Have you ever attended a conference where everything was just absolutely spot on perfect?  You know, the ones where they spelled your name right on your sleeping room reservation, where the timing of the snack breaks were perfectly meshed into the agenda just when your brain absolutely could not download yet another new topic until you consumed more caffeine.  Where the food smelled, looked and tasted delicious, where the bedrooms and facility were incredibly clean, where you weren’t hit with all of the additional wi-fi and parking charges, and where the front desk agent actually had a personality? 

Did you ever reflect, and think, “how could they have possibly made everything look so seamless?”

One word, folks.  Communication.

Your event planner will do the fabulous job of the behind the scenes logistics, as will we, but enabling a flawless event requires a huge amount of clear communication.

At CDEC, we practice extraordinary communication, not only with our staff, but with our meeting planners, and our guests.

We warmly greet, we listen, we provide, and you return.

We get the job done the first time, so that we get the privilege to welcome you a second time.

Communication (or lack thereof) is what will make or break your event.  We believe that listening and paraphrasing from both sides is vital towards the common goal of a successful event.

CDEC utilizes the internal acronym UROCK for each of our employees, with the obvious subliminal message that they clearly rock.  The additional meaning of UROCK is Uplifting, Resilient, Optimistic, Courteous, and Knowledgeable.  CDEC staff and management consistently implement the UROCK goal, not only towards each other, but with every guest, every single day.    

Our staff cannot wait to greet you with their welcoming smiles from the moment that you enter our facility, to wish you safe travels upon your departure, and to welcome you back with gratitude!


Ahhh. So you were the luck of the draw, the “chosen one.” Your boss has just assigned you with the task of planning your next company conference or training. Congrats, but since you are reading this, I can literally feel your hesitance through the screen. You are probably thinking, “Great, WHAT NOW!?”

From experience I can assure you that not only is your boss counting on you to choose the perfect venue, but he/she is also counting on you to choose a venue which falls within your allotted budget. If this is your first time planning a meeting, I will also tell you this, get used to the title of “miracle worker”, because sometimes event planners are expected to squeeze blood out of a turnip.

Let me also tell you, and not because I work here, but if you are looking for the best bang for your buck, as in the right venue at the right price, you are looking right at it.

So, put your thinking cap on, grab huge amounts of your favorite caffeinated beverage, and prepare for the most time consuming, and possibly the most attention to detail experience of your professional career. For the record, not all meeting planners are official “event planners”. We recognize that a good majority of our planners already wear many hats at their current jobs, and that this is just an extra task piled on their plate.

I am going to post a more lengthy explanation later regarding all of the “how to’s”, but regardless of your current job title, if you have just been asked to take on the monumental task of planning an event for your company, you are going to need a friend to help you along the way. If you have chosen our facility, say hello to me, your new bff. Every event planner needs a side kick, the person who walks them through all stages from beginning to end.

I’ve got you. I won’t just assist prior to your event. I will be with you, onsite, every step of the way!

Take a look at our conference and event tab, solidify your preferred event date, and give me a shout! I look forward to speaking with you regarding sleeping room and classroom availability, as well as meals and special event ideas towards making your meeting a huge success.

See you soon!

Networking is key!

I will be sharing a logistical step by step post in the future in regards to dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s towards planning a successful meeting.

However, in the interim, I want to share a little secret with you.

Although the content of your meeting is of great importance, and all of your attendees will hopefully gain value in the materials that your training will provide, as a planner, you need to ask yourself one question.

What will my attendees remember about this conference? What is their main take away?

By nature, human beings like to enjoy themselves. They will value the seriousness and purpose of your conference, but after a long day of speaking engagements and participating in corporate discussions, they will need and want a break.

In comes your time to shine, and by default, time for your event to become a huge success!

Your evening dinner event will provide your participants with a much needed break, and with the opportunity to socialize and network. Enjoying fellowship with nourishment and beverage will allow your guests time to really get to know their colleagues, and time to foster lasting working relationships and memories.

But it’s not just about the food and drinks, and the right place to enjoy both, it is about ambiance. Think theme. Mr. Jones might not remember discussing company policies in a conference setting, but I can assure you that if the same conversation presents itself while his boss is particpating in a luau lesson, or wearing a mask and beads at a mardi gras celebration, the topic will be much more memorable. Believe it or not, valuable company issues can and have been discussed while the entire team is taking the time to let their hair down.

Let your attendees be given the opportunity to enjoy themselves, but be sure and provide them with a fabulously themed event to allow them to do so.

Remember, networking is key!

Why should you choose CDEC?

Why should you choose our location for your next conference?

Hmmmm.  To be honest, there are too many reasons to list, but I will give it my best shot.

Firstly, our staff is bar none.  We assure you that every time you encounter one of our team members, you will receive a warm greeting.  Not only do we provide our employees with extensive customer service training, but our HR Department purposely hires individuals who have the ability to “want” to provide a professional hospitality experience for each of our guests.

Second, we strive to foster an encouraging environment where every single one of our team members are made aware that they truly make a difference, and as such, they are held accountable and take pride in assuring that every area is in tip top shape in anticipation for the arrival of our guests, and that every service provided meets above standard expectations.

Lastly, it is our goal to assist in making your conference or training a success.  Your success is our success, and as a result, we will assist you during your entire conference planning from the inception to the conclusion (pre planning, on site coordination, post meeting).

After you take a moment to view our testimony and photo tabs, it is our hope that our website will aid in your decision-making process.

At CDEC we pride ourselves on offering personalized service, with vast knowledge of event planning.  Our flexibility in services, has allowed us to build strong client relationships, keeping our clients returning to us time and time again.  We always try to answer with a “yes.”  If there is ever a remote possibility of a “no”, we make every effort to offer an alternate solution. 

If you choose CDEC you will not be disappointed.

The New Norm

Hey, we get it.  Let’s just be real about the whole mask wearing thing.   As it applies to whomever, the masks are sometimes cumbersome, smash your ears if you don’t have the right fit, mess up the makeup, muffle your speech and make you sound like a mixture of Charlie Brown’s teacher and Darth Vader, stick to your beard or mustache, and are just completely awkward to get used to wearing. 

However, proving that our CDEC team can adapt to any challenge, as can our guests, and because your safety and ours is totally worth it, we have implemented guidelines and precautions regarding social distancing and wearing of masks.

Please rest assured that if you have confirmed a future conference at CDEC, that we will continue to adhere to all necessary adaptations to ensure that the health and safety of our guests is our number one priority.

Why I Started the CDEC Blog

Several months ago, I arrived home after a long day at work. I kicked off my shoes, said hello to the pup, and prepared dinner for both of us. We headed outside to the terrace to enjoy some fresh air. As I sipped my chai latte, my exhausted brain began to download. I thought about my work day. More specifically, I thought about one of the event planners with whom I recently had the pleasure of assisting. I work with event planners on a daily basis, but this one in particular, really pulled at my heartstrings in a corporate sense, as she was clearly completely frazzled. She was in charge of a very large conference, and it was her first assignment. Unfortunately, she had not proactively gone through the critical steps required to plan an event. When “show time” began, and hundreds of guests including her superiors began to simultaneously fire requests her way, she began to panic. Our team was happily able to tackle each of the interceptions she encountered, and because all of our resolves were done behind the scenes, we were able to quickly extinguish all concerns while continuing to allow our event planner to shine.

If you are an event planner, you completely understand my “show time” reference.  When the big event arrives, everyone is on stage, and you are the key player.

As I continued reviewing my day, I found myself daydreaming and staring at one of the large trees in our front yard.  It seemed as though its role was to help everyone.  It was providing shade for the pup, one of its lower branches held the small house for a wandering finch, and the limbs of its upper branch was extended to meet and greet the daily red cardinal visit.  I also noticed that the massive length of its tippy top branch was waiting to comfort the hurried squirrel, and it provided every passerby with a sense of peace with its brilliant colored leaves.   All of the tree’s responsibilities could not be accomplished without the roots, aka; the standard operating procedure, the foundation, the detailed steps that were taken from its conception to allow it to grow into a seasoned mature entity that has the ability to fulfill its purpose.

It occurred to me that the role of an event planner is similar to this tree.  Their entire purpose is to provide a service that is unmatched, and the ability to extend a hand to every single one of their guests.  This process requires a foundation, and proper steps to ensure success.

At CDEC, our purpose is the same.  When your organization utilizes our facility, all hands are on deck, and we are always happy to provide above satisfactory service to ensure that your event is flawless.

This blog is to assist our event planners with industry tips, to provide any of our “bloggies” with the inside scoop in terms of what goes on behind the scenes, and to remind all of our guests that we will always provide service with a smile.