Special Events
The Special Event 2011

The Special Event 2011

The event scene was hot in Phoenix during The Special Event, the annual showstopping showcase of education, exhibits and events.

A Super Start

The Special Event 2011 kicks off with the brand-new Off-the-Hook Teen Events session, while the TSE Starts Here party at Corona Ranch is a crowd-pleaser.

Day One

The Opening General Session looks at the toughest and smartest business decisions made by four event experts.

Essential Education

Attendees can choose from more than 100 hours of training in nine industry-essential tracks.

Wonderful Wedding Lunch

The Wedding Lunch and Gallery showcases showstopping wedding design.

The Show Floor

The exhibit floor jumps, with a wide range of booths, the custom Performance Stage and even a “flash mob” dance.

SEARCH Fundraiser Sizzles

Joann Roth-Oseary celebrates with a big donation to the SEARCH Foundation from AFR. Photo by Damion Hamilton.

The Masters Brunch

POP Kollaborative founder Ken Kristoffersen, CSEP, CEM, accepts the Steve Kemble Leadership Foundation Award from Debbie Meyers at the Masters Brunch.

Legendary Carabriner founder Leslie Buckland keynotes the Masters Brunch, the annual meeting of the top minds in special events.

Gala Awards

Winners of the Gala Award — the highest honor in special events — show off their trophies.

Gala Celebration

Next, they dance the night away.

Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Catch the Moment.

Next page: Saluting our 2011 Sponsors

Saluting our 2011 Sponsors

Catch The Moment
[email protected]
www.catchthemoment.com

Synergy Event Technology
Mark Buesnel, [email protected]
www.synergyet.com

Arizona Grand Resort
Jessica Sprouse, CMP, [email protected]
grandresort.com
www.arizonagrandresort.com

Aventura & Phoenix Convention Center
Mark Rosendahl, [email protected]
www.aventuracatering.com

Corona Ranch
Diana David, [email protected]
www.coronaranch.com

CORT Event Furnishings
Kevin Dana, [email protected]
www.cortevents.com

Fresh Wata
Christine Bray, [email protected]
www.freshwata.com

Graceful Tables
Beth Harmon, [email protected]
www.gracefultables.com

Steve Levine Entertainment
David Horen, [email protected]
www.slentertainment.com

Accent Decor
Margaret Hofland, [email protected]
www.accentdecor.com

Classic Party Rentals
Nicole Edwards, [email protected]
www.classicpartyrentals.com

Creative Backstage
John Garberson, [email protected]
www.creativebackstage.com

De Leon Productions
Nicole Flores, [email protected]
www.deleonproductions.com

Event Producers
Kristen Kain, [email protected]
www.eventproducers.com

Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Erin Hutchinson, [email protected]
www.phoenix.hyatt.com

Kool. Party Rentals
Jack B. Weiner, [email protected]
www.koolpartyrentals.com

La Tavola Fine Linen
Emarie Chervinskas, [email protected]
www.latavolalinen.com

Live-Online Television
Dave Jensen, [email protected]
www.live-online.tv

M Catering By Michael's
Deirdre Furlow, [email protected]
www.mculinary.com

Melissa Jill Photography
Melissa Jill, [email protected]
www.melissajill.com

Merestone
Camille Hill, [email protected]
www.merestone.com

MK Shannon Awards & Rewards
Kathleen Abney, [email protected]
www.mkshannon.com

Rentals Unlimited
David Price, [email protected]
www.rentals-unlimited.net

Russ Wholesale Flowers
Russ Philips, [email protected]
www.russonflowers.com

Virginia Toy and Novelty
Tom Weigl, [email protected]
www.virginiatoy.com

Flora Bella
Rob Hudachek, [email protected]
www.florabellaaz.com

Key Artist Group
Lee McDonald, [email protected]
www.keyartistgroup.com/living_world_oceania.asp

Pro Production Services
Donovan Mote, [email protected]
www.proproductionservices.com

Wendell Design Group Florist
René Wendell, [email protected]
www.wendellflorist.com

Wildflower Linen
Youngsong Martin, [email protected]
www.wildflowerlinens.com

Buckland
Leslie Buckland, [email protected]
www.lesliebuckland.com

René Van Rems International
René Van Rems, [email protected]
www.renevanrems.com

Sculptware
Scott Edwards, [email protected]
www.sculptware.com

Amici Catering
Lori Harlig, [email protected]
www.amicicateringaz.com

AV Concepts
MaryEllen Gibson, [email protected]
www.avconcepts.com

BBJ Linen
Barbara Ellis, [email protected]
www.bbjlinen.com

Bollotta Entertainment
Anthony Bollotta, [email protected]
www.bollotta.com

Cachet Wedding Designs
Vanessa Rockafellow, PWC, [email protected]
weddingdesigns.com
www.cachetweddingdesigns.com

Candles West
Jason Munsayac, [email protected]
www.candleswest.com

Champagne Creative Group
Heather Remillard, [email protected]
creativegroup.com
www.champagnecreativegroup.com

Club 90
Peter Berliner, [email protected]
www.club90band.com

Cre8ive Event Rentals
Dawn Moseke, [email protected]
www.cre8iveevents.com

Creative Occasions
Corinne Carr, [email protected]
www.creativeoccasions.com

Encore Creative
Lydia Jenkins, [email protected]
www.encorecreative.com

Event Team Inc.
Rowan Pickering, [email protected]
www.eventteaminc.com

Heidi's Events & Catering
Heidi Vail, [email protected]
www.heidievents.com

Idieh Design
Heidi Bartlett, [email protected]
www.idiehdesign.com

Lee's Cream Liqueur
Lee Turner, [email protected]
www.leescreamliqueur.com

Living Energy
Rick Benton, [email protected]
www.livingenergy.com

Napa Valley Linens
Sharon Dexmier, [email protected]
www.nvlinens.com

Ormonde Productions
Tony Ormonde, [email protected]
www.ormondeproductions.com

Quest Drape
Joe Gill, [email protected]
www.questdrape.com

Radisson Fort McDowell Resort
Amber Weberpal, [email protected]
fortmcdowell.com
www.radissonfortmcdowell.com

Raye C Marketing
Rhonda Couchigian, [email protected]
marketing.com
www.rayecmarketing.com

Road Dog Show Pros
Mark Krall, [email protected]
www.roaddogshowpros.com

Serendipity Videography
Taryn Bills, [email protected]eography.com
www.serendipityvideography.com

Southwest Scenic Group
Mark Anderson, [email protected]
www.southwestscenic.com

Special Moments Catering & Events
Michelle Taylor, [email protected]
www.specialmomentsaz.com

Starkey Productions
Chris Starkey, [email protected]
www.starkeyproductions.com

Table Top Etc.
Melissa Lewis, [email protected]
www.tabletopetc.com

The French Bee
Brian Bertolucci, [email protected]
www.thefrenchbee.com

Tic-tock Couture Florals
Eddie Zaratsian, [email protected]
www.tictock.com

T-Square Services
Trisha Cheek, [email protected]
www.tsquareservices.com

Tuff Txt
David Fischette, [email protected]
www.gowestevents.com

White Hot Events
Erika Vitaris, [email protected]
www.whitehotevents.com

A Savory Affair
Chef Tim

Acolyte Technologies Corp.
Christy Kim, [email protected]
www.888acolyte.com

Adscope Media
Donal Moore, [email protected]
www.adscopemedia.com

Aggreko
Gary Meador, [email protected]
www.aggreko.com

Airstar America
Lisa Wessels, [email protected]
www.airstar-light.us

Appetizer And Inc.
Liza Fuller, [email protected]
www.appetizersandinc.com

Bright Ideas by Lisa
Lisa Griffin, [email protected]

Candy Rocks
Jody Stachel, [email protected]
www.candyrocksaz.com

Celebrations in Paper
René Showalter, [email protected]
www.celebrationsinpaper.com

Classic Cakes and Confections
Eleanora Levinson, classiccakesandconf[email protected]
www.classiccakesandconfections.com

Claudia's Custom Jewelry
Claudia Reali, [email protected]
www.designsbyclaudias.com

Dad's Catering Services
Timothy W. Ferman, [email protected]
www.dadscatering.com

Dippin' Dots Ice Cream
Teddy Tavlarides, [email protected]
www.ice.dippindots.com

Dulce VAS
Vee Ronna Ragone, [email protected]
www.dulcevas.com

Espresso Subito
Lee Goldstein-Holcomb, [email protected]
www.espressosubito.biz

Events of Distinction
Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP, [email protected]
distinction.com
www.eventsofdistinction.com

Exquisite Events
Kelli O'Brien DuBeau, [email protected]
www.exquisiteeventsofnewport.com

Fireworks Productions of Arizona
Kerry Welty, [email protected]
www.fireworksaz.com

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Joni Rhyan, [email protected]

Glam Lounge Artists
Diane Aiello, [email protected]
www.glamlounge.net

God's Garden Treasures
Karin Crawford, [email protected]
www.godsgardentreasures.com

Good Gracious! Events
Pauline Parry, [email protected]
www.goodgraciousevents.com

GreenScreen Entertainment and Novelties
Barb Shapiro, [email protected]
www.greenscreenaz.com

John Orton Events
John Orton, [email protected]
www.johnortonevents.com

Kelly Ashworth Design
Kelly Ashworth, [email protected]
www.kellyashworth.com

La Dolce Pesca
P.J. South, [email protected]
www.ladolcepesca.com

La Fiamma Entertainment
Renee Walker, [email protected]
entertainment.com
www.lafiammaentertainment.com

Let Them Eat Cake
Barbara Gardner, [email protected]
www.letthemeatcakeaz.com

Lip Story
Pamela Fox, [email protected]
www.lipstory.com

Luxecuts
Kate Miller, [email protected]
www.luxecuts.com

Mark Bradley International/The String Angels
Brad Wilson, [email protected]
www.thestringangels.com

Med Tech Wristbands
[email protected]
www.medtechgroup.com

Michael Daigian Design
Michael Daigian, [email protected]
www.michaeldaigian.com

Raise The Cake
Kathy Jo Peterson, [email protected]
www.raisethecake.com

Rendezvous Catering & Events
Ron Pacioni, [email protected]
www.rvcatering.com

Robert's Catering
Robert Richter, [email protected]
www.robertscatering.net

S. Walter Packaging
Nicole Ranieri, [email protected]
www.swalter.com

SCA Events
Stasia Anthony, [email protected]
www.exquisiteeventsofnewport.com

Set the Mood Floral
Dortha Fudurich, [email protected]
www.setthemoodfloral.com

Smithers-Oasis
Kelly Mace, [email protected]
www.smithersoasis.com

Spa Fit AZ
Sara Gullickson, [email protected]
www.spafitaz.com

Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design
Joyce Holland, [email protected]
www.stoneblossom.com

Sub Zero Ice Cream
Adam Tashman, [email protected]
www.subzeroaz.com

Tammie Coe Cakes
Tammie Coe, [email protected]
www.tammiecoecakes.com

The GameTruck
Tawnya Sauer, [email protected]
www.gametruckparty.net

Twirl Boutique
Keri Chantler, [email protected]tsdale.com
www.twirlscottsdale.com

Wendy Joblon Events
Wendy Joblon, [email protected]
www.wendyjoblon.com

World: Life: Music
Rani Gharfeh, [email protected]

JOIN US IN 2012!

The Special Event 2012 hits the beach in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 24-27.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim Romano ( [email protected], 203/358-4257); to exhibit, contact Wanda McKnight ( [email protected], 913/981-6143).
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