metroConnections' Media Kit


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An overview of the conference, event, and transportation services provided by Minneapolis-based metroConnections. Contact information, story ideas and photos included.

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metroConnections' Media Kit

  1. 1. MEDIA KIT
  2. 2. Woodbury Financial Services National Sales Convention August 2007
  3. 3. Media Contact Amanda DePhillips | Marketing & Public Relations Manager Hilton Corporation 1650 West 82nd Street, Suite 125 | Bloomington, MN 55431 National Sales Convention | p: 952.767.2907 | f: 952.884.5680 August 2007
  4. 4. Proudly serving the meeting, tour industries for 25 years metroConnections was incorporated April 16, 1984, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Sam Thompson, the founding shareholder, President and majority owner, established the company to handle the anticipated growth of Minnesota tourism due to the new Minneapolis Convention Center, the World Trade Center in Saint Paul, heightened marketing by the State of Minnesota and the Mall of America. For over twenty years, metroConnections has experienced tremendous growth, expanding the scope of services offered in Minneapolis and Chicago to include event productions and conference services and extending the list of national and global destinations served. The company credits this success to the combination of its quality, service-oriented staff and its innovative clients and partners. LEADERSHIP Sam Thompson David Graves Mike Graves Tom McCulloch Founder, President Senior Vice President Senior Vice President Vice President/Marketing & CEO Event Production Conference Services & Conference Services
  5. 5. A B O U T T H E C O M PA N Y Minneapolis World Headquarters 1219 Marquette Avenue, Suite 110 Minneapolis, MN 55403 p: 612.333.8687 | f: 612.333.4169 Conference Services Event Production & Transportation & Tours Warehouse 1650 West 82nd Street 1219 Marquette Avenue Suite 125 401 East Cliff Road Suite 110 Bloomington, MN 55431 Burnsville, MN 55337 Minneapolis, MN 55403 p: 952.767.2900 p: 952.854.0089 p: 612.333.8687 f: 952.884.5680 f: 952.854.4613 f: 612.333.4169
  6. 6. The Philosophy: Three make a better ONE Company Mission Providing an outstanding Since 1984, metroConnections has provided complete conference, event and experience is the mission transportation services for hundreds of individuals, organizations and businesses of metroConnections. Our across the globe and across the street. customers trust us to create seamless conferences, metroConnections is your single source for creating and managing the entire events, transportation event experience. As a trusted strategic partner, metroConnections translates your programs and tours for their business goals and key messages into informative and memorable events that guests and we promise to engage, inspire and move your guests. deliver our best every time. metroConnections is a unique destination management company (DMC), bringing Our customers deserve the together more than 20 years of diverse experience in conferences, events highest quality service. We are committed to offering and transportation services. Our customers range from small groups to large the best price possible while corporations and associations throughout North America and internationally. paying close attention to the extra details that make great metroConnections can help you plan, design and implement events throughout events extraordinary events. North America and across the globe - wherever your business takes you.
  7. 7. ABOUT THE SERVICES Conference Services Conference Services Conference Services Tours Conference Services Event Production Transportation & Inspire your people with décor, Engage your audience and your Move your group in style and safety, environments, entertainment and business with comprehensive with professionally orchestrated activities that make a lasting planning, promotion and meeting transfers, shuttles, and tours. impression. support. metroConnections combines the strength of three specialties into one strategic group. You may choose opt to use only select services or partner with us as a “one-stop-shop” for all your event-related needs. As a trusted partner, metroConnections translates your business goals and key messages into informative and memorable events that engage, inspire and move your guests.
  8. 8. STORY IDEAS Meeting Technology • What is this web-based suite of CONFERENCE SERVICES solutions for the meeting planner called Attend-eSource®? Services include: • What solution do you offer so that Conference planning and support attendees can schedule multiple Logistical planning and meeting support services sessions for a conference in minutes? Site and venue selection • Did you commission session scanning and lead retrieval equipment Online Registration and support to help meeting planners do their jobs Program marketing easier? Greener Meetings Attend-eSource® • Do recycled and recyclable name Web-based Solution badges exist? Attend-eSource®, a suite of web- • What are the paperless registration based solutions that allows meeting options? planners to plan faster, manage Conference Branding logistics easier and provide analysis • What are the ways metroConnections can help clients brand their conference accurately and more effectively – onsite and online? freeing up time and resources.
  9. 9. Onsite Registration Support
  10. 10. STORY IDEAS Lounge Appeal EVENT PRODUCTION • What is the Lounge Appeal? Theme Events • Can you create a mood with intimate seating and lighted cocktail tables? Interactive Events Team Building Activities Interactive/Team Building Events • How can I use Wireless keypad Environmental Design and Décor technology during my event? Exhibits • Can you customize Amazing Races, Survivor Skills and game shows? Production Services Customized Props and Displays Look to metroConnections first for custom-concept development, • Who creates your customized props? talent selection, management and production expertise to set the • Where are these props created? stage for a successful conference opener or keynote address. Productions and Entertainment Services include: • What percentage of productions occur Opening Productions outside of Minnesota? • What kinds of audio/visual services do Speaker Selection you provide to your customers? Talent Management & VIP Service Audio Visual Management / Video Editing Stage & Room Design / Lighting Audience Response Technology
  11. 11. Creative Memories National Sales Convention August 2006
  12. 12. STORY IDEAS Major Moves TRANSPORTATION & TOURS • What major shuttle programs are in Ground Transportation the works for 2009? • What was our largest move in metroConnections presents ground transportation services in favorite metroConnections’ history? destination across the U.S. for groups of all sizes. We travel with DMC Best Practices Checklist our clients for needs nationally and internationally. Whether it’s two • What is a DMC and what are the people who need a ride to the airport or 10,000 who are going to standard practices of a DMC? the Convention Center, metroConnections can handle the logistics. Group Tours to Group Adventures Airport Meet Greet • What are the alternatives to typical Shuttles convention catering scenarios? Hotel Transfers • What are the ways that conferences are Receptive Services engaging their attendees as a group? Transportation Sponsorship Tours, Tours and more Tours Group Tours/Adventures • What are your city tour offerings? • What is your most popular tour? Public Tours • How can I customize a tour for a Twin Cities Highlights Tour special event or festival? Stillwater Tour Going Green Holiday Lights Tour • Do you use biodiesel fuels? Minneapolis & Mississippi River
  13. 13. Twin Cities Highlights Tour Award-winning; recognized by the Minnesota Office of Tourism
  14. 14. T E A M P L AY E R S 3M Andersen Corporation Alcoholics Anonymous Clients Aveda metroConnections helps to plan, manage and support a range of Best Buy events for corporations, associations, convention organizers and tour Boston Scientific parties. Our clients include leading global brands across industries Cargill as well as partner service companies, hotels and individual meeting Creative Memories planners. A few of our clients are listed on the right. Department 56 Ecolab Affiliations General Mills, Inc. ADME - Association of Destination Management Executives Land O’Lakes ASAE & The Center for Leadership Management Lawson Software ISES - International Special Events Society Medtronic MPI - Meeting Professionals International National Youth Leadership Council PCMA - Professional Convention Management Association NCAA - Final Four (Basketball) Northwest Airlines Convention & Visitor Bureaus St. Paul Travelers Bloomington, MN (Destination Bloomington, MN) Sietar Chicago, IL (Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau) Target Corporation Minneapolis, MN (Meet Minneapolis Convention + Visitors Association) Tastefully Simple Orlando, FL (Orlando/Orange County Convention and Vistors Associaiton) University of Minnesota Saint Paul, MN (Saint Paul Convention & Visitors Authority) Wells Fargo
  15. 15. National Youth Leadership Council National Learning-Service Conference April 2008 Target Corporation National Sales Meeting Summer 2005
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