Event Portfolio

Interactive Networking Events

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A Night at the Races and Global Team Trivia Challenge

Location: Ditka's Steak House

Client: CTC

Synopsis:
A financial services company was in town for a large conference. As a special outing, they treated their high-level executives to a true Chicago-style steak dinner, and brought in CEI to encourage interaction. We had some trivia questions for them to earn money, and then they bet on some horse races.

McDonald's Treasury Department Holiday Party

Location: Hard Rock Hotel

Client: McDonald's Corporation

Synopsis:
To celebrate another successful year, McDonald's Treasury Department held an 'Old Hollywood' style evening at the hard Rock Hotel. To add to the atmosphere, CEI provided a DJ, Green Screen Photographer and Marilyn Monroe impersonator who posed for photos and sang a song.

Rock Star Challenge

Location: Hilton O'Hare

Client: ACCESS Destination Services

Synopsis:
This Rock Star Challenge for a major consumer products company featured four "Rock Star" Challenges including Music Trivia Challenge (test their music knowledge using a lockout light system), Rock Stars Flip (attempt to flip a tarp over while the entire band stands on top of it), Human Chain (move hoops through their human chain, without releasing hands) and Rock Star Riddles & Puzzles (solve riddles and puzzles ciphers).

Welcome Reception

Location: Intercontinental Chicago

Client: ACCESS DMC

Synopsis:
To encourage guests to interact and mingle at their client's Welcome Reception, ACCESS DMC teamed up with CEI to produce Hollywood themed activities. Match Up challenged guests to match famous movie quotes with famous actors that said it. Make Your Mark gave guests the opportunity to make a lasting hand print on their exclusive 'Wall of Fame' for all to see. The event was well received and many new relationships were fostered.

Blackberry Rock Star

Location: Marriott O'Hare

Client: On The Scene Chicago

Synopsis:
CEI worked with a local DMC to help with an interactive activity during dinner for this major cellular phone company. Teams had a blast participating in Guitar Hero and Rock Band Karaoke.

A Trip Around the Bases - Baseball Themed Networking Activity

Location: Chicago Cubs Rooftop at 3617 N. Sheffield

Client: Eved Services

Synopsis:
A recently merged pharmaceutical company celebrated their new company name by incorporating one of CEI's Greet & Meet activities, A Trip Around the Bases, at a Chicago Cubs rooftop party space. Over 125 participants competed in a series of "inning" challenges that included creating a team sign to be shown in the 7th Inning Stretch, finding people in their region matching certain characteristics, solving Chicago, Cubs and company trivia questions and creating a jumbo baseball card of their team's "MVP." The energy and personal connections created by this activity was equally in intensity only by the excitement of watching a Cubs baseball game from a roof deck view!

Night at the Races and Casino

Location: The Drake Hotel

Client: Kuoni Destination Management, Inc.

Synopsis:
Kuoni tapped CEI for an evening of fun for their client. After meetings all day, this group got to relax and network while betting on the horses. After 6 races, players cashed in their winnings for casino chips and tried their luck on Black Jack, Poker, Craps and Roulette. Top winners received their choice of a half-case of wine, or a gift card.

A Night At The Races

Location: Marriott Chicago

Client: Kuoni Destination Management Inc.

Synopsis:
Over 300 dermatology physician assistants kicked off their annual conference with an evening of fun and betting on the ponies, each horse with a customized name that fit the group. At the end of the night the raffle drum was overflowing with winning tickets received from guests lucky enough to pick a few winners!

A Night at the Races

Location: Hamburger University

Client: Prism Entertainment

Synopsis:
As an interactive part of their annual holiday party, this waste management giant added A Night At The Races. Guests bet on ponies and earned raffle tickets for prizes.

A Night At The Races

Location: W Hotel - City Center

Client: TBA Global

Synopsis:
A software developer hosted A Night At The Races for a fun, interactive end to a day of meetings with one of their clients. Guests got a chance to network, have some food and drink, and bet on the races. About 125 people attended and vied for prizes like a Garmin GPS system, Wii video gaming system and iPods.

So Ya Wanna Be A Rock Star

Location: Hard Rock Hotel

Client: TBA Global

Synopsis:
TBA Global called upon CEI to provide rock stations for a class ring supplier to continue their "national tour" theme. About 120 people enjoyed drinks and dinner while having the chance to try Guitar Hero and put together their very own Rock Band.

Our Path Forward Coaching Reception

Location: Palmer House Hilton

Client: Eved Services

Synopsis:
Helped custom design an interactive reception featuring coaches (subject matter experts) at multiple activity stations to help spark discussion on the importance of one-on-one coaching/training which was the subject of the participants' meetings the remainder of the week. Interactive coaching stations included golf, basketball, vocal skills and wine appreciation.

Kentucky Derby Days - Spring Celebration

Location: Flossmoor Country Club

Client: Prism Entertainment

Synopsis:
As a Spring Celebration/ retirement party for one of the members of their team, this small group from an international oil company got together with their families for dinner and betting on the horses as we recreated the Kentucky Derby for them.

Employee Appreciation Party

Location: The Chateau

Client: Marie Albert

Synopsis:
CEI helped a printing company celebrate their employee milestones and successes at the annual Employee Appreciation Party. CEI's team traveled to Bloomington, IL to produce a winning "Night at the Races" and "Vaudevillian-style show." Guests enjoyed betting on the horses and a chance to win various prizes. But, most of all, they enjoyed the amazing talents of David Kovac's Random Acts of Magic.

A Night at the Races

Location: Westin

Client: Chicago Travel Consultants

Synopsis:
Men and women from around the country gathered for an evening of fun and betting on the horses. Play money was purchased with all proceeds going to build a college fund for the son of a co-worker. An auction of items wrapped up the evening.

A Day at the Races

Location: Cafe Brauer

Client: USG Corporation

Synopsis:
CEI provided the back drop for a fun afternoon of networking and teambuilding after morning meetings. Teams got some money to spend and bet in order to make the greatest amount possible. They could bet on any of the eight horse races, try their skill at the race-themed game stations, or test their USG and product knowledge at the trivia station. Between some races, the teams went head-to-head at select stations to win even more money!

Team Networking Experience

Location: Doubletree Skokie

Client: Waterton Residential

Synopsis:
The goal for this event was to have fun, but also have 60 participants become better acquainted. We started out with write your own trivia contest during dinner, then teams got switched around to build the ultimate residence, complete with activities and marketing.

A Night At The Races

Location: Galleria Marchetti

Client: QTG (Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade)

Synopsis:
CEI helped select a venue and then produce a high-spirited end of the year celebration for 300 QTG finance professionals. Activities included video horse races to bet on, horse racing theme game stations, Karaoke and a prize raffle that included over 25 fantastic prizes!

Full House Networking Reception

Location: Grand Geneva Resort

Client: USG Corporation

Synopsis:
Produced a networking event for USG Financial Managers Retreat's opening reception that involved collecting information about other attendees on five different playing cards. This program set the tone for an interactive meeting that followed.

A Night at the Races

Location: Pheasant Run Resort

Client: The Theme Machine

Synopsis:
CEI was brought in to provide interaction to this Derby themed networking event and did so allowing guests to "bet on the ponies" to win fabulous prizes.

A Night at the Races with Game Stations

Location: Sheraton Chicago

Client: On the Scene Destination Management

Synopsis:
For this post trade show reception guests were invited to purchase tickets to bet on the ponies, or play horse-themed games to win chances to enter a raffle for several terrific prizes.

A Night At The Races

Location: Marriott O'Hare

Client: Prism Entertainment

Synopsis:
Following a day of meetings, participants had a chance to let loose, network and bet the ponies at their Night At The Races celebration.

A Night At The Races

Location: Marriott O'Hare

Client: Prism Entertainment

Synopsis:
Following a day of meetings, participants had a chance to let loose, network and bet the ponies at their Night At The Races celebration.

A Night At The Races

Location: Hyatt

Client: Prism Entertainment

Synopsis:
Following a spirited awards ceremony for many of this organization's top producing pharmacies, participants had a chance to let loose, network and bet the ponies at their Night At The Races celebration.

A Night At The Races

Location: Marriott O'Hare and Hyatt Schaumburg

Client: Prism Entertainment

Synopsis:
Following a spirited awards ceremony for many of this organization's top producing pharmacies, participants had a chance to let loose, network and bet the ponies at their Night At The Races celebration. CEI produced this dynamic program in both April and May of 2005 for two separate divisions within the organization.

A Night At The Races

Location: Marriott O'Hare

Client: Prism Entertainment

Synopsis:
Following a spirited awards ceremony for many of this organization's top producing pharmacies, participants had a chance to let loose, network and bet the ponies at their Night At The Races celebration.

A Night At The Races

Location: Eaglewood Resort

Client: Corporate Learning Institute

Synopsis:
A new company merger requires an evening activity that was fun, celebrated the new company and allowed for networking opportunities. CEI's "A Night at the Races" was just the ticket. Guests got involved in Horse Racing-themed game stations like Trophy Toss and tried their luck wagering on thoroughbred horses with names like "Printer's Pride" and "Merger's Success."

A Night At The Races

Location: Bob Chinn's Crabhouse

Client: ABN Amro (LaSalle Bank)

Synopsis:
And they're off! Creating business connections that is. As LaSalle Bank's sales executives mingled with top clients over bets on thoroughbreds such as "Cash Cow" and "Good Investment."

Simply Super Sports Fair

Location: Marriott's Lincolnshire Resort

Client: Gavel International

Synopsis:
For a power tools corporation a Velcro Obstacle Course, Gladiator Joust and Golf Driving Range were just a few of the attractions available to over 400 guests to help them wind-down following a days of intensive meetings, exhibits and activities.

Employee Holiday Party

Location: Standard Equipment's Warehouse

Client: Standard Equipment Company/Standard Truck

Synopsis:
For two years in a row transformed their warehouse into a sports bar complete with pool tables, pop-a-shot machines and video games for a company holiday reception for their staff.

A Night At The Races

Location: Westin O'Hare

Client: Chicago Travel Consultants

Synopsis:
Karaoke and horse racing were a unique and very successful combination for this company's after dinner activity during a national sales meeting. Not only did guests enjoy betting on the horses to win prizes, but also many joined the fun and sang Karaoke for some extra spending money!

A Night At The Races

Location: Marriott's Lincolnshire Resort

Client: Gavel International

Synopsis:
Guests had a chance to unwind and "bet on the ponies" at our A Night At The Races event following a full day of meetings and an award ceremony. Prizes were awarded to lucky participants.

A Night At The Races

Location: Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza

Client: FritoLay, Inc.

Synopsis:
Jockeying to win prizes by betting on video horse racing was the focus of these top sales performers as over 150 guests enjoyed an evening of high stakes fun. CEI also horse racing decor and background music for this event.

A Night At The Races

Location: Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza

Client: Frito-Lay

Synopsis:
And they are off! Midwest sales reps were off to the races as CEI set up large screen video horse races complete with teller cages, betting odds and program books for an evening reception during their annual sales meeting at the Radisson Star in Merrillville, Indiana.

A Night At The Races

Location: Four Seasons Hotel

Client: On the Scene

Synopsis:
Brought the excitement of Churchill Downs to the Drake Hotel with a horseracing program that let attendees play the ponies in a luxuriously comfortable setting.

Simply Super Sports Fair

Location: Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza

Client: Frito-Lay, Inc

Synopsis:
We got spirit yes we do! We got spirit, how 'bout you? Major league fun was on hand as everyone scored big in our Simply Super Sports Fair event run on successive years for repeat customer, Frito-Lay.

Simply Super Sports Fair

Location: Chicago Area Hotel

Client: US Cellular

Synopsis:
In a reception setting, armchair quarterbacks tested their mettle in a series of competitive Sports Bar Games that brought out the hero in everyone.

A Night At The Races With Game Stations

Location: Pheasant Run Resort

Client: Central States Conference

Synopsis:
Union representatives played the ponies during a simulcast video running of horse races while CEI created a children's pavilion of games and activities to entertain the youngsters. Responsibilities included decor, emcee with sound system, racing forms and program management.

Corporate Event Team Challenge

Location: Dave and Busters

Client: Meetinghouse

Synopsis:
Produced a multi room team challenge event at Dave and Busters entertainment center which included a trivia game with a lockout light box system, bowling, golf simulator, billiards and virtual reality games

Summertime Fun Fact Networking Activity

Location: Hyatt Deerfield

Client: Motorola, Inc.

Synopsis:
Staged a "Summertime Fun" Greet & Meet activity designed to stimulate networking amongst guests during a regional managers' meeting.

Fun Fact Game

Location: DePaul University - Loop Campus

Client: Society of Human Resource Professionals

Synopsis:
The hallowed halls of DePaul University became hilarious halls when CEI presented a "Fun Fact" networking booster for human resource professionals attending a trade fair.

"It was great working with you on our event last night. Jodi and Nate were terrific as well as the rest of the team! I am sure we will be working with you again in the future."

– Winston and Strawn LLP