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Earle Brown Spotlight:
Mary Spah

It's no surprise that one of the most recognizable faces on the Earle Brown campus belongs to
Mary Spah. As Director of Sales, Mary gets to collaborate with every client that walks through
our doors-from corporate event planners to newly engaged couples-and she is legendary for doing it
all with a big smile and a pep in her step.


It is Mary's personality, along with her attention to detail and dedication to the people she works with day-in and day-out that has allowed her to build lasting relationships throughout her 15-year tenure
at Earle Brown. "They are friendships that will last a lifetime," she says from behind a pair
of glittered glasses frames.  


In an industry that is constantly evolving to embrace new trends and styles, Mary's expertise has never failed to delight clients and coworkers-and the proof is in her bookings through 2017. Recently, though, she has taken the greatest pleasure in applying that expertise to our new website that will be launching in early 2014. 


When she isn't planning for work, Mary is planning trips to see family or (fingers crossed)
visit Austria to sing on the side of a mountain like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.
To unwind after a long day, she relaxes with her husband and her "other children," Winston,
a Bichon, and Olivia, a Chinchilla Persian, in order to rejuvenate and get ready to literally
"do it all" again with gusto the next morning.

Face-to-Face Meetings


Conference calls. Webinars. Email. Texting. Technology is becoming increasingly widespread in today's meetings and events industry. In fact, it is now possible to plan
and execute everything from strategic planning sessions to trade shows without
so much as picking up the phone. They're convenient, for sure, but whether those digital shortcuts offer the best method for building relationships and achieving business goals is another question.  


New mobile phones and tablets aside, studies1 show face-to-face meetings are often the best choice when you want to capture the attention of your audience or stimulate relationship building. So, how do you take advantage of those situations when you do get a chance to meet team members or clients in person? By brushing up on that face-to-face meeting etiquette. Below, we've listed a few tips for making the most of your next face-to-face meeting.  

Arrive on Time. This creates a positive impression and allows you to do some networking or get organized before refocusing your attention on the team or client.


Dress Appropriately. It is almost always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.
Make a Good First Impression. Shake hands firmly, take the chance to formally introduce yourself and always have a business card available to share.


Take a Break from Technology. Don't waste this opportunity by checking email or opening a chat application. Also, keep your cell phone off the table.
Engage! People are generally more committed to conversation and idea sharing when they're all in the same room, but only if everyone participates.
1. Duffy, Christine, and Mary Beth McEuen. "The Future of Meetings: The Case for Face-to-Face." Cornell University School of Hotel     Administration. 2010. Web.


Partnership with Local Hotels

When planning your next event at
Earle Brown, consider taking advantage of the convenience afforded by the location and amenities of our partner hotels-just minutes from our front door.


We have partnered with Embassy Suites Minneapolis - North, Country Inn & Suites Brooklyn Center and The Minneapolis Boulevard Hotel to provide a more convenient way for you and your attendees and guests to start and end their day. In addition to their convenient location, each hotel offers free shuttles to and from our venue, along with free parking and breakfast.


Each partner hotel also has its own unique perks. The Embassy Suites Minneapolis - North features breakfast cooked-to-order and an Evening Reception in the hotel lobby. The Country Inn & Suites Brooklyn Center offers complimentary Wi-Fi and guest laundry facilities, in addition to being pet friendly. Finally, The Minneapolis Boulevard Hotel boasts a commitment to minimizing its carbon footprint by using locally sourced foods and LED lighting.  


Whether you book a meeting or wedding with Earle Brown, choosing lodging and transportation can easily be crossed off your to-do list, allowing you and your guests to focus on the most important part of the day-the event!  

Wedding Tidbits
In Scotland, it is considered unlucky to 
eat green vegetables
at a wedding. 

On average, 7,000 couples marry each day in the 
United States.

In America, T.V. soap opera weddings attract more viewers than a presidential address. 
Holiday Tidbits  
Given the different 
time zones, Santa has
31 hours to deliver gifts, which means he has
to visit 823 homes
per second. 

The World Record for the Largest Gingerbread Man weighed in at 466 lbs. 
(And he was baked in Rochester, Minnesota!)

American mistletoe, 
the kind most often associated with kissing during the holidays,
is one of 1,300 species
of mistletoe worldwide. 

Proud to present you. 
Call us today at 763-569-6300 to get started.

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