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Planners' Choice Awards Voting Is Now Open

Hundreds of submissions poured in and the finalists have been announced—now we need your help to determine the winners. Make sure your voice is heard and vote for your favorites in each of the Planners' Choice Awards categories.

Voting closes June 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced at BizBash Live: The Expo Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Also stay tuned to @BizBashLive as the winners are live-tweeted from the event.

For more information, visit bizbash.com/expola or call 646.839.6831.

Voting Rules: Voters may cast one vote in each category every 24 hours.

1. Association or Nonprofit Event Planner of the Year

1. Association or Nonprofit Event Planner of the Year (One vote per category permitted)
This award will be presented to an event planner who works in-house for an association or nonprofit organization and consistently exceeds expectations and raises the bar of his or her organization’s goals through organizing, managing, and executing meetings and events.

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  • Jen Poyer - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Jen Poyer, Catalina Island Conservancy
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    Jen Poyer - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Jen Poyer

    Senior Special Events Manager, Catalina Island Conservancy

    A background in the creative worlds of theater and art, and an understanding of the importance of telling a story visually and emotionally, have been the driving forces in Jen Poyer's success in the creative event industry. She produces events that target an involved audience, creating experiences that weave in the organization’s mission and goals to craft an end-product that develops strong relationships and heightens the bond between the individual and the organization. ×
  • Bryan Quinan - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Bryan Quinan, Milken Institute
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    Bryan Quinan - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Bryan Quinan

    Director, Events, Milken Institute

    Bryan Quinan is the director of events at the Milken Institute, where he produces the largest gathering of the world’s capital markets—the flagship four-day Global Conference at the historic Beverly Hilton, with over 3,500 registrants. He’s responsible for deploying multi-million dollar budgets, with over 150 events annually around the world. He specializes in high-end customer event-marketing and large association non-profit events. Bryan is a volunteer board member for the Southern California Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. He speaks about global event strategy and innovations in meeting management. ×
  • Stacy Seligman Kravitz - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Stacy Seligman Kravitz, USC School of Cinematic Arts
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    Stacy Seligman Kravitz - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Stacy Seligman Kravitz

    Director of Events & Stewardship, USC School of Cinematic Arts

    Stacy Seligman Kravitz is the director of events and stewardship at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Event highlights include the opening of the Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre & Immersive Lab at USC, the dedication of three endowed chairs established by George Lucas, and the installation of the “Bartman” sculpture celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons. Stacy’s professional experience includes more than a decade in the nonprofit sector, and over 15 years in live event production, from the Academy Awards to the Centennial Olympic Games and the 2000 Democratic National Convention. ×
2. Caterer of the Year

2. Caterer of the Year (One vote per category permitted)
This award will be presented to an individual who works as a caterer, catering director, or food and beverage director with full-time kitchens, and consistently exceeds the goals of corporate, association, and nonprofit clients by providing outstanding food and beverage while also offering innovative food design, resourceful food ingredient sourcing, and an exceptional level of service. Nominees may be working at an off-premise catering company or in-house with a venue.

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  • Abigail Chilton - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Abigail Chilton, Alligator Pear Catering
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    Abigail Chilton - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Abigail Chilton

    Chef & Owner, Alligator Pear Catering

    Abigail Chilton, creator and founder of Alligator Pear, has brought her love of food and passion for excellence to the Los Angeles community for more than 15 years. Catering a myriad of events—from 18,000 guests on USC Commencement Day, to dignitaries such as Prince William and Princess Kate and the Mayor of Los Angeles, to entertainment icons such as Leonard Cohen and Kevin Spacey—Abi wows guests with innovative style, quality work, and impeccable service. Through her compassion for others, Abi has fed the homeless, sponsored culinary interns, and had the pleasure of introducing youth groups to the exciting world of catering. ×
  • Jonathan Darr - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Jonathan Darr, Love Catering
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    Jonathan Darr - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Jonathan Darr

    Founder, CEO, Love Catering

    In its eighth year, Love Catering continues to expand beyond the classic catering model, extending their custom-, modern-, and sustainability-focused work to on-site hospitality services for JP Morgan Private Bank and Milk Studios, and catering for Los Angeles's most prolific hosts and hostesses. As president, Jonathan leads a team that executes high-profile events for a diverse roster of clients, including Tom Ford’s Autumn-Winter 2015 runway show, the Bureau Betak-produced release party for Just One Eye’s “Ulysses Tier 1 Disaster Kit,” and the pre-dinner for BET's annual award show with André Wells. ×
  • Pauline Parry - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Pauline Parry, Good Gracious! Events
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    Pauline Parry - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Pauline Parry

    President, Good Gracious! Events

    Pauline Parry, is the owner of Good Gracious! Events, which was established nearly three decades ago. It is an award-winning full-service lifestyle food and beverage company. Good Gracious! has earned the trust of a diverse set of clients with a reputation for being a trendsetter in producing unique, quality, and fabulous presentations in all aspects of weddings and events.[Pauline and the Good Gracious! team, although based in Los Angeles, have been honored to take their talents on the road to clients who truly trust the team to create fabulous special events. Pauline has received the John Mossman Award for (I.C.A.),and, most recently, was an inductee to the Event Industry Hall of Fame. She has also published a book called Food Fun Love Party Styles. ×
  • Kathleen Schaffer - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Kathleen Schaffer, Schaffer’s Genuine Foods
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    Kathleen Schaffer - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Kathleen Schaffer

    Founder, Schaffer’s Genuine Foods

    In 2008, Kathleen Schaffer and her husband, Charlie, opened Schaffer’s Genuine Foods. A certified sustainable company, SGF was the recipient of the City of Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Award. They approach each event as an opportunity to elevate the client’s brand—whether it’sIMAX, Nike, KCRW, Disney, or Converse—and they are a preferred caterer at top venues in Los Angeles. SGF is also the exclusive caterer to Lamborghini Motor Sports throughout the United States. SGF’s original ethos of maintaining and implementing eco-friendly business practices is passed along to every client. Their approach to events is original, innovative, and creative, using only the freshest of local ingredients. ×
3. Corporate Event Planner of the Year

3. Corporate Event Planner of the Year (One vote per category permitted)
This award will be presented to an individual working in-house at a corporate organization who consistently exceeds the goals of a company through organizing, managing, and executing meetings and events. In this instance, corporate organizations may not include companies available to hire for events.

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  • Diane Aquino-Medina - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Diane Aquino-Medina, Nestlé
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    Diane Aquino-Medina - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Diane Aquino-Medina

    Event Planner, Nestlé

    Diane Aquino-Medina began with Nestlé Professional in 1991, becoming their event planner in late 2003 with emphasis on trade shows. A formal trade show program did not exist at the time, so she created a step-by-step process with a key component being the integration of sales (including external brokers), marketing, and communication teams in a strategic focus for each show; she designed a custom-modular exhibit, allowing for multiple configurations, including a full kitchen. She also built a Trade Show & Events Resource site on the company’s Extranet. ×
  • Shelley Grey - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Shelley Grey, TCW
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    Shelley Grey - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Shelley Grey

    Vice President Meetings & Events, TCW

    Shelley Grey is the vice president of meetings and events for TCW. She joined the company in 2005 as a corporate event planner, and is currently responsible for planning and implementing TCW’s meetings and events for 600 employees and numerous clients of the firm. Shelley also oversees the firm’s corporate community involvement, which has brought accolades from various community organizations. Shelley’s leadership resulted in award nominations for the firm for three consecutive years, and in 2014, Shelley was named United Way’s Community Hero. She has served on the Board of Directors of Meeting Professionals International So Cal Chapter for three years, receiving the prestigious Chapter Planner of the Year in 2014. ×
  • Meredith Silberg - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Meredith Silberg, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Company
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    Meredith Silberg - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Meredith Silberg

    Director of Global Design and Events, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Company

    After getting her start in advertising, Meredith Silberg moved to Southern California and made a name for herself as the creative and operational mind behind some of the golf industry’s biggest events. As director of global design and events at TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, she oversees all events, including company culture-defining sales meetings, U.S. Open parties, and 60,000-square-foot trade show booths showcasing four different brands. Silberg also works on nonprofit galas such as Solutions For Change’s “An Evening to Remember with Condoleezza Rice” and “An Evening to Remember with Rudy Giuliani.” ×
4. Event Designer of the Year

4. Event Designer of the Year (One vote per category permitted)
This award will be presented to an individual event designer who effectively communicates the message, goal, and/or brand integration in developing corporate, association, social, and nonprofit events through innovative decor. Nominees should not include individuals in-house at a corporate or nonprofit organization.

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  • Rrivre Davies - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Rrivre Davies, Rrivre Works
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    Rrivre Davies - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Rrivre Davies

    Founder, Rrivre Works

    His resume reads like a Hollywood yearbook: Disney, Showtime, Miramax Films, HBO, Warner Bros., ESPN, the Kardashians, Fox, Paramount—not to mention the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of America. But no matter how large or small the event, Rrivre Davies and his team of event design artisans are there from beginning to end, making sure that every single detail is exactly how it should be. As the child of British and American parents, Rrivre spent most of his youth traveling the globe,. After growing up near the entertainment industry in Santa Barbara, Rrivre became an art director for films, commercials, and music videos. But when a friend asked him to create the decor for a premiere of Disney's Pocahontas, Rrivre found himself working on an entirely new level and loving it. Soon he was designing for all the Disney celebrations, and from there his career blossomed. ×
  • Camila Pinzon - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Camila Pinzon, Blueprint Studios
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    Camila Pinzon - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Camila Pinzon

    Creative Account Director, Blueprint Studios

    Creativity through design has been the common denominator of Camila Pinzon’s multi-faceted career path. After earning a Graphic Design B.A. and achieving early success as an entrepreneur, she blazed a new trail to San Francisco, where she went on to complete a Masters Degree in Art Direction for Advertising at the Academy of Art University. For over four years she worked as a designer for Ruth Livingston Studios Interior Design. Her years of experience at Blueprint Studios as marketing manager and creative account director have honed her leadership skills and translated into success across design disciplines. Marrying design and production, conceptualization and creativity, and graphics and decor, her interdisciplinary prowess is the key to her event design success. ×
  • Brian Worley - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Brian Worley, YourBash!
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    Brian Worley - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Brian Worley

    Owner, YourBash!

    Brian Worley, co-founder of YourBash!, has been producing and designing events for over 14 years. He’s been featured as host or a guest on a number of TV shows, and has been flown all over the world to speak at wedding and event conferences to inspire designers and planners and share his experiences as an entrepreneur in the event business. Brian has worked with top entertainment companies, and has masterminded and designed critical strategic events for corporate clients, tasteful and stylish celebrations for celebrities, high-pressure and high-profile weddings, red carpet premieres, and flagship product launches. Brian has also built a reputation for being a green and eco-friendly advocate. ×
  • Ryan Zynger - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Ryan Zynger, Zynger Event Designs
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    Ryan Zynger - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Ryan Zynger

    Director, Zynger Event Designs

    Ryan Zynger, the director and owner of Zynger Event Designs, Inc., has planned events across the U.S. and internationally. Through Ryan’s creative and skillful approach, he has elevated the fundraising event programs of many non-profit clients, and helped them raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. In 2015, Ryan was hand-picked to produce a headline event showcase for the Special Events Show, managing a team of over 40 industry vendors. Ryan believes in nurturing new talent, and every year hosts international interns to train them on U.S. event planning, fundraising, and branding techniques. Ryan also gives his time and expertise on various educational webinars and industry events throughout the year. ×
5. Event or Entertainment Producer of the Year

5. Event or Entertainment Producer of the Year (One vote per category permitted)
This award will be presented to an individual event producer who has demonstrated an exceptional ability to create a vision and execute all aspects of technical and creative event production on corporate, association, and nonprofit events. Nominees should not include individuals in-house at a corporate or nonprofit organization.

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  • Jaime Geffen - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Jaime Geffen, YourBash!
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    Jaime Geffen - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Jaime Geffen

    Owner, YourBash!

    Jaime Geffen is a partner and co-owner of YourBash!, along with business partner, Brian Worley. Since 2009, YourBash! has been selected by various studios, corporations, and charities to create movie and television premieres and events; high-profile charity events, golf tournaments and galas; music festival events and concerts; awards shows; and everything in between in Los Angeles, New York, and internationally. Jaime’s creativity, originality, and enthusiasm to produce and develop, as well as to execute, make her an integral part of YourBash! The collective force of Jaime, Brian, and their staff focuses on attention to detail, timeliness, and professional style, all of which guarantee the success of any event. ×
  • Todd Hawkins - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Todd Hawkins, The Todd Group
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    Todd Hawkins - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Todd Hawkins

    President and CEO, The Todd Group

    Todd Hawkins is an innovative event producer and the founder/CEO of The Todd Group. Producing hundreds of events annually, ranging from charity to corporate to social to entertainment, Todd has quickly become an industry expert and the go-to resource in the field of innovative and creative events in the non-profit sector. Todd has produced events for national organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Tie The Knot, The Africa Channel, Nielsen Media, and UCLA. Todd has been nationally recognized for his innovative approach and excellence in events, and he contributes frequently to industry articles, conferences, and meetings on the topic of special events. ×
  • Cara Kleinhaut - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Cara Kleinhaut, Caravents
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    Cara Kleinhaut - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Cara Kleinhaut

    Owner/CEO, Caravents

    For over 10 years, Cara Kleinhaut, owner/founder and C.E.O. of Caravents Inc., a bi-coastal and award-winning events and experiential Agency, has created signature live event, digital, and experiential programs across a variety of verticals for leading brands including Target, Twitter, Yahoo!, Samsung, L'Oreal, Dior, and Showtime, along with signature programs for Time Inc., Hearst, and Conde Nast Publications. Caravents has continued to evolve as an industry leader, producing events that are specifically designed for digital content creation and social amplification, spearheading the campaign to showcase the great value live events bring to brands. ×
  • Kimberly Seeherman - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Kimberly Seeherman, Events by Fabulous
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    Kimberly Seeherman - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Kimberly Seeherman

    Owner, Events by Fabulous

    Kimberly Seeherman is the owner and founder of Events By Fabulous, an award-winning event production company specializing in experiential design from branded corporate events to A-list private celebrations. With a diverse client roster from Yahoo! and Intel to Lacoste and Remy Martin, Kimberly has a broad range of experience producing everything from large festivals like the BET Experience to architectural pop-ups for brands like Hulu. ×
  • Philip Solomon - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Philip Solomon, Way 2 Much Entertainment
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    Philip Solomon - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Philip Solomon

    CEO and Creative Director, Way 2 Much Entertainment

    Philip Solomon is C.E.O. and creative director of Way 2 Much Entertainment. With 25 years experience in event production worldwide, he specializes in executing inventive performances and bold artistic concepts. Achievements include producing multiple events at the White House for the First Family, and numerous large-scale corporate and private functions. Philip is also a master trainer and ambassador for Cirque Du Soleil’s Global Citizenship initiative, and is the L.A. coordinator for their outreach program working with homeless street youth. ×
  • Robb Thornsberry - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Robb Thornsberry, Infinity Events Inc.
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    Robb Thornsberry - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Robb Thornsberry

    President, Infinity Events Inc.

    Robb Thornsberry is the owner of Infinity Events Inc., a full-service meeting and event design and management firm providing concept-to-completion services both domestically and internationally. He currently serves as the president of M.P.I. Orange County. I.E.I. is truly a culmination of Robb's extensive experience in the event industry, which collectively spans 23 years as a DJ/emcee, as well as work in non-profits, destination management, event production, meeting management, and innovative event design. ×
6. Rising Star

6. Rising Star (One vote per category permitted)
This award will be presented to the most innovative event, meeting, or hospitality professional. The individual must have no more than five years as an industry professional, working on corporate, nonprofit, and/or private social events, meetings, or festivals on a regular basis. Nominations should highlight how the individual has contributed to the development of the industry, demonstrating effective and creative execution of ideas and the influential role he or she played.

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  • Jasmine Abghari - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Jasmine Abghari, Variety
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    Jasmine Abghari - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Jasmine Abghari

    Event Manager, Variety

    Jasmine Abghari is the event marketing manager for Variety magazine. She manages, plans, and executes over 30 diverse events each year, including summits, screenings, luncheons, cocktail parties, and editorial studios used for television specials. During her time at Variety, Jasmine has been an integral part of the launch of several new events to the annual roster, including the “10 Animators to Watch” celebration and the Entertainment and Technology Summit in New York. ×
  • Despina Craig - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Despina Craig, Despina Craig Events
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    Despina Craig - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Despina Craig

    Event planner/ designer, Despina Craig Events

    Despina Craig and her company, Despina Craig Events, have been making a mark in the event design industry. Her events have been featured in Special Events magazine, and she was recognized this past year as a finalist at the Event Solutions Awards. Her devotion and commitment to her clientele, and the element of uniqueness and personalization in all her events, manage to stand out through intricate planning, smooth execution, and expert design. ×
  • Brianna Cuellar - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Brianna Cuellar, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
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    Brianna Cuellar - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Brianna Cuellar

    Coordinator, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

    Brianna Cuellar has worked in the events industry since graduating college in 2010. Her attention to detail and aptitude for onsite event management has pushed her up the ladder at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Starting as an assistant for the organization’s annual Policy Conference, Brianna is now planning and coordinating fundraising dinners, lectures, and recruitment receptions. Brianna’s willingness to jump into whatever task is thrown her way, no matter how trivial, exemplifies her dedication to producing a flawless program. ×
7. Social Event Planner of the Year

7. Social Event Planner of the Year (One vote per category permitted)
This award will be presented to an industry leader who consistently exceeds the needs of social clients through organizing, managing, and executing events at an exceptional level. Social events include weddings, bar or bat mitzvahs, private dinner parties, and other personal occasions. Nominees should not include individuals in-house at a corporate or nonprofit organization.

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  • Maxine Banks - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Maxine Banks, Maxine Banks Events
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    Maxine Banks - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Maxine Banks

    Owner, Maxine Banks Events

    Maxine Banks is an event planner and designer who works closely with clients to achieve their goals. For a private surprise party, she spent three hours transforming an entire house with rentals, stage lighting, and a flamenco show for an elegant sit-down dinner. She also worked on the International Animation Awards V.I.P. reception for 500 guests while simultaneously designing the after-party for 900 guests. ×
  • Kristin Banta - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Kristin Banta, Kristin Banta Events
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    Kristin Banta - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Kristin Banta

    Owner, Principle Designer, Kristin Banta Events

    With an extensive background in fashion, entertainment, and event production, as well as experience in catering and interior design, Kristin Banta creates unforgettable celebrations while bringing a fresh perspective to the mix. Best known for her hit Bravo special, The Wedding Party, Kristin has appeared on numerous television shows including Millionaire Matchmaker, Cupcake Wars, Keep The Party Moving, and My Big Fat Geek Wedding. In 2014 and 2015, Kristin was named “Event Planner of the Year” by Event Solutions and was awarded “2014 L.A. All-Around Wedding Vendor of the Year” by California Wedding Day. ×
  • Nicole Alexandra Gillis - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Nicole Alexandra Gillis, Nicole Alexandra Events
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    Nicole Alexandra Gillis - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Nicole Alexandra Gillis

    Owner, Nicole Alexandra Events

    Nicole Alexandra Gillis’s company, Nicole Alexandra Designs, is an award-winning boutique firm dedicated to creating memorable weddings and events for its clientele. Through innovative ideas, creativity, and attention to detail, each undertaking is seamlessly executed. With years of experience and a resourceful approach, they provide the utmost in service and industry expertise. Nicole Alexandra Designs has been recognized by The Knot’s Best of Weddings, Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Awards, and has been featured in The Knot magazine, California Wedding Day, Green Wedding Shoes, and Style Me Pretty. She has also appeared in the TV Show Marry Me Today on the FYI Network. ×
  • Deanna Nash - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Deanna Nash, Deanna Nash Events
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    Deanna Nash - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Deanna Nash

    Owner, Deanna Nash Events

    Los Angeles-based wedding planner Deanna Nash knew as a young girl that weddings were her passion. When she began planning events in 1999, that passion was further fueled, and the opportunity to plan her first wedding presented itself in 2004. Since then, Deanna has been creating custom weddings up and down the West Coast and beyond. From small intimate affairs to large multi-day extravaganzas, Deanna loves helping brides and grooms create the best day of their lives. ×
  • Jason Rhee - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Jason Rhee, Rheefined Company
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    Jason Rhee - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Jason Rhee

    Owner, Rheefined Company

    Jason Rhee, owner of Rheefined Company, believes that being creative and thinking outside the box are just part of what makes a successful event. With over a decade of experience in customer service, venue management, and full-service wedding and event planning and production, Jason is committed to providing the best service and hospitality to everyone he works with and meets. He is well-known for not only creating beautiful events but also for having the perfect balance of professionalism and a laugh-out-loud personality to keep everyone at ease. From his humble beginnings of hand-making invitations and favors, to now producing multi-day event activations for 500 people, Jason Rhee is a true Director of Celebrations. ×
8. Venue Manager of the Year

8. Venue Manager of the Year (One vote per category permitted)
This award will be presented to an individual working in-house at a venue available for events or meetings as a venue manager who consistently exceeds the goals of corporate, association, and nonprofit clients by providing an outstanding level of service in representing the venue to the industry and assisting planners and vendors with onsite event execution.

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  • Stacy Benaderet - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Stacy Benaderet, Club Nokia
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    Stacy Benaderet - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Stacy Benaderet

    Director, Club Nokia

    Stacy Benaderet heads the National Sales Division for AEG Live and is responsible for growing and developing special event sales revenue and leaders nationwide. Benaderet excels at booking events by cultivating strong relationships with clients. She has the ability to make an event planner’s job easier by booking multiple locations and dates within one contract at venues within AEG Live’s portfolio. Benaderet is an expert at business development and at implementing event marketing strategies to increase positive brand awareness and produce memorable and successful event experiences for clients everywhere. ×
  • Samantha Heart - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Samantha Heart, Fig & Olive Restaurants
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    Samantha Heart - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Samantha Heart

    Event Director, Fig & Olive Restaurants

    Samantha Heart is a seasoned professional who has been an essential part of Fig and Olive’s success in the events industry, and who has helped put the concept on the map worldwide by successfully executing high-profile events for industry leaders, top Hollywood event producers, major studios, and Presidents Obama and Clinton. Samantha attributes her success to understanding the capabilities of her space, thinking outside the box creatively, Fig and Olive’s amazing cuisine, of course, and her desire to provide an outstanding level of service from concept to creation. ×
  • Chelsea Wilmeth - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist
    Chelsea Wilmeth, Jonathan Club
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    Chelsea Wilmeth - BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards finalist Chelsea Wilmeth

    Special Events Director, Jonathan Club

    Chelsea Wilmeth is the special events director for Jonathan Club, handling event production for both the downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica clubhouses, which were included on the Platinum Club list as one of the top five city clubs in the United States. Chelsea is committed to exceeding the expectations of the club membership, executing over 200 events annually including the Food Beer & Wine Festival to benefit the Midnight Mission, and Holiday Fashion featuring Oscar de La Renta. ×
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