Sodexo Conferencing Blog

Event Spotlight: St. Patrick's Day

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

This year the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House held their annual fundraiser on March 6th at the Millennium Centre. The theme was St. Patrick’s Day Bash and it was filled with all things green and rainbow colored! There was an excellent silent auction and all of the money raised wen to the Ronald McDonald House. Here is a quick peek into the event this year. 

IACC Approved Venues

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Our Sodexo Conferencing meeting venues are IACC approved locations for meetings. As an IACC approved Conference Center, Sodexo Conferencing properties such as the Millennium Centre, Conference Center at Waltham Woods, and San Ramon Valley Conference Center offer CMP (complete meeting package) rates. These rates feature inclusive services with everything from audio visual technology and high speed Internet, to continuous food breaks, conference dining, and ergonomically designed meeting rooms. Our facilities and on-site conference service managers strive to ensure that your meeting gives you all you need for comfort and productivity. To find out more about these two properties, visit their websites: Millennium Centre and San Ramon Valley Conference Center.

25th Silver Screen Event

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The Millennium Centre was transformed this weekend for the 25th Annual Spirit Gala. It is an annual event put on by the Mountain States Foundation to celebrate how far Niswonger Children’s hospital has come and the outlook for the future. The theme for the evening was “Silver Screen” and everyone was dressed to the nines.  Congratulations on a wonderful evening celebrating the past and the present!

Sodexo Pinspiration

Mandy Volpe - Monday, July 14, 2014

We have been pinnin’ up a storm of good ideas for you over on our Sodexo Pinterest page. There is a combination of great food ideas to make your event special along with décor ideas that meeting planners can incorporate at our venues. Keep in mind that many of our properties are in great locations that you can draw inspiration from in terms of decor and themes. You could incorporate a green or outdoor theme for locations like Pickwick Gardens or San Ramon Valley Conference Center. Tap into a varsity theme centered on football when choosing a location like The Millennium Centre. Whatever you decide for your theme, make sure it is "Pin Worthy" and will leave your guests talking about the atmosphere for months to come. 

Move Beyond the Cubicle

Mandy Volpe - Friday, June 06, 2014

Why host your event at a cookie cutter location when there are unique conference and event centers around the country.  Take for example the Millennium Centre in Tennessee. Explore the venue that has both indoor and outdoor locations to accommodate weddings, corporate brainstorming sessions, or events.

When needing to break out of the cubicle walls or a corporate conference room location that is at your office, visit one of our Conference Centers. They offer a break from the typical 9-5 office job while creating an engaging environment for your employees to interact outside of the work environment. Off-site meetings

Rocking Events at The Millennium Centre

Mandy Volpe - Friday, March 14, 2014

We’re talking green meetings today, and not the kind that are green initiatives or sustainable. While our Sodexo Conferencing venues have these certifications, we are talking green events in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Check out the recent special event at The Millennium Centre where everything was green, even down to the enhanced trees and the photo booth props. The event was a fundraiser for the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Festive New Year Event

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, February 04, 2014
The Millennium Centre kicked off the new year with a very festive event put on by the Mountain States Foundation.

The 2014 Spirit Gala benefited the Mountain States Radiation Oncology Services.

With over 400 people in attendance, the event was a huge success. The event committee did a great job of adding decor to the table and ceiling that brought a lot of color into the ballroom. We would like to thank the Mountain States Foundation for hosting this event at the Millennium Centre.

Facelift: Website Style

Mandy Volpe - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Michael Jackson once said, ‘If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.’

And that is exactly what we did…on our websites. A new year in Sodexo Conferencing came with a few new websites. Check out Black Canyon Conference Center, Desert Willow Conference Center, and The Millennium Centre.

The new homepage, larger graphics, and easy contact forms make event planning a breeze. Let us know what you like about the new sites.

Certified Meeting Professionals at Sodexo Conferencing Properties

Mandy Volpe - Friday, December 06, 2013
Sodexo Conferencing venues are represented by employees with fantastic expertise in the meetings industry. Meeting planners can feel confident that their conferences will be handled with the utmost care due to the prestigious Certified Meeting Professionals qualifications of the staff. The CMP program recognizes individuals who have achieved the industry's highest standard of professionalism in meeting management.

Recently Ken Misterly and Lori Keene (Pictured to the right) from The Millennium Centre passed their CMP exams. Ken and Lori join the following Sodexo Conferencing Family in passing the CMP:
Susan Armentrout, CMP from Desert Willow Conference Center Rick Tkachuk, CMP from Black Canyon Conference Center. 

Congratulations and a job well done!

Meeting Planner Summits

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, November 26, 2013
"The industry is changing every day and that puts more demand on planners," says Sean Anderson, VP of Operations for Sodexo Conferencing. As such, the company has heeded the call for more resources and learning opportunities by piloting a program of annual Meeting Planner Summits. Held at various Sodexo conference centers across the country, the popular series features actionable and relevant content targeted to professional conference and meeting planners.

Just this year, the Meeting Planner Summits were certified by the Convention Industry Council, allowing 12 continuing education credits for planners who attend a session.

Topics during the two days of education cover such issues as developing industry guidelines for determining capacity in non-traditional venues; finding methods for calculating meeting ROI; looking into the effect healthy eating has on an individual's ability to retain information in conference settings; and tips for managing contract attrition and negotiation.

The Millennium Center was the host of the Meeting Planner Summit held in May. Approximately 40 meeting planners attend for 2-days of education. Thank you to all of the planners who attended and we hope that you will join us for the next installment of the Meeting Planner Summit. If you attended the Summit, what educational takeaways did you benefit from the most?