Hagerty Center, Dennos win meeting, cultural awards

Best of 2011 - Michigan Meetings + EventsTRAVERSE CITY -- Readers of Michigan Meetings + Events magazine have named the Hagerty Conference Center Michigan's Best Meeting/Event Venue (no hotel) outside metro Detroit, and the Dennos Museum Center the Best Cultural Venue outside Metro Detroit.

Winners of the sixth annual readers' choice awards were announced in the magazine's summer issue. Among the comments readers made:

Judy Levin, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Schmidt, calls the Dennos Museum “an important part of Northern Michigan cultural events,” including the Traverse City Film Festival. (Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center is one of five community venues used by the TCFF.) “Having this versatile building really makes a difference in our presentations,” she notes.

Of the Hagerty Center, "(Director) Nathan Glidden and his staff surpassed all expectations,” says Valerie Thornburg, marketing coordinator of Corporate Title Agency. “They hit the event out of the park for us.”

In 2009 the Hagerty Center was named runner-up in the Best Meeting/Event Venue Outside Metro Detroit category.

Noting the competition for the award, Hagerty Center director Nate Glidden said it is truly an honor to win.

"We're very pleased to have been in the same league with (nominees) like The Lansing Center, DeVos Place and Bay Harbor Inn over the past couple of years. Our team of professionals is first class, which is the only way a hospitality operation like ours can truly be successful," Glidden said.

NMC as a whole also was named a runner-up in the College or University venue category.

The Best Of awards are designed to honor the cream of the crop in the regional meetings and events industry and celebrate the hard work and above-and-beyond service of suppliers who help planners be at the top of their game.

Release date: May 24, 2011

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