May 22
Carly's Backyard Backstories


Orlando Sales Coordinator Carly Ruecker knows just how to live it up in Central Florida! Find out her picks for a perfect day.

My definition of One Perfect Day in my hometown is: Eating and drinking around the world at EPCOT.

I chose to make Orlando, my home because there is never a lack of entertainment. New and exciting restaurants, bars and venues open every day!

I'm passionate about the unity in my hometown.

People would be surprised to know about the amount of diversity in my hometown. It is rare to find a native Orlando resident (although I am married to one!)

In my opinion, a peanut butter and chocolate milkshake from Twistee Treat is the signature drink item that visitors must sample in my hometown.

May 18
Hello! Give Back Stories: Guinness World Record Edition!

This spring in Orlando, Hello! Destination Management created an opportunity for our client to win a Guinness World Record! 

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Our pharmaceutical clients were in Orlando for a conference and wanted to take some time to give back to the community.

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Hello! Destination Management Account Executive Shannon Orme and Account Manager Cortney Smith planned the logistics to make everything smooth and easy.

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We purchased 12 different toiletry items like shampoo and deodorant and lined up clear plastic bags for stuffing.

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The clients formed teams of 10 and worked quickly together to fill 1000 bags of essential items to be distributed to residents of homeless shelters.

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The Guinness World Record people were there to certify the achievement, and our group now holds the Guinness World Record for stuffing the most charity bags in a one-hour period!

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May 15
Backyard Backstories with Stacey Sandritter

Our multitalented Sales Coordinator Stacey Sandritter shares her Central Florida picks for today's Backyard Backstory!


My definition of One Perfect Day in my hometown is discovering something new that this city has to offer! There's ALWAYS something new and exciting right in our own backyard.

I chose to make Orlando my home because when I was four, my parents didn't like the idea of them moving from New Jersey and leaving me behind. I've loved it so much since that I haven't left!


I'm passionate about all of the opportunities in my hometown.

People would be surprised to know about the proximity to the beach my hometown. Just because we live in Florida, doesn't mean we're five minutes from the beach. It takes AT LEAST 30-35 minutes to get to the ocean.


In my opinion, Dole Whip is the signature drink item that visitors must sample in my hometown. (I'm not even sure if it's considered a drink, but if you walk around Magic Kingdom for five minutes in July, it'll become a drink in no time! Regardless, it's delicious!).

May 10
Hello! Las Vegas Awarded by Aimia for Partnership Excellence!

Hello! Las Vegas is honored to be chosen as one of Aimia's Passion for Excellence Award winners.  As a global leader in end-to-end design and delivery of meetings, conferences, incentives and events for some of the world's most visible brands, Aimia collaborates with dependable partners for event execution for their clients.  Each year for the past 26 years, Aimia has recognized exceptional event partners who stand out among their industry peers.

Hello! Destination Management was one of the top 18 partner organizations out of Aimia's 2650+ partners in 2016 who have proven a true Passion for Excellence.  Aimia chose Hello! to receive this award because of our outstanding service in supporting their valued clients' programs.


To be considered for this award, event partners need to exceed expectations in working with all Aimia teams on the following criteria: purchasing, planning, program delivery and creativity – all elements required for successful program executions. Kurt Paben, President of U.S. Channel and Employee Loyalty, noted: "The 2016 Aimia Premier Partners support our company goal to deliver personalized and remarkable experiences to our participants through creativity and a commitment to service. Congratulations to all the winners on the high recognition."

May 08
Backyard Backstories with Tressa Rini

Hello! Arizona Event Designer Tressa Rini is a native Phoenecian who loves her city- who better to give us the insider's insights into the best things to do?

My definition of One Perfect Day in my hometown is: I wake up to the smell of Arizona rain (a rarity since we see 300 days of sun a year ) Then a jaunt over to "Butters" to eat an "Oreo Cookie S'mores" pancake. Treasure hunting (aka shopping) at the Melrose Vintage Shopping District, and a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum to immerse myself in Yayoi Kusama's "Firefly Room" installation.


I chose to make Phoenix my home because: I am the epitome of a Phoenician. I wear a jacket if the temperature drops below 70 and I don't do humidity. I am all about that "dry heat!" Also Arizona doesn't do daylight savings, so I never have to deal with "springing forward" or "falling back". I just get to live my life on a sensical linear time line.

I'm passionate about the perfectly gridded street system in Phoenix. Seriously, every time I fly home into Sky Harbor Airport, I just look out the window and admire how beautifully and rationally our streets and freeways are laid out. Not getting lost while driving is one of the marvelous luxuries we have in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

People would be surprised to know that the reason Arizona sunsets are so vividly stunning is because of our dry climate and mountain ranges. The dry air filled with dust particles allows for more brilliant and saturated hues.  The colors are further intensified when the light reflects off the mountain ranges, adding those vibrant glowing shades of pinks, purples, and golds!


In my opinion The Chopped Salad at "The Gladly" is the signature food item that visitors must sample in my hometown. It is basically famous. In the menu it doesn't even have a description, just a link to it's personal website and Facebook page. (Yes, the Salad has a Facebook page). When you take my brilliant recommendation and go enjoy your very own Chopped Salad at The Gladly, make sure to ask for Tim. He's the best.  


May 04
Texas Event Professionals Gather in Dallas for a Galactic Gala


The Texas Star Awards is the premier award ceremony for Texas event professionals, drawing over hundreds of top event professionals from all over the state of Texas every year. This year, it was held on March 26, 2017 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, with Hello! Texas Destination Management's Event Designer Aaron Tharp and Wilkinson Rhodes Dallas Partner India Rhodes serving as Co-Chairs. Inspired by the Star Wars movies, Aaron and India brought Cosmic Cosplay to life, transforming a hotel ballroom into an outer-space fantasy.


Drawing from the full spectrum of Star Wars lore, Aaron and India created an upscale party to wow their discriminating audience. Guests entered via a black tunnel, with streaking white lights to make them feel like they were speeding through hyperspace. Transported into a faraway universe, top Texas event planners partied with aliens at a cocktail reception inspired by the Mos Eisley Cantina, a dimly-lit tavern in "A New Hope" that's known for its strong drinks, hot tunes, and menacing monsters.


Each table at the dinner was themed to a different Star Wars character, using linens and accessories to evoke their presence, accented with authentic collectibles from the films. Guests dressed as their favorite characters from the Star Wars anthology. Culinary creations reflected their galactic origins, and individual Death Star shaped desserts ended the evening with a bang!

Hello! Texas was honored with five nominations, and won four 2017 Texas Star Awards for the following events:

Best ILEA Team Effort over $150K – Amway Celebration of the Americas

Best Entertainment Production $25K-$75K – Marriott Artisans and Epicures

Best Entertainment Production over $75K – Amway Celebration of the Americas

Best Corporate Event $75K-$150K – Artisans and Epicures



The Texas Star Awards is a globally recognized awards competition designed to honor the exceptional professional achievements of individuals and organizations from the events industry. The awards program was produced by the Texas Chapters of the International Live Events Association (ILEA).  The Dallas Chapter of ILEA manages the process of the award submissions and judging, and the Awards Gala travels from chapter to chapter throughout the state of Texas each year. We were honored to play a part in this out-of-this-world celebration!

April 28
Sunshine's Orlando Backyard Backstories

Hello! Communication and Social Media Manager Sunshine Woodyard moved to Orlando 14 years ago for the theme parks and the weather. Since then she's found many more reasons to love The City Beautiful!

My definition of One Perfect Day in my hometown is an aerial yoga class at Elevate Yoga Center, followed by a bike ride from my house to Winter Park for a visit to the farmer's market. Float around in my pool for a couple of hours and then get dressed up and go out with friends for dinner and a show at the Dr. Phillips Center.


I chose to make Orlando my home in 2003 because I lived in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. and my kids were 3 and 5 years old. We kept visiting Orlando on vacation, and loved the weather and theme parks, so when we found out how much cheaper housing was, it was a no-brainer!

I'm passionate about the energetic, positive, loving, creative and artistic people in my hometown. Good people choose to live here, for good reasons!

People would be surprised to know about Orlando's vibrant arts community- we have amazing muralists, photographers, burlesque dancers, actors, painters, and more, and they are all very accessible with lots of openings and shows happening every week.


In my opinion, a brisket sandwich from 4 Rivers is the signature food item that visitors must sample in Orlando.


April 26
Give Back Stories: TOMS for Tots to Teens!

GiveBack_SOCIALtoms.jpgHello! Destination Management South Florida enjoyed finding a new way for our clients to give back to the local community during a recent conference in Ft. Lauderdale. We called it “TOMS for Tots to Teens.” Each guest was able to hand decorate a pair of TOMS shoes for a local child while also benefiting kids in other countries. They each turned a pair of plain canvas TOMS shoes into a work of art that any child would be excited and proud to wear. Our guests used fabric markers, paint, glitter, and other decorating supplies to put their personal touches on dozens of pairs of TOMS shoes.


Just in case you don’t know the TOMS story, In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.

  • Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:
  • A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
  • Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and dangerous when wounds become infected.
  • Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.


Closer to home there is also a need for shoes. Many families in America today are struggling to put food on the table and new shoes or shoes that fit properly are a luxury that these families cannot afford. Our guests chose to give their TOMS masterpieces to the Jack & Jill Children’s Center, a Ft. Lauderdale school for children of high-need working families. To inspire the participants, the event concluded with a speaker from Jack & Jill Children’s Center, who explained to the participants what an impact these shoes will make. TOMS matched our group’s donation and distributed shoes internationally through their One for One program. It’s always a joy to partner with guests in giving back!

April 24
Backyard Backstories... Orlando, Foodie Paradise!

Hello! Florida Sales Coordinator Maria Panico shares her top Orlando picks!

My definition of One Perfect Day in my hometown is Wandering around the farmers market, drinking coffee at Downtown Credo, walking around Lake Eola, and finishing at my favorite restaurant Hawkers Asian Street Fare.

I chose to make Orlando my home because I originally came up here for school and then fell in love with Orlando, There is always something going on here like a big city but the style of living is a lot more small town homey.  

I’m passionate about the food culture! Most people don’t understand how great it really is here, we have so many cool up and coming restaurants in my hometown.

People would be surprised to know that most people in Orlando don’t have Theme Park Annual Passes, I get asked by out of town friends all the time if I want to meet them at the Park, they just assume we live in Orlando and the parks ARE Orlando.

In my opinion Asian Food  like Pho, Bau, and Korean BBQ are the signature food items that visitors must sample in my hometown.

April 19
Success Stories Start with Hello, Judo and Glow!

Hello! Florida Senior Account Executive Alison Davis welcomed a repeat client to the Rosen Centre this January for a biannual convention. The clients who did the planning with Alison lived on FIVE different continents, which made for conference calls at unusual hours leading up to the program. This international audience included very few English speakers, and came with some special requests as well. Since the CEO of the company is a black belt master in Judo, he requested that the General Session feature Japanese décor and include a demonstration by a team of authentic Judo masters.


Hello! Florida also handled the local transportation, bringing hundreds of attendees to a day trip to Universal and a community service project. We produced a big GLOW themed after party featuring live music from the band Side Project.


The guests were having so much fun at the after party that we extended it for two extra hours, so they could all keep on dancing 'til the wee hours. Here's what our client had to say about Alison and her Account Manager Robyn after the event:

"Alison and Robyn, Thank you SOOOO much for the excellent service and attention you gave us. You and your staff did any outstanding job during the week. You are proactive, professional, organized and your attention to detail is impeccable! I can't thank you enough for all you did for us!"

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