Author: Betsy Johnson

  • An LED Arch was set up for attendees of the Aptos Engage 2019 Conferece to walk through. Tri-Marq uses LED features to wow event goers.

    Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

    Type: Venue Review Orlando, FL Overview: Hilton Bonnet Creek has primarily taken over as the go to event venue at Disney.  Ballrooms: There are two very large ballroom spaces.  The Bonnet Creek Ballroom and the Floridian Ballroom.  Both ballrooms share a side foyer so there needs to be attention given to audience flow if you […]

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  • A photo of several johnny cash artefacts at the johnny cash museum

    Johnny Cash Museum

    Nashville, TN Overview: Nashville is a great city. There are a lot of interesting venues to stage events here, but this is one of our favorites and one that you may not think of right away. The Johnny Cash Museum is right in the heart of Nashville (3rd and Broadway). The main event space is directly […]

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  • A headshot of Condoleeza Rice, a speaker at a recent Tri-Marq event.

    Condoleezza Rice

    Type: Speaker Review Pros:  In a word, great.  She is expensive but her presentation was one of the best keynotes I have seen.  Besides her significant political career, Condoleezza Rice is a concert pianist and served as one of the thirteen inaugural members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. Her presentation combined interesting stories, […]

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  • A photo of the ballroom of the Canyons Park City event venue. Tri-Marq often works with event venues like the Canyons Park City for smaller company events.

    Canyons Park City

    Overview:  Salt Lake City seems to be a growing destination city.  Located in Park City about 40 minutes from the SLC airport the Canyons is an interesting choice for smaller events. Ballrooms:  There is one main ballroom and four breakout spaces that can be divided.  The ballroom has no rigging so everything has to be […]

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  • Marquette Mens Basketball Hoopla main stage

    Marquette Centennial Hoopla

    Tri-Marq was honored to be part of history, celebrating 100 years of Marquette Men’s Basketball. Tri-Marq partnered with Marquette Athletics to produce this special Centennial Hoopla event at the BMO Harris Bradley Center with nearly 1,000 guests. Marquette recruited 3 former coaches and 125 former players that were in attendance to greet guests on and […]

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  • A headshot of George W Bush, former president and keynote speaker at a recent event produced by Sri-Marq.

    President George W Bush

    Type: Speaker Review Pros:  Of all the former Presidents on the speaker circuit, President George W Bush is probably my favorite.  His keynote is usually an interview style keynote with either a new person or an executive from the company doing the moderating.  He is very frank with his opinions about current events but the […]

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  • OMNITRACS Outlook 2017 User Meeting

    Right On Pointe has partnered with Tri-Marq Communications for several years on many events for various clients. During our fourth year, we produced the Omnitracs Outlook User’s Meeting in collaboration with the team at Right On Pointe. The event was held in Phoenix, AZ at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix. Tri-Marq created the main content screens using LED walls. […]

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  • The front enterance to the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Tri-Marq produces the annual sales meeting for KI each year.

    KI Convention Center

    Type: Venue Review Overview:  There are not a lot of good options in the Green Bay market but the KI convention center is one to consider. Ballrooms:  The property has a wide variety of ballroom space.  The original footprint includes a couple of good size ballrooms which can be divided into smaller breakout space as […]

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  • Aptos 2017 User’s Conference: Engage!

    Tri-Marq Communications partnered with Aptos for its 2017 User’s Conference. The 3-day event was held at the Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida. In the main general session room, Tri-Marq used a 45-foot wide by 15-feet high main screen, with 2 vertical screens flanking the main. Using multiple LED screens, we created an archway as the entrance […]

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  • A photo of the speaker panel at the envista event that took place at Loews Chicago produced by Tri-Marq.

    Loews Chicago

    Hotel:  Loews Chicago Location: Chicago Overview:  Great Chicago property for small to mid-sized shows.  This is a very popular property in a great location and it books far in advance.  Ballroom:  The main ballroom is the Wright ballroom and it is only 109 x 78.  It is well suited for a mid-sized event and can […]

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  • A photo of the front entrance to the Rhode Island Convention Center, the site of a recent event produced by Tri-Marq.

    Rhode Island Convention Center

    Hotel:  Rhode Island Convention Center Location: Providence Overview:  We had the opportunity to produce a conference at the RI Convention Center last month.  The audience size was approximately 300.  The conference was a combination of general session and multiple breakouts.  While the property is best suited for a large convention, it worked well for this […]

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  • Palace Hotel

    Type: Venue Reveiw Location: San Francisco Overview:  It is always fun to produce events in historical great hotels like the Palace.  Older hotels like this one are great for attendees and provide a great backdrop for events. However, they do offer some logistical challenges. Ballroom:  There are a number of ballrooms on the first floor […]

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  • A photo of the entertainment group, the passing zone. They performed recently at an event produced by Tri-Marq.

    The Passing Zone

    Type : Speaker Review Overview: Whether you like the TV show America’s Got Talent or not, the show has become a good source for researching acts for corporate events. It seems that any act that is a finalist but doesn’t win quickly makes the rounds at corporate shows. The Passing Zone is one of these […]

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  • A photo of the Hyatt Regency Hill Country where Tri-Marq recently produced a corporate meeting.

    Hyatt Regency Hill Country San Antonio

    Overview:  This is one of the better Hill Country hotels in my opinion.  Two large ballrooms are joined by numerous breakout rooms and outdoor areas.  The biggest downside is that property is located in the Hill Country area and requires dedicated transportation to any offsite venues. Ballrooms:  There are two main ballrooms at the property.  […]

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  • A photo of the ballroom in the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa where Tri-Marq recently produced an event.

    Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

    Type: Venue Review Overview: For a mid size event this is a great property.  The largest ballroom is only 14,000 square feet. Ballrooms:  The main ballroom is the Calusa and is a nice ballroom which has been remodeled since the last time I was there.  There is a very nice foyer directly in front of […]

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  • An LED arch at the Aptos Engage 2017 conference in Hollywood, California. Try-Marq uses LED features like the arch to add a 'wow' factor to our clients' events.

    Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood

    Type: Venue Review Location: Hollywood, FL Overview: This is a very busy hotel with lots of meeting space and a great location.  There are lots of ballrooms with different levels of features and challenges. The hotel is also split into two areas, the convention center with all of the large ballrooms and the main hotel […]

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  • A photo of the bass drum with the Doobie Brothers logo from a recent event produced by Tri-Marq.

    Doobie Brothers

    Type: Speaker Review Overview: Great band that really connects with the audience.  They play all of their hits and told quite a few interesting stories.  Producer’s Notes: Sound check was very straightforward and the audience loved the show.

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  • A photo of Rick Perry presenting at a recent Tri-Marq event.

    Rick Perry

    Type: Speaker Review Overview: Rick Perry was a very entertaining speaker.  He had lots of energy on stage. His presentation centered around his experience as a governor and he touched on current politics. The audience was mostly company executives, so part of his speech covered his views on the current business climate and his experience […]

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  • A photo of Walt Coleman refereeing an NFL game.

    Walt Coleman

    Type: Speaker Review Overview: If your audience likes stories about the NFL, then Walt Coleman is a great choice for a presenter.  The message of his presentation was centered on turning boos into cheers.  Drawing on stories from his experience being booed on the football field, Walt presents a positive message about how to turn […]

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  • A headshot of Polly Labarre, a speaker at a recent Tri-Marq event.

    Polly LaBarre

    Type: Speaker Review Overview: Polly LaBarre is a founding member of Fast Company magazine and author of the book Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win. Her presentation is primarily about leadership.  She includes many stories about successful CEO’s and large companies.  Her message seemed to resonate with the audience. Her […]

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  • A headshot of Erik Qualman, a speaker at a recent Tri-Marq event.

    Erik Qualman

    Type: Keynote Speaker Overview: Eric Qualman speaks about digital leadership and innovation.  We have worked with Erik many times over the years.  The client has always been happy with the message and the audiences’ have been engaged and entertained.  The audience size has ranged from 150 to 900. Pros: His presentation is a combination of […]

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  • A photo of Michael Phelps at a recent Tri-Marq event.

    Michael Phelps

    Type: Keynote It has been a while since my last post. I have been on the road constantly the last month or so going from one event to the next. Lots of reviews and posts will follow. I am excited about today’s post because it is a review of an exciting and very new person […]

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  • Photo of an ultrawide screen during AV setup at a recent Tri-Marq event.

    My Preference vs. Venue Preference

    Search Google for in-house AV versus outside production company and you get a long list of articles and blog posts complaining about venues requiring the use of their preferred in-house AV company. Our opinion is a little different from many of those writing these articles and posts because we don’t own AV equipment. As event […]

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  • A photo of Guy Kawasaki at a recent Tri-Marq event

    Guy Kawasaki

    Type: Keynote, Former Chief Evangelist at Apple Pros: Guy Kawasaki is said to be one of the only people in the world to have worked for Steve Jobs twice and survived. Stories and anecdotes about the early days of Apple like this are mixed in throughout Guy’s presentation. These stories alone may make him a […]

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  • A photo of the Bandaloop performers dancing on the side of a building at Conexpo-Con/Agg 2014.


    Type: Opening Act – Vertical Dance Overview: After a performance by Bandaloop, the audience had only amazing things to say. If you are looking for reactions like “breath-taking” and “amazing” after a performance, then Bandaloop is an act worth considering. Performers from Bandaloop (a vertical dance company) dance on the sides of buildings or suspended […]

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  • The creative mornings logo.

    Be a Creative Morning Person

    In a creative industry, I think we are always keeping our eye out for inspiration. We’re looking for a moment that sparks an idea or fires us up about a project. Recently I’ve noticed that these moments come from collaborating and surrounding myself with other creatives—those people that have the same but completely opposite brain […]

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  • A drone shot of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida, the site of a recent Tri-Marq event.

    Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

    Amelia Island, FL Overview: For an Amelia Island property, there is quite a bit of ballroom and meeting space available at this hotel. Ballrooms: There are three ballrooms ranging from the largest, the Magnolia, to the Cumberland, which is the smallest, and a mid-size ballroom called the Amelia Ballroom.  A second ballroom is located in an adjacent […]

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  • An aerial shot of the Meritage resort

    Meritage Resort & Spa

    Napa, CA Overview: There are not a lot of properties in Napa that can host a corporate event. The Meritage in Napa is one that works well for small or medium sized events. One of the things I liked best about this property was that it felt like the event “owned” the property. I think because it isn’t […]

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  • An aerial shot of the Terranea Resort, the site of a recent Tri-Marq event.

    Terranea Resort

    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (near Los Angeles) Overview: When I need a high-end resort to hold an event, this is the first place that comes to mind. Located about 40 miles from LAX (closer to Long Beach airport) this is truly a gorgeous property. Ballrooms: The property has a couple of large ballrooms and multiple breakout rooms. Rigging in […]

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  • A photo of David Marquet speaking at a recent Tri-Marq event.

    David Marquet

    Type: Keynote, expert on leadership and organizational design David is an energetic speaker whose claim to fame is his success as a Navy Captain. During his time in the Navy, he took over the lowest ranked submarine, and through superb leadership skills, turned it into the highest performing sub in the US Navy. Pros: Very […]

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