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ISES Pages: September-October 2012

ISES Pages: September-October 2012

A Strong Foundation for the Next 25 Years

By Terry Singleton, CSEP

We have accomplished so much this year!

We held an amazing 25th anniversary celebration at Eventworld 2012 in Dallas.

ISES leaders developed a strategic plan that will lead us into the next chapter with clear goals and strong initiatives. We expanded the affinity program to bring more value to your membership. We launched the ISES-approved education and training opportunities and the introduction of the first vendor partner for education, the Event Leadership Institute.

Forty-one candidates successfully tested and received their CSEP certification. And if that weren’t enough, hosted ISES buyers and members from around the globe participated in the inaugural IMEX America with an ISES presence on the show floor. I am so proud of our successes!

I will always cherish my time as your ISES International President. I came into this role ready to tackle whatever came my way, but what I was most unprepared for was the level of commitment I encountered from everyone involved: chapter leaders who cared very deeply about the success of their chapter and members, committee members who said, “Yes we can”—and did—and board members who wanted to push forward and meet each and every objective we set to accomplish. I want to give every one of them my heartfelt thanks—we worked as a team to move forward!


  • Northeast: Kelly Coronel (Hampton Roads)

  • Southeast: Raye-Dawn Acheson, CSEP (Dallas)

  • Midwest: Jack Scafide (Chicago)

  • West: Dawn Abbott, CSEP (Denver)


  • Sara Hunt, CSEP (Northern California), Chair

  • Bill Ferguson, CSEP (Columbus)

  • Alex Gorriaran, CSEP (Rhode Island)

  • Joella Hopkins, CSEP, CMP (Los Angeles)

  • Jen Poyer, CSEP (Los Angeles)

  • Kate Stahl, CSEP (Minneapolis-St. Paul)


  • Dave Buckley, CSEP (Philadelphia), Chair

  • Decorative Design: Lenny Talarico, CSEP (Las Vegas)

  • Destination Coordinator: Leigh Stem, CSEP (Dallas)

  • Entertainment: Bill Kubiak, CSEP (Chicago)

  • Marketing/Sponsorship/Rental Assistance: Filomena Felix (Rhode Island)

  • Production/Logistics: Claudette Bouton (Atlanta)


  • Jodi Collen, CSEP (Minneapolis-St. Paul), Chair

  • Content Development: Carolyn Luscombe, CSEP (Toronto)

  • Content Development: Jim Monroe, CSEP (Dallas)

  • Delivery Systems—Chapter Outreach: Ryan Hanson, CSEP (Minneapolis-St.Paul), and Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP (Atlanta)

  • Delivery Systems—Conference Education: Kristjan Gavin, CMP (Dallas)

  • Higher Education: Kristjan Gavin, CMP (Dallas); Patti Coons, CSEP (Orlando)

  • Board Liaison: Kevin White, CSEP (New York)


  • Gwen Helbush, CWC (At Large), Chair

  • Yvette Audrain, CSEP (Dallas)

  • Kathy Newby (Napa-Sonoma)

  • Deb Smythe Hermann (Cleveland)

  • Rocky Toomey (Rhode Island)


  • Brian Acheson, CSEP (Dallas), Chair

  • Richard Foulkes (London)

  • Gary Jones, CSEP (San Antonio)

  • Melissa Jurcan, CSEP (Seattle)

  • Kelly Smink (Atlanta)

  • Kevin White, CSEP (New York)


  • Eileen Bistrisky, CSEP (Vancouver), Chair

  • Australia: Jennifer Trethewey (Melbourne)

  • Canada: Eileen Bistrisky, CSEP (Vancouver); Charlene Roth-Diddams (Calgary)

  • EMEA: Andy Callin (London-UK)

  • United States: Judy Brillhart, CSEP (New England); Kathy DeLuca, CSEP (New Jersey South)


  • Caroline Sewell (Greater Triangle NC), Editor

  • Kate Gold (New England)

  • Penni Holdham, CSEP (Toronto)

  • John Peckham (St. Louis)


  • Steven Way (New England), Chair

  • Karen Eluck, CSEP (Toronto)

  • LaTonja Thomas (St. Louis)

  • Craig Tolliver (Los Angeles)

  • Kelly Treadway (Atlanta)


  • Heather Henderson, CSEP, CMP (Northern California), Chair

  • Ingrid Nagy, CSEP (Denver)

  • Tanya Posavatz, CSEP (Austin)

  • Cindy Scott (Pittsburgh)

  • Terry Shields, CSEP (Dallas)


  • Lisa Marie Borchert, CSEP (Minneapolis-St. Paul), Chair

  • Neil Adams (Northern California)

  • Kim Crawley (Rhode Island)

  • Melanie Goodwin (Dallas)

  • Rachel Mangal, CSEP (Toronto)

Name: Terry Singleton, CSEP

Company: CCP Events Inc./EventScapes

Address: 1484 Atlanta Industrial Way N.W., Suite B Atlanta, GA 30331

Phone: 404/472-9233


Next Page: ISES Esprit Award Winners Honored

2012 ISES Esprit Award Winners Honored

The ISES Esprit Awards create an opportunity to raise industry awareness of ISES member achievements and distinctiveness. An ISES Esprit Award showcases a company’s hard work, creativity and consistent quality. Award recipients were honored in a ceremony during ISES Eventworld 2012 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas. For more coverage of ISES’ signature annual event, make sure to read the November/December issue of Special Events. 2012 Best ISES Creative Solution "Stanford Rocks at Orange Bowl 2011" Cindy Lo Red Velvet Events Inc. 2012 Best ISES Green Solution "The Green Gala: Gypsy Caravan" Merryl Brown Merryl Brown Events 2012 Best ISES Event with a Legacy "8th Annual Into the Light Walk for Suicide Prevention" Deborah Hermann GhostLight Productions LLC 2012 Best ISES Industry Innovation "15 Minutes of Fame" Kristjan Gavin, CMP In Good Company Events Inc. 2012 Best ISES Industry Contribution "Results-Driven Event Planning: Using Marketing Tools to Boost Your Bottom Line" Ingrid Lundquist, CSEP The Lundquist Company 2012 Best ISES Entertainment Production Budget Under $25,000 USD "Quadstock" Niki McKay Blue Danube Productions 2012 Best ISES Entertainment Production Budget $25,000 - $75,000 USD "Texas Rangers World Series Gala" Chris Arredondo Eclipse Entertainment LLC AND Ryan Bertolino brb event management llc 2012 Best ISES Entertainment Production Budget Over $75,000 USD "IBEW Gala Reception" Darren Dreger, CSEP BC Event Management 2012 Best ISES Technical Production "SHELL 100--It's Time" Ken Kristoffersen, CSEP, CEM, CEC POP Kollaborative Inc. AND MEDIACO 2012 Best ISES Event Support Services "Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week" Jim Koza Karl's Event Services 2012 Best ISES Catered Event "Taste—Sight—Sound" Vincent Early, CSEP Thomas Caterers of Distinction Inc. 2012 Best ISES Event Design/Décor Budget Under $25,000 USD "Amuse" Ingrid Nagy, CSEP By Design Event Decor 2012 Best ISES Event Design/ Décor Budget $25,000 - $75,000 USD "Unconventional" Paul Davison Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre P/L 2012 Best ISES Event Design/Décor Budget Over $75,000 USD "SHELL 100--It's Time" Ken Kristoffersen, CSEP, CEM, CEC POP Kollaborative Inc. AND Decor & More Inc. 2012 Best ISES Marketing/Design Collateral Budget Under $25,000 USD "Fashion Eye Candy" Bonny Katzman BK Design 2012 Best ISES Marketing/Design Collateral Budget Over $25,000 USD "New Era Pinstripe Bowl" Emily Hamel, FMP New York Yankees 2012 Best ISES Event Photography "Despina's Dream Wedding" Meridith Walters Photography by Walters & Walters 2012 Best ISES Event Filmmaking "The Bald and the Beautiful" Robert Rogers, CSEP Events Management and Production 2012 Best ISES Public Event "150th Commemoration of the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run" Roberta Sumner VRS Meetings & Events Inc. AND Michelle Mobley VRS Meetings & Events Inc. 2012 Best ISES Corporate Event Budget Under $75,000 USD "Bombay Sapphire Imagination Dinner" Alyse Pask PASK Productions 2012 Best ISES Corporate Event Budget $75,000-$200,000 USD "Fire and Ice" Deborah Elias, CSEP, CMP Elias Events LLC 2012 Best ISES Corporate Event Budget Over $200,000 USD "SHELL 100--It's Time" Ken Kristoffersen, CSEP, CEM, CEC POP Kollaborative Inc. 2012 Best ISES Meeting/Conference Program Budget Under $250,000 USD "New Frontiers Retreat" Carolyn Luscombe, CSEM, CSEP, CMP Eclectic Events International 2012 Best ISES Meeting/Conference Program Budget Over $250,000 USD "Mortgage Forum 11" Rachel Mangal, CSEP aNd Logistix Inc. 2012 Best ISES Event for a Nonprofit Organization Budget Under $75,000 USD "Chancellor's Medallion Dinner--A Celebration of the Past, Present, and Future of the University" Brady Miller Indiana University Southeast 2012 Best ISES Event for a Nonprofit Organization Budget $75,000 - $200,000 USD "Ever Elon Campaign Finale" Allin Foulkrod, CSEP Creative Visions Inc. 2012 Best ISES Event for a Non-Profit Organization Budget Over $200,000 USD "Naval Aviation Celebrates 100 Years" Sheila Graham, CSEP DatocWitten Group Inc. 2012 Best ISES Social Event Budget Under $75,000 USD "Go Grease Lightnin'" Willie Ripple Willie Ripple Events 2012 Best ISES Social Event Budget Over $75,000 USD "Welcome to the Big 'B' Retirement Party" Joann Roth-Oseary Someone's in the Kitchen 2012 Best ISES Wedding Budget Under $75,000 USD "A Voyage of Discovery" Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP Events of Distinction / Cal State University - East Bay 2012 Best ISES Wedding Budget $75,000-$200,000 USD "A Mid-Summer’s Night’s Wedding" Carol Rosen, CSEP Party Designs By Carol 2012 Best ISES Wedding Budget Over $200,000 USD "Alice in Wonderland Themed Wedding" Tami Forero Forté Events 2012 Best ISES Team Effort Budget Under $75,000 USD "Embrace the Emerald Isle" Ovation Ireland Sean DeFreitas Designs by Sean Inc. Harith Wickrema Harith Productions, Ltd. 2012 Best ISES Team Effort Budget $75,000-$200,000 USD "ISES Northeast REC 2011 A Shore Bet On Your ROI" Nancy Bauman Gala Cloths David Buckley, CSEP AFR Event Furnishings Kelly Coronel Inspired Events By Kelly Kimberly Crawley Waterman Grille Sharon Dachino Events by On Stage and Off LLC Phyllis Jablonowski, CSEP Eventricity Kristin Nolte All Occasions Party Rental Sharon Phillips Waxman SPW Productions LLC Jennifer Quinones, CSEP Grayling Michael Tannen, CSEP T-TEAM Management Sue A. Werb, CSEP Simply Elegant Events Inc. Nicole Zacchi Atlantic City CVA 2012 Best ISES Team Effort Budget Over $200,000 USD "Magic on the Mississippi" James Clawson Urban Earth LLC Ruben “Kuki” Gomez Kuki Design Group Ivan Hall Kuki Design Group Steve Hand The HAND Company LLC Tony Leggio Mardi Gras Productions Inc. Carl Mack Carl Mack Presents Inc. Doc Waldrop Full Circle Lighting & Productions 2012 ISES Esprit of the Year:Inspirational Person or Event Lori Hill: An Event Planning Inspiration Nominated By: Sarah Cissna Curley Company

Next Page: Kathy Miller Begins Terms as ISES President

Kathy Miller Begins Terms as ISES President

The International Special Events Society (ISES) announced its new International Board of Governors for the 2012-2013 year at the Society’s annual Eventworld conference in Dallas in August. Kathy Miller, Total Event Resources' owner and president, will serve as ISES International President for the current 12-month term. With 35 years of special events industry experience and the last seven years serving in various international board roles, Kathy has consulted on ISES’ strategic plan and considered the marketplace challenges. “With a number of initiatives focused on ISES’ technology platform and education offerings under way, ISES will deliver even more value to its members by delivering what they want, when they want it,” Kathy said. “I’m committed to strategically helping shape the future of ISES in a positive way, for the industry, our careers and businesses.” A strong proponent of lifelong learning, Kathy recently graduated from the inaugural Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million investment to help small businesses in the United States create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital, and business support services. “The last four years have not been easy for our industry, businesses and the global economy,” Kathy said. “However, I believe the shift in our global economy has given us the opportunity to have a voice. We are showcasing our industry as a real profession and positively impacting businesses as we help them move forward.” As ISES celebrated its 25th anniversary during Eventworld, Kathy said she is thankful for the Society’s leaders, who worked so hard to make ISES the thriving Society it is today and will continue to be in the future. She noted that ISES is asked to participate in major studies, such as the "Economic Significance Study" led by the Convention Industry Council. ISES’ global footprint also continues to expand with new chapters from as far away as Dubai. Closer to home, ISES’ newest chapter in Canada is in Edmonton, and the Coastal South Carolina and Nashville chapters are the newest in the United States. ISES is now more than 5,000 members strong who represent more than 50 different disciplines including event producers, communication companies, event designers, entertainment producers, linen experts and marketers. While serving as ISES International President, Kathy will continue to operate Total Event Resources, a leading Chicago meeting and event planning company that produces innovative events for Fortune 1000 companies, major trade associations and not-for-profit organizations. Name: Kathy Miller Company: Total Event Resources Address: 1920 N. Thoreau Drive, Suite 105 Schaumburg, IL 60173 Phone" 847/397-2200 Web:

Next Page: The Credits

The Credits

Caroline Sewell
Volunteer Editor
Encore Events Inc.
Greater Triangle N.C.
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Christina Currie
Christina Currie Events Inc.

Carol Roleder
Craig's Crew Inc.
Los Angeles

Kelly Rehan
Managing Editor
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Kevin Hacke
Executive Director
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Kristin Prine
Operations Manager
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Lauren Rini
Senior Coordinator of Specialty Programs
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Tom McCurrie
Chapter Services Sr. Associate
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Caitlin Cusack
Membership Services Associate
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