By Heather Henderson, CSEP, CMP

Having recently returned from the highly successful and energizing events at ISES Eventworld 2011 in St. Louis, I am excited about the organization's future and thrilled that I had the opportunity to serve as president of the ISES 2010-2011 International Board of Governors.

During the past year, I met and engaged with so many ISES members, who all made my term of service a pleasure.

As I turn over ISES Board leadership to my colleague Terry Singleton, CSEP, president and chief operating officer of CCP Events Inc./EventScapes in Atlanta, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many ISES volunteer leaders whose efforts continue to drive the organization's success. I could not have had such a successful year without your support!

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS/AFFILIATE CHAIRS

  • Midwest: Jack Scafide (Chicago)

  • Northeast: Dave Buckley, CSEP (Philadelphia)

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

  • West: Melissa Jurcan, CSEP (Seattle)

  • Australasia: Romaine Pereira (Sydney)

  • Canada: Eileen Bistrisky, CSEP (Vancouver)

  • EMEA: Liz Madden (London-U.K.)

CERTIFICATION COMMITTEE

  • Kris Shea, CSEP (Orlando), Chair

  • Sara Hunt, CSEP (Northern California)

  • Marni Ness, CSEP (Seattle)

  • Qualena Odom-Royes, CSEP (Atlanta)

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

  • Sally Webb, CSEP (London-U.K.)

CONFERENCE EVENTS COMMITTEE

  • Jennifer Claire Scott (New York Metro), Chair

  • Decorative Design: Matthew Trettel (Minneapolis-St. Paul)

  • Destination Coordinator: Debbie Bueckman (St. Louis)

  • Entertainment: Danny Bergold (Los Angeles)

  • Production/Logistics: Karl Heitz (Denver)

EDUCATION COUNCIL

  • Paul Creighton, CSEP (Orlando), Chair

  • Content Development: Jim Monroe, CSEP (Dallas), and Dana Zita, CSEP (Toronto)

  • Delivery Systems: Chapter Outreach: Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP (Atlanta)

  • Delivery Systems: Conference Education: Sue Werb, CSEP (Philadelphia)

  • Higher Education: Flora Moorman, CSEP (Greater Triangle, N.C.), and Patti Coons, CSEP (Orlando)

FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE

  • Kathy Miller (Chicago), Chair

  • Brian Acheson, CSEP (Dallas)

  • Judy Brillhart, CSEP (New England)

  • Bill Ferguson, CSEP (Columbus)

  • Ingrid Nagy (Denver)

  • Terry Shields, CSEP (Dallas)

ESPRIT AWARDS COMMITTEE

  • Gwen Helbush (Northern California), Chair

  • Dianne Devitt, CMP (New York)

  • Alysha Di Giorgio (Washington, D.C.)

  • Sandy O. Fergus (Philadelphia)

  • Rocky Toomey (Rhode Island)

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE

  • Glen Lehman, CSEP (Sydney), Chair

  • Australia: Romaine Pereira (Sydney), Jennifer Trethewey (Melbourne)

  • Canada: Eileen Bistrisky, CSEP (Vancouver), Penni Holdham, CSEP (Toronto)

  • EMEA: Liz Madden (London-U.K.), Andy Callin (London-U.K.)

  • United States: Connie Riley, CSEP (Orlando), Jodi Collen, CSEP (Minneapolis-St. Paul)

ISES PAGES EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD

  • Natalie Wi (Philadelphia), Editor

  • Marie Caci, CMP, CPCE, CSEP (New England)

  • Penni Holdham, CSEP (Toronto)

  • Caroline Sewell (Greater Triangle, N.C.)

  • Dennis Telischak (New Jersey North)

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

  • Kathy DeLuca, CSEP, CMP (New Jersey South), Chair

  • Kate Gold (New England)

  • Gary Jones, CSEP (San Antonio)

  • Tanya Posavatz, CSEP (Austin)

  • Linda Thompson, CMP (Northern California)

SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS COMMITTEE

  • Liz Diaz (South Florida), Chair

  • Lisa Marie Borchert (Minneapolis-St. Paul)

  • John Sadaka (New Jersey North)

  • Marla Watson-Werst, CSEP (Dallas)

  • Keisha Wilson, CSEP (Atlanta)

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

  • Steven Way (New England), Chair

  • Danny Bergold (Los Angeles)

  • Beverly Pamensky-Murray (San Diego)

  • LaTonja Thomas (St. Louis)

  • Craig Tolliver (Los Angeles)

Thank you to everyone for a great year!

Name: Heather Henderson, CSEP, CMP

Title: Manager, Global Operations — Cisco Live!

Company: Cisco Systems Inc.

Address: 170 W. Tasman Drive

San Jose, CA 95134 USA

Email: hhenders@cisco.com

Web: www.cisco.com

Next Page: 2011 ISES Esprit Award Winners Honored

The ISES Esprit Awards recognize the best and most creative talent and efforts in the special events industry in more than 30 categories. The awards recognize ISES members who exhibit a spirit of excellence in their work, giving them global visibility.

Award recipients were honored in a ceremony during ISES Eventworld 2011 at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott. For more coverage of ISES' signature annual event, make sure to read the November/December issue of Special Events.

2011 BEST ISES CREATIVE SOLUTION

Going Big Fast!
Sara Hunt, CSEP, AT&T Park

2011 BEST ISES CATERED EVENT

Anthology
Ingrid Nagy, Catering By Design

2011 BEST ISES CORPORATE EVENT BUDGET $75,000-$200,000 USD

YPO Chapter Graduation
Jocelyn Flanagan, CSEP, e=mc2 Event Management Inc.

2011 BEST ISES CORPORATE EVENT BUDGET OVER $200,000 USD

Nu Skin Greater China Regional Convention 2010
Billy Chu, On Stage Production and Consultant Ltd.

2011 BEST ISES CORPORATE EVENT BUDGET UNDER $75,000 USD

Crayola Glow Explosion Product Launch
Paul Wolman, Feats Inc.

2011 BEST ISES ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION BUDGET $25,000-$75,000 USD

ArtPrize 2010
Debbie Meyers, CSEP, BRAVO! Productions Entertainment Inc.

Alexandra Sliva, New Century Dance Company

2011 BEST ISES ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION BUDGET OVER $75,000 USD

Opening Ceremony of the X Paralympic Winter Games
Patrick Roberge, Patrick Roberge Productions Inc. (PRP Inc.)

2011 BEST ISES ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION BUDGET UNDER $25,000 USD

Window on The East
Carolyn Luscombe, CSEP, CSEM, CMP, Eclectic Events International

Stacy & Mark Wyatt, CanadianSpecialEvents.com

2011 BEST ISES EVENT DESIGN/ DÉCOR BUDGET $25,000-$75,000 USD

Midnight Love
Lynn Fletcher, Lynn Fletcher Weddings Inc.

2011 BEST ISES EVENT DESIGN/DÉCOR BUDGET OVER $75,000 USD

CRV Experience
Ryan Hanson, CSEP, BeEvents

2011 BEST ISES EVENT DESIGN/DÉCOR BUDGET UNDER $25,000 USD

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

2011 BEST ISES EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

A Week of Remembrance
Kristin Wienold, Event Digital Photography Inc.

2011 BEST ISES EVENT FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION BUDGET $75,000-$200,000 USD

DCHC 10th Anniversary Donor Dinner
Sally Webb, CSEP, The Special Event Company

2011 BEST ISES EVENT FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION BUDGET OVER $200,000 USD

Celebrate!
David Merrell, AOO Events

2011 BEST ISES EVENT FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION BUDGET UNDER $75,000 USD

Dreambuilder's Ball
Desiree Wilson, Vangard Inc.

2011 BEST ISES EVENT SUPPORT SERVICES

The World Equestrian Games
Anthony Lyons, Premier Tenting Solutions & Events Rentals

2011 BEST ISES EVENT VIDEOGRAPHY

National Museum of American Jewish History Grand Opening Gala
Dave Williams, CinemaCake

2011 BEST ISES EVENT WITH A LEGACY

Teddy Bear Safari
Annette McClure, Nationwide Children's Hospital

2011 BEST ISES GREEN SOLUTION

The Enchanted Fairy Forest
Merryl Brown, Merryl Brown Events

2011 BEST ISES INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTION

Special Events Institute
Jill Moran, CSEP, Jsmoran Special Event Planning & Management

2011 BEST ISES INDUSTRY INNOVATION

Mix on Wheels — Music in Motion
Charles Miles, Mix On Wheels

2011 BEST ISES TEAM EFFORT BUDGET $75,000-$200,000 USD

175th Anniversary Gala — What's Family?
Jill Moran, CSEP, Jsmoran Special Event Planning & Management

Dmitriy Dribinskiy, A Dream Picture

Larry Green, Rentals Unlimited

Jennifer McPhee, Swizzle

Rick Morin, The Rhythm Room

Brian Winthrop, CMP, Big Wave Event Productions, LLC

2011 BEST ISES TEAM EFFORT BUDGET OVER $200,000 USD

Going Big Fast
Sara Hunt, CSEP, AT&T Park

Moises Navarro, Hartmann Studios

Anna Spraungel, McCalls

Linda Thompson, CMP, Cappa & Graham Inc.

2011 BEST ISES TEAM EFFORT BUDGET UNDER $75,000 USD

Wine-Pairing Dinner
Sally Webb, CSEP, The Special Event Company

Brian Acheson, CSEP, VIP Events Inc.

David Klingel, The Mint Museum of Art

Paula Hunter, Party Reflections Inc.

Craig Mitchell, Mitchell's Catering & Events

BEST MARKETING/DESIGN COLLATERAL BUDGET OVER $25,000 USD

MINDJAM

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

2011 BEST ISES MARKETING/DESIGN COLLATERAL BUDGET UNDER $25,000 USD

Le Salon at Sunglow Ranch
Bonny Katzman, BK Design

2011 BEST ISES MEETING/CONFERENCE PROGRAM BUDGET OVER $250,000 USD

NFS Leaders Conference
Rick Jobe, Jobe & Associates

2011 BEST ISES MEETING/CONFERENCE PROGRAM BUDGET UNDER $250,000 USD

TEDxAustin 2010: Play Big!
Mary Baird-Wilcock, The Simplifiers: Full Service Event Planning

Kelley Burrus, CLINK Events

2011 BEST ISES PUBLIC EVENT

It's Cool to be a Geek
Kelley Gillespie, CSI — Capitol Services Inc.

Sue Jeon, CMP, CSI — Capitol Services Inc.

2011 BEST ISES SOCIAL EVENT BUDGET OVER $75,000 USD

Beach Party Birthday Bash
James Monroe, CSEP, CMP, J Monroe Designs

Carol Marks, Carol Marks Music Inc.

2011 BEST ISES SOCIAL EVENT BUDGET UNDER $75,000 USD

Celebrate the Miracle: Miracle-on-the-Hudson First Anniversary
Amy Vecchione, Aventina Events

2011 BEST ISES TECHNICAL PRODUCTION

SOLUTIONS: Spirit of The Entrepreneur
Janet Elkins, EventWorks Inc.

2011 BEST ISES WEDDING BUDGET $75,000-$200,000 USD

Falling Slowly
Lynn Fletcher, Lynn Fletcher Weddings Inc.

2011 BEST ISES WEDDING BUDGET OVER $200,000 USD

Inspired by Love, Family and Two Memorable Palm Trees
Sarah Schnell, Total Event Resources

David Merrell, AOO Events

2011 BEST ISES WEDDING BUDGET UNDER $75,000 USD

Extra, Extra!
Monica Richard, MBC, Detail + Design

Next Page: The CSEP: Certifications Prove Industry Knowledge

Becoming a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) indicates a person's expertise in the preparation and execution of special events. Since 1993, the CSEP designation has conveyed credibility and a competitive edge when marketing or soliciting business.

The CSEP exam elevates special event industry standards and practices based on your understanding of the material covered in the content outline. There are four parts:

  1. Development Phase (27 percent): Determine event purpose, goals and objectives, risk assessment.

  2. Pre-production Phase (45 percent): Create timelines, production schedules.

  3. Production Phase (20 percent): Implement production schedule and communications.

  4. Post-production Phase (8 percent): Determine ROI, analyze and evaluate entire event management process.

The exam is computer-based. It is 4.5 hours long and consists of two parts: 100 multiple-choice questions and a written essay portion. The written portion, the only one of its kind, is designed to measure an individual's application of knowledge and skills by those with real-life experiences in this role.

You are asked to choose between two event scenarios. From this, you are asked eight to 12 questions that address the entire event process. By applying real-life event application in combination with key components of the content outline, you will have your answers. Three current CSEPs score the written portion of the exam, whereas Schroeder Measurement Technologies Inc. (SMT) scores the multiple-choice questions.

  1. Qualify for the exam; you must have a minimum of three years of full-time professional employment in the special events industry.

  2. Fill out and submit an online application.

  3. Once approved, the exam is offered four times a year in 15-day windows from the 15th through 30th in January, April, July and October. You can take the exam at a testing site of your choosing on a day that is most convenient to your schedule.

  4. Review the content outline.

  5. Take the exam.

  6. Await your results!

Pursuing the CSEP is worth the effort. Good luck!

Name: Marie Caci, CMP, CPCE, CSEP

Company: Marie Caci Event & Association Management

Address: 399 Sea St., Suite B

Quincy, MA 02169

Phone: 617/688-2759

Email: marie@mariecaci.com

Web: www.mariecaci.com

Website: www.mariecaci.com

Next Page: ISES Editorial Team and Staff

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Volunteer Editor
Encore Events Inc.
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Editor/Coordinator
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Executive Director
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Kristin Prine
Operations Manager
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Lauren Rini
Education Coordinator
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Chapter Services Sr. Associate
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Membership Services Associate
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