July 18
Hello! Hometowns with Lisa Tanner

Dallas Sales Coordinator Lisa Tanner tells us her favorite things about the city! 

 

My definition of One Perfect Day in Dallas is an afternoon in Grapevine. It is picturesque with endless small mom and pop shops, restaurants, and wineries. They even have horse drawn carriage rides! Every time I visit I feel like I stepped back in time and it is so refreshing.

I chose to make Dallas my home because it is a big city with so much opportunity to flourish. Although it is massive, it still has a small town roots feel.

I'm passionate about free street cars that can take you from Bishop Art District all the way to Downtown Dallas and everything in between. It is always on time and super convenient!

People would be surprised to know it does snow in Dallas, Texas! Being a born and raised Floridian, I was stoked that it snowed on my birthday this past January!

In my opinion, brisket or really anything from Lockhart's BBQ is a signature food item that visitors must try. Lines are typically out the door. The meats are smoked Texan style all day and once it's gone it is gone! So you have to get there early because it can and will sell out!

July 06
Backyard Back Stories - Stephanie Green, Orlando

Orlando's Director of Product Development Stephanie Green is a Florida native and tells us why she loves living in Orlando! 

​My definition of One Perfect Day in my hometown is heading to the beach with my husband and son.

I chose to make Orlando my home because: my husband and I both work in Orlando, have family here and it still allows us proximity to the beach.

I'm passionate about finding new restaurants in Orlando.

People would be surprised to know there are a lot of breweries to explore in Orlando.

In my opinion, 4Rivers is the signature food item that visitors must sample.

July 05
Hello! and HelmsBriscoe Partner with Common Threads to Train Future Chefs

This April, Hello! joined HelmsBriscoe for their Annual Business Conference in Chicago. As part of their HB Cares initiative, which empowers HelmsBriscoe partners to reach out in their local communities, Hello! co-sponsored the HB Cares Luncheon.


 

This year's luncheon partnered with a charity called Common Threads Cooking for Life. Common Threads' mission is to educate low-income children on the importance of nutrition and physical wellbeing, empowering them to be agents of change for healthier families, schools, and communities. We worked with HelmsBriscoe leaders to find innovative ways to educate a group of Chicago kids to be fit and to prepare and eat healthy foods.

 

The lunch included a variety of stations for kids, where conference attendees worked with the kids to teach them how to shop for foods at a farmer's market, how to cook, to do yoga, to dance, and to create art for self-expression. Hello! team member Valerie Hershiser says "It's always a pleasure to give back with our partners at HelmsBriscoe, and this luncheon was especially impactful because we got to work directly with children in Chicago, where our conference was based. It's our hope that they take their new skills home and form healthy habits to last a lifetime!"

 

July 05
Hayley Richardson's Vegas Backyard Backstories

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Hello! Sales Coordinator Hayley Richardson offers the inside scoop on her hometown!

My definition of One Perfect Day in my hometown is:  laying by the pool with friends and of course, my corgi.  

I chose to make Las Vegas my home because I have enjoyed growing up with life-long friends and majority of my family.

I'm passionate about how new Vegas has been developed to mesh with old Vegas.  

People would be surprised to know that it actually does get cold in Vegas during the winter.

In my opinion, a slice from Secret Pizza at the Cosmopolitan Hotel is a signature food item that visitors must sample in my hometown.

June 19
Austin Backyard Backstories with Elizabeth Macasadia

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Hello! Texas' Elizabeth Macasadia has been to 125 countries and 49 states, so she's a pro at finding the best things to do in cool cities. Here's her expert take on Austin!

My definition of One Perfect Day in Austin is going to an amazing brunch with mimosas and live music at Stubbs, followed by loads of shopping at The Domain, an electric bike ride on our new waterfront boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake, and then dinner and salsa dancing at Casa Chapala.

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I chose to make Austin my home because: Hello! asked me to move here! No, really, I absolutely love exploring new cities, so when our General Manager asked me to make the move, I happily accepted!

I'm passionate about street art in my hometown. All around Austin there is amazing street art. It seems everywhere you turn downtown there are murals of all styles. It's gorgeous!

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People would be surprised to know that Austin was just named the Best Place to Live by US News & World Report.

In my opinion, Tex Mex is the signature food/drink item that visitors must sample in Austin. There are so many varieties and amazing places to get Tex Mex here!

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June 14
Hello! Arizona Wows with a Week of Exciting Events!

In March 2017, Hello! Arizona produced a week of events for a global manufacturing company at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. We managed the entire program, from airport pickups to drop-offs and everything in between.

 

It all started with a Western Welcome Reception on the lawn. Our 280 guests mingled as the Arizona sunset lit up the sky. The following night, guests chilled out with a Food Truck Party, sampling the best of Chandler, Arizona dining. On the third night, we took everyone to the Corona Ranch for an old-west experience complete with an Audience Participation Rodeo. The next day, guests took a break from meetings with our River Float, Hiking, Golf, and 4x4 excursions.

We finished with a gala dinner at the Heard Museum. Once the whirlwind week was at an end, our clients wrote to Hello! Arizona Account Executive Rachel Hall about their experience:

“On behalf of our entire team, I want to thank you, Lauren and Lindsay for your assistance in the planning and execution of the events portion of our global meeting.  Our leaders consider it a huge success and were very pleased with all that was planned.  We acknowledge that our success is reflective of the excellent service we received from the Hello! Arizona team!

I conducted a debrief with our team and the overall feedback is extremely positive.  You, Lauren and Lindsay are the ultimate professionals.  All of the events, activities, and transportation arrangements were very well managed.  You and Lindsay did a fabulous job of overseeing the set-up of the dinners and were great about checking in with us throughout each evening to ensure that things were meeting our expectations.  Lauren did an excellent job of overseeing the various transportation arrangements throughout the week, working closely with Paula to manage the changes.  You are clearly experienced and talented planners, creative, very knowledgeable of the area and the various options for group activities, and you have a “hands on” management style which makes a difference in the ultimate success of a meeting like ours.  Additionally, you are warm, thoughtful, and just fun to be around.

Our leaders have not yet made a commitment to another meeting, but, if/when they do, you can be sure that we will look to partner with one of your national Hello! teams.  It would be great if we could return to Phoenix and work with you again.” Congratulations, Rachel, Lauren and Lindsay on a job well done!

 

June 12
Backyard Backstories with Demetria Rogers

Hello! South Florida's Demetria Rogers serves our team as a Production Accountant, and in her off time she's busy enjoying all that the Sunshine State has to offer!

My definition of One Perfect Day in South Florida is: the weather at 72 degrees partly cloudy, no chance of rain and the ocean's breeze running rapid through the city.

 

I chose to make South Florida my home because: I was born and raised here. It's a melting pot of culture. I'm minutes away from the most beautiful beaches in the world. And the greatest place on earth…Disney!

I'm passionate about charity work in my hometown.

People would be surprised to know that many Floridians don't take advantage of the beaches in my hometown.

In my opinion, Seafood is the signature food item that visitors must sample in South Florida.

 

June 07
Success Stories with ConferenceDirect!

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The ConferenceDirect All Partner Meeting was held on May 2, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Hello! Destination Management was thrilled to receive the CD Partner of the Year Award. The Hello! team is excited to win this prestigious award for two years in a row.  

Hello! has a team of dedicated professionals who work with ConferenceDirect: Brianna Moody (Arizona), Kristina Ghiloni, Rachel Matsukawa and Amanda Flaum (Las Vegas), Mitch Jordan (Nashville), Michael Schultz, Meg Singleton, Aaron Tharp and Adrienne Henk (Texas), Amie Garrett and Erik McCandless (Orlando), Mika Duynhouwer and Jennifer Reilly (South Florida), Susan Saville, Kerry Sauber and Kelly Truitt (Washington, D.C.).

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This team is led by Valerie Hershiser, Hello!'s Director of Strategic Partnerships. Valerie is honored to represent Hello! as the "tip of the spear" with ConferenceDirect in starting the process for the rest of the team. The team relies on each other in order to have this effective and thriving partnership.

Hello! Destination Management is honored to be recognized by ConferenceDirect and looks forward to many more years of this successful partnership! CONGRATULATIONS to our Hello! team and everyone in the company who touches ConferenceDirect business.

About ConferenceDirect

Based in sunny Los Angeles, California ConferenceDirect is a meeting resources company specializing in Site Selection, Contract Negotiation, Conference Management, Housing and Registration, and Mobile Apps. ConferenceDirect provides its expertise to more than 2,500 corporations and associations worldwide. In addition, their sales force of over 325 associates and worldwide regional offices comprise the fastest-growing meeting resources company in the hospitality industry today.

June 06
Hello! Hometowns... Nashville Edition

Hello! Nashville General Manager Mitch Jordan was born and raised in Music City. Let's find out how he likes to experience Nashville with his family!

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My definition of One Perfect Day in Nashville is taking a morning run out in the country followed by breakfast at the Loveless then Catching a Titans Game before wrapping up with some live music down on Broadway.

I chose to make Nashville my home because I was born and raised here, it took moving away for a few year to realize how much I appreciated the slower pace and genuine friendliness of the area

I'm passionate about faith, family and football in my hometown.

People would be surprised to know how broad the music scene is beyond Country Music in Nashville.

In my opinion, Biscuits and Hot Chicken is the signature food item that visitors must sample in my hometown of Nashville.

May 26
Success Stories: Miami International Boat Show

This February, more than 100,000 visitors came to Virginia Key for the 76th annual 2017 Miami International Boat Show. This was the second year the show was held on the island at the historic Miami Marine Stadium. Hello! Destination Management’s South Florida office expertly managed all of the transportation and staffing for this world-renowned Boat Show. This 5 day event drew 100,000 people and included several venues and over $3 billion in marine products on display.

 

For months leading up to the show, we worked with police to plan traffic patterns, creating special bus lanes on Virginia Key. Our buses were specially branded, including custom wraps and 1500 seat covers.

During the week, the show went off without a hitch. Account Manager Ricky Plokhaar manned our control center trailer. Director of Operations Kristine de las Salas and General Manager Darlene Plisko both suited up in their Hello! shirts to offer assistance. Account Manager Lauren Berbusse kept things running smoothly at the yacht show, and Account Executive Michelle Wilkie communicated with our clients at the Boat Show to make sure we were meeting all of their needs. It was our pleasure to enable thousands of people to have a lovely day in Miami planning their boating adventures, we can’t wait for 2018!

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