Overheard at the EMA


Our triannual Elite Meetings Alliance brings together qualified meeting planners and luxury hotel representatives from around the world for a weekend of quality networking and good times. As you would expect, these attendees have a lot to say about the industry, the event, and the venue. I’ve overheard some compelling conversations and compiled a list of phrases that sum up our experience in Las Vegas:

  1. “A safe haven.”

While sipping on my morning coffee, I overheard these words used to describe one meeting planner’s opinion of our host hotel, Vdara Hotel & Spa. As a smoke-free, game-free property, Vdara is a genuine anomaly in Las Vegas; a literal breath of fresh air. Staying at Vdara gives you the opportunity to access the flurry of activity that is Vegas fairly easily, with the ability to return to a clean, friendly, and relatively mellow sanctuary.

  1. “Better. Stronger.”

In the wake of, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest acquisitions of our industry, many planners and hoteliers were wondering: What’s next for Elite Meetings and Cvent? Our fearless leader and CEO, Kelly Foy, took the stage to give attendees a snapshot into the future of Elite, what the acquisition means for the industry, and what an Elite-Cvent union looks like. He sums it up in two powerful words: “Better. Stronger.”

The dust of a major acquisition has begun to settle, revealing an industry power couple unlike any other. Now with the resources, manpower, and technology to tackle previously unattainable projects, Elite Meetings International and Cvent are poised to emerge as the premier vehicle for online group booking tools.

  1. “Trombone for the win!”betterstronger3

…heard from a hyper-stoked attendee during the Jam Session kick-off event sponsored by Hello! Las Vegas. Attendees were grouped into instrument-themed teams and paired with orchestra students from local Foothill High School. Teams then competed to put together the best 30-second jingle using a collection of instruments. The winning teams’ respective student representative would walk away with a brand-new orchestra instrument of their very own. Unbeknownst to the students: they would all be walking away with shiny new string instruments. Tears were shed and hugs were given on the stage while the students unpacked their cellos, violins, and stand-up basses. ‘Twas truly an unforgettable evening for everyone involved.

Ross Monnich

Ross Monnich

Ross Monnich works as an Associate in the Planner Communications division at Elite. He finds inspiration in the sea, Mexican food, and expertly crafted Spotify playlists.


  • Deanna
    May 6, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Great post Ross! I love the takeaway phrases and it is beautifully written. Sounds like the EMA was a huge success as always!

  • Kurt Monnich
    May 8, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Great writings young man! You make a parent proud!

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