When a venue calls for a temporary structure, most planners think of tents, but the Palas structure might just change that mindset. “The tent industry is really evolving,” says Matthew Holt, national new business development manager at Arena Americas in New Jersey. “We can now bring in temporary buildings in a short period of time.” The Palas structure is, as Holt puts it, “a big Lego set,” and can be assembled with heating, air-conditioning and flooring in just one week.
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Delivered snacks are a simple solution to time-crunched meetings. They are convenient, quick and allow everyone involved to continue working uninterrupted. The downfall? Delivery options are typically unhealthy, greasy and have the potential to hinder productivity, rather than jump-start it. That’s where these three companies come in.
With the closure of Trump Plaza, Showboat and Revel Resort in September, some say Atlantic City is old news. But not Jim Wood, president and CEO of Meet AC, a private nonprofit sales agency started in June 2014 and funded by the CRDA luxury tax. Meet AC’s raison d’être is to drive meeting and convention business to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, Convention Center and surrounding hotels.
More than ever, millennials are changing the way destination corporate meetings are held, according to Karen Shackman, president of Shackman Associates, a special events management company. “They want highly social events that are out of the boardroom and, instead, under the boards in a location like a barn,” Shackman says. New Jersey offers a wide variety of traditional venues, yet these spaces often tend to lack that wow factor.
From strip malls and airports to even the local Walmart, spas have popped up virtually everywhere. These places cater to time-starved and stressed-out clients who just want to buy a little relaxation. In contrast to day spas that offer just an hour of peace and quiet, hotel spas promise to keep that glow lasting just a little bit longer (is there anything better than going to your room in a fluffy bathrobe?).
Chances are you know someone who insists that her grandmother makes the best gravy or pasta sauce. After all, New Jersey is home to more than 2 million Italian descendants, and it’s probably no coincidence that there’s no shortage of Italian restaurants in the state. For a sampling of some of the best for private dining, read on. Buon appetito!
Often, the key to the success of a live corporate event is choosing a great audio-visual partner. If you are looking to bring in an A/V partner, it is imperative to qualify the company since in large part you’re relying on them to make the meeting a success. Here are some of the most important questions to ask before you select an audio-visual provider.
Downtown Manhattan, filled with industrial chic spaces and effortlessly stylish people, is the epitome of cool, but fighting traffic at the tunnels to make it to an event? Definitely not cool. So where do you hold an event when you want that New York City flair without the hassle? The Loft at 350 in West Orange! This stylish venue is tucked inside the Wilshire Grand Hotel, a full-service hotel with 89 rooms and 13 suites.
Porta is proof positive that down and out can be turned completely upside down. This uber-hip Neapolitan pizzeria occupies a formerly vacant building in Asbury Park and the transformation from humdrum to humming is dramatic. With room for dancing and private event space, this place isn’t your average pizzeria. And the Vermont Laundry is just the drink to get you moving.
Great photos are a surefire way to remind guests of the great time they had at your event and preserve memories they will cherish for years. With so much on the line, selecting photographers can be tricky. We've pulled together a selection of tips and tricks from experts so you can find a skilled photographer and get a superb selection of shots from your event.