Engage. Motivate. Educate.

StoneArch Meetings focuses on what matters most to the success of your meeting: making a lasting impact on your audience and motivating them to act. With candor, collaboration and a dedicated work ethic, we design and produce all the elements that comprise great meetings, for audiences of 50 to 5,000, from Hawaii to Hong Kong, for more than 25 years.

Core Team.

StoneArch Meetings is part of a full-service marketing, communications and creative agency, giving us instant access to more than 45 seasoned creative directors, project managers, graphic designers, animators, script writers, video directors and editors, and interactive developers—who regularly collaborate with the StoneArch Meetings team.

Mary Ellen Brennan

Account Director

Mary Ellen brings 30 years of international meetings and film production experience to StoneArch Meetings. She works closely with senior leadership to ensure that the messaging supports their organization’s overall business objectives, frequently helping them craft their speeches and providing speaker coaching to enhance their presentation skills. Up and down the corporate ladder, clients embrace Mary Ellen’s refreshingly direct, warm and respectful style, unmatched organizational skills and innate knack for delivering exceptional client service.

Prior career experience includes working as an associate producer of feature films in Los Angeles, executive producer for a large meetings company and an account executive for a global retailer’s marketing division.

Among Mary Ellen’s non-work passions, traveling and scuba diving top the list. Name a body of water and it’s likely she’s explored it with a tank on her back.

Dennis Noonan

New Business Development Director

Dennis comes to StoneArch with over 20 years of experience in concepting and producing large-scale meetings and events. Prior to StoneArch Meetings, Dennis spent nearly a decade at Marcus Evans, where he managed conferences for three of its North American divisions: Life Sciences, Banking and Finance and Business Strategy. Leading these divisions, he identified the conference topic, built the business case for the conference and oversaw all aspects of conference marketing and operations. Dennis’s professional experience building coalitions in D.C. spurred his passion for helping groups identify their objectives, build consensus and take the necessary steps to achieve their goals. Fueled by a spirit of service, Dennis is committed to helping organizations find innovative ways to educate, inspire and mobilize their teams. Outside of work, he enjoys exploring the great outdoors while fishing, hiking, skiing, and biking—ideally, with his daughter and Great Dane in tow.

Thomas Tillisch

Executive Producer

Tom comes to StoneArch with more than 30 years of experience in corporate meeting and video production. Prior to joining StoneArch Meetings, Tom spent 12 years with Ameriprise Financial where he produced dozens of national and global conferences, meetings and webcasts. As owner of Pied Piper Productions, Tom produced meetings, customer events and Telly Award-winning videos for Fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico, Europe and China. Tom’s professional experience also includes 10 years as technical director for Chicago-based iO Theater (formerly ImprovOlympic).

Steve Blehert

Producer/Director

With more than 15 years’ experience as a video producer and director, Steve is an essential part of StoneArch Meetings. Credits include opening, closing and interstitial videos, candids modules, training videos, as well as broadcast TV and radio spots. Steve is central to the creative development and script writing, location scouting, talent casting, shooting, directing and post-production. While the process varies by project, our clients welcome Steve’s agility, creative problem-solving and seamless collaborations with motion graphic designers, animators, editors, actors, musicians and clients.

Steve’s work has been nationally recognized by the Telly Awards, Ava Awards, Communicator Awards, and Cine Golden Eagle Awards. Independent projects—aside from his two young sons—include a series of stop-action videos starring pumpkins and fruitcakes. Steve holds a BA in journalism and mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Wayne Walstead

Associate Director, Strategy

As a classically trained illustrator with 20 years of theater experience, Wayne brings incredible value to StoneArch Meetings. Since joining StoneArch over a dozen years ago, Wayne has worked on literally hundreds of meeting and marketing initiatives, developing visual messaging for every product from desserts to cardiac devices. His background as an actor, set designer and stage director gives him an innate understanding of the unique challenges of the meetings business, and he infuses his scenic designs, presentation graphics and theme logos with a texture and depth that drive brand messaging.

In his off-hours, Wayne may be concocting a gourmet meal, remodeling his house or mediating between his border collies, Henry and Jackson. Wayne has been honored for his illustrations with an IN-AWE Award for Excellence from the Medical Marketing Association.

Kiki Romsaas

Associate Director, Production

Armed with an exceptional talent for keeping clients, projects and timelines on track and on budget, Kiki launched her StoneArch career as an intern in 2007—quickly transitioning to the role of Project Manager. Now, as Associate Director of Production, she continues to juggle myriad details while maintaining a keen eye on the larger strategy—and she does it all with calm collectedness. Her warm, compassionate demeanor makes it nearly impossible to challenge any of Kiki’s requests. Just ask her colleagues!

Kiki earned a B.A. in business from Bethel University and—when not focusing on projects—she likes hitting the reset button in the great outdoors. Given her many talents, it comes as no surprise that Kiki’s an avid runner and water skier. Tastes and talents aside, the true loves of her life are her husband and kids—whom she enjoys spending time with as much as possible.

Our expertise.

Skills and Services

  • Account and Project Management
  • Creative Development and Execution
  • Graphic Design and Illustration
  • Presentation Design and Development
  • Speech Writing and Presentation Coaching
  • Scenic Design and Implementation
  • On-site Technical Support and Equipment
  • Video and Motion Graphics
  • Entertainment and Keynote Speakers
  • Team-Building and Breakouts

Industries

  • Food Service
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical and Healthcare
  • Travel
  • Retail
  • Auto
  • Financial
  • Entertainment
  • Sports Marketing

Meeting Locations

  • Asia
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • India
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Our work.

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Medtronic

MEDTRONIC, Rock the Market, National Sales Meeting

Sales reps can be a tough sell. To capture the hearts and minds of 1,000+ Medtronic Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management reps, we transformed their national sales meeting into a three-day, double-digit-decibel rock concert. Rock the Market’s opening general session amped the voltage—and the expectations—with a performance by an international “extreme” artist. Traditional speaker introductions were replaced with “Behind the Music” mini-mockumentaries; the onstage band provided a live soundtrack; and the leadership team, ditching both podium and PowerPoint, motivated reps to channel their inner rock stars like confident market leaders. The all-company rock band closed the meeting, making Medtronic history with a 10-minute standing ovation.

To maintain post-meeting momentum in advance of two upcoming product introductions, we extended Rock the Market to support internal marketing initiatives. With the legendary Cabooze Music Club as our sound studio, we shot pre-launch videos for the newest additions to Medtronic’s list of hit makers: the Revo MRI SureScan pacing system and Protecta implantable defibrillators.

 

International Dairy Queen

INTERNATIONAL DAIRY QUEEN, Good Isn’t Good Enough, Expo

Playing off the company’s ad campaign, “At Dairy Queen, good isn’t good enough,” we wrapped the 2012 Expo in a quest to learn what that message meant to DQ customers, franchisees and senior leadership. Through executive presentations and speaker support, interstitial interactive games and candids videos, we helped Dairy Queen tell their story, reinforcing their brand promise of creating exceptional, memorable experiences.

OPTOS

OPTOS, Optomize Performance, National Sales Meeting

Optos, the leader in widefield retinal imaging technology, is on a mission: to strive every day for excellence in everything they do. That mission underscored every moment of the company’s 2012 National Sales Meeting, beginning with the high-octane opening performance by a brilliantly illuminated drumming ensemble. At the rhythmic crescendo, Optomize Performance splashed across the projection screens and drum boxes, revealing both the meeting theme and Optos’ top two executives as drummers.

As theme and guiding message, Optomize Performance fueled not only the presentations, sales training and awards program, but also extended to the team-building experience. Throughout the two-day meeting, teams competed in quiz bowls, word searches and sports events, determined to outperform each other and their own personal best.

Travel Leaders

TRAVEL LEADERS, Ridin’ High, National Meeting

Everything may be bigger in Texas, but as North America’s largest travel agency franchisor, Travel Leaders is bigger everywhere and definitely Ridin’ High—most recently at the company’s 2012 National Meeting in Dallas. The spirit of the Wild West surrounded attendees the moment they entered the ballroom. The stage was transformed into a classic Old West town—complete with a saloon, dry goods store and sheriff’s office—the ideal backdrop for the troupe of honkytonk dancers, Texas fiddler and trick roper who kicked off the show.

Ridin’ High wasn’t just a celebration and call to action. As the meeting’s foundational message, we integrated Ridin’ High into the executive speeches, visual support, emcee script and videos, and used it as the through-line for the interstitials, from Ten Gallon Trivia to The Good, The Best and The Elite.

Our clients.

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©2017 StoneArch Meetings
Mill Ruins Building,
710 South 2nd Street, 7th Floor,
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612.200.5000
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