Swank at PERKS Chicago

Swank at PERKS Chicago

We had such a fabulous time in Chicago assisting with the PERKS Convention that we had to share the highlights and photos!

The PERKS event was shaped by the amazing venue of 19 East which has an array of open rooms, but feels intimate with beautiful wood floors, sleek modern lighting and black & white color palette. It was a fantastic backdrop to the PERKS convention. 19 East has a “shotgun style” room array which we used to feature room themes:

  • Health benefits were in an orange-colored “Healthy Room”;
  • A green “Wealthy Room” appropriately had financial exhibitors; and
  • A yellow “Happy Room” had wellness vendors…and champagne, of course!

Color is an important factor when planning as we highlighted in our post Use of Color at your Event – and this venue was a fantastic example of using it! It was subtle, but effective to make each space distinctive.  

In the green “Wealthy” room, one of the exhibitors had a fun “Money grab” booth that attendees enjoyed. The Convention also featured a financial wellness workshop & an empathy in the workplace seminar that was highly attended. Another one of the popular seminars was on “Make-up for the working woman” which was incredibly informative. All kinds of great “perks” of being an Event Planner – you get to learn what vendors are offering attendees as well!

PERKS prides itself on being “Not your average trade show” with unique giveaways or experiences for attendees from all exhibitors plus fun added entertainment such as the  stilt-walker, champagne table, open bar, free food, swag bag and a DJ!

Since Swank Events helped with the PERKS convention in Boston this past May, we already knew the PERKS team, knew some of their loyal exhibitors and the overall goals for the convention, which helped get this event put together quickly.

We feel an important part of the post-event process is conducting event debriefs with our clients, where we share thoughts and ideas to improve on for next year – which we implemented some of those ideas from Boston into the Chicago convention. For Swank, this builds our relationship with any client and helps us feel like an extension of their team.

We’re really looking forward to PERKS coming back to Boston at the Hynes Convention Center on May 2nd 2019! PERKS will also be heading to New York in April and LA  in September 2019.

Special thanks to the Actor’s Gym for the stilt walker and to Eric Michael Clarke Photography!

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HR Perks Convention

HR Perks Convention

With today’s tight and competitive labor markets, some companies are getting creative to attract, retain and promote their employee well-being by offering programs related to wellness or having a great office environment. A convention designed to specifically help companies gather ideas in this area made a stop in Boston recently and Swank Events was please to help plan and execute this wonderful event at the Hynes Convention Center on May 9th. While it was our first convention engagement – it went very smoothly and had a great feel to it!

Perks Convention floor – Kristen Renneker Photography

According to their website, Perks is the “…only convention in the nation dedicated to service and amenity discovery for your workplace.” With over 80 vendors and 800 attendees – it was a huge success with unique, local businesses out to show off their great ideas! A big hit at the convention was Bike Bus – which is a mobile spin gym that can come to your office!

Bike Bus

Bike Bus is a mobile spin gym that can visit your office!

Bike Bus spinning

Bike Bus instructor making attendees sweat!

In addition to the exhibitors handing out loads of items for attendees to take home, there were several roundtable meetings with additional goodies and lunch options!

Great swag bags were put to use with wonderful goodies from all of the event exhibitors!

Perks roundtable

Roundtable meetings at Perks

Perks shirts

T Shirts from Perks roundtable

It was wonderful working with the Perks team to make an impact on all the attendees as well as the vendors! Swank Events Boston was so pleased to be a part of this amazing event and look forward to Perks coming back to Boston next year!

Kristin Healy (right) Creative Director and owner of Swank Events