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Without the perfect speaker, a meeting or event can be a total bust. With 75 professional chapters and 350 collegiate chapters, the American Marketing Association (AMA) knows this better than anyone. The AMA is constantly producing programming and looking for the best speakers for various events, and found a need for an easier way to connect meeting planners with marketing event speakers. In order to create a solution, the AMA and Orate teamed up to produce the Speakers Bureau, a digital resource designed to help event planners search for the most relevant speaker for their next event. “We have a lot of people, both from our chapters and from outside the AMA, coming to us for solutions for their events. So we’re looking to be sort of a conduit, connecting people with content and thought leadership,” says Barbra Grobicki, AMA’s chief alliance officer. “We wanted to give as much attention to this platform as possible, so it could be a resource for anybody searching for marketing speakers.”

The Speakers Bureau is open to all marketers, and allows meeting planners to easily search through thousands of speakers on their own, or post an event and budget so speakers can come to them. This centralized resource makes it easy to narrow down the search for the perfect speaker. 

Texas has many uniting themes throughout the state, and one is a pride in the state’s history and natural beauty. The state’s wide variety of museums and botanical gardens is a testament to that pride, and these locations—which range in focus from the history of Dr Pepper to the oil industry to state wildlife and more—can make for the perfect (not to mention memorable) venue for a meeting or event. Many museums have several venue spaces to offer, making it easy to customize an event based on size, technology and set-up needs, and overall vibe.

 

The Highland Lakes Region extends from Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin to 100 miles outside the city to Lake Buchanan. The chain of seven lakes formed from a series of dams along the Colorado River offer opportunities to boat, kayak, fish and swim while taking in the Texas Hill Country. 

It’s a “serene environment,” says Salina McCullough, sales and programs manager at Canyon of the Eagles, “away from the hustle and bustle of the city.”

 

In the up-and-coming east Austin area in Texas, ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants is building a new boutique hotel. Located on the corner of East 6th and Chicon St., this will be ARRIVE's second location. The new hotel will have 83 rooms and will open in the spring of 2019.