Steppe Solutions | Event Engineers in Ann Arbor, Michigan | Event and Conference Planning and Management
Let us make your event truly EXCEPTIONAL.
Each client’s needs are unique. We take the time to understand your vision for your virtual and in-person events, and tailor our efforts to complement your team with a wide array of services including...
Vision – working together to create a vision and objectives for each event.
Management – creating budgets, negotiating venue contracts, implementing systems and processes, and translating visions into action plans.
Logistics – facilitating all details associated with your event – from rentals, audiovisual, music, and décor, to guest gifts and name badges, and more.
Vendors – partnering with our cadre of trusted vendors to provide services such as production and streaming of virtual presentations, graphic design, web design, audiovisual, photography, videography, rentals, catering, music, flowers, guest gifts, and more.
Relationships – communicating with attendees, presenters, sponsors, exhibitors, and vendors.
Sponsorship – working closely with the client to review their sponsorship packages, help organize their process for soliciting prospective sponsors, and act as the liaison with all confirmed sponsors to ensure that each receives all benefits associated with their sponsorship.
Marketing – orchestrating the design of web pages, registration systems, and promotional materials. Providing marketing direction and plans.
Steppe Solutions is a full-service event management agency. Since 2001 we have been providing the direction, focus, creativity, structure, and momentum needed to translate our client’s vision into reality.
We produce virtual and in-person multi-day conferences, academic symposia, high-profile galas, annual dinners, donor events, and large-scale meetings and celebrations.
We are relentless when it comes to the details that make an event outstanding, and we are excellent problem solvers known for our professionalism and calm demeanor. Our team truly enjoys the work we do, and we take personal pride in the success of each event that we plan.
We have had the pleasure of producing hundreds of exceptional events over the years, and welcome the opportunity to partner with you on your next event.
Why do we call ourselves Engineers?
Engineer (definition) –
v. 1. skillfully and artfully arrange for an event to occur. 2. design and build
n. 1. a skillful contriver or originator. 2. professionals who invent, design, analyze and build. . . to fulfill objectives while considering the limitations of practicality. . . and cost.
Event production is so much more than just managing the logistics (which we do meticulously, by the way). We have turned our many years of experience into an event engineering process. Our partnership begins with client meetings to ascertain a thorough understanding of the event, objectives, goals and budget. We then analyze this information and skillfully craft a plan for turning our client’s vision into a reality. This includes a detailed planning timeline, a comprehensive budget, and a structure of systems and processes to keep the client thinking strategically throughout the planning process.
We Become an Extension of Your Organization
We become genuine partners with our clients, and work as an extension of their staff and committees. What sets us apart from other event management companies is not necessarily our ability to manage all of the logistics (although we are exceptional at this). We help guide your decision-making. We’re creative and seasoned. Chances are, anything you dream up, we have either done it before, or we know how to make it happen.
Our true value lies in the intangible strategic partnership we develop with each client – asking the right questions, listening closely, offering ways to streamline processes, resolving challenges creatively, suggesting new approaches – which results in a tangibly successful experience. We hear time and again – from our clients, that they are able to fully engage in and enjoy the event; from invited presenters, that they feel well-informed and prepared for their role; and from guests, that our level of care and professionalism far surpasses their typical event experience.
A Track Record That Speaks For Itself
The fact that more than half of our annual clientele is made up of long-term repeat clients, with some relationships spanning more than 12 years, is a great testament to our track record. Time and time again, our clients will share stories of ways in which we have been integral to their planning processes and decision making by working together on high-level strategies, asking important questions, and bringing creative solutions. This speaks to the value we bring to our clients, often in ways that are not always quantifiable.
"Steppe Solutions is a huge help in maintaining overall organization and timeline of our event planning - making sure we are having the right conversations and making the right decisions at the right times according to the overall event timeline."
Ann Arbor Organization