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Anna Deans

Midway Creative Group Recognized as Finalist for Two American Marketing Association Crystal Awards


May 25, 2021

Midway Creative Group, received two finalist nominations for the 2021 Crystal Awards from the Houston Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) for “Special Event Marketing” and “Promotion Products, Packaging & POP”.


Midway’s The Front Porch creative event series at Century Square in College Station, TX was a finalist in the category “Event Promotion: Two or More Events”. The feel-good live music series kicked off in September 2020 in tribute to the career beginnings of former Texas A&M students and country music icons, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett. Featuring an open-mic format and performances by up-and-coming musicians on weekends from 7-10 p.m., The Front Porch has become an entertainment destination for College Station residents and visitors alike.


Bee Haven at East River was a finalist in the AMA’s “Product Packaging” category. In the summer of 2020, Midway installed two beehives on the 150-acre East River development site in collaboration with Alvéole, a social beekeeping company. The living colonies of honeybees require minimal resources and have introduced a flood of direct and indirect benefits in the urban environment, notably social and ecological. The 2020 harvest yielded 60 pounds of hyperlocal honey, which Midway packaged in 200 branded Bee Haven glass honey jars, complete with a honey dipper.


“We are so humbled to be honored as finalists for the Crystal Awards, and I am tremendously proud of my team for truly going above and beyond to develop and implement these exceptional, award-winning experiences and products,” said Shannon Bedinger, Midway’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Our team is uniquely trained in the architecture and real estate disciplines, providing a one-of-a-kind, experiential marketing perspective reflective of surrounding communities and environments.”


As Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Bedinger is responsible for guiding Midway’s corporate marketing initiatives as well as the strategic marketing and communications for its investments. Since joining Midway in March 2020, she led the charge to launch Midway Creative Group, which has since expanded the firm’s business offerings to include boutique marketing and creative agency services. Specializing in creative branding, market positioning, experiential marketing and placemaking initiatives, the team currently leads creatives behind Midway destinations including CITYCENTRE, Green Street and Century Square, as well as the firm’s East River and Lone Star District projects currently underdevelopment. In addition to launching Midway Creative Group, Bedinger also led the revamp of DISTRICT by Midway in partnership with PaperCity Magazine, which relaunched on a digital platform in February 2021. For more information and to stay updated on Midway Creative Group, visit the website and follow @MidwayCreativeGroup on Instagram.