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Give Your Business a Rebirth at The Special Event 2011

Give Your Business a Rebirth at The Special Event 2011

The premier industry event offers invaluable education, events and exhibits

Looking for a new start for your event business? You will find it at The Special Event 2011, Jan. 25-28 in Phoenix. The original conference devoted to special event professionals, The Special Event offers an unmatched blend of education sessions, informative exhibits and instructive showcasing events.

Show Ambassadors Camille Hill, of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Merestone Event and Meeting Services, and Jack Weiner, of Kool Party Rentals, with offices in Phoenix and San Diego, welcome attendees to the show. “This is the time to huddle and celebrate our industry, which is bigger than all the combined manufacturing in the United States,” Hill says. Weiner adds, “If you're looking for all the latest and greatest trends in our industry, The Special Event 2011 is the place! All the industry's movers and shakers will be on hand, making this the best show ever!”


The extensive conference schedule will feature more than 100 hours of training in nine tracks: Business and Professional Development; the CPCE Fast Track; Design; Event Management; Event Tools and Resources; Food Services and More; ISES Track; Sales and Marketing; and Wedding Trends. Back this year by popular demand: specialty workshops including the “Workshop for Designers” and “TSL: Tech as a Second Language.”

For help determining which education option is best for you, contact conference manager Tara Melingonis at 203/358-3708 or [email protected].


Learn firsthand what exciting new features you can bring to your next event with The Special Event's legendary showcasing events.

Don't miss the wedding event of the year: the popular Wedding Lunch on Jan. 26. This year's Wedding Lunch will feature wedding planner extraordinaire Sasha Souza as keynote speaker, offering all her “favorite things” for weddings. Wedding Lunch ticket-holders are also entitled to free admission to the Designer Wedding Gallery, a one-of-a-kind showcase of unforgettable wedding design.

The Special Event 2011 will debut the new showcasing event “Off-the-hook Teen Events” on Jan. 25. This working lunch will spotlight six exciting vignettes for teen events packed with creative ideas you can put to use right away. The Opening General Session, on Jan. 26, will examine the powerful industry trends that will affect you in the new year.

The Masters' Program and Brunch, on Jan. 28, will provide a program targeted to event professionals with more than 15 years' experience; this year, mountaineer and Caribiner founder Leslie Buckland will be keynote speaker.

The grand finale of The Special Event will be the Gala Awards Ceremony and Celebration, Jan. 28, honoring outstanding event work from throughout the world.

For more information on showcasing events sponsorships, contact special events manager Kim Romano at 203/358-4257 or [email protected].


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 300 potential vendor partners who can help make events even more effective. The exhibits will be open Jan. 26-28 to offer a one-of-a-kind display of products and services to keep events on the cutting edge.

For information on exhibiting, contact exhibit sales manager Wanda McKnight at 913/981-6143 or [email protected].

For more information, visit or call 708/486-0731 or 866/486-0731 (toll-free).

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