Hundreds of event professionals from around the world flocked to Las Vegas this month for a week full of learning, discovering, networking, and fun! The 2013 Idea Factory was packed full of new ideas, fresh trends, business lessons, exciting events, and networking with event pros from around the world. From the dozens of sessions at the Mirage Hotel to the thousands of products on the Expo floor, the show set to rejuvenate and prepare attendees for the year ahead in the industry. Here are highlights from the week's events!
o Advisory Board members Lenny Talarico and Laura Schwartz, and SEARCH Foundation chairman Rick Turner welcomed attendees to another exciting year at the Idea Factory before inviting David Tutera to the stage to welcome our keynote speaker, Dina Manzo. Dina enlightened attendees with stories of her journey in the event industry and the lessons she has learned along the way. "You need to use both sides of your brain (Right for creative design; Left for logical decision-making) and your heart to excel in your designs," says Dina. "By bringing meaning to the events you produce and inspiring your clients, you will stand out". Joined by her assistant Luke, the two lightened the environment with back and forth banter, helpful suggestions and highlights from successful past events.
o Platinum show sponsor CORT Event Furnishings introduced their new line of "Into the Wild" products at the Idea Factory, providing furniture for the Attendee Lounge. The lounge was turned into an exciting jungle themed event on Sunday night, complete with champagne, industry professionals, and even a live snake! Dina Manzo entered the party for a book signing and was quickly joined by fellow Lovegevity Wedding Planning Institute instructors Cho Philips, Richard Hallmarq, of Project Runway, and Naima Mora, of America's Next Top Model.
o After the festivities in the Attendee Lounge subsided, attendees headed out to the Mirage Pool for the annual Welcome Reception. Event Solutions attendees gathered in the warm Vegas weather to meet and network with the Advisory Board and other event professionals before heading in to prepare for the days ahead.