DEC 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ D E C 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 30 The AWARDS Issue! Readers' Choice Award Winners • Ace Hotel New Orleans • Alexandria/Pineville Area CVB, See Ad On Page 31 • Bourbon Orleans Hotel – of the New Orleans Hotel Collection • Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau • Chateau Saint Denis Hotel • Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter • Golden Nugget Casino Resort and Hotel • Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Center • Houma Area CVB • Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel, Westlake • Jefferson CVB, See Ad On Page 32 • JW Marriott New Orleans • Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission • Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB, See Ad On Page 2 & 3 • Le Méridien New Orleans • Louisiana's Northshore/St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission • Northshore Harbor Center, See Ad On Page 33 • Paragon Casino Resort & Earl J. Barbry, Sr. Convention Center • Royal Sonesta New Orleans, See Ad On Page 34 • Sheraton New Orleans Hotel • Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau • Visit Baton Rouge • West Baton Rouge CVB, See Ad On Page 35 Honorable Mention Award Winners • Dauphine Orleans Hotel – of the New Orleans Hotel Collection • Hotel Mazarin – of the New Orleans Hotel Collection • Le Pavillon Hotel • The Whitney Hotel – of the New Orleans Hotel Collection New & Renovated Award Winners • Hilton New Orleans Riverside • Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome (French Quarter Area) • Hyatt Centric French Quarter • InterContinental New Orleans • Raising Cane's River Center Louisiana KURT KJELLSTROM Senior Event Manager, Kenneth Copeland Ministries Newark, Texas 19 Years In The Business Building Attendance and Managing Growth at Faith-Based Events One of Kurt Kjellstrom's most important roles as a senior event manager is organizing the Southwest Believ- ers Conference, the largest annual event put on by Kenneth Copeland Ministries, a faith-oriented organization based in Newark, Texas. As he explains, there are a lot of logis- tical details involved in the event which takes place at the Fort Worth Convention Center each summer. "With 11 hotels contracted, and people flying in from all 50 states and over 60 countries, it's always a challenge in making sure our hotel pickup is achieved and the city is ready to welcome our attendees with the red carpet. This year, we had a 9 percent growth from last year's event, so we had to make sure we had enough hotels rooms to accommodate all of our attendees properly. Kjellstrom also arranges other events throughout the year, such as Word Explosion, which is held each fall. The 2017 event took place in September at the Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Conven- tion Center and involved about 2,000 attend- ees for three days of services. Challenges: "I want to make sure we have growth at our events every year, so I need to be creative with our marketing team on how we use social media in the promotion and targeting of our events. We have implemented weekly reports with our attendance and hotel pickup reports, so we can strategically plan our targeting of our social media campaigns to have ultimate success with our events. Rewards: Having done events, and being able to travel the entire globe, I love the chal- lenges and success of planning everything from a small board meeting to large city- wide events to conferences in different cities around the U.S. and the world. When you do something you truly love, it really isn't called work." Advice: I've learned many hard lessons in doing events. Traveling with a very large crew of 50-75 people at any given time, you have to make sure your team feels valued and you are in the game with them. Never take your team members for granted and get in the trenches with them when you do events. It will always pay off! TERRY HAMM, MSED, Director Texas Association of Student Councils Austin, Texas 7 Years In The Business Engaging Youth With Events That Rock Arranging for the Texas Association of Student Coun- cils (TASC) High School Annual Conference, which involves about 5,000 high school Kenneth Copeland Ministries Conference

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