As I explained yesterday I am so behind, but this is the perfect time to read about the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau annual luncheon or "The Meet Up", which is held the day before Thanksgiving. I am thrilled every year when I get my invitation to this very exclusive "hospitality" event. You really have to be in the biz to get invited, it's not a press event per se, but since I work with so many of the people that are invited (ie am pitched by) I'm in heaven as I can hear all about the upcoming plans for the new year and either tuck that info away on my appointments calendar, or give it to you right here, right now.
(Above Ryan Reigel, Valley Social Magazine, meeting up)
The big news at the Meet Up 2012 is the re-branding of the organization from the PCVB to PHLCVB. Still the same great organization whereas they attract international business to Philadelphia's convention center, but certainly an injection of excitement and commitment comes along with the fresh, sexy logo. Whoever came up with it will certainly be awarded for it's on point promotion of Philly, and innovation. PHL is a very recognizable acronym for Philly via the airport and other means of transportation. What I love about the design is the P and the L are not defined, and neither is this organizations mission. It's infinite in what they are able to do. I like it a lot.
Above: The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) Marketing Team: Lucy MacNichol. Mary Connors, Ben Franklin, Khaila Edward, Marissa Feldman and Danielle Cohn, Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB)
Ahmeenah Young, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority was in attendance her message came via video, as did Mayor Nutter. Only Jack Ferguson, spoke (see pix above), and it was brief. I think the message was all around the room, the buzz, the PHL monikor and the wonderful graphics created by Replica Creative.
The Replica Creative Team: Larry Guiffa (He came up with the concept of my new business cards, as well as the cool lanyard I wear around my neck.)
Plus they created the step and repeat for my 5th Anniversary Party in September [that's my trainer, Steve "HofFIT" Hoffman from the Sporting Club that's finally going to give me the body I want, but he has to yell at me to want it more - LOL).
Spotlight PR's Irene Levy and son Adam. She reminded me that McGillin's is the place to be to warm up if you get cold watching the Mummer's Parade. It opens at at 10 a.m.
There's a fireplace, Mummers, Bowl Games & Hot Drinks
For the Family: New Year’s Eve Countdown in Franklin Square: Franklin Square is hosting a party that will have kids smiling into 2013. There will be crafts, music and lots of fun in the historic park. Franklin Square is in a great spot to watch the fireworks at Penn’s Landing, so prepare yourself for the grand finale, the countdown to the “Square” Drop at 6 p.m. and views of the 6 p.m. fireworks at Penn’s Landing.
Mariska K. Bogle, doing lots of fun things you will read about in 2013, Karen A. Lewis Executive Director of Avenue of the Arts (Tells me to look for the North Broad St to come alive in 2013. New trees, lights and excitement), Toni Crawford Major, Greta Greenberger, City Hall Tour Director Rm 121 - go take the tour, you will learn something about the grand building and be amazed. (Did you know I was a volunteer tour guide there for about 10 yrs.)
Brent Martin, general manager of Four Seasons Resort (He spent 5 years at the Four Seasons Resort - Koh Samui, Thailand before coming to Philly), Christia Donohue, Director of Public Relations at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and David Lipson, president of Metro Corp. (I've never seen him without a smile on his face)
Expertise. Every Time. That’s our mantra. That’s our belief. That’s our promise.
Maura Peese and the adorable and funny Tim Adams - Field House
Phillies in the house: David Montgomery, Scott Palmer, Bonnie Clark and Bill GilesThe Delaware River Waterfront Corporation produces the annual SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, continuing the New Year’s Eve tradition with twice the fireworks and twice the fun at 6 pm and midnight on December 31. Both free shows will be choreographed to unique soundtracks and launched from barges in the middle of the Delaware River with clear views from both Philadelphia and Camden, with free viewing areas and broadcast soundtrack in each location. Plus go skating at www.riverrink.com. TIL MARCH 3!! (Thank you SugarHouse - xo HughE)
Laurel Perley, Center City District, Bruce Shannon (Thanks to you and Michelle for the hospitality last week.), Randyl Case Center City District, and Kristen Casalnuevo, Center City District
Most people mingled until show time near the end of the event. The food was delicious too. Forgot to say we were at Downtown Marriott.
Robert Mendelson, Philadelphia Tribune, Charmine Murrell, Top of the Tower and Steven Scott Bradley, Steven Bradley, Chairman, African American Chamber of Commerce
GPTMC too (an where these two met & fell in love), which markets the City to tourism and has had a fantastic run with the "With Love" campaign. Nothing compares with how the message that moniker sends out to the world. Check out Jim with the Polish Stringband on New Year's Eve. He's been marching with them for over a decade. Remember a few years back when he did the Where Magazine cover with The Bacon Brothers.
The Growth Properties People - A company offering comprehensive hotel management services
The Philadelphia Trolley Works People. Mike Kates and Bobby AndrewsJames Curato, president and CEO of the Visitors Center Corporation, Margaret Hughes, Deputy City Rep and Scott Mirkin, Executive Producer of the Philly 4th of July Jam, starring The Roots and guests, plus MADE IN AMERICA
First it's downstairs to Circ at the Marriott
black tie event, it is so much fun, and it's for a good cause to boot.
Then I headed to Maggiano'ss for the after after party where I found John Golden, Dir of Comm for Valley Forge CVB, Mandee Kuenzle, Mary Linneman, Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine, Sarah Fuller, Acct Exec at Cort Event Furnishings, Sarah Gallacher, Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine and Jim Cohn, Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine. (And thanks to the person who wrote out these names, very easy to read.)
THANKS FOR THE INVITE AND THANK YOU TO ALL MY READERS FOR THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE YEAR OF MY LIFE. HAPPY NEW YEAR'S XOXO HUGHE**
Footnote 2 Family Friendly New Year's Eve Fun at uwishunu Source
**(PS I might write another blog entry before the year's out, I have so much content still.)