REPORT Midwest 2019

  • "Loved seeing all of the inspiring work straight from the creators. It made me excited to explore different models of working and future partnerships."
    Ashley WOOD PEPSI CO. Senior Manager Consumer Engagement

  • "The true heart of creative is the people. Keep making CONNECTIONS, always."
    Natasha NIKOLAI TARGET Senior Creative Producer

  • "All the talents have great energy. I’ve made some good relationships here and consider it a micro-network of its own."
    Martin CIMEK WILSON SPORTING GOODS CO. Global Art Director Baseball

  • "For vendors, great variety. I also loved the BTS and storytelling they brought."
    Jen STOCKSMITH PERISCOPE VP Group Creative Director

  • "A satisfying collection of a diverse creators. A refreshing moment to see creative evolution."
    Jim EBY THE MARKETING STORE Chief Creative Officer

  • "Great show! Nice selection of exhibitors of exciting work."
    Emma WILLIAMSON BEST BUY Senior Marketing Manager Production

  • "Love to see agencies & vendors connect with the local community! Great conversations, range of vendors & amazing work to consider for future projects. Looking forward to seeing everyone again next year!"
    Debbie CARLSON AVEDA Executive Director, Global Creative Production

  • "Great, inspiring event with many talented creatives. Very enjoyable overall!"
    Candace WALTERS MILLERCOORS Senior Manager Brand Design

  • "I think this event should happen every year. The hosts were gracious. The creative was worth my time. I hope every judge had as much for as I did."
    Rick UTZINGER FALLON MINNEAPOLIS Executive Creative Director

  • "Nothing like sitting face to face to really understand the work."
    Bob WINTER LEO BURNETT DETROIT Chief Creative Officer

  • "So much talent in one room! I loved the enthusiasm for each artist and was inspired by the by the beauty & innovation that I can weave into my work. Thanks for coming to Minneapolis!"

  • "Amazing event. Such a great showcase of talents on display. An absolute pleasure to be on the jury."
    Alan PARKER ENERGY BBDO Chief Innovation Officer

  • "Amazing Event! Thank YOU Connections!"
    Phillip RHEINECKER CRATE & BARREL Producer

  • "I really enjoyed this event because there was so much talent showcased in the room from NY, LA, SF and Chicago."
    Vicki SURPRISE BI WORLDWIDE VP Experiential Marketing

  • "Nice to finally meet in person the great vendors. Good people, good work, good time."
    Monserrat VALERA FCB CHICAGO VP Creative Director

  • "I ended up meeting some great resources!"
    Elaine BRAGG TPN Vice President, Executive Creative Director

  • "Love the variety of work! It's kind of nice to be at a show with presentations of the artists/the work/the stories behind the work."
    Tim MATTIMORE BBDO MINNEAPOLIS Executive Creative Director

  • "I was inspired by the breadth of talent - so many artists and how taking ideas into multiple channels of execution and creative life. Truly incredible - time well, well spent."
    Laura JOHNSTON GEOMETRY GLOBAL CHICAGO EVP Executive Creative Director

  • "Overall, this was a fantastic opportunity to explore creative resources and be exposed to projects that have application to my teams' work and work that colleagues are doing across the US."
    Valerie BARKER WALLER YMCA Chief Marketing Officer

  • "So great to see all the amazing work presented in one place."
    Brendon TURNER ABELSON TAYLOR VP Tech Innovation

  • "Would love to come back in the future. Great way to meet the industry and get our people together. "
    Nick LIPTON ANNEX / HAVAS Global Creative Director

  • "I loved up-close-and-personal experience the event gave. Loved to meet people behind of great work."
    YoonJung PARK WALGREENS CORPORATE Associate Creative Director

  • "Great talent and nice presentation."
    Erin GALLAGHER EDELMAN VP Creative Director

  • "Great work. This should happen more often. Nice to talk instead of looking at a computer screen."
    Corey CISZEK EPSILON VP Creative Director

  • "I met some fantastic talent. Would recommend to anyone working to break the complacency mold."
    Kevin McGLONE HONEYWIRED Creative Director

  • "Overall, I love this event. Keeps all in touch, current, and well, connected! Thanks so much for putting it together -- you’ve done a great job!"
    Karen MOSHER THE MARKETING STORE Senior Art Producer

  • "Overall cool event and interesting people. I'll gladly come back next year!"
    Amber MISUNAS FACTORY MOTOR PARTS Senior Director of Marketing

  • "CONNECTIONS is a great show to hold greatest production talent!"

  • "This was a pleasure to be a part of. I walk away a bit more educated and enlighten by so many smart and interesting people/companies/work. Very nice job, thank you again for having me."
    Sumer FRIEDRICHS WE ARE UNLIMITED Chief Production Officer

  • "I am so impressed with the variety and talent of artists I saw today. I can't wait to collaborate with these artists on my next project."
    Shealah COCHERELL YAMMAMOTO Senior Art Director

  • "Good show! Enjoyed spending too much time at each booth discovering how I could use the talent and technology to our advantage."
    Steven MOZDREN WILSON SPORTING GOODS CO. Global Art Director Baseball

  • "Show was well done!"
    Heather RUDOLPH ANYTIME FITNESS Brand Director

  • "A great forum to meet new vendors!"
    Mychaela BUECHE TARGET Art Director

  • "I like how personal the judging system was. Enjoyed the range of work, from beautiful photography to VR to motion graphics."
    Nathalia RESENDE BBDO MINNEAPOLIS Creative Director

  • "A great tradeshow with a fantastic range of top tier talent! Love coming every year for inspiration and finding new partners."

  • "Great event with interesting range of production. I loved the conversation and will definitely be partnering with some of the talent in the future."
    Dean PARADISE FCB CHICAGO VP Creative Director

  • "Great time as always and good CONNECTIONS".""
    Chris MCGAURAN BEAM SUNTORY Creative Director

  • "Really great show. Would love to do again next year's Minneapolis. Great cross section of different disciplines. Projects this year were also top notch. Loved some of the new artists from reps and look forward to pairing them up with ideas and opportunities."
    Erika SNELL ABELSON TAYLOR Associate Creative Director

  • "Great concept. I found this show to be beneficial & inspiring & look forward to attending next year."
    Erin SARTOR BI WORLDWIDE Group Creative Director

  • "Good times! Saw some good works and made some great CONNECTIONS!"
    Whit HILER CORNETT Creative Director

  • "Overall it was a great experience. Lots of production companies I wasn't aware of and some really interesting work. I think this is a great thing to do for our industry."
    Tim HOLMES DDB Creative Director

  • "Great to get out and see all the great work outside the office!"
    Matt SCOVILLE ENERGY BBDO VP Exec. Producer

  • "Great conference! Lots of fun idea and loved the casual social nature! Thanks for having me!"
    Carolyn BERGEN O'KEEFE REINHARD & PAUL / OKRP Creative Director

  • "Great event. I appreciated networking with the exceptionally creative attendees. We plan on coming back."
    Dave SCHUMACHER FACTORY MOTOR PARTS Senior Channel Marketing Manager

  • "What an interesting and fun way to spend an afternoon. So many beautiful pieces and talent out there."
    Avital PINCHEVSKY FCB CHICAGO Executive Creative Director

  • "Great presentation, production and mix of vendors. Nice to have this at a venue and not the office. Made some good contacts."
    Sam SOULEK 10 THOUSAND DESIGN Design Director

  • "In a short period of time I was introduced to many top-tier creative outlets. Not only was the work impressive, I came away with several creative insights for my brands."
    Jeff DEIBEL GRUBHUB Associate Creative Director

  • "Was excited to see so much great work and incredible executions. So many interesting perspectives from artistic and creative minds from around the world. Really refreshing."

  • "Show was great. Nice opportunity to see the work and network. I look forward to doing it again."
    Steven ROSS McGARRY BOWEN Director Integrated Production

  • "Great event, fun to see all this talent in one room. Met some great people today, and maybe some future partnerships."
    Jon SATHER MEDTRONIC Creative Director

  • "It was a great event-lots of networking and exposure to new work and people and catching up with familiar faces."
    Erika SCHUMACHER MONO Group Production Director

  • "All in all, good experience and I'll recommend future CONNECTIONS events."
    Drew BLOM OPTUMRX Creative Director

  • "Great selection of presenters I really liked the variety and the approach -- judging “is a nice conversation breaker.""
    Jennifer BERES PADILLA VP Creative Operations & Production

  • "In a few hours, I was able to view the work of a vast group of artists and agencies ranging from minimalist photography to immersive VR experiences."
    Steve VALENTINE RXBAR Creative Manager

  • "It was so refreshing to see this level of original talent in one room. I leave inspired, ready to push creativity to new levels after this show looking forward to staying connected to this community."
    Shannon LEE STUDIO NORTH VP Creative & Engagement

  • "Beautiful venue, good location, nice selection of vendors."
    Sandee GARDINIER TRUE VALUE COMPANY Creative Director

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