As you probably gathered from our recap of 2015, it’s been a pretty awesome year for Event Garde!
And it shows.
Again this year, Event Garde has been nominated for the best meeting planning company for the Michigan Meetings + Events 2016 Best of Michigan Awards.
We’d love your support, and ask that you vote for us! Click here to vote.
Each year, Michigan Meetings + Events sponsors the readers choice awards. The MIM + E team chooses categories, which vary every year to reflect a changing industry. This year, some of the categories: best audio-visual provider; best caterer; best convention and visitors bureau; best college/university venue; best event rental company; best hotel with meeting/event space; and best service.
“Event Garde should win for best meeting planning company because our team not only believes in dynamic, meaningful and compelling learning and networking experiences, but is committed to operational excellence and the delivery of exceptional experiences, both for our clients and for their attendees,” said Aaron Wolowiec, founder and president of Event Garde.
With 3,000 votes received for 2015, last year’s Best of Michigan Awards final voter tally set a record, so let’s do it again! Voting is limited to one ballot per email address and voters must vote in at least 10 categories. Write-ins are an option.
Voting closes Feb. 2. The winners will be announced at the annual Best of Awards Party.
So…why should Event Garde win for the best meeting planning company?
Between May and November, Event Garde managed five major meetings and several other education events. As such, Wolowiec spent many hours on an airplane for speaking engagements. From Atlanta to Florida to Michigan, he spoke at 25 events on a range of topics. Audience size varied from three to 144, but in total, Wolowiec spoke to more than 1,200 people. Some of the topics: learning/how the brain learns; how to improve conferences and events; and membership.
But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what others have to say:
“Aaron and his staff at Event Garde provided first-rate service to our nonprofit organization. Their professionalism and dedication to delivering a thorough and comprehensive analysis of our team’s annual conference planning process was present from start to finish. … We were encouraged to brainstorm solutions and outline the future of our conference and are motivated to take the lessons we’ve learned to improve our process for next year’s event! We appreciate the timeliness and promptness of Event Garde’s staff. They were crucial to making sure we stayed on schedule and made the best use of the time with our team.”
– Julie Metty Bennett, Great Lakes Fishery Trust
“Aaron Wolowiec and the Event Garde team provided calm and confident direction, helping us remain focused. … Part of the benefit of working with Event Garde is the professionalism. They are excellent at handling challenging tasks and finding ways to minimize the stress, all while keeping the rest of us at ease knowing things are under control.”
– Jean Jernigan, vice president of business development, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
While we’re at it, Event Garde would like to give props to some of our friends in the profession. Below is a list of fellow nominees for whom we hope you vote!
- Best Convention and Visitors Bureau – Detroit Metro CVB
- Best College/University Venue – Michigan State University (Go Green!)
- Best Craft Brewery/Brewpub – Bell’s Brewery
- Best Décor Provider – All Grand Events
- Best Entertainer/Entertainment Provider – Three Men and a Tenor
- Best Event Rental Company – All Grand Events
- Best Florist – Bill Hamilton Designs
- Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (more than 200 guest rooms) – The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
- Best Meeting/Event Venue in Detroit Metro Area – Cobo Center
- Best Meeting/Event Venue outside Detroit Metro Area – Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
- Best Rooftoop Venue – Skydeck Kalamazoo
- Best Sweets Provider – Sweetie-licious Bakery Café
- Best Transportation Co. – Metro Cars
Remember: Voting ends Feb. 2, so please consider voting for Event Garde for the best meeting planning company. As always, thank you for entrusting us to help you learn, network and transfer differently.
Event Garde is a professional development consulting firm that employs a versatile skill set and a wealth of experience to create well-connected leaders. We’re committed to lifelong learning, for ourselves and for our clients, believing in its ability to produce transformational experiences that advance innovation. Sharing our deep knowledge, we’re dedicated to performance improvement for the professionals we serve and those who attend the events we facilitate.