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CSI DMC Destination and Event Management Expands into Arizona

CSI DMC, the Destination and Event Management Company (DMC) clients trust to transform their events into exceptional experiences, has expanded its business operations into Arizona.

CSI DMC in Arizona

CSI DMC has expanded into Arizona

CSI DMC, the Destination and Event Management Company (DMC) clients trust to transform their events into exceptional experiences, has expanded its business operations into Arizona. CSI DMC's locally based team of destination experts will work with clients looking to discover all the Phoenix Metropolitan area offers.

"The strategic decision to expand into this region is part of our goal to offer our clients exceptional experiences in some of the best destinations in the world," David Hainline, CEO of CSI DMC, shared. "The city has recently invested five billion dollars into its downtown, creating a highly accessible area for events. The convention center has all the modern amenities for larger conferences, and Scottsdale provides luxurious accommodations for corporate groups with over 70 excellent resorts and hotels. With its natural beauty and golf courses, the region is a paradise for corporate groups and incentive travel."

"Adding local offices to support our clients who are bringing their programs to Arizona is a natural progression for CSI DMC," shared Maureen Carter, Senior Vice President of Global Sales for CSI DMC. "We've been planning events in the Phoenix Valley region for several years and have loved evolving our relationships with local vendor partners and area resorts in Phoenix and Scottsdale."

Katie Provot, Membership Development Manager with Visit Phoenix, shared, "Visit Phoenix is thrilled to welcome our newest member, CSI DMC, to the Sonoran Desert! The energy in Greater Phoenix is palpable; more than anything, we want to share it with the world. And CSI DMC knows a thing or two about energy - from exceptional experiences to unforgettable events, their commitment to event management is second to none and will be an invaluable asset to our local communities and visitors from around the globe."

"Working with CSI DMC at the Arizona Biltmore for our National Conference this year was a dream come true! CSI DMC was there every step of the way before, during, and after the event. Their attention to detail was flawless and our partners felt welcomed and cared for. We look forward to working with CSI DMC again!" said Amanda Neuman, Events & Marketing Manager with Bellame Beauty.

Taylor Abbate, CMP, DES, HMCC, and CSI DMC Director of National Sales, noted, "As a longtime member of PCMA, I was thrilled to join the Southwest & Pacific Chapter after relocating to Scottsdale. The Chapter has welcomed me with open arms, and I have enjoyed getting involved in the local community."  

"Arizona has so much to offer groups," says Kara Schaeve, CSI DMC Account Executive. "Living here, there is always a new venue, restaurant, or sporting event to attend. We're fortunate to have a strong hospitality community, and it's always an honor to showcase this incredible destination to our customers."

About CSI DMC: CSI DMC is the destination management company clients trust to create exceptional experiences. Since 1987, CSI DMC has transformed events into unforgettable memories for organizations worldwide. Driven by a team of talented designers, destination experts, and event management professionals, we support our clients' success with boundless creativity, deep destination knowledge, extensive local relationships, global resources, and proven logistical expertise. Our award-winning company reflects a culture of innovation, shared values, quality, and collaboration. Today, CSI DMC serves over 65 destinations annually, with regional offices in Baltimore, Boston, California, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Denver, Las Vegas, Nashville, Newport, RI, Orlando, Phoenix, Scottsdale, South Florida, Texas, Washington, D.C. and globally with CSI International.

Contact Information:
Amberlee Huggins
Chief Marketing Officer
[email protected]

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Athletic Footwear Industry Veterans Launch Made Plus

The forward-thinking, planet-positive brand creates footwear made with purpose in Annapolis, Maryland

Athletic Footwear Industry Veterans Launch Made Plus
Made Plus Debuts The SKIFF

The SKIFF is a tribute to Annapolis' rich boating history. Ethically engineered, forward-thinking fashion made with purpose.

Made Plus, a pioneering footwear brand founded by industry veterans Trey Hentz, Kevin Fisher, and Alan Guyan, officially sets sail today. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, at 190 Admiral Cochrane Dr. STE 170, Made Plus marks a new era of personalized “planet-positive” footwear proudly made in the United States. With Made Plus, every step matters, which is why the brand has reduced a complex manufacturing process from 300 steps to less than 50 – significantly eliminating negative outputs on the environment. 

Having collectively contributed their designs to industry-disrupting products for athletic footwear giants such as Under Armour, Nike, and Sketchers, the trio of Guyan, Fisher, and Hentz now embark on an extraordinary journey to redefine the traditionally tedious, outdated, and wasteful shoe manufacturing process. What started in a garage in Annapolis is now a micro-factory where the team passionately advocates for a sustainable future and a reimagined approach to crafting “made-to-order” footwear.

Local production and a relentless focus on an environmentally conscious lifestyle fall at the heart of Made Plus' identity, positioning the brand as a trailblazer in the footwear landscape. “Our core mission revolves around reducing our carbon footprint, minimizing waste, and championing ethically viable practices. Every step matters, from sourcing components to the production process to the elevated performance our customers experience,” said Alan Guyan, Founder and CEO of Made Plus. “We are also focused on maintaining a local-first approach, crafting products for locals by locals, fostering a strong sense of community and connection right here in Annapolis.” 

Unlike conventional shoe manufacturing, Made Plus employs a revolutionary made-to-order business model, significantly reducing waste while providing a design-thinking customization experience. By leveraging cutting-edge technologies, including 3D printing, knitting, and digital modeling, Made Plus offers personalized footwear tailored to each individual's needs – a shoe made just for you.

Guyan expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "We are thrilled to have the freedom to focus on our mission while doing what we love best - designing and innovating in a way that raises the bar for the footwear industry while delivering customized, elevated experiences for our customers."

The debut offering from Made Plus is the "SKIFF" lifestyle shoe, a loving tribute to Annapolis' rich boating history, specifically inspired by the small boat that shares its name. Showcasing ethically engineered performance UPKNT technology, each pair is upcycled from six plastic water bottles, free of excess foams and linings, and incorporates Azo-free dyes and upcycled components such as laces, webbing, and support structures. “The 'SKIFF' encapsulates our dedication to crafting contemporary, high-quality footwear from recycled materials, embodying our vision of forward-thinking fashion made with purpose,” added Guyan. 

About Made Plus Inc. 

Made Plus is a visionary footwear brand founded by industry veterans who have honed their craft at major companies, including Under Armour, Nike, New Balance, and Sketchers. Steadfast in its vision to revolutionize the footwear industry, Made Plus is committed to purpose-led design thinking rooted in simplified shoe science. The brand is making a positive impact through ethical manufacturing and using high-quality, sustainable materials. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, every pair of Made Plus shoes is made-to-order and crafted with care in the U.S. To learn more, please visit

Contact Information:
Caitlin Wolf
PR Consultant
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Original Source: Athletic Footwear Industry Veterans Launch Made Plus
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