Fueling up with coffee
Hot coffee welcomes the attendees.
Bananas Foster oatmeal
The oatmeal bar is a big hit at the breakfast. "The Bananas Foster oatmeal not only looked fabulous but smelled and tasted wonderful," reports Penton group event manager Kim Romano.
Showgirl shows the way
When in Vegas, what else but a beautiful showgirl to escort you to your coach?
Off to the event production facility
The group boards the coaches for the short ride to the MGM Resorts Event Productions facility.
MGM Resorts Event Productions facility
The home of event magic: The MGM Resorts Event Productions facility.
A showcase for MGM Resorts Events' many trophies.
"We were broken into small groups and then toured the facility," Kim explains. "In each area a member of the MGM team was there to share their roles."
An MGM event specialist shares details.
The facility offers 110,000 square feet of props, floral, linens and more.
Attendees pose with some really big drums.
Posing with a prop
An attendee poses with a prop.
Here, how MREP manages its assets.
STEPs to success
Here, an explanation of the STEPS--a process by which the team analyzes how it will handle and protect each prop.
The wide range of properties the department serves.
Beautiful floral from the MGM team greets guests at lunch.
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
Beautiful floral at lunch from MREP.
Attendees represent 18 different states and three countries.
Ready to meet
After lunch, the group moves to the meeting room for presentations by top MGM event professionals.
New seating from CORT
Event attendees enjoy a first: the reveal of CORT's newest event seating.
Event essentials from King Dahl
King Dahl (at right), executive director of event design for MGM Resorts Events, gives a presentation on essential elements for every event.
Session breaks feature gorgeous desserts.
Food for Thought
Kathy Springstead, executive director of banquet operations (left), and Kara Schorman, associate director of catering--both from Mandalay Bay-- give the presentation "Food for Thought."
Royal treatment at Mandalay Bay
"Mandalay Bay treated us with such warm hospitality," Kim says. "We felt like kings."
The MGM events team shares how they work together. From left: LynnAnn Martin, vice president of MGM Resorts Event Productions; Belinda Delcamp, floral manager; Linda Paterson, executive director of convention services at Mandalay Bay; Grant Riley, director of sales at MGM Resorts Production Services; Josh Aldama, event manager at MGM Resorts Event Productions; Rachael White, director of special events at MGM Grand Las Vegas; and Brenda Reichert, direction of international events at MGM Resorts International.