Minneapolis Northwest Tourism is excited to announce we were recently named Associations North’s Best Supporting Company of the Year at the 2018 Fall Leadership Conference. The award recognizes companies or organizations that are dedicated to supporting the mission of Associations North and go above and beyond to help the organization and its events succeed!

Minneapolis Northwest Tourism has been a member of Associations North for approximately 30 years. Associations North is the 'association for associations' in the Midwest with a goal to advance and serve associations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The organization is a resource for professional development, continuing education, career growth, and connecting with other association professionals. Associations North is a community of more than 1,200 members from nearly 350 Midwest associations, and Minneapolis Northwest is proud to be a long-time member!

Throughout our 30 years of membership, Minneapolis Northwest Tourism has evolved in many ways, but one thing has remained constant: our involvement and commitment to being an active and engaged member of Associations North.

“Minneapolis Northwest Tourism has been an integral part of Associations North for three decades,” said Angela Kisskeys, Co-director and VP of Operations & Communications at Associations North. “With their ongoing support, we have been able to offer engaging and beneficial events that provide professional development opportunities to help further the mission of Associations North.”

Minneapolis Northwest Tourism partners with Associations North because we believe in and support the organization’s mission to advance industry professionals. Throughout the years, we have always actively supported Associations North by attending and/or sponsoring events large and small, such as the Fall Leadership Conferences, Expo, Holiday Events, CEO Roundtables, etc.


In 2018, we were thrilled to take our leadership role to an even greater level by being the organization’s first Advancer Sponsor. Through this commitment, we are the Title Sponsor of the 2018 Holiday event, we participated in the Solutions Conference and June Golf Classic and cornhole competition, and were the sponsor of the Monday night dinner at this year’s Leadership Conference.

We’ve also eagerly shared our experiences in the industry with Associations North members – through involvement in CEO Roundtables; by introducing new members to the organization; by participating in both the Governance and Strategy, and Marketing Mad Dash panel discussions during the Solutions Conference; and by offering tips of the trade through editorial content in the Focus newsletter.

Throughout the approximately 30 years we have been active members, we’ve participated in and/or sponsored nearly every one of Associations North’s events.


Among the recent highlights are:

  • Proudly becoming the first Advancer Sponsor for the organization
  • Becoming the first Title Sponsor of the Holiday Event
  • Actively participating in the Solutions Conference, including presenting in both the Governance and Strategy, and Marketing Mad Dash panel discussions
  • Actively attending the Annual Meeting & Expo throughout the years
  • Consistently participating in the CEO Roundtables and educational sessions
  • Participating in the Golf Classic and cornhole competition
  • Regularly attending the Leadership Conference, and in 2018, becoming the sponsor of the Monday night dinner
  • Actively participating in organization committees, volunteering, sourcing venues, attending Allied functions, etc.
  • Contributing editorial content to the Focus newsletter by providing tips, advice, etc. from our CVB experience

Involvement in Associations North is important to us because it provides an opportunity to meet with and learn from our peers every day. Attending meetings and furthering our own education and knowledge through Associations North events enhances our team as professionals, and we hope our experiences are helpful for other members’ professional development as well.


Associations North also provides us with an opportunity to showcase our organization, our partners and our collective experience and gain greater visibility within our communities. Being active leaders within Associations North is vitally important to Minneapolis Northwest Tourism, and we are proud to support the organization in any way we are able.

We are honored that Minneapolis Northwest Tourism has been named Associations North’s Best Supporting Company of the Year and we have enjoyed how the organization has helped our team further our own mission!