An Event Planners Guide to Business Travel


1. I would not consider myself a neat freak, however, my roommates might have a very different take on this! I always remember to pack the travel size of disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer (the kind that hangs from your bag or keys for easy access), wet wipes for those unexpected touch-ups, and if you can fit it- a mini humidifier because I’m extra!

2.I recently invested in a 13-in MacBook Air for The Hot Kommodity. I am a strong believer in investing in yourself and your passion! After reading my itinerary for the week, I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I arrived. So, I made sure to pack my own personal office. Along with my new gadget, I brought along some of my favorite event planner must-haves:

- Staples® Arc Customizable Durable Poly Notebook System. This is a configurable book that I bought over a year ago when I worked for a special event firm. The tear-away pages are ideal when your catering team “forgot” to bring a copy of the layout.

- Sticky Notes. Like why wouldn’t you bring these?

- Highlighters. Again…I don’t leave the home without one.

- Pilot G2 Premium Retractable Gel Roller Pens. A cult classic and my ultimate favorite writing pen

3.     I only brought one large rolling bag, and one carry on for this trip! I know right, I did well. I hope this packing list gives you some inspiration:

- (1) NC State University Sweatshirt (Go pack!)

-  (1) pair of grey joggers

- (1) Short set pajamas

- Bedroom slippers- a true MUST HAVE

- A satin bathrobe

- (2) Pairs of black pants. One is your standard tailored pant, the other is a funky pair of vintage wool pants. They both are acceptable in the workplace.

- (5) tops of various colors and styles

-  (2) blazers. I packed a season-less black one and a “millennial pink” faux leather one to show off my personal style while remaining professional

- (1) White skirt. I find that your skirt option should be a signature piece and really stand out. White always makes a statement.

-  (1) grey tailored shift dress. This is my first day of work outfit. Professional and smart-looking

- (3) pairs of shoes- Low heel pumps, sassy leather booties, and fun pink flats. I also wore my favorite trainers on the trip there!

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- (1) Fun statement top. I got this cropped wrap top from Marshalls for a steal. This is going to be your after-work activity top. I suggest only one night out on the town while away for a work week- but let’s be real…

-  (1) pair of work appropriate jeans. In case there is a casual Friday option, or for going out.


One thing to always remember when starting a new gig out of town, your primary reason for the trip is work. So make that money, remain professional, and absorb as much of the city you can! 

A Hot Kommodity: Super Bowl #52



The Super Bowl is quickly approaching, and it’s that time of year for the events to begin rolling out. The Sports Business Journal has announced some of the unique ideas coming out of Minnesota in preparation for the big game. The president of Nomadic Entertainment Group, Jack Murphy, is at it again with a highly unique concept to turn the Minneapolis Armory into a music festival location. Just blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium, his hope it to create a unique 3-day music event in the 82-year-old downtown eye-sore. The space itself is 300,000 square feet of open space which  had been used as a parking garage. Creating something out of almost nothing is not an easy feat for the Nomadic Entertainment Group. 

In past years, Jack Murphy and his team have built amazing relationships with big name sponsors to help spread the word of their Super Bowl events, brand the events, and assist with expenses. So far, this year DirecTV has been announced as the title sponsor for the evening before the big game. This happens to the be the biggest and most expensive sponsorship level for the television provider. It’s great to see them signing back on for the twelfth straight year in a row. There was a bit of apprehension about the deal because of AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV back in 2015.

It’s clear that what Jack Murphy, The Nomadic Entertainment Group, and On Location Experiences are doing what it takes to keep sponsors coming back again and again for the right reasons.

            The original Super Bowl events put on my Jack Murphy, were receiving title sponsorships in the eight figures! But after consideration to spread the wealth, the one big Saturday evening event, has since scaled into a three-day music festival for the masses. This year’s exclusive party will most likely sell out quickly to its expected 2,000-plus guests at the price of $250 each for general admission. What I would give to be in that room for this event! The teams are incorporating so many unique aspects to the event space including a technology showcase in the exterior waiting area as guests arrive. This keeps them out of the freezing Minnesota cold, and puts them smack dab in front of products. With the starting price of tickets at $250, I am almost certain this is the ideal group of A-list consumers to expose to AT&T products.

               Another cool note mentioned in this article was the Mystic Lake Casino. This Club Nomadic feature in Minneapolis is 26 miles southwest of downtown. The hotel resort is going to feature four nights of music and entertainment in a 64,000 square foot pop-up party. How cool is that? I cannot image the skills and expertise going into both of these events. It’s a phenomenal feat for Jack Murphy and his team- though not impossible. I have spent some time researching On Location and Nomadic Entertainment Group in the past, and it is truly a dream of mine to assist with the creative teams of some of the phenomenal events they host year round.