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Creative Group Creative Group, a Direct Travel company, designs programs and experiences that reward excellence and inspire people to reach their full potential.

Creative Group designs global programs and experiences that reward excellence and inspire people to reach their full potential – we call it Thrivability. We have been motivating people since 1970. As a performance improvement company, we specialize in engagement, incentive and recognition solutions, and end-to-end meeting and event management. Creative Group has been honored with the CMI 25 Award,

Creative Group designs global programs and experiences that reward excellence and inspire people to reach their full potential – we call it Thrivability. We have been motivating people since 1970. As a performance improvement company, we specialize in engagement, incentive and recognition solutions, and end-to-end meeting and event management. Creative Group has been honored with the CMI 25 Award,

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Heather Cochran-Rock is a new Program Manager in our Schaumburg office. Get to know her!🌄 Favorite morning routine: Brea...
08/10/2022

Heather Cochran-Rock is a new Program Manager in our Schaumburg office. Get to know her!

🌄 Favorite morning routine: Breakfast with her husband
🏕️ Favorite childhood memory: Summer camping trips to Maine
📃 Her quote to live by: "The best way to predict your future, is to create it!"
❤️ If she could start a non-profit, it would focus on: Infertility

#WelcomeWednesday #NewHire #LetsThrive

Climate change is taking the phrase “don’t let it rain on my parade” to the next level. ⛈️The increase in extreme weathe...
08/09/2022
Don’t Let Climate Change Blow Your Event Away

Climate change is taking the phrase “don’t let it rain on my parade” to the next level. ⛈️The increase in extreme weather events across the globe calls for a detailed disaster preparedness plan. Here’s what you should consider: https://bit.ly/3oyyo6N

#DisasterPrevention #ClimateChange #Events #EventProfs #LetsThrive

As weather patterns throw caution to the wind, event planners must deal with some unpleasant realities when it comes to planning events.

The events industry leans into a sustainability approach “that restores, renews, and heals - leaving host communities, a...
08/08/2022
Admit It: The Events Industry Is Missing the Mark on Sustainability

The events industry leans into a sustainability approach “that restores, renews, and heals - leaving host communities, attendees, nature, and society better off than we found them.” The time to start is now, and here’s how: https://bit.ly/3yVEvXE

#Sustainability #GreenMeetings #EcoFriendly #LetsThrive

Let’s move beyond simple checklists, one-time social initiatives, and basic measurements of landfill avoidance and recycling, and start thinking more systemically and longer term.

“Sometimes all it takes to believe you can do something is to see someone who looks like you do it first.” Being in an i...
08/05/2022
Cracker Jill™

“Sometimes all it takes to believe you can do something is to see someone who looks like you do it first.” Being in an industry that champions women, it’s so exciting to see others doing the same! Representation matters – check out how Cracker Jack is celebrating women in sports: https://bit.ly/3zr6P5O

#EmpoweringWomen #Representation #LetsThrive

Cracker Jack® is adding a new face to its roster, Cracker Jill™, to celebrate women in sports. Join the cause and grab a bag today.

#JoinOurTeam! Creative Group is hiring for multiple positions. If you want to join a sweet team, check out the link belo...
08/04/2022

#JoinOurTeam! Creative Group is hiring for multiple positions. If you want to join a sweet team, check out the link below! 👇

https://bit.ly/3z03YPM

#RemoteWork #Hiring #OpenPositions #LetsThrive

Get to know Suzanne Hale, an excellent new addition to our Strategic Sourcing team!🦄 Favorite fictional character: Micha...
08/03/2022

Get to know Suzanne Hale, an excellent new addition to our Strategic Sourcing team!

🦄 Favorite fictional character: Michael Scott
🍟 Favorite snack: Microwave popcorn and dark chocolate
🌊 Favorite way to spend leisure time: By the water
📚 The book currently on her nightstand: Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown

#WelcomeWednesday #NewHire #LetsThrive

Our Toronto office is closed today for August Long Weekend – hopefully, our Canadian employees are enjoying some well-de...
08/01/2022

Our Toronto office is closed today for August Long Weekend – hopefully, our Canadian employees are enjoying some well-deserved sunshine ☀️

#CivicHoliday #AugustLongWeekend #LetsThrive

You might think your incentive strategy is working, but odds are, it could be working harder... NOW is the right time to...
07/28/2022

You might think your incentive strategy is working, but odds are, it could be working harder... NOW is the right time to step back and evaluate – here’s why: https://bit.ly/3beuugs

#IncentiveProgram #IncentiveStrategy #LetsThrive

Robyn Morgen is a new Program Manager in our California office. Here are some fun facts about her!📺 Favorite binge-worth...
07/27/2022

Robyn Morgen is a new Program Manager in our California office. Here are some fun facts about her!

📺 Favorite binge-worthy TV show: 90-Day Fiancé
✈️ Favorite place to travel: Dubai
💆‍♀️ If she had a day to herself, you would find her: At the spa!
❤️ If she could start a non-profit, it would focus on: Children with Diabetes

#WelcomeWednesday #NewHire #LetsThrive

A "Back to the Future" themed conference welcomed advisors “back” to their community to reconnect after years of lockdow...
07/26/2022

A "Back to the Future" themed conference welcomed advisors “back” to their community to reconnect after years of lockdowns – complete with an 80s party, a (time-travelling 🤫) DeLorean, and an intimate, song circle performance by Grammy-Award winning Canadian artist, Chantal Kreviazuk.

#AnotherAmazingExperience #LetsThrive

Welcome back to #LeadershipCorner! Wendy Wallace, Director of Marketing, is inspired by the words of Winston Churchill, ...
07/25/2022

Welcome back to #LeadershipCorner! Wendy Wallace, Director of Marketing, is inspired by the words of Winston Churchill, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

WW: “One of the positives I see emerging from the pandemic era is our collective willingness to live with uncertainty. Whether we like it or not, it has boosted our resilience – and with a world filled with so much rapid change, our ability to shift directions is crucial to our survival. I found a great podcast called A Slight Change of Plans by Maya Shankar. It blends great storytelling with the science of human behavior, showcasing people who have made bold moves in the face of big change. I encourage all my friends to listen!”

#Leadership #LetsThrive

Sunday is #InternationalSelfCareDay. Don’t forget to make time for YOU this weekend! And if you’re an event planner, her...
07/22/2022

Sunday is #InternationalSelfCareDay. Don’t forget to make time for YOU this weekend! And if you’re an event planner, here are some tips to reduce burnout: Mental Health Tips for Event Planners: https://bit.ly/3zjxAJ5

#SelfCare #MentalHealth #LetsThrive

Happy #ThriveThursdays! Today the spotlight is on Tracy Wilson, Web Project Specialist, from our Toronto office. What ma...
07/21/2022

Happy #ThriveThursdays! Today the spotlight is on Tracy Wilson, Web Project Specialist, from our Toronto office. What makes her THRIVE in her personal life?

TW: “A couple of years ago, we made a big move out of the city and into the country. I’ve always loved the outdoors and being in nature, and my new surroundings have allowed me to slow my pace and enjoy the ride. Waking up to fresh air, ever-changing scenery, and tons of trails, lakes, and towns to explore has been a game-changer. It’s impossible not to take it all in and let it all out!”

#EmployeeSpotlight #LetsThrive

A very warm welcome to Bessie Labno, an excellent new addition to our Customer Experience Team. Get to know her!  🤩 Some...
07/20/2022

A very warm welcome to Bessie Labno, an excellent new addition to our Customer Experience Team. Get to know her!

🤩 Someone she admires: Serena Williams
🍦 Favorite ice cream flavor: Peanut butter chocolate
🧾 The quote she lives by: “Integrity is like oxygen. If you don’t have it, nothing else matters”
🎶 The song she currently has on repeat: As it Was by Harry Styles

#WelcomeWednesday #NewHire #LetsThrive

One issue with many incentive programs is the failure to properly support them with the right communications. How can pa...
07/18/2022

One issue with many incentive programs is the failure to properly support them with the right communications. How can participants feel motivated to strive for something they don’t even know about? This is your reminder to develop a clear and compelling program marketing plan – engage your participants from the start and excite them through every step in the journey! Check out how we helped a client do exactly that: https://bit.ly/3yIm4p7

#MondayMotivation #ProgramMarketing #LetsThrive

As the industry rebuilds, the importance of learning never stops – and thought leaders are so necessary to lay a solid f...
07/15/2022

As the industry rebuilds, the importance of learning never stops – and thought leaders are so necessary to lay a solid foundation. Janet Traphagen, Creative Group’s President, recently joined the many voices and partners of Marriott International Luxury Brands at the Meeting and Incentive Partner Council Meeting at The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua 🌺

The Luxury Collection #MariottLuxuryBrands #ThoughtLeadership #Maui #RitzCarlton #LetsThrive

When it comes to planning events in the current economic climate, the early bird gets the worm! Margaret Foley-Easter, D...
07/14/2022

When it comes to planning events in the current economic climate, the early bird gets the worm! Margaret Foley-Easter, Director, Account Operations & Insights, weighed in on the cost of inflation when planning events and how to alleviate sticker shock in this latest MeetingsNet article. And a big shoutout to Julie Wildebour, Lisa Hao, Christina Nordine, and Corinne Zollars for sharing their insights! https://bit.ly/3c9Ttl9

#Inflation #EventPlanning #LetsThrive

Get to know Keely Brooks, a talented new addition to our Customer Experience team!🍿 Favorite movie: Mamma Mia✈️ Favorite...
07/13/2022

Get to know Keely Brooks, a talented new addition to our Customer Experience team!

🍿 Favorite movie: Mamma Mia
✈️ Favorite place to travel: Rome
🧾 Best advice ever received: Be where your feet are
📚 The book currently on her nightstand: The Defining Decade

#WelcomeWednesday #NewHire #LetsThrive

Where in the world has Creative Group been? In the last 60 days, we’ve visited 16 countries, 42 cities, and created auth...
07/12/2022

Where in the world has Creative Group been? In the last 60 days, we’ve visited 16 countries, 42 cities, and created authentic, rewarding experiences for over 3000 people. Live incentive travel is back and just getting better! 🤩

#Incentive #Travel #LetsThrive

Another Amazing Experience went off with a splash in Turks and Caicos! This incentive program was all fun and sun, compl...
07/11/2022

Another Amazing Experience went off with a splash in Turks and Caicos! This incentive program was all fun and sun, complete with a “white party,” endless water sports and activities, and colorful Caribbean food and music. Warm breezes and white sandy beaches for the win! ☀️

#Incentive #Travel #LetsThrive

We’re so proud of Jamie Schwartz for being named to the MeetingsNet Changemakers 2022 list. It recognizes people who lef...
07/08/2022

We’re so proud of Jamie Schwartz for being named to the MeetingsNet Changemakers 2022 list. It recognizes people who left a mark on the industry with their innovation and resourcefulness. Please join us in celebrating our latest changemaker, Jamie! https://bit.ly/3NQZUa2

#Changemakers2022 #LetsThrive

Did you make it to last week’s webinar with Creative Group, PIP Connect, and Incentive Concepts? Have you considered how...
07/07/2022

Did you make it to last week’s webinar with Creative Group, PIP Connect, and Incentive Concepts? Have you considered how important it is to weave values into recognition design and gift fulfillment? We’re talking about equity, fairness, and justice. Melissa Van Dyke spoke on this and more! So ICYMI, you can find the recording here: https://bit.ly/3Asn03H

#LetsThrive

A big welcome to our new Program Manager, Nicole Sheridan! Get to know her with some fun facts: 🧾 Best advice ever recei...
07/06/2022

A big welcome to our new Program Manager, Nicole Sheridan! Get to know her with some fun facts:

🧾 Best advice ever received: Trust your gut!
☕ Favorite place to grab a morning beverage: Coffee at home, brewed by her husband with love
😴 If she had a day to herself, she would spend it: Napping
🦄 Favorite fictional character: Professor McGonagall or Mrs. Maisel

#WelcomeWednesday #NewHire #LetsThrive

Fifty-two and FABULOUS! 🎉 July marks Creative Group’s 52nd birthday. The world has changed a lot through the decades, bu...
07/05/2022

Fifty-two and FABULOUS! 🎉 July marks Creative Group’s 52nd birthday. The world has changed a lot through the decades, but we’ve evolved too – to tackle new challenges and open new doors. Cheers to 52 years of helping people #thrive with rewarding authentic, amazing experiences all over the world.

#Birthday #Celebrating #LetsThrive

Happy Fourth of July 🎆 Our offices across the US are closed today. Enjoy the rest of the long weekend! #LetsThrive
07/04/2022

Happy Fourth of July 🎆 Our offices across the US are closed today. Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!

#LetsThrive

Wishing our Canadian Creative Group family, friends, and partners a safe and happy #CanadaDay weekend! Our Toronto offic...
07/01/2022

Wishing our Canadian Creative Group family, friends, and partners a safe and happy #CanadaDay weekend! Our Toronto office is closed today.

#LetsThrive

Incentive strategies generally reward the top tier, but what are you doing for the next level of achievers? How do you m...
06/30/2022

Incentive strategies generally reward the top tier, but what are you doing for the next level of achievers? How do you motivate this wider category of performers to keep them engaged and laser-focused? Don’t make the mistake of using cash…. It’s forgettable! It can easily become an entitlement and it’s shallow – it doesn’t provide a brag factor like high-perceived-value rewards like individual travel. https://bit.ly/3bGvWI7

#Travel #Experiences #IncentiveTravel #LetsThrive

The webinar starts in a few hours! Don’t miss your chance to hear from our very own Melissa Van Dyke in collaboration wi...
06/29/2022

The webinar starts in a few hours! Don’t miss your chance to hear from our very own Melissa Van Dyke in collaboration with Incentive Concepts and PIP Connect. If you haven’t already, RSVP here to join the conversation! 👉 https://bit.ly/3OAVRQb

#FreeWebinar #Recognition #EmployeeRetention #LetsThrive

Summer days and double plays for our Toronto Office ⚾ Our Creative Group Canada team enjoyed a beautiful day at the ball...
06/28/2022

Summer days and double plays for our Toronto Office ⚾ Our Creative Group Canada team enjoyed a beautiful day at the ballpark cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays!

#BlueJays #TeamEvent #LetsThrive

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200 N Martingale Rd
Schaumburg, IL
60173

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm

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(847) 520-4350

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Global Group Incentive Travel
Global Meetings & Events
Employee Engagement and Recognition
Sales Incentives
Channel Loyalty
Strategic Meetings Management (SMM)
CreativeEDGE™ Meeting and Attendee Management
eventapp™
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Creative Group designs global programs and experiences that reward excellence and inspire people to reach their full potential – we call it Thrivability. We design and execute meeting, incentive, and recognition solutions that deliver business results by inspiring people to thrive. We have been motivating people since 1970.

Creative Group has been honored with the CMI 25 Award, recognizing the top 25 most influential meetings and incentive management companies in the U.S., since the award’s inception in 2007. Our global solutions include: meetings and events, group incentive travel, employee engagement and recognition, sales incentives and channel loyalty programs. We are able to effectively support these solutions through our proprietary attendee management tool, CreativeEDGE™, EventAPP™ mobile technology, and customizable rewards and cloud based platforms perfectly tailored to your needs.

Creative Group is a Direct Travel company.

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