BECAUZ Accelerators

A Comprehensive Approach to Change

The BECAUZ Accelerator program utilizes proprietary Processes, Tools and Systems to install transformational change in Leaders, Teams and Organization. This process accelerates change because of our proven processes, dynamic facilitation and an integrated, systemic approach.

How do we maximize our impact as a World Class IT Organization and embrace the challenges presented by global economic and IT events and trends?

Walter PuschnerVP - Worldwide Field ITMicrosoft

How can we create a leadership team to transform our firm?

Mike PongonCOOPoint B

How can we most effectively communicate our Real Estate Repositioning offering to add value for our clients?

Tony StewartVice PresidentMcKinstry

How do we maximize our impact as a World Class IT Organization and embrace the challenges presented by global economic and IT events and trends?

Walter PuschnerVP - Worldwide Field ITMicrosoft

BECAUZ tailors the programs they offer us to closely align to our business needs. Each and every interaction has its own dynamic, and they are able to adjust what they do, live in the moment, to maximize results and value. That kind of adaptability and dynamism is a core skill you don’t often find.

Walter PuschnerVice President, User ExperienceMicrosoft

BECAUZ are savvy social architects who create environments that lead to extraordinary learning and results. With your help, our 80-person extended leadership team has moved from a “command and control” focus to an “inspire and involve” culture, with alignment and ownership embedded into the leadership ecosystem.

Jacky WrightVPMicrosoft SESIT

With BECAUZ we have consistently generated breakthrough results and have been able to align our teams around transformational strategy. We have built an adaptive organization that flourishes in the midst of uncertainty and innovates to create solutions that were unimaginable just a few years ago.

B.J. MooreVice PreidentMicrosoft - Enterprise Commerce IT

How can we engage our entire organization and partners as leaders to realize our vision?

Senior Director of a field readiness group

How do we get our engineering leads and their teams to perform at even higher levels as we grow and scale our business?

Brett HelselSr. VP EngineeringIsilon Systems, Inc.

What would be possible across teams if we collaborated?

Andrew ClaphamSenior DirectorDesign & Construction

How can we drive team performance, build client relationships and generate a better bottom line?

Erika SchmidtPresident & COOFrause

How can we build a global innovation engine without adding people or additional dollars?

Tyson HartmanChief Technology OfficerAvanade

How to Make Your Event Vendors Love You


How to Make Your Event Vendors Love You

BECAUZ has an amazing cadre of vendors we partner with to produce corporate events. I recently asked some of them: what can event planners do to enable you to provide your best service so that together, you and the event planner can put on the most successful event possible?

Make Your Event Vendors Love YouAdrienne Miller, Director of Corporate Accounts, Coastal Hotels, sums it up perfectly: “The best event planners are the ones who are knowledgeable, flexible, and look to build relationships with the locations they book. When we as suppliers are treated as partners rather than vendors, great relationships are built and extraordinary events are created.”

John Woodward, Sales Manager, PSAV (provides audio/visual rentals, staging, and production services) values information sharing: “Share with your vendor the purpose of the meeting, what your organization is trying to accomplish, and the ultimate audience take-away. This allows your vendor to offer solutions that make most sense for your program, perhaps a solution you’re not seeing as the client. No vendor wants to sell you something that ends up not being useful or impactful to the event.”

John also stresses the importance of lead time:

“The one thing that makes it hardest for us to do our jobs for clients is limited lead time. You need to allow sufficient amount of lead time to plan an event—30 days minimum. This enables us to reserve and manage resources for you ahead of time, keeping your costs down. Last-minute requests can get expensive and take valuable time. Our time should be spent on focused on flawless execution and customer service.

“I also suggest event planners spend enough time with a vendor to work through the initial discovery process. Clients get very busy and can find it hard to set time aside for their vendors, but many questions and issues can be addressed in a 15-minute phone call. I find that event planners who don’t prepare for and allow sufficient time for the discovery call have to work harder to produce an event.”

Adrienne suggests understanding venue operations:

“Event planners often look at guest room rates first and then figure out the other components of their event. Our organization looks at the entire set of event needs: guest rooms, meeting space requirements, food and beverage, and audio visual requirements. Having all the information at the beginning of the discussion allows us to offer the best possible bid for the event.

“One thing that makes it hard for us to serve some event planners is that they’re not familiar with how some venues work. Hotels that are Conference Centers are busiest Monday through Thursday and resort locations are typically busiest on the weekends.

“When an event planner wants to book a large group for a one-night stay at a  Conference Center on a Tuesday, it makes it nearly impossible for us to book the Monday night. Similarly, if a group wants only a Saturday night at a resort, the guest rooms on Friday night tend to be left empty. Most properties will decline these types of requests and the planner may wonder why their block of 200 rooms isn’t considered “good” business for the hotel. When planners understand the hotel’s preferred stay guidelines and can book accordingly, it’s a better experience for both sides.”

John and Adrienne’s “back of house” perspective is shared by “front of house” expert Helena Cantrall, Master of Ceremonies and Emcee for major events:

“Give lots of notice—book well in advance. And share all the information you have on the event: attendees, A/V, venue, other speakers.

“Also be clear on roles and expectations: who is doing what so tasks aren’t duplicated or overlooked. I love seeing clear objectives for an event and especially love an agreed up ‘run of show’ sheet!”

If you need guidance or hands-on assistance in hosting the perfect leadership conference or corporate event, please connect with BECAUZ.


  1. This is really informative! I’m helping with some wedding planning for my sister, and we definitely understand how important timing is! We’ve almost narrowed down the locations, and now we are looking at the options for visual and audio rentals! Hopefully thing follow through!

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