EMCVenues Selects Top 10 Training Centers

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In what is becoming an annual event, EMCVenues, the global meetings management company representing more than 750 conference and event venues worldwide, has selected the Top 10 Training Centers in the United States for 2008. The Top 10 selection was announced by Jody Wallace, president and CEO of EMCVenues, which was honored recently by Entrepreneur as one of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Women-Led Companies in North America.

“We are so pleased to present the Top 10 Training Centers in the United States,” said Ms. Wallace. “We work with hundreds of first rate hotels, resorts and conference centers coast to coast and globally throughout the year. With so many excellent facilities, selecting the Top 10 is never an easy task. Yet we’re often asked this question, and we are very proud to present this carefully compiled list for 2008.”

EMCVenues utilized specific criteria to assist in the selection process that helped set apart the best training centers nationally from their list of more than 500 U.S.-based facilities. The criteria include:


  • The facility’s primary source of business is meetings and training.
  • Provides a Four Star-quality facility and service.
  • Location includes accessibility and access to major airport(s).
  • On-site recreation and amenities are available.
  • Nearby attractions and activities are available during off-property periods.
  • Accredited by the International Association of Conference Centers, www.iacconline.org, the prestigious organization that governs the conference center industry globally.
  • Approved by EMCVenues Customer Advisory Council, which consists of 20 corporate and association meeting planners from around the country.


EMCVenues’ Top 10 Training Centers for 2008 are:


  • Chaminade at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif., www.chaminade.com
  • Pacific Palms Conference Resort, Industry Hills, Calif., www.pacificpalmsresort.com
  • Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Chicago, www.eaglewoodresort.com
  • University Place Conference Center, Indianapolis, www.universityplace.iupui.edu
  • Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center, Florham Park, N.J., www.hamiltonparkhotel.com
  • Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center, Peachtree City, Ga., www.wyndhampeachtreeconferencecenter.com
  • Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, Grapevine, Texas, www.dfwlakes.hilton.com
  • Lakeway Resort & Spa, Austin, Texas, www.lakeway.dolce.com
  • The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center, The Woodlands, Texas, www.woodlandsresort.com
  • Ace Conference Center, Lafayette Hill, Pa., www.aceconferencecenter.com
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