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Meet our Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Meeting Planners

October 5, 2012

While hosting a large event can at first feel stressful, the top-notch staff at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest makes it as easy on you as possible.  From the facility’s beautiful, newly renovated décor to its premier chef, people who’ve hosted conferences, galas, reunions or weddings can’t believe how wonderful their event turns out.  The meeting planners are warm and personable yet detail oriented—absolute experts.

Lisa Medici, senior event planner

Lisa loves to collect all of the details and see an event come together successfully as planned.  Whether she’s working with the chef on a specific menu request, talking to the audio/visual expert or asking advice about implementing a creative décor concept, she gets great satisfaction out of her job.

“Thanks to our new renovation we have an excellent product, and we also have the quality to back up that product,” Lisa says.  “Our chef is extremely experienced and our staff bend over backwards to help you.  We definitely make our clients feel at home—we make an effort to find out their special needs or likes and dislikes, we pay attention to the little details.”

Lisa went to the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and has been in the hospitality industry for her entire working life.  She’s worked at a variety of country clubs and hotel facilities and has been in the industry for eight years.  She also loves developing relationships with her clients and making the process fun for them.

Cathy Dunn, catering and sales manager

Cathy is passionate about helping couples plan their perfect wedding, and she’s an expert after 30-plus years in the business.  She also enjoys planning galas, reunions, holiday parties and various meetings.  Cathy has a paralegal background, but once she worked in the hospitality industry she discovered a joy for the business.  She has been working at this premier Twin Cities wedding venue for more than 15 years.

“With social event planning, it’s someone’s personal budget so we’re always thinking out of the box and being creative.  I tell people ‘Nothing is impossible—if you want something we’ll figure out a way to make it happen,’” Cathy says.  “It fills my heart with joy when someone hugs me and says, ‘You made this event extra special.’”

Cathy says that what sets the team apart is how they connect with people, spend extra time if needed and are able to convey a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Katie Huffman, conference planner

Katie loves that her job is different every day and there’s never a dull moment.  She enjoys planning menus and décor and using her creativity to her clients’ benefit.

Katie went to the University of Minnesota Duluth and got her masters at St. Scholastica.  For the past seven years she’s worked at various properties, including some in the Duluth area.

“We’re more personable, we spend more time with our clients,” says Katie.  “And with the new renovation, it’s just beautiful—brand new décor, even our tables and linens, we have great lighting—we’re one of the best hotels in the Twin Cities.  At some places you see that, for example, the carpet is ripped and dingy—here it’s all a brand new space.”

Thanks to the combination of a newly renovated facility, top chef, amazing staff, and atmosphere that’s warm and welcoming, the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest is one of the absolute top event venues in Minneapolis.  The staff gets great satisfaction working with people to make their dream event a reality, and it shines through at the various events that take place.

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