Calling their office “small but mighty,” the team at Visit Conroe includes Director Shannon Overby, Servicing Coordinator Rebekah Kolb, Group Sales Manager Alex Zavoyna, and Marketing Manager Jodi Willard. The four provided Texas Meetings + Events with a glimpse into their daily operations

M+E: What does the Visit Conroe team love about promoting Conroe?

Visit Conroe’s success is in part due to all the exciting things the city has going on in terms of new hotels, new restaurants, breweries, a newfound energy in a growing historic downtown area, and multiple music festivals throughout the year. Visit Conroe’s success is also due to the fact that each of us truly loves our job. We love promoting Conroe because each of us, for our own reasons, enjoys Conroe and wants to share that with others, and that comes out when we talk about it with people.  

M+E: Why should groups choose Conroe to meet or gather for an event?

Conroe offers a natural escape from the city without compromising on amenities. From the moment you arrive in Conroe, you know you are somewhere special. The drive into town is framed by impressive towering pines followed by stunning views of 22,000-acre Lake Conroe that sits at the center point of the city. Margaritaville Lake Resort resides on the shores of Lake Conroe and features 72,000 square feet of event space, including 20 IACC-certified [previously known as the International Association of Conference Centres] meeting rooms and 335 suites. Margaritaville opened as a new property in June 2020 and offers groups the opportunity for some ‘serious learning, serious fun!’

Conroe also boasts an impressive culinary and craft beverage scene, an energetic downtown featuring nightly live music, rich arts and culture communities, and unique team-building experiences.

M+E: What are some local favorites?

Kolb: You can’t miss breakfast at Honor Cafe. I love the Avocado Toast with Egg. The cafe also has an amazing lunch menu—I suggest the enchiladas.

Overby: I have so many favorites. But I’d have to say, to eat at one of our newest venues, The Table at Madeley. It’s a food truck park and music venue. Or to grab a drink: margaritas on the deck of Fajita Jacks at Waterpoint Marina. The view of Lake Conroe is
so calming after a long day.

Willard: The Ferm Meadery is my favorite hot spot. If you haven’t had mead, this should be added to your must-try list. Stop by and learn how mead is made. Try the Berry Blitz! Exploring Lake Conroe is my favorite summer event. Cruise around on a boat or kayak, and take in all the beauty.

Zavoyna: To eat: Pie in the Sky (get The Cuban). To grab a drink and relax: This one is tough, but I will go with B52 Brewery. [There’s] something about sitting at a picnic table under a canopy of towering pines.

Planners looking for a destination with an array of venue types, all catering to small-scaled meetings, and fun after-hours entertainment need look no further than McKinney, located just 30 miles north of Dallas. Whether historic, nature-based, modern, or situated in a Croatian village, McKinney’s venues are designed to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.


Engage with peers and leaders in Plano, Texas, during this learning and networking event.

The Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus has announced the location of its 2023 Winter Conference. Attendees will gather in Plano, Texas, from January 17-20, 2023. The yearly event gives destination marketing organization staff and leadership the opportunity to learn from expert presenters, meet industry mentors, and find camaraderie in an atmosphere of learning and innovation.


Event hosts can choose whether the view rotates or stays put.

The iconic Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas will soon welcome a new restaurant, Crown Block steakhouse. Reunion Tower restaurants have been renown over the years for their slowly rotating view of the city. However, owners and husband-wife business partners Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau have chosen to keep the dining area stationary. The previous restaurant, Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty, spun 360 degrees, but it closed in 2020 during the pandemic.