Of Legacies and Relationships: the Passing of Ed White

I just learned that Ed White passed away today. The hospitality industry is short one more thought leader. Losing two in the same week is unthinkable. I am comforted that as the newcomers to Heaven, Bill Ed whiteMorrissey and Ed White are planning a huge event for everyone there.  Details about Ed are not yet available so I will share them as a comment to this post when they are available.

Ed was internally renowned as a consummate hospitality professional.  He instructed and mentored me and his words of wisdom helped me greatly.  I know many of us have benefited from his experience  and insights. Ed was a consultant, trainer, meeting manager, and hotelier. There’s more to be read on his LinkedIn site.

Ed will be missed. At the risk of being redundant, let me ask you for the 2nd time this week to please join me in honoring the legacies of Bill and Ed by building relationships on which to grow the future of hospitality.

DCTC Hospitality Student & Alumni Reunions

circa 2007? Life has happened to the alumni pictured here. Many reside throughout the U.S. and other countries. (Hello to Fah in Thailand!)

Many of you have asked for a chance to get together and network with other DCTC Hospitality program students and graduates.  I’ve also had many inquiries about cruise meetings – how they work, what the experience is like, etc.  So . . .

We’re celebrating the first decade of our programs twice:

January 7 in the Minneapolis/St Paul Metro area, AND

June 24-27 in Miami, Nassau, Bahamas, and Great Stirrup Cay.

Here’s the scoop . . .

Giggles and Catch-Up Potluck

January 7, 2016, Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.potluck

At Rosealee’s condo party room, 3600 Wooddale Ave So, St Louis Park, MN

Bring a snack or dessert to share, and your beverage of choice.  Guests are welcome.

RSVP to rosealee.lee@gmail.com with subject “Reunion” – please be sure to indicate # of individuals attending.  (I’d love to get an approximate count of how many will be attending to ensure I make enough of the famous meatballs.)  There is NO CHARGE for this event.

Inaugural DCTC Hospitality Alumni Cruise

Thank you, Sharyn Bennett, owner of Calico Jack’s Travel and program alumni, for organizing this opportunity. Registration will open soon.  Visit the DCTC page at calicojackstravel.com for more information.  Contact Sharyn by phone (651-247-4185) or email (info@calicojackstravel.com).

Board the fabulous Norwegian Sky on June 24, 2016 in Miami, FL for a three-night cruise.

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We’ll visit Nassau for an exclusive shore excursion, the Bahamas and your own private island, Great Stirrup Cay.

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We’ll enjoy

Group enjoying drinks at the Bier Garten

  • Training Sessions – discover the ease of planning a cruise event for your clients ☺
  • Networking
  • Ship Tour ☺
  • Meet the Ship’s Officers ☺

☺ Exclusive for DCTC students and alumni

Norwegian Sky departs Miami, Florida           Return to Miami on June 27, 2016.

Cabins are available from $419 to $669, double-occupancy.  What’s included in the price?

  • Round trip cruise from Port of Miami to Nassau, Bahamas
  • Meals in the complimentary dining venues
  • All beverages (INCLUDING alcoholic beverages)
  • Onboard Entertainment
  • Use of the beautiful pools and hot tubs
  • Norwegian’s Youth Program facilities and activities if you’re bringing children
  • Gratuities
  • Taxes and port charges
  • Travel Insurance

* Calico Jack’s Travel representatives are available to assist you with additional arrangements including airfare, pre-cruise or post-cruise hotels and more.

Can we bring non-DCTC alumni family and friends?  Sure, the more the merrier!

 

Excitement is Building for the 2014 Wheelchair Softball World Series

softball2-mainJoin me in the excitement at the 2014 Wheelchair Softball World Series!  August 14, 15, 16.  The series will be held at three Brooklyn Park, MN parks. This year the World Series is hosted by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

I’m all in for this one.  Bring you, your family, your business or civic organization members and neighbors.  Let’s get involved by joining the hundreds of volunteers and many more who will be cheering on teams from the U.S., Canada, and Japan.  The sport originated here, and has grown dramatically in its 37 year span.

Grab a volunteer spot on the online sign up!  A special note to my students, alumni, and hospitality peers:  Courage Kenny is hoping we will fill the registration spots if possible.  That’s probably because they know registration is one area we can knock out of the park.  (Sorry, couldn’t resist that last little bit.)  Students and alumni, let me know when you volunteer so I can arrange for you to receive collateral for your portfolio.

Then follow the tournament on Facebook.

Find out more about the Wheelchair Softball World Series and the National Wheelchair Softball Association.

Slice of the Industry: Exploring the Many Facets of Your Hospitality Career

Mingle and converse with leaders in the field; gain insight into the industry and your own career path. We are thrilled to introduce the following panel of industry professionals for the June 3 “Slice of the Industry” Event.

Introducing the “Slice of the Industry” Panelists:
Sam Thompson, Founder of metroConnections
Bonnie Carlson, CEO of Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau
Gabe Clendenen, Senior Sales Manager of Saint Paul RiverCentre
Sari Lindeman, Sales Coordinator at Bellagala
Sara Kopcyk, Meeting Planner and Owner of Your Timeless Events

The recession is over and we know that many individuals are entering the hospitality industry or ramping up their career. This is your invitation to this FREE hospitality industry event. We look forward to seeing all of you at this fantastic event.

6-8 pm on Monday, June 3 at the DCTC Apple Valley Campus, 14200 Cedar Avenue, Apple Valley, MN, Room 200.

Kudos to the MPI-DCTC Student Club for hosting this event
Cheers to members of the DCTC Hospitality Alumni Network, Meeting Professionals International and Dakota County Technical College for their support.

Calling ALL Hospitality Industry Professionals, Students, and Alumni — This one is free and just for YOU

This is your invitation to

Slice of the Industry Event

June 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join us at Dakota County Technical College Apple Valley Campus, 14200 Cedar Avenue, Apple Valley, MN

Expert panel members, great discussion and refreshments will be hosted by the MPI-DCTC Student Club. If you are new to the industry or simply considering your career track, join us!

RSVP to one of these LinkedIn Groups, PLEASE:
DCTC Leadership and Hospitality Network LinkedIn group
MPI-DCTC Student Club LinkedIn group.