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Please read over categories carefully this year as some have changed.

Please see the Process and Rules for more on the merit-based component implemented into the judging process.

View the categories below to read the judging criteria and qualifications for each award. Make your nominations according to the judging criteria for each Event Solutions Spotlight Award category.

Company/Group Spotlight Awards:

Category Who should be nominated: Judging criteria:
Entertainment of the Year
This Spotlight Award will be presented to 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  • Entertainment Troupes  • Comedians • Dancers  • Humorists  • Instrumentalists
  • Magicians
  • Emcees
  • Musical soloists
  • Performance artists • Client/guest satisfaction  • Consistent quality of performances  • Creativity  • Innovation  • Customization to client’s vision
• Customization to messaging and branding
  • Customization to audience  • Special talents
Event Company of the Year
This Spotlight Award will be presented to 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  • Mobile marketing companies
• Any other type of event planning company
• Caliber of events
  • Creativity  • Importance of events  • Innovation vs. budget  • Management skills
  • Meeting and exceeding client expectations
  • Scope of events
  • Teamwork
  • Technical challenges
Event Site of the Year
This Spotlight Award will be presented to 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 


• Customer service
  • Staff performance
  • Creation of event-friendly environment  • Events held at venue
  • Uniqueness
Event Supplier of the Year
This Spotlight Award will be presented to the company that supplies products to other event companies in a manner that consistently results in superior event support.
• Companies that supply products to other event companies  • Companies that supply specific services to other event companies • Creative problem solving
  • Product quality  • Customer service
  • Consistent performance  • Innovation
  • Meeting and exceeding client expectations  • Quality control
Rental Company of the Year
This Spotlight Award will be presented to the rental company that demonstrates outstanding overall performance throughout the year.
• Event rental companies • Consistency of performance
  • Creativity  • Customer service
  • Meeting challenges
  • Presentation of products  • Quality control
• Range of products
  • Technical difficulty of installations  • Uniqueness of products
Technical Support Company of the Year
This Spotlight Award will be presented to the technical support company that has exhibited outstanding achievement in the technical aspects of event services support, including but not limited to lighting, sound, entertainment, multimedia, décor, logistics and special effects.
• Décor companies
  • Lighting and sound companies
  • Logistics support companies
  • Multimedia designers/producers
• Special effects companies
  • Technical production companies  • Staging companies
  • Any other type of technical services support company
• Creative application
  • Cutting-edge technology  • Innovation vs. budget  • Logistical challenges  • Meeting technical challenges
• Overall quality  • Overcoming logistical challenges  • Teamwork/management skills

 

Individual Spotlight Awards:

Category Who should be nominated: Judging criteria:
Corporate Event Planner/Producer of the Year
This Spotlight Award will be presented to 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 • Creativity/innovation
  • Impact of events on company goals  • Message delivery
  • Meeting technical challenges
  • Meeting logistical challenges
  • Budget management  • Achieving return on investment
Marketing Professional of the Year
This Spotlight Award will be presented to a marketing professional who utilizes events effectively in the promotion or marketing of the company and client’s goals.
• Marketing directors
  • Brand managers
  • Advertising directors
  • Event industry marketing professionals  • VP of events and/or meetings  • Other management professionals responsible for meetings and events • Campaign strategies  • Creativity  • Innovation vs. budget  • Positive return on investment  • Effective branding
Designer/Creative Director of the Year
This Spotlight Award will be presented to 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 • Creativity  • Innovation vs. budget  • Design ingenuity  • Unique use of materials
  • Message delivery  • Meeting design challenges
Event Planner of the Year
This Spotlight Award will be presented to 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 • Creativity
  • Innovation vs. budget
  • Management skills
  • Meeting and exceeding client expectations  • Overall quality
• Teamwork  • Technical challenge
Event Producer of the Year
This Spotlight Award will be presented to an event producer who displays an outstanding ability to organize, manage and execute all aspects of event production from the creative to the technical.


• Independent event producers
  • Event producers from within an event company • Scope – level of involvement  • Caliber  • Technical challenge
  • Creativity  • Innovation vs. budget
  • Management skills
• Teamwork
  • Meeting and exceeding client expectations
Organizational Planner of the Year
This Spotlight Award will be presented to an individual non-profit, association, government or university planner who adeptly utilizes events to accomplish his or her organization’s goals with creativity and impact.
• Association planners  • Government planners  • Non-Profit planners  • University planners • Appropriate event utilization
  • Budget management skills
  • Creativity  • Innovation  • Logistical challenges
  • Message delivery
• Technical challenges  • Range of products  • Technical difficulty of installations
  • Uniqueness of products
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 • Creativity  • Innovation vs. budget  • Design ingenuity  • Unique use of materials
  • Meeting design challenges
Rising Star Male/Rising Star Female
This Spotlight Award will be presented to 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 • Accomplishments  • Performance as a newcomer to the industry
  • Career path
  • Creativity  • Customer service  • Innovation  • Leadership