Special Events

Congratulations, 2009 ISES Esprit Award Winners!

The ISES Esprit Awards recognize the best and most creative talent and efforts in the special event industry in 32 categories. The Awards acknowledge ISES members who exhibit a spirit of excellence in their work, giving them global visibility. Esprit Award winners were honored at an awards ceremony held Aug. 8 at the San Francisco Marriott. The 2009 ISES Esprit Award recipients are:

MOST CREATIVE SOLUTION: ITS World Congress
Barkley Kalpak Associates

BEST EVENT WITH A LEGACY: Live United Launch Celebration
Ami Cervin, Greater Twin Cities
United Way
Ryan Hanson, BeEvents

BEST INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTION: Event Hospitality Tourism Management
Geoffrey Gilmore, CSEP, Geoffrey Gilmore
Signature LLC

BEST INDUSTRY INNOVATION: The Texas Star Web site
Jeff Musick, 10-80
Technologies LLC
Marla Watson-Werst, CSEP, PeaPod Productions

BEST CATERED EVENT ON- OR OFF-PREMISE CATERING: How Sweet It Is!
Tony Conway, CMP, A Legendary Event

BEST MARKETING/DESIGN COLLATERAL BUDGET UNDER $25,000 USD: “60: The New 40!”
Bonny Katzman, BK Design

BEST MARKETING/DESIGN COLLATERAL BUDGET OVER $25,000 USD: Diamonds in the Desert
Rick Jobe, Jobe & Associates

BEST EVENT SUPPORT SERVICES BUDGET OVER $75,000 USD: 8,000-Guest International Conference
Nancy Jacobs, EdgPRODUCTIONS Inc.

BEST EVENT FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION BUDGET UNDER $75,000 USD: “Your Day to Indulge”
Rachel Kraby-Brooks, Eventonomics

BEST EVENT FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION BUDGET $75,000-$200,000 USD: Celebrating Inspiration & Hope
Sheila Graham, CSEP, American Red Cross

BEST EVENT FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION BUDGET OVER $200,000 USD: Pentagon Memorial Fund Dinner
Deborah Gitelson Krauth, The Webster Group

BEST WEDDING BUDGET UNDER $75,000 USD: Vietnuptials in the Redwoods
Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP, Events of Distinction

BEST WEDDING BUDGET $75,000-$200,000 USD: “Old Hollywood Glamour”
Tara Wilson, Tara Wilson Events

BEST WEDDING BUDGET OVER $200,000 USD: From India with Love
Patricia Weiner and Stacey Weiner, Plan-It Parties

BEST EVENT DESIGN/DECOR BUDGET UNDER $25,000 USD: Advent Vespers
Sheree Bochenek, Apres Party & Tent Rental
Jodi Collen, CSEP, Augsburg College

BEST EVENT DESIGN/DECOR BUDGET $25,000-$75,000 USD: Shaken and Stirred
Jack Kelly, Eye Dialogue LLC

BEST EVENT DESIGN/DECOR BUDGET OVER $75,000 USD: 'Tis the Seasons
Sara Hunt, AT&T Park

BEST EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY: Pentagon Memorial Dedication
Geoffrey Chesman, ImageLink Photography

BEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTION: Plaza Grand Opening
Allin Foulkrod, CSEP, Creative Visions Inc.

BEST SOCIAL EVENT BUDGET UNDER $75,000 USD: Phashion Phest
Sharon Phillips Waxman, SPW Productions LLC

BEST SOCIAL EVENT BUDGET OVER $75,000 USD: Amanda's Chocolate Factory
Taylor Strimple and Patricia E. Weiner, Plan-It Parties

BEST MEETING/CONFERENCE PROGRAM BUDGET UNDER $200,000 USD: Around the World Conference
Carolyn Luscombe, CSEP, CMP, Eclectic Events International

BEST MEETING/CONFERENCE PROGRAM BUDGET Over $200,000 USD: Transform: National Sales Meeting 2008
Kelly Dolan, Aspect Medical Systems

BEST CORPORATE EVENT BUDGET UNDER $75,000 USD: An Evening of Carioca Pride
Sean DeFreitas, Designs by Sean Inc.
Harith Wickrema, Harith Productions Ltd.

BEST CORPORATE EVENT BUDGET $75,000-$200,000 USD: The Wedding Fair
The Wedding Guys®

BEST CORPORATE EVENT BUDGET OVER $200,000 USD: 32nd Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan Association
Sally Webb, CSEP, The Special Event Co.

BEST ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION BUDGET UNDER $25,000 USD: Wine and Trees
Sandy O. Fergus, Creative Juice

BEST ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION BUDGET $25,000-$75,000 USD: “Rethinking the Boundaries” Launch
Debbie Meyers, CSEP, BRAVO!
Productions Entertainment Inc.
Sally Webb, CSEP, The Special Event Co.

BEST ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION BUDGET OVER $75,000 USD: Enquerir
Michael Kloss, Emory University, Office of University Events

ISES TEAM EFFORT BUDGET UNDER $75,000 USD: Hillary Clinton Rally
Jodi Collen, CSEP, Augsburg College
Craig Oliver, AARCEE Party & Tent Rental
Daniel R. Zunker, Heroic Productions

ISES TEAM EFFORT BUDGET $75,000-$200,000 USD: New Inspiration of Dermatology
Kelley Gillespie, CSI Capitol Services Inc.
Gary Jones, CSEP, and Liz Sine, Gary Jones Presents …
Jan Kearney, Cast of Thousands Entertainment Co. Inc.

ISES TEAM EFFORT BUDGET OVER $200,000 USD: Christening of New York
Angel Barbosa, Teresa Chubb and Stacey Dauzat, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
BBC Destination Management
Sandy Pagnotti, P.W. Feats Inc.

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