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Kinsley’s Resolutions: Here’s to a Great Year

January 15th, 2019 by

2019 is well underway! To start the year off right, the Kinsley team made a few meeting & event planning specific resolutions:

Resolution #1: Exercise More!

As meeting planners, we know during a conference you can really log some miles moving between general session, breakout sessions, offsites and more. We crush Fitbit’s 10K daily step recommendation each day onsite. Back in the office it can be a different story in the weeks/months leading up to a conference as we analyze budgets, plan agendas, review signage and tackle work on the computer. In 2019, as a team, we resolve to move more! According to Harvard Medical School, walking for 2.5 hours a week (21 minutes a day) can reduce your risk of heart disease by 30%. What’s more, walking has also been shown to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and the risk of obesity.

And if that doesn’t get you moving – it can also help reduce stress! Break out those tennis shoes!

Resolution #2: Eat Healthier!

Let’s face it, food and beverage can sometimes make or break and attendees experience at an event. Meetings and conferences are opportunities to stray away from one’s normal diet – at least for a few days – with everything offered. And while we are not planning to cut out decedent desserts or savory bites at events we plan, rather, we will look for simple ways to give attendees the opportunity to keep things in check. Simple options include: adding whole fruit to breaks, offering sparkling water as opposed to soda, and serving salads with dressing on the side.

Let’s eat and be merry!

Resolution #3: Drink…Smarter

Happy hours, welcome receptions, and hosted bars can be a backbone to a great event. Why? Because they give / provide attendees a chance to network with one another in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.They can also be a hurdle for healthy lifestyles.This year, we plan to keep in mind these facts when it comes to sipping on alcoholic beverages:

  • Choose clear (ex. Gin or Tequila): they don’t have the added sugar that darker alcohols contain.
  • Tonic and Soda are not equals: tonic water has sugar, soda water is basically fizzy water – no calories there!
  • White or Red? Red wines tend to have a higher alcohol content which may lead to a hangover the next day, but white wines can be sweeter and more refreshing – leading you to drink more and get a similar hangover. Our vote: whatever you drink, chase it with water.

Resolution #4: Give to Others

For multi-day events, finding a pockets of time in the agenda for a volunteer event can provide an incredible ‘bang for your buck!’ A volunteer event allows attendees to network beyond the hotel or conference center walls. Volunteering connects your event to the local community which can lead to increased media exposure and help increase your organization’s public image. For your attendees, volunteering can be an opportunity to physically accomplish something, which in turn can help increase their sense of happiness and pride. These emotions then can be attributed to their overall experience during and perception of your event.The Kinsley team will strive to look for ways to help you, help others.

And finally, one resolution that endures from year to year:

Our Kinsley commitment to providing exceptional event and meeting planning service, delivering solutions outside of the box, and having some fun along the way.

Do you have a resolution this year? If so, we’d love to hear from you.


Kinsley by the Numbers – 2019

November 14th, 2018 by

Numbers don’t lie!

Whether planning conferences for thousands or intimate dinners for a few, the Kinsley team’s experience managing events is sure to impress. (more…)


2018 Best Meeting | Event Planning Company

March 27th, 2018 by

Kinsley is honored to have been named Best Meeting / Event Planning Company by Colorado Meetings + Events Magazine.
Thanks to our incredible clients for being great partners and helping us earn this recognition. We won’t disappoint in 2019! (more…)


Steve Kinsley – MPIRMC’s Volunteer of the Week

January 31st, 2017 by

Our very own Steve Kinsley was awarded Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Volunteer of the Week! See his interview below.

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About Steve

At Kinsley Meetings our company is built on three pillars – Knowledge, Involvement & Fun.  For almost 18 years I have had the good fortune to work with my wife and a great team on a daily basis to share our knowledge, be involved in our industry and have fun along the way, with our customers, our wonderful team and our industry colleagues.  We are a full service meeting & convention planning company based in Littleton with offices in Savannah, GA, and Gig Harbor, WA.  We serve both association/society and corporate customers with programs ranging from 25 to 6,000.  Outside of the fun at the office, and on the road, I enjoy playing golf, fly fishing and cooking.

Questions:

Why did you want to be become a volunteer for MPIRMC?

In all the places I have worked I’ve always been involved in some sort of community or industry service outside of my ‘job’. When I changed careers from hotel GM to meeting professional, and went to work with Allison, it made perfect sense to join MPIRMC as Allison was already a long time member and very involved.

 

How did you become a Volunteer?

I asked where we needed help! My first volunteer involvement was with our fun run. I think that was the last time we held it ☺ .

 

What is your best MPIRMC volunteer experience?

Wow, so many good ones. I think the best one was VP of Finance and working with Freddie and Keith to make sure each year that we were in the right place moving forward.

 

What advice can you give a member that might be apprehensive to commit to a volunteer role within our organization?

Why wait? In all the roles I have been involved with over the years I always got more out of volunteering than what I put into the position. New friends, new colleagues, and new customers. And Fun!

 

How many volunteer positions have you had through MPI? Which position did you enjoy the most and why think?

I have held 5 or 6 official volunteer positions. Along the way I have been involved in the fun run we used to sponsor, communications, the golf tournament, VP of Finance, President, various other committees and now a table host. They have all been enjoyable.

What keeps you motivated to volunteer?

A few things – first and foremost, the people. Every meeting I meet someone new, that is always fun. Secondly, involvement keeps you engaged in the industry outside of your job, which keeps you at the leading edge of our industry, learning new things. And finally, the opportunity to serve has always been part of my DNA, and I enjoy using my experience to assist others in their journey in the hospitality & meetings industry. I will always have coffee with someone seeking information or advise.


Kinsley Updates – February 2017

January 25th, 2017 by

With 2016 at a close and 2017 well under way, we wanted to update you  with everything Kinsley.

Our core values at Kinsley Meetings are Knowledge, Involvement and Fun. We are knowledgeable in the meetings industry, involved in our industry and community, and have a fun time doing it!

Knowledge –

Trained on meeting processes and procedures developed over more than 20 years, team members are further supported in on-going professional development, to open opportunities for growth on our established career paths. We are encouraged to attain certifications, to attend local and national industry events, and to incorporate the best practices they learn into our clients’ meetings.

Involvement –

We are actively involved in both our industry and in our greater community. We sit on boards for organizations as diverse as Meeting Professionals International, International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Junior Achievement and the City & County of Denver Workforce Development Board. This involvement keeps us connected to our community, as well as providing leadership opportunities and cross-industry knowledge that we can apply to our work.

Below is a short list of some of the organizations that The Kinsley team is involved with on an ongoing basis.

  • Meeting Professionals International
  • Colorado Society of Association Executives
  • Junior Achievement
  • Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry
  • Denver Workforce Development Board
  • Business Marketing Association
  • Association for Women in Events
  • Denver Rescue Mission
  • Susan G. Komen Colorado
  • Girls on the Run
Fun –

We believe in doing what we do well, and in enjoying what we do. We believe, too, that it’s important to share the fun that we have internally with our clients and industry partners.

We take cooking classes together, we zipline and we have a kickball team :). If you would like to come have fun with us, give us a call!

New Additions

Kinsley Meeting has welcomed SEVEN new members to the Kinsley team. Meet our newest staff!

Madeline-Wogstad

Madeline Wogstad

Mary Fitzgerald

Stephanie-DeHerrera

Stephanie DeHerrera

Nikki Bibbero

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Endsley Eggert

Vanessa Younes

Gina Aiello, CMP