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  • Writer's pictureLori Lombardi Ryan

Why Advisory Board Retreats are Important

OCMG provides event management services to many companies that have advisory boards. Over the years, we have found that the ideas that blossom during advisory board retreats can take the company to the next level and expedite the company’s growth.

The following are a breakdown of the important aspects of an advisory board retreat:

Team Building Exercises

Often times advisory boards are comprised of high-level executives with many years of experience and innovative thought processes but it is not guaranteed that these people with different points of view will connect with each other. That is where team building exercises can help. These exercises create trust and help the board members get to know each other better. Sharing ideas becomes easier when there is trust formed between group members.

Travel to a New City

Taking advisory board members out of their usual environment promotes creativity. It is also possible that in this digital world not all advisory board members live in the same city. Traveling to a new city and having new experiences together in a group is a bonding experience that again builds trust and leads to increased productivity during meetings.

Food, Drink, and Relaxation

Personal connections are just as important as professional connections. A sense of community is created when personal information is shared. This usually takes place before, after, and in between planned activities and business meetings during a food and beverage reception. This is a great way to say thank you to board members and allow them to relax while on their retreat.

Business Meetings

Business meetings are the reason the advisory board is on the retreat in the first place. The company needs to hit its numbers and continue to grow. Setting up a workspace that is appropriate for the work the board is doing is a top priority. This means depending on numbers, a board room or theater should be sourced, refreshments provided, and AV equipment properly set up.

No matter what your advisory board needs are, OCMG is poised to plan your next retreat. We can take care of everything from sourcing the retreat site; to coordinating catered meals, travel, and lodging for guests; to planning a timeline of events with the appropriate technology included. We also stay on-site with your team to make sure that your retreat runs smoothly and allows you to focus on what matters, your company.

We have held board retreats in fabulous cities such as Albuquerque, Aspen, Atlanta, Austin, Breckenridge, Cabo San Lucas, Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Grand Harbor, Houston, Jackson Hole, Key West, Laguna, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, Napa, Naples, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Newark, Orlando, Palm Springs, Park City, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Sonoma, St. Paul, Tampa, Tulsa, Vail, Washington D.C., Whistler. Visit us on social media to see some of the places we have been to recently. Set up your board retreat today, call OCMG at 407-948-5706 or email us at

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