon on Tuesday, September 29 at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich. Accepting the award in lieu of the Governor is Kelly M Brennan, Governor’s Residence and Events Director. The luncheon’s theme, “Hurray for Michigan, the new Hollywood,” addresses the critical importance that the movie industry brings to the state’s economy, and in particular to the hospitality industry. The luncheon is part of the Network’s  “New Trends and Solutions”  Expo.

The award is a recognition given to a single outstanding individual whose efforts have significantly benefited Michigan’s hospitality industry. Governor Granholm is being presented with the award for creating the Michigan Film Tax incentive program. This widely accepted  program has increased visibility for the hospitality industry exponentially by bringing business to the hotels, restaurants, caterers and related professionals in Michigan.

“The Governor deserves to be recognized for her efforts in creating a remarkable revenue stream that brings continuous resources for those in the special event industry and we are proud to present her with our highest honor,” states Kathy Krajewski, president of the Expo. “The Governor is working hard to put Michigan back on the map and to make Detroit a world class city. In addition, it is essential for the viability of our region to keep business and revenue in our state. This Expo provides the entire hospitality industry a centralized location to discuss trends and network. Previously, professionals and service providers would have to spend money for travel and lodging to attend first-class, state-of-the art expos; that is no longer the case.” 

Recognizing that there is an inherent need to create an event that will be informative yet social, the days events also spotlight a wide variety of educational seminars featuring a series of educational presentations stemming from a luncheon keynote from Laura Schwartz, former director of White House events for the Clinton administration and national commentator to presidents of major event agencies.

“We selected Laura Schwartz to deliver our keynote because she is the epitome of what others strive to be in the event industry,” Krajewski continues. “As a former Special Assistant to the President and The White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration, she single handedly has created and executed more than 1,000 White House events including 12 State arrival ceremonies and dinners, America’s Millennium Celebration and NATO’s 50th Anniversary.” The event also features vendor exhibits, live entertainment and opportunities for social networking.

Partners for this event include Michigan Meetings and Events Magazine, The Inn at St. John’s, Bernie Stevens & Associates, Double Exposure, Inc., Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) – Greater Detroit Chapter, International Special Events Society – (ISES) Metro Detroit Chapter, Michigan Business & Professional Association, Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibiters and CORP Magazine.

Tickets are available at: http://www.michiganmeetinsandeventsnetwork.com or by calling 866-295-7691.

About The Film Incentive Program
Passed in 2008, The Film Incentive Program creates tax incentives that allow film producers a credit against Michigan's Business Tax in the amount of 40 to 42 percent of the production-related expenses incurred in the state. Additional incentives reward production companies that train Michigan residents to work on a film crew.

NEW TRENDS AND SOLUTIONS EXPO 2009
FOR MAY 2009 RELEASE
CONTACT: Franklin Dohanyos
FRANKLIN PUBLICITY, INC.
248/399-1101
franklinpr@aol.com

Michigan Meetings and Events Network Present…

NEW TRENDS AND SOLUTIONS EXPO 2009

A TASTE OF MICHIGAN’S HOSPITALITY

* New Expo brings Las Vegas-style event to the Midwest

BIRMINGHAM, MI – Michigan Meetings and Events Network will host its first ever New Trends and Solutions Expo 2009 – A Taste of Michigan’s Hospitality on Tuesday, September 29th from 9 am to 9 pm at the Inn at St. John’s 44045 Five Mile Road in Plymouth, Michigan. Full information is available at www.michiganmeetingsandeventsnetwork.com or by calling 866/295-7691.

This dynamic Expo will feature series of educational presentations throughout the day, a luncheon with keynote speaker, Laura Schwartz, former director of White House events for the Clinton administration and national commentator, vendor exhibits, live entertainment and social networking. Educational topics include:

  • Meeting or Special Event Planning
  • Catering and Design
  • Entertainment
  • Business, Marketing and Legal Concerns

All educational sessions at this Expo have been approved by ISES (International Society of Event Specialists) for CSEP continuing education credits. It is hoped that approval will be granted for CMP accreditation, as well.

“Our educational conference will offer Michigan event professionals an opportunity to gain cutting-edge knowledge in the events industry, and a chance to network with their peers and vendors from around the Midwest,” says Kathy Krajewski, CSEP, partner in Michigan Meetings and Events Network. “We are bringing the professionals to Michigan to help the economy in our state and help the event professionals who may not be able to afford to attend other expos of this caliber out of state.”

“Our goals are to offer a corporate event for the state that is endorsed by NACE, ISES, ABC and other major industry associations, which will be recognized and credited toward industry standard accreditation, as well as provide a high standard of vendors and educational sessions,” says Krajewski.

Partners for this event include, Event Solutions International (ESI), The Inn at St. John’s, Bernie Stevens & Associates, Double Exposure, Inc., Michigan Meetings & Events Magazine, Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) – Greater Detroit Chapter, International Special Events Society – (ISES) Metro Detroit Chapter, Michigan Business & Professional Association, and CORP Magazine.

Double Exposure, Inc. produces one-of-a-kind, exceptional events and public relations activities for organizations wanting to make a statement and create a lasting impression within their industry. Bernie Stevens & Associates is a full service entertainment agency and event production company. The company has been in business for over 25 years, with clients throughout Michigan, the Midwest and beyond. The two companies have combined their talents and experience to form Michigan Meetings and Events Network, LLC, which owns and manages the New Trends and Solution Expo.

The company is headquartered at 2139 Cole Street in Birmingham, Michigan. For more information and interviews, please call 248/519-2334.