Pasadena—June 15, 2011—BizBash, the leading B2B media company for the event planning industry, announced the winners of the 2011 BizBash West Readers’ Choice Awards at a ceremony held at the BizBash Expo on Tuesday, June 14, at the Pasadena Convention Center.
BizBash readers and online users nominated and then voted on finalists in 10 categories, including Event Producer of the Year, Venue Manager of the Year, Caterer of the Year, and Association
/ Nonprofit Event Planner of the Year. Finalists campaigned heavily, especially on social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, resulting in nearly 30,000 votes.
The award presentation was attended by top event and meeting professionals and vendors in the event industry, including caterers, audiovisual companies, lighting and sound companies, venue managers, and decor and design companies.
2011 BizBash West Readers’ Choice Award Winners
Association/Nonprofit Planner of the Year: Mark McBride, U.S.C. Alumni Association
Caterer of the Year: Catherine An, An Catering
Corporate Event Planner of the Year: Margaret Launzel-Pennes, Herbalife
DJ of the Year: Nahchey Storer, Dash Entertainment
Event Designer of the Year: Edgar Zamora, Revelry Event Designers
Event Producer of the Year: Shawn Sedlacek, the VOX Group
Lighting Designer of the Year: Raymond Thompson, Images by Lighting
Publicist/PR Executive of the Year: Jessica Meisels, Fingerprint Communications
Social Planner of the Year: Merryl Brown, Merryl Brown Events
Venue Manager of the Year: Deirdre McCready, SB
Founded in 2000, BizBash is the leading trade media for the event industry. BizBash publishes magazines and e-newsletters and produces Web sites, trade shows, and award shows for corporate event and meeting professionals, event marketers, and sales, PR, fund-raising, and human resource executives. BizBash serves Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Toronto, and Washington.
BizBash.com is the largest Web site for professional event planners, who rely on it to choose venues and suppliers—and to peek over the fence to see what other planners are doing. The archive of more than 5,000 events covers everything from launch parties to political conventions, trade shows to press previews, fund-raisers to galas, and much more.