ConventionSouth

NOV 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 4 ConventionSouth (ISSN 1074-0627) is published monthly by Covey Communications Corp., P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547. It is mailed under Standard mail rates. POSTMASTER: CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED TO ConventionSouth Subscription Office, PO Box 16868 North Hollywood, CA 91615. Editorial and advertising offices are located at 2001 West First St., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. Editorial ideas, photographs and content suggestions are welcomed; however, the publisher and editorial team retains the right to edit all content in print and online. Photos are typically obtained from direct sources and credits are given at the discretion of the editorial team. Copyright 2017 by Covey Communications Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without express written permission of the publisher or editor is strictly forbidden. Convention South EXECUTIVE OFFICES 2001 West First Street Gulf Shores, AL 36542 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 2267 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 TELEPHONE (251) 968-5300 (800) 968-0712 E-MAIL info@conventionsouth.com FAX (251) 968-2033 WEBSITE www.conventionsouth.com PUBLISHER J. Talty O'Connor ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Ashleigh Osborne (251) 968-5313 SENIOR EDITOR Marcia Bradford DESTINATION EDITORS D. Fran Morley T. Wayne Waters CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Adrianne Bowen Selena Chavis Shannon Rasmussen MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Kayla Brown MANAGER DESIGN SERVICES MANAGER Kelly Williams DESIGN ASSISTANT Tanya Hughes MANAGER, TRAFFIC Dorothy P. Miller AND PROMOTIONS CIRCULATION MANAGER Ashley Brokowsky FINANCE MANAGER Mandi Morrison EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Jenny Anderson, CMP National Association of College & University Business Officers David Bruce, MMP, HTS CMP Meeting Services Jeff Hurt Velvet Chainsaw Consulting Robert Mandelbaum PKF Consulting Meg Slentz, CMP Meetings To Order Sue Walton May & Williams Ltd. James Hobbs Meeting Expectations Loriann White, CMM, CMP American Express Meetings & Events Making Transitions and Forming New Bonds For those of us who live along the gulf coast, November is a time of transition. The heat and humidity of our long summers finally give way to cooler nights and the clear blue skies of autumn. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico cool down and the threat of hurricanes subsides. In this area, as in much of the South, it's the perfect time to get out on the golf links, take a hike in the woods or engage in other outdoor recreational activities. As our special feature on Golf, Recreation & Relationships points out, getting meeting groups outside to interact with nature has many positive effects. Forging bonds with other participants is possibly the most rewarding aspect of these activities. Whether playing in a golf tournament, participating in equestrian activities or com- peting in sand volleyball competition, meeting-goers get to know each other better through these shared experiences and, in many cases, form bonds that will last long past the meeting or event. Music is another powerful way for groups to interact, bond and celebrate. It's also an increasingly important element in meeting agendas, whether helping set the tone for a specific session or breaking the ice at social events. Fortunately, the South has a number of destinations that have a rich musical heritage, where opportunities abound for groups to enjoy a wide array of live musical performances. In this issue, we look at some of the South's top music meccas and what they offer meeting groups. We also examine the ways that music and recreational activities are effective bonding forces for Youth & Faith Based meetings in our special market segment report. Speaking of making transitions and forging bonds, two members of the Convention- South team are making major transitions and forging new bonds in their lives this fall. Kayla Head, our marketing and communications manager became Kayla Brown on Oct. 28 and Ashley Brokowsky, our circulation manager, will become Ashley Strick- land on Nov. 12. Congratulations to Kayla and Roger and to Ashley and Travis! Here's to a lifetime of happiness, shared adventures and wonderful experiences! perspective putting it in Senior Editor

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