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Partner Event Recap

Enjoy a look at the fun, education and great networking at these past partner events.

2019 Old Fashioned Picnic Party

McAllister House was the perfect setting for this nostalgic event that included great food from Outback Steakhouse, refreshing beverages from Swire Coca-Cola and Miller Coors, sack races, three-legged races and a watermelon-eating contest. Special "character" guests included the Mayor of Old Colorado City, old-timey baseball players and a refurbished Ford Model A.

2019 Annual Business Meeting

On Wednesday May 8, 2019, Visit Colorado Springs held its annual business meeting at Doolittle Hall on the grounds of the United States Air Force Academy. VCOS unveiled its 2018 Annual Report citing a 7.5 percent increase in Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax collections, and a 2.45 percent increase in hotel occupancy over 2017. The day’s “excellence on the horizon” theme highlighted tourism, athletic and education initiatives for 2019 and beyond.

Educational Series: Storytelling

Design Rangers' Project Manager and Partner, Samantha Minneti, taught VCOS partners how to conduct their brand's storytelling at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts on April 24, 2019. Minneti excellently and enthusiastically showed partners how to put a stake in the ground through the 3 elements to crafting your own story: purpose, personality and perspective. Throughout the program Minneti used 3 examples from panelists, Amy Long, Chelsy Offutt and Melissa Williams on how the elements of purpose, personality and perspective have been utilized successfully in a variety of brand campaigns. Thank you to Pat Attkinsson and Miles Partnership for sponsoring this event.

2019 Dine Around Mixer: The Promenade Shops at Briargate

VCOS partners and staff enjoyed delicious bites, drinks and networking opportunities at P.F. Chang's, California Pizza Kitchen, Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano and Ted's Montana Grill.

2018 Holiday Mixer at SCP Hotel

VCOS' 2018 Holiday Mixer was held at SCP Hotel with catering provided by the Picnic Basket. Live music was played throughout the event while guests enjoyed mingling and placing bids on a variety of silent auction items.

Annual Tourism Awards 2018

Visit Colorado Springs celebrated tourism and industry leaders Thursday night at The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel. Remarks were made by Colorado Springs Mayor, John Suthers, VCOS Board Chair, Barry Brown and VCOS President and CEO, Doug Price. Tourism industry members were recognized for their leadership, customer service, collaboration and community involvement. The night’s 1920s speakeasy theme included nearly 300 guests in roaring 20s costume, themed drinks, a jail, complete with fingerprinting and mug shots, and a mystery-solving scavenger hunt. Mayor Suthers highlighted two important capital campaigns, the Pikes Peak Summit House and the Springs Rescue Mission and challenged VCOS partners to hold fundraising events and donate to one or both projects. Brown recapped annual tourism numbers, VCOS’ Destination Master Plan initiatives and the Colorado Tourism Office’s regional rebranding.

Kimberlie Griffis

Director of Partnership Development

Kim has worked with VCOS on three separate occasions and this time, we're not letting her go. She is immersed in the community, helping businesses connect with the 20.5 million people who visit the region each year. In addition to partnership sales and retention, Kim creates a full schedule of educational and networking events that include the Annual Business Meeting, Tourism Awards Celebration, quarterly mixers, partner orientation sessions and the educational series.

Denise Noble

Partner Relations Manager

Denise began VCOS career as Partnership Coordinator in 2012 and transitioned to the position of Marketing Coordinator for several years. In 2017, she returned to the position of Partnership Coordinator and was promoted to Partner Relations Manager in 2018. She assists Partners with keeping their information current on the website and in publications. She also assists with Account Reviews, Partner Communications and VCOS events. Denise is an accomplished photographer, having been published and won several awards.