In July 2018, Complete Crewing announced the appointment of a new CEO and majority owner, Dan Kantor.  Complete Crewing went on to have a record year, and we look forward to making 2019 even better.  We aren’t only excited for ourselves, either.  A new year brings new opportunities and experiences for the entire Events and Meeting Industry.  Take a look at just a few changes on the horizon and get ready to experience events like never before.

Face-to-Face Meetings Remain Important

Let’s start with a few statistics:

  • 41% of marketers believe that events are the single-most effective marketing channel over digital advertising, e-mail marketing, and content marketing. This is a 32% increase from 2017.
  • 84% of leadership believes in-person events are a critical component of their company’s success.
  • 81% of marketers believe that in the upcoming years, live events will become increasingly important to their organization’s success.

We are a social species.  We like in-person interactions, we like new environments, and we like leaving the office.  Live events with in-person attendance aren’t going away.  Meetings will only grow more social as we continue celebrating creativity through communication, with a renewed focus on getting out of our seats and away from our computers.

Memorable Events are in the Spotlight

Demand is increasing for one-of-a-kind, break-the-mold experiences.  Attendees look for interactive offerings, high levels of service, and a deeper sense of purpose.   Events need to entertain, inspire, engage and inform.  It will become increasingly important to choose venue locations that make it easy for attendees to do more.  We think that’s all the more reason to host in Chicago, which was voted “The World’s Best City for Having it All;” topped Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice for 2018 Best Big Cities in the U.S.; and, is home to one of the 12 coolest neighborhoods in the world.

Good for Business, Good for People

When Lodging Econometrics released its bi-annual Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report, it showed that the U.S. has 5,312 projects/634,501 rooms scheduled for completion.  New hotel openings continue to hit record levels.  If this continues, 2020 could see 1,250 new hotel openings in the U.S.  Who needs to use those hotels?  Event planners and attendees.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for meeting and event planners is expected to grow at a rate of 11% from 2016 to 2026.  In 2016, face-to-face meetings and events supported 5.9 million U.S. jobs and $104 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue.  Every dollar spent on meetings and events generated an additional $1.60 for the U.S. economy.  Just think how that could change as events grow in importance!  The Meetings and Events Industry directly supports the U.S. economy and American workers.  We think that alone is cause for celebration.

2019 is going to be great.  Let’s prepare for a year of expansion and purpose.  A year where events bring people together to make connections, solve problems, and have fun.  At Complete Crewing, we’re ready.

It’s holiday time, which means frightful weather, figgy pudding, and plenty of rockin’ around the Christmas tree!  Or something like that, anyways.  We think we can all agree that it definitely means a lot of activity and little rest – even when we have visions of pajamas and lazy mornings dancing in our heads.  We’re huge fans of a good time, but too little focus on nutrition and rest can lead to an overworked brain and body, which affects on-the-job judgment and energy.  We’re invested in the safety, health and welfare of people at work, so what can be done to enhance our health during this chaotic, but wonderful season?  Read on for tips on improving safety and productivity, while still having a grand old time.
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SANTA CLARA, CA – FEBRUARY 07: Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Floyd:  How did you first get into show business?

Bruce:  [laughs] Well, I grew up in West Texas, and I knew I was going to get into show business at an early age.

The only thing we could do with our three television channels back in those days was stay up late and watch late night movies. My mom and dad were irresponsible and never made me go to bed. [laughs]

In between a double header every night or on Friday nights, I don’t know if you remember this, they would do a little behind the scenes of the making of “The Planet of the Apes,” or this or that. I fell in love with the fact that there were real people creating these things and making movies. I saw Hollywood as this far away destination for a fun, fun, life and I was awestruck with the creative work.

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The events Bill creates are legendary for those who have the good fortune to be invited. I asked some guests what they recalled from the events they had attended:

 “I can tell you who some of the main acts were, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, The Eagles, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, James Brown, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Ziggy Marley.”

“I can not describe the place, where it was, what was there, what happened, the food, the sensation, but when it happens again I want be there, you want be there.”

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Floyd:  Tell me how you got into the business.

Ken:  That’s a long story, [laughs]

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Floyd (Complete Crewing): Tell me about your first job in the business. How did you get it and what was it?

Bob:  I got started in the business playing hockey in Des Plaines and Rolling Meadows, IL. On my Rolling Meadows team was Don Carone. Don Carone is the younger brother of Robert Carone, who owns Upstaging. This was in the infant years of Upstaging with just maybe 12 to 24 lights in the family garage in Mount Prospect. I think that I was 15 years old.

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