Think Tempe First for Meetings!                                          April 2010
   Meeting Planner Newsletter

  What ...
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                                                                            Featured Member
     - Pre-conf...
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     afternoon naps by the pool (in the shade of course).             Corporate,
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     Our members can make your meeting a
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     The Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud...
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     IN THE HEIGHTS
     June 15-20, 2010
     ASU Gammage
     800-965-3434
     www.asugammage.com
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Meeting Planner Newsletter April 2010

  1. 1. Think Tempe First for Meetings! April 2010 Meeting Planner Newsletter What the Tempe CVB can do for YOU In This Issue What the Tempe CVB can As a meeting planner you're expected to have all the do for YOU answers. If you really want to impress those CEOs, board members and guests, your answer to a successful meeting is Meet the Tempe CVB undoubtedly Tempe! Tempe is the place to hold a first class Team meeting in a second tier city. It's a perfect location that is Our members create very affordable and accommodating for groups from 5-500. successful meetings Our one of a kind city is nestled in the middle of the Metropolitan Phoenix area with endless options for sunshine, Out & About in Tempe engaging arts and culture, tasty dining and fun nightlife. Featured Member The Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) can help you by providing expert knowledge of the area and all of the On the Road resources that ensure meeting success. The Tempe CVB has a helpful, friendly staff whose goal is to help you plan a perfect Contact Us meeting or event. And the best part of it all...it's FREE! Quick Links Some of our no-cost destination services include: Meeting & Event Planners Get to Know Tempe - Distribution of specified requests for proposals to all of our Dining & Nightlife local business members Things To Do - Tempe, Arizona resort and hotel site inspection assistance Where To Stay Sports & Recreation - Convention service referrals Calendar of Events - Tempe Visitor's Guides and local maps for attendees 4/27/2010
  2. 2. Page 2 of 5 Featured Member - Pre-conference attendance builders and promotional post card mailer (nominal fee) - Welcome letters from local dignitaries customized with your group's name - Scenic Tempe photos for program use or publications Additionally we offer you access to our professional members for referrals and services, such as: ASU Catering is a full- service caterer offering dazzling cuisine for any - DMCs/meeting planners occasion. Whether you are - Audio/visual companies planning an intimate dinner - Décor and event production companies or an elaborate celebration, - Guest, spouse and family programs we can help you plan your ideal occasion. Our - Ideas for team building events commitment to excellence, - Local tour and transportation companies attention to detail, - Catering companies knowledgeable and friendly - Registration assistance/personnel from local temporary staff, exceptional food selection and affordable agencies prices make each event - Itinerary suggestions for your attendees special in its own way. We - Restaurants and unique venues for off-site events. look forward to the opportunity of bringing imaginative menus, Come take a step into the sunshine. Think Tempe First for exceptional value and your next meeting. One call to the Tempe CVB is all you need. specialized service to your next special event. To learn more about our services and Tempe resorts and ASU Catering Services hotels, contact our convention sales staff: 866-914-0685 or ASU Tempe Campus conventionservices@tempecvb.com. 1290 S. Normal Avenue Tempe, AZ, 85287 Meet the Tempe CVB Team 480-965-6508 ASUCatering@gmail.com On the Road Mark R. McMinn, CMP - Director of Sales Mark McMinn is Mark McMinn responsible for promoting Meeting Max MMX User Group Tempe as a meetings Vancouver, BC, Canada destination to April 29 - May 2 the corporate, association and SMERF market MPI National Chapter Leadership Council nationally and he Dallas, Texas oversees the group sales staff at the Tempe CVB. His June 11-13 professional background includes 30 years in the travel/hospitality industry with the last four years being at the MPI World Education Congress Tempe CVB. McMinn, a New York native just outside NYC, is a Vancouver, BC, Canada graduate of State University New York. July 24-27 Mark has lived in 7 different states and has been to all 49 Sofia Preston Meeting Max MMX User with Alaska remaining as the 50th on his travel list. Marks Group motto is: "Travel: get me on a plane and I am happy." In his Vancouver, BC, Canada free time Mark enjoys cooking and dining out, which help him April 29 - May 2 relive his childhood dream of becoming a chef. Four things you won't find in Mark's kitchen: curry, squid, oatmeal, and Contact Us shredded coconut. Mark is a true kid at heart who claims to Mark McMinn, CMP be a Jeopardy fanatic and has a favorite pastime of Sunday Director of Sales 4/27/2010
  3. 3. Page 3 of 5 afternoon naps by the pool (in the shade of course). Corporate, Associations, SMERF 480-305-1365 Amy Miranda - Group mark@tempecvb.com Sales Manager & Newest Tempe CVB Amy Miranda Staff Member! Group Sales Manager AZ, CA & TX Corporate & Associations Born and raised in the 480-305-1357 coastal city of Saco, amiranda@tempecvb.com Maine, Amy attended Sofia Preston University of Southern Membership & Services Maine for 2 years before Manager packing up and heading west in 1991. She attended Mesa 480-305-1390 Community College and Ottawa University majoring in sofia@tempecvb.com Education and worked in the food and beverage industry while in school. She discovered a passion for the tourism industry 12 years ago when she began her hotel sales career as a catering coordinator. Over the past 12 years she has worked in several valley hotels, both select service and full service, always working towards a goal of working for the Tempe CVB. She is excited to be the newest staff member of the Tempe CVB as a Group Sales Manager and will be focusing on ASU as well as the corporate and association markets for Arizona, California, and Texas. In her spare time, Amy cheers for her three sons at their baseball, soccer and school activities. She loves to host barbeques for family and friends and explore Arizona on weekend trips. And, her favorite dessert is carrot cake. Sofia Preston - Membership & Services Manager Born and raised in Sweden, Sofia Preston first came to the live in the United States to attend Arizona State University in Tempe in 1995. When Sofia graduated from ASU in 1999, she took an internship with the Tempe CVB. After her internship, she accepted a position as Sales & Services Assistant and then was promoted to a Group Sales Manager for six years. Recently, she decided to take on a new challenge in her current role as the Member & Client Services Manger. Sofia specifically handles member relationships, including recruiting, retention and planning member events. She also manages client services for groups, as well as promotional items and inventory for the office. When she's not working Sofia enjoys movies, reading, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Sofia and her husband Scott recently welcomed a healthy and happy baby girl this January. 4/27/2010
  4. 4. Page 4 of 5 Our members can make your meeting a success The Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to refer our members who can assist you with meeting planning, such as: Event Services: DETOURS of Arizona: guided tours locally and around the state Enterprise Rent-A-Car & National Car Rental: car rentals for individuals and groups Ray the DJ-Professional Mobile Disc Jockey: DJs and entertainment Special Moments Catering & Events: catering Marx Productions: audio/visual Merestone: event production Team Building & Extra Curricular Activities: Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse: Western themed attraction SEA LIFE Arizona: new aquarium at Arizona Mills, opening in May 2010 Dave & Buster's: full-service restaurant, bar and entertainment complex Out & About in Tempe For a complete list of upcoming Tempe events, please visit our online Calendar of Events. Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter Through June 18, 2010 Tempe Center for the Arts 480-350-2822 www.tempe.gov/tca During the Golden Age of animation Jones helped bring to life many of Warner Bros. most famous characters-Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig. A Taste of Greece April 30, 2010 - May 02, 2010 Tempe Beach Park 480-899-3330 www.atasteofgreeceaz.com Take your own journey through Greece during the three-day festival. The Danskin Tempe Women's Triathlon May 8, 2010 Tempe Beach Park 877-681-7223 http://redrockco.com/danskin-tempe-womens-triathlon The Danskin Tempe Women's Triathlon is a WOMEN's only triathlon designed just for women on Mother's Day weekend. 4/27/2010
  5. 5. Page 5 of 5 IN THE HEIGHTS June 15-20, 2010 ASU Gammage 800-965-3434 www.asugammage.com IN THE HEIGHTS, winner of four 2008 Tony® Awards including BEST MUSICAL, is a sensational new show about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival July 4, 2010 Tempe Town Lake 480-350-5189 www.tempe4th.com This annual festival includes food, family fun and the best fireworks show in the Valley. Forward email Email Marketing by This email was sent to amy@tempecvb.com by mark@tempecvb.com. Update Profile/Email Address | Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe™ | Privacy Policy. Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau | 51 W. Third St. | Suite 105 | Tempe | AZ | 85281 4/27/2010

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