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The Secret to Meeting Success for the Volunteered Planner

Posted by Tiffany Ferguson  |  April 12, 2013

Many different kinds of groups plan an annual meeting, retreat or conference. Frequently groups that are Social, Military, Education, Religious and Fraternal by nature – referred to collectively as “SMERF” groups by hotels – don’t have a hired meeting planner to coordinate the event. Often, the planner is a staff member with other regular duties or even a volunteer who may or may not have experience in event planning. Does this sound familiar? Have you been volunteered?

The Miramonte Resort and Spa caters to Social, Military, Education, Religious and Fraternal (SMERF) groups and makes you look like a seasoned pro to your colleagues.  What is the secret success formula to make even it look like Martha Stewart herself handled your event?  Simple, leave the planning to us!

A guaranteed homerun!  Our Catering and Convention Service team has a combined experience of 90 years in the hospitality industry!  Alex White, Director of Conference Planning, touts a team record for Q1 of 2013 of “over 98% satisfaction from previous clients”, many of which are top executives from major corporations from across the US!  Having one point person from our team taking ownership of your program and committed to your success virtually guarantees a homerun!

Help is on it’s way!  We believe that direct communication is the key to success! Have you ever been to an event and the meeting room is so cold, everyone is distracted by it?  Not at your event!  If that happened here at Miramonte, you would text your Convention Service Manager and *bam!* instant fix. Within minutes the air cuts off and the temperature is perfect!   Upon arrival, a member of our Catering and Convention Service Team provides each planner with a contact card of all vital contacts on property, including their cell phone number. You will be able to communicate in real time with a dedicated team member who is invested in your event being flawless!

How do you turn this thing on?  The mysteries of audio visual (AV) needs are unraveled by our onsite AV company that has staff on property to provide as much or as little assistance as is needed!  PSAV has a dedicated professional ready and willing to be your ‘tech’ partner in preparing for that slide show, power point presentation, or even a virtual meeting! 

Envision the Miramonte Resort & Spa as your personal estate!  Being a smaller, more exclusive venue ensures that personal touch and commitment to your events success that cannot be found at larger locations.  We are committed to your success and passionate about events!  We look forward to the opportunity of working with you in planning a fun and flawless event!



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