On Tuesday, May 12, planners in the tri-state area will have the opportunity to visit iPlay America and experience all it has to offer.

The entertainment complex, which features go-karts, laser tag and more, is hosting a showcase for meeting planners to view the area. Those in attendance will enjoy a wine reception with hors d’oeuvres prepared by Joe Raiola, iPlay America’s executive chef and the season five champion on the Food Network show Chopped.

There are a number of event options at iPlay America, with areas for speakers and breakout sessions and deluxe suites. The center has a range of technology and a corporate event specialist on hand to assist with the planning.

The specialists will be at the showcase to discuss further ideas for corporate meetings, employee events, team-building and more.

Those who RSVP by May 5 will be entered into a drawing to win a free team-building event.

“We look forward to connecting with meeting planners and sharing the advantages of hosting an event with us,” says Jessica Schwartz, director of marketing. “Our facilities accommodate any size of group and offers a fun and sophisticated atmosphere that is conducive to creativity.”

Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 


Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.