Meeting Professionals International (MPI) St. Louis Bestows Swank with Honor
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 19, 2012 - - Swank Audio Visuals was honored as Supplier Partner of the Year by the St. Louis Area Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).
Tom Koch, Swank’s Regional Manager for the Missouri area, said, “Swank is the in-house audio visual provider for 14 properties in St. Louis, and we take great pride in treating our customers with a hospitality approach and striving to exceed their expectations. Swank was founded and is based in St. Louis, and we are celebrating our 75th anniversary this year. So this award from MPI St. Louis means even more during such a celebratory year within our Company.”
MPI St. Louis recognized Swank as a “well-known name in the community” and for its continuous support of their organization, through a strategic partnership to enhance membership, showing a strong representation at MPI events, volunteering for MPI, serving as a resource for their planners and suppliers and visibly contributing to the growth of both MPI and the community.
It was a night for celebrations as Swank Audio Visuals received the Supplier Partner of the Year at the MPI St. Louis annual Chapter Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 14, and on the same occasion, Lisa Schmidt, Director of Business Development for Swank’s Event Services division, received a scholarship from Ungerboeck Systems International to fund her trip to MPI’s World Education Congress. Koch said,
“Along with supporting national MPI at the Platinum level and local MPI St. Louis as a ‘Hall of Fame’ sponsor, Swank also supports this association through volunteerism and by attending luncheon meetings, presentations and other regular events, which helps build a strong relationship with the group. MPI St. Louis, which is made up of a great deal of the meeting planners and other industry business people that Swank services and supports each week, voted to give Swank this great award, which means so much more as it comes from the people that work directly with our Swank team and are able to see the difference Swank can make for them.”
Swank Audio Visuals has a rich legacy of providing superior expertise, creativity, full-service support and state-of-the-art technology for the hotel, resort, meeting and conference center industries. Provided with a hospitality approach, services include audio, video, video mapping, lighting, stage design, production, Internet connectivity, webcasting/webarchiving, 3D renderings and more for events of all sizes, from intimate gatherings to large conventions. As an industry leader, Swank developed SwankDraw, a unique proprietary iPad app that allows room renderings to be created instantly on-site. Swank also enhances clients’ meetings and events by engineering and offering Mobile Meeting Manager (M3), a customizable web-based app providing agendas, speaker information and more on attendees’ smartphones and tablets. Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, Swank Audio Visuals employs more than 1,600 talented professionals in approximately 375 destination resorts and hotels in 65 major markets, representing more than 165 cities in the U.S., Canada and UAE. Please visit www.swankav.com for more information.
Photo by Pam Bredenkamp, Signature Studio Creative Photography
From left, Mary Jo Misselhorn, Swank Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, and Tammy Joiner, Swank Director of St. Louis Operations, receive Swank Audio Visuals’ Supplier Partner of the Year award from Laura Teasdale, 2011-2012 MPI St. Louis Vice President of Membership.