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Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Opium Group: A-List Corporate Events from Start to Finish

Jeff Nelke, Vice President and General Manager at Access Destination Services, needed a high-end venue for a corporate event he was planning, he called The Opium Group, one of the country’s most successful hospitality conglomerates.
While you may know The Opium Group as the owners and operators of ultra-luxurious clubs like Mansion, they also offer a corporate events planning service. When companies host awards shows and parties, full-service seated dinners, product premieres, cocktail parties and corporate receptions, The Opium Group offers planning services from start to finish.
Jeff had experienced frustrations with previous venues, where he felt like the planners made promises and plans they could not deliver upon. Getting it “right” is vital to Jeff’s job. At Access Destination, he is responsible for knowing the South Florida area inside and out. When his clients want to plan a conference, reward trip or meeting, he assists the company in all aspects of planning.
Jeff found a company who did deliver when he contacted The Opium Group. He said he found a company that offered services as creative and exceptional as the venues themselves.
Bridget Sternshein, Director of Corporate Events at The Opium Group, worked with Jeff on both venue site selection and creative production in relation to the event.
“Bridget’s knowledge of all aspects of corporate event planning combined with an ownership group that knows how to keep it fresh set The Opium Group apart,” Jeff says.
Meeting the Challenge
One of Jeff’s challenges with planning his event was that he was planning a themed party, yet wanted to retain the glamour of The Opium Group’s locations.
The Opium Group worked to achieve and deliver this goal, Jeff says.
“They worked with us to incorporate our theme while keeping the integrity of the unique Miami Beach venue,” he says. “I was impressed with their flexibility.”
Set, one of The Opium Group's amazing venues
Live the Dream
The Opium Group manages five venues, which reads like a list of Miami’s top nightclubs. These include:
• Cameo
• Mansion
• Mokai
• Opium Nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
• Set
Because the Group’s venues already have operational, security, bar and serving staff, event planners like Jeff do not have to make contact with individual events companies. A single point of contact means less hassle and only one number on a speed-dial to ensure a successful event.
“If you have ever been sold a dream only left to deliver a nightmare, you will really appreciate Bridget and The Opium Group’s team,” Jeff says. “They are outstanding at understanding the service concept of over-deliver.”
To learn more about The Opium Group’s available venues, click here or contact Bridget Sternshein, Director of Corporate Events, at (954) 770-7029 or e-mail 
For more information on Access Destination Services, contact Jeff Nelke at (954) 927-0507 or visit the company’s website by clicking here.