corporate done right at terranea

I just finished editing several thousand images that I, and my two co-photographers, shot at the Molnlycke National Sales Meeting at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. I didn’t think it was possible, but this actually topped the NSM I shot for them in 2014.

What an incredible four days! This group of 300+ was wined, dined, entertained, inspired, and rewarded for stellar service. Although most of us have never heard of the company, they are making a huge impact with their breakthrough products for hospitals, and specifically the OR.

Terranea was a perfect location choice. It’s a beautiful resort located on Palos Verdes Peninsula. The rooms, meeting spaces and common areas are gorgeous and the service top notch. We were with the folks documenting every moment, from 6:00 a.m. fitness sessions to closing down after-parties at 1:00 a.m. Whew!

And I can’t say enough about the production company, The Defining Point, from Atlanta. You likely can’t imagine the amount of work it takes to put on a multi-day event like this. From lighting and sound to AV, staging, room and event coordination, decor, and on and on. Big kudos to TDP.

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Here’s the Palos Verdes Ballroom set up for the opening session.

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And the “Hollywood Sign” at the entry to the Awards Dinner. Great photo op!6M6A0526How pretty is this set-up?6M6A0820-26M6A0742-2

One of the other nights included a costume party. Come as a TV or movie character. Here are just a few of my favorites. Unbeliveably creative. So hard to choose!

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The highlight for me was definitely the closing session. The final keynote speaker was J.R. Martinez. Some of you may know him as a winner on “Dancing With the Stars”, but what’s more significant is his inspirational story.  He’ll be indelibly imprinted in my memory as someone who overcame bigger obstacles than most people will ever have to face. A great speaker. What a man! Sweet and funny, too.

IMG_1390IMG_1442IMG_1450Oh, yes, there was the helicopter ride, too 🙂 First time for me.

The Center Club Celebration

Okay, let’s talk about the gorgeous Center Club in Costa Mesa (adjacent to the Performing Arts Center). It underwent an amazing renovation a year or so ago and it’s truly spectacular. One of my favorite places in the OC. It’s owned by Club Corp, who has — I think — about 200 properties. They celebrated their best, brightest and highest achieving sales/catering/special events staff last week from all the properties across the U.S., and I was fortunate enough to photograph this special evening at the Club.

They sure know how to throw a party! And, they also know how to have F-U-N at a party!!! A great time was had by all, including me!

Champagne skirt.

Champagne skirt.

Living red carpet... went all the way to the valet station.

Living red carpet… went all the way to the valet station.

Amazing CC staff.

Amazing CC staff.

Inventive way to use kitchen appliances in a food display, yes?

Inventive way to use kitchen appliances in a food display, yes?

So beautiful. And delicious!

So beautiful. And delicious!

Wish I could've been alone with this shellfish display! I could've done some damage.

Wish I could’ve been alone with this shellfish display! I could’ve done some damage.

Model in a tub serving martinis. Yes, a daily occurrence :-)

Model in a tub serving martinis. Yes, a daily occurrence 🙂

Ever seen a girl in a champagne glass? I hadn't!

Ever seen a girl in a champagne glass? I hadn’t!

Another amazing special touch.

Another amazing special touch.

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Called Crack Pie. I can personally tell you why.

Called Crack Pie. I can personally tell you why.

Yup. Adam Lasher, OC guy from this season of American Idol.

Yup. Adam Lasher, OC guy from this season of American Idol.

"Rude" French waiters. Complete with tutus.

“Rude” French waiters. Complete with tutus.

Juan from Invisible Touch. He got the party S-T-A-R-T-E-D!

Juan from Invisible Touch. He got the party S-T-A-R-T-E-D!

Part of the amazing CC team.

Part of the amazing CC team.