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SpotlightAwards_2015Please read over categories carefully this year as some have changed. Please see the Process and Rules for more on the merit-based judging process.

View the categories below to read the judging criteria and qualifications for each award.

Company/Group Spotlight Awards:

Category Who should be nominated: Judging criteria:
Entertainment of the Year
An entertainment ensemble, individual or concept that has energized the event industry with top-flight entertainment.
• Any event entertainment ensemble, individual or concept
• Artists
• Musical Bands
• Comedians
• Dancers
• Instrumentalists
• Magicians
• Performance artists
• Caliber of events
• Ability to meet event challenges
• Quality of work
• Creativity of work
• Overall quality of the year for the company/individual
Event Company of the Year
An event company that displays an outstanding ability to organize, manage and execute events for all types of clients.
• Destination management companies
• Event design companies
• Event management companies
• Event marketing companies
• Event planning companies
• Event production companies
• Meeting planning companies
• Any other type of event planning company
• Caliber of events
• Ability to meet event challenges
• Quality of work
• Creativity of work
• Overall quality of the year for the company/individual
Event Site of the Year
A unique event site that makes a venue hospitable, service-oriented and conducive to fantastic events.
• Clubs
• Halls
• Nightclubs
• Museums
• Sports facilities
• Restaurants
• Casinos
• Any other type of event site 


• Caliber of events
• Ability to meet event challenges
• Quality of work
• Creativity of work
• Overall quality of the year for the company/individual
Event Supplier of the Year
A creative partner who has supported or worked with event planners and event planning companies in an exemplary fashion.
• Companies that supply products to other event companies
• Companies that supply specific services to other event companies
• Caliber of events
• Ability to meet event challenges
• Quality of work
• Creativity of work
• Overall quality of the year for the company/individual
Rental Company of the Year
A rental company that has demonstrated outstanding overall performance throughout the year.
• Event rental companies • Caliber of events
• Ability to meet event challenges
• Quality of work
• Creativity of work
• Overall quality of the year for the company/individual
International Event Company of the Year
An international event company that has had an outstanding year of executing creative, quality events.
• Destination management companies
• Event design companies
• Event management companies
• Event marketing companies
• Event planning companies
• Event production companies
• Meeting planning companies
• Any other type of event planning company located outside of the United States of America
• Caliber of events
• Ability to meet event challenges
• Quality of work
• Creativity of work
• Overall quality of the year for the company/individual

 

Individual Spotlight Awards:

Category Who should be nominated: Judging criteria:
Corporate Event Planner/Producer of the Year
An individual corporate planner who consistently utilizes meetings and events to accomplish corporate goals with creativity and impact.


• Professionals who are on the staff of a corporation or company for the purpose of planning, producing or developing events and meetings for their company • Caliber of events
• Ability to meet event challenges
• Quality of work
• Creativity of work
• Overall quality of the year for the company/individual
Designer/Creative Director of the Year
An individual displaying superb ability, creativity and achievement in the design and creative direction of events and/or event décor.
• Designers/creative directors of events
• Designers/creative directors of event elements
• Designers/creative directors of items related to event décor
• Designers/creative directors of event environments
• Caliber of events
• Ability to meet event challenges
• Quality of work
• Creativity of work
• Overall quality of the year for the company/individual
Event Planner of the Year
An event planner that has set exemplary standards for the industry by demonstrating the highest degree of creativity, organization and management in planning events.
• Independent event planners
• Planners from within an event company or nonprofit organization
• Caliber of events
• Ability to meet event challenges
• Quality of work
• Creativity of work
• Overall quality of the year for the company/individual
Floral Designer of the Year
This Spotlight Award will be presented to the in-house or independent floral designer who exhibits creative, quality and innovative work that enhances the design objectives of the event.
• Florists – independent and in-house • Caliber of events
• Ability to meet event challenges
• Quality of work
• Creativity of work
• Overall quality of the year for the company/individual
Innovator of the Year
An individual who has introduced a new product, service or event style to his or her work during the year.
• Open to any member of an event team, but the product/service/idea must be relating to use in the event industry • Caliber of events
• Ability to meet event challenges
• Quality of work
• Creativity of work
• Overall quality of the year for the company/individual
Rising Star
An individual professional who has been in the event industry for five years or less. The Rising Star will show great promise of becoming an industry leader or major player in the years to come.
• Developers of new products
• Entertainers
• Planners
• Producers
• Sales
• Site managers
• Suppliers
• Caliber of events
• Ability to meet event challenges
• Quality of work
• Creativity of work
• Overall quality of the year for the company/individual