The 4th Annual Partner Summit, hosted by IMG, was held on August 8th in the Convocation Center on the main court floor. This year, 15% more corporate partners who are supporting EMU and the Athletic Department attended (32 in total) and had table displays with various giveaways.
The day started with an “Inside EMU Athletics with Vice President and Director of Athletics – Scott Wetherbee”. This portion of the day was exclusive for corporate partners to have the opportunity to learn about new initiatives happening this upcoming year in athletics, along with discussing ways to help grow the brands through the partnerships.
The “tabling and mingling” portion of the Partner Summit followed and this was open to all EMU coaches, administrators, faculty, and staff. In total, over 400 people attended (approximately double from last year) and were able to meet representatives from the corporate partners and form new relationships. They also learned about ways to work together while receiving EMU exclusive discounts and pricing to assist with budgets. A special “thank you” to Walter Kraft for sending out an invitation to all University staff to attend this year. The first 200 staff who attended received a complimentary ticket to the first EMU home football game on August 31st and an EMU backpack cooler.
The following EMU Athletic Official Partners were in attendance: Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites (Official Hotel); Little Caesars (Official Pizza); and Trinity Transportation (Official Transportation).
Attendees received complimentary food and beverage from Aubree’s (Depot Town); Bigalora; Cottage Inn; Jimmy John’s; Little Caesars; Marco’s Pizza; Noodles & Company; Qdoba; and United Dairy Industry of Michigan (Chocolate Milk).
A few partners had “enter to win” contests to win Marco’s Pizza for A Year; Keurig Machine (courtesy of The Hubbard Company); $25 gift certificates to Aubree’s; hotel room night at the Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites; hotel room night at the Holiday Inn on US-23 & Plymouth Road; and a $100 Starbucks Gift Card (courtesy of Eastern Michigan University Credit Union)
All EMU employees are encouraged to attend this fun and unique event next year. The date and time for the 5th annual Partner Summit will be shared in June 2019.
For more information on EMU corporate partners and ways to connect with them, please reach out to: Heidi Wegmueller, General Manager of EMU IMG Sports Marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The complete list of corporate partners who attended are: Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites; Aubree’s; Bigalora; Boj; Cottage Inn; Cueter Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram; Destination Ann Arbor; EMU Bookstore; EMU Credit Union; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; FGS Inc.; Genius Phone Repair; Golden Limo; Holiday Inn Ann Arbor (US-23 & Plymouth Road); Jimmy John’s; Key Bank; Kroger; Little Caesars; MAD Creative Concepts; Marco’s Pizza; Michigan Army National Guard/EMU ROTC; MSW Print; Noodles & Company; Qdoba Mexican Eats; Saint Joseph Mercy Health System; St. Andrew’s Products; Sherwin Williams; The Hubbard Company; Trinity Transportation; United Dairy Industry of Michigan; United Way of Washtenaw County; and Ypsi Alehouse.