Monthly Archives: August 2018

Courtside Fun: An Evening at the Citi Open

Stan Warwrinka (Switzerland) and Donald Young (U.S.)

On July 31, Akoyans in the Washington, DC, area enjoyed an evening of camaraderie, food, and professional tennis at the 2018 Citi Open. The previous night’s wet weather became our boon: we had the opportunity to watch three-time grand slam champion Stan Warwrinka of Switzerland take on Donald Young of the U.S. in a match that had been postponed by rain. Young bested Warwrinka in three sets, which included two tie-breaks. Akoya’s tennis aficionados deemed the action on the court excellent.

Celebrating its 50th year, the Citi Open benefits the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, of which Akoya is a proud supporter.

Dana Reid Joins Akoya as Communications Director, Project Manager

We’re excited to announce that Dana Reid joined our team as a communications director and project manager on July 11 and is currently supporting the Defense Health Agency.  Dana recently celebrated her retirement from a 20+ year career with the U.S. Coast Guard, where she specialized in strategic planning and policy analysis for national security.

In her spare time, Dana can be found sharpening her pencil for the NY Times and LA Times Sunday crosswords or sharpening her knives to cook signature dishes for friends and family, including her husband and 13-year-old daughter.

Akoya’s Conference Planning Team Hits Bean Town

DLC annual conference in Boston, MA, July 9 – July 11, 2018

Since 2016, Akoya has worked with the DesignLights ConsortiumTM to plan and execute its annual Stakeholder Meeting — a marquee event that draws 250 attendees for three days of education, collaboration, and networking. This year’s meeting, held this past July, had particular significance, as the host city was none other than Boston, MA — the DLC’s hometown.

Planning for the 2018 meeting began last summer with an extensive, city-wide venue search, where we worked closely with the DLC to select the beautiful and historic Boston Park Plaza for the meeting itself and the unique Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for the offsite reception. From there, we handled all aspects of pre-event management, including negotiating contracts, coordinating over 20 exhibits and sponsor stations, tracking registration, developing a comprehensive food and beverage package, and managing the space plan and schedule for more than a dozen meeting rooms. On site, we were the liaison between the DLC and the hotel to oversee all behind-the-scenes details and problem-solve as needed.

It’s safe to say that this year’s DLC Stakeholder Meeting was “wicked awesome” — we’re already hard at work on the site search for 2019 and look forward to our continued partnership with the DLC.