The International Special Events Society honored the outstanding work of its members at the Esprit Awards celebration, held Saturday at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas during Eventworld 2012. The conference marked the 25th anniversary of ISES, which was launched in 1987 during The Special Event.

The 2012 Esprit winners:

BEST ISES CREATIVE SOLUTION
"Stanford Rocks at Orange Bowl 2011"
Cindy Lo
Red Velvet Events Inc.

BEST ISES GREEN SOLUTION
"The Green Gala: Gypsy Caravan"
Merryl Brown
Merryl Brown Events

BEST ISES EVENT WITH A LEGACY
"8th Annual Into the Light Walk for Suicide Prevention"

Deborah Hermann
GhostLight Productions LLC

BEST ISES INDUSTRY INNOVATION
"15 Minutes of Fame"

Kristjan Gavin, CMP
In Good Company Events Inc.

BEST ISES INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTION
"Results-Driven Event Planning: Using Marketing Tools to Boost Your Bottom Line"

Ingrid Lundquist, CSEP
The Lundquist Co.

BEST ISES ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION BUDGET UNDER $25,000 USD
"Quadstock"

Niki McKay
Blue Danube Productions

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

BEST ISES ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION BUDGET OVER $75,000 USD
"IBEW Gala Reception"

Darren Dreger, CSEP
BC Event Management

BEST ISES TECHNICAL PRODUCTION
"SHELL 100—It's Time"

Ken Kristoffersen, CSEP, CEM, CEC
POP Kollaborative Inc.
and

MEDIACO

BEST ISES EVENT SUPPORT SERVICES
"Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week"

Jim Koza
Karl's Event Services

BEST ISES CATERED EVENT
"Taste—Sight—Sound"

Vincent Early, CSEP
Thomas Caterers of Distinction Inc.

BEST ISES EVENT DESIGN/DECOR BUDGET UNDER $25,000 USD
"Amuse"
Ingrid Nagy, CSEP

By Design Event Decor

BEST ISES EVENT DESIGN/DECOR BUDGET $25,000—$75,000 USD
"Unconventional"

Paul Davison
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre P/L

BEST ISES EVENT DESIGN/DECOR BUDGET OVER $75,000 USD
"SHELL 100—It's Time"

Ken Kristoffersen, CSEP, CEM, CEC
POP Kollaborative Inc.
and
Decor & More Inc.

BEST ISES MARKETING/DESIGN COLLATERAL BUDGET UNDER $25,000 USD
"Fashion Eye Candy"

Bonny Katzman
BK Design

BEST ISES MARKETING/DESIGN COLLATERAL BUDGET OVER $25,000 USD
"New Era Pinstripe Bowl"

Emily Hamel, FMP
New York Yankees

BEST ISES EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY
"Despina's Dream Wedding"

Meridith Walters
Photography by Walters & Walters

BEST ISES EVENT FILMMAKING
"The Bald and the Beautiful"

Robert Rogers, CSEP
Events Management and Production

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.

BEST ISES CORPORATE EVENT BUDGET UNDER $75,000 USD
"Bombay Sapphire Imagination Dinner"

Alyse Pask
PASK Productions

BEST ISES CORPORATE EVENT BUDGET $75,000—$200,000 USD
"Fire and Ice"

Deborah Elias, CSEP, CMP
Elias Events LLC

BEST ISES CORPORATE EVENT BUDGET OVER $200,000 USD
"SHELL 100—It's Time"

Ken Kristoffersen, CSEP, CEM, CEC
POP Kollaborative Inc.

BEST ISES MEETING/CONFERENCE PROGRAM BUDGET UNDER $250,000 USD
"New Frontiers Retreat"

Carolyn Luscombe, CSEM, CSEP, CMP
Eclectic Events International

BEST ISES MEETING/CONFERENCE PROGRAM BUDGET OVER $250,000 USD
"Mortgage Forum 11"

Rachel Mangal, CSEP
aNd Logistix Inc.

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

BEST ISES EVENT FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION BUDGET $75,000—$200,000 USD
"Ever Elon Campaign Finale"

Allin Foulkrod, CSEP
Creative Visions Inc.

BEST ISES EVENT FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION BUDGET OVER $200,000 USD
"Naval Aviation Celebrates 100 Years"

Sheila Graham, CSEP
DatocWitten Group Inc.

BEST ISES SOCIAL EVENT BUDGET UNDER $75,000 USD
"Go Grease Lightnin'"

Willie Ripple
Willie Ripple Events

BEST ISES SOCIAL EVENT BUDGET OVER $75,000 USD
"Welcome to the Big 'B' Retirement Party"

Joann Roth-Oseary
Someone's in the Kitchen

BEST ISES WEDDING BUDGET UNDER $75,000 USD
"A Voyage of Discovery"

Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP
Events of Distinction / Cal State University—East Bay

BEST ISES WEDDING BUDGET $75,000—$200,000 USD
"A Mid-Summer’s Night’s Wedding"

Carol Rosen, CSEP
Party Designs By Carol

BEST ISES WEDDING BUDGET OVER $200,000 USD
"Alice in Wonderland Themed Wedding"

Tami Forero
Forté Events

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.

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

BEST ISES TEAM EFFORT BUDGET OVER $200,000 USD
"Magic on the Mississippi"

James Clawson
Urban Earth LLC

Full Circle Lighting & Productions

Ruben “Kuki” Gomez
Kuki Design Group

Ivan Hall
Kuki Design Group

Steve Hand
The HAND Co. LLC

Tony Leggio
Mardi Gras Productions Inc.

Carl Mack
Carl Mack Presents Inc.

Doc Waldrop
Full Circle Lighting

ISES ESPRIT OF THE YEAR--INSPIRATIONAL PERSON OR EVENT
"Lori Hill: An Event Planning Inspiration"

Nominated by Sarah Cissna
Curley Co.