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Show Ambassadors David Merrell of AOO Events and Janet Elkins of EventWorks welcome attendees to The Special Event 2015
<p>Show Ambassadors David Merrell of AOO Events and Janet Elkins of EventWorks welcome attendees to The Special Event 2015.</p>

The Special Event 2015: Celebrating 30 Years

The leading special event industry showcase--The Special Event--celebrates its 30th anniversary

Where were you in 1985? Even if you weren’t at the very first The Special Event, you can be part of the 30th anniversary conference, when TSE takes over the Anaheim [Calif.] Convention Center. The conference runs Jan. 6-8 while the exhibit floor is open Jan. 7-8.
Two event industry icons—Janet Elkins of Los Angeles-based EventWorks and David Merrell of L.A.-based AOO Events—are our Show Ambassadors. These popular event leaders will share their favorite places and spaces with TSE attendees.
GET EDUCATED The extensive conference schedule will feature more than 100 sessions in seven tracks: Business and Professional Development; Catering; C-Level Executives; Design; Event Management; Event Technology; and Wedding Trends. Attendees can pick from a menu of education options, including the full education package, an education “day pass” and the “single session” option.
The ISES “CSEP Conversations” will take place on Jan. 8, while the NACE CPCE “fast track” training will be offered Jan. 6 and 7.
SHOWCASE STARS Learn firsthand what exciting new features you can bring to your next event with The Special Event’s legendary showcasing events. 
Jan. 6 will bring the Spotlight Event “Get Your Tweet On,” offering secrets of social media from the experts, along with our first-ever Food Truck Festival and not-to-be missed Opening Night Celebration.
Jan. 7 kicks off with the Opening General Session, brand-new Event Galleries and breathtaking Wedding Event, followed by the SEARCH Event @TSE, where our industry supports colleagues in need.
Jan. 8 is our grand finale, with the ever-exciting Michael Cerbelli’s Hot List 2015, the Leadership Lunch, and Gala Awards Ceremony, honoring outstanding event work from throughout the world. The good news: The event is free to all attendees. And don’t miss the Closing Night Party.
“Our showcasing events will reignite your creativity and passion,” says Kim Romano, head of showcasing events and sponsorships. For more information on showcasing event sponsorships, contact her at 203/358-4257 or [email protected].
ENTICING EXHIBITS A mainstay of The Special Event has always been the show floor, which will give attendees the opportunity to meet face-to-face with some 250 to 300 potential vendor partners who can help make events even more effective. The exhibits will be open Jan. 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to offer a one-of-a-kind display of products and services to keep events on the cutting edge. 
“No other event exhibit hall offers the thousands of event products and ideas for attendees to review that The Special Event does,” says exhibit sales manager Wanda McKnight. For information on exhibiting, contact her at 913/981-6143 or [email protected].
FAVORITES RETURN Other favorites returning to The Special Event 2015 show floor are Tabletop Gallery and the Gala Boards, an insider’s look at the Gala Award nominees. The Special Event 2015 will also bring back its popular Hands-on Hundred program, enabling volunteers to work side by side with event producers on the show’s major events. Contact HOH manager Kari Strolberg at [email protected] or 317/423-3590.
For more information, visit, call 800/927-5007 (toll-free) or email [email protected].        
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