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!

 

Meeting Professionals Salary Update for 2013

Meeting professionals have come a long way since the days of party planning. Convene’s 2013 salary survey results are a true reflection of the maturation of this profession that wasn’t even a profession* a decade ago. Check out the full report at the link provided above. Here’s a quick peek:

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Of the meeting professionals surveyed,
75% received or expect to get a raise in 2013
9.4% is the average salary increase reported – that compares sizably to 2.3% last year
$77,711 average salary in 2013 – compares to $71,038 in 2012
$73,996 average salary for females (89% of respondents)
$108,482 average salary for males (11% of respondents)
Both genders report putting in long hours – 51% reported 41-50 hr/wk; 21% 51-60 hr/wk

*It’s been little more than seven years since the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) deemed this a profession. BLS now ranks “meeting, convention, and event planners” to 44% job outlook growth, 2010-2020.

Contact me to learn more about this amazing profession. Want to explore backfilling your education to advance your career in the field? Interested in discussing amazing interns and employees for your organization? Let’s connect. Meet me on LinkedIn or complete the following form.

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.

Cupcake War Veterans Battled, Bonded, and Laughed!

Veterans of the 1st Twin Cities Planner Cupcake War made great memories this past week when they competed in the cupcake smack-down that was sponsored by the Marriot Minneapolis and Telluride Colorado Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Senior Planners Industry Network (SPIN) is known for its ability to provide networking and engagement opportunities to meeting planners, so when Shawna Suckow, SPIN Founder and President, notified local planners that she, Todd Gehrke (Visit Telluride), and Barbara Madigan (Minneapolis Marriott) had arranged the competition of cupcake creativity, response was immediate.

Cupcake War Veterans, January, 2013

Cupcake War Veterans, January, 2013

Our battleground was the Marriott’s private bakery. Led by Executive Chef Donna and staff members, we benefited from the very best in tactical training and weaponry.

Executive Chef Donna instructs cupcake soldiers on battle tactics

Executive Chef Donna instructs cupcake soldiers on battle tactics

Weapons ready for battle

Weapons ready for battle

Congratulations to victors of the 1st Twin Cities Planner Cupcake War.

Cupcake War Victors (l to r) Amanda Ducach, Barbara Madigan, Todd Gehrke

Cupcake War Victors (l to r) Amanda Ducach, Barbara Madigan,Todd Gehrke

Cupcake War veterans are honing their battle skills for the future. When you’re called to duty, will you be prepared?