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Publisher's Page: Let's Honor Our Industry

Where were you in 1982? Ronald Reagan was in the White House. Charles and Diana celebrated the birth of their first child, Prince William. Gannett Co. launched a nationwide, full-color paper called USA Today. Michael Jackson released the album “Thriller.” And in September, the first issue of Special Events Magazine made its debut.

We started small. The first issues were simply quarterly inserts in our brother publication, Rental Equipment Register. But there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come, and the time had certainly come for Special Events.

Special event production was coming into its own. By looking at the pages of Special Events Magazine, designers, caterers, florists and techs began to realize that they weren't alone. They were part of a profession that was growing in stature and significance.

In 1985 we inaugurated our trade show, The Special Event, and in 1986, we started presenting our Gala Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in special events. The '90s took Special Events online with our own Web site.

To pay tribute to our history and to express confidence in our industry's future, the staff of Special Events Magazine is proud to introduce the Top Event Professional Award, to honor one specific event professional who has made the most significant contribution to our industry over the past 20 years, and who continues to be a visionary.

Nominees for the Top Event Professional award will be submitted by you, our readers, and selected by magazine staff.

The Top Event Professional Award will be presented at The Special Event 2003 on Jan. 11 in Orlando, Fla.

Here's how to submit your nomination:

First, please write a 500-word essay describing why Special Events Magazine should recognize your nominee as the Top Event Professional. Be sure to include specifics describing this person's contributions to our industry, such as increasing its sophistication, professionalism, outreach to upcoming event professionals, philanthropy, etc. Also include information on why you regard this person as a visionary for the future.

Second, be sure to include complete contact information (name, title, company, address, phone, fax, e-mail) for both yourself and your nominee.

Send this information to our editor, Lisa Hurley, at 23805 Stuart Ranch Road, Suite 235, Malibu, California 90265; fax 310/317-0264; e-mail: [email protected]. You can also download an entry form by visiting our Web site: All nominations must be received by Sept. 25.

Don't miss this chance to honor our industry's finest.


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