If we think about memorable meetings as works of art where planners are the painters, then suppliers could be considered the canvases on which these wonderful events take form.  As part of our Think Big Meetings contest, we asked suppliers to tell us about their best events and what helped make them unique—including images of the venues.

The response we got exceeded our expectations. We’ve showcased all of the submissions on our Think Big Meetings board on Pinterest, but the 3 winners below included a little something special—an extra brushstroke of inspiration, if you will.

Hotels and Properties Think Big Meetings Winners

 Hillary Smith, CMP, CSEP of Koncept Events crafted a luxurious offsite spectacle for her event “Havana Nights.”

The Keep Memory Alive Event Center—designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry—is a work of art in its own right. In this wonderful venue, hosts for the Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA Event artfully blended the contemporary setting with classic rockers Sammy Hagar, Slash and others to create an event that nobody will soon forget.

Steven Klein of Hollywood Beach Marriott focused his meeting on the most important subjects of all—his own staff. Couple that concept with s’mores and, well, you can see why his submission was chosen along with the others as winners in the supplier category of our Think Big Meetings contest.

Of course, we’d also like to thank everyone who participated in our contest. Sharing your pictures, stories and events helped many people become aware of fabulous event ideas and locations they might not otherwise have known about.

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In the meantime, this is not the end of Think Big Meetings. There are lots more surprises to come in the coming weeks, so keep up with the latest information by searching the #ThinkBigMeetings hashtag on Twitter.

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