A show manager’s job is never easy. Not only are there a multitude of details and tasks to juggle before, during and after an event, there are a multitude of other, well, things – mobile devices, radios, room keys, ID badges, swipe cards, business cards, parking vouchers – all the miscellaneous items they need to keep at hand. Misplacing even one of these can divert time and attention away from everything else.
Understanding this all-too-common scenario and the unneeded frustration it can cause, the Sales team at the Oregon Convention Center devised a genuinely elegant solution: the OCC Client Event Bag.
In collaboration with local Portland, Oregon design company Queenbee Creations, several handcrafted prototypes were produced and tested before the design was perfected. The result is a functional, attractive and highly customized bag that any busy show manager can wear comfortably throughout even the longest day.
“We invited a range of clients and staff to try a couple different prototypes, and they provided feedback on how the bags performed during their events,” explains OCC sales manager Lisa Grau. “They were asked to tell us everything they thought, from the length and support strength of the strap to what type of closures worked best for all the various compartments, even how well it coordinated with professional attire.”
“In the end, we were certain we had achieved a design that offered all the organizational features and stylishness that our clients would need and want,” adds Grau.
The OCC is gifting the new bags to many of its show management clients and the reactions have been genuinely enthusiastic.
“Everyone tells us how much they love the bag and what a help it was to them during their event,” says Grau. “The team at Queenbee did an absolutely beautiful job, and our clients are always thrilled to receive them!”
The Oregon Convention Center is owned by Metro and managed by the Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission. OCC is a LEED Platinum certified facility hosting groups from around the world and bringing millions of dollars into the Portland and Oregon economy.