The 007 theme song was playing as we stepped into the Juniper room at the Essex Conference Center & Retreat in Essex, Mass., last Thursday. A woman dressed in black and faux animal print peered down her sunglasses at us (it was dark and rainy out on that day in June), gave us a mysterious smile, then continued arranging some envelopes, Polaroid cameras, and other paraphernalia on the table. We were an eight-person group of meeting planners (and one journalist) who came to experience ...

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